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.


Susan McIntyre 8-15th April 2023
We had a great time - thank you! You’ve a lovely house in a great location - as you obviously realise - and we very much enjoyed our stay.
We surfed every morning - strong wind and rain were no deterrent! - and cycled all afternoon, making for a high-energy, restorative break from the school and work. We knew the weather could throw anything at us in April, but the flip side was quiet cycle paths and beaches and stronger calf muscles!
Good hot showers, an efficient washing machine, comfortable beds, and general cleanliness were all appreciated. We’ll definitely be in touch if we're passing that way through France again.
David Gregory 9-16 July 2022
I just wanted to say that we had a fantastic time at Galathee and on the Ile de Re last week. The townhouse had everything we needed, was beautifully appointed and was a tremendous sanctuary from the heat when it got too hot in the day!"
Peter Wood 14th May 2022
We had a simply wonderful time, thank you and I'll be contacting you shortly about a reservation for next year.
Manuel Janssen April 9th 2022
We had a fantastic week at Ile de Re, your house is great, very charming and comfortable, the weather was great and the island is just lovely.
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!)


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.

View Galathée, St Martin, Île De Ré in a larger map

“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