Charming renovated stone house on the edge of un des plus beaux Villages de France with all facilities within walking distance. Next to forest, rivers and lakes. walking, cycling, fishing, sailing, canoeing and horse riding available. Spacious quality accommodation, sleeps 4 in 2 comfortable bedrooms with 2 bathrooms. Large open plan living /dining area with well equipped kitchen adjacent. secluded sunny courtyard for relaxed outdoor living in summer. Woodburning stove and electric heating for cosy winter evenings.
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- Min. Stay4 nights
Holiday House in Vouvant, South Vendee
- Calendar last updated:
- 25 Sep 2018
About susan anstiss
We are now retired in our 60's. We have been holidaying in France for over 30 years. Initially with children and then without. During that time we have stayed in everything from converted pigsties to a Royal Hunting Lodge, and simple country auberges to Five Star Hotels. Despite having travelled the world, we always return to France. We love France for its diversity - its love of history, its open countryside, its architecture old and new, but most of all for its food and wine. And so we decided to buy a property in France. Having our own house means that we no longer have to load up the car with all those “extras” that we took before, such as a corkscrew that works, sharp kitchen knives, a pepper grinder and maybe a cookery book or two.
susan anstiss purchased this House in 2003
Why susan anstiss chose Vouvant
The property needed to be within a day's drive of home, but far enough south to benefit from the improved climate. We wanted a village, to provide a sense of community and be within walking distance of a café/shop and boulangerie and yet be rural, and so we found our house in Vouvant. Vouvant is “one of the most beautiful villages in France” - a medieval village steeped in history and legend, set on a hill surrounded by ancient rampart walls and encircled by a river. It has become a centre for arts and crafts with workshops and exhibitions freely accessible. It has an Auberge, cafés, boulangerie and a shop for the necessities of life. During the summer months it has activities most weekends. Its location provides easy access to a great many attractions and the coast.
What makes this House unique
The house has many endearing qualities: the ability to walk to the boulangerie for your morning croissants and be back by the time the coffee has brewed, walking along the riverside on the way to the café feeding the ducks your stale baguettes, the church bells marking the hours, the riding school out for a “Promenade” with its assorted Thelwell type ponies and everyone saying “Bonjour” as they pass in the street. This is our second home and has been equipped as such. We are pleased to share it with you. When you arrive after your long journey you will find the fridge has plenty of refreshing drinks, the cupboard will have tea and coffee, and all the basic staples to enable you to relax and enjoy your stay.
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Comfortable well equipped house in very pretty village
We had good weather and were comfortable in this little cottage which was well equipped and close to all amenities. The village is really lovely - not many small villages boast a castle and an wonderful old church all in the meander of a river which has been dammed to form a reservoir lake. The walk around the village next to the river is very pretty and we did it several times in both directions.
We were not there long enough to do much other than go briefly into the Mervent forest and into Fontenay le Comte which has an outstanding Saturday market. The local auberge in vouvant is a good basic place for everyday meals complete with what seemed like a strong resident English population frequenting it!
A home for living and entertaining
This is not just a holiday gîte, this is a home; one that is fitted out for living and entertaining.
The kitchen is equipped with everything you might need to cook and entertain - everything. There are oodles of crockery, cutlery, glasses, sharp knives! and corkscrews.
The main courtyard is a real sun trap - bring you sunscreen.
The village itself is lovely. Nearby is the beautiful Mervent Forest which is vast and tranquil.
This is a really lovely property, it had everything one needed. My husband I had a very restful holiday!
This was our fifth stay in this lovely cottage. It is immediately welcoming from the moment you step through the gate and into the secluded courtyard. Once inside the cottage you will know you have made the right choice.
The owners of this property have ensured that anyone staying here will feel 'at home' with everything you could need for a relaxed and enjoyable stay.
The pretty village fully deserves its reputation and no matter how many times you stroll along the narrow streets or down by the river there is always something new to discover.
In fact, we love the cottage and area so much that we will be spending Christmas there this year.
