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“Stunning high spec French property”sleeps10. Heated pool. Spacious gardens.

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Holiday Home in Fontenay le Comte, Vendee, Pays de la Loire - Quiet Village On The Outskirts Of The Historic Town Of Fontenay Le Comte

Free WI-FI. Private heated pool. Games room.4 Luxurious bedrooms. 4 modern bathrooms..Fully equipped kitchen. Elegant lounge with large flat screen t.v Established in 2006 after complete renovation, with changes and additions to the facilities over the last 12 years, make this house one of the best rental properties in the area. Excellent reviews from all our guests are testament to the efforts to maintain La Fleur de Lys to the highest standard, offering our guests all the modern amenities expected in today’s rental market. Located in the quiet village of Charzais on the outskirts of the renaissance town of Fontenay

le Comte, La Fleur de Lys offers all the home comforts you could wish for & the ideal location to discover the delights the Vendee region has to offer. Within easy reach of the Marais Poitevin, the Venice Vert, the Mervent-Vouvant forest and just 40 minutes from La Rochelle and the west coast. 5 mins from La Plage, a beach on the lake at Chassanon le Bourg. Historic churches and abbeys are scattered across the region, and for the children, there are theme parks locally and the reknowned Puy de Fou park within an hours drive. A superb nature zoo just 10 minutes away or the aquarium at La Rochelle. Excellent access by air from La Rochelle, Nantes and Poitiers airports,or by car from all channel ports.Whatever you prefer to do on holiday; sightseeing, walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing, bird watching or golf, you can enjoy all these activities within a short distance of La Fleur de Lys. Or you can simply relax in the sun by the solar-heated pool, eat 'al fresco' in the shade of the summer kitchen, or play table tennis, darts, or table football in the games room, or enjoy a game of croquet or boules on the lawns. 4 adult bikes also available for guests use. A great holiday for all.

Contact us by email; or by phone; 0033780056697 where we can answer any questions you may have.

More Details
Registration Number : Sirit no. 49215987600019

Gillian Armitage
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 September, 2018

About Gillian Armitage

Moving to France in 2005, we were not quite sure what to expect.What we found was a relaxed, layed back way of life we wished we had discovered earlier. However, we had to wait until the hard work of renovation was completed. Tel.No 0033780056697 or email

Coming from West Yorkshire where you call a spade a spade, learning to do the same in french is not so straight forward!! But the french are extremely friendly and helpful,and this has made our transition much easier.

Gill is the head interior designer, and puts all the ideas forward, while Hugh does as he is told! It seems to work.

Hugh & Gill live adjacent to the rental house and on hand to maintain the gardens and pool. They will be pleased to offer advice and suggestions when asked, but otherwise will remain discreet. We like our privacy too!

Since moving here, Gill has become very involved in the local pet refuge and works a few mornings each week. Over the years we have fostered and adopted two dogs. We also have a couple cats which just arrived! The dogs are very friendly but will be kept in our own garden during the guests stay. The cats tend to stay clear of the guests & garden & move to the back of the property! Their space!

Gillian Armitage purchased this house in 2004

Why Gillian Armitage chose Fontenay-le-Comte

We bought La Fleur De Lys in Fontenay because of the location for guests. The area offers so much apart from an historic town & wonderful areas to visit, Boats, fishing, biking,aquarium, zoo's, kids activities, plage down the road for kids, picnics, puy de Fou,beaches, goes on & on! This is the wonderful VENDEE to suit everyones needs. Shops, restaurants, bars............ Not busy, just nice & so relaxed & very pretty houses, so French. Just loved the area & new it was perfect for guests on holiday.

Just a perfect location for our guests! You will never be bored! Everything within easy reach, La Rochelle, Il de Re, Lucon, all these places to visit. Other islands nearby,L` ile D`Aix etc.

