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What your holiday includes

Large Family Friendly Gites in the South Vendee

Three large Self Catering Gites on three seperate sites sleeping 8 to 24

Heated Swimming Pools at all three    Properties

Free Internet Access (WiFi)

English Language Television*

Payment in pounds sterling or Euros

Babysitting services available. Outside catering services available.**

Bed linen provided & beds made up for    your arrival

Towels (bath & beach) provided

No damage deposit required for family    groups

Basic provisions provided (washing up    liquid, soap powder, loo roll, salt,    pepper, etc)

First shop service available - your    groceries waiting for you on arrival

End-of-stay cleaning included


The gite is wonderful: spacious, well maintained and has everything you could need. We travelled with two toddlers and one baby and they thoroughly enjoyed their time. John and Julia have a gorgeous accommodation here and offered support with anything if required. Amazing place.

Since 2003, Vendée Vacances has offered high quality holiday accommodation in the Vendée region of France that is equally suitable for multigenerational groups (including families holidaying with young children) or for all-adult parties.  Located on the Atlantic coast of France, south of Nantes and the Loire River, just to the North of the elegant & historic port city of La Rochelle, the region boasts superb beaches, enjoys an exceptional climate and has attractions to suit all ages.

Our gites and holiday cottages are situated, each on its own site and with its own pool, on the edge of villages in the South Vendée, near the attractive market towns of Fontenay-le-Comte and Luçon.  

The quality of the holiday accommodation and services offered by Vendée Vacances is clearly evidenced by the large number of our guests who return for two or more visits not to mention the highly positive reviews we have received.  Dogs are welcome at our properties.

Why a Gite in the Vendee?

Simply, the Vendée is an ideal family holiday destination. The area offers plenty to see and do. The countryside is peaceful and uncrowded; there are adventure parks, fun fairs and zoos for all ages, and the beaches of the Vendée are amongst the best in Europe.

The south of the Vendée enjoys the second highest number of sunshine hours in France, after the Côte d’Azur, and benefits from a truly welcoming climate.

Vendée Vacances is a family business owned by Jon and Julia Doust.  All of the properties advertised here are owned by Vendée Vacances and we are personally concerned with their day-to-day management. We live locally and are available to answer questions or to provide any assistance you might require during the course of your stay.  

Les Alouettes Les Chardonnerets Les Roches

Les Alouettes

Gite Sleeping up to 8

Four bedrooms

Heated Pool

Les Chardonnerets

Large holiday Rental sleeps up to 24

Twelve Bedrooms

Private Heated Pool

Les Roches

Gite sleeps up to 12

Five bedrooms

Private Heated Pool

Bordering the Atlantic Coast of France, the Vendée is easily and rapidly accessible from the Western Channel ports (St Malo - 3 hours) and from the short sea crossings to Calais (6 and a half hours).

The services of budget carriers Ryanair, Easyjet and Flybe have transformed access by air via the nearby airports at Nantes and La Rochelle. More information including details of discounted car hire and ferry travel can be found under Location & Travel.

Away from the beach attractions include the award winning Puy du Fou - voted best theme park in the world by its own industry.

La Rochelle and the Il de Ré are in easy reach as is the forest of Mervent and the natural park of green Venise.

There’s much more about what to do & see in the section  About the Vendee

Click suggested Itinerary so see an example of how you could spend your holiday.

The beautiful weather in the South Vendee makes a Villa with a pool a great choice for a family holiday.  Each of our properties has it’s own pool, each with a different character.

The private swimming pool at Les Roches is in a sheltered south facing position and has a heat pump making it the warmest of the three pools.  It is open from mid-April to mid October to take full advantage of the shoulder seasons.

It is fully fenced with a locking gate.

Villas with pools in the Vendee

The large capacity of Les Chardonnerets is reflected in the size of the pool.   A generous 12m x 6m with a deep end of 2m for jumping and diving.

There is also a 3m x 3m paddling area for small children.  

There are walls on 2 sides which provides shelter and the other 2 sides are fenced.  The pool is heated with a boiler and is open from May to the end of September.

The bespoke shape of the pool at Les Alouettes makes it one of the best pools in the area.  It is an L shape with the long side of the L being 12 m long and going to 2m deep making it ideal for swimming and diving.

The shorter side of the L is an area 80cm deep which is perfect for children to play.  It is also ideal for children to learn to swim without being out of their depth.

As with our other pools it is heated and fenced. Les Alouettes shares the pool with us and our 3 girls.