House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This sympathetically renovated traditional village house in 'Le Roulant' quarter of Le Bois near St. Martin has everything you will need for a tranquil holiday in idyllic surroundings. Recently refurbished in 'le style retais', this charming house offers elegant yet comfortable accommodation with easy access to the island's glorious beaches and the centre of Le Bois.
On the ground floor is an open plan living area leading to a secluded courtyard, ideal for relaxing after a day's cycling, sunbathing or pottering around the quaint antique shops and markets that are to be found on Ile de Re. On the first floor, each of the three bedrooms is designed to reflect a different theme, furnished with finds from local 'brocantes'.
Decorated with images of the island by the photographer owner, the house has stylish provincial furniture with modern, fully equipped kitchen and bathrooms, making it the perfect base to explore the unspoilt villages, fishing ports and fabulous restaurants the island has to offer
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Gros Jonc 1 km|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle (Laleu) 13 km, Nearest railway: La Rochelle 16 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||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, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Arranged over two floors, the accommodation comprises :
Open Plan living and dining area, separate kitchen area and a utility room (approx 48 sqm in total);
Bedroom 1 (approx 12 sqm) 1 King size bed; Bedroom 2 (approx 12 sqm) 2 single beds, can be made into King size double bed; Bedroom 3 (approx 12 sqm) 1 double bed;
Bathrooms : 1 main bathroom with bath/shower, basin and WC; 1 shower room with WC and basin.
Ground Floor :
A large open plan Living and Dining area with outsize sofas and comfortable seating, UK and French tv, dvd/cd player, i-pod dock and wifi broadband access, a dining area with traditional dining table and chairs to seat 6, leading to fully equipped kitchen area with separate pantry/utility room which has a washing machine/tumble drier. French doors lead off the living area to the decked and paved courtyard garden .
The three bedrooms on the first floor are rendered in tongue and groove, painted in muted tones typical of the island and have sea grass style flooring underfoot. The theme of the Golden Bedroom is opulent comfort - it has an enormous French colonial bed, richly woven textiles and masses of storage. The Silver Bedroom has a 'Gustavian' theme with luminous furniture, large traditional bed and subtle silvery grey tones. The White bedroom is furnished in simple French country style, with two single beds that can be made into one extra large double bed and has views across the courtyard and the village roof tops . All bedrooms supplied with crisp, white bedlinen. The main bathroom has bath with shower, basin, wc, heated towel rail and ample storage. The shower room has a 'deluge' shower and basin, wc. Hair dryer, fluffy bath towels and beach towels provided.
|Further details outdoors|
The outside space is typical of the village houses - a courtyard garden suitable for barbecues, eating outside and taking in the sun, consisting of an open decked area and a covered paved area - total 8.5m x 4m. It is well stocked with sunloungers, parasols, a Dancook barbecue, tables and chairs for six for you to enjoy breakfast in the sun or a glass of wine with your evening meal of freshly caught fish from the local market. The house is at the end of a private cul de sac, away from the passing traffic (mostly bicycles!). It is a few hundred metres from wooded parkland for picnics, walks, ball games etc and about 5 mins by bicycle from Gros Jonc beach. We have a private parking space in a lockable open-air car park to the rear of the impasse.
To make your stay more comforable...
Our English-speaking housekeeping service will meet you on your arrival in Le Bois, show you all the facilities at the house, provide you with lots of information on Ile de Ré and advise on local amenities such as restaurants, beaches, watersports etc. They will be on hand during your stay to arrange additional services you might need such as mid-stay cleaning, babysitting etc to make Les Voiles as easy and comfortable as possible for your stay.
YOUR FIRST NIGHT
We can book you a table for your first night at a lovely local restaurant so that you don't have the worry of cooking after your journey.
