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Marc and Rhys in the Pool

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Main Garden in front of Gites

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Recliners in Shaded Area

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Heated Pool by Summer Kitchen

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Marc and Rhys in the Pool

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Main Garden in front of Gites

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Recliners in Shaded Area

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Summer Kitchen

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BBQ Area behind Summer Kitchen

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Table Tennis Area
Gites in the Vendee, Loire, France with Heated Swimming Pool - Click for bigger image in new window
Heated Pool by Summer Kitchen

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Marc and Rhys in the Pool

Main Garden in Front of Gites with Seating Area - Click for bigger image in new window
Main Garden in front of Gites

Recliners in Shaded Area behind Badminto Area - Click for bigger image in new window
Recliners in Shaded Area

Summer Kitchen behind the Heated Pool - Click for bigger image in new window
Summer Kitchen

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BBQ Area behind Summer Kitchen

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Table Tennis Area
Gites in the Vendee, Loire, France with Heated Swimming Pool - Click for bigger image in new window
Heated Pool by Summer Kitchen

Marc and Rhys in the Heated Pool behind Summer Kitchen - Click for bigger image in new window
Marc and Rhys in the Pool

Main Garden in Front of Gites with Seating Area - Click for bigger image in new window
Main Garden in front of Gites

Recliners in Shaded Area behind Badminto Area - Click for bigger image in new window
Recliners in Shaded Area

Summer Kitchen behind the Heated Pool - Click for bigger image in new window
Summer Kitchen

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BBQ Area behind Summer Kitchen

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Table Tennis Area
Gites in the Vendee, Loire, France with Heated Swimming Pool - Click for bigger image in new window
Heated Pool by Summer Kitchen

Marc and Rhys in the Heated Pool behind Summer Kitchen - Click for bigger image in new window
Marc and Rhys in the Pool

Main Garden in Front of Gites with Seating Area - Click for bigger image in new window
Main Garden in front of Gites

Recliners in Shaded Area behind Badminto Area - Click for bigger image in new window
Recliners in Shaded Area

Summer Kitchen behind the Heated Pool - Click for bigger image in new window
Summer Kitchen

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BBQ Area behind Summer Kitchen

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Table Tennis Area
Gites in the Vendee, Loire, France with Heated Swimming Pool - Click for bigger image in new window
Heated Pool by Summer Kitchen

Marc and Rhys in the Heated Pool behind Summer Kitchen - Click for bigger image in new window
Marc and Rhys in the Pool

Main Garden in Front of Gites with Seating Area - Click for bigger image in new window
Main Garden in front of Gites

Recliners in Shaded Area behind Badminto Area - Click for bigger image in new window
Recliners in Shaded Area

Summer Kitchen behind the Heated Pool - Click for bigger image in new window
Summer Kitchen

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BBQ Area behind Summer Kitchen

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Table Tennis Area
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Heated Pool by Summer Kitchen

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Marc and Rhys in the Pool

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Many thanks for a fantastic fortnight in the gite. The pool is fantastic and the constant friendly atmosphere made everything nicer. Everyone we met was lovely and we are bringing home some amazing photos. Thank you for the hospitality as well.

The village creperie and restaurant (the hotel) are amazing – both had great service and magnificent food.

The scenery in the area is amazing, particularly at sunset, which creates unique landscape photos. Every last detail has been considered and adjusted so that our stay was wonderful
Damian, Theresa, and Maeve – August 2016

What a wonderful time, spent with friends yet again ! We’ve loved the laughs, chats & wine … into the evening. Always a real tonic coming here. Peaceful, idyllic … but check out the noisy frogs if you go for an evening walk and not forgetting the glow worms !!

Plenty of walks into the village, for bread & supplies & just to enjoy. Wonderful pool & so relaxing. But best of all have been the laughs and chats, much merriment. Thank you so much … you’re a joy to know
Richard, Heather, Will & Lydia – July 2016

Lovely week chez ‘Merlot’, wonderful mix of doing absolutely nothing and ‘compulsory’ exercise – swimming, canoeing, cycling … eating, drinking !!

Thank you for your kind hospitality
Gill, Peter, and Rory – August 2016

Thank you for making our week here pleasant and relaxing. Enjoyed the Abbey and can recommend the hotel in the village for a meal. Many thanks again for the lift back from the Hotel during the thunderstorm
Rodney & Gillian – September 2016

A huge thank you for our wonderful holiday. You are both fantastic hosts and a wealth of helpful info on the area, weather, and great days out

The gite, gardens, and pool are of such a high standard – every detail taken care of. Thank you!

