Beach and countryside - the best of both worlds!
Mandy and Wendy Property Managers Vendee Vacations
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About Mandy and Wendy Property Managers Vendee Vacations
Hi I am Mandy Oliver and I am part of the management team of A Place in the Vendee
Mandy and Wendy Property Managers Vendee Vacations purchased this Villa in 2016
Why Mandy and Wendy Property Managers Vendee Vacations chose St-Denis-du-Payré
La Marette is situated in a lovely position being the last house on th edge of the village overlooking countryside and the church , in the distance at the rear. A testimate to this is that we have many return guests who never seem to want to go home!! Just look at what our customers say:- 'Just a note to say how much we enjoyed the week at La Marette. We really appreciated your warm welcome and hospitality and (daily supply of French bread!). The pool was really great for the girls and the lovely gardens made for a very relaxing week. The location was perfect for cycling or walking and with the beaches not too far away there was much more to be seen and done than we could possibly hope to do in a week. As requested here is a photo of us all, Best wishes and Thanks Again, The Golden & Tucker families.' 2 visits 'It was a long journey back but we had a wonderful holiday, I don't think we have ever relaxed so quickly into a holiday before. We loved La Marette, the pool was wonderful and Katie especially loved it. It was the first time we've stayed in truly rural France and we'll definitely be back. I have shared our photos with family and friends and highly recommend you so hopefully they will be tempted' - Wendy and family 'Thank you so much for helping to make our holiday so brilliant again! Glen promises to forward you some photos as soon as he gets round to sorting them out' - 3 time visitors - Julie and Glen 'We have had a lovely holiday. I have left a football and some sweets for your grandchildren. I will be in touch as soon as we get home' - Julie
What makes this Villa unique
La Marette is situated within a natural wild life reserve. We have many species of birds including stalks, herons, buzards and geese. We also have a bird hospital in the village who release their 'patients' from time to time which has resulted in a character named 'Loco' a buzard who seems to think he is human and has been known to sit by the pool - don't worry he is harmless and will fly off if you approach him. We have geese and black sheep next door and often have stalks flying over who nest nearby. We live in a property accessed through a gate by the pool at the end of another 3000 sq meters of garden. La Marette is not overlooked and we are there for you if you need us but respect your privacy, we are just a phone call and a long long garden away. We always leave a list of places to visit, restaurants etc. and will be there to greet you on your arrival with a 'Welcome Pack' of goodies.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A great holiday in this lovely house with an amazing pool.
Our family of 7 spent a great week at this lovely property with its stunning garden and pool. We arrived late on Sunday afternoon to be greeted by Wendy and were very grateful to find her welcome pack of essentials which meant that, together with our own meagre provisions, we didn’t go hungry on our first night! The house was spacious, well equipped, furnished to a high standard and with very comfortable beds. The garden was huge, with plenty of space for all ages to play in and shade offered at different parts of the day, and the patio area was a focal point for our meals and “chilling” time. Last but not least, the pool was absolutely stunning. Immaculately looked after by Allen, it was always spotlessly clean and a real joy to use. The heated water meant that it was never a shock to get into, especially after the high temperatures experienced during our holiday, but still a great way to cool off at the end of a hot day. It was also safely fenced off from the garden for those families who may have younger children with them. The location is very quiet and relaxing, with lots of birds to be seen, thanks to the local nature reserve, and we enjoyed listening to the crickets and frogs in the vicinity in the evening. As always, the Vendee offers stunning beaches and lends itself to family cycling, given its flattish terrain. There are also many waymarked routes which can be found in the maps and guides “Le Marais Poitevin á Bicyclette”, which can be found in tourist information offices at a cost of 1.50€ for the “Ouest” map, which covers the area of St Denis, or 4€ for the set of 4 for the whole area. We ventured out on “Les Ouiseaux” tour starting from St Denis, aptly named by the sight of many different types of birds on the way, which was just over 30k on very quiet roads and fire tracks. The route was well marked, with only one sign appearing to be slightly confusing, and gave the opportunity to reduce the length of the route by taking shortcuts on the road. Overall, a great family holiday, enjoyed by all of us; thank you Wendy and Allen for your care and availability if needed.