GUESTBOOK - a few comments from our guests over the years :
'Just wanted to say that we had a great time at Les Voiles! It's such a lovely, comfortable house and worked really well for us. It also helped that we pretty much had two weeks of hot, sunny weather! Thanks again for all your help. Lisa and Family, August 2013
'We had a wonderful week in your lovely house. We enjoyed our stay enormously. Your house was a perfect base. We cycled all over the island, and swam in the sea most days. We enjoyed shopping in the market for one meal at the house each day, and dining out for the other, very simple for a relaxing break. Thank you very much once again, we loved your house, and will bear it in mind when we plan next year's summer holiday. Sue, Michael, Grace and James, July 2013'
'We all had a fantastic time at Les Voiles, we found it so beautiful, very clean, comfortable and ideal for all the family. We felt immediately at ease at the house and it couldn't have been a more perfect place from which to explore the island. We enjoyed the daily walks down the pretty streets into Le Bois for coffees and croissants and Harry loved the little fairground rides near the market. We managed to see quite a lot of the island too & hired bikes on one of the days which was really lovely. In fact, whilst we managed a trip to La Rochelle we were all keen to get back to the tranquility of the il de re!! We would all love to go back if possible and we will be in touch if we manage to arrange a return trip in the future. Stef and Family, June 2013"
"The island is lovely and we spent most days cycling around visiting. The house is also lovely and we had a very pleasant stay. I think it is one of the nicest houses I have rented and I love your decoration and the beautiful pictures.
Thanks - Jo, Jerome and Family, October 2012"
"Just writing to say that we had a wonderful stay at les Voiles. It was very relaxing and the house was just great! All your restaurant recommendations were also first class. The Ile de Re is a long way for us to come, but it was definitely worth it! We particularly liked the fact that it was so low key but wanting for nothing!
Lisa and Philip from Australia, September 2012"
"We absolutely loved our holiday at Les Voiles. It was a truly memorable trip and your house is wonderful.
Jilly, Quentin and Family, August 2012"
"We had a wonderful holiday at Les Voiles. The house is beautifully decorated and we felt so relaxed. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals at L'Ocean and exploring the wonderful Le Bois market etc. It was everything we had hoped for, and it all exceeded our expectations."
Stella and Graham, July 2012"
"Just a quick email to say thank you for all your help and for the use of your beautiful house. It has been a real home from home and I have to say that you have thought of every detail. We really cant think of what else we would add/change. Comfortable beds, impressive decoration, and all the facilities we needed for a family of 5 with three young children for a week. We came by train and travelled light which meant we used the washing machine, borrowed your bucket and spades, beach towels etc and my children read your books! The house is well located for all the main towns by bike giving us lots of choice about what to do and where to go every day."
Fraser, Zoe and Family, June 2012
"Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know we had an absolutely brilliant holiday at Les Voiles! We have all fallen head over heels in love with the Il de Re, and your beautiful home was perfect in every way, beautifully decorated and in the perfect location to explore the island. We covered as much as we could from La Flotte to Ars en Re, trying the local mussels and oysters all along the way, every village and shop we visited was a joy.
Thank you for all the thought that you put into preparing for the holiday, communication was so concise and we really did not have one minute of stress. We will definitely be returning (with an empty suitcase for the shopping!!!)"
Martine, Anthony, Richard and Stuart, May 2012
"We had a great time at Les Voiles, it is a lovely space to stay - a little gem! Many thanks for letting us stay in your beautiful home, we hope to return one day.
Diann, Neil and Family, August 2011"
"It was our best family holiday ever. We loved the house and the kids loved the island as much as we hoped . We'll definitely be back in touch ... thanks again."
Diane, Finn and Family, April 2011
"We had a wonderful week on the Ile de Re and really loved the house, both in terms of its ideal location for easy access to most of the villages by bicycle, but also for the way in which it has been decorated and furnished. We are already thinking of returning next year."
Angela M and Friends, September 2010
"I just really wanted to let you know what a fantastic holiday we have had staying at Les Voiles. It is a beautiful house and we really appreciated the lovely decor and furnishings as well as how well equipped it is. Thank you very much and we felt very lucky to be staying there. We thought the location was really good, an easy cycle to the beaches and villages. We did book the boys in to sailing for a week at Le Cabin Vert and they had a great time.Thank you again, we really did have a marvellous time and would love to return. We would definitely recommend your house to others."
