House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 11
Oléron Villa, a luxury, well equipped holiday home on Île d'Oléron - just a few minutes’ walk through the woods from glorious family & surf beaches.
Oléron Villa is a detached, four bedroom house located on the edge of Grand-Village-Plage on Île d'Oléron - an Island just off the French Atlantic coast. The island is popular with both families and surfers due to the beautiful beaches, outdoor activities and delicious local food - especially, fish, seafood, fruit & vegetables and Pineau - the local drink. The house is very modern (completed in January 2012) and is set up to provide a very comfortable place to stay and can sleep ten or more people. There is plenty of space outside for kids to play and adults to eat, drink and unwind but the beaches are the main attraction for the island and they are just a few minutes away via a short walk through the woods.
The house is laid out over two floors. There are four bedrooms (can sleep up to 11 people) - two of which have en-suite bathrooms. The ground floor is dominated by the large open plan kitchen, dining area and lounge.
The decoration and furnishings are comfortable and modern.
The house backs onto the woods and it's a short walk or cycle through those woods to get to a great beach. There is plenty of space to play in the garden and there is a large terrace for dining as well as a first floor solarium off the master bedroom.
You should find everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. The kitchen is well equipped with dish-washer, microwave, oven, crockery, etc. In the lounge there is a hi-def TV together with both English and French programs - together with a great sound system. Wired and wireless broadband is available throughout the house. Outside there is garden furniture, a barbecue and even bikes that you can borrow.
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Trillou 1 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1.3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle 74.6 km, Nearest railway: Rochefort 37 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors||
The space in Oléron Villa is very generous and can comfortably house one or more families.
Oléron Villa is very well proportioned house - not a (all too common) "cram as many beds into as small a space as possible" rental property. This is a house that we designed to be comfortable for our family to spend holidays in - with the extra space to hosts friends at the same time. We believe that this also makes it a very appealing place for other families to rent and spend time in.
There are four generously sized bedrooms - two with en-suite bathrooms - and the master bedroom leads onto an open-air solarium, no better place to enjoy your first coffee of the morning or last glass of wine of the night!
The main living area is a huge open-plan room with more than enough space for a comfortable lounge, dining area and kitchen.
The lounge area has plenty of space to sit everyone comfortably while still leaving space for the kids to play.
There is a large HD TV with both British and French channels as well as a DVD player. As a bonus there's a great surround-sound audio setup that will even connect to you iPhone.
There are two large sofas (one of which converts into a bed) as well as two comfortable arm chairs.
The kitchen is clean, modern and well equipped - including induction hob, oven, microwave and dishwasher. Crockery, cutlery, glasses and cooking utensils are all provided.
The dining table can comfortably sit up to twelve people (using the table extensions and spare chairs that you will find in the garage).
The main family bathroom has a walk-in shower, basin and towel drier. A hair drier is provided. In addition, two of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and there are two separate toilets.
The master bedroom is on the first floor and has views on 3 sides - including onto the woods. The bedroom includes an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, basin and WC.
As a bonus this room opens directly onto the first floor terrace - the perfect location for a late night drink or a morning coffee; the terrace in turn has steps down into the garden.
The ground floor bedroom opens directly onto the patio - giving you great views of the garden and the woods behind. This bedroom also benefits from its own en-suite bathroom.
The front bedroom has a single bed that extends into a double as well as another single bed. This room looks out in three directions including to the West where you can view the famous bridge that links the island to the mainland.
Finally, the red-room is a very pretty double bedroom with loads of storage in the built-in wardrobe. It has views towards the south of the island.
Whether you're claiming to be 'working from home', just looking to keep connected or satisfying your kids' demands to have constant access you YouTube, Internet access is hugely important and 3G access in France is very expensive (and on the island very hit and miss).
Oléron Villa has wireless broadband access as well as wired broadband connections in the lounge and every bedroom.
|Further details outdoors||
A great outdoor space for entertaining together with easy access to the beach!
