Villa des Princes

Ile de Ré, France

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  • Elegant traditional townhouse
  • Private pool and garden
  • Walk to beach, shops and restaurants
  • Separate guest cottage

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This very tasteful townhouse sits in the heart of Le Bois Plage, a short stroll from the village centre and just a ten-minute walk to the beach. With its original wooden floors and solid walls hewn from pale golden stone, Villa des Princes captures all the character of a traditional maison Rétaise, thoughtfully updated with a contemporary colour scheme, modern bathrooms and a fabulous home cinema set-up.

The prime location means houses jostle for space in the pretty lanes of Le Bois Plage, but Villa des Princes has the rare luxury of its own private swimming pool and south-facing courtyard garden, a magical spot for a morning dip, a lively family dinner or a nightcap on a balmy summer evening. In addition to the main house, there’s also a garden cottage with a further two bedrooms—ideal for older teenagers, though you may find them returning to the main house to commandeer the cinema after dark!

The other real beauty of Villa des Princes for many guests is the fact you can park your car about 50m from the house and then forget about it for the duration if you wish. Bike hire is easily available in Bois Plage, so from bars to beaches, everything you need is within walking or cycling distance, making for a wonderfully stress-free stay.

Local area

Villa des Princes has an ideal location in a quiet residential part of Bois Plage, less than a five-minute walk from the shops, covered food hall and restaurants of the village centre. This is also the site of the largest market on the island, a colourful daily event packed with local produce, homewares and all your beach essentials from bikinis to buckets and spades. It takes about ten minutes to cycle to the sea, backed by a string of fine sandy beaches and protected dunes. There’s a beach to suit everyone on this pristine 6-kilometre stretch, from supervised swimming areas and cafés to more natural spaces where you can find a spot to yourself even in the height of summer if you’re prepared to ride a little further. Cycle paths connect all the island’s main attractions, from beaches to oyster beds and numerous coastal villages, while St Martin de Ré, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a 15-minute ride.

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  • 3 bedroom villa and 2 bedroom garden cottage (sleeps 2-8)

Ground floor

  • Living/dining room with fireplace and TV
  • Kitchen includes oven, hob, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, Smeg fridge-freezer, dishwasher, doors lead to courtyard garden and pool
  • WC
  • Partially open staircase leads to first floor (children to be supervised at all times)

First floor

  • Double bedroom (140cm bed) with small en-suite shower room (no WC)
  • Twin bedroom with small en-suite shower room (no WC)
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed)
  • Bathroom with separate shower and WC
  • WC

Lower floor

  • Stairs from ground floor
  • Home cinema room with projector screen and cable TV
  • Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Shower room with WC

Garden cottage

  • 2-storey cottage beyond pool
  • Ground floor double bunk bedroom
  • Shower room with WC
  • First floor double bedroom (140cm bed)


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • South-facing patio courtyard
  • Barbecue
  • Outside dining
  • Small private swimming pool 6m x 3m, electric cover, corner steps
  • Maximum number of guests is strictly 8 and space works best for one family
  • Parking space located 50m from house
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  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Villa access times

  • Check-in time – 5.00-7.00pm
  • Late arrival supplement of €50 for arrivals after 7.00pm (latest arrival time 10.00pm)
  • Check-out time – 10.00am

Getting there

  • Airports
    La Rochelle 25min drive (19km)
  • Ferry ports
    St Malo 345km
    Calais 710km
  • TGV stations
    La Rochelle 35min drive (28km)


  • Beach 10min walk (800m)
  • Le Bois-Plage village centre 4min walk (350m)
  • St Martin de Ré 12min cycle ride (4km)


For information on travel routes, please visit our France flights and ferries page.

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Described as the Pearl of the Atlantic, Ile de Ré has long since been on the radar of upmarket Parisians, sailors and sophisticates, famed for the beauty of its contrasting landscapes and the refined elegance of its towns and villages. The island’s ease of access and well-marked cycle trails afford a realistic opportunity for a car-free holiday and with 100km of glorious unspoilt coastline, a micro-climate that makes it one of the sunniest regions in France and a way of life that celebrates nature and conservation, this chic little island is an enchanting destination for beach-lovers, foodies and anyone looking to embrace the great outdoors.

Explore our collection of villas in Ile de Ré or visit our charming partner hotel Les Vignes de la Chapelle and discover why everyone’s talking about the Pearl of the Atlantic.

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