La Grande Barbotière Gites


Studio apartments overlooking the pool in a lovely walled garden. Walk two minutes for bread in the morning, drive five minutes to the beach


2 places


Sleeping from 5 – 6


These two eclectically-furnished studio apartments have independent entrances and fully equipped kitchens, but Christopher and Jacqui – who look after B&B guests in the main house – are on hand if you need anything.

Find a welcome basket of coffee, tea, milk and wine. In the garden you’ll find table tennis, croquet and a whole shed of toys for the children, a heated pool with sun loungers and a barbecue for al fresco dining. Although you’re in the centre of a busy town there’s hardly any noise from the road so it’s peaceful.

Amble into the village and the bar/tabac for fresh bread, head to Châtelaillon-Plage for sandy beaches, sailing and windsurfing or to upmarket Île de Ré for quiet beaches, cycle paths and charming harbourside cafes. La Rochelle airport is only 15 minutes’ drive.

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We think you'll love

  • The peace and quiet even though you’re in the centre of the village
  • The walled garden makes it super safe for kids
  • Lounging by the heated pool
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You should know

  • You’ll need a car for most things
  • You share the garden and pool with other guests


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • 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

Special offer: 1st - 11th July 2020 - Josephine Studio = €300 per night, Bonaparte Studio = €300 per night. Josephine & Bonaparte Studios together = €600 per night.

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. Cot and sofabed available. Pool heated only during summer. 1st-11th July 2020, €300 per night, per studio; €600 for both.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Breakfast £5. Cafe 3-min walk.


Nightly price
from €240
Weekly price
from €1200
The 2 Studios can be rented together for 11 max 13, 4 bedrooms €1600 - €2600 weekly.
1 Studio for 6
From €2403 beds2 bedrooms
1 Studio for 5
From €2407 beds2 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

The studios are set in the centre of the small village of Saint-Vivien. It’s only a five-minute drive to the seaside resort of Châtelaillon-Plage, which has a daily market and a range of restaurants and cafes, as well as 3km of sandy beach. La Rochelle airport is only 15 minutes’ drive away, and has a historic old town, an aquarium and fascinating museums.

Local points of interest from Christopher & Jacqui McLean May

  • The lively Port of La Rochelle with its Museums, Art Galleries, & Boutique Shopping. No. 1 European Aquarium designed by Jacques Cousteau. All original Medieval architecture with numerous Bars and Gourmet Restaurants. Visit the famous City's Twin Towers.
  • Easy access to the Islands of Re by car and d'Aix., a short ferry from Fourras. Cycling opportunities abound with lovely sandy beaches and quiet coves to explore. Why not take a picnic and enjoy the nature. A great day out for all the family.
  • One 18 Links & one 9 hole Golf Course within 20 minutes drive, each with Driving Range.In nearby Chatelaillon with its 3 km Beach and Casino, there is Clay Pidgeon shooting (UK gun licence essential - Guns for hire)Equestrian Centre and Tennis Close by.
  • The Marais Poitevin known as the Green Venice only 30 mins away. Take a punt and investigate the ancient canal system or get a guided tour of this beautiful and unique part of France.
  • Within a five min drive you reach Chatelaillon Plage with its soft shelving 3 kms sandy beach, cafes bars & restaurants & daily busy morning indoor market. A thalassotherapy centre aquatic centre sailing & kite surf school.


Christopher & Jacqui McLean May

Christopher and Jacqui are seasoned hosts, first running B&Bs in the Borders of Scotland before moving to France. Christopher, who is from Yorkshire, is the maintenance man on site; Jacqui, who is half Belgian, is responsible for the interior design of the studios.