House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Villa Leonie is an ideal holiday location because of its proximity to the beach, great facilities as well as the practical layout, which is perfect for inviting friends and family to holiday together. There are 3 bedrooms and a bathroom on the garden level and 2 bedrooms on first floor, which are separated by the living area. This allows each family to enjoy the holiday together without being in 'one anothers' pockets'. There is a shower room for the top floor bedrooms.
The living area offers an airy open plan seating and dining area which flows into the modern kitchen which has another dining table and chairs. The main room also opens onto the raised terrace, perfect for al-fresco dining or relaxing.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Châtelaillon-Plage 150 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle 20 km, Nearest railway: Châtelaillon-Plage 500 m|
|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, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
The living room has French television through a phone line or English television via a satellite box (no card), there is a DVD player that also plays cds. A Wii with balance board and a couple of games is available (please bring your own controllers if you wish to use) and an iPod music player if you want to bring your iPod with you.
The five bedrooms are arranged with three on the garden level - Two doubles and a children's room which has two singles and and a small child's bed. And another two bedrooms on the top floor - one double and another with two singles. There is large landing area on this floor which contains a daybed which could be used as another single if required. There is also a baby/small child's bed on this floor, Which could be easily dismantled and assembled wherever needed.
|Further details outdoors|
The large terrace on the garden level can be used for a bbq dining area under a gazebo (stored in the annex - see picture), or as a table tennis area using the all weather table stored in the games room. Although the pool table is not for serious players kids can mess around on it without fear of breaking anything. There is a garden table and chairs which can be set wherever you choose .
Feel free to use the two bikes that are kept by the swings and any of the boogie boards
Although we have stated not suitable for restricted mobility, that is only because there are some fairly steep stairs in the house and some steps up to the front door. But as a whole the entire region is very flat and very kind on those with restricted mobility. Although sadly, we cannot be responsible for someone who comes and finds the facilities unsuitable.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
La Rochelle is a city renowned for its history, chic shopping, fine restaurants and nightlife.
Probably La Rochelle's most popular area is the "Vieux Port" ("Old Harbour"), which is at the heart of the city, picturesque and lined with seafood restaurants. The old town has been well-preserved. From the harbour, boating trips can be taken to the Île d'Aix and Fort Boyard (home to the internationally famous tv show of the same name).
The city has beautifully maintained its historical architecture, making it arguably the most picturesque and historically rich city on the Atlantic coast. Its strong historical links with the sea continue as it now harbours the largest marina in Europe at Les Minimes, well worth a visit whether a sailor or not.
La Rochelle also has a very fine aquarium, very popular on the few rainy days that crop up from time to time.
Among many other festivals and events - FrancoFolies, of the biggest music festivals in France, takes place each summer in La Rochelle, where Francophone musicians come together for a week of concerts and celebration.
The Isle De Re is one of the tourist hotspots in France, full of quaint towns and fishing harbours, many French celebs traditionally have holiday homes there, worth a sightsee although beware the toll fees on the bridge that links it to La Rochelle.
If exploring beaches is your thing, then the Atlantic coast will keep you busy. The Cote Sauvage is, as it's name suggests, wild and rugged, with miles of dunes and golden sand, great for surfers but mere bathers like us and kids, probably best stay within the areas patrolled by coastguards are the waves are surprisingly powerful – even the little ones.
Royan is about an hour further south and features great beaches and amenities.
La Palmyre near Royan has an absolutely brilliant zoo – which many think is the finest in all Europe
The whole area is famous for the quality of its oysters, mussels and seafood in general which can be bought fresh every day from numerous seafood stalls in Châtelaillon, Boucholeurs and La Rochelle
Châtelaillon-Plage is a perfect location for families, (both children and adults) With the beautifully maintained 3 km sandy beach just 2 minutes walk and great restaurants, markets, shops and even a small funfair within a 5 minute walk, there is something for everyone.
The town hosts many festivals and events throughout the year, most notably, the festival of kites and wind over Easter weekend, the Chatel Festival, a spectacular 3 day event over the last weekend in June, and the festival of Boucholeurs when oyster and shellfish production is celebrated. There are also many open air concerts throughout the summer season in the central park's amphitheater and on the beach. Chatel is within easy reach of La Rochelle, vibrant historical city. Another great advantage is that it is driveable in a day from England, even with young children. Any further South and an overnight stop would be necessary - further North and we miss out on the fantastic local microclimate.
