The original property has been divided into 3 separate entities, which are interchangeable as living accommodation and gites. Each of the 3 units has a kitchen/diner, sitting room and 2 bedrooms. All the rooms are very spacious. This property is currently run as a thriving gite business, so would suit those looking for that hard to find live work opportunity or the home could easily be adjusted to revert to a large and comfortable 6 bedroomed family property.
The home is set just 5 mins walk from the centre of Nieul sur l’Autise a pretty village typical of the region with some basic shops. Fontenay le Comte the former renaissance capital of Vendee and set beside the river offers a year-round Saturday morning market, shops, hyper-stores, hospital, restaurants and an active year-round events calendar. The stunning coast is less than an hours’ drive, while close by are miles and miles of small canals, punctuated by picturesque village to explore by foot, bike car or boat.
For those who need easy access to and from the UK, year-round low-cost flights are available at nearby La Rochelle (45 mins) or Nantes (1hr) The closest ferry ports are St Malo (3 hrs) Caen (3.5 hrs) or Roscoff for crossings to Plymouth & Eire (4.5hrs) making the home convenient for visiting guests, friends and family.
In its current configuration the main house consists of:
On the ground floor:
Kitchen / dining room: 32.40m² with a fireplace that can heat up the whole house.
Living room: 24.10m² with wood burner.
Bathroom: 5.60m² ; WC: 1.50m²
On the 1st floor:
Bedroom 1: 20.40m² with en-suite bathroom: 4.10m²
Bedroom 2: 16.10m² ; WC with storage space: 4.10m²
The two gites, attached to the house, are also on 2 levels and have a similar layout
Kitchen/dining room: 16.20m²
Living room: 22.10m² with fire place
Bedroom 1: 20.00m²
Bedroom 2: 19.70m²
Storages space, landing and corridors: 12.40m²
Kitchen/dining room: 18.70m²
Living room: 24.00m² with fire place
Bedroom 1: 17.40m²
Bedroom 2: 15.00m²
Storage space, landing and corridors: 6.00m²
Communicating doors on the ground and first floor remain, allowing access between the units to be re-established.
The property has been built on 2488m² of land on which there is a beautifully landscaped garden with mature trees, fruit trees and a vegetable plot.
Opposite the entrance of the “longère”, there is a small pretty outbuilding of around 14m², which is used as a laundry room for guests and storage.
Next to the main house there is a very large outbuilding, which also has a covered area and is being used to store the wood but could easily be converted into further accommodation.
Swimming Pool – 10x5m in ground below ground heated swimming pool has been built a comfortable distance from the main house and there is also a very useful summer kitchen next to it. The garden is fenced and flat
The property benefits from being connected to mains drains.
Diagnostic de Performance Energétique – E 278
Gaz à effet de serre – C 15
Local Attractions and Activities
Lake at Xanton-Chassenon (about 15 mins away) – Chassenon le Bourg
Ten Pin Bowling Close to Lucon
Coulon – Very pretty, there’s a little train. Punts/canoes can be hired at Damvix
Puy du Fou – Adventure Park – Nantes
Futuroscope – in Poitiers
Indian Forest (Adventure Park in French) can be found at Parc de Pierre Brun in Mervent as well as Les Sables d’Olonne
Zoos – At Les Sables d’Olonne and La Rochelle
Aquarium – La Rochelle
Marais Poitevin/La Venise Verte
Nieul sur l’Autise itself has an Abbey with another at Maillezais.
Chateau at Terre Neuve in the historic town of Fontenay le Comte
Les Sables d’Olonne (chic fishing port with superb beach, shops & markets); La Tranche sur Mer (offering windsurfing); L’Aiguillon sur Mer (Vendee Capital of Mussel-Growing – better for Sailing & bird watching); La Faute sur Mer (oyster producing town)
Cycling is possible in the Marais Poitevin/Venise Verte (10mins) and the Forest at Mervent (30 mins)
Sailing, Windsurfing, Surfing
Sailing – beginners & children can take lessons at La Tranche sur Mer on a specially prepared lagoon
Windsurfing – particularly around Jar sur Mer & La Tranche sur Mer
Surfing – Les Conches or La Pointe du Payre are popular places
Horse Riding/Go Karting/Canoeing