Extensive details of Fontenay le Comte and surrounding area

The south-east Vendee has been a popular destination for house-hunters for many years.
The climate, excellent transport links and affordable property make the area ideal for those dreaming of a new life in France.

We have compiled below a comprehensive listing of facilities in major towns throughout the region.

You can also click here for details of houses and other properties for sale in and around the principal towns of Bazoges En Pareds, Benet, La Caillere St Hilaire, Chaille les Marais, La Chataigneraie, Fontenay le Comte, Foussais Payre, L’Hermenault, Maillezais, Mouilleron en Pareds, St Hilaire des Loges, Ste Hermine and Vouvant.

 

Bazoges En Pareds

Historic old-town featuring medieval fortifications and an ancient church. There are torchlight processions around the castle every summer.

Facilities in Bazoges En Pareds include:

  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Pharmacy
  • Bank

Schools in Bazoges En Pareds:

  • Ecole Privée Mixte, 25 r Louvard de Ponltevoye.
  • Ecole Publique, 2 r Donjon.
  • Ecole Maternelle Publique, 15 r Georges Clemenceau.

Distances from Bazoges En Pareds:

  • Calais: 397 miles.
  • Nantes (airport): 59 miles.
  • La Rochelle (airport): 56 miles.

Nearest large town to Bazoges En Pareds:

  • Fontenay le Comte (24 miles).

Nearest cinemas to Bazoges En Pareds showing English-language films:

  • Fontenay le Comte (24 miles) and Lucon (30 miles).

Is broadband available in Bazoges En Pareds?

  • Yes.

Benet

Facilities in Benet include:

  • Cafe
  • Restaurants
  • Pharmacy
  • Supermarket
  • Banks
  • Market day - Monday

Schools in Benet:

  • Ecole Primaire Publique Mixte, 22 r Paul Tallineau.
  • Ecole Maternelle Publique , Ecole Maternelle Publique.
  • Ecole Primaire Privée Mixte Sainte Mathilde, 6 pl Croissant.

Distances from Benet:

  • Calais: 427 miles.
  • Nantes (airport): 83 miles.
  • La Rochelle (airport): 43 miles.

Nearest large town to Benet:

  • Fontenay le Comte (13 miles).

Nearest cinemas to Benet showing English-language films:

  • Fontenay le Comte (13 miles) and Lucon (35 miles).

Is broadband available in Benet?

  • Yes.

La Caillere St Hilaire

Facilities in La Caillere St Hilaire include:

  • Pharmacy
  • Banks

Schools in La Caillere St Hilaire:

  • Ecole Publique, 24 r Raffinerie.

Distances from La Caillere St Hilaire:

  • Calais: 413 miles.
  • Nantes (airport): 69 miles.
  • La Rochelle (airport): 46 miles.

Nearest large town to La Caillere St Hilaire:

  • Fontenay le Comte (20 miles).

Nearest cinemas to La Caillere St Hilaire showing English-language films:

  • Fontenay le Comte (20 miles) and Lucon (20 miles).

Is broadband available in La Caillere St Hilaire?

  • Yes.

Chaille les Marais

This town was once an island but surrounding marshland was drained in an operation starting in the 12th century.
There is a nature reserve around four miles north of the town.

Facilities in Chaille les Marais include:

  • Restaurant
  • Pharmacy
  • Banks
  • Market day - Thursday

Schools in Chaille les Marais:

  • Elémentaire Ecole Publique, imp Ecole.
  • Maternelle Ecole Publique, 1 r Jules Ferry.

Distances from Chaille les Marais:

  • Calais: 413 miles.
  • Nantes (airport): 69 miles.
  • La Rochelle (airport): 22 miles.

Nearest large town to Chaille les Marais:

  • Fontenay le Comte (14 miles).

Nearest cinemas to Chaille les Marais showing English-language films:

  • Fontenay le Comte (14 miles) and Lucon (11 miles).

Is broadband available in Chaille les Marais?

  • Yes.

La Chataigneraie

 

This hillside town is known for a nearby stone viaduct which is popular for walkers and, if you’re brave enough, bungee-jumpers.

