Maison d'Aquitaine - St Martin de Ré
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Maison d'Aquitaine is a superbly renovated authentic Ile de Ré town house. Nestling behind a row of lime trees just opposite the main entrance to the 15th century fortified church, it was probably originally built for use by the church clergy. The house has been lovingly restored by local craftsmen and boasts many of the features typically found in the older island properties: terracotta flooring, exposed beams, stripped floorboards and wood panelling.
Just minutes on foot from all the quayside cafes, restaurants, antiques stores and boutiques of St. Martin, Maison d'Aquitaine is a peaceful haven to which you will return with pleasure after a day spent at the beach or cycling through the whitewashed villages and hamlets dotted across the island.
In the evening, wander down to the harbour for a drink before enjoying the best of French cuisine at one of the many tempting waterside restaurants.
This is a new property from the owners of 8819 in La Couarde and 12264 in St. Martin.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 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||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|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, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
Maison d'Aquitaine offers very comfortable accommodation for six.
Downstairs: Small porch, lounge with open fireplace, shower room with WC, fully equipped kitchen with open fireplace (for BBQs) overlooking flowered courtyard. The first bedroom (with queen size double bed: 62"/160 cm and en-suite shower room with WC) is located on the other side of the courtyard.
Upstairs: Two comfortable bedrooms (one with king size double bed: 70"/180cm, one with standard double bed: 55"/140 cm). Both with separate access to bathroom with WC.
Total living area approx. 110m², courtyard 20m².
|Further details outdoors|
The small flowered courtyard is equipped with garden furniture, providing a lovely sunny spot in which to enjoy a glass of wine and any of the wonderful products bought at the nearby indoor market.
Parking for unloading is available immediately outside the house. Cars may be left in any of the parking spaces in the area around the church, or at one of the many car parks in St. Martin. Maison d'Aquitaine is ideally located for guests without cars.
The nearest beach for swimming is the Plage de la Cible in St. Martin, about 1.5km from the house. There is a little restaurant by this beach, which is suitable for young children, and you can also hire windsurf boards and catamarans by the hour. Tuition is available.
Subject to technical availability we can offer you unlimited high-speed Internet access.
We also have satellite TV (BBC Prime, BBC World, CNN etc.)
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.
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