Maison Cothonneau

Character 17th century townhouse with rustic beach-chic interior
Ref: 245 Saint Martin de Ré
  • 3 bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 1 Bath/Shower Rooms
  • no pool
  • Comfort Rating Good quality
  • Quality & character

We Say

Centrally located in this historic port town & just 800m to the beach. Beautiful 17th century features, with all modern amenities and a sunny & light patio!

Pricing & availability

Maison Cothonneau
3 bedrooms, sleeps 6

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Notes on prices

  • Price includes: Beds made for arrival, bathroom towels, welcome basket, toiletries
  • Compulsory extras: None.
  • Optional extras: Concierge services, eg restaurant bookings, in-villa services (chef, yoga, massage), activity bookings etc. Late arrival (after 8pm), cleaning & baby-sitting.
  • Security deposit: EUR 2000
  • Changeover day: Saturday in July & August, flexible the rest of the year
  • Arrival and departure: Arrival is from 5pm-8pm, departure by 10am please
  • Fortnight booking restriction: No

What makes Maison Cothonneau a great holiday rental

  • Authentic & historic St Martin townhouse
  • Short walk to harbourside restaurants & beach
  • St Martin is a delightful seaside village
  • Fabulous area for cycle trails, water sports & seafood

Best for: Couples or a family wanting a calm space to stay while visiting the island. This simply charming house would work well for anybody wanting to enjoy an authentic stay on the Ile de Ré.

Suitability for:

  • Toddlers: Cot available, very open layout downstairs, enclosed patio (check this).
  • Teenagers: wifi, a really 'cool' hideaway, perfect for a beach holiday mixed with a bit of history and culture. Teenagers would love the mezzanine room, a den!
  • Reduced mobility: all bedrooms are located on the first floor, accessed via stairs only. WC on ground floor.

Anything to watch out for?

The beds in the twin room are essentially bunk beds, with one on a mezzanine level above the other (see photo).

Why the Ile de Ré?

Ile de Ré is a perfectly preserved island paradise with great beaches, lovely seaside villages and a chic atmosphere, lying just off La Rochelle mid-way down the Atlantic coast, joined to the mainland by a 3 km bridge. It's an excellent choice for family holidays or for couples. St Martin de Ré is a charming seaside village with gorgeous harbourside surrounded by restaurants & terraces, and lovely sandy beach.


Beautifully renovated 17th century townhouse with stone walls & original wooden beams, mixed with a modern take of Ile de Ré nostalgia...

This thoughtfully presented historic townhouse is a private oasis for a relaxing stay on the Ile de Ré. You enter though the light, walled patio, which has a dining table and seating to enjoy al fresco meals.

Ground floor

The house opens into the open plan ground floor living/dining area, with cosy fireplace sofas, terracotta tiled floors and exposed wooden beams.There is a dining table to seat 6 people and a lovely corner kitchen, with a traditional Lacanche oven along with all modern appliances. There is a real beach-chic feel to the house - modern living is mixed effortlessly with a more traditional, nostalgic feel, and plenty of interesting artwork and thoughtful details creating a perfect hideaway for enjoying this beautiful and historic island.

On this level you will also find a handy WC and the landry room, with washing machine and tumble dryer.

The rochelais staircase is a striking central feature, and leads ot the bedrooms and shower room on the first floor.

First floor

Here you will find three bedrooms as well as the shower room with WC:

- Bedroom 1 - the east-facing Vauban room has a queen bed (160cm) and looks onto the dtreet below.

- Bedroom 2 - the Campani bedroom faces west and looks onto the enclosed patio, with two single beds (80cm) that can be joined ot make anothe queen-sized bed.

- Bedroom 3 - also facing east and looking onto the street, the Texier bedroom has two single beds (90cm). One of the beds is on a raised mezzanine platform. 

There is secure off-street parking for one car to the side of the house.


