The Area

Chez Marthe is situated within a small hamlet in the Vendeen countryside, perfect for walking and cycling. Just 5 minutes walk away is the lake with fishing and boating, and with many picnice areas around it’s shores.The village of St.Vincent-sur-Graon is just 2 minutes by car, with a church, boulangerie and 2 bars.

The larger village of Moutiers-les-Maufaits with it’s historic covered market is 5 minutes away and has banks, post office, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, chemist, a dentist, and an English speaking doctor.

The town of La Roche-sur-Yon is 15 minutes away and offers big hypermarkets and shops, plus a large indoor shopping mall.

Vast sandy beaches with the EC Blue-Flag award are 15/20 minutes by car, also the resort of La Tranche-sur-mer. Les Sables d’Olonne, famous for the start and finish of the Vendee Globe Solo round the world yacht race, is 30 minutes away offering a beautiful, sheltered, sandy beach, promenade, fishing port and quay side restaurants. The famous, beautiful, historic town of La Rochelle is 50 minutes away.

There are many local places of interest and the famous ‘son et lumiere’ of le Puy-du-Fou, and it’s daytime ‘Grand Parcours’ (theme park – a whole day of entertainment for children and adults), Futuroscope, la Venise Verte and the Ile de Re are within easy reach.

This part of the coast – known as ‘La Cote de Lumiere’ – is famous for its long sunny days and it’s sunshine record second only to that of the South of France.

This is the heart of the Vendee’s wine-producing area, with a well sign posted wine route for visiting and tasting! There is a good selection of restaurants nearby, to suit all budgets. Possibly the best selection of seafood in France with nearby mussel and oyster farms where you can taste and buy direct.

Other activities available nearby – three 18-hole golf courses, horse riding, go-carting, water sports etc.