Five bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, can accommodate 12 plus 3 young children / babies.
Jon and Julia Doust
- english, french
About Jon and Julia Doust
Franco – British duel nationals, we have been resident in France for many years. We were drawn to the Vendée by its lovely coast, countryside & towns, the tranquility and the relaxed pace of life. We came for a family holiday in 2002 and never really left. Our business - Vendée Vacances - was established in 2003 and has over the years welcomed hundreds of families to the Vendée. We own three large gites on separate sites in the South Vendée in the neighbourhood of Fontenay le Comte. We invest continually in the business to ensure that the quality of the gite accommodation we offer is maintained and improved. We are on hand to give our guests any information or assistance they might require.
Jon and Julia Doust purchased this House in 2010
Why Jon and Julia Doust chose Le Langon
Les Roches was the third of the three gites we opened and is located on the other side of the village of Le Langon from our own home. We chose this location (initially to have a holiday home in France) because of its easy accessibility and for its proximity to the coast, countryside, attractions like the Puy du Fou and beautiful towns such as La Rochelle. Les Roches provides an ideal venue either for a family holiday or for groups of friends holidaying together. We planned and arranged the house to be equally welcoming for an extended family gathering as for two or three families holidaying together as for an all-adult party of friends. The pretty local towns of Luçon and Fontenay le Comte provide us with a full range shops and a fine selection of restaurants. The village itself has a good bakery, a café and a general grocery and is surrounded by countryside. Although quiet and peaceful, this is not a dead village and there is plenty of local life and events, particularly during the summer months.
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Perfect stay for all of our family. The pool was a god send in the mini heat wave!
The property owners were very attentive and nothing was too much trouble for them. The property was Perfect for our family (kids ranging from 7 months to 14years) pool was brilliant and clean. Was lovely to turn up and amenities were fully stocked. Would 100% recommend and would love to stay again in the future. Perfect get away from the hustle and bustle of work life. Far enough away but close enough to shops etc in a short car journey. Thank you Jon and Julia
Perfect accommodation for a large family/group
Lovely holiday area.
Excellent facility for whole family.
What a wonderful week to celebrate my 70th birthday with my children and their families. Jon &Julia couldn't have done more to make it so memorable.
The accommodation suited all 14 of us from 2 years to 83 years. It was clean and well equipped .
The play area , especially the trampoline was much used by the little ones and the pool was rarely empty!
Thank you again so much for everything, we will be singing your praises for a long time to come.
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. We enjoyed meeting you and I hope very much we will see you here again.
Maison parfaite pour les réunion de famille. Equipement de la cuisine complet. Piscine très agréable.
A recommander sans hésiter!
Gite parfait pour se retrouver en famille, jeux pour enfants, piscine, confort, équipements au top et ce beau jardin animé, le chant des oiseaux et la visite du pinson... Merci Julia et Jon
Un très bon moment pour se retrouver en famille.
Le logement et le jardin correspondent bien à l'annonce. Nous avons passé un merveilleux week-end avec nos enfants et petits enfants. A recommander ce que nous avons fait à notre retour.
Puy du Fou
Twice voted by the theme park industry as being the best park in the world, the Puy du Fou is quite unique. The park revolves around six live shows or spectaculars that are dramatisations of historical or mythical events relating to the Vendée. The stage craft is exceptional and can justifiably be described as both world class and – in some instances – ground breaking. Away from the big shows, the rest of the park has plenty to interest the visitor. This is a “must do” for any holiday in the Vendée. Located about 65km from our gite in Les Epesses.
Beaches of the Vendée
The beaches of the South Vendée are a delight. For the most part they are sandy (though one honourable exception has a fine line in rock pools at low tide) and are very family friendly. Our favourites are:
La Faute sur Mer – the closest beach at about 40km. La Faute is a low-rise, relaxed, small, resort town. Access to the beach is via paths of a couple of hundred metres length over the dunes. The sandy beach here is particularly fine. During the summer period the bathing is supervised on some stretches. La Faute is a nice town and has some good restaurants. We can recommend La Grand’ Voile on Avenue de la Plage.
Les Conches – is, overall, our favourite beach. Also sandy, this is a very gently sloping beach that is enormous when the tide is out and where the sea stays shallow for quite some distance. There is not a lot in the way of commerce here; just a few stalls selling drinks, snacks and ice cream. This is a good surf beach and there are two surf schools here. We recommend Manu Surf. About 55km drive.
St Vincent sur Jard – This is the most distant of our favoured beaches at around 60km. The beach here is notable for two features: firstly, there are lots of interesting rock pools to muck about in; secondly, the beach is over looked by the last home of the French statesman, Georges Clemenceau. It is a surprisingly modest house for a man widely held to be the “father of victory” in the First World War. The house is as Clemenceau left it at the time of his death in 1929. The gardens here were designed by his friend, the famous impressionist, Claude Monet.
Indian Forest Adventure Park / O’Gliss Water Park
Located adjacent to one another near the village of Moutiers les Mauxfaits (about 45km distant), Indian Forest and O’Gliss provide activity packed days. The Indian Forest adventure park centres around a series of high rope pathways (assault courses, really) slung through the tree tops. There is a range of difficulties available ranging from ‘child’s play’ to ‘downright reckless.’ Also in the park can be found bungie jumps, go karts and water slides.
Water slides (and flumes and rapids a lots of other aquatic lunacy) attain another level in the neighbouring O’Gliss water park. This is the third largest of its kind in France and is open June, July & August.
The city of La Rochelle is amongst the most visited in France. It is an elegant sort of place with lots of high end shops and many good restaurants. The aquarium – one of Europe’s largest – is excellent, and is most certainly worth a trip to La Rochelle (about 45 km distant) all by itself, but the real charm of the place can be found in just strolling around soaking up the ambiance. The area around the old port is particularly pleasant. La Rochelle has hundreds of restaurants and competition generally keeps quality quite high. Our favoured eateries are Bar André (a La Rochelle institution) at 5 rue St Jean du Perot and Le Boute en Train (classic French) at 7 rue des Bonnes Femmes.
Located about 15km away, the forest of Mervent extends over 12000 acres. At its heart is a huge lake that acts as a reservoir for the area. Aside from providing innumerable routes for shady walks, the forest is home to a number of other attractions, including the activity park at Pierre Brune (very good for children of all ages), a rather good small zoo and a water sports centre (from which canoes & kayaks can be hired). The forest also has marked tracks for mountain bikes. There are a couple of restaurants in the forest – we would recommend L’Auberge de la Forêt. In the heart of the forest for higher end dining or the Mangoustan in Mervent village for a meal with children.
Venise Verte (Green Venice) refers to a network of canals and dykes dug hundreds of years ago to drain the Poitou marshes. These days, the Venise Verte provides a haven for wildlife and is an area of gentle beauty. The best way to experience the area is by boat and these can be hired at a number of locations (for example Maillezais – where can be seen the remains of a magnificent abbey – and Damvix). For lunch, La Recré (a pizzeria / creperie in a converted school) in Damvix provides a perfect family dining option.