We all loved Puy du Fou. A theme Park with a difference – no rides but huge scale, spectacular performances with stunt men and animals. Out of this world! We also really enjoyed walking to the village with its lovely Creperie and Hotel, food wa great in both

Coulon was very pretty – would love to go back and hire a boat. Cycling in Mervent Forest was also lovely. Saw a kingfisher each time I crossed the river to the village. Beautiful
The Paveys, Kent – August 2015

What a fantastic time! Perfect hosts – thank you for all your advice and courgettes – not to mention the evening chats and laughter!! We didn’t actually ‘do’ a lot but peace and relaxation have been priceless.

The accommodation absolutely wonderful and the pool has been exceptional. Weather has been incredible. Lovely walks to the village each day and went in the Abbey and Elienor of Aquitaine’s house. The boulangerie and charcuterie are well worth visiting. The creperie was also a must. Went to Chateau Terre Neuve which was stunning. Can’t wait to come back. Thanks
Richard, Heather, Will, and Lydia, Derbyshire – August 2015

We have enjoyed a fabulous week at the gite. Jess and Jake have been in the pool every day. The creperie in the village was delicious and we enjoyed the walk to the village by the river where we spotted kingfishers and frogs

We have had some lovely days out to the Aquarium at La Rochelle, a walk through the forest and by the lake at Mervent, a day at Puy du Fou, and a guided boat trip from St Sigimond.

Thank you for your kindness and hospitality, helpful suggestions and the courgettes!!

This is definitely somewhere we would love to come back to
Tim, Trish, Jess, Jake, Kent – July 2015

We have had a really great week at the gite. We’ve really enjoyed taking meals outside to eat in sun. Joe has looked forward to his daily swim and it’s nice to find a pool with a real deep end

We have loved :-
  • boat ride at St Sigismond – so beautiful
  • driving through the Mervent Forest
  • having moules and frites at L’Aguillon sur Mer and sunbathing on the beach at La Faute dur Mer
  • the town park at Lucon – a lovely town
  • scrambling in the nets at Parcabout in Fontenay
  • our daily walk for bread and croissants and listening to the frogs in the stream and spotting kingfishers
  • shopping in Niort at Gallerie La Fayette sales
  • finding the boat over the river on chains
Home now to try to make gallettes with the flour from the Mill

Thank you for a lovely stay
Kevin and Sarah Saunders, Lincs – July 2015

We have had a lovely week in a lovely gite – so sad to leave. I booked for a week of relaxation after a challenging few months and we got that in bucket loads !!

Pool is fab, and a walk into the village a real treat. Haven’t done much else, a trip to La Rochelle was thoroughly enjoyable and it’s somewhere worth another trip. Pizzeria at Oulmes is lovely, and we enjoyed a couple of trips to the Creperie. Thank you so much – we hope to be back
Lynne and Mark Wightman, Durham – July 2015

What a fabulous week in the Vin de Merlot attended to by lovely hosts. The gite is high standard and the pool – well – what can I say? Cycling every morning – mainly in the Venise Verte and back to the pool every afternoon for at least 3 ‘dips’!! Thank you both for a wonderful weeks’ relaxation
The Pantings, Suffolk – June 2015

A wonderful stay. Thoroughly enjoyed the area. La Rochelle was a must – Andre Fish Restaurant excellent

Thank you both for all your tips and guidance. Plus the 6 nail balancing trick – we got there in the end with much help. Great fun!! Gite and hosts come highly recommended
Bryan & Margaret Eida, Surrey – June 2015

A memorable holiday – thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you both for your guidance and recommendations on places to go and eat – also for your attention to the pool and grounds. It place a place special

The pool a real bonus – gave me the confidence to start swimming again after an accident

Will be making the six nail board and would recommend the gite and hosts
Sue and Roger Levette, England – June 2015

We had a wonderful time at this gite. It was hard to fault anything. We brought bikes and went from village to village easily with great advice from our hosts who know the area like the back of their hand. Restful and relaxing and ‘rouge’ – the three Rs for a great holiday
Sarah & Phil
I enjoyed the holiday a lot. It was relaxing, had great activities, and the food in the village was lovely. We ate at the Creperie and the hotel which both were very nice. The hosts were very good and were very helpful.
Conor age 13
This is my favourite holiday so far. As it had lots of activities to do such as table tennis, swimming pool, badminton and some good restaurants. We had the best hosts ever. So ‘THANK YOU’
Matthew age 11
The Smyth Family, Ireland – July 2014

