What makes Cabanes du Boque a great holiday rental
Cabanes du Boque offer stylish, well-equipped accommodation just a short walk from the Plage des Américains, and only 500m from Cap Ferret centre - it's an easy bike ride to the market, other beaches, restaurants & cafés. It's a lovely location for exploring a unique corner of France.
Cap Ferret enthusiasts and anybody attracted to the area's unique combination of lovely beaches and chic, laid-back lifestyle.
Anything to watch out for?
One of the chalets is close to a fairly busy road - 10% discount applies. (Specific chalets are reserved when you book, we would tell you if this is the only one available.) Outside spaces are not completely private, although there is some screening.
Why Cap Ferret?
Cap Ferret village is one of France's chic-est holiday destinations featuring smart boutiques, cafés and restaurants in a low-rise, laid-back setting - the ambience is casual and relaxed, but appreciative of good living. The bay is renowned for sailing & oysters, the Atlantic beach is superb. It's easy to get around. An Aquitaine gem!
Contemporary, well-equipped and conveniently located chalets
Les Cabanes du Boque comprise a dozen chalets in three clusters of four. The chalets are oriented in each cluster so as to overlook one another as little as possible, and hedges have been planted too. However, outside spaces are not completely private.
The site has a separate entrance and car park. The chalets are accessed via a small network of footpaths around the site.
There are 12 chalets altogether - 9x three bedroom chalets (type T4) plus 3x four bedroom chalets (type T5). The layout and design is very similar from one chalet to another. (See further below for variations.)
The design is a contemporary take on the classic wooden Cap Ferret oyster cabin, using good quality furnishings & fittings. Each chalet is a good size, 90 - 110m2.
On the ground floor is a spacious, open-plan living-dining room a dining table & chairs for 6, sofa & chairs for 5-6, flatscreen TV, DVD player and mini hifi, and patio doors which open on to the terrace. Fully-equipped corner kitchen. (The T4H chalets have a separate, identically-equipped kitchen.)
Bedrooms & bathrooms:
In all but three of the chalets all the bedrooms and bath/shower rooms are upstairs. Each of the bedroom has hanging space or a cupboard.
Bedrooms are as follows:
There is also a shower room and a bathroom (bath with shower attachment) upstairs. The washing machine is in the bathroom. There are separate WCs downstairs and up.
The outside terrace is approx. 10m2, with garden table & 6 chairs, barbecue, and two sun loungers.
There are three types of three bedroom cabanes:
Sorry, pets not permitted
The chalets are 150m from the plage des Américains (which faces the bay), 200m from the jetty (foot ferries to Arcachon) and 500m from Cap Ferret centre. It's a short bike ride (1 km) to the beautiful plage de L'Horizon Atlantic-facing beach.
Nearest village / town: Cap Ferret
Nearest beach: Plage des Americains, 150m
Boulangerie: Cap Ferret
Restaurant: Cap Ferret
Market: Cap Ferret
* Daily shopping in Cap Ferret food market
* Visit the oyster-farming villages and stop for dégustation - Cap Ferret, l'Herbe, le Canon & Piraillan
* Explore Cap Ferret's wonderful forest cycle trails (pick up 250m from the apartments)
* Boat trips around the Bassin and to Dune de Pyla
* Le Petit Train trip across the peninsula is a delight
* Mussels, chips & sauvignon at l'Escale or Chez Hortense - perfect!
* Foot ferry or water taxi to Arcachon & Dune de Pyla
* Stroll around central Bordeaux
* Médoc vineyards and wine-tasting
* St Emilion (UNESCO world heritage site)
* Fishing trip from Cap Ferret jetty
The Cap Ferret peninsula is a treat for the senses - the scent of the pine forest, the constant rumble of rollers washing up on the western coast, the salty, slippery taste of oysters washed down with a Bordeaux blanc and, at the end of the day, sitting on top of one of the dunes overlooking the Atlantic and watching the sun go down. Bliss!
All these experiences and more are within very easy reach. The Atlantic beach l'Horizon, popular with surfers, is about a 800m away to the west, the bassin d'Arcachon beach Plage des Américains is just 150m away.
