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Complex of 4 gites,L'Hermenaul - Ardoux

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights



Ardoux gite is a spacious Farmhouse of nearly 200sq metres of living space. The 5 bedrooms, three of which have en-suite bathrooms, together with the large kithen and lounge/dining room have been modernised to give very comfortable and spacious holiday accommodation.

There are two entrances on the front of the building, the main entrance and the kitchen door. There are also two patio doors onto the terrace at the rear.

From every room in the Gite there are excellent views of the gardens and surrounding countryside.

The main entrance leads into the hall, with a ground floor bedroom to the right and the lounge to the left. Beautiful Oak staircase leads to first floor landing, a quiet lounging area with antique easy chairs. On first floor you will find 4 bedrooms and the bathroom. There is a WC and washbasin under the stairs. Kitchen is large and has all modern appliances. a hob with 4 burners, double fan over, microwave, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer..

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About the property

Complex of 4 gites,L'Hermenaul

Set in the Vendee in a peaceful and tranquil location, La Grange comprises of 2 attractive farmhouses which have been converted to 4 spacious gites each with it's own fully equipped kitchen, garden furniture, bbq and large terrace. The property enjoys views over open countryside and has 2.5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. There is also free use of a fishing lake only 300 metres from the property, with carp, pike, roach, tench etc. WIFI

* Large Outdoor Swimming Pool 12m x 6m

* Large Indoor Heated Pool 8m x 4m

* Games barn offering Snooker, Pool and Table Tennis

* Tv Lounge with Satellite TV and DVD

* Children's Play area with Large Trampoline

Shared Grounds and Facilities

2.5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with lots of room for children to play. Plenty of quiet and shady corners for peaceful relaxation. There is also a Boules court. Outdoor swimming pool (12 metres x 6 metres) is fenced off for security. Large Trampoline and children's play area.

Games barn offers: Indoor Heated 8 metres x 4 metres swimming pool. Snooker, Pool, Table Tennis Tables

TV Lounge offering Satellite TV and DVD

Swimming Pools

Indoor Heated Pool

The Indoor heated pool is an 8m x 4m with a tiled finish, it is 1.5m deep.

There are tables and chairs around the pool and the large patio doors open out onto a large terrace with tables and chairs and there are great views across the surrounding country side.

The Pool has a heat cover which retains the heat when not in use.

The pool is protected by a by patio doors which has a high catch which must be fastened when the last responsible adult leaves.

Outdoor Pool

The Outdoor swimming pool is 10 x 6m with roman steps, it varies in height from 2.4m at the deep end to .9m at the shallow end. It is constructed in concrete with a fibre glass liner.

The pool is not heated other than by the sun, but is generally at a suitable temperature from May till October

The pool has a large terrace with tables and chairs and is protected by a hedge and security fence with self-closing gates.

The sterilization of the pool is by saline electrolysis. To put it simply the pool has salt in it and the electrolysis machine breaks the salt down into its base components, chlorine and sodium. This is exactly how the sea is kept clean, it is very natural and the chlorine that is produced is of a different structure making it almost undetectable to smell and kind on the eyes. There is an additional bonus in that the salt in the pool gives more bouyancy that fresh water and that has allowed many of our younger visiters to learn to swim more quickly.

The Gardens

We are proud of our gardens at La Grange not only because of the way they are landscaped and the vast amount of colour in the flower beds, but because of the amount of enjoyment that they bring to our visiters.

The gardens were designed so that where ever you are on the site there is always something interesting to view, and with the gardens blending into the natural landscape it has the feel of space and being together with nature.

The gardens are basically in two parts, the landscaped garden and the sports field though within the former there is a boules court.

Leisure Facilities

One of the reasons that our Gites stand out from most others in the south of the Vendee is the amount and the quality of our on site Activities

What ever the weather there is something to keep you amused or entertained regardless of your age.

Children especially are catered for under the old saying if the children are content so are the parents.

