Welcome to Galathée


This beautifully styled and restored 18th Century house is incredibly romantic, yet very practical, with all modern amenities. Situated in the heart of Saint Martin dé Ré, you are just minutes from the harbour with plenty of restaurants, markets and antique shops to explore.


The house sleeps 4. There are two double bedrooms, two shower rooms, a very large salon, gorgeous fitted kitchen with all appliances, utility room, entrance lobby and very pretty garden room ready to enjoy those hot summer evenings.

For those quiet uninterrupted moments, there is a second floor level with a desk, WIFI, and the best view of the sea.

This house is ideally located for exploring the beaches, villages and markets of Île de Ré by bike. Bike hire is just a 2 minute walk from the house.


Dr Roger Sage 2/10/21
We had a wonderful stay at Galathee and the weather gods smiled.
Rich Phillips, June 2021
It’s such an awesome place, it’s exactly what I’d buy on the island if I could find one!!
Arthur and Barbara Lucas, 21-28th September 2019
We had a great time again île De Ré and Galathée was a wonderful place to stay. What a charming and well-appointed home. We made good use of Bikes (electric!) and revisited Ars, Loix, Flotte and Bois Plage, oh, and the Cave Coop of course !! We ate and enjoyed La Cabane, Les Embruns  La Marin, and La Cible. Weather mixed but did not prevent our enjoyment. Valerie was a great help, thank you, and we can look forward to a few evenings to enjoy our wines!
Sasha Safai, 17-31 August 2019
It was perfect, it felt so good to be back in your gorgeous home! Thanks so much Karon - we will most definitely return next year :)
Jo Marceau 3-10th August 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Galathée. We were lucky with the weather and were able to get out on the bikes every day. An added surprise was bumping into an old friend and colleague from London, who has a property just around the corner and a daughter of the same age as one of my sons. Our favourite beach was 73 chemin des Brardes - scarcely a soul even in August!  Favourite restaurant (without a doubt) was Le tout du cru.
Nikki Dubois 20-27th July 2019
We had a lovely time at Galathée, thank you! We loved being a part of the gorgeous village of St Martin and being able to walk or cycle to get around. Yes, there were some hot days but we were lucky to avoid the heatwave which swept across central Europe last week. There is a cooling breeze on Ile de Ré for which we were grateful (especially on bikes!)
Roger Sage 29th June 2019
Thank you Karon, we’ve had a lovely 2 week holiday at Galantée celebrating Jackie’s special birthday. Back home now to a completely overgrown garden!
Anna Whitehead, November 2018
We had a wonderful time thank you and loved the house. We have been to île De Ré before so already knew that we would love it! The little courtyard was perfect for parking our bikes and hanging wetsuits and the house was in a perfect location - quiet but around the corner from the centre of St. Martin. The information you gave by email and in the welcome booklet was very useful. Especially the parking info and restaurant recommendations.I am already plotting a return visit!
Sascha Safai, August 2018
We have nothing but positive feelings towards our stay in your gorgeous house and truly felt at home there! I was in heaven the entire stay! Thank you again. We cannot wait to return!!
Stephanie Woolley, August 2018
We really enjoyed our stay at Galathée - the house was perfect and we voted your courtyard our favourite of all the houses we have stayed in on the island (5 so far!) Thank you again for thinking of everything to make our stay so comfortable and relaxing. I am sure we will return!


Île de Ré always in season!

Île de Ré is France’s favourite holiday island – a 30km-long flat strip of land with photogenic villages, old ports and sandy beaches – is small enough to cycle round, or to explore on horseback.

Long the holiday haven of affluent Parisiens, this dreamy, golden-hued island can be found a half-hour drive from La Rochelle. Perfect if you’re looking to rediscover life’s simple pleasures.

Saint Martin de Ré is one of the most beautiful and the biggest town on the Island of Ré. Everything in Saint Martin is historic, it has retained almost all of its original walls and buildings and evidence of the numerous fierce naval battles fought here, remains.

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“Island in the sun”

Greg Cook Living France April 2020

No.7 of “The 50 best holidays in France - Carolyn Boyd picks this year's top trips”

The Times, 7 January 2017

“Three of the best - Francesca Syz’s pick of French holiday rentals for autumn breaks”

The Telegraph, 15 August 2016

“One of the best four places to stay on Île De Re”

The Telegraph, 20 August 2015