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La Rochelle-garden flat,10/15 min beach,city centre. Bikes. New low prices.

Bedrooms 1
Space 290 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

La Rochelle- 2 person apartment, close to facilites - bikes/parking/wi-fi/uktv

Alan and Tove an Anglo/Danish couple live in La Jarne a village just south east of La Rochelle which is on France's Atlantic coast and the third most visited place in the Country. They offer a modern garden apartment adjoining their own accommodation, a large single storey property in a quarter acre garden. There is a safe parking space at the end of the driveway right ouside the apartment. The property has farmland to front and rear and is a short walking distance from facilities in the village which include 2 boulangeries, tabac, pharmacie, boucherie, supermarche/poste, cafe and pizzeria.

Our location in rural surroundings yet within a village just outside the built-up area of La Rochelle gives the visitor the best of all world's. Add to this 10 mins drive to the 6th best beach in France and 15 mins to one of its foremost historic centres...

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Speaks English, French, Danish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
5 August, 2018

About alan

Tove and I (Alan) sold up in the UK and moved to France in 2005 and found our house within a week. I am an ex town planner and Tove a Special Needs Education Lecturer and we've been based in Belfast, Lytham St Annes and Truro. Being also an ex tour guide I am quite happy to show people around the area.

alan purchased this apartment in 2005

Why alan chose Aytré

Basically the attraction of the historic centre of La Rochelle and the climate- warm summers, decent spring and autumn. 2300 hours sun per year more than 50% greater than England. Here we have the best of all worlds with farmland front and back, edge of village with facilities including bus service to La Rochelle centre, a chateau over the road, 10 mins drive from the beach, 10 mins from out of town shopping. Airport is 15 mins and nearest channel port is St Malo just under 4 hours.

What makes this apartment unique

The apartment has its own private sitting out area but guests are welcome to use our lightly wooded quarter acre garden, sit out, play table tennis, enjoy some of our home produce in season and use the 2 hybrid bikes provided. We have only the one apartment so you won' be bothered by other holiday makers. We are always in residence when the flat is let, on hand to give advice or in the unlikely event of something going wrong. We always say to guests knock on our door as often as you like or not at all. Some guests we see little of after the initial tour round the accommodation and garden, others have become personal friends dropping by for a glass of wine or doing a joint visit to the local market.

There are no hidden extras!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We just wanted to say what a wonderful time we had staying at your lovely place. You were the very best of hosts. A week of complete rest at your wonderful home really hit the spot.
Jul 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Aytré in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 290 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The ensuite bathroom contains wc, wash basin and shower and ventilation fan.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The bedroom includes a double bed, bedside rugs, clothes rail, chest of drawers and has french doors to a small south facing terrace.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We offer free access to the internet via a high speed wireless network. The latter requires our guests to have their own WIFI-enabled computer- the password for internet access is provided on arrival. Two newish bikes are available for exploring the flattish surrounding countryside and coastline which has a reasonable network of cycle tracks and quiet roads. Outside: Parking right outside the apartment. Accessed from the flat bedroom is a small but (usually) sunny sitting out area which includes table and chairs, parasol, sunloungers and separate table with electric grill. A set of boules is available. The area Is enclosed to give additional privacy and shelter. It includes trees, shrubs and flowers. Cleaning / Towels / Linen Linen and towels included and changed weekly. Property cleaned weekly, free of charge


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La Rochelle-garden flat,10/15 min beach,city centre. Bikes. New low prices.
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 26 reviews

A fantastic base from which to explore this beautiful part of France

  • 5 of 5

Many thanks to Alan and Tove for a very friendly welcome to La Jarne and their local info of places to visit. We loved the apartment and the use of their beautiful garden including some of the vegetables from Alan's amazing vegetable plot . It had everything that we needed for our weeks holiday ( even the weather was perfect ) . There was an abundance of wildlife - birds , butterflies , moths and a pet lizard . We particularly liked the Black Kites and Storks in the adjacent field that Alan arranged for us ! Loads to do in the area , we enjoyed using the bikes provided at the apartment to explore La Jarne and beyond. Thanks very much for a fabulous holiday !

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Simply Superb

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fabulous few days at La Desirade and could not have been happier. The apartment contains everything you could need and all very well placed for easy access and ease of use. The bed was comfy, the apartment's own little patio area is ideal and in addition, there is access to the owners' beautiful garden.

Alan and Tove were ideal landlords and even dropped as at a lovely recommended restaurant so we could stroll home afterwards.