Oléron Villa is set in a spacious garden with a large terrace and first floor solarium while still leaving lots of space for the kids to play. The garden backs onto the woods and it's a short walk or cycle through there to get to a great family-friendly beach.
On the practical side, there is loads of space for private parking - room for at least four cars. Park-up and enjoy cycling and walking everywhere.
The terrace is a great sun-trap, catch some rays and then enjoy communal meals around a large patio table. There is plenty of space to leave out the table, barbecue and sun loungers while still leaving room for the kids to play. As you sit back, your view is over the garden and the woods beyond.
The solarium/terrace is accessible via steps from the garden or directly from the master bedroom. Given the extra height, this is a great place to catch the sun or grab a morning coffee or late drink. Let the kids run riot in the garden while you enjoy some grown-up time above them. There's a patio table with four chairs for some informal dining or there's space for the main outdoor table and sun loungers if you want to bring them up.
Just to remind you how close you are to the beach, the garden is made of sand - great fun for the kids to play in. There are a number of plants to provide some interest - including a fig tree and some tomato plants (help yourself if you're there when they're in fruit). The garden backs directly onto the woods - the only thing that separates the house from the sea.
The garage is large enough for just about any car (we've tested it with our Ford Galaxy) but there's also space to park at least another three cars on the gravel drive - safely locked behind the gate.
The garden backs directly on to the woods - no cars or houses between you and the beach on the other side. Simply go through the side gate, turn left and just walk through the woods until you hit the beach. If you prefer to cycle then turn left onto the cycle path running parallel with the road and then turn left again when you hit the tarmac path. Whichever route you take, it's just a few traffic-free minutes to get to the sea.
Just a few minutes’ walk or cycle from the house (via a traffic-free path through the woods) and you're at a beautiful beach. There's lots of golden sand which gently slopes into the sea - making it perfect for young families. For the more adventurous, the sea here is popular with surfers (and in the summer there's a surf school right where the path hits the beach) and there are other activities such as sailing and land yachts. The beach has been awarded the Pavillon Bleu accolade in recognition of its cleanliness.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Charente-Maritime is part of the Poitou-Charentes administrative region. It is the second largest and the most populated department in the region with a land area of 6864 km² and 598 915 inhabitants as of 2006.
The important rivers are the Charente and its tributaries, the Boutonne and the Seugne, along with the Sèvre Niortaise, the Seudre, and the Garonne, in its downstream part, which is the estuary of the Gironde.
The department includes the islands of Île de Ré, Île d'Aix, and Ile d'Oléron.
The department forms the northern part of the Aquitaine basin. It is separated from the Massif Armoricain by the Marais Poitevin to the north-west and from the Parisian basin by the Seuil du Poitou to the north-east. The highest point in the department is in the woods of Chantemerlière, near the commune of Contré in the north-east, and rises to 173 m.
Charente-Maritime is surrounded by the departments of Gironde, Charente, Deux-Sèvres, Dordogne and Vendée.
The climate is mild and sunny, with less than 900 mm of precipitation per year. Average temperatures vary from 20 °C (68 °F) in summer to 5 °C (41 °F) in winter.
Popular destinations include, La Rochelle, Royan, Saintes, St Jean d'Angely, Rochefort, Île d'Aix, Île de Ré and Île d'Oléron.
The department is served by the TGV at Surgères and La Rochelle. It can also be reached by motorway by the A10 (E5, Paris-Bordeaux) and A837 (E602, Saintes-Rochefort).
Ile d'Oleron is a perfect island for family holidays. The main attractions are the great beaches - miles of sand and shallow water as well as great surf for the more adventurous.
There are great restaurants in Grand-Village, St Trojan and Le Chateau.
If the weather's not too great then there is the fishing town of La Cottiniere or the historic Le Chateau to visit.
Cycle routes run all over the island and so once you arrive you can pretty much shut the car away until it's time to leave/