Fabulous holiday! Accommodation and hosts perfect. Location gives peaceful way of life but also central to many interesting places. Our only complaint is……we should have booked 2 weeks instead of 1 !! Even despite wearing raincoats on the beach, we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. We travelled by light aircraft into Fontenay le Comte aeroclub who were also very accommodating
Richard, Paula, and Clara (Brew family, Hampton-in-Arden) – August 2014

Great location, well equipped gite, and very knowledgeable and friendly hosts who were always on hand to offer advice and tips for the area. Definitely recommend Puy du Fou, although do get there early. Left at 9:15 and caught in traffic – would say at least 30 minutes earlier. Worth it though!! Ile de Re on a nice day and the lake/beach at Chassenon Bourg also recommended

Thanks to our hosts for the courgettes and all the helpful tips and advice over the past couple of weeks
Tim, Carla, and Jessica – Aug 2014 – London

A wonderful, relaxing, and thoroughly enjoyable 2 weeks in the haven that is the Vendee. Thank you firstly to our hosts for being perfect. Recommend Coulon, Lucon, and Fontenay for visits. Butchers and bakery both top notch and very helpful. Creperie and Auberge definitely worth a try as is the Pizzeria in Oulmes. Lastly, a lovely pool and garden for a lazy few hours each day. What more could you ask for? See you for now!
Alison, Peter, Olwen, and Adam xx – July 2014

The sign of a good holiday to me is feeling so relaxed that after two weeks you're not wishing to come home. This is our third visit to Chez Gites and I can honestly say - we'd come back again. The hosts are great fun, the Pool is spotless and now heated even better than before - even though in the temperatures we experienced its nice to cool off a bit and the gites are really well kitted out.

The village is beautiful and there is plenty to see and do - even if you've been before. It's a lovely area of France and seems to have it's own micro climate. and just eating fresh bread, cheese, fruit etc and drinking a nice red in the gardens is fine to me. Two boys were never bored, (12 & 8) and when you've got a family, if the kids are happy, you're happy too.

Try the bakery - and the creperie - but you might need to book - it's extremely popular - always a good sign though.

Thanks once again R and S - It was a pleasure.
Marc, Jules, Matt & Cally – August 2013

We’ve enjoyed a lovely week here – thanks so much for being so welcoming and also recommending some great days trips. We enjoyed a day in La Rochelle (a one hour drive) where we had a fantastic lunch in a restaurant called ‘La Petite Auberge’, which we found on TripAdvisor and was well worth a visit. We spent a morning hiring bikes in the base de loisirs, in Mervent (15 minute drive) where there are beautiful lakes for boat hire and many well marked bike trails to follow, suitable for beginner bike riders thankfully!! On our lazier days, the pool was fantastic and the gite had everything we needed. Thanks you again!!
The Williams Family – Aug 2013 – London

We have had a great holiday. Gite is very comfortable, with an excellent pool and BBQ area, which we have taken advantage of. You’ve been lovely hosts, very friendly and amenable with great local knowledge which helped planning days out around weather forecasts.

Puy du Fou is a must! A great family day out. A different ‘Park’ experience to those in England, but worth taking a packed lunch

Beach – we went to La Tranch sur Mer a couple of times – lovely beach and local shops/restaurants, but need to take a parasol if hot as no shade on beach

La Rochelle – fantastic old town – could do 2 days exploring here – great restaurants and Aquarium

We had a bad weather day and so went to Futuroscope which was very good as we could dodge the rain in the experiences

We also brought our own kayak with us and had a great afternoon on the lake at Xanton-Chassenon (about 15 minutes away). There is also a bathing area and water slides which our girls found great fun

Hope you enjoy your stay as much as we have!!
Clare, Rob, Gaby and Elizabeth – July 2013

We’ve had a fabulous week here. The facilities are great and it has felt really like a home from home. The village is lovely and the park and river are well worth spending time at. We had good meals at the Creperie and the Hotel (hilarious owner!!). Coulon is very pretty and whilst we didn’t this time, the boats and little train would definitely be on our list if we came again

The Lake at Chassenon has good facilities and a beach and is just down the road. The Abbey and Mill in the village are worth a look – we spent a whole day down there. Niort is pretty good for shopping and a general mooch around – shame we had a toddler in tow!!. We very much enjoyed the barbecued courgettes!! Thanks for everything
The Rickmans – August 2013 – Hampshire and Essex

