Although it is in the middle of the country side Le Village du Bois is easy to reach. It is equidistant (just 5km) from the town of Talmont St Hilaire (supermarkets, bars, restaurants, shops, chateau), Port Bourgenay, the Blue Flag sandy beach at Plage Veillon and an excellent 18 hole championship golf course.
Le Village is just one hour away from La Rochelle, famed for the La Pallice harbour and its beautifully preserved period architecture. Even closer and accessible by car or on bicycle (just a 15 km drive or off-road cycle along le Corniche) are the fabulous beaches, shops, zoo, quayside restaurants and bars of Les Sables d’Olonne; the start point for the famous Vendée Globe Round the World Yacht race.
The South Vendée
The Vendée has one of the sunniest climates in France. It is a favourite holiday destination both for the French and for the thousands who flock here each year from around the world. It has 200 km of coastline, 140 of which comprise fine sandy beaches sloping gently into the Atlantic Ocean plus many areas of historical interest and natural beauty. All in all this means that there is plentiful activity for couples, families and people of all ages to enjoy.
Its numerous small towns and villages preserve the traditional French way of life and, in addition to its holiday credentials, the Vendée is a working coast with an array of picturesque fishing ports where mussels and oysters are brought in plus modern marina ports with the associated restaurants and nightlife.
The plentiful, stunning sandy beaches in this part of France (most blue flag) are invariably backed by large sand dunes planted in the 19th century with forests of pine trees. Our local beach: Plage Veillon is, without doubt, one of the most attractive and is regularly voted one of the best places to visit in the Vendée. It is approximately 1.5 kilometres long and is part of a coastline which features stretches of low cliffs with beautiful sandy beaches and small coves. The dunes at Plage Veillon are the highest in the area and the shelter they afford has allowed a lagoon to form inside the estuary.
There is lifeguard supervision during the main season and facilities include an excellent beach restaurant which specialises in the freshest seafood. It is a short cliff-top walk from Port Bourgenay an attractive small marina with cafes, restaurant and bars. It is also straightforward to walk over or around the dunes to discover the estuary of the Payre River and the Port de la Guittière; the centre for oysters produced in the river estuary.
Talmont St Hilaire
The town is famous for its imposing chateau, originally owned by the princes of Talmont and from 1152 – 1204 by the English. The town also boasts other attractions including a large leisure lake with good walks, an excellent children’s play area and a good windsurf/sailing school. There is a good variety of restaurants and shops, old and interesting buildings.
Both within Talmont and wider afield, guests can explore bustling markets and restaurants that serve classic French cuisine paired with the Vendée’s excellent local wines.
Sporting enthusiasts can choose from a wide range pursuits including; golf, surfing, kite surfing and mountain biking. Paintball and go-karting will appeal to fun seekers and the ‘eco-zoo’ at Les Sables d’Olonne is a great day out for children and adults alike. There is even a racecourse at which there are regular events during the summer months and throughout the year.