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In the surroundings, many tourist sites:
We have selected essential sites for you 

What to do around our charming cottages?

Cultural and Heritage Sites

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The castle of Apremont

The castle of Apremont is a castle in ruins built on a rocky promontory which dominates the valley of the Vie of the commune of Apremont.

It can be visited from April to September.

6 minutes from the Gîtes de la Grange aux Grains

 

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Commequiers castle

Octagonal in shape with its 8 towers, it was built on the model of the Bastille

Currently closed to the public, its magnificent park nevertheless offers beautiful walks and a playground for children.

8 minutes from the Gîtes de la Grange aux Grains

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Tiffauges castle

The largest medieval site in the west.

The castle presents live fire demonstrations with reconstructed medieval war machines (thematic tours)

About 1 hour from the Gîtes de la Grange aux Grains

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History of Vendée in Lucs-sur-Boulogne

The historial is the museum that traces the history of the Vendée, from prehistory to the beginning of the 21st century. It is located on a site classified as "Sensitive natural area".

26 minutes from the Gîtes de la Grange aux Grains

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La bourrine à Rosalie in Sallertaine

Traditional habitat of the Breton Vendée marshes, with its thatched roof ... surrounded by water in winter.

You can discover it all year round in the town of Sallertaine (guided tour possible in high season: Price: € 4 Adult and € 2 Child from 8 to 18 years old).

28 minutes from the Gîtes de la Grange aux Grains

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The Logis de la Chabotterie in Montréverd

 This Logis, high place of the Vendée war, was the place of the arrest of the Vendée General François Athanase Charette on March 23, 1796. 

The Logis de la Chabotterie, in the typical form of a bas-poitevin house, offers several activities as well as an escape game entitled "Charette and the forgotten treasure".

The International Floralies will be held from May 17 to 26, 2024 in the 48 hectare wooded park of the Logis de la Chabotterie.

34 minutes from the Gîtes.

Parks and Gardens

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The park of the mill at Elise in Poiré-Sur-Vie

A place for many summer activities at the green theater or in the meadow, as well as the starting point of the Moulins trail. Games for children, a pétanque court, a fitness trail and an orienteering course have been set up, as well as picnic areas. Body of water equipped with a pontoon accessible to disabled people. A working water mill can be visited every Sunday afternoon from April to November.

20 minutes from Apremont

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The garden of Vaulieu in Sallertaine

A haven of calm and greenery, this garden is located on an old sandstone limestone quarry.

Sallertaine, in the heart of the Vendée Marshes, classified as a "city and crafts", will charm you with its shops of artisans, its entertainment and street shows in July and August, its free concerts.

Take advantage of your visit to discover the 12th century church, the working mill of Rairé, the bourrine à Rosalie.

30 minutes from Apremont

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The house of bees and honey in Poiroux

This site on a wooded area of 10 hectares allows you to understand the life of bees and the manufacture of honey. A great family in perspective. (guided tours, animated film, treasure hunt, giant beehive). Open from May to October. Visit: from 2:30 to 4:00 approximately.

45 minutes from Apremont

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The Oriental Park of Maulévrier

It is the largest Japanese garden in Europe. It is surprising by its architectural and botanical setting, its atmosphere, its serenity .... Change of scenery guaranteed.

29 hectares of garden, free or guided visit, day and night.

Day visit: € 8 (don't forget to consult their schedule with their theme days)

1 hour 15 minutes from the gîtes 

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The Le Daviaud ecomuseum in La Barre de Monts

Blow of heart assured for this site of 3 hectares of preserved nature. Free visit, Le Daviaud is the gateway to the Breton Vendée marshes (Escape Game / Discovery workshops and meetings with the salt worker, the baker ... / Demonstrations of wool spinning, butter making). Do not forget to consult their schedule of events to choose your day of visit, according to your desires.

40 minutes from the Gîtes

"Relaxation and nature" holidays

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The sandy beaches

The seaside resorts of Vendée are open to the Atlantic Ocean. From Noirmoutier to Aiguillon sur Vie, passing through Saint-Jean-De-Monts, Saint-Gilles-Croix-De-Vie, Les Sables d'Olonne or La Tranche sur Mer, the beaches of Vendée offer more than 140 kms of thin sand.

Take advantage of the exceptional sunshine of the Côte de Lumière. many nautical activities await you there, fishing on foot, or simply a relaxing moment listening to the sound of the waves or reading a good book ...

Saint-Gilles beach 25 minutes from the Gîtes

Saint-Jean-de-Monts beach 30 minutes from the Gîtes

Sion de l'Océan beach in Saint-Hilaire-de-riez 30 minutes from the Gîtes

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Apremont Lake

Ideal for families, the lake and its leisure area offers many activities: supervised swimming in summer, games for children, pétanque court, mini-golf, picnic tables.

From April to October, rental of electric boats, pedal boats, paddle boards, ... Wake Park ..

The lake is also a famous fishing spot, with good carp corners on 9.5 km of shores.

The shores of the lake offer hiking and mountain biking routes.

