River Frontage in Hamlet of Dolbeau
About Belinda Bradford
As busy South Africans, our annual trip to France allows us to escape from it all. Belinda amongst other things, is chair of a charitable children's organization and Mark spends much of my time working all over Africa . Le Logis is the one place where we can safely get away from it all, unpack our bags for a few weeks and spend quality time together.
Belinda Bradford purchased this Cottage in 2008
Why Belinda Bradford chose Saint-Maixent-sur-Vie
Its was a friends search for antiques in the warehouses, auction rooms and brocante markets of western France that first introduced us to the region. We fell in love with the French countryside, it's charming villages, food markets, long sandy beaches and timeless way of life. In many ways, it reminds us of our home in the rural Midlands of Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa.
What makes this Cottage unique
Waking to the birds calling from the trees across the stream, a visit to the Boulanger in Commequier, an evening glass of wine in Apremont , walking along the promenade of Saint-Hilaire, before choosing a beach to spend the afternoon, buying fresh produce from markets in surrounding towns or just sitting out on the deck reading a book, are amongst the simple holiday routines that we look forward to.
Please refer to Information and welcome pack provided as well as booking contract
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
This is afabulous little gem
We found the house comfortably appointed and charming. The deep quiet of the countryside was lovely and there are delightful walks all around.Spots to visit and enjoy are close enough for day trips or even morning or afternoon outings. We loved our holiday and would love to come again.
Its always lovely to have guests who enjoy not only the cottage, but the surrounding area as well. We would welcome Margie and Ben back any time.
We love it, our French home from home
Quiet, restful and peaceful home and location.
Very well positioned for visiting all places
We had an eventful week but nevertheless enjoyed our holiday the place was ideally situated for the beaches and towns. Catherine has our greatest thanks for being on hand when we needed her. As Belinda' housekeeper she is a gem
Elizabeth was a delightful guest, who was easy communicate with. The house was left clean. I would welcome her back.
Le Logis de Dolbeau
Very comfortable house. Lovely atmosphere. Great base for exploring, and loads of places to visit and discover. The proximity of seaside villages/towns means you're spoilt for choice for beaches and entertainment. Nearby Chateaux, interesting churches, and available activities are not in short supply. All in all, something for everyone. A good selection of restaurants are within a fairly short drive.
I found parking in the small drive easy ! Remember to turn right out of the drive when setting off - the One Way sign on the main road isn't very clear.
Local walks, and the river nearby, and at Apremont, are fascinating, especially if you like nature, wildlife, and/or photography. There are plenty of fishing opportunities too.
A very enjoyable holiday, with help from the owners if needed. Tomtom was more than useful..... A wealth of information about specific eateries etc, is available in the house, with some very helpful observations from previous holidaymakers.
The property was very clean, and customer service A1.
Very relaxing with lots to offer
We stayed for 2 weeks and had a lovely time. We were fortunate to have the most amazing weather which enabled us to explore the local area. Having 2 children, age 5 and 6, we didn't want to have to travel too far to find fun and we did not. The coast is close by and there is a wonderful lake with a beach at Apremont which is only about a 10 min drive from the house. The house is well equipped with everything you would need.
I am delighted you so enjoyed your stay at le Logis Dolbeau. we would love to welcome you back!
A great holiday home with character.
Le Logis had everything we needed for our holiday. It is located in a quiet position with trees and birds and a stream at the back of the house.
It is very peaceful and there is plenty of garden furniture for you to relax on the decking if you want to spend the day at home reading or sunbathing, having a barbecue etc.
It is ideally situated for visiting places of interest and there a some absolutely fabulous beaches to drive to. There are many fleamarkets and antique fairs to visit and there is a very helpful book in the house telling you all the dates and locations, vide greniers and brocantes are very popular and can be quite an event in the villages and they have music and food, beer and wine.
After a day out its great to get home to Dolbeau, its comfortable and welcoming, everything you need is there. I've cooked some superb meals on the Calor gas cooker. I never used one before I went to Dolbeau but it's great and I like using different things, it's all part of the holiday.
There is tv and a dvd player, wifi ,washing machine and tumble drier, fridge freezer,the beds are comfortable, lots of hot water, nice shower, somewhere to park your car.
The owners are exceptionally nice people who, although they don't live in the area are easy to contact if you have any questions.
We have enjoyed 3 fabulous holidays at Dolbeau and everything has always been fine.
Mark and I are thrilled that you once again had an enjoyable stay at Le Logis Dolbeau. Sharing our home (which we don't get to visit as much as we would like ourselves) with families who get us much enjoyment out of it as us is heartening. Also knowing that our guests take such care of our home in our absence is wonderful!
We look forward to welcoming you back !
Special interest holidays:
This part of the Vendee is well known for its excellent cycling tracks, easy access to beaches and several lakes.
14 km to nearest beach in St Gilles Croix de Vie
The nearest airport is Nantes. Train stations at La Roche Sur Yon , nantes and St Gilles Croix de Vie. A car is essential.
Dolbeau is Hamlet within easy access of several villages;
Commequiers 3.9km -
Coex is the largest town nearby Dolbeau, several amenities are available such as banks, supermarkets and the famous botanical gardens.
picturesque village of Apremont. Towering over the village are the remains of the Chateau d'Apremont and the water tower from which there is a superb panoramic view of the valley of the river Vie and the surrounding countryside.
The steep steps carved into the rock face near the bridge lead up to the church with houses built into the cliffs. Within the village there are some impressive mansions as well as quaint cottages. Under the bridge is the old wash house and from nearby one can take a boat or canoe trip down the river Vie. From the right of the bridge upstream half a kilometre is the dam that holds back the river Vie to form the Vendée’s largest lake some 166 hectares in size and a veritable playground for both visitors and wildlife. During the season the lake is used for and all manner of water sports including swimming with boats also for hire. Nearby there is a restaurant to cater for the inner self.