Venelle de la Croix

Ile-de-Ré, Charente-Maritime

An island of oyster farms, salt pans and white beaches, woolly donkeys, countless push-bikes and the odd celeb – we love the Ile de Ré!


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Joined by a bridge to the mainland, a hop from La Rochelle, is the small sunny island where the beautiful people go. Down a peaceful backstreet in the sleepy town of Ars is a whitewashed former fisherman’s cottage, a little house of surprises. Step into the kitchen/diner, simple and well-equipped with oak worktops, white crockery, yellow cookware, a Nespresso machine. The sitting room too is in understated Ile-de-Re style: wood-clad walls and seascape colours, squishy linen sofa and open fire, textured rugs and quirky brocante finds. Then it’s up the narrow painted staircase to two bedrooms panelled in barely-there-pink, with cream carpets, white bedspreads and white curtains at south-facing windows. Pllows, quilts and mattresses are new; linen you hire (or bring your own). No garden but no worry: the island is bliss for bike rides from village to village – or dune-beach to dune-beach (the longest stretch for two miles) – and charming, cobbled St Martin is a French celeb-spotter’s paradise. Cool off at a quayside café, with a plate of oysters or a glass of the local microbrew.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • 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
Short breaks available in low season.


Nightly price
from €60
Weekly price
from €450
Cot available.
1 Cottage for 4
From €602 bedrooms


Fantastic little house with everything you need - plus tastefully decorated, good powerful shower and really comfy beds. The house is located in a lovely town and it’s easy access to the supermarket and lots of nice places to eat and drink. Was a magical place to stay with children - ice cream, crepes, bike rides and donkeys that wear pyjamas!!!! We hope to return to create more happy holiday memories...

E, Leicester

Beautiful little cottage - tastefully decorated and well equipped. In centre of Ars en Re, a very pretty village with a great daily food market, lovely restaurants, cafes, shops, village square etc. Perfect location to explore rest of island by bike or by car. We had an excellent week and would visit again. Bini (owner) was helpful, responsive and suggested places. Managing agent v good too.

Tim, London

Excellent accommodation. Excellent location. Would highly recommend staying.

Mistlin, Surrey

Lovely house. Lovely location. Well equipped and very comfortable. Very peaceful but with plenty to do and great places to eat. Take bicycles and abandon the car.

Alan, Guildford

The property is charming, simply furnished, and brilliantly located for the gorgeous beach, shops and restaurants. We stayed as a family with our daughters aged 10 and 8, and the house was the perfect size. There are so few cars on the island that we were happy to let the children play outside and we could get anywhere on our bikes. Bliss! Would love to return.

Natalie, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Bini Adams

  • You are a 10 minute walk to the nearest beach where you can swim, potter around exploring rock pools or sip white wine and eat oysters at a beachside restaurant
  • From mid June to September there's a fabulous daily market by the pretty port (five minutes on foot) with all sorts of delicious food
  • Hire bikes and explore the island
  • You are five minutes stroll from the village square where you can pick up an array of delicious pastries for breakfast
  • Feast on oysters and fresh seafood while looking out to sea at Aux Freres de la Cote (walking distance) and open daily
  • Do some vintage treasure hunting during brocante season Easter through October