Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday villa in Sainte Marie de Ré - LES ENSEMBERTS
6 bedrooms, 4 baths, 5 toilets, swimming pool,sleeps 12, no pets, non-smoking
The Family Vacation par Excellence
(see 2013 Youtube video by our guests).
This large luxurious beachfront home http://www.villa-ile-de-re.com is located outside the village of Sainte-Marie La Noue. It has a South-South West orientation: all the rooms give onto the swimming-pool area. At the bottom of the garden, the sea is all yours. Prepare yourself for 'Waow' sunsets.
Total area: 1444 square meters.
The garden - mostly lawn - is planted with Mediterranean trees: mimosas, an old olive tree and a fig tree.
The spacious interior of this two-storey glasshouse is furnished throughout with fine antiques from various regions of France (Provence, Charente, Touraine). Traditional tile and parquet floors add to the gracious ambiance.
In addition to the 6 bedrooms, decorated in authentic Ile de Ré style, there is an upper sundeck on the first floor, a large eat-in kitchen, a mezzanine, study and winter garden with luxury Weber BBQ and elegant resin garden furniture on the lower wooden deck, stylish beige parasols around the swimming pool in the landscaped garden, and tennis-table equipment. There are three flat screens with satellite TV and of course WIFI all over the villa.
You will love our 50sqm swimming pool: we keep it heated all year long. It is legally equipped with an electronic cover that makes a safe and fun-filled environment for children. Large beige beach towels are provided.
Appliances include an induction and gas stove, a microwave, two refrigerators, two freezers, a dishwasher, an Insinkerator, a garbage compactor.
The laundry is equipped with a washer and dryer as well as an ironing board.
There are hair driers in each of the 4 bathrooms.
We can provide 3 baby cots and 2 high chairs.
We have quite a few bikes available for you as well.
The bakery, open air-market, fishmonger, restaurants, cafés and ice cream parlour are 1km away (accessible by car, foot within 15 minutes and bicycle).
A TRENDY CHIC ISLAND TAILORED TO HUMAN PROPORTIONS: This beautiful exclusive beach home is located on Ile de Ré, a popular summer resort on the western shore of the Atlantic. The tiny island (30 km long and between 100 m and 5 km wide) possesses many navigable waterways, a varied coastline with the largest beaches along the southern coast and yachting harbours on the sheltered northern side. The “White Island”, as it is also known, is linked to the busy port of La Rochelle by a 1988-built bridge stretching in a gentle curve over 3, 5 km. It is located 500 km from Paris and is reached daily by direct plane from Paris, London-Stansted, Birmingham and Southampton; by TGV in 3 hours or by the motorway in 4 and half hours from Paris.
Bordeaux, the ancient city and wine centre, is 150 kilometres away.
Ile de Ré is best visited by bike. (for rent everywhere). It is home to 16, 000 islanders who have chosen to live there year-round. It boasts 10 communes, all distinctly genuine villages.
VINEYARDS, SALT, OYSTERS AND POTATOES: In the 17th century, boats exported wine and salt from “Ré la Blanche” so named for its saltmarshes. The second part of the 19th century proved disastrous: phylloxera destroyed the vineyards and the salt- marshes were ruined by bad weather and competition from imported salt from the East and South of France. The population fell by half.
Today, vineyards occupy five times as little area as they once did. However, they still produce the traditional Cognac, Charente table wines and the excellent “Pineau des Charentes”.
Farmers grow a type of early potato, for which they have managed to gain an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (A.0.C.). Oyster-farming made its appearance around 150 years ago when people learned to cultivate the “Fines” and “Spéciales de claires” which so far they had been content with gathering.
Salt production had very nearly disappeared. A new generation has now rolled up their sleeves to prepare saltpans and revive the harvesting of “white gold”.
SIGHTSEEING ON THE ISLAND: The 10 typical villages of the island (Rivedoux,-Plage, Sainte-Marie de Ré (labelled Station Verte de Vacances), Le Bois Plage en Ré, La Couarde sur Mer, Ars en Ré, Saint-Clément des Baleines, Les Portes en Ré, Loix, Saint-Martin de Ré, La Flotte); Saint-Martin, the historical capital with its beautiful Unesco-listed precincts fortified by Vauban; 12th-century Cistercian Abbaye des Châteliers; old royal buildings dating back to the British and French periods and the French religious wars (13th and 17th centuries); small museums such as the Hôtel de Clergeotte in Saint-Martin, or the Musée du Platin at La Flotte; one of the biggest European wild bird sanctuaries: Lilleau des Niges; salt-marshes where salt is still harvested before your eyes, oyster-farms, vineyards; the alleys between the green-shuttered whitewashed houses and their hollyhocks; numerous cycle-paths, windmills and thousands of other surprises – and finally, the bustling protestant city of La Rochelle with its museums and restaurants.
- Events Allowed
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible
A Bryn Mawr College, Pa. graduate, after working in the US and Iraq, I have since taught English in various higher education institutions. I lost my husband in February 2012. We have two 25-year-old twin sons.
Emmanuel, a cartoon animator, works in Kilkenny, Ireland, in London and Denmark.
Jonathan, an IT engineer, is currently launching his own IT start-up in Paris with an engineer friend.
Why Catherine chose Sainte Marie de Ré
We fell in love with Ile de Ré in the summer of 1989, our twin sons' first summer. We managed to buy one of the last seafront plots of land on the island. We had the villa built in 1991, with my husband designing it and I in charge of interior decoration.
The villa has been the family's summer place ever since and is constantly being refurbished, repainted and maintained in a perfect state, a challenge for this beachfront villa that was severely battered by the Xynthia storm in February 2010 and continues to be hit by storms every month of February.
You will love the smell of the sea and light breeze every morning when you open the shutters!
What makes this villa unique
The villa is literally on the beach, the views, sunsets, are fantastic. The heated swimming pool is a delight.
The location on the Southern coast means it is protected from the winds.
The secluded spot allows complete privacy.