Ideally situated for exploring the amazing area but quiet and peaceful when you needed to leave the hustle and bustle behind. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Neat and petite

  • 5 of 5

Lovely little garden flat that had everything you would need included a lovely secluded garden. Within easy reach of La Rochelle, beautiful beach at Chatelaillon Plage plus other places of interest. Alan and Tove were excellent hosts so friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay their again if in the area. Thanks for all the information you provided to us and best of luck for the future.

Pete and Di

  • Review Submitted: 07-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A very comfortable little apartment with very friendly, helpful hosts.

  • 4 of 5

Having spent some time in busy French city hotels we wanted something outside La Rochelle where we could relax. The location is perfect for the Chatelaillon beach (an easy drive) and for visiting La Rochelle by bus. The well equipped apartment had everything we needed and we enjoyed the bottle of wine and the fresh figs! Tove pointed us in the direction of a very good lunch time restaurant to which we could walk. We can recommend the local bakery and the veg shop and butcher looked good too. It is worth a stroll around the pretty old streets of Jarne village.

Thank you Alan and Tove

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
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Perfect holiday stay!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a truly wonderful stay with Alan & Tove.

The garden flat was comfortable, well equipped & perfectly situated on the outskirts of La Rochelle.

All amenities were easily available...shops, buses, beaches, city!

We even got to sample some home grown veggies & great recommendations for day trips out!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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Ideal lovely apartment

  • 5 of 5

Alan and Tove are friendly and helpful.

Lovely quiet situation.

Well equipped.

Some shops within very easy walking distance and plenty within a short drive.

Good position for visiting points of interest.

It allowed us to have a restful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
La Rochelle (7 UK destinations)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
La Mouss'rit - specialst beer bar
Nearest Ferry
215 Miles
St Malo (to UK) 3hrs 42 mins by road
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
La Jarne (9 holes)
Nearest Train
5 Miles
TGV Station La Rochelle (Paris 3hrs+)
Nearest Motorway
32 Miles
Fontenay-le-Comte (A83)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Aytre- Chinese buffet+ 2 lunch time French bistros
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Chatelaillon Plage (2 miles golden sands)
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Guided walking, cycling or car tours to nearby places of interest are available on a day basis for a small fee. This may be of particular interest to those holidaying without a car.


Chatelaillon Plage which is 10mins drive has a good sandy beach and the proprietors swim there throughout the summer. Conditions are best two hours either side of high tide. In the 2014 Travelers Choice by Tripadvisor this beach was ranked 6th best in France.

Chatelaillon is of interest in itself having a large number of 19th and early 20th century villas in its numerous side streets. There are good surfing beaches on the Ile de Re, for example Le Bois Plage is about half an hour's drive.


La Rochelle airport is 15 mins drive and has services to Gatwick, Stansted, Southampton, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester, Bristol and Dublin. The nearest Channel port is St Malo which is just under 4 hours drive. Although there is a regular bus service into La Rochelle centre, a car is in reality essential to enjoy all this area has to offer.


La Rochelle centre 10 mins drive, Chatelaillon the same, the Ile de Re bridge is 15 mins drive to access an area well known for oysters, mussels, wine, sea salt, fortified towns and the famous Phare de Baleines lighthouse. A bit like Rock in Cornwall it is full of the glitterati in high summer.

For a change you can visit Green Venice, a maze of tree lined canals. Coulon the main centre is just over half an hour's drive.

Further Details:

La Rochelle has over 300 restaurants many of them surrounding the picturesque old harbour area an area popular for promenading in the evening and at weekends. The city also has many high class shops, fishing harbour, cruiseport, large aquarium, several museums and boat trips to Ile d'Aix (where Napoleon had a house) Ile de Re, Ile de Oleron and around Fort Boyard. La Rochelle has markets Wednesday and Saturday. Chatelaillon, Tuesday and Friday. Both have indoor markets open virtually everyday.

10 mins drive from the flat is a large out of town centre with a sizeable Carrefour and smaller Lidl and Leader Price supermarkets.

La Jarne village has an indoor tennis arena and a large scale horse riding establishment.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings are normally on a Saturday to Saturday basis, arrival after 3pm and departure by 10am. This may be varied by negotiation. A deposit of 50% is payable at time of booking with the balance payable 6 weeks before the start of the holiday. Payment is by UK cheque or bank draft.

Changeover Day:
Saturday to Saturday. Negotiation possible. Arrive after 3pm, leave by 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
Short lets (minimum 3 nights) available out of season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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