What Makes Maison Merindot A Great Holiday Rental
Maison Merindot makes a fabulous island getaway for younger families, foodies and lovers of the French seaside. Also a great option for a car-free holiday, all amenities are in walking distance and it's easy and safe to explore further afield by bike.
Anything to watch out for:
The living room and bedrooms are more cottage than contemporary in style, with some quirky vintage elements (shown in the photos) which we loved.
Why Ile de Ré:
A chic and understated island destination connected by bridge from La Rochelle. Known for a lovely climate and authentically French, almost Mediterranean, feel. Dotted with charming harbour towns and character villages, connected by an extensive network of cycle trails with criss-crosses the island through fields & vineyards, woodland and salt-marshes. It offers something for everyone: markets, boutiques, watersports (esp. sailing, surfing, paddle-boarding, kite-surfing), markets & food halls, fantastic choice of restaurants. And now part of Nouvelle Aquitaine, where it belongs!
Pretty, charming & well-equipped 17th century townhouse with lovely courtyard garden
The entrance to Maison Merindot is pure Ile de Ré: historic façade in a cobbled lane, painted front door in lovely green shade, antique knocker, ancient well outside. The doorway takes you through a lovely courtyard garden to the entrance hall and into the house itself - and suddenly a world away from the street outside.
Inside the houses mixes the modern and vintage delightfully - smart & very well-equipped kitchen, nicely-fitted bathrooms, very comfortable bedrooms and spacious living-dining-sitting room featuring charming vintage and antique items which give away the owners' love for visiting brocantes. (One half is a successful interior designer.)
The good-sized entrance hall - plenty of space for flip flops, beach bags, etc - leads in to a lovely kitchen with Neff oven and microwave. Bosch induction hob, Miele dishwasher and Nespresso machine. (Please bring your own Nespresso capsules due to a shortage on the island.)
An open doorway leads into the main salon, a a large open plan room with beautiful chandeliers and antique furniture. There is a large sofa, two armchairs, dining table and chairs to seat 4, and a large screen television and DVD player.
The two bedrooms are on the first floor, one a large double bed with wardrobe, the other a large zip & link double bed which can be separated into twins.
The second shower room (with WC and basin) is also upstairs.
On the top floor is a quite working corner with desk & chair, and window with views over the rooftops of St Martin de Ré.
Outside the lovely courtyard garden features a delightful garden room with original tiled roof that opens directly onto the small courtyard garden. It has a dining table and chairs, cushions, vintage lighting all for you to enjoy eating outside, plus day bed for those holiday siestas!
On the lane outside the house is a secure ring for fastening bikes - saves them cluttering up the courtyard. There are two large public car parks on the outskirts of town about 500m from the house: you can drop unload outside then it's a 10 minute walk back.
One bedroom has a large king-size bed, the other has zip & link single beds which can be joined to make a large double
Two shower rooms both with basin & WC, one upstairs, one downstairs
Nespresso machine, please bring your own pods due to shortage in the island!
TV has Netflix
Alexa radio in kitchen
Maison Merindot is located on one of St Martin de Re's quiet, historic cobbled lanes a short stroll from the harbour. It's a short stroll to the covered market, grocery store and quayside cafés and restaurants, and an easy cycle ride to St Martin's toddler-friendly beach (La Cible) or across the island to Le Bois Plage (4 kms). It's a short journey from La Rochelle airport by hire car or taxi, and a very manageable drive down from channel ferry ports.
Nearest village / town: St Martin de Ré
Nearest beach: St Martin La Cible (1 km)
Boulangerie: St Martin de Ré
Restaurant: St Martin de Ré
Market: St Martin de Ré
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