La Maison Balnéaire

Ste Marie de Ré, Charente-Maritime
Self-catering


Vineyards and pines, beaches and dunes… and a house to fall in love with close to sea, in the village of Sainte Marie. All-year-round heaven

Bedroom

3 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 6

The
Experience

Built in the 1800s, behind imposing gates, this is the last home on the island to retain its decorative fascia. Not only is the house beautiful, it is listed, and your welcoming English hosts are there to greet you. Enter an open-plan living area divided by a central stair, awash with light from generous windows… with polished wood floors, immaculate beams, and a chic palette of whites, greys and deep red. Sink into the large corner sofa by the fire; lounge in the decked courtyard garden, spacious, sunny and enclosed. Unless you have tiny tots – note the small pond – this is a perfect place for a family, with the main bedroom on the first floor (bathroom en suite, loo below), two bedrooms on the lower ground floor that share a bathroom, and a harmonious flow throughout. As for the village, it’s off the beaten track and all the more charming for it. There’s a church whose tower can be climbed, two markets, independent shops, tempting restaurants. Surf, sail, stroll to the beach, visit the island’s markets and bring back your spoils – to a kitchen as delightful as the rest.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4pm-8pm
Check out
10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights in high season.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Restaurants 3-minute walk.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £129
Weekly price
from £900
Damage deposit
££300
1 House for 6
From £1293 bedrooms

Reviews

BLISS! Mick and Carole are simply the nicest and most helpful hosts, and they have clearly put a huge amount of thought and effort into creating a home that is a perfect base for a truly memorable holiday.

Kevin, London

AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS We spent a wonderful week at this stunning house in August. Inside, the house was comfortable & immaculate. The courtyard is so relaxing & my son enjoyed spotting lizards, while we soaked up the sun & the atmosphere. The village is peaceful but has everything you need. We ate at the local restaurant several times & also shopped at the deli. I would definitely recommend this lovely house!

Lucy, Brighton

WHAT A GEM! We could not recommend this gite more highly. In a very quiet, laid back village La Maison Baineaire is the perfect place to kick off your shoes and relax. Situated 5 minutes on a bike from the beach and 3 minutes from the boulangerie and small bar/restaurant, the house is perfect for both adults and older children. Well maintained and nicely decorated, the house has everything you need and the courtyard is perfect to catch a few rays. Two weeks went by very quickly - and we didn't want to come home.

Andrew, Berkshire

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Mick Williams

  • Treat yourselves to a relaxing spa day and dinner at the renowned Thalassotherapy centre at Ste Marie, just a 15 minute walk from the house!
  • All the villages on the Ile de Ré have their own special character, and are all worth a visit, but don't miss the beautiful and chic port of St Martin, the medieval market at La Flotte; and Ars en Ré which was voted one of the prettiest villages in France!
  • Take advantage of the 100 kms of cycle lanes which join all the villages and beaches - a wonderful way to see the island; stop off for an oyster 'degustation' at the many oyster shacks on the way, and cycle through the salt fields of Loix.
  • Climb the lighthouse at St Clements (La Phare) and see the stunning views. The staircase alone is worth the visit... like a perfect snail's shell! Visit the museum and discover how life on the island used to be, and browse the gift shop.
  • You can enjoy a wide variety of water sports on the island... sailing, surfing, kite and wind surfing, paddle surfing, fishing... lesson and tour information provided at the house.
  • Climb the local church at Ste Marie de Ré with the tourist office, and learn about the history of the town, the occupation and air battles... and the leper colony!