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Self Catering Cottages near the Atlantic Beaches at La Boulinerie, Chevrette, South Vendee, Loire Atlantique on the Poitou Charente border, France (click here for map)

Holiday Cottage Accommodation Summary (FR042)

6 gites sleeping from 2 to 10 People Situated in the South Vendée known for its wonderful coastline and year round sunny climate. There is a fenced heated swimming pool with floodlighting and large Lot stone sun terrace and cookery and language courses are available onsite. Located just 30 minutes from safe golden Atlantic beaches, 35 minutes from La Rochelle and its airport. There is lots to do and visit in the area including; markets, restaurants,chateaux, gardens, five golf courses within an hour, nature reserves, water sports, horse riding, cycling, birdwatching, art holidays, Puy du Fou, 45 mins; Futuroscope 1hr; Cognac and Bordeaux make easy day trips. The whole property sleeps 40 people.

Les Boulins, the original farmhouse sleeps 10 in five en suite bedrooms, Les Ardoises, the maison de maître, sleeps 8 in four bedrooms and Le Cerisier, a beautifully restored house, sleeps 9 in four bedrooms. Le Recoin and Le Jardin Clos, situated in a private garden, sleep 4 and 5 respectively. La Bonne, a studio apartment is perfect for grandparents and sleeps 2.
High season at La Boulinerie is very family centred and friendly; we have a lot of space for games such as cricket, soft tennis, football and volleyball, not to mention the heated swimming pool (kept at 26°C). There is a dedicated bouledrome, very popular with the fathers! We are currently renovating one of our barns to provide a bigger play barn with table football, table tennis etc.. We are in a great position for family holidays, close to the lovely Atlantic beaches, lots of fun things for all ages to do locally, together with a wealth of local markets selling delicious French food and wine!
Our Children's Club takes place on Wednesday mornings - giving the adults time to go to the local markets, and Friday afternoons - last minute wine buying, shopping or just sitting by the pool. The children do a variety of crafts and cookery and adventures (such as fossil hunting), in a very friendly and secure environment. There is a fully qualified first aider in attendance. In addition we have a weekly evening meal in the central courtyard, either paella or a barbeque together with a huge variety of hors d'oeuvres and puddings, which is a popular and convivial evening for both parents and children alike. On Friday evenings we provide a running barbeque, simple family food that can be eaten in your own houses or with others in the courtyard.

Les Boulins 5 beds sleeps 10:
a beautifully restored former farmhouse which dates back to Napoleonic times with direct access to the swimming pool terrace. On the ground floor there is a large, spacious, well equipped kitchen; and a large family sitting room. The sitting room features a beamed ceiling and an impressive stone fireplace. There is also a television/DVD player. The large kitchen/dining room has a beamed ceiling, terracotta tiled floor and a old stone fireplace with a wood burning stove. It opens onto the wisteria-covered pool terrace where there is patio furniture and a barbeque. The pine kitchen is fully equipped with a gas cooker, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, and large fridge/ freezer, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, food processor, etc. The ground floor rooms benefit from central heating in the winter months, and the bedrooms have independent electric heaters. On the first floor there are three double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms, all with en suite facilities, each retaining a wealth of original features including stone walls, exposed beams, pine and chestnut floors.

Les Ardoises 4 beds sleeps 8: This elegant house has a light and airy hallway leading to a large tile floored sitting room, a fantastic, well equipped, fully-fitted kitchen with a large American style fridge/freezer and a ceiling fan for the summer heat. There is a private terrace under a pergola at the front of the house and another at the back with direct access to the swimming pool area with barbeque and garden furniture. The elegant sitting room has a television and DVD player plus there is also an understairs WC. The original wooden staircase leads to the first floor where there is a vast en suite double bedroom (bathroom with large corner bath, shower cubicle, basin, WC and bidet), a double bedroom, a twin bedded room, a landing room with bunk beds, and a shower room with basin and WC.