A microclimate that encompasses the entire La Rochelle area, making it the second sunniest part of France, virtually on a par with the French Riviera.Chatelaillon Plage has a wealth of things to do for both adults and children – the restaurants offer everything from takeaway pizza, local cuisine (great seafood) to fine dining - there are marvellous bars and cafes on every street corner, a fabulous casino and nightclub and for the kids, there is the funfair, mini-golf, play park and tennis courts. During the summer there is a beach club open to children from three upwards, where they can swim (or learn to swim) safely supervised in their own pool, or enjoy play with other children in organised games in a specially cordoned off area of the beach. For both kids and adults there is an open-air arena staging concerts all through the summer.
A sheltered 3km stretch of beautiful, manicured golden sand that defines the town – to the South a harbour, yacht club and fantastic views of Fort Boyard and the Isle D'Oleron – to the North, views of the Isle De Re, La Rochelle and on a clear day, the impressive bridge that spans the water between.
Every week during the summer sees a new event or attraction coming to the town. From beach football competitions to kite festivals to the circus, but don't worry - the beach is big enough to accommodate all of this and still have room to stretch out without kicking over your neighbour's suncream.
There are two restaurants directly on the beach where you can enjoy meals, snacks, coffee, soft drinks, ice cream or even something stronger as you relax or watch your children play safely in the sand.
There are beach volleyball courts erected for public use. There are also lifeguards on duty all through he summer.
There is usually a sculptor or two working on the beach, creating magical castles and dragons out of seawater, sand and talent.
At low tide there is a massive tidal area that can be explored for its abundance of wild life. This wide expanse is famous for creating some incredible lightshows in the long summer evenings when the sun sets over the Isle De Re. You simply sit outside one the many restaurants that line the beach enjoying your evening meal whilst watching the spectacle unfold.
Most evenings you can enjoy walking along the promenade and shopping from a pretty little outdoor craft market lines selling many interesting lines of locally made produce.
A little further out, about 15 min walk, there is a modern water park featuring: two indoor pools, two Jacuzzis, two outdoor pools, two giant toboggans. It is ideal for learning to swim and relax with its many activities, aerobics, baby swimming and gym.
There is a spa offering all manner of treatments from facials to hot stone massage on the outskirts of Châtelaillon.
Festival of Kites- Easter Weekend
This festival was started in 1993 by a group of enthusiasts called the Cérvoles. It is now the gathering place for fans of kites and wind and an impressive spectacle. Which takes place every year during the weekend of Easter on the beach Châtelaillon. Rokakkus kite fights, demonstrations, kite surfing , test yachting , night flight, sound and light show make this event a highlight of the season early in the Charente-Maritime.
Chatel Festival- last weekend in June
The plan for this communal feast for the people of the Châtelaillon area was born during the celebration of the centenary of the station. Given the enthusiasm of Châtelaillon, this festival became annual and represents a new theme each year. Past themes included India, Latin America, Spain, Asia and Venice. Each local district is involved in planning throughout the year for these two days. Festivities include a food stalls, a craft market, street entertainment, large parades and breathtaking fireworks over the water. Every year the Chatel Festival spectacularly opens the Festival de Charente-Maritime Sites.
The Feast of Boucholeurs- mid August
In August, Châtelaillon Beach celebrates its heritage of oyster and shellfish harvesting. Boucholeurs is a fishing village at the southern end of the Châtelaillon beach. This festival revives the games of yesteryear with football in the mud, wheelbarrow racing, fishing and sampling the local oysters, mussels and wine.
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8 Sep 2012
"Beautiful property - perfect location for families and foodies alike!"
We stayed here for 10 days in August, there were 6 adults and 1 young child in our group. None of us care much for driving on holiday so we chose this spot as a car was not necessary and it did not disappoint. The house was lovely and spacious with a great garden and it had everything you might possibly need e.g. DVDs, games, books, table tennis...
The house itself is located right in the middle of everything, close to the beach and near lots of lovely restaurants. There's a fantastic local market with fresh fish, local cheeses, meats and veg if you prefer to cook yourself.
The area is perfect for children with a funfair less than five minutes from the house. There's also a park with a small playground and crazy golf.
The property does seem expensive at first glance but when you see what you get for your money, to Meir was well worth it. I have no problem recommending this property and it's owners were a delight to deal with.
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