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Our holiday home on the Ile de Ré


If you are thinking summer 2015 and holidays you have come to the right place.  Have a look at these pictures of our house on the Ile de .  It’s easy to rent if you click on any picture on this blog post.

Our house on the Ile de Ré is a 3 bedroom cottage in the heart of Saint Martin de   that sleeps up to 8.  There are 2 double rooms though one bed can be separated to make a twin.  In addition the third room has a pair of bunk beds big enough for adults if needs be.

The shops and the harbour are just 5 minutes walk away and a 10 minute walk takes you to the nearest beach.

Downstairs there’s a huge living room with dining area. Outside, there is a large round Fermob table and chairs.  There’s a second table in case children want to eat or play away from the grown-ups.  You’ll also find there’s a Weber BBQ.

In the unlikely event it isn’t parasol weather, there is a covered outdoor area which is also handy for keeping any rented bicycles in overnight.

For more pictures and the latest availability details, do look at our booking page…




Booking opens for Ile de Ré 2014


I know it’s not Christmas yet but it’s certainly time to start thinking about holidays.

Our house in Saint Martin de Ré is now available to book for 2014.


The Ile de Ré is a wonderful place.  If you’ve never been, you need to go.

Some say it mixes the best of the likes of Cornwall and North Norfolk with some real heat and sunshine.

Even better it’s easy and cheap to reach by plane from the UK thanks to EasyJet, Ryanair and FlyBe.

You can also come by Eurostar and TGV with a simple cross Paris connection on the metro.

Others come by car.  One renter last year loaded their bikes on the back ready to explore the island.

Cycling with tree

So we needed a new tree for the garden.  Clearly the only way to get it home was by bike.  It’s what you do on the Ile de Ré.

The best thing about the journey back from Les Jardins de Suzanne in La Courade to Saint Martin de Ré was how most of the cyclists coming the other way didn’t seem surprised. Tree on back of bike?  Why not?

The tree is now safely planted in our garden so hopefully next summer some lucky renter will get the chance to sample a few cherries from the garden.


La Fête du Coquillage


You know when summer is drawing to a close on the Ile de Ré when the signs go up for La Fête du Coquillage.  Basically it’s an excuse for a party organised by the users of the Saint Martin de Ré harbour.

Fête du coquillage 2013

Vast amounts of fresh seafood will be cooked and eaten on the harbourside; huîtres, moules-frites and vannets.  All washed down with plenty of Ile de Ré wine.  Musically expect sea shantys, accordians and live jazz.  It starts in the late afternoon golden sun but after dark there will be dancing under the stars.

We’ve been before and will be going this Saturday.  It looked like this before…

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Of course if you want to be there next year you could always check out our house in St Martin.


Ile de Ré from the sky

This wonderful video is by Romain Corraze who says he’s been a serial globetrotter since 1985. You’ll find him at http://www.romain-world-tour.com. Just watching it makes me want to be back on the island.