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Self catering farmhouse in Vendee, oasis of calm - La Grange

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

La Grange

La Grange is a detached property with original stonework, wooden floor, exposed beams and a wood-burning stove. Outside there is an enclosed garden which is perfect for sitting quietly in the shade of the hot summer sun. Hire a canoe (payable locally) and explore the local canal network, or visit the pretty villages, markets and beaches of the Vendée and Charente.


Our region is blessed with an exceptional number of sunshine hours per year ( 2250). It is the sunniest region in Western France. Winter is mild and the mimosas flower as early as January; Spring comes early (and is beautiful) and, whilst Summer naturally sees most tourist activity, Autumn is still warm enough for the calmer main holiday.

The Coast:

The coast of the Poitou Charentes is one of the most popular with French holidaymakers, known for its long stretches of fine sand and good weather. The famous coastal town of La Rochelle is located in the Charente Maritime department. The old harbour and three medieval towers symbolise the port's rich history; there are lively quayside markets, trendy bars and excellent restaurants a-plenty Take a guided tour in a horse-drawn carriage, a boat trip to Fort Boyard or visit the fascinating aquarium The idyllic beaches of the Ile de Re (some 30km worth) are also within easy reach and the island is well worth a day's visit in its own right.

The Countryside:

The area is perfect for walking, riding and cycling The countryside is made up of rolling hills divided up into a patchwork quilt of sunflower and corn fields interspersed with fields containing cows and goats. The marais poitevin (or Green Venice) is a fascinating maze of rivers, dykes and tree-shaded canals which thread between meadows and fields. They cover an area of 230,000 acres from Niort and Fontenay-Le-Compte to the Atlantic ocean. The best way to explore is by boat, either with or without a guide. Visit, also, the Poitou donkey park at Dampierre-sur-Boutonne and marvel at this special breed of dreadlocked donkey!

Theme Parks:

Futuroscope, in Poitiers, is a collection of simulated visual spectacles, ranging from a white knuckle ride to journeys of dicovery in 3D to a magic carpet to a ride in a Formula 1 car. Puy du Fou is a huge medieval theme park with fascinating displays during both the day and the night. Marvel at the beautiful birds of prey, gasp at the stunt riders and take a step back in time in the vast roman stadium.


The region's history could have been lifted from an adventure story book: visit medieval fortresses, roman churches, Renaissance chateaux, protestant temples, grand abbeys, ramparts, fortifications and dungeons. Across the region stand some 600 beautiful examples of the Romanesque sanctuary, a heritage which began around the 10th century with techniques born of the Christian Roman Empire

Food & Drink:

The food of the region is simple and rustic, the food of peasants, but created from the wonderful local vegeatbles, fruits, dairy produce and fish. Seafood has pride of place with mussels in white wine and oysters wrapped in bacon and grilled with garlic butter as two of the more famous examples. Eels flourish in the marshes of the Poitou and are eaten grilled on coals or stewed with onions, muhrooms, butter and white wine. Other favourites from the marshes are fricassed frogs legs or garlic-stuffed snails. The markets of the region are colourful and extremely interesting, there is no better place to buy your provisions; lamb, beef or seafood, melons from Haut-Poitou or vegetables from the coast. There are 50 or so goat's cheeses or how about a torteau fromager, a delicate cake made from goat's cheese with a crispy blackened top. Those with a sweet tooth can buy some candied angelica in Niort or taste a multitude of flavoured honeys in Coulonges market.

More Details

Mariusz Kasak
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Polish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 September, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

The owners who spoke very good English could not do enough for you,made sure we had every thing,told us places to vist,where to eat. We even had a glass of wine with them on arrival and one or two more on the last night.Look forward to going back there.
Apr 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn around the Saint-Sigismond around the Vendée

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck Chairs
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting
Amongst other features we have full home cinema set-up.


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La Grange
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 17 reviews

Fantastic place in the Marais Poitevan

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay in the Marais Poitevan. Fabulous accommodation which has all the amenities that you need whilst on holiday. Great local cycle rides and plenty more within an hour's reach. A superb part of the French countryside.

And of course not forgetting the best of owners; Mariusz and his very friendly dog (Kietek).

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful autumn holiday

  • 4 of 5

We liked the house very much, it was clean, comfortable and apart from the unreliable wifi, everything worked as it should. The weather was beautiful for mid-October and we spent a lot of our time cycling around the quiet lanes and canalside paths. We had great fun the afternoon we hired a canoe from Damvix! Thanks for Mariusz for allowing us mid-week arrival and departure days.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Home from home

  • 5 of 5

The premises were very well looked after all you could need the area was excellant for walking and bike riding around the canals which is called a little venice would stay again everything you could need and over 20 degrees at the end of october excellant

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
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Fantastic renovation in a very peaceful surrounding . Always nice to see the host, a lovely break f

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need is there, the only thing you could benefit from is your own chef!

A lovely place to be when you need a rest.

There are plenty of places to go

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely gite in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed two weeks in this lovely accommodation. There were 6 adults and 3 dogs staying and we all had plenty of room inside and out. It was modern, comfortable, clean and tidy and the owner made us feel very welcome on arrival. The gite is in an unspoilt community where the locals are friendly and chatty. It was a super base from which to discover the gems of the region, and I would recommend it highly.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Vendée Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Lovely family holiday home with all modern amenities while retaining a rustic feel. Plenty of local cycle trails and lots of other activities further afield on the Vendée coast Thank you, Mariusz!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Damvix, Le Marais
Nearest Golf
19 Kilometres
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
A83, junction 9
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Damvix, La Gambille
Nearest Beach
54 Kilometres
La Faute sur Mer
Car: necessary

The Poitou-Charentes region is situated on the Western coast of France between Nantes and Bordeaux. It is made up of the Deux-Sevres, Charente Maritime, Charente and Vienne departments.

The Gîtes are in the heart of the Marais Poitevin canal network you can hire canoes and there are several pretty local villages and markets and the beaches of the Vendée and Charente are within an hour’s drive.


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