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Wheelhouse        4 Bedrooms,  sleeps 10/12       Property Ref:  FR124

The Wheelhouse is a converted Water Mill set in several acres of private land, located in the Vendée region of Western France. It has four bedrooms and can accommodate 12 people. The Wheelhouse has a large private heated swimming pool, large private gardens, and a unique character. 





Four good sized bedrooms (Room1 - Double bed plus bunk beds, Room2 - Single bed plus bunk beds, Room3 - Double Bed plus 2 single beds, Room4 - double bed, all quilts, pillows & covers provided for up to 12 people.   Bedroom 3 on on the 1st floor, the other 3 bedrooms are on the ground floor.

Double height Galleried lounge/dining area with exposed original 18th century oak beams and traditional style log burning stove.

Large fully equipped kitchen (cooker, microwave, very large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, automatic washer/dryer machine etc.

Bathroom & shower room each with WC.

Video & DVD Players, UK Satellite TV (Large Widescreen) system (for non encrypted UK TV and radio channels e.g. BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky News, Channel5, Cartoon Channel, Radio 5 etc). 2nd small TV and video in one bedroom. 


The following equipment for infants - Mothercare Berwick Cott [White], Mothercare Continental Foam Mattress [White], Mothercare Tilly & Thomas bath [White], Mothercare Miami Citrus Check High Chair, and second Ikea high chair. (Extra can be provided on request) 


The property is fully centrally heated and available all year.




Decking area with furniture around 27ft Diameter round heated swimming pool

Table tennis room with permanent table.    Also high spec pub style table football in games room.

Mountain bike trails and walks within six acre grounds, including scenic paths by the stream, with jumps and twists to entertain the children.

Garden furniture, stone barbeque,

There is a selection of bikes for all ages provided.

Fantastic grounds for walking, cycling etc.




PRICES       2018

January                    -     26 May                            £880
27 May                      -    14 July                           £1100
15 July                      -    01 September               £1850
02 September         -     31 October                      £880


   Prices per week    Inclusive of all Bills. All bedding will be provided.
· The week runs Friday to Friday, 2:30pm arrival, depart by 09:30am. This does not apply low season when dates can be negotiated.
· A £250 per week per dwelling cancellation deposit is payable on booking.
· Full payment is due twelve weeks prior to rental period.
· Deposit of £100 per week per dwelling is also payable with balance, which is returned on
  confirmation that place was left clean and tidy as per instructions.







"The place is great. St Martin on Ile de Re is fantastic for food and the local bar did us proud. The pools and decking are really superb and the local wine tasting in Mareuil was excellent."

"We had a fantastic time - we all agreed it was our best holiday yet! The house was very comfortable with plenty of space for all 11 of us and had all the little 'extra's' that you only normally expect to find at home. The plastic plates and cups were a real bonus with six boisterous children, it certainly made mealtimes more relaxing! The pool was in constant use by both children and adults and we particularly loved the outdoor covered eating area which we made good use of both day and night. The bikes were great and we had lots of family bike rides locally. Thanks for the write up on the area which we found very useful, we visited many of the recommended places and had a great time. All in all a really enjoyable holiday home which we would thoroughly recommend to other families"

"We have returned from a wonderful two weeks at the mill. the house suited our three families perfectly and the weather was wonderful. we were also impressed by the area - we had not expected herminault (L'Hermenault) to have so many facilities. we used the pharmacy and doctor once while we were there and both were sorted within 5 minutes ! we had also not expected fontenay le compte to be so pretty and we spent a couple of lovely days and evenings there. it turned out to be the sort of holiday where we didn't have to travel far at all. we are looking at trying to arrange another booking for next year "


"We had a lovely time in France, loved the country and the house and especially the pool, went in it every day"

"We had a brilliant week, the property was lovely. Ideal place for families with young children. We used the bar/restaurant in the next village (turn right at bottom of driveway, less than a mile) and the people there were really friendly. Weather was good too, bit too hot at some points for the fair skinned of our group! Anyway you've done a great job there, thanks again!"






The wheelhouse is located on the outskirts of the village of L'Hermenault in the South Vendee.
A tranquil location, yet conveniently situated to various amenities.  The village is less than 1 kilometre away, and has a lovely boulangerie, mini supemarket, tobac, post office, banks, English speaking Doctor etc.
The nearest town is the renaissance town of Fontenay le Comte which has many restaurants, cafes, shops, supermarkets etc.  This is 15 minute drive away.
More information on Vendee Beaches, Attractions, Activities, Lakeside Beaches, Weather etc can be found at the top of this page in the links box marked "The Area"
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.

 How to get here Fly to La Rochelle, Poitiers, Nantes, Rennes
                                Ferry to St Malo) ( 3.5 hours to property, Caen ( 4.5 hours to property), Le Havre, Cherbourg  


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