Saint Martin de Ré, Charente-Maritime

Quirky lights and vintage 60s pieces add character to an immaculate home bathed in light and serenity – launch pad for stylish temptations


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


In a residential corner just off ‘centre ville’ is an 18th-century retreat, perfect for all St Martin has to offer. Step through the front door, then the courtyard – a ‘room’ in itself – to enter a haven of peace. There’s a big olive tree in a pot, a summerhouse for bikes, a wall in soft green… all fresh and charming in vintage style, mirroring the chic-ness of the town. Find a hall with a glass ceiling, the kitchen a mix of creams and old French pink, a white staircase to romantic bedrooms above, and an airy sitting/dining room with beautiful windows onto the street; if you stand on tiptoes on the top storey, you can just glimpse the sea. We loved the round white dining table, the cow hide rug on the waxed floor, the fat beams painted white, the pellet-burner for winter stays. Iron bedsteads are in keeping with the history and mattresses are brand new. The owner lives in the UK but the kind key-holder tells you all you need to know. Cycle paths abound, so sally forth to unspoilt sand beaches, ridiculously pretty villages, and gorgeous markets for oysters and samphire. If you care to pay the toll, you can be in La Rochelle in half an hour.


  • 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


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


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

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants within walking distance.


Nightly price
from €150
Weekly price
from €1050
Damage deposit
1 House for 4
From €1502 beds2 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Karon Foxwell

  • This is an incredibly romantic house which has just been renovated to an extremely high standard so all mod cons with romance! Whilst lying in bed you can hear the church bells chime.
  • We featured in the Times' 50 best holidays in France for 2017 article. Also see our article in the Telegraph:
  • The previous owners of Galathee were said to be the longest resident family in St Martin.
  • You can walk to the harbour within 10 minutes and find yourself surrounded by gorgeous shops/restaurants and boats. Sit on one of the benches by the port side and take a perfect photo.
  • Buy an ice cream and wander the cobbled streets discovering the most beautiful houses or cycle along the many cycle paths enjoying the freedom!
  • We love Bistro Marin in the harbour, the food is great the atmosphere vibrant and it has very good service. Best to get there early to avoid disapointment.