|Tooting Plage at The Yellow House||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||2|
This newly converted, ground floor apartment is ideal for families, couples, or anyone travelling with an elderly or infirm companion.
It is 150m from the prettiest beach in the region, with step-free access, ideal for pushchairs and buggies as well as wheelchairs. The apartment has a large master bedroom, with a super king size bed which can be separated into fully adjustable twin beds. There is also a double bedroom, and a bunk room with full-size single bunks.
We can also supply up to two travel cots and a highchair.
The salon has sliding patio doors to the landscaped outside area, with its own bbq and plenty of seating for dining or relaxing inside or out. The kitchen area is fully equipped and has been carefully designed to have no protruding handles for safety reasons. All the rooms have been designed with extra wide doors for full wheelchair access. There are no steps.
As well as the bathroom with shower over corner bath, there is a separate large wet room, with easy disabled access, fitted with a drop-down seat in the shower area and grab handles by the shower and loo.
There is a freshwater shower in the garden, to remove the worst of the sand and salt from the beach! The garden also has a parking space for two cars.
In high season, La Tranche has a buzzy, Mediterranean atmosphere, with plenty of entertainment for all ages. Out of school holidays, there is still plenty to do, with great restaurants and bars within easy walking distance, but not so close as to be noisy or intrusive.
The fully-fitted kitchen includes a full-size hob and oven, as well as a microwave, fridge-freezer, and full-size dishwasher. It is generously equipped with all the crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils you might want on holiday, but not so much that you feel you have to stay in and cook every day!
Outside, there is a table with canopy and six chairs which can recline, as well as benches and a table by the barbeque. Inside, there is a double gateleg table with six chairs.
The separate utility cupboard houses a washing machine as well as cleaning equipment and shopping bags.
The living room has patio doors to the outside paved area. The seating is modular, so you can create the layout to suit your group and the weather!
A traditional dresser houses your crockery and glassware, and also enough games and pasttimes to keep everyone happy if you should have a rainy day. The flatscreen tv is wall-mounted to reduce the risk of accidents.
The huge master bedroom has a super king size bed which can be separated into fully adjustable twin beds.
There is room for a third single bed or travel cot if required.
The cosy double bedroom can also accommodate a cot as well if required.
Both the master bedroom and the double bedroom have fully fitted wardrobes built in.
The third bedroom has full-size (90 x 200cm) bunks, and children love it!
Both the bathroom and the wet room have a wc and washbasin.
The fully-tiled wet room has a shower with a drop-down seat and grab rails, ideal for disabled persons.
The bathroom has a corner bath with shower over. It also has a seat, which can be very useful for washing small and slippery wet children!
Non-slip tiles have been used for the floors, for greater safety and security.
There is a cosy calor-gas stove with living flame effect, ideal for those cooler evenings at the beginning and end of the season.
The wall-mounted, flat screen television receives English (Freeview) channels. There is also a dvd player, as well as a seriously retro VHS player. On the bookcases and in the dresser you will find plenty of books, dvds and games, as well as toys for toddlers and small children. There is free wi-fi throughout the apartment and garden.
The landscaped garden and patio include an external shower, a table with parasol and reclining chairs for six, a built-in barbeque and seating, and shrubs.
There is a small paddling pool for little children.
Please water anything that looks as if it needs it in hot spells, and help yourself to the apricots and figs in season!
There is room to park two cars in the garden, and there is additional on-street parking outside the property.
The apartment is ideal for families, because it is so near the beach. It is also suitable for couples. La Rochelle is only an hour away, and the apartment provides an excellent base for sightseeing, water sports, bird-watching, cycling or walking holidays - or for just exploring, eating and drinking!
The apartment has been carefully designed to suit a wheelchair user or anyone with an elderly or infirm relative. The wet room in particular is great for anyone, young or old, at risk of falling in a bath or shower.
Jane and Bill Shaw live in Bath, but spend as much of the summer as they can in La Tranche, because the beach and the weather are so beautiful. When the children (now married with their own families) said the previous house was too small, they spent over a year looking for the perfect property - and found The Yellow House. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||Its micro-climate means the area benefits from warm, sunny summers that can last from March to November! The beach is perfect for all ages, with acres of fine sand, and sheltered by the Isle de Re - but still with enough breakers for interesting surfing. We love walking and cycling in the area, and spotting the wildlife. Oh, and it's really easy to get to - mostly we drive, but it's easy to fly as well, and near enough the Channel ports not to need an overnight stop. And the food and drink are fabulous - a foodie farmers' market at least twice a week, to say nothing of restaurants and bars to cater for all tastes and budgets.|
|Unique benefits of property||The apartment is newly converted, to meet our requirements of somewhere that works for ageing and frail relatives as well as small children. So there are no steps, wide doorways, a wet room - and it has smooth, step-free access to the beach, as easy for wheelchairs as pushchairs.|
The local beach is perfect for all ages, at all times of the tide. It's never too crowded, as it has no car park except for blue badge holders. It has miles of soft sand, rock pools to explore, shallow lagoons for small children to play in and surf of varying heights, so it's suitable for all sorts of activities - or none! Please send us photographs of your most impressive sandcastles, ball helter-skelters, sand sculptures etc. We feel a competition coming on . . .
There is a small pop-up cafe next to the surf school, from May to September (approximately). It does rather good light snacks and drinks, although its opening times are a bit idiosyncratic. Fortunately it's so near that's never a problem.