Outdoor Pool with terrace

Heated indoor Pool,

Boules Court

Football pitch,

Turbo slide,

Swings and trepeze,

Snooker table (full size)

2 x American Pool tables,

3x Table Tennis,

Multigym, fitness cycle,

Table football

Acres for lawns for all manor of games

like Croquet, badminton, etc.,

TV lounge with: Satelite TV, DVD, Video, XBOX, Music Center

Library with books and videos.

WIFI computer connections.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2004
Speaks english
Calendar last updated:
11 January, 2017

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Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for a lovely 2 weeks stay at La Grange. The setting is beautiful and Trevor has been a wonderful host.It has been the perfect holiday and it's def somewhere we would consider returning to. My husband had a great time fishing at the lake, the kids loved the pool ( as did I). Great facilities. Many thanks again for a relaxing holiday.
May 2015
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4.5/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)

average rating of 4.5 based on 4 reviews

Ideal gite for a family gathering

  • 5 of 5

After a month touring in France we wanted to relax and meet our family at gite with a private pool. Le Cedre lived up to everyone's expectations pros -plenty of room for the 9 of us, very well equipped with a lovely enclosed heated pool. cons the gate to it wasn't very secure and needs attention. L'Hermenault has a good boulangerie and is only about 5 mins by bike. The Saturday morning market at Fontenay Le Comte is worth a visit and if you go to La Rochelle find 'Ernest Le Glacier' in Rue Du Port for a mouthwatering range of ice cream. Arrangements were handled promptly and professionally by the property manager - we would recommend this gite in the south Vendee for a family gathering.

Martin & Liz Higman

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Martin and Liz, Thank you for your review. It was an absolute pleasure to have your family stay at the property and you would all be very welcome back at any time. Best Wishes to you all.
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The property was exactly as described.

  • 4 of 5

You are never quite sure what to expect on arrival. Suffice to say our family group of 6 adults and four young children did not want to leave. The accommodation, facilities and garden/play area but especially the outdoor pool were excellent. Our only grip was that there were no sun loungers on site, I can understand that around the pool but there could have been a few on the patios and scattered around the large garden areas. I would definitely recommend ARDOUX to any one who wanted a peaceful enjoyable family holiday in wonderful surroundings. The owner Trevor was usually always around to assist in any way required. He also had interesting tales to tell. There are loads of attractions close by and also within one hours drive. If you have time the PUY du Fou is worth going to but be prepared for a long day out. A week was too short and I would recommend 10 days would be ideal.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Thank you for your very kind feedback of La Grange. We work hard to make sure that customers have a lovely holiday and it is very rewarding to get positive feedback, it is really appreciated. Your family were lovely to meet and very welcome at the property. I hope to welcome you all to La Grange again at some point in the future. Wonderful customers, thank you and very best wishes.
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Nearest Airport
36 Miles
la rochelle
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
186 Miles
St Malo
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Fontenay le Comte
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
L'Aiguillon sur Mer, La Tranche sur Mer etc
Car: necessary

There is so much to do in the area for all ages and preferences!

There are an abundance of sports in the area, it is excellent for cycling, fishing, walking, horse riding, swimming, sailing, canoeing, wind surfing, padle boats, go-karting, para sailing etc

Also a wide variation of places to visit with theme parks, museums, zoo, etc Puy u Fou is an absolute must see!

Beaches in the Vendée are excellent, clean and sandy. The nearest are approximately 40km away and take a little under an hour to reach. There are three resorts next to each other on the coast, la Tranche-sur-Mer, l'Aiguillon-sur-Mer, and la Faute-sur-Mer . All are excellent for families, for the larger more touristy type of resort les Sables-d'Olonne offers full facilities expected of a more commercialised resort. This very popular resort is 70km away and takes approximately 1½ to reach.

Vouvant is a quiet historic town with a church overlooking a valley and river. There is a very good crêperie and pedalos can be hired out by the hour. This is ideal for the kids as it is only 15 minutes away.