Thank you both – we had an amazing time staying in the gites. They were lovely and every night was beautiful. We all had a great time in the pool!!
Mel, Chris, Chloe, Elizabeth Smith – August 2013

Thanks both for your help and abundant knowledge of the local area. Had a great relaxing 2 weeks, have to go home to detox from sampling all Steve’s wine recommendations! As other recommendations, boating a must and we greatly enjoyed swinging in the trees in Mervent – Parc Aventure – they speak great English – very good fun. Hope you have as good a time as us. Thanks again
Sam, Mel Alex and Christian – July 2013 – Newcastle upon Tyne

So envious of everyone who still has their holiday here ahead of them!! Thank you for your lovely gite, gardens, and pool. We’ve had a great time

Top tips for others :– the brand new swimming plage at Chassenon-le-Bourg; boating on any bit of the Green Venice – we started from Maillezais, cycling anywhere and everywhere (we were so glad we brought the bikes with us); the coast at Ile de Ré; Puy du Fou was great for a cool day – can’t think of anything quite like it in the UK. Thanks again
Jane, Graeme, James – July 2013 – Now to watch the Tour !!

Thank you for making this the best ‘work’ holiday ever! You made us feel very involved and showed us where to go in the village and how to get to fun days out. The pool was great and the gite was super. Thanks loads
Rhian, Faye, Noah – June 2013

What a wonderful week we have had. A lovely gite with fantastic facilities and brilliant hosts. They could not have been more helpful and welcoming and made our holiday that much better.

So relaxing to stay in the vicinity of the gite, but if you are interested in having a go at surfing Les Conches is a fantastic beach with surf hire and a surf school right on the beach

We also went boating at Coulon and also at Damvix, which was great fun and the forests around Vouvant are worth a stroll around

A lovely holiday and we don’t want to leave!!
The Collins Family – Aug 2012

Yet again – another fantastic 2 weeks in the Vendee. Weather has been superb and we have had an even more relaxing time this year. HOT HOT HOT 50C/40C in the shade!! Phew!

Kids adore the place and pool and have always something to do. This year we tried kayaking and canoeing in Mervent which was great fun. Niort is nice to visit and Coulon always nice to see again.

Thanks both once again for making our stay so great
Marc, Jules, Matt & Cally – August 2012

We have used French Gites for some 15 years and this is one of the best appointed ones we have had. Do visit the village (use the short cut – lovely views). The Auberge and the Creperie are good and will provide good food and wine at reasonable cost and within staggering distance!

Super U and Leclerc at Fontenay will provide anything else including diesel and petrol at rock bottom prices. Free WI-FI at McDonalds at Super U

Niort, Lucon, and Vouvant are all well worth the visit as well as locally the Abbey in the village and the Chateau de Terre Neuve in Fontenay

Punts/Canoes can be hired at Damvix but we found the trip aboard the ‘Bateau Mouche’ from there excellent value – 4 course meal, wine, aperitif, and 3 and ¾ hour canal cruise for 45 euros per person. Any problems or advice just ask Steve who couldn’t be more helpful
Gerry and Kathy Skinner – June 2012

Lovely gite, beautiful setting, excellent pool, charming, helpful hosts.

A perfect spot and set-up for a totally relaxing holiday which was what we all needed. We spent most of the time at the gite, reading, sunbathing, swimming, table tennis, and, of course, eating and drinking !

An interesting afternoon tour and tasting at the Moulin in the village. Dined at the Creperie and Le Captain (in Fontenay) – both places recommended and good meals at both !

Definitely a gite worth coming to again; will recommend it to others and may well return ourselves with more in tow !

Ah well, here’s to spending one last delightful stress free day on site. A stroll down to the Moulin to buy some bread flour to experiment with and a walk around the Abbey. A late afternoon swim in the pool and a scrummy BBQ ably prepared by Martyn!
Jane, Martyn and Samantha – August 2012

Can confirm everything that has been written before reference our hosts, the gite, the pool etc. 2 excellent weeks with some very high temperatures. Would really recommend Puy du Fou, but not on a very hot day – Steve’s weather forecasting is very accurate!! Amazing day out for any age. Also enjoyed punting on the river at Coulon, the climbing at Mervent Forest, Vouvant and the beach at Les Sables
Marc, Clare, & Poppy – August 2012

