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Unique : Luxury Beachfront Villa w/ Heated Private Pool, Terrace & Sundeck

Bedrooms 6
Separate WCs5
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms, 4 baths, 5 toilets, heated pool, sleeps 12, no pets, non-smoking

The Family Vacation par Excellence

(see 2013 Youtube video by our guests).

New in 2018 : bespoke service tailored to suit your requirements for bike renting : order your bikes ahead of check-in and have them delivered to the property on check-in.


This large luxurious beachfront home 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.

Please note : this villa is not suitable for wedding parties. No tents shall be planted on the lawn. Thank you for your understanding.

Total area: 1,444 square meters.

The garden - mostly lawn - is planted with Mediterranean trees: rose-bays, an old olive tree, 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 Weber BBQ and elegant resin garden furniture on the lower wooden deck, stylish grey 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 50 sqm swimming pool: we keep it heated early April-late October. It is legally equipped with an electronic cover that makes a safe and fun-filled environment for children. Large beige beach & swimming-pool towels are provided.

Appliances include an induction and gas stove, a microwave, two refrigerators, a freezer, a dishwasher, an Insinkerator, a garbage compactor.

The laundry is equipped with a washer and dryer as well as an ironing board and iron.

There are hair driers in each of the 4 bathrooms.

We can provide 3 baby cots, 2 high chairs, 1 baby bath.

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.

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Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About The Owner

We built the villa when our twin sons (now 28) were born.

Emmanuel, a cartoon animator, shares his life between Kilkenny, Ireland, London and Denmark.

Jonathan, an IT engineer, has created and is developing his own start-up in Paris: (it is the Uber of small removals).

I lost my husband in February 2012.

After a career teaching English in Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles, I am now retired and teach the refugees French in Paris.

The Owner purchased this villa in 1991

Why The Owner chose Sainte-Marie-de-Ré

We fell in love with Ile de Ré in the summer of 1989, our twins' first summer. Two years later 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 /cliff, 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.


In September the tide continues to rise and ebb twice a day.Those who have the bright idea to visit out of the season never regret their decision: island life goes on with shops and services remaining open all year round. In autumn, visitors can admire golden sun-drenched vineyards and witness the grape harvest first-hand. In winter, the beaches empty to make way for horses and walkers wrapped up warmly against the wind.At Christmas, the oysters taste even better when they come directly from the nearby oyster beds. In spring the air is still cool when the first chairs reappear outside the cafés.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Sainte-Marie-de-Ré in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 5 Separate WCs
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet
    Bathroom 9 - Toilet
    Bathroom - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Shower Enclosure
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , downstairs
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , upstairs
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , upstairs
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , summerhouse
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , summerhouse
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , downstairs
  • 3 Cots, 2 high chairs and 1 baby bath available Sleeps a maximum of 12+ 3 babies The summerhouse : two bedrooms, one shower room, one toilet. The summerhouse (attached to the kitchen) is accessed from outside, thus allowing more privacy if two families (or the grand-parents) are using the villa.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Decking
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
BBQ, outdoor shower, pool-house. Gardener, pool technician and concierge on call throughout your stay. Chef available on request. Additional cleaning possible at a cost. Weekly change of sheets and towels possible at a marginal cost. New service : have your bikes delivered at the property on check in and taken back on check out. Rent a semi rigid boat ! Rent a boat and guide and go fishing !


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average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Luxurious comfort right next to the sea

  • 5 of 5

The house is truly lovely and has everything a guest could possibly need. The position is wonderful and we long to return to enjoy the pool and garden right by the sea in better weather.

Perhaps some of the beds were a little too small; we do tend to need our beds to be 190cm wide. However, the master bedroom was extremely comfortable and the many bathrooms and toilets was marvellous

I would love to bring my grandchildren to stay here with the huge number of toys and the table tennis is a joy.

Madame you have thought of just about everything. Thank you so much for your attention to detail and we loved the new restaurant you recommended . The weather was obviously unfortunate but it has not stopped us wanting to return.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review ! I hope you can make it again sometime in better whether. I am sorry to say we had gorgeous weather all September after you left! Kind regards.
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  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from the most wonderful holiday in the villa. It is absolutely oustanding. From the moment you walk in and gasp at the view to the moment you set off off, the villa is outstanding.

Morning cycles to the beautiful village square for breakfast, crabbing on the rocks, building sandcastles on the deserted beach, swimming in the glorious pool, sundowners at the end of the garden, cycle trips to the beautiful ports for superb meals. What more could you ask for?

We stayed with 3 families and easily has enough room.

Lastly, as with previous reviews, we found all of our dealings with Catherine and Romain the agent to be a pleasure. Everything done as promised with a smile.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind encouraging words ! Hoping to meet your requirements next year as well ! Kind regards. Catherine
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A Quiet Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at the villa in July 2016 and found the house, the facilities and location to be perfect. The villa is perfectly positioned in a quiet cul-de-sac a short cycle to the village square (La Noue), and about 30 gentle pedaling minutes to St. Martin. Regarding the 'business' side of our stay the owner and her agent were very easy and friendly to deal with, and everything that was promised was delivered with a smile. I couldn't recommend the villa enough for a visit to this paradise island.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review, Jim. It has been a pleasure dealing with you, too. You are welcome any time.
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A beautiful villa that lived up to expectations

