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From our Visitors Book...


"Excellent accommodation and hosts in a lovely area of France!"


"...fantastic hosts...the meals and service are spot on"


"Thanks for being simply great hosts: so prepared, great attitude and tons of attention to detail makes this place a winner."


"You have succeeded in creating a delightful refuge from the hustle & bustle of daily life..."


Last Updated: lundi septembre 15, 2014


Large Family Friendly Gîtes

in the South Vendée


Within Easy Reach of Beautiful Beaches, Elegant La Rochelle, Tranquil Countryside & the Amazing "Puy du Fou" Theme Park.




The Private Heated Swimming Pool at Les Chardonnerets

* Cbeebies, CBBC, BBC & ITV plus other "free-air-channels" 

** See Location & Travel page for more details.

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

Particularly Suitable for Families with Children, Toddlers & Babies

Heated Swimming Pools at all three Properties

 Free Internet Access

English Language Television*

Well Equipped Children's Play Areas

Beautiful Vendée Beaches within Easy Reach

Evening Meals and Babysitting Available

Up to 20% discount on Brittany Ferries Fares & 15% on Car Rentals via Rhino Car Hire **

  • Four Bedroom Gite Les Alouettes Sleeps 8 (plus 2 babies)

  • Five Bedroom Villa Les Roches Sleeps 12 (plus 3 babies)

  • Ideal Accommodation for Large Groups: Les Chardonnerets Huge, Twelve Bedroom Gite Sleeps 24 (plus 5 babies)

Since 2003, Vendée Vacances has offered high quality holiday accommodation in the Vendée region of France that is particularly suitable for multigenerational groups including families holidaying with young children.  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 on the edge of villages in the South Vendée, near the attractive market towns of Fontenay-le-Comte and Luçon.  All the gîtes are ideal for large family groups or for two or more families holidaying together. The quality of the holiday accommodation and services offered by Vendée Vacances is most 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 on sites such as Trip Advisor

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.  We are also the chefs for the evening meals and cakes provided on request.

  • Bed linen provided & beds made up for your arrival

  • Towels (bath & beach) provided

  • Free Wifi internet access

  • No surcharges - the advertised price is the price you pay

  • 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

"Jon and Julia and their children are unfailingly helpful and perfectly delightful"

"Jon and Julia were helpful right from the point of booking, answering incessant questions, providing extra bits and pieces to lighten our load and and enormous thank you in particular for the two magnificent birthday cakes for our lucky party!  Beautiful and yummy "

"Jon and Julia have been very good hosts, friendly, helpful and informative but never intrusive."



Les Alouettes sleeps eight adults and children plus two babies in four bedrooms

The gite is immediately adjacent to our own home in the ancient village of Le Langon. A carefully converted barn, the gite is finished to a high standard of comfort, It is available for lets from late April to early October.

The garden and the large heated pool is shared with us.  There is a play area, trampoline as well as chickens, ducks and guinea pigs.



Les Roches   sleeps 12 in five bedrooms (plus 2 infants) with 4 bathrooms / shower rooms.

The property is located on a quite lane in the village of Le Langon and backs onto farmland. Les Roches enjoys an enviable combination of an excellent location near to both open country and all the village services.

Les Roches has exclusive use of a heated 9 by 4.5m swimming pool (fenced), set in a substantial, enclosed, south facing garden.



Les Chardonnerets sleeps 24 in twelve bedrooms (plus 5 infants) with 7 bathrooms / shower rooms

This extremely large holiday rental property is in the village of Mouzeuil St Martin.  Les Chardonnerets has a huge kitchen diner and covered terrace either of which is large enough to allow parties of up to 24 to dine together. 

All facilities including the heated swimming pool, play area and gardens are for the exclusive use of guests at Les Chardonnerets.




And now for something completely different.... We are often asked by families who are part of a larger group stayping in one of our gites whether we can recommend a mobile home for an additional week. Well, now we can!

Located on a quiet but very equipped site in the Mervent forest, Le Petit Oiseau sleeps 4-6 in comfort. The site is small but equally well appointed and boasts a large, heated & covered pool and a bar / reastaurant amongst other facilities. It is close to the village of Mervent and all the amnities of the Mervent forest are on the doorstep. Click here for details.


Why a Gite?

A self catering holiday is an ideal choice for a family holiday in France. Babies and toddlers are often creatures of habit, happiest when able to eat and sleep to their own timetable and a gite offers that flexibility. A gite offers more private space inside and out than other holiday rentals might – more than a hotel,  an apartment or a mobile home – and provides a more controlled environment than a camp site.

Why a Gite in the Vendée?

Simply, the Vendée is an ideal family holiday destination. Easily reached from the UK by sea, air and rail, the region 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, yet rarely achieves the same searing temperatures.


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


The Heated Swimming Pool at Les Alouettes



 Why One of Our Gites in the Vendée?

Our holiday rentals are designed to be particularly suitable for families taking holidays with children, toddlers and babies and are notable for their large living spaces, a simple luxury much appreciated by our guests. All our properties are fully equipped with everything that younger children and babies could need: cots, highchairs, bottle sterilisers are provided, as are bed linen and towels, minimising your luggage requirements.


"Vendée Vacances" has been in business for more than ten years, having first opened in 2003. We are committed to making sure that our guests have the best, most relaxing, holiday that they possibly can.  We are a family run company; all three of the properties shown on this site are owned and personally managed by us. We invest continually to improve our properties and services.


Even in the height of summer, the price of our gîtes compares very favourably indeed with coastal campsite mobile home alternatives such as Eurocamp or Keycamp** while providing considerably more in the way of privacy and space.

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.

Although our properties are fully equipped for self catering, we also offer meals services that allow you to make the most of your precious holiday time.  Our pre-prepared meals that are delivered to your kitchen ready for your return from a day out and require only reheating. All our meals are made to order, using fresh, local produce. Please visit our Food page for more details.

A complete description of the accommodation, facilities and services that we offer  can be found under Accommodation.

Details of pricing and availability can be found under Availability & Tariff. We accept major credit and debit cards for payment purposes.

Splashing in the surf at La Tranche sur Mer

Information about the region, including places to go, the beaches, and food & drink (and a short list of our favourite local restaurants) can be found in Things to Do and See. Nearby outdoor activities include:

  • Adventure parks (Mervent)

  • Boating (many locations)

  • Tennis (Le Langon, indoor & outdoor courts)

  • Karting (Fontenay le Comte)

  • Mountain biking (Mervent)

This website is regularly upgraded, but for the most up-to-date information, or for any questions you might have, including availability of the properties, please Contact us.

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Gites in the Vendee - equipped particularly for Families with Younger Children and Babies

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


Vendée Vacances - Large, luxury, child friendly gites & cottages providing self cetaring family holiday accommodation with heated swimming pools in the south Vendee region of France near to La Rochelle.


An enterprise registered  in France in 2003. Ets Vendée Vacances SIRET 45079266800011

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** Price comparsion made August 2012: For a party of four adults, four children taking two mobile homes from Eurocamp (two bedroom Comfort plus deck) or Key Camp (Villanova 29 two bedroom plus deck) at Camping Bel, La  Tranche sur Mer, cost per week of August 11th £2100 Cost for "Les Alouettes" for the same week £2000. Prices exclude travel costs.



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