Located in the Vendee, a large departement (or county, somewhere between the size of Maine and West Virginia), on the French Atlantic coast, La Tranche is just south of Brittany and Nantes, and north of La Rochelle. Its position, within 2 to 5 hours of the various western ferry ports, makes the area an easy day’s journey from Britain and Ireland.
The name “Vendee” is taken from that of a river that runs through the south-east of the department. The county’s name was changed to Vendee after the French Revolution of 1789.
Located 30 meters from a secluded, south-facing beach, this extremely pleasant, fully-equipped, three bedroom house easily accommodates 6 people. The house has a combination living/dining room with seating for eight. Terraces on both the north and south facing side of the house provide space for sun bathing the entire day.
Fully Equipped Kitchen
- Cooking utensils
- Range and oven
- Washing machine
- Blankets and pillows
Linens are provided by guests.
The Climate and Activities
A microclimate, said to be similar to that of the Cote d’Azur, ensures that 2,500 hours of sunshine beam down on the Vendee’s 140km of sandy beaches. June is traditionally the driest month. Peak tourist activity is throughout July and August (especially 14 July to 15 August).
Inland, among the marshes, plains and wooded hills, visitors will find plenty to amuse them. Top-rated experiences are the breath-taking night-time son-et-lumiere spectacle, known as the Cinescenie, at Le Puy du Fou near Les Epesses, in the east of the departement; and the fantastic day-time attraction on another part of the same site – a “historical theme park” called the Grand Parc; a day on the tranquil waterways of the Marais Poitevin, or Venise Verte (“Green Venice”), a mysterious marshland in the south-east of the county; and a journey across the incredible causeway that links the island of Noirmoutier (north-west of the Vendee) to the mainland at low tide.
Activities for all include wind-surfing, water parks, castles, five 18-hole golf courses, countless churches and abbeys, museums, prehistoric standing-stones, thousands of footpaths, a cycleway running along the coast, mudflats and marshes that attract unusual birds, from avocets to storks, fishing in the sea, rivers and lakes, and wide, unpolluted skies for stargazers. Close to the Ile d’ Rey, fine wineries, and gourmet restaurants.