Stunning Property, Lovely area, exceeded our expectations all round!!
We have just returned from a blissful 2 weeks in the Vendee and stayed in the beautiful La Marette. We have not had a family holiday for years and we managed to get all kids, grand child, grandparents, great grand parents to join us over the course of the fortnight.!! The property just lends itself to large family gatherings - nice patio area for the book readers , great pool for the millennials and large garden for our 2 dogs. Allen and Wendy the Property managers were fantastic , friendly and very knowledgeable about the area and facilities having lived in the region for many years. They were very helpful in getting the required vet visit booked prior to returning to the UK. They also accompanied us and made sure we could communicate with the vet effectively - big relief for us! .All in all a great holiday which exceeded our high expectations all round . Thank you Allen ,Wendy and La Marette for a special family holiday
What a lovely review, thank you so much. We believe at Vendee Vacations that we offer something very special and truly believe that going the extra mile producers happy holiday makers that return year after year.
Just once more - thank you, it was our pleasure!
Spacious villa with lovely pool in quiet village
The 6 of us (3 generations) and the dog had 2 relaxing weeks in La Marette. Allen and Wendy were very helpful without invading our privacy. Being close by they are on hand for anything you might need. They even came with us to the vets to get Milly's check up for the return to the UK.
There is plenty of outside space and the garden has table tennis and swings. The biggest bonus for us was the pool which is heated and big enough to actually swim in.
The inside is homely rather than luxurious and has 1 or 2 minor niggles (such as a stiff door and only 1 chopping board) but not enough to detract from the holiday. The gas barbecue is a useful feature and we ate most of our meals outside. There is plenty of outside seating on the patio. The separate studio is a useful feature although it is not quite as nice as the rest of the villa and the bathroom is rather small and dark. There are some tricky steps to the main villa and a few wobbly patio slabs, so this is perhaps not ideal for the less mobile.
There is plenty to do nearby, the countryside is flat but attractive and you are not far from the coast. However, you will be largely reliant on the car as there is little in the village itself, just a small restaurant with limited opening hours.
Overall we had a lovely time and this is a good size for extended families or groups of friends.
We are very pleased to receive your response. We are always keen to take on our visitors comments and are fixing the one stiff door this week - we think that there may have been some shingle stopping it from closing easily! The furnishings are almost all John Lewis and all the bedding is 100% cotton.. The only thing I would take issue with - and we always listen and try to be fair - is the studio - out guests normally love this and our current guests think it is far larger than they expected. Out of season it is my wife's favourite place to chill out after a swim. The bathroom in the studio is advertised as a wet room and does not have a window. We will look at placing a hand rail against the 3 steps and disguising it with a planter and plants on the outsdie .Thank you for being such good guests and I reiterate we value your opinion. Allen Williams
Agréable séjour en famille
Endroit super maison agréable le,plus la piscine! Un petit rafraîchissement de la maison ne serait pas du luxe mais cela ne nous a pas empêché de passer un magnifique séjour le calme et la vue sur le jardin. Proche de la mer ,La Rochelle et du maraispoitevin une magnifique région c’est sûr on reviendra!
We are so pleased that you had a lovely holiday - La Marette had been fully booked from April and you were the very last guests. Lots of families,old and young have enjoyed the house, gardens and pool. The owners always 'refresh' ready for the next season. I loved your music! Especially Duran Duran and Blondie - Le Fief, the sister house will be ready for next year!
Très bon séjour
Propriété très agréable, bien équipée et fidèle à l'annonce. Pas grand chose à redire, si ce n'est que la salle de bain mériterait d'avoir plus de mobilier pour poser ses affaires et étendre les serviettes. Gérants sympathiques. Région assez riche, la maison est dans un coin tranquille mais beaucoup d'activités sont accessibles en voiture.
La Marette is situated within a bird sanctuary and nature reserve close to many kilometers of beautiful sandy beaches such as at La Tranche sur Mer and Les Conches (good for surfing and body boarding). We are just 45 minutes from Les Sables de D'Olonne the start of the Vendee Globe yacht race and also historic port of La Rochelle.
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