Lovely gite, very peaceful. Lots to do in the local area. Enjoyed the cycling and boating in Maillezais and can really recommend there ‘L’Auberge de l’Abbaye’. Definitely an area to revisit
The Wallis Family – August 2012

Thanks to you both - you have made a superb holiday that much better

One of our best holidays, Great location for going to lots of places, very peaceful, favourite days out were to La Rochelle, the 'barque' (like punting) at Maille and Vouvant. the pool is excellent and our hosts gave just the right touches to make the holiday just what we expected. Am fully refreshed
Sean, Anne & Amy Pickin – August 2011

Thank you both for a wonderful two weeks. Our two boys Matthew & Callum have had a brilliant time and can't wait to come back next year !!

The pool is superb and the area is a super area to explore from. As other guests have stated, Puy du Fou is brilliant, Green Venice a must, and La Rochelle nice to visit - if busy. The abbeys close by are well worth a visit also.

Thanks to you both for your hospitality
Marc, Jules, Matthew & Callum – August 2011

Had an amazing holiday, accommodation first class. Very central to many lovely places. La Rochelle was very unique, as was Niort. Thank you very much.
Sam, Adam, Sophie & Beth – August 2011

Lovely relaxing holiday, lots of trips out to Mervent Zoo climbing trees (for all ages !!) near Chanterelle, Ile de Re, La Rochelle, Fontenay market, boating. Many thanks
Myers family, Worcester – August 2011

Thanks both for a very relaxing time. We all enjoyed your gite, grounds and hospitality. Take care and hope to see you again
Hywel, Nic & Elin – September 2011

We had an excellent holiday, excellent hosts, superb weather, brilliant place, the kids loved the pool.

We holidayed here last year, and this year was just as good

There is so much to try to pack into 2 weeks, and then leave some time to laze by the pool too. We had a really good time at Puy du Fou and also the Aquarium at La Rochelle. There is still lots left that we didn’t have time to get to

Once again a wonderful holiday- hospitality is superb! Cannot recommend Chez Gites highly enough ! Thank you for a holiday which sends us home renewed and refreshed
Alison, Warren, Will and Rob – August 2010

We have had a wonderful two weeks, helped by some lovely weather. Our highlights :-

  1) Aquarium at La Rochelle, get there early to avoid long queues
  2) Cycling and hiring a barge – you can do at Coulon, but also recommend Damvix (near Maille) as it is quieter and less ‘touristy’, also cycle tracks nice and shady
  3) The freshest ‘Moules et Frites’ on the Canal side at Marans – near lock gates at ‘Le Petit Bouchot’
  4) A walk in the woods at Vouvant, tourist office has a map of varying lengths of walks and a picturesque river

The children loved the pool, and we all enjoyed badminton and table tennis, plus our daily walk to the bakery – if you like croissants, get there early or, like us, have a lie-in having ordered the day before

For a reasonably priced, really nice meal we recommend l’Escargot Vendeen on the main road through Oulmes

Thanks to Steve for all his tips and advice – without him pointing things out we would not have had so many highlights
Phil, Helen, Jemma (12) and Daniel (9) – August 2010

Thanks for a lovely time – loved the kitten by the way
Daniel (9) – August 2010

The Aquarium at La Rochelle was fab. As was the Pool
Jemma (12) – August 2010

Thank you for a lovely holiday – excellent facilities. Excellent pool and hammock, the courgettes and cucumbers were very nice too.

We would recommend a visit to the Abbey in Nieul sur l’Autise – great multimedia presentation.

We travelled over to Ile de Re and if you decide to go there, try a meal in La Flotte overlooking the harbour. Boating in Coulon was great fun although we had to shelter under the trees to avoid some sharp showers of rain ! The rest of the time we simply relaxed by the pool or read under the gazebo. A wonderful place to unwind, many thanks for all your help
Regards Caroline, Malcolm & Richard Stone – July 2010

Thanks to you both for making our first stay in a French Gite fab. How clean it was and had everything that we needed. This area of France is beautiful and has loads to do for every age group. The pool is fab and a proper sunspot. Thanks again for your hospitality
The Hughes Family – Alwyn, Tina, Gareth (20), Kate (13) – August 2010

Thank you both for a wonderful time this past two weeks, I’ve had a blast ! I especially enjoyed going to Mervent with our canoe and, of course, the gorgeous kitten ! Thanks again
Kate (13) – August 2010

