Chez Chartres

Holiday with friends and family - conviviality in rural French Vendée

The village

The village, L'Orbrie, is a charming, peaceful place, (about 850 inhabitants), with church, hairdresser, town hall and beautiful park.

The public park stretches out starting just next to the house along the south of the village with its fields, running circuit ('Trim trail'), tennis court, boules pitch and children's play area, all free to use for those staying in the village.

The boulangerie for fresh croissants, bread and amazing cakes, is just at the top of the hill in Pissotte, reachable by a 5 minute cycle ride or even early morning jog! Pissotte is a wine making village with its own wine tasting before you buy at the vineyard.

Just on the edge of the village is the spectacular Mervent Forest, with its boating, lakes, rivers, wooded valleys and miles of cycle paths, just waiting to be explored!

There are a number of restaurants and cafés within cycling distance, including the wonderful Auberge de la Foret in Mervent, and the many bars and restaurants in Fontenay (3k).

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