La Frelonnière | Bed & Breakfast in Vendée | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Bed & Breakfast

La Frelonnière - Bed & Breakfast in Vendée

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85410 La Caillère – St Hilaire du Bois, Vendée
Western Loire, France

Julie & Richard Deslandes

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+33 (0)2 51 51 56 49 (landline)

+33 (0)6 70 08 50 26(mobile)

Deep in Western Loire countryside, a magical farmhouse with pool, garden, romantic dinners, fresh flowers and generous Anglo-Scots family

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An elegant country house in a peaceful, pastoral setting – who would not love it? The 18th-century farmhouse, complete with musket holes and open rafters, is informal and delightful. Your English/Scottish hosts are fun, friendly and intimately acquainted with France – they brought their children up here. Now they generously open their living space to guests, their serene pool and their exquisite Monet-style garden. Quietly stylish bedrooms (coir carpets, white walls, fresh flowers, silk flourishes) are divided by a sofa'd library on the landing; dinners, served every night, may be romantic or convivial. A gem.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Swimming pool
On the premises.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

Local points of interest from Julie & Richard Deslandes:

Local points of interest from
Julie & Richard Deslandes:

  • La Frelonnière is ideally placed for those wishing to discover Western France. Perfectly situated for visits to La Rochelle, the broad sandy Vendée beaches, the romantic Marais Poitevin or the myriad stone villages, Romanesque abbeys and Churches .
  • No visit to the West is complete without a trip to history-packed La Rochelle and the 'chic' Ile de Ré where you can rub shoulders with the rich and famous. Some of the best seafood restaurants in France will whet your tastebuds.
  • The gorgeous Vendée beaches are wide, sandy and well supervised for children. For the adults the oyster shacks at La Guittière will serve you opened oysters and a glass of chilled white wine at an unbeatable price.
  • The Marais Poitevin with its miles of tree shaded canals are a timeless means of relaxing. Most villages of the Marais have punt rental, either self-drive or with a gondolier/guide and there is no better way to appreciate the flora and fauna !
  • The Puy du Fou is probably Europe's most successful theme park. The evening show is really not to be missed although very early booking is recommended .
  • Last, but not least , La Frelonnière has beautiful gardens and a delightful pool for those of you who simply want to switch off ! We encourage our guests to feel at home, use the drawing room and library , and in general enjoy the delightful ambience.
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"La Frelonniére is excellent, from the light airy and tasteful rooms to the equally light buttery croissants and hilltop peaceful gardens, pool and herb garden. The farmhouse is book-filled and potpourri scented, while Julie's cooking is unsurpassed. (Disclaimer - Julie is a family friend, but even so we cannot recommend La Frelonniere highly enough). Unbelievable value for money and excellent ambience. NB: they only take cash, but it would cost more if they took cards - which would still be great value, in our opinion. Get in quick before they do! "

Andy - London, United Kingdom

August 2016
"A truly beautiful place, in a stunning area. The hospitality could not be improved and the food was exquisite. One night was definitely not enough, if you want to unwind this is the place for you. Many many thanks to Richard and Julie."

Matt - Exeter, United Kingdom

August 2016
"We feel so lucky to have found la Frelonniere. Rick and Julie are the loveliest and most hospitable people you will ever meet, charisma personified! The house and gardens are stunning! I came away head filled with inspiration. We couldn't recommend it enough!"

Shan - Ripon, United Kingdom

June 2016
"Our recent stay at La Frelonniere reinforced to us what a special place it is! Julie & Rick, the hosts, are wonderful! They welcome you to their beautiful home like old friends. Julie's culinary skills are exceptional: serving imaginative & delicious dishes. Rick's pre & post supper conversation is highly entertaining & informative. We have stayed several times & hope to do so again very soon! Sue & Keith Cockayne, Jersey"


