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Maison du Guara
90 Chemin des Brardes
17670 La Couarde-sur-Mer
Ile de Ré
Tel: +44 (0) 7734 933969
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La Route de Sel, specialises in savory and sweet crepes and ice creams, served with Breton cider. Perfect for an informal lunch or dinner and a beautiful 15-minute cycle from the house. Booking in summer essential, especially if you would like a table on the terrace next to the picturesque church of Loix. 9 Place de l'Église, Loix.Tel. 05 46 29 06 83. Price: Good Value.
O de Mer is a fantastic gastronomic restaurant in Ars en Re at 5 rue Thiers, small road off the main square near the church but take our advice and park in the port. It’s small and run by a husband and wife team who serve some of the best food on the island. Booking in Summer is essential. Tel. 05 46 29 23 33. Price: Expensive.
Le Taxi Brousse is a famous Ile de Ré summer institution. Hidden away behind the beach, “the jungle taxi” is open from midday through till the early hours. There is a private pool, open-air restaurant, dine with your feet in the sand, the place turns into an impromptu dance club after dinner. Booking in summer essential for both lunch and dinner. 20 Rue des Anneries, La Couarde sur Mer. Tel. 05 46 29 90 33. Price: Moderate.
La Cabane du Fier Le Martray, Ars en Ré has an amazing location overlooking the Fier D’Ars. A wonderful 20-minute cycle across the salt marshes from the house, otherwise less than a 10-minute drive. Great for dinner, booking essential, again if the weather is good, request a table on the covered terrace. Tel. 05 46 29 64 84. Price: Moderate to Expensive.
Le Bistro du Marin is a favourite, an informal convivial bistro overlooking the Port in St Martin, serving great steaks, frites and oysters. Reservations not possible - arrive 7pm to secure a table. The creperie next door is also excellent and good value.10, quaie Nicolas Baudin, Saint Martin (near the tourist office) Tel. 05 46 68 74 66. Price: Moderate.
Un Air de Famille, on the “Place de la Republique, near Le Marie in St Martin.
This charming café/restaurant is perfect for a light supper or lunch. Specializes in quiches, salads and homemade desserts. Tel. 05 46 01 65 36. Price: Good Value.
Chai Nous Comme Chai Vous, this restaurant in La Flotte has a fantastic reputation with locals for innovative cooking. Booking Essential. 1 Rue Garde, 17630 La Flotte. Tel. 05 46 09 49 85.Price: Expensive.
L’Écailler is an upmarket fish restaurant on the lovely port of La Flotte; booking essential. Tel. 05 46 09 56 40. Price: Expensive.
Cycles Holland Bicycles, 21 Avenue du Peu Ragot, La Couarde sur Mer. Tél: 05 46 29 83 30 Email : Site web :
Luxurious Spa by Clarins, Hotel Le Clos St Martin. Le Clos Saint-Martin, 87 Cours Pasteur, St MartinEmail: Tel: 05 46 01 10 62
SAILING, STAND-UP PADDLE & KITE SURFING
Ile de Re Nautique, Plage des Prises, a five minute walk from the house, down on the beach. English is spoken. Sailing courses for children and adults. It is also possible to hire catamarans, kayaks and wind-surfs. tp://www.ilederenautique.com Email: Tel. 06 50 89 62 89
Sup Evasion, Plage des Prises, La Couarde sur Mer. Tél. 06 63 87 67 09 Email : Site web :
Ile de Ré is a good spot for kite surfing; Courses are organized Rive Kite from Plage des Prises. The hut (office) is at Le Martray, a five-minute drive from the house towards Ars en Ré. Sessions get booked up in summer so booking in advance is highly recommended.http://www.rivekite.com/materiel-spots.php Email: Tél. 06-77-09-10-45
The best nightclub on the Island is based near the centre of La Couarde, behind the beach. The Pergola also has a restaurant. Route de Joachim, La Couarde sur Mer. Tel: 05 46 29 86 21 Email : Site web :
There is one (9-hole) course on the island, Golf Trousse Chemise. It’s 23 km from the house, near Les Portes: http://www.golftroussechemise.com. Another option favoured by golfers on the South side of the island is to play on the 18-hole Golf de La Prée, to the north of La Rochelle and 28 km from the house: http://www.golflarochelle.com
TENNIS & MINI GOLF
Le Tennis des Pertuis, Avenue d’Antioche, La Couarde sur Mer. Court Rental €16/hr and range of courses available. http://www.tennisiledere.fr/la_couarde.html Tel: 05 46 43 33 15
There are two thalasso therapy centres on the island.
Relais Thalasso Ile de Ré, Sainte Marie:
Thalacap, Ars-en-Ré : http://www.thalacap.com/en/soins-thalasso.html
Basics: Carrefour in La Couarde, Avenue Du Mail, 8am-8pm Mon-Sat, Sun 9am-1pm,
Markets: La Couarde has two food markets in the summer season, both open every morning until approximately 13.00. The covered summer market is opposite Carrefour on Avenue du Mail and the village market is next to the church in the centre of La Couarde.