• Studio for two in the Vendee, France


    Maison des Amis studio/gite is located in the sunny south Vendée, in the small village of La Chapelle Themer. Run by Emma and Phil Johnson this beautifully restored traditional classic French village dwelling now offers a one bedroomed studio with private garden for two people. This private space has been designed and cleverly thought through for relaxing and comfortable long or short vacations in the quiet and tranquil village of La Chapelle Themer. Equally, this space is also useful to those who are working locally and want a bolt hole in the evenings to relax and revive.


    Will be available from 1st April 2018. For further information please contact us at enquiries@abreakinfrance.com

    Maison des Amis Studio

  • About us

    Situated in the tiny hamlet of La Chapelle Themer in the Southern Vendée, Maison des Amis was the old village shop now restored to be our home as well as offering a one bedroomed studio/gitewith a private garden.


    Four years ago, we decided to open our home to guests and run a small very successful B&B which rapidly gained interest and a deserved reputation for the warmth of our hospitality, the quality of the accommodation and good service. It is a great "get away" place to relax and unwind from busy city life. Due to our own demands of work and a busy life, we have now decided to open the self contained studio for guests to come and stay and enjoy the countryside, privacy and comfort the studio offers.



  • Accommodation

    Accommodation - one bedroomed studio for a maximum of two adults. The mezzanine area offers a relaxed seating area with views of the rooftops over La Chapelle Themer.



    Situated on the ground floor of the studio is the kitchen area, eating area and off the bedroom is a shower room with toilet and sink. Double doors open out to a private garden. Upstairs to the mezzanine this area offers a relaxed sitting area looking over the rooftops of La Chapelle Themer.

    Bedroom to shower room

    The bedroom area leads onto a shower room with toilet, sink and towel radiator. Dressing gowns and slippers and toiletries to be included for your stay. Bedding, towels and beach towels are also included.


    The kitchen comprises of a cooker, two ring hob, microwave and grill, fridge and cupboard space. A welcome pack will be provided for your arrival.


    A small dining table and chairs for interior dining.

    maison des amis studio, south vendee, vendee, vendee holiday


    Relax in the privacy of your own. little area outside.

  • Pricing

    The accommodation allows for a maximum of two adults. The price depends on your length of stay. We offer a minimum of 3 nights and upwards only. A deposit at the time of booking will be requested and final payment will be due 8 weeks prior to your stay. We will also ask for a refundable security deposit.


    3 night stay - €70.00 per night


    One week stay - €375.00

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  • Out and about

    What to do during your stay!

    chateau du rosnay, j mourat

    Local vineyards - why not visit some of our local vineyards such as Chateau du Rosnay and J Mourat where you will be able to sample and purchase a variety of locally produced wines.

    puy du fou

    Puy du Fou - located 45 mins from La Chapelle Themer is the medieval theme park of Puy du Fou. Le Puy du Fou is a historical theme park in Les Epesses in the heart of the Vendée region of Western France. The park brings in some 1.5 million visitors every year, making it the fourth most popular attraction in France after Disneyland Paris

    vendee beaches

    Coastal beaches - The Vendée is justifiably proud of its beaches. Most have achieved the blue flag for cleanliness and are typically gently sloping with fine golden sand. They attract visitors to holiday on their shores from all around the world and have done so for more than a century. There is nothing like blue sea, golden sand and glorious sunshine to conjure up a picture of the ideal holiday and the Vendée has an abundance of all of them. The closest beach at La Tranche sur Mer is 45 mins drive away.

    la rochelle, ile de re

    La Rochelle/Ile de Ré - La Rochelle is a city in western France and a seaport on the Bay of Biscay, a part of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the capital of the Charente-Maritime department and is 45 mins drive away. Across the bridge from La Rochelle is the beautiful island of Île de Ré on the northern side of the Pertuis d'Antioche strait.