September 2015
"This was my 6th visit. Every time is fantastic. I am amazed by the consistently high standards of accommodation, food and welcome. The house and gardens are amazing and hosts Rick and Julie make you and fellow guests feel like old friends. A really special place run by really special people. There cannot be a better place to stay!"
August 2015
"What is the highest accolade we can give for La Frelonniaire? Everything was superb. Faultless! "
July 2015
"This is the most amazing place. We had high expectations and were not disappointed! The house is stunning & in beautiful gardens. Rick & Julie are so welcoming, friendly and helpful. The evening meals Julie cooked for us were outstanding and it was great to sit and chat to the other guests. This really is a special place and we were very sad to leave."
July 2015
"We had a fabulous time. Julie and Rick were lovely and friendly. Our room was just delightful and overlooked a beautiful garden. Julie is a fantastic cook who presented the most inspired and delicious meals and Rick was a very charming host over pre-dinner drinks and he even helped us by suggesting lots of great trips to take. I would recommend La Frelonniere to anyone who wants a relaxing and friendly holiday and we'll certainly go back again."
July 2015
"The joy of Sawday's recommendations is that they are all consistently impressive. However, just occasionally, you come across a gem of a place which stands out for being exceptional in every respect. La Frelonniere is exactly that place. A haven of exquisite charm, beauty and warmth with consummate hosts in Richard and Julie. No where could be more lovely. "
July 2015
"We spent a night at La Frolonniere in the Vendee and were delighted! "
July 2015
"This is a beautiful property with wonderful accommodation within. The property itself has lovely gardens and a pool which is just what is needed on a hot day. Julie and Rick made us feel so welcome, with lovely food each evening and morning as well as excellent recommendations of places to visit. Just magical."
July 2015
"We had a fantastic stay with Julie and Rick. Their place is an oasis of natural beauty and quiet. The room was lovely and the homecooked food superb. We really felt at home and recommend this B&B highly. "
June 2015
"What a slice of heaven! We were slightly sad only to be travelling through as the tranquillity was restful and the house and gardens, stunning. The boys were kept entertained with the beautiful pool. Julie and Rick obviously have an eye for detail, are beautifully creative with the design of their house and Julie is an amazingly talented chef. The meal was delicious - a really enjoyable evening off with the kids asleep upstairs. As hosts, they are highly attentive, meet your every need, are up for a drink and chat yet maintain a dignifed distance to give you space. Perfect!"
June 2015
" A beautifully restored farmhouse (ask to see the photographs showing how this was done) set in stunning gardens with an excellent pool (much appreciated after a wearying journey). Our bedroom was immaculate, stylish and comfortable with elegant, modern en suite facilities. The evening meal, spent in the enjoyable company of fellow guests, was a tribute to Julie's skills and Richard's attention to detail, not least his selection of wine. We felt completely at home. A lovely place to stay."
June 2015
"We have just returned from a very last minute week away here with our two young children and can't recommend it highly enough. Julie and Richard are such exceptional hosts that we immediately felt as if we were staying with very old friends. Julie's cooking is superb and extremely good value -- we ate in every night. Richard's tips for days out, including punting on the Marais, swimming on the Ile de Re and a dusk visit to a local megalithic site, were all a success. Thankyou for making it such a relaxing week - we hope to return one day soon. "
May 2015
"We booked a two night stay on the way back from a holiday in the south of France and I can say that this was one of the highlights of our trip. The house and gardens are outstandingly beautiful and the hosts charming, attentive and lots of fun. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to enjoy a special time in France and take home great memories. We will certainly return and stay again in the near future."
September 2014
"An absolutely delightful experience! We arrived after a nine hour journey and were immediately handed chilled white wine and taken to the out door pool. Things continued in this vein-,lovely food, superbly comfortable beds, gorgeous gardens and attentive kind hosts. I can't praise La Frelonniere enough and am determined to make a return visit."
July 2014
"Julie and Richard were charming hosts and made us feel very welcome in their lovely home. The house and garden are delightful, a quiet and peaceful place. We stayed for five nights and felt we had the advantage over other guests who were merely passing through. We did some gentle touring not too far afield, which was exactly what we wanted. Best of all perhaps was Julie’s cooking. We ate in every night, and the meals were some of the most enjoyable we have ever had. Julie’s skills would put many a professional chef to shame. Thank you for a most memorable holiday. – Clive and Irene"
August 2013
"Richard & Julie are fantastic hosts and make you feel like old frinds. we sat in their living room by a fire burning logs and they joined us for a very enjoyable conversation. The dinner was the best meal that we had on our travels through France and Spain. Sadly the stay was too short but we will definately go back for longer to explore that great area of France. Thank you so much Julie & Richard. From Robin & Kathy McDonald"
November 2011
"We have just returned from 5 glorious days staying at La Fronlonniere. A beautiful home, really comfortable, in wonderful surroundings - a great base from which to explore the Vendee. Julie's food is some of the best we've ever tasted and Richard's hospitality knows no bounds. Definitely planning to return, would highly recommend to anyone !! One of the best. Mandy & Chris Taylor Liverpool"
June 2011
"Have just had a delightful stay in a beautifully restored French farmhouse with splendid hosts Richard and Julie Deslandes. We enjoyed delicious food and wine - lazing round the pool in exquisite gardens. We visited many interesting places in the area. The warmth of the hospitality will linger. Lamond and Fay Brown, Cley, Norfolk"
September 2010
"One could not find a more hospitable host and hostess anywhere. Julie’s cooking must be the best in France and Rick’s kindness will not be forgotten. Having arrived with a minor medical problem, he had me at the hospital within hours; my problem was sorted and our holiday was saved! The house is delightful and they saw to our every comfort. We would love to go back. However, do ask for precise instructions on how to find the house – it will save a lot of frustration at the end of a journey!"
August 2010
"We've just returned from a second visit. Everything was as perfect as we remembered it - the beauty of the situation and house, the warmth of the hospitality and the superb cooking! I can't think of a nicer place to stay and we shall return! Johnny Marks"
August 2010
"Such a fab place,what a find! Great setting,Great food ,Great company. Drinks with Rick,whilst Julie cooked us dinner which was superb .Wished we could have stayed longer. Sue and Steve."
July 2010

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  • 4 Doubles
Price:(i) 80 per night

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Dinner with wine, €25.




85410 La Caillère – St Hilaire du Bois, Vendée

B&B 4 Double rooms
Price: (i) 80 to 80 per night

Julie & Richard Deslandes

Visit website

+33 (0)2 51 51 56 49 (landline)

+33 (0)6 70 08 50 26(mobile)