Modern, spacious 2 bedroom Villa, sleeps 5 in comfort, minutes from beach
- english, french, italian
About Andrea Bennison
Both myself and my husband are Francophiles, and have been visiting France for many years. I work as a foreign language teacher in England. Having a property in France is both a dream, and an opportunity to introduce the French language and culture to our children.
Andrea Bennison purchased this Bungalow in 2014
Why Andrea Bennison chose St-Hilaire-la-Forêt
As a family, we have spent many years camping in and around the Vendee, enjoying the sunshine, warmth, beaches and relaxed nature of the area. Three years ago we stumbled across the understated Les Batardieres campsite in Saint Hilaire, expertly run by Madame Boussans. This proved the ideal location, being on the one hand close enough for a 6 year old to cycle to nearest beach of Le Bouil, having the amenities of Jard-sur-Mer and Longeville-sur-Mer close by, and set in a quiet rural French idyll. As we explored opportunities to purchase a property, why look any further!
What makes this Bungalow unique
The property is a home from home. It is located in a private residential cul-de-sac offering safety and security for children to play. The enclosed garden fully surrounds the property, giving privacy, and offering ample opportunity for the children to let off steam. The drive offers off road parking for two vehicles, while trailors, bicycles, etc … can be stowed securely in the generous garage. Inside, the property has been newly refurbished throughout, with a built in 'Ikea' kitchen with a feature breakfast bar, and has a full complement of amenities including dishwasher, and washing machine in the garage. Location: Within cycling reach of great beaches, great road and trail cycling and walking from the house. Local amenities include, bar, and grocery store, weekly pizza van, during the season use Les Metaires campsite restaurant.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
The villa is strictly NO Smoking
Strictly no pets.
Toys, DVD's, UK Sat. TV. Enclosed gardens
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 5 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
This was overall one of the best properties that we have stayed in France. The location was very convenient, and nice and quiet. The kitchen was well equipped was every utensil you could ever want to prepare a meal. The bed was comfortable as was the lounge. The basket of tea, coffee & wine was a really nice surprise. The instructions in both English and French were clear and most helpful. We also liked the satellite TV and English DVD's & books. Because on Pat's mobility, the only other thing that we would have liked is a handrail in the shower. We hope to return next year for a longer stay
A lovely holiday home perfectly located in the Vendée.
After searching for some time for a holiday home that offers good facilities as well as being close to the coast we decided on Andrea’s property and were not disappointed.
The house is located in St Hilaire la Forêt, a pretty village set just back from the coast offering a more relaxing and authentic French experience rather than staying in the swathe of holiday villages right on the coast. The house is far better equipped than many holiday apartments that we have visited, it is spacious, nicely furnished, and has a lovely garden. If you like cooking then the kitchen is a real treat and has all that you will need to cater for a family, with the choice of large dining tables both inside and out. There is also a secure garage that is absolutely great if you cycle and take bikes on holiday with you.
Shopping in the area is well provided for, we stocked up at the large 'Super U' supermarket in Jard-sur-Mer which we preferred as it has a great selection of fresh foods and wines, but there is an equally large supermarket in Longville-sur-Mer, both are only a short car drive away. There is also a small shop in the village for basic items.
Once settled in we took to our bikes and quickly worked out the best cycle trails to the beaches, the cycle routes start next to the 'Mairie' in the centre of the village. Twenty minutes or so of cycling through fields of sunflowers brings you to beautiful Atlantic beaches such as Le Bouil, really great for swimming, paddle boarding and searching out crabs in the rock pools at low tide! We also headed down the coast a little way by car to visit the popular seaside town of La Tranche-sur-Mer, I learnt to windsurf here many years ago and it still has an excellent nautical centre with great windsurfing and sailing facilities.
La Rochelle airport which is served by several UK operators is only a little over an hour's drive away so Granny was able to visit us whilst we were staying. It is also an easy journey to the fascinating Ile de Ré, the ports of La Flotte and Saint-Martin-de-Ré on the island as well as the lighthouse at the westernmost tip are really worth a visit if you have time, although it’s best not to cross the bridge on a Saturday in the high season as you will queue in traffic for a very long time!
So all in all a highly enjoyable stay in a lovely holiday home with so much to see and do in the area for a two week holiday. We really look forward to returning!
Nice Comfortable Villa.
A very nice villa,very comfortable,nicely furnished,Super kitchen.The villa is perfectly situated to explore the surrounding area ,our particular favourite is Jard Sur Mer ,but is near to many places. the villa is in a lovely village, with a shop and a local bar.we loved our stay We cant wait to go back!
Une semaine avec nos petits enfants extraordinaire
Petite villa très propre et très bien agencé proche de la mer et de multitudes de curiosités à visiter .
Nos petits enfants (10, 9 et 7 ans ) sont revenus enchantés de leur séjour
Set in the historically fascinating, rural village of St Hilaire la Forêt, the house is only 4.5km from the nearest beach.
The village square, just a 6 minute walk away, boasts a church, the Mairie, a pétanque alley, a bar and grocery shop. Both the bar and grocery shop sell fresh baguettes and croissants every morning.
The excellent Stone Age Museum ‘Le Cairn – Centre de la Préhistoire’, is also situated in the village, and inspires a visit to the time of the Stone Age through a variety of children's hands-on activities, exhibits and information about the local monolithic sites of which there are a number.
There are numerous on and off-road cycle paths that start and end in the village and take in the local area including the towns of Jard sur Mer with its Port and Longeville, the wonderful expanses of beaches at Le Bouil, le Rocher and Les Conches as well as the local countryside of sunflower and maize fields with the odd vineyard thrown in for good measure!