Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

Stunning, 6 Bed House, Heated Pool, Gated garden 1.5 Acres, great for families!

Bedrooms 6
Separate WCs1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

House in Pouille, Nr. L'Hermenault, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, France - Rural Village, Superb Location for Attractions; Tabac, Boulangerie, Tourist info 5 Mins Walk!

Situated in a quiet, friendly village in the Southern Vendee, 30 mins by car to the superb Atlantic beaches, 45 mins to La Rochelle and Ille de Re.

The house is beautiful, set in 1.5 acres of its own private grounds within a village; it boasts large, airy, light rooms, is full of character and style and has a wonderful welcoming, easy feel.

This house has many repeat bookings and guests rave about their holiday, you immediately feel at home. It's stylish, yet comfortable, you can see the strong attention to detail and is furnished to a very high standard.

Please do take the time to read the guests comments!

There are six bedroom, three of which are en-suite. We have 5 bath/ shower rooms in total.

There are two seperate staircases with two wings of sleeping accomodation.

The main house, a traditional Bourgoise French Farm house, has typically very large airy rooms and large french windows. Two of these rooms have modern, king four poster beds.

The third bedroom is complete with two 4ft Antique doubles. So this room can sleep up to 4 sharing.

The Grange, or Barn wing of the property also has three bedrooms, all ensuite.

A master with super-king 6 ft bed or two 3ft twins if prefered, is very cottage and classic in style and has an ajoining bathroom with a footed stand alone antique bath.

A futher pretty double, stone walls, bespoke bed and a bathroom with shower ensuite.

The third bedroom has 3, 3ft single beds and is a pretty room with a lovely shower room ensuite.

Perfect accomodation to enjoy this charming house and its facilities.

The downstairs hosts a large airy dinning room seatiing 16, which is lovely for more formal dinning, summer with the french window open, or Christmas and New year with the log fire burning.

The Kitchen has a large square table, equiped with all the facilities you would hope to expect when cooking for up to 16.

The house is well equipped for foodies, decent pans, sharp knives etc!

There are two sitting rooms, one in the grange which is vast, with a double height celing and gallery. This is a wonderful relaxing room and is lovley and cool in summer, it easily accomodates all the guests. It has a large wood burner for chilli winter evenings!

The second sitting/ reading room, is in the main house, and also doubles up as a movie and music room room. This room is furnished with chaise longues so reading and movie watching is a real treat! This room also enjoys high ceilings and is of generous proportions.

There is a well equiped utility room, washing, drying, butlers sink.

The downstiars toilet is easily accessed form the garden and pool.

Relax by the heated pool, which is really heated to 26 degrees, while the children play table tennis or games in the kids den!

Dine alfresco on the terrace, the outside dinning caters for up to 18.

The stunning terrace is large and also has a covered cooking area.

Explore the garden and enjoy the orchard, all fruit is organic and you are encouraged to help yourself to the fruit in season!

Alternatively, if you can tear your self away from the house and grounds, enjoy the atmosphere of rural France on your doorstep!

Great walks, cycles and runs through the sunflower fields from the door.

Whilst many guests agree, it's hard to leave the house; it is a perfect rural base from which to explore the Vendee countryside and its many attractions.

More Details

Property Manager
Sandi Friend
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 July, 2018

About Sandi Friend

We are a family with School aged children living in London and escaping to Pouille! My husband works in Central London and I am a Photographer. We have owned our house in France since 2006 and have lovingly and steadily restored and developed our property. The French House is a fantastic lifestyle balance for our children, friends and family. Our French House is a second home and much more than a holiday let, and our guest book demonstrates our clients sincerely agree!

We constantly make an improvements to the property and listen carefully to all our guests ideas and comments.

So each year guests return there is likely to be something new and different!

Sandi Friend purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why Sandi Friend chose Pouillé

There were a few reasons for buying our house in this area: firstly and in no order

That its just about as far south as you can get in one drive!

It boasts the most hours of French sunshine outside of the Mediterranean coast. The weather is always much better south of the River Loire.

A village situation gives us all a chance to integrate with our very welcoming and friendly neighbours.

Last but not least the house was so beautiful that we couldn't not buy it!

What makes this farmhouse unique

There are many benefits unique to this property, and small personal details make a difference.

The house is furnished to a very high standard in every room, no compromise!

A big benefit is that the pool is actually properly heated, often holiday rentals compromise on this!

The fact that you need not leave the house to have a great time, 1.5 acres, swimming, chilling, beautiful garden, games and relaxing.

The wonderful orchard with help yourself fruit trees - apricots, apples, pears, figs, nuts, herbs and fresh flowers.

Finding the occasional food parcels brought by neighbours and left on the door step in the summer!

The property is well equipped to accommodate children.