Le Cerisier 4 beds sleeps 9:
An independent, renovated cottage in the courtyard at La Boulinerie with its own terrace with barbecue and garden furniture overlooking the gardens and children's play area. Le Cerisier has been renovated to a high standard, whilst retaining character features such as exposed stonework and beams. The large spacious ground floor room accommodates a well equipped stained pine kitchen with gas and electric hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and large fridge/freezer, kettle, coffee maker etc.. There is a large dining table and a sitting area with sofas, television and DVD player, coffee table and a woodburning stove for the winter months. A ground floor bedroom with double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers leads off the living room and is ideal for grannies or older teenagers! On the first floor a double bedroom with drawers and wardrobe and French windows overlooking the courtyard. Twin bedded room with chest of drawers and wardrobe has a small window to courtyard and terrace. Childrens dormitory room with three single beds, and chests of drawers, is well lit with a velux window. All bedrooms have individual electric heaters for the winter. There is a bathroom with WC and a separate shower room with WC, both heated.

Le Jardin Clos 2 beds sleeps 5:
Through the gardens and a honeysuckle archway to Le Jardin Clos, a tastefully renovated single storey gîte featuring exposed stonework and beams. It enjoys a secluded position whilst having ready access to the pool area. There is a sitting room/dining area with an open plan kitchen. French windows open on to its own terrace with barbecue and garden furniture. There is a large old stone fireplace with a traditional wood burning stove. The kitchen is equipped with a gas cooker, fridge, microwave and washing machine, kettle, coffee maker etc. In the sitting area there is a television and DVD player. One double bedroom and a large second bedroom with bunks and a single bed. The spacious bathroom comprises sink, bath (with shower attachment) and WC.

Le Recoin 2 beds sleeps 2 adults + 2 children:
A clematis covered archway leads to Le Recoin, a charmingly renovated single storey barn conversion with exposed stonework and a light airy feel, enjoying a secluded position in the walled garden and orchard. There is a sitting room/dining area with an open plan kitchen and comfortable seating, television and DVD player. French windows open onto its own private terrace where there is a barbecue and patio furniture. The kitchen is fully equipped with gas cooker, fridge,washing machine, microwave, toaster, kettle and coffee maker. There is a shower room with basin and WC. Steps down to a door give private access to the quiet lane outside the property.

La Bonne studio sleeps 2
is a well designed one room studio apartment on the ground floor with direct access from the courtyard. It has a kitchenette equipped with gas cooker, fridge, and breakfast bar with stools. In the sitting/sleeping area there is a double bed, seating, wardrobe, bedside drawers with bedside lamps. The tiled shower room has a WC and a hand basin with mirror. Decor is in a simple country style with tiled floors, exposed beams and pine panelling. The kitchen window and door open onto the south facing courtyard where there is a garden furniture and a barbecue.
We also now offer Bed & Breakfast if you prefer.
 