Facilities in La Chataigneraie include:

  • Cafes
  • Restaurants
  • Post Office
  • Pharmacy
  • Supermarket
  • Banks

Schools in La Chataigneraie:

  • Ecole Maternelle, 32 Bis av Gén de Gaulle.
  • Ecole Primaire Publique Mixte, imp Elie de Sayvre.
  • Ecole Privée Mixte, 2 r République.
  • Collège Pierre Mendès France, 7 r Croix Blanche.
  • Collège Privé Saint Joseph, 6 r Marronniers.

Distances from La Chataigneraie:

  • Calais: 405 miles.
  • Nantes (airport): 66 miles.
  • La Rochelle (airport): 49 miles.

Nearest large town to La Chataigneraie:

  • Fontenay le Comte (14 miles).

Nearest cinemas to La Chataigneraie showing English-language films:

  • Fontenay le Comte (14 miles) and Lucon (30 miles).

Is broadband available in La Chataigneraie?

  • Yes.

 

Fontenay le Comte

The former capital of the old Vendee, Fontenay le Comte was robbed of its status by Napoleon and battered by the English in the 100 Year War.
Fortunately, this beautiful old town has a more peaceful existence today.
The largest town in the south-east Vendee, it boasts a good choice of retail, dining and entertainment facilities.

Facilities in Fontenay le Comte include:

  • Extensive choice of shops
  • Train station
  • Supermarkets
  • Banks
  • Market day - Saturday

Schools in Fontenay le Comte:

  • Ecoles Elémentaires Privées
  • Saint Jean, 21 r St Nicolas.
  • La Foi, 3 r Grissais.
  • Sacré Coeur, 6 r Commanderie.
  • Ecoles Elémentaires Publiques
  • Marceau Bretaud, r Croix du Camp.
  • Les Cordeliers, 4 B r Collardeau.
  • Les Jacobins, r Jacobins.
  • Ecoles Maternelles Publiques
  • Marceau Bretaud, r Croix du Camp.
  • Pierre Brissot, 38 r Gaston Guillemet
  • Les Jacobins, 3 r Fort St Nicolas.
  • Ecole Privée Maternelle Groupe Scolaire Saint Vincent, 4 r Commanderie.
  • Collège Privé Saint Joseph, 7 r Barnabé Brisson.
  • Collège François Viète, av Gén de Gaulle.
  • Collège Mixte André Tiraqueau, 80 r Gaingalet.

Distances from Fontenay le Comte:

  • Calais: 418 miles.
  • Nantes (airport): 74 miles.
  • La Rochelle (airport): 32 miles.

Fontenay le Comte has a cinema showing English-language films, as does Lucon (26 miles).

Is broadband available in Fontenay le Comte?

  • Yes.

 

 

Foussais Payre

The beautifully-carved façade of an 11th century church is a popular attraction here.
Concerts are also held at the church during the summer.

Facilities in Foussais Payre include:

  • Restaurant
  • Pharmacy
  • Banks
  • Market day - Wednesday (July/August only)

Schools in Foussais Payre:

  • Ecole Publique, 47 r François Laurent.
  • Ecole Libre Mixte Saint Antoine, 35 r François Viete.

Distances from Foussais Payre:

  • Calais: 427 miles.
  • Nantes (airport): 83 miles.
  • La Rochelle (airport): 41 miles.

Nearest large town to Foussais Payre:

  • Fontenay le Comte (8 miles).

Nearest cinemas to Foussais Payre showing English-language films:

  • Fontenay le Comte (8 miles) and Lucon (35 miles).

Is broadband available in Foussais Payre?

  • Yes.

L’Hermenault

The chateau here was once the summer house of the bishops of Maillezais, now popular with tourists.

Facilities in L’Hermenault include:

  • Pharmacy
  • Bank
  • Market day - Wednesday

Distances from L’Hermenault:

  • Calais: 414 miles.
  • Nantes (airport): 70 miles.
  • La Rochelle (airport): 38 miles.

Nearest large town to L’Hermenault:

  • Fontenay le Comte (7 miles).

Nearest cinemas to L’Hermenault showing English-language films:

  • Fontenay le Comte (7 miles) and Lucon (21 miles).

Is broadband available in L’Hermenault?

  • Yes.

 

Maillezais

The town is famous for a collection of ruins, including a former abbey.

Facilities in Maillezais include:

  • Cafe
  • Restaurants
  • Pharmacy
  • Banks

Schools in Maillezais:

  • Ecole Mixte, 6 pl Champ de Foire.
  • Ecole Privée Mixte, 31 r Bassin.