Quality linen, decent white towels and comfortable beds.

Heated pool 26 degrees.

Open fires, wood burning stove.

Tabac, and Patisserie in the village.

Good communication links.

Many beaches, forests, culture, activities.

Gardener, Pool service, house keeper.

Additional cleaning service.

I am at the end of the phone line to help you with any questions shodl the need arrive!

Guestbook comments from the manager

The house is gorgeous, and so huge, you can' tell from the photos! The beds were so comfy, with lovely furniture. Our kids loved the garden, bikes and properly heated pool (at last!) We loved the sun and eating alfresco.

Non of us wanted to leave!

Catherine Rowlands - Aug 2010.

Just a brief note to say thank you very much for having us to stay at no. 34.

We have still had a really lovely holiday and the standard of the accommodation in the house is superb. The love and attention to detail that you have put in shines through in every room and it was a pleasure to be able to share it.

Debbie, Ian, Alexander and James Brown.

I must say, we were all really impressed at how well you have been restoring the place and lovely that you have managed to incorporate so many of the original features – my favourites being the water troughs in the barn. I also love the large dining table – must be a great room to sit round in winter months with a roaring fire!

Arthur Bradbury 2013
Mar 2008
  • 1 of 1


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Pouillé in Vendée

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure , This downstairs shower room is allocated to bedroom 1
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , This bathroom is allocated to bedroom 2/3
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Downstairs toilet, next to shower room.
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite to triple bedroom 4
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , En suite to bedroom 5
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Ensuite to bedroom 6. Antique freeestanding bath.
  • 1st floor: bathroom with bath/shower, wc, bidet and wash basin. Ground floor: Stylish room with modern corner shower unit, bidet, wash basin, heated towel rail and adjoining toilet. Two en-suites, one shower room and one bathroom.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , FOUR POSTER BED
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , FOUR POSTER BED
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , EN-SUITE BATHROOM.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 13 (5 Bedrooms) + Cot Notes on bedrooms: B'room 1 - king, fourposter, drawers, chair side table. B'room 2 - king, fourposter,a built-in wardrobe, sofa, drawers. B'room 3 - 2 double antique beds, chest, drawers, chair wardrobe on landing. B'room 4 - Small double en-suite, hanging space and draws. B'room 5 - Triple en-suite. Dressing table. draws, more draws just outside the room and hanging space.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The house and gardens are ideal for children and families, couples wanting a romantic get away and some peace and quiet, but large enough for groups and small events. There are many areas to the house and garden you can tuck yourself away! We have lots of space 1.5 acres in total. Heated Pool and decking. Gated garden , orchard and field. There is a kids play den, table tennis, boules, toys and games equipment for playing outdoors. For babies we have a travel cot, high chair and stair gates. The proportions of the house are very large and spacious with most of the rooms around 5m square. We often have friends staying with us and 3 families are easily accommodated. We have a home cinema and games console. It is rarely necessary to heat the house but there are effective, instant, easy to use mains electric heaters in all rooms. There are electric towel rails in the ensuites. There are 2 Wood burning stoves making cosy and atmospheric Christmas and Autumn rentals and large fire places in the lounge and dining rooms. Outside: The house and gardens are ideal for children, families, and for guests wanting a rural get away treat! There are many different areas in the garden, where you can find seclusion for reading a book in peace! The wonderful terrace covered in wysteria and Jasmine provides a great area for socialising and entertaining, there is a large covered built in BBQ cooking area. The sun deck around the pool is a great place to relax on a sun lounger or the large outdoor sofa and lounge area. The pool: measures 9.5m/4m, 1.5m deep. The pool is heated and has lighting. It is fully serviced. The pool complies with french safety standards and has a discreet safety cover which is easy to operate. We also have a turtle alarm system.The child is alarmed rather than the pool, by wearing a turtle wrist band. Full instructions are provided prior to arrival. Utility Room: Utility room includes, utility sink, washing machine, dryer, airer and iron and ironing board. Microwave. It is adjacent to ground floor shower room. There is storage space for food and provisions. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Quality white bedlinen and towels are included! Pool towels not supplied. The property is cleaned weekly. Additional cleaning can be provided at an additional cost. Other: There is a rose and wisteria sunny terrace, a covered built-in barbecue and a table that seats 12. The grange (barn) is part of the house and is a huge entertaining and relaxing space. There are two swings and a small Zip wire.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)

100% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Stunning, 6 Bed House, Heated Pool, Gated garden 1.5 Acres, great for families!
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Fantastic family holiday in this beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful, relaxing holiday for a 3 generation family in a tranquil village setting. This beautiful, spacious house is stylish, comfortable and really well-equipped. We loved the fantastic outdoor eating area, amazing pool and gardens and day trips to nearby La Rochelle and Ile de Ré.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much - we are delighted you had a lovely time, hope to see you again soon.
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Pool and petanque

  • 5 of 5

Sandi was helpful and always responded to queries quickly. The area is fairly remote but the heated pool and the great gardens meant that we spent loads of time at the house. Hours were spent playing pétanque as the kids had fun swimming. We had a amazing family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had an amazing holiday! Thank you. Sandi
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 5 of 5

A truly marvelous place! We were 12 in all (3 families) and everyone had the space to be both together and apart. The kids (from 9 to 16) played constantly and never once asked for electronics! I put it down to the table tennis table and the zip wire in the garden!! And of course the pool.

