Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Very pretty fisherman's cottage - Sleeps 4 - 2 bedrooms - Lounge - Kitchen - Sunny courtyard - Quiet, central location in St. Martin - Close to harbour front, restaurants and boutiques - Typical Ile de Ré decor - Wifi - Nespresso coffee machine - Baby equipment available - Ideally located for exploring the island by bike.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||St. Martin 1.5 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle 10 km, Nearest railway: La Rochelle 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
The cottage offers comfortable accommodation for four.
Downstairs - Lounge and separate kitchen, both with bay windows onto private, unoverlooked courtyard.
Upstairs - 'Cabin 1' with double bed (140 x 190 cm), 'Cabin 2' with custom-made bunk beds. The top bed is equipped with a sturdy guard for younger children. Bathroom and separate toilet.
Cot, highchair, baby bath: please enquire.
Total living area approx. 60m², courtyard 20m².
|Further details outdoors|
Car parking: There are two public car parks close by (100 and 300 metres from the cottage). The cottage provides perfect accommodation for those wishing to explore the island without a car.
Bike 'parking': Bikes can be attached, using a heavy duty chain padlock which is provided, to a steel ring cemented into the front of the house.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Off the coast at La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime), the Ile de Ré (pop. 12,000) is a narrow stretch of flat land 30 kilometres long, which almost doubles in size at low tide. Of all the Charentais islands, Ré is undoubtedly the most popular. Attracted by the island's beauty, many artists, writers and painters bought salt-workers’ and fishermen’s houses in the 1960s, and the island became fashionable. The villages have retained all their authentic charm with their white lime-washed, green-shuttered houses and narrow streets full of hollyhocks.
In the north, the Fier d’Ars-en-Ré is a patchwork of mudflats and salt marshes, where every kind of wader and bird of prey is to be found. The flat-bottomed boats, the rakes of the salt-gatherers, the oyster beds and the scent of the moorland give the Ile de Ré a romanticism without equal.
The island is famous for its salt, which is collected by salters towards the western end of the island, its oysters and its potatoes, all of which you can enjoy in the many restaurants scattered throughout the island’s villages.
The waters around the Ile de Ré are loved by all watersports enthusiasts – windsurfers, yachtsmen and all sailors. The Atlantic Ocean is much less dangerous here than in other areas of the mainland coast so bathing is recommended for all.
Hire a bike and see the island at your leisure – it is by far the easiest and healthiest way to travel. Over 60 miles of cycle paths link all the main villages and beaches. The island is exceptionally flat, so hard work is kept to a minimum! You can hire bikes and child seats in all configurations from one of the many rental shops across the island.
Ile de Re
St. Martin is the picture-postcard-pretty capital of the island. Its 17th century citadel and ramparts were built by Vauban, architect to Louis XIV, to protect the town from repeated attacks by the Dutch and English.
Today you can sit at one of the many quayside cafes, bistros and brasseries and enjoy oysters, clams, shrimps, whelks, sole, skate, lobster and fresh langoustines washed down with a glass of local wine as you watch the world go by and the pleasure boats manoeuvre in and out of the harbour.