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Indulge in, not only the beautiful surroundings and relaxation of The Beach Retreat, but also the variety of courses and local activities on offer.

From Yoga, French conversation and wine tasting, to health and fitness and cookery classes; our courses can be organised to suit your requirements.

Enjoy the use of one of our heated swimming pools, jacuzzis, a gym space and yoga studio, and table tennis facility at our retreat. You can also make the most of a host things to do such as cycling, paddle boarding, sailing, windsurfing, surfing, tennis, golf or wind down and relax with some massage and reflexology.

We can arrange lessons for any of the above water-based activities. If you would prefer something slower-paced though, you can take in the beautiful Vendée coastline by taking a beach walk, or do some sightseeing. 

Rob Brooks, house manager at The Beach Retreat, will ensure that your stay is exactly what you are looking for; whether you wish to be pampered, active, relaxed, or a mixture of all three. Rob will make sure activities are organised to suit you, and he’ll take care of the arrangements.

Some of the other possible activities on offer include:

  • Chocolate tasting
  • Vineyard visits
  • Wine tasting
  • Cheese tasting
  • Cycle rides to oyster sheds (with lunch)
  • A masterclass in organic beauty products
Two men carrying a surfboard across the beach

Water Sports

Mikael, our resident water sports instructor can introduce you the delights of paddle boarding or the thrills of windsurfing (availability dependent on sea/weather conditions).


Group cycling activity


Many kilometres of woodland cycle paths to the beaches and the Marais provide a wonderful safe environment to enjoy the scenery and wildlife on two wheels!


Sailing school


Vendée is very proud of its many beaches, many of which have achieved a Blue Flag for cleanliness.

Many visitors from around the world choose to holiday on the Vendée shores. The blue sea and golden sands attract many visitors – who all agree Vendée has has many benefits. 

Take the amount of beautiful sunshine, the great seaside atmosphere and the natural, untouched surroundings. 

The beach caters for the boating enthusiast too; even if you’re just using a dingy on the water, or sailing a catamaran or land yacht.


Woman playing golf


The Vendée is home to six 18-hole golf courses; four of which lie on the coast.

For serious golfers, we think the best by far is the Domangère course at La Roche sur Yon. Also try the links course at Golf de la Prée, north of La Rochelle.

And at Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, the Fontenelles course and its surrounding countryside is one of gentle undulations, maritime pines and green oaks.

We would also recommend the course at Port Bourgenay (on a villa estate covering 85 hectares), whilst the Olonne sur Mer offers a reasonable holiday golf course. All are within an hour’s drive.


Al fresco dining

Special Occasion?

Celebrate your birthday, an anniversary or another special occasion in style and luxury at The Beach Retreat.

Work out in our gym, or try a Zumba class with our instructors

+44 7740 378 351

Manager: +33 6 1258 0695

For information on the Vendee try the following links  [English Guide to the Vendée] [French Tourist Board]


For information on Longeville sur Mer:

New Water Park, 15 mins drive from the house.