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Beautiful Authentic 18th Century Town House In The Heart Of St Martin

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet


About the property

House in St Martin Ile de Re , Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful And Perfect Location 5 Mins Walk To The Harbour Of St Martin With The Restaurants And Bars

***Named no.7 in The Times' Top 50 Places to Stay in France, January 2017***

Our feature in The Telegraph Magazine, September 2016 (http://www.iledereholidayhouses.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/telegraph-oct-2016-galathee.pdf)

This house is incredibly romantic and very practical. It has been refurbished to an extremely high specification by an English Interior Decorator. There are two double bedrooms, two shower rooms, a very large salon, gorgeous newly fitted kitchen with all new appliances, utility room, entrance lobby and very pretty garden room ready to enjoy those hot summer evenings! This house is ideally located for exploring the beaches, villages and markets of the Ile de Re by bike. You can hire bikes 2 minutes from the house.

karon foxwell
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
25 June, 2017

About karon foxwell

Karon and Mark fell in love with Galathee in July 2013 it was more than a holiday romance because they bought it!

10 months later and much blood, sweat and tears the house is completely renovated and now incredibly beautiful. Karon owns Vintage Events which styles and organise events in the South of England where she lives.

karon foxwell purchased this house in 2013


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Saint-Martin-de-Ré in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • There is one shower upstairs with power shower, toilet and handbasin. There is also another shower downstairs with power shower, toilet and handbasin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Two large double bedrooms: one with a kingsize bed and one with two single zip and link beds which can zip together to make one kingsize bed. Baby travel cot is provided.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Strictly no smoking inside or out. Outside: There is a beautiful garden room with original tiled roof that opens directly onto the courtyard. It has a dining table and chairs, cushions, vintage lighting all for you to enjoy eating outside. Utility Room: The utility room has a new Miele washing machine, iron and ironing board Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is included in the rental price. Towels are not included. We provide a Comfort Pack at extra cost, the details of which will be provided upon booking. Cleaning fee of €140 payable on arrival. Other: Nothing has been left to chance in this gorgeous old town house. New wiring, new central heating, new shower rooms, new kitchen. Completely renovated by a team of local artisans.


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Beautiful Authentic 18th Century Town House In The Heart Of St Martin
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Beautiful House and Destination

  • 5 of 5

Galathee is a beautifully appointed house with every comfort we could have wanted for a very relaxing stay on the Ile de Re (superb coffee machine also!). We particularly enjoyed cycling around the island visiting the beaches, towns and restaurants recommended by the very informative notes provided by the owner. This is a special house and destination which we hope to revisit - many thanks.

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello! Thank you so much for your wonderful review we always like to receive feedback from our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back again. Karon
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What an amazing find

  • 5 of 5

Where do I start? Well firstly the pictures (which are wonderful) simply don't give sufficient weight to what an amazing property this is. The courtyard, the flow of the house, the attention to detail...this is simply a magical holiday home. The location is also pretty awesome...if you want to be in St Martin, have some quiet but be still close to the action this place ticks all of the boxes. When we arrived we were met by Valerie who was charming and took us around the house before then suggesting bike hire shops and places to visit. The owners are a very user friendly couple who have been great too. I honestly didnt want to leave and neither did my family. If you are on the Ile de Re you should stay here. Famille Keene

  • Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Real Find !

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I managed an all too short break at Galathee. The house was perfect and being holiday home owners ourselves we thoroughly understand and appreciate the effort that goes into making Galathee what it is. Perfect location and a real find aided by very helpful owners and Valerie. We shall return !

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you what a lovely review. We know who you are and we welcome your return visit with pleasure! Karon Foxwell
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Absolutely amazing !

  • 5 of 5

I was celebrating my 50th birthday and wanted to find a charming house in a lovely location. I had heard a little bit about Il de Re and found Galathee on this site. I could not have been more happy with the choice. The house was so special - tasteful and quirky decoration oozing French charm. The appliances and bathrooms were of top quality. We absolutely loved the little sunny courtyard with the day bed and covered dining area. St Martin itself was wonderful, like a smaller St Tropez - the harbour was a fantastic place for people watching and we ate in superb restaurants on the owner's recommendation. Karon the owner was a pleasure to deal with and so helpful. Our only regret was not booking for a longer period of time!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much. You must come back and stay for longer next year.....!
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Exceptional house and location

  • 5 of 5

It was a real treat to stay at Galathee - stylish and well equipped and a perfect location near the centre of St Martin. Beautiful courtyard to relax in and always a pleasure to come back to the house after cycling or exploring. Great to have good restaurants a short walk away too.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, please come back and stay again....!
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  • 5 of 5

Galathee, nestled in the 18th century village of St Martin, is quite simply the most charming holiday destination. The owners have refurbished the house with superb detail and taste and with the empathy its history and wonderful surroundings command. The harbour is a pleasant stroll away, fluid with cafes and restaurants where one can very easily over indulge before returning to the delightful inner courtyard to snooze the afternoon away. Utterly gorgeous and highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much indeed for your lovely review we look forward to welcoming you back to Galathee next year! Karon
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Car: not necessary


1.5km to the beach. The island has the most beautiful sandy beaches which are easily accessible by bike or by car.


Ryan air from Stanstead and Dublin

Flybe from Southampton, Birmingham and Manchester

Easyjet from Ldn Gatwick and Bristol

Aerarann from Cork

Further Details:

You are just minutes on foot from the quayside of St Martin harbour with all the cafes, restaurants, antique stores and boutiques. The farmers market is open 6 days a week and is a feast for the eyes!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Charente-Maritime

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £125.07
Administration fee £26.8

Booking Notes:

A non-refundable booking deposit of 20% is payable within 7 days of the provisional booking being taken. The booking is taken on a provisional basis until the deposit has been paid in full. The booking then becomes confirmed.

Damage deposit of €750 will be required at time of booking. 50% of the payment will be required 8 weeks in advance to secure the booking and balance paid 2 weeks before rental period. Electricity is an additional charge in the winter months October-April.

There is an administration fee of €30.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day will be Saturday

Notes on prices:
Please do contact us with any specific date requests we will always try to accommodate you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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