The area has access to most places plus has the wonderful charm of Fontenay Le Comte, so so laid back, CHILL

What makes this house unique

Very convenient local facilities in Fontenay Le Comte, including a wide choice of supermarkets, restaurants and bars. 2 mins by car is the beach by the lake with boats, swimming, water slide, etc. gtreat fun day out. Kids love it! Also at Mervent there is a zoo plus parc Brun..another 2 favourites to visit. The fabulous beaches 45 mins away to 1 hr drive. Coulon where you can walk, take a boat on the river or just eat at fab restaurants...really popular.

Puy du Fou a must to visit..,.simply amazing day out. All in all a fab holiday to be had at La Fleur de Lys!

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We have lived the tricolore dream.La Rochelle, citron presse, moules frites, louer les bicyclettes, etc. The house is beautiful. You've really thought of everything to make this a wonderful place to spend a week. It's been so relaxing.'

'Thank you both so much for a wonderful break and your fabulous northern hospitality. The house is gorgeous, a real home from home. Hope to be back.'

'Had a fab time- glorious weather. We enjoyed the pool and getting bread from the local boulangerie on the bikes. Had great time at Mervent, walking in the trees in the adventure park. Also hired boats in Marans which was excellent value, and the kids enjoyed it too.Good restaurants. Too much food and wine- GREAT holiday!'

'We have been holidaying in France for 6 years.This is, without doubt, the best house we have stayed in.Absolutely fantastic!!!'
Jan 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Fontenay-le-Comte around the Vendée

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Please respect the property & leave clean . Pool must be closed when going out & every night. No animals upstairs. No glass/ bottles by pool area..
  • Secure property at all times when going out plus close the gates....thank you.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • lake
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom1: with bath, shower, sink, WC. Bathroom 2: with large shower, sink, WC. Bathroom 3: with large shower, sink, WC. Bathroom 4: ensuite to Bedroom 4 with large shower, sink and WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: with double bed, wardrobes and dressing table. Bedroom 2: with double bed, wardrobe and dressing table. Bedroom 3: with 3 single beds, wardrobe and dressing table. Bedroom 4: with double and single beds, wardrobe and dressing table.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: 20% discount on all Brittany Ferry crossings. Outside: In front of the house there is a large patio with dining table and chairs under a large canopy ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner 'al fresco'. The gravel drive is large enough to park 3 cars. With the gates closed, the property is fully enclosed for security. The swimming pool is 4X8 mtrs and is solar heated and for the exclusive use of guests.Sun loungers and chairs surround the pool. Just across from the pool is a summer lounge with 2 settees,4 chairs, and coffee tables. You can sit here in the shade or just in front there is a roll-out canopy. Behind the summer kitchen is the games room equipped with table tennis, darts and table football. Behind the swimming pool is a large lawn suitable for outdoor games. Boules, croquet and badminton games are provided. There are also 4 adult bikes for guests use. All pool cushions and towels are provided for our guests. Wifi free. Utility Room: Washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen and towels are included. Changed for each booking. If 2 week booking or longer please ask if you require change over, small charge may be made.


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“Stunning high spec French property”sleeps10. Heated pool. Spacious gardens.
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 34 reviews

Stunning French house full of character. Comfortable and well equipped

  • 5 of 5

Great pool set in well kept large garden!The games room was packed full with plenty of games and things to entertain the kids.Safe and enclosed for children and dogs too.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure having you to stay with your well behaved cute dog Rita plus your well behaved children as quoted by you. Always most welcome again in the future.
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Lovely spacious house with lots to do in the local area.

  • 5 of 5

Hugh and Gillian were very welcoming hosts and we very much enjoyed the time we spent in their lovely house. The kitchen was well-equipped and the house was the perfect size for two families of four. We explored the local areas as well as further afield and there is certainly plenty to do - we could have spent a second week there easily! Hugh did a great job at keeping the pool clean and at a good temperature for us. Although the hosts live in the house next door we found them very discreet and hardly saw them during our week there, yet it was convenient to be able to knock on their door if there was a problem - the best of both worlds. The bedrooms and bathrooms were clean and furnished to a high standard. Thanks for a great week!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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beautiful high spec property.

