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Les Vignes de la Chapelle
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“very enjoyable stay”
Reviewed 5 September 2012

This was our first visit to Les Vignes and we loved it. There are 20 apartment rooms, all quite close to each other in a sort of L shape - I don't think that any apartment is less than 70 metres from the pool. We stayed in apartment no. 9, which looks on to the small communal grass area, where the hammock is situated. Apartment 9 is a bit smaller than most of the other apartments (most of which were duplexes) but it suited us, our 3 year old son and 7 month old daughter absolutely fine. Despite the apartments being reasonably close to each other, the sound insulation was excellent and we couldnt hear any noise from the other apartments.

We were aware about the extra costs for unlocking the kitchen cupboards, so we took our own disposable cutlery and plates with us and we got along fine on that basis (the fridge (with small freezer compartment) and washing up facilities were all clean and sufficient for what we needed). The apartment was very celan throughout and it was cleaned daily.

We used the pool every day; it was a bit on the cold side, but once you were in you quickly got used to it (both of our children were ok with it). The pool has a useful shallow end for children to play in. There is a security fence surrounding the pool, which prevents kids wandering into the pool area without adult supervision, and this gave us good peace of mind. We didnt use the sauna - there was a sign saying that you had to advise reception 30 minutes beforehand if you wanted to use it, and we couldnt be bothered on that basis (most of the signs around the hotel were in french). Likewise, the jacuzzi was covered up on a couple of days, but the staff were more than happy to uncover it and start it up if anyone asked.

We had breakfast in the hotel once. The price was ok (13 euros per adult, 6.50 for our toddler) and the food was of good quality; there was also a reasonable selection (we would have done it more often, but it just didnt fit with our plans).

There were guests of all european nationalities at the hotel, which we liked. We also noticed from the guest book that a lot of the comments (mostly positive) were from repeat visitors, which tells its own story.

Location: Les Vignes is tucked away on the outskirts of Saint Marie. Thee is not much to do in Saint Marie; there is a small square with a couple of shops about 0.5 mile away, the supermarket is about 0.7 mile away and the centre of Saint Marie (a marignally bigger square with a few more shops etc.) is about 1.2 mile away. We visited La Flotte, Blois and Saint Martin whilst on the island and all of these places were better than Saint Marie.

La Flotte - very pretty, small port, excellent market. Too far from Saint Marie for most to walk (about 5-6km away), but good cycle routes and accessible car parking (car parking typically costs 2-4 euros for 3-4 hours). Cycling is definitely the preferred way of travelling around the island (the island is well geared up for it, with cycle lanes everywhere). We hired a bike from Les Vignes no problem - cost is 15 euros a day for an adult bike.

Saint Martin (6-7km from Sait Marie) - the main town on the island; similar to La Flotte, but bigger. Good market too. Definitely worth a visit, but we preferred La Flotte. We drove and parked in a car park for roughly the same price as in La Flotte.

Blois - not as good as the other two, but a lovely covered market (which is easy to miss). Great beaches here (but not much shade or refreshment places- most people took their own shade and picnics).

Finally, the staff at Les Vignes were all brilliant. Sarah, the french receptionist who welcomed us on arrival, was fantastic and deserves a special mention; her command of the english language was superb, she was friendly, proactive and happy to answer the 1001 questions that we had for her. She even managed to find us a baby bath at 10pm in the evening.

We will definitely return, maybe when the kids are a bit older (I would suggest that the optimum age for children is 6-9 years old, i.e. when they are old enough to be reasonably competent cyclists).

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

Firstly what is good about this place

1 very nicely decorated, lovely kitchen and meeting area
2 quiet location
3 lovely walks to the beach (if a bit long)

The down side is that this place is a logn way out of town and the town itself basically has one restaurant in and that's it. It isnt even that nice a walk into the town itself. There is a supermarket but if you are walking it is way away. I wouldn't recommend staying here unless you had a car.

The rooms themselves are ok (but in my mind the place is expensive). There is no privacy as such as all the rooms look into each other and have no real outside space (unless you want to sit almost directly on the path people take back and forwards to their room).

Due to the exposed location the wind blows very strongly across the pool area and the pool did not appear heated to us (in fact our kids would not go in as it was too cold).