A lovely gite with great hosts. We would recommend visiting the Abbey, Mervent Forest, and Vouvant. We enjoyed cycling and boating and lazing by the pool – very peaceful
Chris, Sarah, Samuel, Imogen Baldwin – August 2010

I enjoyed the beach at Ile de Re, lovely restaurants wherever you go, I also enjoyed thoroughly the boating at Mervent Forest. Loved the pool !! Lots of things to do
Samuel – August 2010

I’d definitely recommend the Abbey at Nieul sur l’Autise, and boating in Maillezais
Imogen – August 2010

Had a wonderful two weeks here at Chez Gites. Many thanks for making us feel welcome and at home and for all your local knowledge and advice, not to mention the fabulous tomatoes and courgettes !!

Enjoyed all the facilities here, especially lazing by the pool watching the boys do all the energetic stuff. The beach at La Tranche sur Mer well worth a visit – huge waves and interesting rock pools. The boats at Coulon were a wonderful trip through the marshes. The Saturday Market at Fontenay – very colourful. La Rochelle a lovely medieval town that we enjoyed greatly

Going home relaxed and refreshed, with happy memories of our stay – hope to be back soon
Alison, Warren, Will & Rob – September 2009

What a fantastic holiday we’ve had. Our thanks to you both for creating such a delightful environment. The gite is tasteful, comfortable, and spacious, as well as having really good quality equipment. The pool is wonderful and we really haven’t found any need to venture too far a field. In addition, having badminton, boules and table tennis on site is a real bonus.

Nieul itself has everything you could possibly need within walking distance and is at the same time a really attractive village. That notwithstanding, there is also the Abbey, which is wonderful. Dinner at the hotel is recommended

I really can’t compliment this place enough. We have been spectacularly lazy, or relaxed, and leave feeling very much refreshed !!
Best Wishes, Rosie, Tim, Gracie, Jude, & Laurie - August 2009

I enjoyed it so much I don’t want to leave. Thanks for the hospitality. What can we say? Be back next year !!
Love Sharon & Mel & the boys - August 2009

Thank you very much for providing us with two very enjoyable weeks here in Nieul sur l’Autise. We have particularly enjoyed the local Abbey, cycle route, Coulon, Creperie, Boating Trips, and our accommodation (not to mention the swimming pool !!) We have also consumed far too many baguettes and crosiants !! Thank you again for being such friendly hosts and giving us a pleasant, memorable holiday
Richard, Jackie, Hannah & Robert – August 2009

Thanks both – we’ve had a great and relaxing time. Accommodation and facilities are super. Enjoyed the courgettes !! Plenty of time to read books and laze around, as well as go on many sightseeing and shopping trips. Oasis Restaurant in Fontenay well worth a visit
Christine, Lindsay, Amy & Elliot – July 2009

Our 3rd visit, and probably our best yet – a combination of fantastic weather and excellent surroundings and company. It was delightful to take an evening stroll to the village and watch the heron on the weir, and go rabbit watching on the way home. Such a relaxing place to stay – going home with our batteries recharged ready to face the British rain !!
Meg & Bryn – June 2009

It’s only a few pages since we wrote last year !!

Fantastic weather has meant a very relaxed time. La Tranche (park in central beach car park) has a great family beach. We have done our favourites again – the Abbey, hotel, and creperie in the village always great value.

La Rochelle aquarium very good, go early – it opens 9:00. Flea market at Fontenay Saturday morning well worth a visit – go to the indoor market for fish, meat, and bread.

We have discovered many excellent wines, buy from Hyper U or Leclerc at about 3 to 4 euros

Fishing in the village is good fun, we caught rudd roach and perch. Cheap equipment in the supermarket.

Relax & Enjoy – we have
James, Sue, Edward & Victoria Simpson - August 2008

** Make sure you try ‘La Tranche’ – fantastic beaches which were generally deserted – about an hour away. If you like it quiet, head for ‘La Phare’ car park (‘Lighthouse’) which is free and never busy (we went twice !). Check the tide tables (in one of the tourist guides ‘En Vendee’) and make sure you get there to coincide with high tide; there are great rock pools at low tide (look for oysters with the locals), but low tide not so good for bathing ! Keep your eyes out for a fossil or two

** ‘Puy du Fou’ is immense. Great for children or adults, but plan on £25 a headfor the day. If you have some basic French, you don’t need a translator. As previous people have said, get there at 10:00, Vikings first then Gladiators. Take a brolly in case of rain as it’s 90% outside

** Market in Fontenay is great fun. Not too big and not a lot of ‘fall apart’ clothing !! Upstairs in the indoor area if you like your seafood – moules are very cheap there !!

