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Detached Farm House With In Ground Salt Pool, Large Garden And Play Areas

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Farmhouse in Saint Maurice le Girard, Fontenay-le-Comte, Vendee, Pay de la Loire, France - Tranquil Location With No Near Neighbours But Still Only A Short Walk From The Village

Detached, 19th Century farmhouse in tranquil rural location in the Southern Vendee.

Dan Price
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Dan Price

The house was purchased in 2002 and has been substantially refurbished while retaining many original features. Up until 2012 it was a family home and we (and friends)have spent substantial amounts of time there even though we have re-located to the UK. We have enjoyed many vacations and breaks there as it is so easily reached from the channel ports. The man who delivers the oil called it "un coin du paradis" and he should know as he visits many houses in the area!

Dan Price purchased this farmhouse in 2002

Why Dan Price chose Saint-Maurice-le-Girard

The area enjoys many hours of sunshine, there is much to do for all ages. We were attracted to the variety of landscape and countryside. The Vendee has more than a 100 miles of sandy beaches (many of which are “blue flagged”) edged with dunes and pine woods. The department also has churches and abbeys, museums, and—for nature lovers—thousands of marked footpaths, a signposted bicycle route running along the coastal mudflats, and marshes (Marais Poitevin) that attract unusual birds. Inland, there is the forested area around the village of Mervent and the rolling countryside of the Bocage.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The house is an ideal base for those who enjoy cycling, touring (the chateaux of the Loirs are only a few hours drive away) and walking. There are several books and information on local walks and as the roads have little traffic - safe at all times. It is not unusual not to see a car in the surrounding lanes for days.At the same time Saintes, Cognac, La Rochelle, Noirmoutier and Poitiers are all easily accessible. It is handily placed midway between the wine growing areas of the Loire and Bordeaux and you can get to St. Emilion and back in a day!

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is the first year of letting this property.

Property is available for lettings all year round.
Feb 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Saint-Maurice-le-Girard, France

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Shower room 1 - shower enclosure
  • One bedroom en suite bathroom with bath, shower hand basin and toilet. Shower room on first floor with shower, handbasin and toilet. Separate toilet on first floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Double bedroom (ground floor)1 with en suite. Double bedroom 2 (first floor) Double bedroom 3 (first floor) Twin bedded room(first floor) Cot All bedrooms have stand alone electric fans.
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Outside: The property benefits from a heated swimming pool fitted with electric safety cover. It has a terrace with large umbrellas and six loungers as well as additional seating. There is in-pool and terrace lighting for late evening swimming. The private garden is approximately 1000m2 with an open area where ball games can be played. There are some small seating areas in hidden corners and a vine covered terrace. A barbeque is available. There is off road parking for three cars (four at a push). There is a table tennis table and a badminton set with net. Utility Room: Equipped with a sink, washing machine, iron, ironing board, tumble dryer and a freezer. Bed linen / Towels: Bed linen is included and towel sets (a hand towel, bath towel and pool towel) can be hired at £8 per set. Bed linen changes normally occur at the beginning and end of a two week booking, but a shorter period can be negotiated.


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Detached Farm House With In Ground Salt Pool, Large Garden And Play Areas
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Love staying there the pool makes the holiday been there three years running as it's just so relaxing

  • Review Submitted: 20/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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It's a gem!

  • 5 of 5

We were thrilled with our stay at La Ménarderie. The house and garden are beautiful - the photo's don't do them justice. Everything was clean and well maintained. We particularly enjoyed access to the family library and games - it was clear that this house had previously been a family home, which was lovely for a holiday rental. We were lucky enough to travel during a heatwave so the pool certainly came in handy! Our group consisted of four adults and two three-year-olds. There was plenty for us to do in the surrounding area. Our highlights were kayakking in Mervent, visiting the coast and the local markets. The team were very friendly and accommodating and we felt very welcome.

  • Review Submitted: 15/07/2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Isle of Man

Fantastic in every way

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic property, very clean and everything you could possibly need was available to borrow/use. Easy to find from directions provided. Totally secluded and blissfully quiet - perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful pool and gardens. We couldn't have asked for anything more and we have stayed in numerous other properties in this area of France before - this one was the best so far. Highly recommended, we would definitely return. Customer Service provided was excellent and the photos represented the house 100%.

Easy access to Mervent Forest for cycling and kayaking etc. and sightseeing in the surrounding areas.

  • Review Submitted: 21/08/2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic, relaxing, peaceful PERFECT

  • 5 of 5

This was our first holiday to France we usually do a all inclusive package holiday so we we're unsure what to expect. We travelled with out 3 children age 11,7 & 4 with also my disabled dad. The journey to the house was very easy, and once the village quite easy to find with the directions supplied. We were absolutely blown away with the accommodation, everything we needed and even more was supplied, the garden and pool were lovely the children spent most of the holiday in it. The house isn't overlooked it is very private which is just what we were looking for in a holiday. When we needed a bit of socialisation we just drive about 10mins to the nearest town. Sandra and Eddie were our port of call if anything was needed and they were just a phone call away and very helpful. We will definitely be returning I the future and. I would recommend this house for anyone who wants a rural relaxing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 15/07/2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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East Anglia

La menarderie

  • 5 of 5

Everything we needed for a relaxing and very enjoyable holiday. We would definitely recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 12/07/2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The spectacular Vendeen beaches are just over an hour away to the west. La Tranche sur Mer and Les Conches being the nearest.


La Rochelle airport is 65 minutes with Nantes a little further and Poitiers (and Futuroscope) a good 90 minutes. St. Malo is a three hour drive, Calais six and a half with others somewhere in between. There is a TGV station at Niort (on the Paris La Rochelle route) which is a little under an hour away. The house is 30 minutes from the A83.


The village is a ten minute walk, the nearest town is a five minute drive.The forest of the Mervent and the Vendee valley are a short drive away as are the picturesque villages/towns of Vouvant, Mouillon en Pareds, Cheffois and Fontenay le Comte. There are popular weekly markets at Fontenay and Coulonges. Puy du Fou is only 30 minutes away.

Further Details:

There is good cycling (the Vendee has a well marked system of dedicated cycle ways), walking (there are many walks directly from the house), canoeing, boating, parc d'acrobaties, horse riding/pony trekking, golf and other activities are available nearby.

La Chataigneraie has several supermarkets, restaurants, banks and pharmacies. There are many restaurants in the area including a traditional Vendeen restaurant which is only a ten minute walk from the house.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Saint-Maurice-le-Girard, France

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 2
19 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
Rate 3
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
Rate 4
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
Rate 5
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
Rate 6
29 Sep 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
Rate 7
15 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
Rate 8
5 Jan 2019 - 29 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A deposit of £150 for a 7 night stay, or £200 for a 14 night stay, is required to secure the booking. Full payment will be collected 60 days before arrival. The deposit will subsequently be held as a security deposit and will be returned within two weeks after the let subject to terms & conditions.
All prices are inclusive of utility bills.
Please contact us and we will send the necessary information for booking together with terms and conditions.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the changeover day but it might be possible to facilitate other days.

Notes on prices:

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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