    William Christie - William Lincoln Christie is an American-born French conductor and harpsichordist. He is a specialist in baroque repertoire and is the founder of the ensemble Les Arts Florissants. His beautiful gardens are open at certain times of the year and are only 5 mins drive away in the village of Thire.

    vendee bike hire

    Need to hire a bike during your stay? Look no further than our colleagues at www.bikehiredirect.com You can have your bikes delivered and collected directly to us ready for your stay.

    golf in the vendee

    There are three great golf courses all within one hours drive of the bed and breakfast. We are happy to assist in organising a golf package for you on request.

    la chapelle themer, walking holidays

    Our location is perfect for walkers with miles and miles of paths straight from our front door.

  • What our guests said about our closed Bed & Breakfast.

    We let the results speak for themselves.

    Booking.com Score for 2017 9.4


    Reviewed 14th Sept 2016


    We stayed at Maison des Amis for a week in August while we were attending a nearby music festival.

    Everything about the stay at Maison des Amis was superlative: the cleanliness, the garden, the delightful food and wine, the unflagging courtesy and attentiveness of our hosts Phil and Emma. We had such a wonderful time, and it was because of them.

    A small example: When we were leaving, Emma drove her car ahead of us, guiding us though a maze flawlessly onto to the highway to Paris. This is typical of dozens of small details. Other examples: she and Phil gave us detailed, accurate instructions for ways to get to the closest stores, gas, and other necessities. Another example: Emma realized that Anne had dietary restrictions, although we had not told her, and adjusted the food she served Anne. This was so much trouble! While she served these delicious desserts to others, she somehow made time and adjusted her grocery order so that she could serve fruit salad one night, a cheese plate the other night, to Anne. She did this again and again, courteously and gently. This is a tiny, tiny town—not big enough for a bakery—so Emma bakes, beautifully, and also is on the route of itinerant fish vendors, vegetable people, and bread people. (The bread man blows his automobile horn to alert the village that he has come. The vegetable people knock on the door.) The result is that the spread of food is amazing—how does she get, much less cook, such abundance? But, she does.

    Phil and Emma were utterly professional about running the bed and breakfast. It was their business, and this business-like concern showed in so many ways: everything in the home was spic and span; we were encouraged to use the living room; we were welcome in the garden; they have a great dog!! who was NOT let in when we ate because food was too much for him! His name is Bertie. He’s adorable. They were utterly courteous and responsive, yet not intrusive. Each day there was something wonderful to eat (and drink). In short, it was heaven.

    We are going back next year, to hear Mr. Christie’s music, and to stay at Emma and Phil’s fabulous bed and breakfast. We, and anyone else who stays there, are blessedly lucky to have a stay at such a place.

    Stayed August 2016, traveled as a couple


    “Séjour formidable!! Wonderful few days!!”


    Reviewed August 26, 2015


    Really really impressed with this Bed and Breakfast. My mother and I were in Vendée for the William Christie early music festival, and despite the weather..Emma and Phil gave us a wonderful welcome. Rooms spacious,comfortable and well decorated, and breakfast and dinner superb. Excellent value. We would recommend La Maison des Amis very highly.....Top class stay.


    Victoria B


    Reviewed July 7, 2015


    This was our second visit to La Maison des Amis, and as we had adored it last time and could not wait to come back, expectations were high. We were not disappointed. As soon as you step over the threshold, you feel yourself relax and as last time, I wish, I could have stayed for at least a week, to curl up on one of the cosy sofas or sit in the beautiful courtyard to browse through all the magazines and books that are put out for the enjoyment of the guests.
    The room is as I remembered, very cosy and comfortable, very clean, airy and as in all of the house, it carries all the loving touches that Emma does so well. There is a tea and coffee making set, plenty of nice toiletry articles and soaps, fluffy towels and real flowers. The bed is very comfortable too and we slept very well.
    Emma does not only have a real knack for decorating, she is also a fab cook. Breakfast is generous, lovingly presented and contains homemade jams and compotes, alongside croissants, fresh fruit, juice, rolls or toast, ham, cheese, fromage blanc, yogourt and cereal.
    The table d'hôtes is even better, three tasty home cooked courses, generous portions, beautifully presented, accompagnied by a very good wine. You do need to get activ during the day, with all those temptations around! Luckily, this is a great area for walking, cycling and exploring, we stayed for three nights and did not manage to see half of what we had planned to.
    Both Emma and Phil (and not to forget Bertie, the labrador) are lovely, generous and warm hosts and will do everything to make ones stay enjoyable. I am already plotting to visit a third time!

