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What with its long beaches Ile d'Oleron is an ideal place for watersports and is also home to a large number of forests of oak and pine, marshes and wonderful birdlife.
This is a delightful compact but purpose-built holiday house, perfect for those looking for a traditional seaside bucket and spade holiday. The living space, garden and the house's proximity to the beach and local amenities make for a great holiday destination.
Set in a small complex of purpose-built holiday homes, you will find this charming little house tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac just a 5 minutes walk from the beach or 4km from the local harbour with its large variety of restaurants, shops and fish market.
Having wandered in from the heat of the sun, this cool, bright and fresh little house offers a welcome break. The ground floor is an open plan living, dining and kitchen area, well designed to fit in all you need for a simple seaside holiday. The cool tiled floors run throughout, and the large glass doors front and back keep the space bright and airy.
The living area has a large comfortable sofa, an ideal space for curling up with a good book. The compact kitchen has all you need to prepare and cook some of the wonderful fresh seafood available from all over the island. It has a worktop cooker with two double rings, microwave and washing machine. If you need to keep out of the sun for your lunch there is a table and seating for 4. Just off the kitchen is the shower room. Up the stairs you find yourself in the mezzanine bedroom with a large comfortable double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
The mezzanine bedroom houses a double bed, wardrobe, bedside cabinets and a set of drawers. There is also a room which is attached to the house but accessed from the exterior of the house (you have to go out of the front door to access this room - it is not interconnecting) which houses two single beds - bunk bed style and ideal for teenage children.
Step outside the house and straight into a delightful private enclosed garden. After your busy day building sandcastles take a rest on one of the sunloungers on the suntrap patio whilst your baby plays under the shade of the trees. Having stopped at the local fish market you can bbq and enjoy your fresh seafood.
To the front of the house is the quite cul de sac that makes up the complex, walking to the end of this takes you to a quiet road leading directly down to the beach about 5 minutes away. Turning in either direction takes you straight onto the miles of cycle paths that cover the island whilst a 15 minute stroll takes you to a charming traditional fishing harbour, with a fish market and a good variety of restaurants and shops.
Corner kitchen with fridge-freezer, kettle, cafetiere, vegetable steamer, slow cooker, 2-ring hob, microwave and oven.
Lounge containing sofabed, television with English free-to-view channels.
The mezzanine bedroom has a double bed.. The stairs are relatively steep and typical of local construction for this type of property.
Shower, wc and wash hand basin.
The house has radiators and, due to it's bijoux size does not take long to heat.
Step outside the house and straight into a delightful private enclosed garden shaded by an electric-operated sun canopy. After your busy day building sandcastles take a rest on one of the sunloungers on the suntrap patio whilst your baby or older children play under the shade of the trees. Having stopped at the local fish market you can bbq and enjoy your fresh seafood.
To the front of the house is the quite cul de sac that makes up the complex, walking to the end of this takes you to a quiet road leading directly down to the beach about 5 minutes away. Turning in either direction takes you straight onto the miles of cycle paths that cover the island whilst a 15 minute stroll takes you to a charming traditional fishing harbour, with a fish market and a good variety of restaurants and shops
There is parking outside the property and also on the approach to the estate.
As there is one parking spot per property, any visitors are encouraged to use the approach parking.
The island is part of the Cognac region of France, with many local blends available; along with the local speciality called Pineau des Charentese - a fortified wine blended from grape juice and cognac. La Cotiniere a small fishing village to the north and Dolus to the east are the nearest towns in the vicinity where you will find supermarkets, along with bars and restaurants. La Cotiniere is an active fishing town being the premier port for shrimps. Overlooking the busy harbour is a small but varied fish market selling not only fish but mussels and oysters - the other specialities of the island. The main town on the island - St Pierre - is inland to the north and is a 10-minute drive away, providing a more varied range of shops and a busy weekly market. At the southern end of the island is the town of Le Chateau which, according to my wife, has an excellent weekly market as well as an impressive ruined castle called The Citadel. During the busy summer months, besides a great many visitors, the island is visited by a number of attractions - including fairgrounds, circus, childrens theatre groups, a variety of concerts and other forms of entertainment. Outside of the summer months, the island quietens down but still provides a wide range of things to do and see but in a more tranquil atmosphere. There is an abundance of fine restaurants conveniently situated near to the house. For those interested in walking and cycling, the island is ideal. Bicycles can be hired in nearby towns. The house itself is ideal for a couple or a family of 4 - close to the beach if desired but secluded and tranquil enough to provide privacy
Fantastic holiday home in a wonderful spot - five minutes walk to the beach - perfect for our teenage children because they could wander there without us and come back to the house when they wanted.