La Rochelle is France's 2nd largest boat building port and the historic Vieux Port remains largely unchanged. A daily fish market can be found in the old town until 12:00 midday. The port is very attractive and waterside cafés and restaurants offer a relaxing break.

Futuroscope is situated near Poitiers, it combines latest cinematic developments with the entertainment and fun of a theme park. there are a dozen or so main attractions comprising some of the largest cinema screens in the world (seven storeys high), 3-d special effects, flight simulators, cinema seats on hydraulic pedestals, all around cinema with picture that extends underneath you, 360degree cinema screens, huge curved screens etc.

Mervent is only a short bike ride from L'Hermenault, it has a dam and a large reservoir. The area has been developed with tourism in mind. There are large wooded areas ideal for walking and particularly mountain biking. There are places where pedalos and wind surfers can be hired, and wind surfing lessons are offered at reasonable rates. There are also restaurants, a small zoo and a very extensive fun park known as 'Pierre Brune', which has dozens of rides from castles, crazy bikes, and slides to hamster wheels and see-saws. This is good value at approximately £3.

Venise Vert is the canal system the Vendée is famous for. There are numerous places (Maillezais is one of the best, 20 min drive from L'Hermenault) where small rowing boats can be hired (with or without guides). Maps are provided and you can navigate round canal systems to set routes.

Puy de Fou is well worth a visit, by day there is a theme park which includes mediaeval jousting, villages with traditional crafts and actors dressed in the period of the day. The highlight is a twice daily display of falconry. The display is held in an amphitheatre with hawks, falcons and eagles swooping over the crowd and collecting food from the falconers who are dressed in traditional costume. This includes every bird of prey you have ever imagined including some enormous vultures. Great fun and highly professional ! By night during the summer Puy de Fou is renowned for holding France's foremost Son et Lumière spectacle.

Île de Ré is a quiet island off La Rochelle, a new road bridge makes it accessible by car. It is picturesque and has numerous beaches, cafés, towns and parks. The cost for the toll bridge is approximately £10 but is free if you cycle or walk out to the island. There is also a very good value golf course on the island.

Cognac is approximately 1½ hours drive south and well worth a visit for the connoisseur. In the centre of the town the best tour is that of the Otard distilleries, where cognac has been made for hundreds of years. A sample session follows the tour, but drivers beware, new laws on drink driving are more strict than UK.

Saumur is more for the wine buff, it is similar distance north and this town on the Loire also offers numerous caves (cellars) along with various historic buildings.

St Emilion is ½ hour drive south of Cognac, this historic wine producing region is for the red wine enthusiasts and boasts excellent tours of vineyards and historic sites.



Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Saint-Martin-des-Fontaines, France

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Internet
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower enclosure
    Shower room 2 - shower enclosure
    Shower room 3 - shower enclosure
    Shower room 4 - shower enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Golf ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Ardoux - 5 bedrooms is a Saturday changeover day Chene (4 bedrooms), Frene (3 bedrooms) and Sapin (2 bedrooms) are thursday changeover day which is cheaper for the ferries! Outside of the peak season we are flexible with arrival/departure dates and will do our best to suit customers requirements. Outside: Each gite has its own private patio area with table, chairs, parasol, BBQ Beautifully landscaped 2.5 acres of gardens What ever the weather there is something to keep you amused or entertained regardless of your age. Children especially are catered for under the old saying if the children are content so are the parents. Outdoor Pool with terrace, fenced off for security of little ones Heated indoor Pool, Boules Court Football pitch, Turbo slide, Swings and trepeze, Snooker table (full size) 2 x American Pool tables, 3x Table Tennis Tables, Large trampoline Table football Acres for lawns for all manor of games like Croquet, badminton, etc., TV lounge with: Satelite TV, DVD, Video, XBOX, Music Center Library with books and videos. WIFI FREE use of fishing lake only 300metres away. Lots of parking space