    Katharina H

    Reviewed August 19, 2015


    Appena prenotato via Booking mi arriva un'email dalla struttura, gentilissima.
    All'arrivo l'accoglienza è calorosa e personalizzata
    e Phil ci offre da qualcosa da bere nel delizioso giardinetto,
    La camera in cui abbiamo soggiornato noi è molto bella e comoda: una spettacolare vasca da bagno e una doccia con getti da idromassaggio , oltre agli asciugamani troviamo anche due morbidissimi accappatoi, e un set per preparare tè/caffè (bollitore, tè, tisane, caffè e dei biscottini). Gli asciugamani ci sono stati sostiuiti dopo la prima notte.
    La colazione è molto ricca, nulla di confezionato (eccetto gli yogurt), buoni i croissant, eccezionale la marmellata di prugne fatta in casa.
    Abbiamo anche cenato: 4 portate (apertura con prosecco e stuzzichini, antipasto, piatto e dolce/frutta) tutto molto buono e accompagnato da buon vino per un prezzo davvero contenuto.
    In generale è stato molto sopra le aspettative, ci è molto dispiaciuto restare solo due giorni!!!!
    Grazie Phil|


    Cristina P


    Reviewed April 10, 2015


    Dans une maison ancienne avec beaucoup de charme, rénovée et décorée avec beaucoup de soins.
    Une déco typiquement british, cosy, avec beaucoup de soin et de gout. Un petit feu de bois pour vous accueillir.
    Une propreté irréprochable.
    Un accueil fantastique, chaleureux, par Emma et Phil, un couple anglais charmant, plein d’attentions pour satisfaire les moindres désidératas des visiteurs.
    De bons conseils pour les visites.
    Un village charmant et très tranquille, idéalement situé pour visiter de La Rochelle/Ile de Ré au Puy du Fou
    Des chambres très confortables, avec tout ce que l’on peut désirer, du peignoir aux produits de toilettes bios.
    Un petit déjeuner gargantuesque, rafiné, frais, varié, fait maison, rien ne manque, dans une salle à manger donnant sur un jardin-oasis.
    Si vous êtes tentés, dinez un soir avec eux, non seulement vous profiterez d’un diner succulent, avec des recettes personnelles, mais vous passerez en outre une soirée charmante avec Emma et Phil.
    Nous ne pouvons que conseiller ce B&B que nous jugeons comme l’un des meilleurs que nous n’ayons jamais visité.
    Nous avons passé trois nuits chez Emma et Phil, et il a été difficile de partir tellement nous nous y sentions bien. Nous y retournerons.


    Anne et Denis



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    We had a fab break thanks at your studio Maison des Amies! It was just to spot for us for a Tour de France break


    The studio is terrifically-appointed, and really gives a feeling of rural France - and from the welcoming meal on arrival right through to the relaxing 'soleil-trap’ for a vin rouge in the enclosed garden - we enjoyed every minute


    When we return - can we assume that Labrador puppy Dylan might have grown a bit???? See you again - hopefully soon!


    Graham and Sally - July 2018

    We had a fab break thanks at your studio Maison des Amies! It was just to spot for us for a Tour de France break


    The studio is terrifically-appointed, and really gives a feeling of rural France - and from the welcoming meal on arrival right through to the relaxing 'soleil-trap’ for a vin rouge in the enclosed garden - we enjoyed every minute


    When we return - can we assume that Labrador puppy Dylan might have grown a bit???? See you again - hopefully soon!


    Graham and Sally - July 2018

    Philippe Salaun Review

    Très bon accueil par les propriétaires. Studio aménagé avec goût. Petit jardin très agréable. Grand calme pour se reposer et visiter les alentours.

    Submitted: August 4, 2019

    Stay: July 31, 2019

  • Where are we?

    13 rue de l'eglise, la chapelle themer, 85210, vendee, france

    tel. + 33 (0) 251 289948

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