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La Rochelle-garden flat,10/15 min beach,city centre. Bikes. New low prices.

Bedrooms 1
Space 290 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

La Rochelle- 2 person apartment, close to facilites - bikes/parking/wi-fi/uktv

Alan and Tove an Anglo/Danish couple live in La Jarne a village just south east of La Rochelle which is on France's Atlantic coast and the third most visited place in the Country. They offer a modern garden apartment adjoining their own accommodation, a large single storey property in a quarter acre garden. The property has farmland to front and rear and is a short walking distance from facilities in the village which include boulangerie, tabac, pharmacie, boucherie, greengrocer, supermarche, cafe and pizzeria.

Our location in rural surroundings yet within a village just outside the built-up area of La Rochelle gives the visitor the best of all world's. Add to this 10 mins drive to the 6th best beach in France and 15 mins to one of its foremost historic centres...

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Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Danish
Calendar last updated:
14 June, 2017

About alan

Tove and I (Alan) sold up in the UK and moved to France in 2005 and found our house within a week. I am an ex town planner and Tove a Special Needs Education Lecturer and we've been based in Belfast, Lytham St Annes and Truro. Being also an ex tour guide I am quite happy to show people around the area.

alan purchased this apartment in 2005

Why alan chose La Rochelle - Surgeres area

Basically the attraction of the historic centre of La Rochelle and the climate- warm summers, decent spring and autumn. 2300 hours sun per year more than 50% greater than England. Here we have the best of all worlds with farmland front and back, edge of village with facilities including bus service to La Rochelle centre, a chateau over the road, 10 mins drive from the beach, 10 mins from out of town shopping. Airport is 15 mins and nearest channel port is St Malo just under 4 hours.

What makes this apartment unique

The apartment has its own private sitting out area but guests are welcome to use our lightly wooded quarter acre garden, sit out, play table tennis, enjoy some of our home produce in season and use the 2 hybrid bikes provided. We have only the one apartment so you won' be bothered by other holiday makers. We are always in residence when the flat is let, on hand to give advice or in the unlikely event of something going wrong. We always say to guests knock on our door as often as you like or not at all. Some guests we see little of after the initial tour round the accommodation and garden, others have become personal friends dropping by for a glass of wine or doing a joint visit to the local market.

There are no hidden extras!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We just wanted to say what a wonderful time we had staying at your lovely place. You were the very best of hosts. A week of complete rest at your wonderful home really hit the spot.
Jul 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in La Jarne in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 290 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The ensuite bathroom contains wc, wash basin and shower and ventilation fan.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The bedroom includes a double bed, bedside rugs, clothes rail, chest of drawers and has french doors to a small south facing terrace.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We offer free access to the internet via a high speed wireless network. The latter requires our guests to have their own WIFI-enabled computer- the password for internet access is provided on arrival. Two newish bikes are available for exploring the flattish surrounding countryside and coastline which has a reasonable network of cycle tracks and quiet roads. Outside: Parking right outside the apartment. Accessed from the flat bedroom is a small but (usually) sunny sitting out area which includes table and chairs, parasol, sunloungers and separate table with electric grill. A set of boules is available. The area Is enclosed to give additional privacy and shelter. It includes trees, shrubs and flowers. Cleaning / Towels / Linen Linen and towels included and changed weekly. Property cleaned weekly, free of charge


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(18 traveller reviews)


A fantastic base from which to explore this beautiful part of France

  • 5 of 5

Many thanks to Alan and Tove for a very friendly welcome to La Jarne and their local info of places to visit. We loved the apartment and the use of their beautiful garden including some of the vegetables from Alan's amazing vegetable plot . It had everything that we needed for our weeks holiday ( even the weather was perfect ) . There was an abundance of wildlife - birds , butterflies , moths and a pet lizard . We particularly liked the Black Kites and Storks in the adjacent field that Alan arranged for us ! Loads to do in the area , we enjoyed using the bikes provided at the apartment to explore La Jarne and beyond. Thanks very much for a fabulous holiday !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ideal lovely apartment

  • 5 of 5

Alan and Tove are friendly and helpful.

Lovely quiet situation.

Well equipped.

Some shops within very easy walking distance and plenty within a short drive.

Good position for visiting points of interest.

