Leave the summer throng behind you, wind through the creamy, cobbled backstreets of Saint Martin and discover your peaceful fisherman’s cottage. Step from the street straight into the beamy sitting room snug with comfy sofas and the owner’s collection of ceramics. It may be teensy but everything is here: walls for privacy, tumbling plants…dine on the terrace, sprawl on the rug-sized lawn, gaze on the buttresses of the medieval abbey that rise majestically above.
If you don’t feel like cooking, stroll down into fashionable Saint Martin, pick a harbourside restaurant and watch the bobbing boats. Ré is ideal for family holidays: its lovely white sand beaches are a short walk or bike ride away. You hire bikes nearby and all the beach or sporting equipment you might need.
The food market is open every day so you can shop for the freshest ingredients and fire up the barbecue in your garden if you don’t want to budge in the evenings.