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We really enjoyed our stay at Isolella 1 and meeting our hosts, Christophe & Isabelle who could not have been more welcoming, friendly and helpful. The apartment has been thoughtfully designed and is well-equipped - perfect for the two of us. We made good use of the bicycles and enjoyed our visits to the market. The beach opposite was great, never busy and nice and sheltered, great for swimming when the tide was in and fascinating for beachcombing when it was out. We enjoyed eating out at the restaurants at Port Douhet, the market restaurant and L'Odyssey in the village centre. Everyone was friendly and we wouldn't hesitate to go back
Myself, my husband & our 2 boys (age 6 & 4) spent a wonderful week here in August. My parents joined us for 2 nights as well and the house was well-equipped & more than big enough for everyone.
The best thing about the house is without question the location. The back garden really does look directly out on to the beach & you’re therefore literally less than a minute from it. The beach itself is lovely - even at the height of the season it wasn’t too busy, and there was so much to explore with rock pooling etc when the tide was out. When the tide was in it was also a great swimming & sandcastle beach too.
The only thing that caught us a little off guard was that cleaning is not included in the price paid upfront, which is not something I’ve ever come across in the many other holiday homes I’ve rented. You could either choose to clean the property yourself (not something I wanted to do on holiday, particularly for a house of this size!), or could directly pay the cleaner a not insubstantial amount (70 euros) to do it for you. This was a little grating given that although the house was clean & tidy when we arrived, it was by no means immaculate & could probably do with some TLC & general maintenance. I really think it would be better to simply include the 70 euros for cleaning in the upfront cost...
Overall though, this is a great house in a spectacular beach location. Oléron itself was an beautiful place, but difficult to get around by car at high season because of the traffic. For us this wasn’t a huge issue as the holiday was all about the beach!