It allowed us to have a restful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely accommodation, very well equipped, we didn't need for anything

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay, the owner Alan picked us up from the airport and took us to the local supermarket on the way to the apartment which was very welcoming as we didn't hire a car. We were made to feel very welcome and were spoilt with milk , wine , on arrival and lovely fresh home grown veg from Alan's veg garden. We made use of the push bikes supplied and had some great bike rides in the area. Because we didn't have a car Alan was very generous and took us to some lovely places which he didn't need to do but we were very grateful. There is a bus stop just around the corner which will take you to La Rochelle for about £1.70, it's a very relaxed and beautiful area , Ile de re is a must when you come to this area, you can get the bus from La Rochelle for about £5 , or £15 by car, it's an island made up of 10 villages each with individual tastes, loads of places to hire bikes and explore , stop and have a swim, and lots of lovely restaurants to explore. We truly fell in love with t he island and will definitely be returning to in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well Situated Location

  • 5 of 5

We are regular visitors to the area and this was our first time with Alan & Tove. They made us very welcome and were on hand if we needed any help or guidance. The accommodation adjoins their property, is suitable for 2, is private and has everything you need for a short stay, including British and french TV. The location is very handy for us - close to our seaside favourites Chatelaiilon-Plage and Angoulins, as well as the wonderful La Rochelle. Rochefort is also worth a visit - in fact there is no shortage of things to do. The climate is good there - we had sunshine each day throughout our week in September. For the more adventurous, Alan & Tove provide a couple of bicycles and there are some lovely areas to explore that way. We would certainly recommend La Desirade

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous holiday. Lovely hosts.

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is lovely, equipped with everything we needed. Nice private patio outside French windows from the bedroom. Alan and Tove, who live adjacent, are fabulous hosts, friendly, knowledgeable and engaging without being at all intrusive. The gardens, which we were free to use, are beautiful, with a mixture of lawns, trees and vegetable gardens. We played table tennis on the lawn most nights. Many interesting plants in the garden including vines, kiwis, campsis, eleagnus and almond trees, many with lovely evening scents. Shops and facilities within easy walking distance. We'll definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 2 of 5

Located on the much less attractive edge of a very pretty village and on a busy road with constant background traffic noise. The flat is very small, attached to the owners' home and although they are kind and helpful the close proximity is not ideal for visitors or hosts. It is quite well equipped though with limited cooking options so eating out is much the best idea. The tiny patio area feels quite claustrophobic, we would not describe the garden as "beautiful" and there are no views, except across a field towards an industrial estate. Walking to the local shops is possible, but along the main road with no proper footpath.It represents reasonable value for money and is an adequate base for a couple to explore nearby La Rochelle and Ile de Re but sadly we cannot recommend it wholeheartedly.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do not accept this as a valid review as most of the comments deal with things that are either self-evident from our Owners Direct entry or factors we haven't claimed. It should therefore not be posted on our site. Dealing with the review's complaints: Flat is very small. Our Owners Direct Entry-under Facilities-Floor area 290 sq ft. There are photos of the living area, bedroom and sitting out area from which it is easy to gauge in general the space available. Tiny patio/claustrophobic. Owners Direct Entry " The apartment has its own private sitting out area but guests are welcome to use our lightly wooded quarter acre garden, sit out ...". The sitting out area connects directly with the rest of the garden via a curtained entrance which can be kept open permanently to avoid any feeling of being closed in. Flat is ....attached to the owners home. Owners Direct Entry "They offer a modern garden apartment adjoining their own accommodation... We are always in residence when the flat is let, on hand to give advice or in the unlikely event of something going wrong" We deliberately keep a low profile. No views-except across a field to an industrial estate. Owners Direct Entry "The property has farmland to front and rear". We have made no assertions about views or scenery. The "industrial estate"( business park) is some 600 yards away, not visible from the flat, well landscaped and partly obscured by summer crops. Containing 3 restaurants, bank, 2 bakers and a pub it is of benefit to locals as well as visitors. Limited cooking options Owners Direct Entry. Microwave, hob, electric grill all clearly stated. Unsatisfactory pavement. Following recent installation of an electric cable, the pavement to the shops has not been reinstated properly. We are pushing the local Mairie to carry out the necessary resurfacing work. We have been promised that this will be addressed. Traffic noise The flat is100ft back from the road at the rear of the property and has double glazed french windows. Our garden is at the rear of the house where noise nuisance is minimal. Clearly the reviewers have made the wrong choice of holiday possibly by not reading the information on our Owners Direct site. For the above reasons this should not be at the expense of our reputation built up (currently with 14 five star reviews) over the last 10 years.
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
early summer
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
mid summer
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
late summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings are normally on a Saturday to Saturday basis, arrival after 3pm and departure by 10am. This may be varied by negotiation. A deposit of 50% is payable at time of booking with the balance payable 6 weeks before the start of the holiday. Payment is by UK cheque or bank draft.

Changeover Day:
Saturday to Saturday. Negotiation possible. Arrive after 3pm, leave by 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
Short lets (minimum 3 nights) available out of season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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