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Perfect for taking it easy, the tranquil setting of “Les Gîtes de Fontenioux”, charming holiday cottages with heated swimming pool in the beautiful Gâtine countryside, an ideal location to explore the Vendée and Deux Sèvres. These two fully renovated gîtes, Violette & Marguerite have all home comforts, whilst still retaining the charm of a bygone era. Each cottage has three bedrooms and sleeps up to 6 people and can be booked individually or together. When booked together the ground-floor connecting door allows the dining tables to be combined to seat 12 in Violette with comfortable seating for 12 in the adjoining room in Marguerite, if you so wish. One set if twin beds have zip-together mattresses and can be made up as a large double to suit a three family party.

The heated swimming pool measures 9×4.5m and is a level 1.2m deep, so suitable for all ages and abilities. There is a surrounding sundeck with sunloungers and parasols, all enclosed with approved security fencing and self-closing gate for the safety of our younger guests. The pool is for your sole use if you book both gites, shared if only booking one gite.

The grounds also contain barbecues, swings, small plastic play equipment for the younger ones, tree-stump play area and plenty of room to sunbathe. Have al fresco lunch or find a quiet corner to read while the children let off steam. Our excellent local boulangerie is just 5 minutes away by car or a very pleasant 20 minute walk. There are supermarkets 10 minutes away in Secondigny or L’Absie, both open Sunday mornings. We are lucky to have two excellent restaurants less than 8 minutes away, "La Petite Noisette" in Vernoux en Gâtine or "A La Bonne Vie" in Le Beugnon. Check them out online.

There are two generous parking areas so we do not restrict number of vehicles. We have two dry,clean and secure 'bike sheds' where you can also store top-boxes, bike-carriers etc. This is an excellent area for cycling, either for a gentle half day trip, or something more energetic while the rest of your party relax by the pool. We are happy to accomodate all male or all female parties.

There are many attractions to visit including: La Rochelle; Futuroscope; the internationally acclaimed Puy du Fou; Pescalis for more than just fishing; Mervent-Vouvant forest with marked footpaths and picnic areas, plus a zoo, watersports and the Parc de Pierre Brune amusement park; or swing through the tree-tops at Park Aventure.

We recommend a visit to Parthenay to stroll round the medieval centre. Around the many restaurants and bars there is great atmosphere in the summer evenings when you will often find street theatre too. The lovely park by the river has play equipment for children and adults and is a great place for a picnic.

The max. and min. prices shown are: one gite off season up to both gites peak season.

Early booking 25% discount on all bookings including short breaks is available at the moment.

10% discount for two week bookings. 

We are flexible on start days and Short Breaks are available all year incuding High Season subject to availability.

High Season 12 night, Monday to Friday Special (figures in backets early booking prices):

£1238 - 912€ (£928 - 1114€) for one gîte.

£2442 - 2932€ (£1832 - 2198€) for both gîtes.


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Bedrooms: 6

Sleeps Up To: 12+

Type of Accommodation: Gites

Type Of Holiday: Countryside

Website address: Click to visit website

Price from: £320 to £1500

Indoor Facilities

  • Toys and Games
  • Linen Included
  • Smoke Alarms
  • Wifi
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite TV
  • TV
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher

Outdoor Facilities

  • Parking
  • Barbeque
  • Sports Facilities
  • Children's Play Equipment
  • Garden
  • Swimming Pool - Heated
  • Swimming Pool - Shared
  • Swimming Pool - Private


  • Suitable for Seniors
  • Children Welcome
  • Long term Renters

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