6 minutes from the Gîtes

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Saint-Gilles-Croix-De-Vie

This dynamic seaside resort is to be discovered during your stay:

Its beaches, its embankments and its orange and blue huts, its coves to the north.

Its pedestrian street and its shops.

Its markets are present all year round.

The Sardine Workshop: it retraces the stages and the remarkable know-how of the Pearl of the Gods.

Its cycle paths, especially along the coast.

20 minutes from the Gîtes.

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The Passage du Gois / Noirmoutier

Unmissable during your stay, discover this legendary 4.2 km sea route that connects Noirmoutier island to the mainland at low tide. Every year, in June, a running race is organized (the Foulées du Gois).

At low tide, it is the ideal place for fishing on foot: clams, cockles, periwinkles and wild oysters ... (be careful to respect the authorized quantities).

You will fall under the spell of the island of Noirmoutier: its villages, its polder, its salt marshes, its ports, its beaches ... many bicycle tours are offered by the tourist office to discover this magnificent island.

40 minutes from the Gîtes

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Commequiers Rail Bike

Family attraction that allows you to travel in a draisine the 7 km separating Commequiers from Coëx (14 km round trip). It is an activity in the heart of nature which follows the old railway line (2 hours of ride in a draisine)

10 minutes from the Gîtes

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The salt road in Sallertaine

Embarkation and discovery of various places in the Breton Vendée marshes: on a guided or independent walk, by bike, canoe, or on foot, a life-size adventure through the ancient salt marshes.

25 minutes from the Gîtes

Leisure and amusement parks

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The Grand Défi in St Julien des Landes

The biggest tree climbing in the world!

a wonderful day in an exceptional setting awaits you: 34 courses in the trees / 26 zip lines / Explorgame / Painball: 5 fields with 5 atmospheres / Galactic Laser / Pony ride / Disc-golf / QuickJump (abseiling of 18 meters) / 7 orientation courses. Free entry to the park: only the activities have to be paid.

Partner of the park, remember to scan our QR Code to benefit from tariffs.

20 minutes from the Gîtes de la Grange aux Grains

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O'Gliss Park at Le Bernard

Unmissable leisure destination for the whole family: universes for young and old, thrill seekers, or looking for a moment of relaxation.

A pleasant day in this water park

45 minutes from the Gîtes

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Planète Racing in Challans

Private water sports base, this place offers you sporting sensations with friends or family: jet ski rental, banana rocket, ... and a special friendly program for a bachelor party or a bachelorette party.

8 minutes from the Gîtes de la Grange aux Grains

The Puy du Fou

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Voted best park in the world, Le Puy du Fou offers grandiose shows for the whole family:  

The ball of the ghost birds / The Vikings / Musketeer of Richelieu / The last Panache, .....

The biggest night show in the world: Cinéscénie: An unforgettable moment !! : 1h30 of night show, 2550 actors on a 23 hectare stage, 28000 costumes ... Grandiose !!

For the cinéscénie, do not forget to book in advance

Some good addresses

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The Old People of the Old Town in APREMONT

This restaurant bears this name because scenes from the famous 1960 film with Jean Gabin were filmed there. It is located a stone's throw from the castle and has a terrace: lunch, menu with starter buffet and dish of the day.

P izzas and burgers on site or to take away (menu available in the lodges for your take away orders)

Every lunchtime, from Monday to Friday // Friday and Saturday evenings until 9:30 p.m.

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Au P'tit Bouchon in CHALLANS

This restaurant close to the Halls of Challans is one of our favorites:

Open every lunchtime from Monday to Saturday, they offer fresh and seasonal products.

5th in the ranking "Tripadvisor restaurants of Challans"

Remember to book

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L'Estacade in St-Jean-de-Monts

Pancakes / Galettes made with flour from the Rairé mill (Sallertaine)

Mussels and Fries (Bouchot Mussels from Noirmoutier)

We advise you the Top Chef,  the Tatin Plus for dessert, all accompanied by a traditional La Ruaudaie cider ... A delight !!  Mandatory reservation

The Vendée is a region with a rich terroir, to be discovered without moderation:

  Préfou / Mogettes ham / Chicken and duck from Challans / Sardines from Saint-Gilles-Croix-De-Vie

Fion Vendéen / Strike and Vendée brioche ......

Here is our small selection which only asks to expand, according to our discoveries or your suggestions.

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Le Roman bleu in Noirmoutier

This bistro located on the town hall square is the ideal place for a gourmet break on the island.

Fresh and seasonal products

Open every day, noon and evening

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Restaurant Le Mékong in Challans

This restaurant of Asian specialties, located in the heart of the city, is 2nd in the ranking "Tripadvisor restaurants" in Challans: it is one of the best in the Vendée! Open every lunchtime from Tuesday to Saturday and in the evenings from Thursday to Saturday. Mandatory reservation !!

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Restaurant Taj Mahal in La Roche sur Yon

For lovers of Indian cuisine: excellent Indo-Pakistani dishes.

possibility of ordering to take away: card for orders available on their site. Remember to book !!