1 with queen bed (160cm), 1 with twin beds (80cm) that can be joined to make a queen (160cm), 1 with twin beds (90cm)


Shower room with WC & plus separate WC on ground floor


No pool



  • dishwasher
  • tumble dryer
  • washing machine
  • oven & hob
  • microwave
  • fridge freezer
  • kettle
  • coffee maker
  • toaster
  • iron & ironing board


  • dvd player
  • wi-fi


  • cot


  • parking space

House Rules

No pets & no smoking please


Maison Cothonneau is located in one the historic narrow streets typical of the centre of St Martin de Ré, 300m from the harbour, St Martin's heart and the location for many restaurants, galleries, boutiques and the covered market. It's about a kilometre to the local sandy beach, then easy to access the cycle trails leading to the islands other villages & beaches, well worth exploring.

Local Amenities

Nearest village / town: Saint Martin de Ré
Nearest beach: La Cible - 800m
Boulangerie: Saint Martin de Ré
Restaurant: Saint Martin de Ré
Market: Saint Martin de Ré brocante & food hall

Distance to nearest major transport connections

  • La Rochelle airport 20 kms
  • Nantes airport 160 kms
  • St Malo ferry 350 kms
  • Paris 500 kms
  • Calais ferry/tunnel 750 kms

Things to do and see

Our Highlights

  • Seafood on a quayside table at a St Martin de Ré or La Flotte bistro
  • Cycle to Le Bois Plage for sunbathing and a play in the waves
  • Cycle ride between Loix & St Martin or La Couarde & Ars, through salt marshes & oyster beds
  • Stock up for a gourmet picnic at La Flotte food hall - best on the island
  • Sunset at the gorgeous Plage de la Conche at Les Portes

Nearby Activities

  • Surfing
  • Kitesurfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing
  • Degustation
  • Paddle-boarding
  • Boat trips

Day Trip Ideas

The island can easily be explored in a half-day bike ride, most people come to the island to stay!

If you do fancy a change of scenery for a trip or two there are a couple of worthwhile boat tours:

  • Ile d'Aix - a 3 km, entirely car-free island between the Iles de Ré and d'Oléron, with the distinction of two lighthouses
  • La Rochelle - much better to go by boat than car, and a fabulous place to visit, especially the medieval old town, fort, marina and main square

The Local Area

Saint Martin de Ré is an utterly charming seaside town of narrow cobbled streets, historic buildings & fortifications and, of course, its fabulous port & harbourside. Imagine St Emilion by the sea. Restaurants, galleries, boutiques abound, fresh seafood & croissants are sold daily from the covered market, while summer there is a night market every evening 8-11pm.

Elsewhere, the Ile de Ré is a perfectly preserved island paradise with great beaches, lovely seaside villages and a chic atmosphere, lying just off La Rochelle mid-way down the Atlantic coast. It's an excellent choice for family holidays or for couples.

Some 30kms long, it has a distinctive, naturally beautiful landscape. The south side of the island is fringed by sandy beaches; the north side is all oyster farms, salt marshes and inlets plus a couple of glorious harbours - St Martin and La Flotte.

Despite its recent growth as a chic holiday resort, the island still boasts a thriving working life, and the villages have retained their authentic French feel - they are true villages-by-the-sea. As well as tourism oysters, mussels, wine and asparagus are the chief products of the island.

The villages are amazingly charming and pretty - low-rise, whitewashed houses, terracotta roofs, shutters in subtle shades of green-and-blues, nothing over-manicured.

There are 60 kms of cycle paths, and the flat landscape makes it easy-going for gentle rides from village-to-village. It's the best way to explore the island, and hiring is easy.

There are lots of spots for sailing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, paddle-boarding and surfing too. Equipment hire and lessons are widely available. Foodies are very well catered-for, good restaurants abound and the village food markets are a delight.

A few other island highlights:

» La Flotte is a smaller, less well-known version of Saint Martin de Ré and a great destination for a short bike ride.

» The best beaches are on the south at La Couarde, Le Bois Plage and Sainte Marie de Ré. There are some good surf spots along this stretch of coast too.

» The lighthouse Phare des Baleines is worth a detour too - the views are wonderful and the clear waters will lure you in for a swim soon after!

» The ride to from la Couarde over to Ars en Ré is lovely. Follow the track around the salt marshes into the pleasant village square for refreshments.

» Every village has its enticing galleries and homeware boutiques, lovely to browse. Allowing some luggage space for your purchases on the journey home is recommended.

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