Holiday home La Rochelle

Ideally located right in the middle between Ile de Ré, Chatelaillon Plage and Marans, this holiday home in La Rochelle enables you to discover all of the see sights in Charente Maritime such as the marais poitevin, the Ile de Ré and the Ile d’Aix. The nearest beaches are about 15 minutes away and the Old Harbour about 10 minutes.

Situation géographique du gîte Les Dimeries

The holiday home is open all year. The prices vary between 295€ and 360€ per week depending on the time of the year. From October to late April, it is possible book for just one night. From Mai to end of September, only weekly rentals are available.

Holiday home in La Rochelle Les Dimeries

  • Lounge with kitchen corner
    • Private entrance
    • Kitchen utensils : pans, kettle, coffee machine, hobs, oven, …
    • Internet and Wi-Fi
    • 16″ screen LCD TV
    • 348 TV channels including English speaking channels
    • Sofa bed
  • Bedroom with shower and sink
    • Double bed
    • Bed linen
    • Shower
    • Towels
  • WC
  • Outdoor
    • Free parking
    • Large shaded garden
      • Garden furniture
      • Sun lounges
      • Barbecue

Smoking inside is not permitted.

The marais poitevin near this holiday home in La Rochelle

The marais poitevin is not to be missed when you’re visiting the Charente maritime. It is a large territory spread over several departments: Vendée, Deux-Sèvres and the Charente-Maritime. It was built by both men and nature through several centuries in order to improve the use of the lands.

There are different types of “marais” (swamp): the dry marais, the wet marais, the maritime marais (Bay of Aiguillon) and the Venise Verte.

We will focus on the Venise Verte – the Green Venice – as it is the most visited with its picturesque sceneries through the canals as well as around its charming villages. Coulon, at the edge of the Sèvre niortaise, is the capital of the Venise Verte. From the bridge, the view over the Sèvre, the quays, the reflection of the houses in the water and all the boats waiting to take you on its canals is lovely.
The Maison du Marais poitevin located on the Sèvre features a museum about the history of the marais. A tourist train named “The Pibalou” leaves from Coulon and takes you on tracks along the canals.

Boat trip on the canal

During your stay, you must take a trip on one of the traditional boats (the “Plate”) with a boatman who will explain all the particularities of the marais. In Coulon, like in other villages of the marais, you will find several jetties where you can start a boat trip with the duration of your choice. The boatman, with its “pigouille” (type of pole he uses), controls elegantly the boat. It’s an enriching experience and it helps to understand the marais and it’s wildlife.

Once you have visited Coulon, there is still so much more to see in the marais.

The road towards Arçais (D123) is fantastic with its beautiful old houses with blue shutters along the river. You can stop in Irleau or Le Vanneau, quiet and peaceful villages full of charm.

The harbour of Arçais is also worth a visit. This village is not located on the Sèvre niortaise but three fore-bays give it access to the Sèvre. Historically, it gave the village a direct access to the main trading harbours of the marais, Marans and Niort.

On a boat trip, you might be lucky and navigate over a green mat of water lentils. Their presence depends on the weather as their development is based on the water temperature, it has to be consistent with no big variations. A real delight for the eyes!

Arçais also offers carriage rides to discover the marais in another way.

Charming small villages

To get off the beaten tracks and enjoy a wilder and quieter scenery, we recommend Saint Hilaire la Palud. At the exit of the village, rue de la Rivière, about 100 m from the ornithological park, you fill find a small parking. You can jump on a bike from there and cycle up the Rue de la Venise Verte towards the village. There is a small path on the left for cyclists and pedestrians. The scenery is very different than the wild marais. You go through cute little bridges over the maze of canals and finally reach the village of La Rivière.

Maillezais is also very interesting with its Abbaye. The jetty of the abbaye offers boat trips (with a boatman or alone) around its wonderful historic setting. The old harbour is worth a visit and is probably amongst the most visited and photographed places of the marais poitevin.

We hope you will enjoy these visits as much as we do, and there are many more available for you around the marais poitevin.

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