There are nature reserves at La Belle Henriette, St Denis la Peyre and at L'Aiguillon. However, we've seen a hoopoe in La Tranche a couple of times, among other birds. Herons used to nest on one of the electricity posts on the main road from Angles, but the council have put spikes up to stop them. The herons have moved just a little further into the trees, which is probably safer for them!
You can see Ile de Re from the point at the end of the road. A different way to see the local islands from La Tranche is by boat - check times from the Tourist Information Office.
The vineyards of Bordeaux are three hours away, but in our view, worth it! We bought wine for a daughter's wedding from the delightful Chateau Bauduc, who as well as us, supply Hotel du Vin, Rick Stein and a select few other restaurants. If you haven't got room to carry it home, they will ship to the UK or to their warehouse in Calais.
This well-located wine bar is new, but we have high hopes - it's under the same management as Le Phare West restaurant. Its choice of wines and artisanal beers looks extensive and ambitious. It sometimes hosts free concerts in high season.
There are two very helpful cycle hire shops in La Tranche, with a full range of cycles and accessories to suit all ages, including tag-alongs, tandems, and a pedalo-style chariot. Experience suggests you won't want more than an hour on that one.
Well worth a visit, especially off-season when the toll is cheaper! St Martin is particularly pretty, and the Tintin museum is worth a look. We sometimes combine this with a trip to the airport, if picking up or dropping off. Nothing like sandy feet on the plane home and wet cossies in the hand luggage to extend the holiday feel.
This well-hidden playground in the woods is an absolute delight. It has a children's zip wire as well as the usual climbing frames, swings and slides. It also has a concrete table-tennis table (bats and balls are in the apartment), and a five-a-side pitch for the seriously energetic. It is near the VTT trail and the trim-track, off the cycle-path through the woods that comes out near the cinema. The local map in the apartment shows exactly where it is.
If you fancy a day in La Rochelle (about an hour away), the aquarium has proved very popular with visiting children. Attractions for adults are numerous, both in and out of season!
This charming French seafood restaurant is within easy walking or cycling distance, and is open all year round. We've been going for the last ten years, and it continues to impress with the quality of the food and the presentation. The fixed price menus offer excellent value. If your menu French is a bit flaky, it might be worth taking a dictionary - one of us accidentally ordered whelks once. Another of us ended up eating them.
The most child-friendly restaurant in town, with some excellent salads for grown-ups as well! A good selection of moules frites, friendly and unflappable staff. Skip the puddings though, the best artisanal ice-cream bar in France is opposite. See if you can find anything to beat the caramel with salted butter cornet!
We're not that far from the chateaux of the Loire, if you wanted to travel a little further.
The market in La Tranche is on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with an extra produce market on Thursdays in high season. Look out too for the occasional craft markets and 'vide greniers' (similar to car boot sales). The Tourist Information Office lists where and when these are being held. If you want to go a little further, the medieval market hall in Moutiers les Mauxfaits, 30 minutes north, is worth a look - market day there is Friday.
Matt's lively bar offers large screen televisions showing English and French sporting events, and a trenchant Mancunian commentary
There is a pop-up surf school with equipment to hire and courses, on the local beach, from May to September - exact dates seem to depend on the weather! There is a more permanent surf school at La Terriere.
L'aunisceane swimming pool in La Tranche was closed at the end of last season for upgrading, so we have great hopes for it this year.
A lovely facility in very close proximity to the beach, which was a huge stretch of glorious golden sand ,with safe supervised swimming areas in the afternoon. Rock pools when the tide was out to go searching and the unusual sight of locals trawling the sand for shell fish obviously for cooking. There is also a small beach bar selling ice cream and drinks
The apartment was the lower floor of a bigger property with the owners above. We were made to feel very welcome but afforded privacy to get on with our holiday.
The apartment was wheelchair friendly with a ramp up to a wet room . Rooms were clean and bright . Although very warm there was a fan which helped circulate air a bit.
Some lovely local towns and attractions to visit , markets were regular and provided a more traditional rather than tourist atmosphere.
I would have no hesitation in going back or indeed recommending this property to others.
So glad you all enjoyed it Brian, and we hope to see you at Tooting Plage again in the future!
Lovely apartment for a holiday with a young family in a great location with beach only 5 mins walk away
So glad you enjoyed your holiday at Tooting Plage! And we agree - the beach is just gorgeous.
Lovely accommodation within a few hundred yards of the beach
So glad you enjoyed it Stuart, even though the weather was unusually cool and wet. Hope to see you all again!
From the moment we arrived we knew we had picked the perfect holiday home! The apartment was immaculate with a very useful food and toiletry hamper, having arrived on an evening after the shops had closed this was very much appreciated.
We were so lucky with the weather, it would have been easy for us to not go anywhere in the car as the beautiful beach is a handy five minute walk away (two minutes if we hurried)! We did venture out though on a few occasions and there are some lovely places to visit in the surrounding area.
There were 5 of us staying in the apartment, myself, my husband, 2 daughters aged 12 and 15 and my mum. The apartment was plenty big enough for the 5 of us, it really helped having 2 bathrooms and the outside shower to wash the sand off!!
Jane and Bill are really lovely and were on hand to give us advise on where to visit and were so helpful with any queries we had.
We wouldn't hesitate in recommending Tooting Plage and look forward to going there again .
It was a privilege to share your family's enjoyment Carol. From the moment you all joined the beach party dancing to 60s rock classics in the sand on that first chilly evening, we knew you would love it! So glad you had such good weather the rest of your time here.