The Villa is located next to the massive forest of Mervent. The villa has a view from the back of the countryside and a view of the forest from the front. It is in a quiet location but within a commune, so benefits from a village atmosphere. .
The village of Mervent is just 3 km away, which has a small grocery/bakers, 4 bars inc 2 restaurants, a tourist office and a couple of hairdressers. The Lake at Mervent, within the forest has many activities including kayaking, sailing, fishing, a small beach, pedloes and there are many signed walks, cycling and bridleways. The nearest bakers (boulangerie) for your morning croissants, is just 5 minutes drive away. There are many villages in the surrounding areas with many facilities inc, shops, restaurants, cafes, even a vineyard making their own wine.
The Renaissance town of Fontenay le Compte is only 10 minutes drive away and services include: 2 large supermarkets, several smaller supermarkets, banks, mini-markets, many bar/restaurants, pizzeria, doctors, pharmacies, post office, bakers, butchers, many independent retail shops, a Saturday market, an indoor market and two retail parks. There are museums, a chateau, an arts centre, a cinema, a public swimming pool, go kart track and many more activites.
The major cities of Niort and La Rochelle are within an hour’s drive away and the Atlantic beaches are just over an hour away.
There seems to be an almost boundless choice of sporting and leisure activities to take part in. You can explore the region on foot, by bike and on horseback along the hundreds of kilometres of clearly marked paths and bridle ways. Fishing, swimming, sailing and other water sports are offered on the rivers and lakes and at the coast. For those with a little more adrenalin there are opportunities for paintball, go-karting and bungee jumping.
Sports include Walking, Tennis, Cycling, Swimming, Kayaking, Sailing, Fishing, Wind surfing,Sand Yachting, Horrse Riding, Kite surfing, Karting and many Golf Courses.
Other places of interest include:
- Tree Top Adventure Park in the forest (just 4 minutes away)
- Zoo (within walking distance from Villa)
- Pierre Brune, an adventure park in the heart of the forest (just 8 minutes away)
- Visit Vouvant - Vouvant is classified as one of the ‘most beautiful villages in France', on a small hill in a pretty setting overlooking a river. In part still surrounded by ramparts, Vouvant is entered by original gates in the walls. Within the village, narrow streets, lined with well-preserved medieval houses, lead to the central square and the Notre-Dame Church.
- Visit The Chateau de Terre in Fontenay Le Compte - The Chateau de Terre Neuve is an impressive castle dating from the 16th century that deserves a visit - lovingly furnished, and known for its fireplaces and ceilings.
- Maris Poitevin stretches across the south of the Vendee. The Marais Poitevin is a strange, lazy landscape of fens and meadows, shielded by poplar trees and crisscrossed by an elaborate system of canals, dykes and slow-flowing rivers. Recently declared a regional park, it is known as "La Venise Verte" – the Green Venice – and indeed, farmers in this area frequently travel through the marshes in flat-bottomed punts as their fields lack dry-land access.
- La Rochelle is one of the most beautiful places in France. There is an old port which still has the towers which used to protect it. The centre is particularly beautiful, with pale stone used for the majority of the buildings and many of the walkways. There are 2 basins in the old port which now have a large number of pleasure boats moored there. The fireworks for the 14th of July Bastille day celebrations are very impressive. There are many restaurants, many of them overlooking the harbour and the centre offers a very chic shopping experience.
- An hour’s drive to the North and you encounter the unique medieval theme park of Puy-Du-Fou. By day, 2000 years of French history are brought to life in le Grand Parc. You can see gladiators fighting in the coliseum, vikings attacking a peaceful village, an extraordinary falconry spectacle, a ferocious battle between the French and the English and recreated villages and towns from former times. By night, watch la Cinéscénie, an extravagant sound and light (son et lumière) spectacle on the biggest open-air stage in the world.This outstanding theme park has performances throughout the day of falconry, jousting, magic and music, and boasts atmospheric reconstructions of a Norman fort, a medieval town and an 18th-century village. On some evenings you can enjoy a splendid Son et Luimère s