Veronica, Nick and Family, August 2010
"We had a wonderful time in Ile de Re and will definitely be back! Your house was fantastic – the location, lovely and comfortable and with such a well equipped kitchen! We couldn't have asked for better weather, the boys were on the beach every day only leaving as it started to get dark. It made it all very easy for us."
Audrey, Stuart and Family, October Half-Term 2009
"Just thought we would drop you a note to say what a marvellous time we had at Les Voiles last week during our stay.We have not been to to Il de Re before and found the island to be truly delightful and staying in Les Voiles made the experience all the more enjoyable."
Jacqui, Tony and Harry, September 2009
"Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our stay at Les Voiles. The property is superb, tastefully decorated with great attention to detail both aesthetically and practically with all the quality appliances and utensils needed for a stress free break. We very much enjoyed the island and had excellent meals at the restaurants you recommended, so thank you for your helpful and attentive communications and we look forward to staying at Les Voiles in the future."
Anne, Andrew and Family - July 2009
"Just wanted to say thank you so much for the use of your lovely, lovely house we had a really great holiday and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We were very comfortable in the house and you thought of everything! Many thanks also for your great recommendations everything was just as you indicated, it was a real help to have the information to hand.
Ile de Re was so beautiful easy and relaxed. We have come home certainly fitter after the cycling but totally chilled, and our only regret was that we could not stay longer. Overall we had a wonderful holiday and there is no doubt we will be back again. We will definitely be recommending it and your beautiful house to all our friends and family."
Miriam, Des and Family, June 2009
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Linked to La Rochelle by a stunning bridge, the Ile de Ré with its unique Atlantic Ocean micro-climate benefits from a high rate of sunshine, equal to that of the Côte d’Azur. The Ile de Ré is made up of ten unspoilt villages maintained in the local architectural tradition and the island fiercely conserves the fragile beauty of the 70 kilometres of coast.
Each village has its own character and has something to offer every taste - from luxury spas, fabulous restaurants and chic shops to the simpler pleasures of the local markets, freshly caught fish and organic produce. The houses and the streets follow the traditional 'Retais' decor: whitewashed walls, green shutters and winding lanes lined with hollyhocks, the island's emblematic flower.
The Ile de Ré is crisscrossed with 110 Km of cycle paths that allow you to discover the 10 villages, the beaches, the woodland, the salt marshes…making this island a uniquely peaceful and relaxing holiday destination. By far the best way to discover the island, the cycle paths are flat and easy to follow and bicycle hire for all levels is available everywhere.
The waters around the Ile de Ré are a haven for watersports enthusiasts – windsurfing, sailing and safe bathing are to be found on the sandy southern coastline. In the north, the Fier d’Ars-en-Ré is a patchwork of mudflats and salt marshes, where a variety of waterfowl and birds of prey is to be found. The flat-bottomed boats, the salt-gatherer huts, the oyster beds and the wild moorland give the Ile de Ré a romantic beauty all of its own.
If you want to venture further afield, La Rochelle has a mediaeval fortified centre with a famous aquarium and France's largest Zoo, La Palmyre, is located further down the coastine. The lovely beaches around Royan, the idyllic estuary of the Charente or the northern Bordeaux vineyards are also worth a day trip.
Ile de Re
Le Bois is a typical Ile de Ré village with its narrow winding lanes lined with flowers, fine restaurants and charming cafés. At its heart is the town square with quaint shops and the island's best indoor and outdoor market which is open all year round. The safe, sandy beaches offer great watersports for children just learning to swim or sail, as well as more adventurous pursuits for windsurfers and kitesurfers. Other activities such as horseriding, tennis and of course cycling are all available in Le Bois.
The village of Le Bois Plage en Ré is situated on the south west coast of the Island, running along 4 kms of sandy beaches and surrounded by wooded countryside. The town itself is 5 minutes from St. Martin, the island's capital, filled with brocantes, fashionable boutiques, lively bars and quayside restaurants.