The Good Life in France

Europe France Loire Valley Vendée

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Adults only
Lakeside glamping lodges on a four-acre smallholding in the Vendée countryside

After pootling around country lanes on a bicycle, you flop into a hammock and rest your sun hat on your chest. Dappled sun from the trees above warms you, a breeze gently rocks you into a light slumber. This is The Good Life in France, a boutique lakeside glamping site where the adults-only policy means the peace and quiet of the place is perfectly preserved.

There are just two canvas-covered glamping lodges on this site, each set up for a couple. And while the life you’ll experience here will be a charmed one with lazy days, relaxed evenings and well-cushioned nights, you’ll see another kind, too. Glamping site owners Steve and Jane are known among their friends as 'Tom and Barbara', after characters from the 1970s British sitcom The Good Life. Like Tom and Barbara, they aim for a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle by growing their own veg, curing their own meat and looking after their environment as best they can. Come here and you’ll not only see their garden, but you’ll eat from it, too. A welcome pack includes a taste of whatever is in season, and you are invited to book in for a wholesome meal “en famille” during your stay too.

It’s all rather inspiring and the pair, who’ve spent 20 years in France, are happy to share their knowledge in a range of courses, from bacon curing to breadmaking. But they are equally as happy to send you out into the local area armed with tips on places to eat, drink and visit. The site is in the Vendée, in the far west of middle France; an area of undulating countryside, wooded valleys and canals that’s not too far from the west coast for you to visit the beach. The region’s biggest attraction is the historical theme park, Puy du Fou, where visitors are wowed on a daily basis with spectacular theatre-style shows and tableaux.

The drama and excitement are quite the contrast with the peaceful scene that awaits you back at The Good Life in France, where your glamping lodge has a kind of brocante-style elegance thanks to vintage fabrics, wicker armchairs and white-washed furniture. There’s basic cooking equipment, a barbecue and fire pit at each lodge and there are shared kitchen facilities for anything more involved. Washrooms are also shared and a short walk away. And all of this looks over that lovely lake where two hammocks sway temptingly in the breeze.

Details

Facilities

Orchid and Peony glamping lodges are set in 4 acres of parkland with two lakes.  The lakes are stocked with a variety of coarse fish.  We do not allow children, TVs or loud music and ask that guests respect each other’s peace and privacy.

Our glamping lodges are furnished with a double bed, dining table and chairs plus comfortable chairs for relaxing.  A fridge, kettle, toaster, BBQ and all you need in the way of crockery and cutlery are provided.  Your welcome pack includes veg from the garden and eggs, as well as a bottle of wine to start your holiday.  We also provide home-made sourdough bread, butter, home-made jam and our own 100% pure apple juice so that you won’t need to go shopping until after breakfast.

The communal kitchen has a full sized gas cooker and is fully equipped with pots pans and kitchen utensils.  This is located in a 3rd lodge so no cooking smells in your accommodation.  If you don't feel like cooking but don't want to go out, why not eat 'en famille' with your hosts.  Our menu during your stay will be sent to you before your arrival.

There are two hammocks, which have been well tested, and a bench and table in the shade for a bit of quiet relaxation.  The nearby shower block has a toilet, urinal (very French) two showers, and two wash basins and is shared between the lodges.

Suitable For

We do not allow children, pets, TVs or loud music and ask that guests respect each others peace and privacy.  We do not allow additional tents unless both lodges are booked and will attract additional charges.

Nearby

The glamping lodges are set in about 4 acres of parkland with a lake. You are welcome to fish the lake which is stocked with various coarse fish including carp, but no keep nets or barbed hooks please. Alternatively relax in a hammock with a good book.

For energetic nature lovers there are extensive marked walks in forests, fields or by water with diverse wildlife for you to enjoy. The area is also good for cycling with marked routes of different lengths and difficulty.

Culture and History:  The Vendeé has these aplenty. Too numerous to mention here so if you want to know more, email or give us a call to chat about the area.

Sun, Sand and Seafood:  For those that want to venture further afield, the beautiful Atlantic coast is less than an hour away. With numerous and varied resorts and islands for you to explore.

There are just too many things to do in the area to list them all so if you have a particular interest just ask.

The Gardens of William Christie:  William Christie, harpsichordist, conductor and pioneer of Baroque music has his home in the nearby village of Thiré.  Each year there are a series of concerts in August in the gardens of his French home, in addition the magnificent gardens are open to the public several times throughout the summer

Puy du Fou:  The premier attraction in the Vendée is about 40 minutes drive away.  It combines a daytime historical theme park which manages to be both tasteful and great fun for all ages.  We have yet to meet someone who has been and didn't enjoy it!

Marais Poitevin (The Green Venice):  Paddle or punt (or hire a boatman) through a maze of tree-lined canals from Coulon, Maillezais, Damvix, Maille or Le Mazeau. Now, this is the life. Don't forget the picnic and a bottle or two to cool in the lazy water.  Approximately 40 minutes drive.

Food & Drink

With selfless devotion to duty your hosts have sampled the local cuisine and can provide you with all the information you need. If you don't feel like going out but don't want to cook why not eat 'en famille' with your hosts. A weekly menu is available on request.

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The Owner Says

Our friends call us Tom and Barbara, but we are actually Steve and Jane!  Since moving to France in 2003 we have become 90% self-sufficient in fruit and vegetables; we make our own sausages, bacon, salami and air dried ham; brew beer and generally do all things 'Good Life'.

 We keep chickens for eggs but the next logical step for us was to start keeping animals for meat.  This meant we needed to move and in 2012 we found Les Soudieres.  The previous owners had installed Eco Lodges and so we thought why not share our little corner of paradise and The Good Life in France was born.

One of our greatest pleasures is eating a plate of food that has all been produced by ourselves, knowing everything that has gone into your food and that it has made very little impact on the planet is quite amazing.  We try to live in a sustainable manner, that is, producing what we need without impacting on the environment.  We cannot say we are 100% there but we are 90% self-sufficient in fruit and veg and we are just embarking on producing our own meat so that’s a start.  We are always trying to find ways of reducing our carbon footprint, minimising waste and recycling what we can.  Having said that, we don’t believe in making life too hard and feel that it is possible to be responsible whilst still enjoying life’s little luxuries.

Accommodation

Two glamping lodges. Check Availability

Location

Contact The Good Life in France, Les Soudieres 85210 La Chapelle Themer, France

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Getting There

We are approximately 10 Km from the nearest motorway exit, the A83 Junction 7 and should you require, we can provide detailed directions from this junction.  Otherwise our GPS coordinates :- 46.555845,-0.983840 but no GPS has failed to find us yet! You cannot get to us by public transport, and to be honest as we are in the middle of the countryside, a vehicle is a necessity.

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  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
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