3 doubles, 2 twins, 1 bunk room with high bed 3/4, 1 bunk room, 1 small nursery
- english, french
About Joan Groves
I live on the coast of County Down in Northern Ireland. I am a retired school teacher and the mother/mother-in-law of the property owners who, as both very busy London entrepreneurs, have given me the job of acting as their booking agent. I absolutely love this role. I have been staying at the Marennes house since it was bought in 2007 and my GP husband and I are always at our happiest when we are there. Its a much-loved family home and I have no hesitation in recommending it to others.
Joan Groves purchased this House in 2007
Why Joan Groves chose Marennes
The charm of Maison Marennes is hard to describe. The old stone house just oozes character yet its fitted out with all mod cons. The interior decor is simple yet stylish. The thick walls keep it cool in the summer but if you are staying for an autumn or winter break then the central heating and huge open log fire make it a very cosy retreat. The walled garden with its attractive heated kidney-shaped pool is perfect for lazy summer days. The grandchildren have been coming here since they were toddlers when the secluded lagoon of Marennes plage and La Palmyre Zoo were their favourite haunts. Now they are in their early teens the games room at the house with it Wii and table tennis table etc has come into its own and visiting the nearby water park and tree climbing adventure park are favourite pastimes when they aren't playing water polo in the pool or are off on their bikes.
What makes this House unique
Getting all the family round the large outside dining table on the cobbled terrace just outside the kitchen and under the beautifully lit pergola is one of my favourite things about staying at the house. Lunch and evening meal can take hours as the atmosphere lends itself to great chat and craic. Needless to say the food is wonderful. You might be eating prawns or langoustine that you have bought from one of the fish stalls a short cycle ride away or tucking into delicious bread and cheese bought at the market house a couple of minutes walk away.
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This place is just amazing. We had a wonderful week here in late June, 8 adults - Grandparents/Parents and 4 children, 7yr down to 1yr. Everything is provided for a complete family holiday, especially for children, from games/colouring books/bikes/computer games etc. you do not need to bring anything. The list on the website is extensive but even so doesn't really do it justice.
The pool is great and was very well used in a safe and secluded garden. So much so that we only rarely went off site to the local beach and Ile d'Oleron.
The property was clean and obviously well maintained, comfortable and welcoming while retaining a real homely feel and charm without being "precious", we settled in really quickly and after a long journey down the first beers and BBQ at the outside dining area were great.
Marennes is a lovely little town, local shops, market etc. are only a short walk away and it has plenty of restaurants (recommended by the owners in the detailed info. pack) though we didn't have the opportunity of sampling them due to bed times for the younger ones - perhaps next year?
Communications at all times were quick and easy, many thanks Joan, the booking was simple and straight forward and all our questions before we arrived answered rapidly.
We would not hesitate to recommend this property, it really is 5star super. The only problem is that if we praise it too highly it may get booked up again for when we want to return!
What a lovely review! We are delighted that you had a happy holiday. Please come and stay again soon. This is a much-loved family home so we are always particularly pleased when we host family gatherings.
We invited two other families (12 of us in total) to join us for our third visit to Maison Marennes. Everything about the week was absolutely fantastic. The location is great - Marennes has everything you might need (brasseries, supermarket, boulangeries, cinema, park...); easy cycling for even reluctant young riders as all the cycle routes are so flat; a church tower to climb; oyster beds to visit; a child-friendly beach with walking distance; surfing beaches slightly further afield, etc. The house is beautifully furnished, incredibly well equipped: the latter being what really sets it apart from any other holiday rental we have used. It is probably better equipped than most family homes - whatever the children or adults wanted to do, the relevant book / game / kitchen utensil / gadget / bike / pool toy could be found! Joan took our booking extremely efficiently, gave excellent directions and put us in touch with the local housekeepers who were able to provide a meal for us on arrival. We will definitely be back!
What a lovely review - Make your 4th visit soon! Joan G
Maison Marennes is the idyllic holiday choice! Me and my family (of 3 kids ages 3,7 and 10) have taken a summer rental most years since 2011. We keep returning here for several reasons. The house is stunning in an enclosed garden, equipped as well (or better!) as any family home. The location is perfect for easy access from several airports and there are countless amenities in the region to avail of plus the house is strolling distance from restaurants and shops aswell as 7 min from the beach. There is a warm family atmosphere to the house, perfect for small or large groups of people and the owners are very generous with the use of the house, including bikes etc. In addition they are constantly upgrading and improving things. The owners (not on site) make every effort possible to ensure ones stay is perfect and are very friendly. Booking and payment is easy, professional and overall the family is a pleasure to rent from. There are local caretakers also around – whom also enjoy all needs are met. This property is in my opinion a 5 star property which my only reservation in publicly recommending it is that I won’t secure future bookings! Cannot recommend Maison Marennes enough.
What a super review - thank you very much. Maison Marennes is a much-loved family home so we really like having families returning year after year and particularly like knowing that our house is the venue for family celebrations. This year we have hosted sixtieth and seventieth birthday celebrations with Grannies , Grandpas, toddlers et al . Next year we already have a golden wedding celebration and a fortieth birthday party booked. Of course all age groups are well catered for and are very welcome!
Perfect property in MARENNES with a special charm
This is the second time I've been on a 'girly' long weekend to Maison Marennes at the end of September. It's my favourite holiday house . No need for a car , just dander through the delightful blue door down the winding cobbled streets to the town centre with its traditional Market House, about 200 meters away. As to the house, everything is SUR PLACE. The secluded walled garden and pool make for a happy , relaxed holiday . I can thoroughly recommend this property .
Beautiful property in a lovely setting
The house matches its description but offers so much more! We were on our first family holiday for five years and expectations/excitement were high. We were not disappointed! We asked if a few provisions could be in the fridge as we were arriving later on a Sunday. This was no problem and we arrived to food, drink, all the beds made and the sun still shining. The house itself is just perfect - well furnished, comfortable, spacious. The facilities are excellent - I even picked up a Ping Pong bat for the first time in about 15 years. The younger ones took the bikes out and we all basked in the sunshine around - an in - the pool. Marennes is a lovely place to be - not too big and not too small. We tried a couple of the local restaurants - both excellent - but it was so nice at the house that we preferred to go to the market and cook a meal 'at home'. We can highly recommend it!
Great venue for various ages family holiday
Our family group consisted of babies/toddlers/ parents and grandparents.
We arrived to find a beautiful, spotless house in a superb location, right in the centre of a picturesque village. Everything we needed could be found within a few minute's walk; croissants, market, supermarket, bars, and restaurants. Other excellent restaurants were a short drive away.
The house offered entertainment for all of us. The pool was great, there were bicycles, a games room, barbecue area and quiet areas to escape the bustle of family life.
We had lovely weather and a wonderful holiday. We intend to return!
Benefiting from the wonderful micro climate of the Cote Atlantique, Marennes is about 45 minutes from La Rochelle. Maison Marennes, a large period townhouse with walled garden and a heated pool, is two minutes from the village centre and 5 min by car/15mins by bike, from the sea. This is oyster country, the roads are flat and perfect for cycling and there are small marinas and beaches dotted along the coast with Ile D'oleron on the doorstep as well as the more renowned alternatives in Royan and La Rochelle not far away. The zoo in La Palmyre, rated as one of the best in Europe, is about a twenty minute drive away. There is also a forest climbing centre nearby. Although ideal for families with lots of fun playing in the lovely private garden with its kidney-shaped heated pool and trampoline and visiting the local beaches, zoo etc, the location has lots to offer grown-ups too with numerous excellent restaurants, great food markets, patisseries, fishmongers etc, just a stroll away.