This newly converted, ground floor apartment is ideal for families, couples, or anyone travelling with an elderly or infirm companion.
It is 150m from the prettiest beach in the region, with step-free access, ideal for prams and buggies as well as wheelchairs. The apartment has a large master bedroom, with a super kingsize bed which can be separated into fully adjustable twin beds, as well as a comfortable sofa bed. There is also a double bedroom, and a bunk room with full-size single bunks.
We can also supply up to two travel cots and a highchair.
Our local beach, just down the road, benefits from having no public parking, so it never gets too crowded. It has miles of golden sand, ideal for toddlers and older children. In high season, it has a pop-up cafe and surf school, but otherwise is completely unspoilt. It frequently has breakers big enough to surf on, and round the point nearer to town, the conditions are perfect for kite-surfing. There are plentiful lagoons at low tide for small children to play in, and rock pools for observing small crustaceans.
Further afield, there is a bakery and little cafe nearby at the light house. It is only about 2km into town, with its twice weekly market and a variety of shops. The main supermarket is about 3 km away. La Tranche is beautifully positioned for day trips along the coast in either direction, towards Les Sables or into La Rochelle and Isle de Re. Going inland, it is easy to reach nature reserves, theme parks and adventure playgrounds, including Puy du Fou and Futuroscope. A new waterslide park has just opened only a couple of miles away.
The salon has sliding patio doors to the landscaped outside area, with its own barbeque and plenty of seating for dining or relaxing inside or out. The kitchen area is fully equipped and has been carefully designed to have no protruding handles for safety reasons. All the rooms have been designed with extra wide doors for full wheelchair access. There are no steps.
As well as the bathroom with shower over corner bath, there is a separate large wet room, with easy disabled access, fitted with grab handles and a drop-down seat in the shower area.
There is a freshwater shower in the garden, to remove the worst of the sand and salt from the beach! The garden also has a parking space for two cars.
In high season, La Tranche has a buzzy, Mediterranean atmosphere, with plenty of entertainment for all ages. Out of school holidays, there is still plenty to do, with great restaurants and bars within easy walking distance, but not so close as to be noisy or intrusive.
Kitchen and dining
The fully-fitted kitchen includes a full-size hob and oven, as well as a microwave, fridge-freezer, and full-size dishwasher. It is generously equipped with all the crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils you might want on holiday, but not so much that you feel you have to stay in and cook every day!
Outside, there is a table with canopy and six chairs which can recline, as well as benches and a table by the barbeque. Inside, there is a double gateleg table with six chairs.
The separate utility cupboard houses a washing machine as well as cleaning equipment and shopping bags.
The living room has patio doors to the outside paved area. The seating is modular, so you can create the layout to suit your group and the weather!
A traditional dresser houses your crockery and glassware, and also enough games and pasttimes to keep everyone happy if you should have a rainy day. The flatscreen tv is wall-mounted to reduce the risk of accidents.
The huge master bedroom can accommodate an entire family.
It has a super kingsize bed which can be separated into fully adjustable twin beds, and also a very comfortable convertible sofa bed (double).
There is room for a third single bed or travel cot if required.
The double bedroom is more compact, but it is possible to fit a cot in as well if required.
Both the master bedroom and the double bedroom have fully fitted wardrobes built in.
The third bedroom has full-size (90 x 200cm) bunks, and children love it!
Both the bathroom and the wet room have a wc and washbasin.
The fully-tiled wet room has a shower with a drop-down seat and grab rails, ideal for disabled persons.
The bathroom has a corner bath with shower over. It also has a seat, which can be very useful for washing small and slippery wet children!
Non-slip tiles have been used for the floors, for greater safety and security.
There is a cosy calor-gas stove with living flame effect, ideal for those cooler evenings at the beginning and end of the season.
The wall-mounted, flat-screen television receives English (Freeview) channels. There is also a dvd player. In the dresser, as well as a seriously retro VHS player. On the bookcases and in the dresser you will find plenty of books, dvds and games, as well as toys for toddlers and small children. There is free wi-fi throughout the apartment and garden.
Garden and outside
The landscaped garden and patio include an external shower, a table with parasol and reclining chairs for six, a built-in barbeque and seating, and shrubs.
There is a small paddling pool for little children.
Please water anything that looks as if it needs it in hot spells, and help yourself to the apricots and figs in season!
Parking and garages
There is room to park two cars in the garden, and there is additional on-street parking outside the property.
The apartment is ideal for families, because it is so near the beach. It is also suitable for couples. La Rochelle is only an hour away, and the apartment provides an excellent base for sightseeing, water sports, bird-watching, cycling or walking holidays - or for just exploring, eating and drinking!
The apartment has been carefully designed to suit a wheelchair user or anyone with an elderly or infirm relative. The wet room in particular is great for anyone, young or old, at risk of falling in a bath or shower.