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La Rochelle-garden apartment, 10/15 min sea/city centre,airport,TGV. Pay in £s



Updated: 26-Oct-2016
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...

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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.

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Speaks English, French, Danish

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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16 Reviews

based on 16 holidaymaker 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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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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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location for seeing the region, especially La Rochelle.

Exceptionally clean and comfortable and well equipped apartment.

Extremely helpful and friendly hosts.

They offered excellent advice on places to visit, to shop and to eat.

We certainly would recommend this apartment to any couple who wish to stay in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely, comfortable apartment.

  • 5 of 5

We have just enjoyed a lovely holiday in a very comfortable apartment just outside of La Rochelle. We had everything we needed, and Alan and Tove were such lovely hosts.

Would have no hesitation in recommending this property. The garden was a delight to wander through at dusk.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : La Rochelle (7 UK destinations) at 8 Miles Nearest Barpub : La Mouss'rit - specialst beer bar at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : St Malo (to UK) 3hrs 42 mins by road at 215 Miles Nearest Golf : La Jarne (9 holes) at 1 Miles Nearest Train : TGV Station La Rochelle (Paris 3hrs+) at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : Fontenay-le-Comte (A83) at 32 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Aytre- Chinese buffet+ 2 lunch time French bistros at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Chatelaillon Plage (2 miles golden sands) at 5 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Guided walking, cycling or car tours to nearby places of interest are available on a day basis for a small fee. This may be of particular interest to those holidaying without a car.


Chatelaillon Plage which is 10mins drive has a good sandy beach and the proprietors swim there throughout the summer. Conditions are best two hours either side of high tide. In the 2014 Travelers Choice by Tripadvisor this beach was ranked 6th best in France.

Chatelaillon is of interest in itself having a large number of 19th and early 20th century villas in its numerous side streets. There are good surfing beaches on the Ile de Re, for example Le Bois Plage is about half an hour's drive.


La Rochelle airport is 15 mins drive and has services to Gatwick, Stansted, Southampton, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester, Bristol and Dublin. The nearest Channel port is St Malo which is just under 4 hours drive. Although there is a regular bus service into La Rochelle centre, a car is in reality essential to enjoy all this area has to offer.


La Rochelle centre 10 mins drive, Chatelaillon the same, the Ile de Re bridge is 15 mins drive to access an area well known for oysters, mussels, wine, sea salt, fortified towns and the famous Phare de Baleines lighthouse. A bit like Rock in Cornwall it is full of the glitterati in high summer.

For a change you can visit Green Venice, a maze of tree lined canals. Coulon the main centre is just over half an hour's drive.

Further Details:

La Rochelle has over 300 restaurants many of them surrounding the picturesque old harbour area an area popular for promenading in the evening and at weekends. The city also has many high class shops, fishing harbour, cruiseport, large aquarium, several museums and boat trips to Ile d'Aix (where Napoleon had a house) Ile de Re, Ile de Oleron and around Fort Boyard. La Rochelle has markets Wednesday and Saturday. Chatelaillon, Tuesday and Friday. Both have indoor markets open virtually everyday.

10 mins drive from the flat is a large out of town centre with a sizeable Carrefour and smaller Lidl and Leader Price supermarkets.

La Jarne village has an indoor tennis arena and a large scale horse riding establishment.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
autumn 2016
8 Oct 2016 - 25 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
16 Dec 2016 - 26 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rob special offer
11 Jan 2017 - 7 Feb 2017
28 night minimum stay
4 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
early summer
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
mid summer
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
late summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 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

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From the Owner

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!

Property Type

  • apartment


  • 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


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Video Library


  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

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

Floor Area

  • 290 sq. ft.


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The ensuite bathroom contains wc, wash basin and shower and ventilation fan.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • 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.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • 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

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