We are in the small village of St. Martin des Fontaines, which is in the Vendee, Pays de la Loire (Department no. 85). The nearest villages to us are L'Hermenault and St. Valerien. The larger towns of Fontenay le Comte, St. Hermine and Lucon, all historic and attractive in their own rights and each with main amenities including traditional French food markets, are all within a twenty minute car ride from us.
If you fancy a stroll or cycle around our village, there are a few routes that you can take.
If you turn right out of our gates, after a few hundred metres you will find the old Lavoir (old wash house) on your right. If you continue on that road you will see the newly renovated church, part 9th and 11th century. Services are held about once a month. There have been owls spotted within the belfry.
Turning right at the juntion leads to L'Hermenault (2km) with its basic amenities including a small supermarket (well stocked), bank, post office, tabac, doctor, dentist and hairdresser.
If you turn left at the church the Marie (our small town hall) can be found on the right. Further down the road there is the Salle de Fetes, which holds various functions including our hunt banquets, wedding receptions and meetings.
Keep going and on reaching the T-junction bear slightly left and turn right. This leads to our" watering hole" - the village bar/restaurant called la Coussotte. Pierre Alain and Noelle will give you a warm welcome.
Straight across from our gates, is a sign for the "Bois Roux" (ginger wood). Follow the road as it meanders into the countryside. A pleasant walk takes you past the cattle farm, bear left and just amble.
If you turn left out of our gates, follow the road down the hill and bear left after a few hundred yards onto the path that takes you to the commune lake. There are benches and picnic tables provided.
Boulangerie & Mussel deliveries:- The mobile boulangerie van calls on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. Fresh mussels "moules" are delivered every Friday (in season) at around 9am. They normally advertise that they have arrived with a beep from the horn. The mussels are fresh from the Atlantic Coast, around La Rochelle that morning.