It's only 500m to Cap Ferret's smart boutiques, cafes and restaurants in a low-rise, laid-back setting - the ambience is casual, relaxed but appreciative of good living. A couple of 'bonnes adresses': it's worth stopping for a drink the stylish Tchanqué bar of the Hôtel Maison du Bassin (so named after the famous houses on stilts close to the Ile aux Oiseaux) - the address for an 'apéro'; and Fredelian, a salon de thé renowned for its patisseries, especially the local favourite (and ours), canelés.
From the village you can take a ferry over to Arcachon or Le Moulleau, but you'll probably miss your 'desert island' home quite quickly! Or try a boat tour spotting the oyster beds and bird life of the bassin d'Arcachon.
There's also a charming 'petit train' that runs from the jetty on the bassin side over the Atlantic beach on the other side of the pensinsula; the trip takes 10-15 minutes and, especially if you have children, is a delight!
Heading on down to the Pointe is a must, stopping to climb to the top of the famous Cap Ferret lighthouse on the way - the views across the bassin to the sandy wild-life reserve of the Banc d'Arguin and over to the Dune de Pyla (Europe's highest sand dune) are breathtaking.
The famous '44 Hectares' of the Cap Ferret peninsula are situated south of the lighthouse. This is an area of villas built in the earlier part of the century set amongst the pine trees all served by unmade roads, owned by several French stars, Bordeaux vineyard owners and generations of Cap Ferret inhabitants of more modest means. It's probably the most natural, exclusive yet unpretentious housing estate in France and also home to the island's most famous restaurant, Chez Hortense - laid back (what else could it be here?) and popular with France's VIPs.
If you feel the urge to leave the Cap - and many don't while they are here - the famous appelations of Pauillac and Margaux north in the médoc rouge are not far away. There are many vineyards where you can visit and taste some of the famous wines. Two very approachable châteaux are the under-rated (and relatively inexpensive) Château Maucaillou, a medium-sized, family-run estate in Moulis-en-Médoc; there is an interesting museum exhibiting some of the history of wine-making. Or for a very special visit, Château Giscours in the Margaux region organises tastings of various vintages of its grand crus classés.
Around the other side of the basin is Arcachon, a popular French resort; a part of the town known as the Ville d'Hiver (winter town) is well worth strolling to see the quirky architecture of its many 19th century villas, as is the newly-pedestrianised town centre. South of Arcachon is the famous Dune du Pyla, the largest sand dune in Europe, standing at over 100 metres. A journey to the summit (try it without the staircase provided!) is a must; sunrise and sunset are the best times.
If you're feeling beached out, Bordeaux is about an hour away and is a good option for a day-trip, whether it’s boutique shopping, sight-seeing or culture. Medieval gems of the Gironde east of Bordeaux are also wonderful days out; St Emilion, with its 11th century basilica, is the best known but can be busy - get there early!
Service: Super service from Alternative Aquitaine.
Product: Lovely villa, in great location. Clean and comfortable. I would happily recommend this place. It had a lovely setting and relaxed feel. It is nearly 5 star for us but being asked to strip beds on leaving; I can kind of understand but it's a higher end price point not a hostel and would have expected not to have to do this. Similarly, emptying the dishwasher on last day and having to be out by 10 was a bit annoying as the dishwasher takes time to complete. It was generally well equipped but lacking a fish slice which makes cooking pancakes difficult. These are all easy to remedy and it would have 5 stars if this was the case. Don't be put off by these three minor points it really was fab and isn't it traditional for rental properties to have some piece of equipment missing! Thanks to Helene, we did enjoy it, we could happily have stayed another week.
Product Comment: Thank you for your feedback. The Cabanes enjoy a fantastic location, convenient for the beaches and village. It's definitely not 5-Star and I do understand what you mean re stripping beds, etc - not unusual with French rentals. Really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and I agree Helene is a lovely host.
Service: Really good. Very helpful throughout booking process. Property and destination just as described. Will definitely be booking through Alternative Aquitaine again.
Product: Pleasant, informative greeting by family owners. Basic, spacious and clean. Well presented accomodation. Suggestions for improvement: Would have benefitted from more/better lighting in several of the rooms, better selection of TV channels (i.e. Not just French) and we would have appreciated a 'room safe' in cabin. However property as described in Alternative Aquitaine literature.
Service Comment: Thank you for writing - really pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay on Cap Ferret. Thanks also for the accommodation tips which we will pass on to the owners - all good ideas. Justin
Service: Very helpful. Pleasant to deal with. No problems.
Product: Great location. Near to everything.
Service Comment: Great small company with a personal feel.