La Maison Balneaire has a stunning façade hidden behind an imposing gateway, and the equally beautiful interior of the house will provide all the comfort necessary for a perfect holiday on the island. The house has 3 bedrooms - on the lower floor there is one double and one twin, separated by a bathroom with walk-in shower, bath and WC. The master bedroom is situated at mezzanine level, and has a small dressing area leading to an en-suite shower room. There is an additional WC on the ground floor. The light and spacious dining room leads to a fully equipped kitchen, with dishwasher, microwave, large fridge/freezer and washing machine. The bright living room with open fire place seats 6 comfortably. The house is WiFi connected and offers English and French TV. There is also a DVD and CD player with a small library of films to enjoy. The beautiful and spacious courtyard, 75 m2 has garden furniture with seating for 6 people, and a barbecue is provided. There is outside storage for bikes.
The Island: L'Ile de Re is a beautiful, unspoilt and fiercely protected island, connected to the mainland and La Rochelle by a magnificent 3 km bridge. 'A flat, fragrant, family friendly holiday spot. Just 30km long and 5km wide, it's criss-crossed by an extensive network (100km) of cycle paths which wind through fields full of poppies, pine forests, pretty French villages, past fishing harbours, salt pans and oyster farms. It's also celebrated for its endless sandy beaches backed by powdery dunes. The island feels like the France, or rather the 'seaside' of yesteryear. It is the perfect place for running barefoot along the shore, playing hide and seek in the sand dunes, picking your way through rock pools and picnics on the sand. Strict building regulations have meant that even new properties have to stick to the low-slung whitewashed-with-green-shutters look. However, the chic shops and waterfront restaurants of the fishing villages give it a very French maritime sophistication.'
St Marie de Re and the immediate surroundings: La Maison Balneaire is in the heart of the authentic and unspoilt village of Ste Marie, situated just 1 km from the sea and the renowned Thalasso Spa therapy centre: 'Ideal for relieving, relaxing, revitalizing, slimming down, toning up - à la carte courses of treatment, special formulas by the day, the weekend, or a few days.' Ste Marie's beach is a perfect mixture of fine sand, rock pools and peaceful tranquility. The village square, providing a fresh food market, bread shop, tabac, restaurant, hairdressers, launderette, post office and bike-hire, is a 5 minute walk away. The beautiful village of La Noue, just 1 km away, offers more restaurants, a fresh fish shop and a cheese shop. Across the road from us is a wonderful library and media centre which is great for both children and adults: the kids can relax with books and magazines in their own comfy and colourful area, while you browse the books, DVD's and CD's, or surf the internet and check out the exhibition and art gallery.
La Rochelle: The beautiful and bustling harbour town of La Rochelle is most definitely worth visiting. The two famous harbour towers date back to the XIV Century and the arcaded streets give the town a real sense of history. The harbour is lined with wonderful seafood restaurants and bars, and by night it becomes both stunning and vibrant. The park is a lovely place to spend some peaceful time - enjoy the bird sanctuary and the animal enclosures, with peacocks, deer, goats and donkeys - the kids will love the well equipped play areas too. The world renowned Aquarium is a real treat for kids and adults alike, and there are numerous places of interest to visit, like the old Hotel de Ville and the Natural History museum. The man-made sandy beach is great for relaxing and sunbathing, with restaurants and casino just a few steps away. Further into the old town are more delicious restaurants and great shopping under the old arcades. Experience the wonderful fresh indoor food market which opens daily.