A quiet and not overlooked house, with a sunny courtyard, 2 bedrooms
- English, French
Married for more than 3 years, native from the Ré Island, surveyor for more than 20 years. We love bike rides, nature, observing migratory birds in the salt marshes. We like the wonderful beaches surrounding the village and go to the markets buy some local products.
Olivier purchased this House in 2012
Why Olivier chose Ars-en-Ré
We inherited this pretty house on the Ré Island, and we recently renovated it. This house has been in my family for almost 200 years. At the beginning of the XIXth century, it was a stable; which was later changed into a shoemaker's workshop. For more than 40 years, this lovely village house has been used as a holiday rental, and we are happy to propose holidaymakers an unforgettable stay between sea and marshes.
What makes this House unique
We love this pretty distinguished house of stone located at the end of an alley, quiet with its sunny courtyard and not overlooked to spend some delightful moments (rest and grilling). This courtyard has a vine allowing the holidaymakers to harvest the grapes in September. This house is very suitable for a couple with children, who can safely play in the courtyard surrounded by stonewalls; or for a retired couple wishing to enjoy the quiet and the practical and functional side of this house; or for friends wanting to gather around a table and grilling after nautical activities.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
The main downside of this property was the smell of mustiness and damp which was always there with the windows shut which happened when we went out. The main living room had a particularly strong smell from the old sideboard and rather smelly sofa.
The bedrooms were cheaply furnished and the chest of drawers in the blue room was really musty so I didn’t put any clothes in because of that. The duvets were more like sleeping bags opened out than duvets!
The property comprises many extensions and is all on one level. The back part houses a shower that had remarkably good power considering the washbasin taps had feeble power. The toilet was separate and had no window. This area had no heating which didn’t matter in August but might at other times.
The property was cleaned adequately.
Considering the owner had our full rent from January until August it was overpriced for what it offered.
In the plus side it was in a good position to sightsee in Ars.
I would not return.
A very Enjoyable weeks holiday
Although you enter the property at the end of a small alley, it offers very private and secluded accommodation including a courtyard with all day sunshine and no overlooking. Best suited for a couple or small family, and can be a bit dark in poor weather, a lighting upgrade would help considerably.
Everything you need is provided, all was very clean, and the greeting and assistance we received all made it a great week in what is a delightful village on a delightful island.
Not for winter staying.
This property is not for winter stay. There is a moldy smell that comes after long time of no heating. Bath and toilet (that seams to be non-isolated) has no heating and is is cold specially at night. We had leased it for 9 days, but had to leave after 5 days. We could not contact anybody at the time we left and got contact 3 days later. The owner did not answer my e-mails and had not done it yet
Une semaine en septembre
Location à lahauteur de la description. Excellent accueil et présence de Sonia pour répondre à nos besoins. Gîte bien aménagé spacieux et agréable.
Suggestion: un séchoir a cheveux et presse légumes!!
Merci pour cet endroit bien sympathique. Je recommande
Observation of the migratory birds (more than 150 identified species), visit of the “Phare des Baleines” [the Lighthouse of the Whales], summer market, visit of the bell tower of Ars-en-Ré.