Le Monastère is a sensitive conversion of a former convent, set within extensive grounds bounded by Vouvant’s fortified ramparts and river. Our first floor apartment overlooks the centre of the village which, with its rich medieval heritage and splendid Romanesque church dating from the 11thC, is decribed by the state as one of the most beautiful villages in France. The village is also a centre for art, with working ateliers and a calendar of cultural events. The village shops include a boulangerie (for the daily baguette), a grocer, gift shops, cafés and restaurants. Slightly further afield, within 10-20 mins drive, are all the amenities of typical French market towns. The region boasts the highest number of sunshine hours on the Atlantic coast and a wide range of attractions: quaint villages, chic resorts, medieval architecture, haunting canal-crossed marshland, ancient forests, sandy beaches, walking, cycling, golf, markets, regional cuisine and the vineyards of the Fiefs Vendéens.
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- Min. Stay1 - 5 nights
Apartment in Vouvant, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, France - Overlooking Ancient Church and Square of Beautiful Medieval Village
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- 23 Aug 2018
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Fabulous and friendly.
Very relaxing holiday in a beautiful well equipped and comfortable apartment. The apartment and converted monastery complex as a whole was very well maintained and the village is full of French charm. The residents were very welcoming, and helpful if you had any questions or needed advice about the complex or surrounding area. We would definitely recommend this apartment for a relaxing or active holiday. We will certainly, if able, return in the future.
A marvellous oasis of style!
The photos don't do justice to how well-equipped is this two-bedroom unit in a converted monetary! Everything possible has been thought of re: furnishings and appliances (bar the amusingly tiny television!), and the property and grounds are immaculately maintained. I didn't use the pool though it looked sparkling. All in all, thoroughly recommendable, and just steps from everything charming Vouvant has to offer. Merci Mille fois, Jacki and Mike!!
The apartment is small but spectacular. It is immaculately kitted out with everything you need.
We loved our holiday, and had the best combination of a beautiful apartment within a superb complex that includes a pool and extraordinary grounds. Vouvant itself is a charming village set within exquisite natural surrounds.
Beautiful, thank you!
As always Le Monestere was beautiful. The apartment is great, comfortable and with everything we need. The grounds are pretty and well tended. And the residents gave us a warm and friendly welcome. As soon as we drive into Vouvant we relax. Hope to be back next year!
Fantastic property, beautifully presented located in a stunning setting
Just spent an enjoyable fortnight at Le Monaster. A truly beautiful apartment located within a fantastic setting. The gardens and the pool complete the perfect package.
Fantastic location! The property was very clean and well equipped, exceeding our expectations. The bed was very comfortable and we slept well. Local walks are lovely including the grounds of La Monastere itself. It is within walking distance of all amenities, bars, cafes, boulangerie etc and a short drive to larger towns and villages. We can heartily recommend.
The region is renowned for its coastline, with some of the best blue flag beaches in the country and a micro-climate second only to the South of France. There are also splendid resorts; from the family-oriented Les Sables d’Olonne in the north to La Rochelle in the south - one of the most attractive seaside towns in France. To the west of La Rochelle lies the Ile de Ré, a charming offshore island dotted with quaint villages and glorious beaches. The coast is within 60 mins drive of Vouvant.
Airports at La Rochelle, Poitiers and Nantes – all approximately 1 hour (car hire available).
There are good auto-route links from the ferry ports of St Malo 3.5 hours. Caen 4 hours. Cherbourg 4.5 hours and Calais 6.5 hours. International rail links to Poitiers. Car recommended.
Centrally located within the village. Larger towns of la Châtaigneraie and Fontenay Le Comte, within 10 and 15 minutes drive respectively, have a good selection of supermarkets, restaurants and banks.
Grand Parc de Puy de Fou – unmissable spectacle combining historical theme park and pageantry with a cast of thousands approx 60 minutes.
Within Vouvant: tourist office, medieval ramparts, artists’ studios/galleries, horse riding, bicycle hire, tennis courts, gift shops, pharmacy, grocer, boulangerie, auberge/restaurant/bar, bar/tabac and café.
Within a 10 minute drive: La Châtaigneraie – Nearest town with good selection of banks and supermarkets. Forest of Mervent – The largest forest in the Vendée with hundreds of miles of trails for walking, cycling and horse riding. At the heart of the forest is a large lake with a nautical activities centre.
Within a 20 minute drive: Fontenay Le Comte - Listed as a town of Art and History, with impressive Renaissance and 18th Century architecture, including the Château de Terre-Neuve. Bustling Saturday market in and around the old market hall – great for a good range of fresh local produce. Marais Poitevin – A beautiful area of marshland, criss-crossed with canals (known locally as the Venise Verte). A haven for flora and fauna, and a centre for boating, cycling and walking.
Within a 60 minute drive: La Rochelle – One of the most picturesque and historically rich cities in France: soak up the atmosphere from one of the many excellent restaurants lining the Old Port; stroll through covered arcades lined with stylish shops or explore its many forms of heritage and culture.
Changeover Day: Changeover typically Saturday; however, short stays/non-standard periods will be considered on request. Arrival/Departure: Departure by 10am. Arrival between 3pm and 6pm – alternative times must be arranged by prior agreement. Notes on prices: Prices shown are per week (in UK pounds) and based on 2 adults sharing one bedroom. There will be a small surcharge for a third person using the second bedroom. Discounts available for long winter lets. Please note: unfortunately, we are unable to accept bookings from parties with children under the age of 17 for the period 04 July 2015 - 29 August 2015.