Good Hotel Guide Review
The island of Noirmoutier, north-west of La Rochelle, was a monastic settlement in the seventh century; now tourism is its main industry. Linked to the mainland by a bridge and, at low tide, by a “spectacular causeway”, it is a peaceful place which has been spared the high-rise developments of other holiday coastal resorts. In the north-east, on the edge of its main town, this white-fronted hotel, an “oasis of calm” (say fans), is run by its owners, Pierrick and Amandine Wattecamps. Built in 1982 in marine/Vendéen style, it has attractive gardens and a good-sized swimming pool. Much renovation and redecoration takes place. “All is fresh, full of character (the odd antique, good textiles, judicious use of natural materials). Our first-floor room had distant views of castle and church; traditional pine furniture, quilted bedspreads, nice pictures gave a feel of summery comfort.” “Superior” rooms have a small terrace and direct access to garden and swimming pool. The restaurant has two sections: one has white-painted wood panelling, and paintings of local scenes; the other has a large window (“spectacular sunsets”). “Simple, light” dishes by Eric Pichou include steak de thon, fondue de tomates aux anchois et olives. Wines are fairly priced. Breakfast has an “adequate buffet”.
10 Rue Des Saulniers
00 33 2513 9090 7
Wi-Fi, restaurant, lounge, terrace, swimming pool, jacuzzi, garden, parking, tennis court, golf range, games room, laundry area.
Cots and extensive baby equipment available.
Small dogs only, €12 per night.
No smoking in the rooms.
Amex, Mastercard, Visa.
Standard double room from €111–€141, breakfast included. Half-board packages available.