** The Abbeys were a great hit with our two ‘National Trust-averse children (6 and 8). Not at all what you would expect, and really fantastically treated/designed. We preferred Nieul sur l’Autise, enjoyed especially the ‘joystick choirs’ in the last house!! Keep your tickets for half-price entry to the other abbey at Maillezais – a very different but excellent morning out

** Make sure you explore Nieul sur l’Autise. It is 5 minutes past the mill. The restaurant at La Cloitre is great value – very authentic food at miniscule prices – try the ‘duo’. And pick the wines from the mantelpiece for the top quality ones ! We had the last Cotes de Borg 2005 – sorry !!

** La Rochelle is great, park past the aquarium for a free car park, but get there before 10:00 or the aquarium is full

** Wines – we stocked up in the Loire on the way down. ‘Fiefs Vendeen’ is the local VDQS. Good value – good fun. Buy from the producer at Pissotte (very nice chap !!). Or there are a few caves at Vix. The other producers (at Mareuil) are a bit of a long drive away, but ‘Marat’ is the best. You can buy his wines at a local wine shop in the centre of La Tranche (about 1 euro more expensive, but they have the whole range). Enjoy …

** As others have mentioned, the gite and surroundings are fabulous – very spacious inside and out. An excellent pool and badminton, table tennis and swings to supplement the non-aquatic amongst us. We lived in the outdoor kitchen, but never quite mastered the BBQ. Better luck next time !!

** Thanks for the relaxed laid back atmosphere. Although it is a shared complex, it always felt ‘ours’ to use
David, Ruth, Owyn (age 6) & Thomas (age 8) - August 2008

What a wonderful, relaxing holiday. The girls enjoyed the pool and all that the site had to offer. The Abbey at Nieul sur l’Autise is beautiful and well worth a visit. The walk to the village to buy our daily bagette made a peaceful start to each day. Our hosts were great, and we will take home wonderful memories of our ‘Bastille Celebrations’
Lorraine, Norman, Claire & Sarah (Bristol) - July 2008

Superb spacious gite, surroundings, fab pool, BBQ, and summer kitchen which doubled up as an excellent poker games room !!

Fab hosts gave excellent advice on wines and places to eat and visit. Bakers in Oulmes good. We enjoyed visiting La Rochelle (get there early), Coulon, Maillezai + Abbey, Fontenay market, and beach at La Tranche sur Mer.

It really is only 5 mins walk along river, past mill into town to bar/restaurant at Hotel du Cloitre - excellent food. A big thank you
Liza, Keith, Jamie and Becky - La Alexander Famille - xxxx - Aug 2007

An excellent holiday in wonderful surroundings - made all the better for superb accommodation and care and attention. There is more than enough to do all within easy reach - we have fished in the village, visited La Rochelle (aquarium a must for the children - then eat on the harbour side). Rowed the canals at Maillezais (cheaper away from the Abbey).

Spent days on various beaches and of course lazed by the pool and introduced the children (8 + 5) to numerous card games. A great two weeks
James, Sue, Edward, + Victoria Simpson, July 2007

This holiday has been fantastic. Gite exceptionally clean and information well received. Creperie (in the village) excellent value - food was very good too. Coulon is pretty, must try the boats there (sans batelier) - well worth a laugh. Puy du Fou is a must and fun for the whole family (70 miles or 1 hour 15 mins), have to be there on opening (10 o'clock - do the vikings first).

For smaller children (under 12) Parc de Pierre Brune near Mervent is a good day out - hotel food okay but watch the wait. Market Saturday morning at Fontenay le Comte. La Rochelle (down by port/old ports) another nice day out. Many thanks for a great two weeks
Jess, Alex, and Alastair Carvlin, Aug 2007

We've had a wonderful time - the Gite is very comfortable and the pool and barbeque are great ! The bakery next to the Post Office is better than that in the aquare and the E Leclerc on the Nantes road out of Fontenay is excellent. The 'batirs' at Coulon are great fun and La Rochelle is a lovely town. Many thanks for everything
Alan, Jill, Elliot, & Lucy Paton, July 2007

