|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 twin beds. There is also a double bedroom, and a bunk room with full size single bunks.
We can also supply up to 2 travelcots and a highchair.
The salon has sliding patio doors to the landscaped outside area, with its own barbeque 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 2 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, 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, as well as two zero gravity recliners and cushioned benches by the barbeque. Inside, there is a double gateleg table with 6 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 twin beds.
There is room for a third single bed or travelcot 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. On the bookcases and in the dresser you will find plenty of books 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 chairs for 6, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
This well-hidden playground in the woods is an absolute delight. It has a Tour d'Eiffel climbing frame, swings and slides. It also has a concrete table-tennis table and a five-a-side pitch for the seriously energetic. It is near the VTT trail off the cycle-path through the woods that is signed to the town centre but which comes out near the cinema. The local map in the apartment shows exactly where it is.
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.
We're not that far from the chateaux of the Loire, if you wanted to travel a little further.
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!
Lovely bar restaurant under new management. Offers a very modern menu with clearly marked vegetarian and vegan options (yes really. In France. I know). Short but attractive wine list.
La Tranche's first (and only) Michelin starred restaurant, improbably positioned opposite the amusement arcade in La Grière. Small portions of absolutely delicious food - mostly seafood - exquisitely prepared and presented. Excellent value lunches at 17 euros. Evenings are more expensive. Don't worry if it looks deserted - everyone will be inside where it's air conditioned.
Restaurant and pizzeria improbably positioned at the edge of the big Maupas car park. The best fish and chips in town but also seriously good steak and even some vegetarian options.
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.
Matt's lively bar offers large screen televisions showing English and French sporting events, and a trenchant Mancunian commentary
Looks great fun - available in season at La Terrière
As well as the cinema and meeting rooms, this park has a children's playground, pony rides and a trim trail. Follow the cycle track signs through the woods to 'centre ville'.
Great place to stay. Near, less than 5 minutes walk, to one of the quieter beaches, and just under 30 minutes walk to the town centre. Streets are lit all night in the season and one of the fun buses stops closeby. Facilities are excellent and the owners couldn't be more accomodating. Would thoroughly recommend.
Thank you John, so glad you've enjoyed your stay. You've been the perfect guests - especially when you said you weren't really interested in the ripening figs! We hope to see you both back in Tooting Plage very soon. Best wishes, Jane and Bill
A wonderful place to recharge the batteries. After a hectic year it was wonderful to find Tooting Plage so well equipped and in a lovely location. The communication we received before and after and our visit made the trip even more special. Off season it is quiet but still lovely and warm. Our thanks to Jane and Bill and Mandy for a very special holiday. Some of our highlights included boat hire on the canals at Marans and a visit to the castle at Talmont. But probably the best things were the warm sunny peaceful walks along the beach and through the forest which were so close by. The Brittany ferries crossing from Plymouth to Roscoff and return was perfect too
Great place to stay, away from the town but can easily be walked to and back for an evening.
Amazing beach and most importantly great owners.
Woohoo! Thanks Robert and Brenda, we really enjoyed meeting you and sharing our love of La Tranche. Roll on next summer!
The owners were friendly and helpful as well as being discreet. Overall the accommodation was very good and very clean. Also it was very relaxing to be able to eat inside or outside. Kitchen was very well equipped and the wet room a real boon With the beach only 200 m away there were a lot of people passing by at the beginning and end of the day, but as the property is gated this was not at all intrusive. The best thing about this property is the location and proximity to a lovely long sandy beach. It was possible to walk into town whilst getting your feet wet although there was also a more direct route through the quiet estates. Even on a Sunday La Tranche centre was bustling
So glad you all enjoyed your stay Celia. This week is so much quieter, you wouldn't believe the difference! We hope to see you in Tooting-Plage again in the future.