The kids space is up a very steep set of stairs and although there is a child gate at the top it is a constant worry that they will tumble down.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Chalfont Saint Peter, null, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

It is rare that somewhere is more lovely than the website photos but Les Vignes de la Chapelle is. We are a family of 5, our 3 children are 13, 9 and 2. We had a duplex room which was fine space wise. When we arrived the staff were very friendly. The hotel is in a beautiful setting and the room was spotlessly clean. It was a fantastic base for us to explore the island. The hotel also organises bike and trailer hire. Everything was made very easy.
Ile de Re is a lovely place and this hotel was perfect for us. Price wise we thought it was very good value as we normally have to stay in 2 rooms.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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virginia
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Reviewed 30 August 2012 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed this hotel! It was recommended by a friend and did not disappoint. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon when all stores and restaurants were closed and the staff prepared sandwiches, salads and drinks and put them in a picnic basket so we could promptly head to the beach. They were so kind as to fix a bowl of cereal at 10:30 pm for a growing teenager and were very helpful recommending restaurants and activities on the island. It is a short walk through the vineyards to the closest beach or a short bike ride to the other beach. I would recommend this hotel

  • Stayed August 2012
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Ile de Re is not cheap so that's what you have to know when you want to go on holidays at the island. Given the lack of other value for the money hotels, we finally chose for this one and spend 6 nights at the place. We were 5 persons and had a duplex room. It's on the tight side for 5 but it worked. 2 on the mezanine, 1 in the living and we in the seperate bedroom. The kitchen (additional charge of 20 Euro / day if you want to use the full equipment) is tight as is the bathroom. Rooms are very clean and cleaned every day so that's fine. All rooms are on the ground floor with a small terrace ; all people passing by look into the terrace and your room so you miss a bit of privacy. Pool (with nice view) and sauna are ok. Location is not far from the bridge getting you on the island. Beach is a good 10 minutes walk.
The hotel only serves breakfast.
I would recommend this hotel for a few days but not for a week when you typically spend more time at the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

This was a little 'Apparthotel' which was exceptionally clean. A bit expensive for the one night we stayed there. The kitchen presses etc being out of bounds to us was a little annoying but when we requested some milk for our tea/coffee there was no issue with giving us some..........We were only staying in Ile de Re overnight but would love to return some time..............

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

We had a great time at "Les Vignes". The staff were very friendly and helpful, also in regard to our little 4-month-old. The place is very cosy with about 15 smaller and larger terraced bungalows. We stayed at #9, which was a particularly nice one with a view on the courtyard and the Hammock and pool closeby (it also features on the pictures at http://www.lesvignesdelachapelle.com/nl/lodges-/de-lodge-cote-jardin.html). The place was spacious, very clean and with equipment of high standard. The pool area and reception/breakfast areas are also very nice and relaxing with a lovely view of the namesake vineyards and ocean 500 meters ahead.

We have one point of criticism: the additional prices. Although clearly advertised on the website, we find additional prices of €15/DAY for basically a baby bed and a little bath tub, and €13/person/day for (admittedly good) breakfast just too much.

île de Ré itself is a very nice place if what you're looking for is nice weather, relaxation and good food. It has some very nice little villages with plenty of nice food (crêpes and especially loads of fish) and lovely little harbors. We personally liked St. Martin and Ars the most. Closeby La Rochelle is also very pretty with its harbour area, old buildings and interesting aquarium.

All in all: highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Les Vignes de la Chapelle
Address: 5 rue de la Manne | Relais du Silence, 17740 Sainte Marie de Re, Ile de Re, France
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Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Charente-Maritime > Ile de Re > Sainte Marie de Re
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Sainte Marie de Re
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Les Vignes de la Chapelle 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the edge of a nature reserve and with stunning views overlooking the grapevines, the sea and the Isles of Aix and Oleron, our hotel is the ideal place to relax and unwind. Alone, with your family, or with your friends we invite you to spend a weekend or your holiday with us. Your Lodge in the style of an apartment for 1 to 5 people has 1 or 2 bedrooms, a living room, a wooden terrace and a snack corner. ... more   less 
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