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14 family holiday recommendations, average rating 4.9 out of 5
Best rating: 5 out of 5
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We had such a lovely holiday this Summer at La Boulinerie! The Rowe family gave us a very warm welcome and we loved the evenings they did the cooking for us. The kids loved meeting new friends and there was plenty to do in the local area. If we'll make it back to this area, we would love to visit again! Rating 5 out of 5, Frida, Aug 2011.
Nicky, Jonathan and their children were hugely welcoming, and amazing hosts. They had lots of ideas on 'what to do', ran wonderful social evenings, cooked great birthday cakes and generally provided an excellent service. The gite was comfortable, with a lovely pool and huge garden for cricket, badmington etc. . Conveniently located half an hour from the beach, with good local martkets etc. Would definately recommend this great holiday location. Rating 5 out of 5, Charlotte & John, Aug 2011
Le Recoin: Nicky and Jonathan are the most fantastic hosts at La Boulinerie and create a wonderful atmosphere. Our children loved meeting new friends at the kids club, splashing around in the pool or playing and collecting fruit in the huge gardens. The property is in a quiet area with lots of places to visit including the beautiful beaches about half an hour away. I would highly recommend a holiday at La Boulinerie. Rating 4 out of 5, Andy, Aug 2011.
The most friendly welcoming hosts I have ever encountered on holiday. The accommodation was lovely, clean and well equipped. The children had a great time, pool, room to roam safely and the kids club. We really enjoyed the communal evenings, great food and very sociable. Thank you Jonathon and Nicky. Rating 5 out of 5, Gillian, Aug 2011.
A great place for a family holiday - a really warm welcome awaits and the setting is perfect. The pool was used by all the family and the accommodation is comfy. Delicious food is cooked when requested and also on a couple of evenings every week. Local beaches are easily reached and there are several good walks close by. Rating 5 out of 5, Caroline, Sept 2010.
This year was the 7th time we have been back to La Boulinerie and every time we have the same fantastic welcome from all of the Rowe family. We have stayed in all of the properties at La Boulinerie - all of which are very well equipped and very clean. We have 2 children (7 and 10) and they love the pool,playground and the freedom they have with all of the space to play in. The party night is a great evening giving the adults chance to socialise and it is the perfect opportunity for children to play with their new friends in a very safe environment. The food is excellent, either BBQ or paella with numerous starters and always a choice of puddings. The Friday night BBQ is also superb, and we found it really helped this year not having to cook when we had packed ready to leave. La Boulinerie is a very relaxing and peaceful place to stay but it is close enough to supermarkets and La Rochelle is only a short drive away, as are the fabulous beaches that the Vendee has to offer. Our particular favourite being Les Conches.We can't recommend La Boulinerie highly enough and have already organised our dates for next year! To quote our 10 year old son "La Boulinerie is awesome and Tuesday party night is the best - especially the brownies!". Rating 5 out of 5, Sue & Chris, Aug 2010.
La Boulinerie is very family friendly. We spent a week there 7-14 August 2010. There are 5 gites, so lots of other children to play with. Our 3 girls (9,7 and 6) had a great time. The owners and their 5 children are very welcoming and organise a couple of evening events to get everyone talking. Worked really well, very informal. Lots of room for the kids to have freedom - they were all in and out of each others' gites. It really is only 30 minutes to lots of lovely beaches and to La Rochelle. Les Boulins very spacious. Bedrooms lovely, all en suite. Rating 4.5 out of 5, The Woolmer Family, Aug 2010.
A lovely peaceful area and a relaxing holiday. Very attractive, comfortable accommodation with all the facilities you need and a great pool. Only about 30 minutes from fabulous beaches and towns. A great, safe place for the children to run wild and really enjoy themselves! Nicky, Jonathan and their family are fantastic hosts, really welcoming, friendly and fun. Great food too at their weekly barbecues. Rating 5 out of 5, Lis, Aug 2010.
Nicky and Jonathan were genuine, friendly and welcoming hosts, the property was comfy and inviting in a lovely setting and fantastic pool great for the kids, would recommend to anyone from couples to larger groups, easy access to larger towns and attractions. Rating 5 out of 5, Paul, Aug 2010.
The property is well equipped even down to tea towels. Just have to remember to bring towels. Jonathan and Nicky are very friendly and if we needed anything, we just had to ask. They also knew what places were good to visit so that saved us a lot of planning time. We loved the old French homely feel to La Boulinerie, especially eating the lovely local cuisine and drinking wine outside. Our children commented on the holiday saying it was their best one so far. They loved the pool and the freedom. Their ages 13, 11, 5 & 3. Rating 5 out of 5, Louisa, Nov 2009.
Ideally situated for a peaceful holiday, in a sleepy village yet within easy driving distance of major supermarkets, and other commercial and cultural attractions. The property is extremely well equipped, tastefully furnished and impeccably clean. The hosts are most welcoming, thoughtful and considerate. Rating 5 out of 5. Dinah, Sept 2009.
We have stayed there 3 times now. A little removed from the coast which is great as it's also a little removed from the masses of tourists. Within easy reach though, to take advantage of the well loved beaches. The area has plenty to do for all ages, and also is within easy reach of the channel ports, the closest (St Malo) being an easy 4 hours drive time. Property is ideal for families with a good hectare or two for kids to play around in. Hosts always welcoming and the properties are very clean. Rating 5 out of 5. Nick & Jo, Sept 2009.
Fantastic location for exploring the Vendee - plus within very easy reach of 3 airports. Lovely setting with excellent facilities, especially the pool which is most welcome for a dip at the end of a hot day's exploring! Great place to visit beaches, historic towns and the brilliant Puy du Fou theme park - can't recommend highly enough. The owners Johnathan and Nicky are so welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. Our cottage - Le Jardin Clos was very cosy but spacious and had everything we needed. Great place for a relaxing holiday. Rating 5 out of 5, Viv Sept 2009.
The great atmosphere and spirit created by the owners, lovely grounds and great facilities (especially for young families), and proximity to fabulous beaches. Rating 5 out of 5, Patrick Oct 2009
 

 

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