The kitchen is very well equipped and there is enough stuff for everyone and everything! And the decor is just fab, just a lovely place to stay and share great times. Thank you Sandi!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We really appreciate you sharing your holiday experience. We look forward to seeing you again at no34!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Excellent property for a large family group

  • 5 of 5

Well equipped, stylish property. If you like cooking then the kitchen is really well equipped. The garden is spacious and well tended. A real home from home, only with better interior decor!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for you review, we really appreciate it! We fope to see you again soon at NO 34! Kind Regards, Sandi
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 5 of 5

Amazing house.. Fantastic facilities, Everything is covered. Have thought about it.. But nothing to add. Perfect. We were so lucky with the weather and didn't need to go too far other than the shops or to entertain ourselves. We popped over to The Ile de Re one day for old times sake but really didn't need to (the toll is now €16) and the tide was out! Such a delightful week away. The house clearly caters for the safety of young children but as parents of 'older' children (1x20yr 3x18yr and 2x15 yr) there was plenty for us all to do around the house and our young adults were happy. Great house, we would thoroughly recommend xx

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We really appreciate you taking the time to write about your stay with us at No 34. We do hope to see you friends or family here again soon. Kind regards, Sandi
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Perfect for a family gathering

  • 5 of 5

We were a large group and as we had our two young grandsons with us, we needed somewhere with plenty of space, as well as having child safety in mind. No. 34 did not disappoint.

The house and barn has been lovingly restored, managing to maintain a lot of the original features. The beds are big and comfy with good quality linen. The kitchen is fully equipped, perfect for a large group to cook and eat together.

Despite the inclement weather, the swimming pool was in constant use, and when we were forced to move indoors there was plenty to keep everyone occupied and the cinema room was a great hit.

The owner was extremely helpful with our booking and even telephoned us after a few days to make sure we were happy and we had everything we needed.

Now looking forward to returning, hopefully with better weather.

Thank you Sandi.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review of No. 34 We hope to host you, famiy or friends again in the future! Sandi
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
Nearest Ferry
250 Kilometres
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Le Mangustan
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Car: necessary


40 mins drive to 120 km of atlantic beaches. 1 hour to the centre of Ille De Re. 45 mins to Pui de Fou - one of the largest tourist attractions in France.

Vouvant, Mervent forest and lake and Fontenay le Comte 20 mins.


If you are travelling by car, all the ports are easily drivable. Caen and Cherbourg are 4 to 4.5 hours respectively. The nearest port, St Malo, can be reached in approximately 2.5 hours. With a longer drive, the channel tunnel can be reached in 6 hours. If you are travelling by air, La Rochelle is the nearest airport and is approximately 40km away. The airports of Nantes and Poitiers are a little further. TGV is now an excellent option to Niort.


L'Hermenaut: 50km. Nantes: 100km. Bordeau 2 hours.

Further Details:

There is a local boulangerie and tourist information. The next village, L'Hermenault, village bakery, butcher, mini market, tobacconist, post office, banks, pharmacy and doctor. . Fontenay le Comte offers many cafe/bar/restaurants, various supermarkets and a popular open air market.


Prices & Availability

Ask Manager a Question

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £75

Booking Notes:
Please do, if you prefer, contact the owner directly to confirm your booking.
APPROX.Deposit of 25% to be paid at time of booking.
Payable by cheque or bacs. or via the O/Direct site.
Balance paid 60 days before arrival.
The house is partially heated by wood burning stoves off season. Absolutely necessary at Christmas and New year, there is an additional charge for the wood - but the wood is limitless!
Pool: we usually open the pool in May. We can arrange to have the pool ready for Easter, this incurs an additional charge of £100 per week. We will try, but because of air temperature cannot guarantee the 26 degree temperature!

Breakage deposit required.
Changeover Day:
Generally Saturdays.
Arrival 4pm strictly not before to give us the best opportuntiy to prepare your property.
Departure 9.30am.Prompt.
Weekend rates available for MAY SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER
Notes on prices:
Please call with any questions, we look forward helping you with your holiday!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

You might like these similar holiday rentals