Distances from Maillezais:

  • Calais: 426 miles.
  • Nantes (airport): 82 miles.
  • La Rochelle (airport): 31 miles.

Nearest large town to Maillezais:

  • Fontenay le Comte (9 miles).

Nearest cinemas to Maillezais showing English-language films:

  • Fontenay le Comte (9 miles) and Lucon (34 miles).

Is broadband available in Maillezais?

  • Yes.

Mouilleron en Pareds

Visit the main square at noon to hear the 13 bells of the church play Ava Maria before the midday chimes.
Described as ‘unspoilt’, the town is also the birthplace of two of France’s war heroes; Georges Clemenceau (World War I) and Jean de Lattre de Tassigny (World War II).

Facilities in Mouilleron en Pareds include:

  • Cafe
  • Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Post Office
  • Pharmacy
  • Banks

Schools in Mouilleron en Pareds:

  • Ecole Privée Mixte, 1 Bis r Pont Dogue.
  • Ecole Publique Mixte, r Fontaine.

Distances from Mouilleron en Pareds:

  • Calais: 399 miles.
  • Nantes (airport): 61 miles.
  • La Rochelle (airport): 58 miles.

Nearest large town to Mouilleron en Pareds:

  • Fontenay le Comte (19 miles).

Nearest cinemas to Mouilleron en Pareds showing English-language films:

  • Fontenay le Comte (19 miles) and Lucon (32 miles).

Is broadband available in Mouilleron en Pareds?

  • Yes.

St Hilaire des Loges

Facilities in St Hilaire des Loges include:

  • Cafe
  • Restaurants
  • Pharmacy
  • Banks

Schools in St Hilaire des Loges:

  • Groupe Scolaire Jacques Charpentreau, r St Narcisse.
  • Ecole Privée Mixte, 10 r Doct Bon.
  • Ecole Publique de Garçons, r Antoine Cardin.
  • Collège Mixte Joliot-Curie, 47 r Antoine Cardin.

Distances from St Hilaire des Loges:

  • Calais: 426 miles.
  • Nantes (airport): 82 miles.
  • La Rochelle (airport): 40 miles.

Nearest large town to St Hilaire des Loges:

  • Fontenay le Comte (7 miles).

Nearest cinemas to St Hilaire des Loges showing English-language films:

  • Fontenay le Comte (7 miles) and Lucon (35 miles).

Is broadband available in St Hilaire des Loges?

  • Yes.

Ste Hermine

Features in this town include a large war memorial, a privately-owned chateau and an attractive 19th century market hall.

Facilities in Ste Hermine include:

  • Cafe
  • Restaurants
  • Post Office
  • Pharmacy
  • Supermarket
  • Banks
  • Market day - Friday

Schools in Ste Hermine:

  • Ecole Primaire Publique, 3 r Marronnier.
  • Ecole Privée Sainte Marie, 31 r Eglise.
  • Ecole St Marie-St Paul, 32 r Eglise.
  • Ecole Maternelle Publique, 6 r La Fayette.
  • Collège Privé Saint Paul, 36 r Eglise.
  • Collège de l'Anglée, 57 r Flandres Dunkerque.

Distances from Ste Hermine:

  • Calais: 403 miles.
  • Nantes (airport): 59 miles.
  • La Rochelle (airport): 36 miles.

Nearest large town to Ste Hermine:

  • Fontenay le Comte (14 miles).

Nearest cinemas to Ste Hermine showing English-language films:

  • Fontenay le Comte (14 miles) and Lucon (10 miles).

Is broadband available in Ste Hermine?

  • Yes.

Vouvant

‘With its postern gate and cobbled streets, this attractive fortified place 12km north of Fontenay-la-Comte could almost be a film set, and deserves its title of one of the most beautiful villages in France’. Angela Bird - The Vendee.

Facilities in Vouvant include:

  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Restaurants
  • Pharmacy

Schools in Vouvant:

  • Ecole Publique, pl Eglise.
  • Ecole Catholique Mixte, 14 r Theodolin.

Distances from Vouvant:

  • Calais: 411 miles.
  • Nantes (airport): 81 miles.
  • La Rochelle (airport): 44 miles.

Nearest large town to Vouvant:

  • Fontenay le Comte (9 miles).

Nearest cinemas to Vouvant showing English-language films:

  • Fontenay le Comte (9 miles) and Lucon (25 miles).

Is broadband available in Vouvant?

  • Yes.

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