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Kingfisher Cottage - Vendee, Pays de la Loire, France

by Nicholas Flack

Kingfisher Cottage

Kingfisher Cottage

* Gas, electricity, water, bed linen and final cleaning included.
* Spacious gite sleeps 2/4
* Washing machine, microwave, etc.
* Garden, ample parking.

Kingfisher Cottage is a detached gite, across the driveway from Sunflower Cottage. With a spacious open-plan ground floor it provides comfortable relaxing accommodation for couples/small families.

The cottage is cleaned by our caretakers in-between lets. There are no extras to pay for.

Groundfloor. Fully-tiled open-plan living area with beamed ceiling, exposed stone work, feature fireplace. Comfortable sofa, two armchairs, lamps and rugs, etc. Additional small sofa bed. TV for playing videos. Large selection provided. Fully-fitted corner kitchen with ample space for preparing meals. Fridge-freezer, cooker, microwave, toaster, etc. Large range of cooking equipment, crockery and cutlery for serving up to six people. Large dining table, 2 carvery chairs/ 2 dining chairs. Washing machine, clothes dryer, iron and small ironing board.

1st Floor. New wooden staircase leads to landing which leads into the large double bedroom with wooden floor, high vaulted ceiling/original oak beams. Two windows with of surrounding countryside. Pine double bed, bedside tables, lamps, large rug, cream-painted wardrobe, chest of drawers, long dressing mirror etc.

Shower room has a tiled floor with shower, toilet and hand-basin, storage unit. Outside the gite has its own private patio area, the garden is shared with Sunflower Cottage. Patio table/chairs with sun-umbrellas, loungers and BBQ. Our orchard just across the road provides extra space for parking, picnics, games or just relaxing in the sunshine.

Kingfisher Cottage are set in a rural farming hamlet in the Southern Vendée Region of France, not far from the towns of Fontenay-le-Comte and La Roche sur Yon. Just over six hours drive from Calais or Boulogne and three to four hours from Dieppe or Caen.. Flights from many UK airports to either La Rochelle or Poiters airport. Car hire is available at either airport.

The Vendée lies between the Côte d'Argent and Brittany but with a character all of its own, The cottages are about an hour from the magnificent Atlantic beaches, and inland, surrounding the cottages, the surrounding quiet countryside remains unspoilt. There are fields of sunflowers in the summer, small streams and rivers to explore and many historic and ancient towns and villages, often with morning markets. There are several Chateaux in the area, as well as vineyards open for wine-tasting or you can hire a punt and explore the Marais Poitevin. The magnificent theme park of Puy du Fou is close by.

Although we do not have a swimming pool at the cottage, less than 15 minutes drive away is a fabulous heated open-air swimming pool available for the public to enjoy. It has a water chute, toddlers pool, sunloungers, terraces for sunbathing and large grassy areas for picnics. It is very reasonable priced, with a large free carpark.

Just a couple of minutes walk through the hamlet is a beautiful chateau, still owned and lived in by the descendents of the original family. Past the chateau there are open fields, woods and streams, making the area perfect for country walks and bird-watching.

Nearest boulangerie is in Bazoges-en-Pareds (2 kms), an historical and interesting village with a Donjon Medieval Tower and gardens open to the public. There is also a bar and exceptional restaurant. For shopping the town of Chantonnay provides a range of shops for all tastes. There is a weekly market and a Centre Commercial with a Hyper U, Petol Station, Ma Campagne, Sports World etc.

Just north of the cottage, is a beautiful leisure lake,Lac de Rochereau, for boating, canoeing, picnics, fishing, walks and swimming in summer. The lake has a sandy beach and a large grassed area with picnic tables. Free parking. It is possible to hire canoes/kayaks in the summer. Outdoor swimming pool in the nearby village of Mouilleron-en-Pareds, which also has several bistros, bank, boulangerie, bars, etc.

email nicholascflack@aol.com

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