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 4 couples in our 60's and 70's, so a mature group! The villa was a perfect base from which to explore the island. We took our own bicycles although we could have used those provided. The accommodation is of a very high standard, and well equipped, probably the best we have ever had. The garden and pool are a delight. We all wish to return again.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your encouraging words. We hope to be able to improve the service each year. You are welcome to come back any time.
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A wonderful escape

  • 5 of 5

Ile de Re is an island geared towards the holidaymaker - it is where you can escape from the world for a short while; and Villa des Ensemberts really is the perfect place in which to do this. This sounds like an advert but it really is true - we had a perfect holiday and the villa was set up to make the most of this. There were six of us (2 adults; 4 children) and we had a huge amount of privacy, not only from the outside world but from each other as well. The facilities suited us very well indeed; everything worked and was well cared for; the beds were very comfortable; the pool was a good size and clean; and we were wonderfully cared for by the people who manage the property on behalf of the owner. Really, no complaints; and 'yes' we would definitely go back.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the positive review. I am glad you enjoyed your holiday and everything went well in my absence. You are welcome any time.
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superb accommodation in fairy-tale surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Dear Catherine

Thank you for allowing us to stay in your gorgeous villa. There were three distinct groups of us and absolutely loads of room for the children to play both inside and out. The weather was reasonably kind in the first week with the pool being used each day. It was cooler in the second week but almost always bright and sunny. You generously provided lots of indoor activities for both children and adults, which came into their own at some point during the holiday.

We were also able to enjoy the activities of the wind surfers and kite skiers in the evenings with a superb view of the ocean over the swimming pool. Always better to watch than participate - for me at least!

We would all like to visit again but in the summer; perhaps one day we will do just that!

Thanks again for a memorable holiday.

With our very best wishes

Angela, Howard, Stephen, Matthew and Louise , Sam and Alex.

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Angela. Hope to acommodate you next time in finer weather. Kind regards. Catherine
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L'Aile de Re
Hotel Les Grenettes
La Baleine Bleue
Hotel Le Richelieu
Hotel Le Chat Botte
Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
La Noue
Nearest Ferry
562 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
28 Kilometres
Les Portes en Ré
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Motorway
45 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Les Grenettes
Nearest Beach
On the beach
Car: recommended

Airport La Rochelle – Ile de Re (LRH), lies just outside La Rochelle on the French mainland, and is connected to the Ile de Re by a 3km toll bridge. EasyJet, Ryanair and Flybe provide direct flights to Ile de Re Airport from Bristol (BRS), London Gatwick (LGW), Southampton (SOU), Manchester (MAN) and Dublin (DUB).

The Ile de Re is a glorious island of nature, culture and safe beaches just off the Charente-Maritime coast in western France.

The island is known for the magnificent climate, safe beaches and calm ambiance.

The property is a perfect base from which to investigate the sandy beaches, salt marshes and vineyards that have made the island famous as a holiday retreat in the sun.

Things to do on holiday in Ile de Re: The natural beauty of the Ile de Re has been protected by strict planning controls keeping all Ile de Re properties and buildings under two stories high.

Holiday properties on the Ile de Re tend to be low-lying whitewashed apartments with green-coloured shutters and terracotta roofs.

The finest beaches on the island are found to the south of the island, where the sand is soft, and there are plenty of idyllic spots to set your towel.

The northern beaches are rocky and flat, with very shallow waters perfect for oyster and mussel cultivation.

Ile de Re surfing holidays are great fun. The shallow beaches of Le Bois Plage and La Couarde are battered by huge Atlantic breakers, perfect for surfing. Ile de Re is home to a number of surf schools providing both lessons for children who have never tried the sport before to refresher courses for those with a few waves under their belt.

Water-skiing, wake boarding and kite surfing also thrive, and there are some exceptional places to go sailing, take a lesson or hire a yacht and discover your own spot of paradise on the Ile de Re.

There has always been a strong connection between the Ile de Re and horses, and that continues to this day. There is a range of excellent stables on the island, as well as a maze of magnificent bridle paths, taking riders to some of the most spectacular viewpoints on the island.

Walking holidays are also very enjoyable.

After a long day on the beaches or in the hills, there are three spa centres in which to get pampered. Spas specialise in thalassotherapy, the use of the maritime environment for the benefits of your health. Whether you are feeling under the weather or not, an afternoon in a thalassotherapy centre couldn’t be more relaxing!

Places to visit on holiday on Ile de Re: The island's capital, St-Martin de Re is a stunning fishing port in the north of the island. Surrounded by 17th century fortifications, St Martin de Re has a glorious atmosphere, maintained by the street café culture and seaside location.

Weather on Ile de Re : during the long summer months, temperatures average over 30°C (July and August). For the rest of the year, there is a mystical feel to the island, as holidaymakers disappear, despite average temperatures remaining above 10°C throughout the year.

Other Activities: the bustling Protestant city of La Rochelle on the mainland.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Sainte-Marie-de-Ré, Charente-Maritime

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
The Beautiful Season
5 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early July
30 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late July
21 Jul 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
28 Jul 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Best week of the Year
25 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
The Beautiful Season
1 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
late September
15 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Year Round
29 Sep 2018 - 3 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
The Beautiful Season
4 May 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer holidays
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
The Beautiful Season
31 Aug 2019 - 1 May 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £2,629.4
Stay tax £0.88 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

The villa is absolutely no-smoking, no-pets, thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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