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exterior of Les Volets Bleus
terrace for al fresco dining
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Overview
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
3 nights minimum 
Gites
This family sized house is situated directly in a village in the heart of the Venise Verte (Green Venice), recently named one of France's Grandes Sites. The gite sleeps 6 and offers well equipped accommodation with lounge, separate kitchen/ diner which has a barn door onto the terrace and garden. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms; a master with a double bed, and two other interconnecting bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with 2 single beds. The bathroom is upstairs and there is a second wc on the ground floor. A travel cot and highchair can be provided. There is a sunny, enclosed and gated garden equipped for al fresco dining, sunbathing and barbeques. There is also a large field behind for dog walking and football etc. We offer the free use of a traditional punt, a 3 man canoe and 2...This family sized house is situated directly in a village in the heart of the Venise Verte (Green Venice), recently named one of France's Grandes Sites. The gite sleeps 6 and offers well equipped accommodation with lounge, separate kitchen/ diner which has a barn door onto the terrace and garden. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms; a master with a double bed, and two other interconnecting bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with 2 single beds. The bathroom is upstairs and there is a second wc on the ground floor. A travel cot and highchair can be provided. There is a sunny, enclosed and gated garden equipped for al fresco dining, sunbathing and barbeques. There is also a large field behind for dog walking and football etc. We offer the free use of a traditional punt, a 3 man canoe and 2 adult bikes in order for our guests to explore the very unique, local area. The intriguing network of canals and waterways is just down a lane, near the house from where you can set off with a picnic for an adventure in the labyrinth of small canals, under a completely green canopy of trees. Come back relaxed and ready for an aperitif on the deck til the sun sets into a very dark, unpolluted night sky allowing you to stargaze and watch our local barn owl go about his business. Village amenities on your doorstep include a Tourist Information office, post office, small supermarket, cafe/bar, several restaurants, pizzeria/ ice-cream parlour, artisan shops and an antique shop. There are markets in various local villages throughout the summer. There is also an outdoor cinema in the next village - great fun during the summer months! The city of La Rochelle and the Atlantic coast, with large, clean and safe,sandy beaches are within easy reach (about 40mins away) and bit further is the famous Ile de Re - a delightful island, over the bridge from La Rochelle. Come and enjoy this very unique and relaxing part of France. Green Venice (locally known as the Venise Verte is best explored by boat, bike or on foot so you can forget your car for a few days. It is also ideal for those wishing to paint, fish, bird watch or general nature watching and relaxing. There are indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and equestrian facilities nearby and plenty of opportunity for water sports on the coast (Chatelaillon Plage being the nearest centre). For exploration further afield, there is good access to such destinations as La Rochelle, Saintes, Cognac, Dordogne, Bordeaux and vineyards, Atlantic beaches (Royan, Rochefort etc), Futuroscope Theme Park, Puy du Fou theme park and even the Chateaux of the Loire are not too far off. Pets can be permitted on request.
House Rules
Pet-friendlyKid friendlyNo smoking
Suitable for an absolute maximum of 6 adults. No parties allowed, however good location for reunion of friends over a weekend for example. Pets allowed on request. Smoking permitted outside only.
Bedrooms
2 Doubles2 Singles
Bathrooms
1 Half bath1 Full bath

Meet the host
Linda E
Hosting since March 2013
Languages spoken: German, English, French, Russian
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsOwners live in the same road but not on site. We are available therefore for help and advice if required. We can look after dogs or babysit for example if guests wish to go off for the day/ evening. Much local produce can also be procured from us or very nearby.

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Jeanlouis G
Jeanlouis G
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Unvergesslich
Absolut spitze Empfang, Freundlichkeiten. Das beste Zimmer , Küche . Garten . Wunderschön Wir gehen wieder dieses Jahr un frühen Sehr
Visited May 2018
Written 26 January 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Amy L
Amy L
Paris, France1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Peaceful, charming house in a small village in the heart of the Marais Poitevin.
What a lovely stay we had in Linda's gite. The house is charming and very comfortable. The eat-in kitchen is modern and well-equipped. There is a piano in the sitting room. There is a lovely sitting area in the garden. As it is winter, the efficient chimney heats the whole house. We were cozy! The Marais Poitevin is a well-kept secret, so it is not overrun with tourists. It is about a 1/2 hour drive to La Rochelle. Our pug was happy to run loose in the fenced yard, and was welcomed along with us in the house. We will definitely be back1
Visited February 2018
Written 24 February 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
LindaE79
LindaE79
Many thanks for your kind review. We would be delighted to welcome you back anytime!
Written 25 February 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Highlander90
Highlander90
Inverness, United Kingdom3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The epitome of rural France
The Marais Poitevin is a beautiful area and has a wonderfully 'undiscovered' feeling in spite of its obviously popularity with cyclists and boating enthusiasts. Les Volets Bleus provides a welcoming and comfortable base from which to explore. Linda and Mike have thought of everything necessary for a carefree stay. They live next door so are on-hand with advice, and very friendly, but never intrusive. We stayed there in week one of a two week break and this was a wonderful start to the holiday.
Visited July 2017
Written 11 August 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

