The Rental House

This quite pleasant character house is finally in escrow. So, for the moment, neither for rent nor for sale. Fingers crossed, the sale will go through.

In a fit of crazy-widow madness I bought an absolutely charming house in a tiny village in the coastal Vendée. It was built in the late 19th century to house the priests, or maybe the nuns, who ran the village church and school. Any sane person would have stopped with one but I bought two, count ’em, two. I am renting the smaller, more manageable one to help pay for the glorious money pit down the road.

The coastal Vendée is the fashionable part of the area, and trust me, Vendée is about to have its moment. The beach towns are about half an hour away. This works for me as I don’t get the crowds in summer or the deserted streets and closed shops in winter. I don’t get the rust on the car, outdoor fixtures and furniture but I do get the softer marine climate. Also it puts visitors that much closer to every other attraction: Puy du Fou, the water park, the adventure parks, all kinds of things.

The village, Saint-Cyr-en-Talmondais, no longer has its Michelin-listed restaurant, done in by covid, perhaps. It does have a routier, the sort of cafe that will feed you more than you can eat for maybe 12 euros, wine included. There is a new boulangerie a short walk away; assorted food trucks and all tend to cluster around it. A free public tennis court is at the end of my street. Luçon, the nearest city of any size, is about 10 km away and has a train station, supermarkets, smaller shops, more restaurants, all that sort of thing. The TGV runs to La Roche-sur-Yon which is about half an hour away and to La Rochelle, about an hour away. The closest ferry lands at Saint Malo. There are airports at Nantes, La Rochelle and Poitiers.

The house is super-private, on a one-way street. It has a huge back garden with a pond, many trees and a boules court. There is off-street outdoor parking for three cars plus a garage (shown in the video) that will hold maybe two more cars, plus a workshop area and a laundry/utility room.

The house itself is probably not quite 150 sq. meters. Upstairs are four large bedrooms and two bathrooms. Downstairs is a refurbished kitchen with separate dining area, a big living room with a wood-burning fireplace insert, and a WC. The kitchen and living room open onto a huge south-facing terrace with awnings. The roof is sound and the attic insulated. The walls are freshly painted. Everything works. It’s a nice place. I live in hope that it will soon be someone else’s nice place.