Groundfloor apartment to let by Vendée beach

9.8/10
3km from La Tranche-sur-Mer, Vendée, Western Loire Reference: LV004438 Advertiser since: 11 December 2015
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Tooting Plage at The Yellow House Self Catering 3 6 2

About this property

Newly Converted Accessible Apartment by Sandy Beach . This apartment is in a coastal setting.

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.

Type

Apartment

Kitchen and dining

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.

Living rooms

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.

Bedrooms

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!

Bathrooms

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.

Heating

There is a cosy calor-gas stove with living flame effect, ideal for those cooler evenings at the beginning and end of the season.

Entertainment

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.

Garden and outside

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!

Parking and garages

There is room to park two cars in the garden, and there is additional on-street parking outside the property.

Visitor suitability

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.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Angles, or see Tourist Information for lists of vide-grenier sales (most weekends).
Distance: 11 km

Beach holidays

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Coastal
Name of nearest fishing location: La Tranche sur Mer

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Blue Green Port Bourgenay, Talmont St Hilaire
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Mandala Ranch, Les Conches, 85560 Longeville sur Mer
Distance: 11 km

Mountain biking

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Mareuil-sur-Lay

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Plenty of marked walking and cycling routes in the neighbourhood

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Local caves in La Tranche and Angles, also Chateau de Rosnay and Mourat Vineyards in Mareuil
Distance: 38 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Doctor Jane Shaw

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 Owner Recommends

A Day at the Beach

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 . . .

Beach Cafe

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.

Birdwatching

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!

Boat Trips Round the Islands

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.

Bordeaux Vineyards

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.

Cave du Phare

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.

Cycling and Bicycle Hire

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.

Ile de Re

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.

Jeux de Mourat

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.

La Rochelle

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!

Le Nautile Restaurant

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.

Le Phare West Restaurant

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!

Loire Chateaux

We're not that far from the chateaux of the Loire, if you wanted to travel a little further.

Markets

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.

Starfish and Coffee Bar

Matt's lively bar offers large screen televisions showing English and French sporting events, and a trenchant Mancunian commentary

Surfing and Paddle Boarding

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.

Swimming Pool

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.

8 Reviews
9.8/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.9
  • Comfort: 9.6
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9.3
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.8
10 / 10 The Gill Family 10 September, 2017

Lovely accommodation within a few hundred yards of the beach

Owner response

So glad you enjoyed it Stuart, even though the weather was unusually cool and wet. Hope to see you all again!

10 / 10 Carol 31 August, 2017

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 .

Owner response

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.

10 / 10 JanetOC 4 August, 2017

This was one of the best properties we have been to. On arrival after a long journey from the UK, we were met by Jane and Bill the owners who showed us where everything was and how it worked. There was a very welcome bag of goodies, which was very well stocked and provided us with our first meal and wine. Therefore no reason to go shopping as soon as we arrived. Lovely L'octtaine toiletries provided. The apartment was extremely clean and well equipped. I love to cook when I am away but this is not always easy in past accommodation we have rented. Here at the Yellow House we had everything I required, as I said earlier well equipped. It was a very bright and airy apartment. The outside was great with seating, separate BBQ area and off road gated parking. Lots of jigsaws and games to keep us entertained, we did want to relax. The beach was literally turn right and walk 50 yards. It was a beautiful beach with a mixture of soft sand and hard sand when the tide was out for all ball games. A beach cafe. Life guards on duty. The sea was warm, but very strong waves. However for small children the topography of the beach mean't that when the tide was out it left behind large pools for them to play in, therefore no need for them to go into the sea. This seemed very popular when we were there end July. The bakery was a short walk away, especially when you found your way through the houses. The supermarket was also only a short drive away. In a word PERFECT!! Book now

Owner response

We're so glad you liked it! Looking forward to welcoming you back in the future.

9 / 10 Sylvia.spain@btinternet.com 14 September, 2016

The owner was there to greet us on arrival and was very helpful. The accommodation was very well maintained and well stocked with cutlery, crockery and kitchen equipment. We were grateful for,the beach games, wind breaks and mats. We were a mixed family group and it suited all ages.