phil783802017
phil783802017
Bougival, France1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice welcome, relaxing and quiet place in the heart of the "Green Venice"
We have been very pleased to meet Linda and Mike and have enjoyed a very friendly and cosy stay at "Les volets bleus" in Arçais. The area is indeed worth the visit and beautiful, with many opportunities for discovery and canoeing in the "Green Venice". Linda and Mike's house and garden was part of the pleasure during this holiday time. Katia & Philippe
Visited July 2017
Written 31 July 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Chaperon D
Chaperon D
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
charmante maison de village,très cosy et au calme
nous avons bcp aimé notre séjour au cœur du marais.les propriétaires sont à l'écoute et vraiment gentils.la maison est tout près de l'eau ,quel plaisir le matin de longer le marais pour aller chercher de délicieux croissants dans le bourg,une semaine inoubliable.merci Linda et Mike
Visited May 2017
Written 19 May 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Lucie J
Lucie J
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Week-end cosy entre amis
Chouette endroit pour venir se reposer et prendre le temps ! Le salon est très agréable avec sa cheminée et ses deux beaux canapés. La cuisine est assez grande pour manger à 6adultes .emplacement idéal pr profiter des ballades sur les canaux en barque!
Visited November 2016
Written 6 November 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

jerryandjane
jerryandjane
Leek, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Relaxing with character
Les Volets Bleu is a lovely, comfortable, family house with everything you would need including dishwasher, washing machine plenty of crockery etc. We ate outside every day as the weather was so good! Arcais has plenty of character, the residents were all friendly ( despite our lack of French!) There is a small bread shop and a Spa with most things you would want if you don't want to drive to the Supermarche. We loved being able to use the bikes and boats to explore the area and we really felt we had 'got away from it all'. The English owners live next door and are very friendly and helpful.
Visited August 2016
Written 16 August 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Lorna M
Lorna M
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Home from home
We stay at Les Volets Bleus every year and love it! Set in the heart of the beautiful and very traditional French village, Arcais. Les Volets Bleus is beautifully furnished and has a pretty garden with decking to enjoy days lounging in the sun and al fresco evening meals. Enjoy walks, cycle rides and boat trips around the marsh of the Marais Poitevin (that is right on your doorstep), a haven for wildlife that will be loved bird watchers, artists, and photographers. The owners are wonderful hosts and extremely knowledgeable of the local area (and wildlife! There isn't a bird species they cannot identify). If you would like some tips on where to dine or visit, they will be able to suggest a fantastic range. Already looking forward to our next visit!
Visited June 2016 Travelled as a couple
Written 3 July 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
LindaE79
LindaE79
Many thanks for your kind comments. Look forward to welcoming you again next time.
Written 10 July 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JohnSimkins
JohnSimkins
Croydon, United Kingdom6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely, cosy, in the heart of the village
We arrived and my extended family: me (granddad) my son, daughter-in-law and grandson (aged 4) immediately congratulated me on my choice. I do the planning. On the day we arrived, there was a vide-grenier (village-wide boot sale) with bar under cover. Apart from the value-for-money beer and essential baguettes and croissants, we bought two essential hats - Temp 36 C. The accommodation was really nice and well appointed: cool, comfortable beds, spacious lounge, television, wifi, fully equipped kitchen and so on. Everything was provided - down to dishwasher tablets and loo roll - suitably backfilled by us, of course. We met the owners, who live adjacent, and were made extremely welcome. The local Co-op and boulangerie met our morning eating needs. Bigger supermarkets are within 10km and will meet broader needs. Neighbours are friendly and welcoming. Helps very much if you have some (even basic) French. The place was central to the Marais Poitevin. The canals, punting etc are right at hand. We drove to La Rochelle and Ile de Re and several local places. Great time. You can test the Vendee (very recommended) if you start off early and are prepared for a late return. The Marais itself is delightful. It is a long way from the Eurotunnel Terminal so do not think you can get here in a day in comfort. We stopped overnight Sat/Sun at Les Ponts de Ce - about 8 hrs from Frethun, with stops, and another 2 hrs to the gite. I must encourage everyone to stay here. My second time in the area. Highly recommended.
Visited August 2015 Travelled with family
Written 9 September 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Rachel B
Rachel B
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A beautiful place to stay
We loved our fortnight in the gite in Arcais. It had lots of charm, was very comfortable and had everything that we might need. It was lovely being able to eat outside too. Plenty to keep us occupied in the surrounding area with a 4 year old, including a row on the river. It was great having the owners just next door - they weren't in any way intrusive, rather very friendly, welcoming and helpful.
Visited August 2014
Written 2 September 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Nearby
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Tennis court
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Location info
  • Beachfront/Lakeside
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
Parking
  • Parking available
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Washer
Living spaces
  • Highchair
Additional amenities
  • Boat available
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Private yard
  • Terrace
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
  • Cycling areas

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Map
Getting there
Laleu Airport
25.2 mi
Restaurants
Le Patio d'Arcais
6 min

Le Marais
2.4 mi

La Récré
2.4 mi

Auberge de l'Écluse
3.5 mi
Attractions
Embarcadère Port de Montfaucon
2.5 miMarinas

Les Oiseaux du Marais Poitevin
2.3 miNature & Wildlife Areas

Oiseaux du Marais Poitevin
2.3 miNature & Wildlife Areas

Parc Du Coq à l'Âne
2.2 miParks
Getting around
A car is recommended for this holiday though bikers, cyclists and walkers will appreciate the small tracks and roads in the marsh for the peace and safety they offer. This is a great place for cyclists and those with small children as there are lots of tracks.
Access
Car advised
How to get there
4 hour drive from port of St Malo, 8 hours from Calais, Dieppe etc. La Rochelle airport is the nearest at around 45 minutes away. Car hire is available at airport or in local supermarkets at a cheaper rate. Bordeaux airport is approx. 2 hours away.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableHorse riding facilitiesTennis courtWatersports

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 4 pm Check out by 10 am
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 2 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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Frequently Asked Questions about Les Volets Bleus

Les Volets Bleus is able to accommodate up to 6 guests. See all property details.

Les Volets Bleus has 2 bathrooms available. See all property details.

Les Volets Bleus has 3 bedrooms available. See all property details.

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