Pretty, friendly village
Vouvant is a charming village with good, basic amenities all within easy walking distance of the house. House is a good size and well-equipped although no TV reception. Generally not very clean and requiring a 'deep-clean' to be fit to let, we told the owner this, whose response was 'you left dishes in dishwasher.' We left breakfast dishes for two in there..
Also, restoration not thorough as, even with temps at 33 c the house was damp - again the owner knew, just said 'it's an old property' and this 'take it or leave it' not mentioned in description.
On one of two roads into the village so noisy.
We spoke to Mr Tenner 3 days after their return from their 17 day stay and were dismayed to learn that on their arrival some items were not as clean as they would have liked. He offered to send photographs. We thanked him and undertook to take appropriate action. However by not alerting us to the problems when they arrived we were unable to put matters right.
There is no TV at the house. It is not claimed that there is.
The terms and conditions of rent specifically state that all dishes are to be washed and put away - not left in the dishwasher.
With outside temperatures at 33c the inside would have been cooler at say 25c. This is typical of old French stone houses.
We are concerned about the tone of Mr Tenner’s review. We do care about our guests. We endeavour to provide a high standard. Many guests return every year.
We are sorry that on this occasion we failed to reach Mr Tenner’s expectations.
Well equipped house in picturesque village.
We had a lovely time in this very well equipped house in the picturesque village of Vouvant. We ate outside on the upper terrace at lunch time and in the enclosed courtyard in the evenings. The village has a nice restaurant, bolangerie and several interesting shops and art galleries. The cycle rides on quiet roads or through the Forrest were great and the tennis court in the village easy to book. A trip to 'Little Venice' is a must, and hiring an English speaking guide is very informative on the history and wildlife of the area, go early to avoid the crowds.
We would recommend staying at this house and hope to visit again in the future.
Within approximately 1 hour's drive there are the warm, sandy Vendee beaches (Les Sables d'Olonne,Jard sur Mer, la Tranche).
Also the lovely town of La Rochelle, with its wonderfull daily market of fresh produce, collonaded streets and picturesque old harbour, guarded by its two towers, surrounded by numerous restaurants.
Alternatively, take the dramatic bridge to the Isle de Re. An island with a very mediterranean feel, and an air of "shabby chic" where the rich and famous holiday.
Airports at la Rochelle or Poitiers are within an hours drive. TGV stations at La Rochelle, Nantes and Niort, also 1 hour drive. St Malo is 4 hours and Calais 7 hours by autoroute. A car is necessary to appreciate the local countryside and visit places of interest as there is no public transport locally.
Fontenay le Comte is 14km to the south and la Chataigneraie is 10km to the north. The forest of Mervent with its walking and VTT trails, zoo, amusement park and water sports centre is about 6km south. The Marais Poitevin (Green Venice), with its canals, wildlife and boat trips and the ruined Historic Abbeys is 30 minutes drive to the south.
Supermarkets and banks are available at la Chataigneraie and Fontenay. There is a street market on Saturday at Fontenay. Within walking distance in the village there is a Tourist Office, Pharmacy, Auberge/restaurant/bar, Creperie, Mini Market, Cafe/Tabac(with WiFi access), other cafes, gift shops and Boulangerie. Several artists workshops/galleries. Fishing permits available from the shop. Tennis court, Bicycle hire, horse riding, canoeing available. Puy de Fou, Futuroscope and the Marais Poitevin within an hours drive.
Booking Notes: All payments are by cheque or internet banking. A deposit of 25% of the rental is required to confirm a booking. The balance (75%) is required eight weeks in advance of the commencement of the rental period, plus a £100 refundable security deposit. Full details on application. Payment may also be made in euros. Rates on application. Changeover Day: Changeover day is flexible. stays may be of any length and with any start day. Priced pro rata weekly rate. Normal arrival time 17.00, departure 10.00,but may be flexible depending on adjacent bookings. Notes on prices: Prices are for the property and include gas, electricity, firewood and local taxes (See conditions.) Linen is not supplied. Changeover days are flexible. Bookings can be accepted for periods of less than a week or longer periods - prices on request.