Fabulous gite, swimming pool and hosts. Loads to entertain the children - many thanks. Puy du Fou is brilliant for kids and adults alike. Quite unique. La Rochelle town and aquarium well worth a visit. Beache at La Tranche sur Mer. Enjoyed rowing round the various waterways. We hope to return !
Helen and Stuart Best, Jul/Aug 2007

Puy du Fou is a fantastic place because there was lots of good things to watch, my best bit was the gladiators when all the fake blood came out when they died
Adam Best, Jul/Aug 2007

It is a great place and there is a Grand Park 1 hour away. With Bird dancers and Gladiators. A 5 minute walk to the Park with a tennis court and a big feild. A great swimming pool with table tennis and lots of games in the pool. The heat can get up to 40 C (104 F)

This place is GREAT !
Paul Best, Jul/Aug 2007

We have had a delightful week despite the weather. There's so much to see and do that we'll be back at some time in the future. Many thanks for being wonderful hosts, giving advice on best places to visit, how and when is best to get there - good knowledge of local restaurants etc, so make sure you pick thier brains !. The gite and environs are lovely, well maintained and looked after. All in all we have been very impressed and will happilly pass on the details to friends that want to vaccance en Vendee - Au revoir
Graham, Ann, Becky and Jack - Dover UK Aug 2007

Another great break away from it all. Dilemma is, of course, letting everybody else know about 'Chez Gites' - would there be any vacancies left for for us ?!!. Thank you both very much for lovely gites, fab pool, quiet areas to read and play games in, eating and cooking al fresco and more exploring locally ... plus walnuts to leave with. Couldn't be any better!! See you again
Pete & Sheila Wendes, Aug/Sep 2006

Lovely gite, very clean and well equipped, and great hosts. We had some nice days out, including Puy du Fou where we saw the gladiators, also Futuroscope at Poitiers. We had good days at the beaches of La Tranche sur Mer and St Gilles de Vie. Try Prefou, the local flat garlic bread. Great market in Fontenay le Comte on Saturday morning. Very relaxing lazing around the pool, I read loads of books!! We would definitely come again some time
Norman & Rhoswen Cox, Ystrad Rhondda Aug 2006

I love the pool, enjoyed the table tennis - I hope mam n dad bring us back here again
Rhys Cox, age 14, Aug 2006

Best swimming pool out of the gites I've stayed in France. And the cleanest
Marc Cox, age 10, Aug 2006

Excellent gite in a superb setting and great hosts. Two weeks of rest, wine and food, just what we wanted
The Bowskills, John, Sue, Sara & Jenny, Aug 2006

Thank you both for the clean and comfortable accommodation, the fantastic pool and BBQ, and for your helpfullness. The hotel here in the village serves excellent food and is very good value, particularly the 'set menus' and the carafe (s) of house wine!! We had one particularly successful day on the coast at La Tranche sur Mer, about an hour from here. Tip - get there before about 11:30am and park in the '300 free spaces' car park. Go to the top end and park on the side near the beach if possible. The funand interesting shops are within easy walking distance. You can hire windsurfers, canoes, cateramins, or small sailing dinghies with or without instruction. There is a small 'sea lake' which is very safe for children or beginners. Coulon is also worth a visit and quite close to here
John, Kate, Mathew & Becky Prizeman, Aug 2006

We have had a really super holiday. Thank you for all the local information and recommendations. We enjoyed the food at "La Glyane" - part of the Hotel La Fontarabie - lovely outside courtyard and very good and reasonably priced. We'd all love to return !!
The Ward Family, Aug 2006

The gite provided the perfect base from which to house hunt and explore the area. Unfortunately, we did not have the time to fully enjoy all the facilities at 'Chez Gites'. Many thanks for your hospitality and great advice about buying and moving to France - this I am sure will prove invaluable to us over the next few weeks. You are great hosts and we wish you well with the business. Will let you know when we have found our perfect property !
Dot and Douglas Oliver, Sep 9th to 16th, 2006

A perfect relaxing place for a holiday, well run gite with real attention to detail and comfort. All we needed available on site. We loved the pool and outside kitchen area, lovely gardens providing sun or shade and lit up for eating outside or cool drinks in the warm evenings. It's only a short walk from the village centre for bakers, bank, restaurants and bars and the splendid abbey; and the surrounding countryside provides days of interesting and varied activities. We have visited France over many years and this is simply the best gite we've stayed in! Thank you both.
Pete & Sheila Wendes, Sep 2005



Gites in the Vendee, Loire Valley, France with Heated Swimming Pool - Chez Gites

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