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This was the garden before we redid part of it (you can see the left side on a previous picture)
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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Sainte Marie de Re, Ile de Re, Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Rachael J
1 review
“Perfect property and location”
Reviewed July 19, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

We stayed in La Noue for a week with a toddler (18 months) and a pre-schooler (4 years). This was the perfect house for us as there was plenty of room and a pretty enclosed garden with a grassy area for the children to run about it. The garden had a fig tree providing welcome shade and our 4 year old loved trying to find ripe figs to pick. The garden also has an outside dining area which meant we ate outside for every meal.

The house itself was nicely furnished and never felt too hot. There's no bath but two showers which our children enjoyed just as much. This house could easily accommodate two families with young children as there's two double bedrooms for the grown ups and another room with a double bed, single bed and sofa bed for the children to share. The only thing we couldn't find was a cot but there may well be one available if you ask. There was a single mattress under the single bed so we just pulled that out and put it next to the single bed in case the toddler rolled out in the night.

The house is fully equipped with washing machine, dishwasher, good cooker etc.

La Noue itself is lovely. It's quiet enough to navigate easily with small children yet everything you need is a short walk away. Within a 2 minute walk there is a fantastic bakery, a newsagents, two bars/restaurants, a clothes shop, deli, fishmongers and two cycle hire shops. When we went there were a couple of small concerts in the square. There is also a children's carousel which kept the 4 year old occupied whilst we enjoyed a drink. There is also a supermarket within a 10 minute walk.

The beach is only about a 10 minute walk away and was great for rock pooling at low tide. Next to the beach there is a park with a playground and small food/drink shack selling ice creams, chips, drinks etc.

We hired two bikes and a trailer from the local cycle shop and it cost approximately 140 EUROS for just under a week. We didn't bother with car hire as the it's just as easy to cycle around the island. We visited all of the towns and villages bar those at the farthest end but they would also have been easily accessible by bike. We picked up a taxi outside La Rochelle airport for the transfer out very easily. On the return I booked a taxi as there aren't many on the island. The local taxi firm (Beatrice taxis) books up quite far in advance I think as they weren't available but I called Abeilles (sp?) taxis and they came with no problem. They didn't speak any English so the property owner kindly checked my booking for me. Note that the roads are busier on Saturdays so leave in plenty of time.

The property owners were lovely and live locally. We arrived earlier than expected and this was no problem at all.

I think another reviewer mentioned it was tricky to find and I think this is because the road it is on crosses another road. Once you know that it is no problem at all.

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Liked best: It's location and the pretty, enclosed garden.
Liked least: Nothing.
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 23, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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London, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed June 1, 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 2, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

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Liked best: All of it
Liked least: Not Apllicable
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Reviewed August 11, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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Liked best: Furnishings and amenities
Liked least: tricky to navigate to
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 17, 2012 for a stay in August 2012
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person found this review helpful

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Liked best: The garden, sitting under the shade of the fig tree.
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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