|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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. (Please book directly from me using the website link at the bottom of this page). 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 will 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 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, one freezer, 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 (9) available for you as well but no helmets. Ask for the photos of our bikes.
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.
I lost my husband in February 2012. We have two 27-year-old twin sons.
Emmanuel, a cartoon animator, works in Kilkenny, Ireland, in London and Denmark.
Jonathan, an IT engineer, is in the start-up business in Paris.
Catherine purchased this villa in 1991
We fell in love with Ile de Ré in the summer of 1989, our twin sons' 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!
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.
Dear Catherine, Thank you very much for returning our cheque. We were delighted with our stay on Ile de Re, and your home was quite brilliant for us. I have never come across such a well equipped holiday house and the garden, pool and views were magnificent. I do hope we will be able to visit there again some time. We all had a wonderful time. I hope you too enjoyed your holiday. Kind Regards
Julia July 2006
I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your house this past week, and the Ile de Ré in general. It was exactly the vacation we dreamed of having. Everyone we came into contact with, including Véronique, was friendly and helpful. The house was even better than the photos and we loved the beach-front location -- really the best way to enjoy the island! My son especially appreciated all the wonderful books and toys he found in the house.
Thank you again for providing us with such a great vacation villa.
Christina (June 2007)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£2,599|
The villa is absolutely no-smoking, no-pets, thank you.