Our large party of 20 plus family and friends have just returned from a fabulous two week holiday in Les Chardonnerets. All of our group, young and slightly older(!) made the most of the great facilities that the accommodation had to offer and its good location to enjoy a holiday to remember.
The holiday property was booked over twelve months ago and Jon and Julia did everything to make the process as simple and straight forward as possible. Information and instructions received prior to our departure were helpful and clear
The house itself is incredibly spacious with a very large kitchen. This was the best equipped holiday let kitchen that any of us had ever been in and enabled the chefs amongst us to prepare excellent meals. Although we ate outside for every meal, the kitchen table was easily big enough to seat our whole party. The downstairs inside space was completed with a large utlity space, downstairs shower room and two large comfortable sitting rooms. There was also a ground floor bedroom suite of two large rooms and a further bathroom thus making it very appropriate accommodation for anyone with mobility problems. The upstairs space was split into two wings with a variety of bedrooms to meet any needs.
All of the rooms were spotlessly clean when we arrived and the house immediately create a positive response from everyone. Towels and linen came as part of the package and the linen was changed at the start of the second week. At the end of our stay a thorough clean was included as part of the price and we were only asked to make sure that all bins had been emptied and dishwashers loaded and turned on.
The outside space is also good and was where we spent most of our time during the two sun soaked weeks. A large covered terrace and barbeque area had a table large enough to seat around 30. We mainly made use of the large gas barbeque but there is also a charcoal barbeque if required. There is even a large fridge freezer on the terrace making it easy to access the all important drinks. The pool is large with many sun loungers spotted around and played host to many silly games and fun. It is however also large enough for more serious swimming. The children of all ages particularly enjoyed the play area trampoline and large garden.
Les Chardonnerets in located a short walk from the centre of the small village of Mouzeuil St Martin. The epicerie and boulangerie was the only shop in the village but was welcoming and had a good range of breads and pastries every day but Wednesdays. Larger supermarkets were 15 minutes away in Fontenay le Comte and Lucon. The coast was only 30 minutes away and we enjoyed trips to the beach at the quiet but idylic Le Conches as well as the more bustling La Tranche sur Mer and Le Sables d'Olonne. The accomadation is situated in the south of the Vendee but all of the attractions of the area are at most only two hours away. During our stay members of our party visited attractions such as the Zoo at Palmyre, the aquarium at La Rochelle, Futuroscope theme park, the water park at Noirmoutier and lots of the local attractions in the surrounding towns and villages.
Overall this was one of, if not the best, large property that we have stayed at. The price was reasonable as we occupied nearly all of the available bedroom space. Jon and Julia were unobtrusive but welcoming owners who would have been readily available had we needed their help. All in our group agreed that we would definately recommend Les Charonnerets to anyone that we knew and would return were we to visit the Vendee in such a large group again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- High quality, family-friendly, gite accommodation. Especially designed, furnished and fully equipped for groups of all ages and families holidaying with young children. Three properties on different sites near the town of Fontenay le Comte: Les Alouettes sleeping eight in four bedrooms; Les Roches, sleeping 12 in five bedrooms; Les Chardonnerets, sleeping 24 in 12 bedrooms. All with fenced, heated, swimming pools and play areas. 35 minutes from La Rochelle and the beautiful Vendee beaches. ... more less
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