  • 5 of 5

we had a week in july. the house is much more beautiful than some of the online photos show. the pool and gardens are fabulous and everything you might want has already been thought of and provided, eg: barbecue coal and matches, citronella candles ,pool inflatables and outdoor games, etc etc. We would gladly go back and really enjoyed our stay. thankyou!!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure meeting you all. Gill & Hugh.
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  • 5 of 5

Had a very enjoyable stay. The property is spacious well maintained. A bathroom for each bedroom a real bonus (teenage girls!!) Kitchen better equipped than mine .loads of crockery, lots of gadgets, not your average rental.Liked the amount of outdoor space. Really enjoyed the pool also the various shaded areas we were blessed with marvellous weather. Men loved the TV package as they were able to watch the World Cup football. The area around is fantastic really worth exploring, especially like La Rochelle and Niort. The hosts Gillian and Hew very welcoming and shared local knowledge. All in all very good. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a lovely review. We so appreciated the way you left the house, was a pleasure to walk into. Hope Bentley was ok travelling as was so hot....
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A lovely house with everything you could need for a relaxing stay.

  • 4 of 5

We spent whit week at this lovely house in Fontenay-de -comte. Gillian and Hugh were perfect hosts making us feel welcome and ensuring we had everything we needed, right down to fine details like candles for outside and rubber rings for the children in the pool.

The rooms were comfy and nicely decorated each one with its own bathroom. The pool was lovely and all the family made use of the games room with table tennis and darts. The bikes provided were a lovely extra and were used for pleasant rides to local shop.

The area is very quiet, and places to visit were a distance away which was challenging with a one year old, however a wide variety of things to do. We hoped to use the beach on the lake but unfortunately it wasn't open for the season yet which was disappointing. We visited Isle de Re which was beautiful and Green venice is very pretty.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review. It was a shame the weather wasn’t brilliant but it was at least warm!
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It is lovely house and the facilities are excellent.

  • 4 of 5

We were a party of three couples who regularly holiday together. We enjoyed the house and pool but especially the kitchen which was very well equipped with more than we needed. Hugh and Gillian were great hosts, they were always available for any questions but never intrusive. We would recommend the house as a good holiday home in a nice area.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you..we loved the aperos evening.
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Le Moulin
Nearest Ferry
200 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Fontenay Le Comte
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
La Plage, Chassanon le bourg (Lake)
Car: necessary


La Rochelle is just 45 minutes drive. Ile de Re is a beautiful island just north of La Rochelle. Long sandy beaches can be found at La Tranche Sur Mer, and Le Sable D'Olonne.

Alternatively, just 5 minutes from La Fleur de Lys is a brand new waterpark/beach for all the family, very popular. Or fancy a day out boating at Venice Vert, Maillezais & Marans plus other areas. Information in the property for all activities. Loads of fishing lakes, cycling routes, Loads to do if you want a day out!


La Rochelle airport: 45 minutes by car.

Nantes airport : 1 hour by car.

Poitiers airport: 1 hour by car.

St. Malo port: 3 hours by car.

Caen port: 4 hours by car

Le Havre port : 5 hours by car.

Calais port: 6 hours by car


Charzais is just 3 minutes by car to Fontenay Le Comte.

The abbeys of Neuil Sur L'Autize and Maillezais are 10 minutes drive. The Mervent forest is 10 minutes drive.

Further Details:

Fontenay Le Comte is a very pleasant market town and has a choice of 5 supermarkets, banks, restaurants and cafe bars as well as some good clothing shops. A market is held every Saturday.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house around the Fontenay-le-Comte,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
20 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 2019
4 May 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2019
30 Jun 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2019
1 Sep 2019 - 19 Oct 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
La fleur de lys is open 12 months of the year.
on confirmation of reservation we require a 20% non-refundable deposit and the final balance, including security bond, to be paid 8 weeks prior to arrival.
wood can be bought at local supermarkets, central heating nov to march certain hours.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday.
Guests must depart by 10 am and new guests must not arrive until 4pm.
We ask the house be left clean on departure & all bottles & food thrown away. This is very much appreciated by us.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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