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“Relaxing, comfortable and Idyllic” 5 of 5 stars
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Ma Maison De Mer
21 Avenue Du Platin, 17420 Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, Royan, France   |  
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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“Relaxing, comfortable and Idyllic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2010

Perfectly situated with a short walk to the beach and town of St Palais. the house exceeded our expectations with top class, tasteful furnishings with extra special touches that made the holiday experience very special. The area offers spectacular beaches and a pretty town with a variety of shops and restaurants. Can recommend Chez Bob, Chez Lolo and Nausicaa for food and a good atmosphere with great views over the bay. Emma and Phil were the perfect hosts with lots of local knowledge, recommending places to visit which were are great success. Our first visit to France and it was the perfect solution for getting away from the stresses of normal everyday life.
Andrea & Andrew Pomphrey

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Berkshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2010

This is a somewhat overdue - sorry - but we thought it was still worth putting in our two pennorth to recommend this lovely little b and b in St Palais sur Mer. It's run by an English couple. which would normally be a no-no for us, but they were so much part of the French way of life that speaking our own language in the hotel was actually a bonus. They are lovely people - pleasant and friendly without ever being intrusive, and have decorated their quiet, elegant house in true seaside fashion (lots of pale blue, white, natural wood etc). The room we stayed in was delightful: huge, comfortable bed, lovely view out of the French windoes over the balcony and spacious, well-appointed bathroom. Breakfast was fresh and plentiful and coffee was hot and tasty.

. The house is a short walk away from the sea (and a slightly longer one on the uphill return journey!) and there are lots of places to eat. We were directed to a tiny little restaurant that specialises in quiches and tarts of various types, all made on the premises (can't remember the name, but the hotel certainly will!) Food there was fabulous (try the goats' cheese and caramelised onion one) and you could have several slices of different ones instead of having a whole one of one type.

St Palais du Mer is probably very busy in the high season, but we were there in September and it was heaven: warm, quiet, pretty and delightful. Don't miss it!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2009

A beautiful place to stay in this pretty seaside town. There's a feeling of calm about the place and Emma & Phil can't do enough to look after you. Our bedroom was very comfortable with some lovely finishing touches - the rest of the house is great to spend time in and Emma's cooking is worth staying in every night for (Great grilled sardines!).
Tim & Gill

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Monchengladbach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2009

This was our third visit to Emma and Phil and as usual a warm welcome and wonderful hospitality. The house is simply beautiful and a pleasure to be in. The food is excellent and the wine list superb. Another great stay for us - when will be the next? Best wishes "The Bikers"

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wellesbourne
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2009

This house is absoluely beautiful. Emma and Philip are perfect hosts. As soon as you drive through the gates, there is a sense of calm, and the house does not disappoint at all. There is nothing to fault here, everything from the colour schemes to the furniture, the location to the hosts, it makes for an absolutely relaxing & chilled out stay. We would have no hesitation in recommending this house and would certainly return ourselves. Having travelled on our motorbike to this location, and with limited luggage space, Emma ensured that we were well equipped for our days on the beach, supplying us with a 'beach pack' which included towels, a parasol and a bag to carry everything in. Excellent choice of restaurants and several lovely beaches all within a short walk from the house. There really is something for everyone here. Superb and thanks so much to Emma and Philip for making our stay so enjoyable.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2008

Ma Maison is a really lovely chambre d'hote. It is very confortable, lovely decor, we particularly liked the New England style with the creams, whites and taupes used, it is very restful. St Palais is a pretty french resort, with mostly french families or couples on holiday. The Chambre D'Hote is a max 5 mins from shops and bars and restaurants, and we'd recommend Nausicaa and Chez Bob down at the beach for people watching and atmosphere.
The Ma Maison De Mer website actually gives an exact look and feel of what the place is like, so you know exactly what you're getting.

  • Liked — Decor, style and comfort, aswell as the great location
  • Disliked — Sometimes late at night, you could vaguely hear a drumbeat from a nightclub far away
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2008

A two day stay at this excellent B&B in St Palais de Mer ( just along the coast from Royan) was the most enjoyable of a recent trip to western France.

I'll start off with what it isn't - Ma Maison de Mer is not a full service hotel. So, don't go there expecting TV's in the rooms, a regular restaurant and so on. What you will get is a nicely themed , well decorated and very comfortable public rooms and bedrooms. The nicely thought -through "seaside" or "New England" decor extends throughout the property and its clear that the hosts have really thought about the impression they want to create.

Overall its easy to consider this alongside the luxury B&B accommodation you find in many parts of the USA, and as there it's the people that make a difference. Travelling solo on this occasion it was good to get an enthusiastic welcome and to be looked after by people who were still around when I returned at night to bring you a beer or glass of wine and a chat. Their enthusiasm for the area is obvious, and there's lots of maps and literature around.

The centre of St Palais with shops, restaurants etc is no more than a five minute walk. A few minutes drive will get you to a whole lot more . You can walk easily to a lovely beach, and the range of things to see within a short drive is extensive. I hope to visit this part of France again, and if so I won't be looking for anywhere else to stay.

  • Stayed April 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ma Maison De Mer

Address: 21 Avenue Du Platin, 17420 Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, Royan, France
Location: France > Poitou-Charentes > Charente-Maritime > Royan > Saint-Palais-sur-Mer
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Specialty lodging in Saint-Palais-sur-Mer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
150m from the beach and 200m from the town centre. The house has 5 bedrooms (all ensuite,) dining room, bar, living room, large garden, terrace for fresh breakfast and private parking. Friendly welcome, excellent location, comfortable surroundings. Famous guest house seen in many magazines and highly rated by all guide books. ... more   less 

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