What makes Villa Ardea a great holiday rental
Villa Ardea is a modernised holiday house for up to 8 people in the lighthouse district of Cap Ferret village, a few minutes' walk from the shops and restaurants of the centre. The dining and kitchen areas open onto a north-west-facing terrace for eating alfresco. Beaches, the superb local market and good restaurants are a walk away. Villa Ardea is a great place to enjoy this unique corner of France.
Families and groups of friends wanting an easy holiday where everything you need is a walk or cycle away, in one of France's most chic destinations and which is laid-back too.
Anything to watch out for?
Villa Ardea adjoins another rental property, Maison des Hérons, on the east side; the owners have been meticulous about ensuring the best possible insulation from neighbouring noise and visual screening so you are not overlooked. In July & August the owners live in a nearby apartment and are on-hand for help or information if required, but will otherwise leave you in complete privacy.
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, relaxed but appreciative of good living. The bay is renowned for sailing & oysters, the Atlantic beach is superb. It's easy to get around. It's an Aquitaine gem.
Villa Ardea is a modern, tastefully decorated house adjoining another of the owner's rentals, Maison des Herons, on one side. There is excellent interior sound-proofing and good screening outside so that neither house overlooks the other.
The house is reached via an enclosed garden at the front of the property, gated from the road outside. The entrance porch leads via double doors into the downstairs area comprising:
· Good sized living/dining room, with extendable dining table and chairs for up to 10 people
· A small kitchen opening onto the terrace, equipped with dishwasher, washing machine, oven, 4-ring hob, microwave, fridge
· Lounge/reading room
· Bedroom 1: double bed, with built-in cupboards
· Shower room
Open stairs lead to the first floor and:
· Bedroom 2: double bed, with built-in cupboards
· Bedroom 3: bunk beds and built-in cupboards
· Bedroom 4: twin beds (can make a double), shelves
· Mezzanine area/TV corner with single bed
· Bathroom, plus separate WC
The porch at the front of the house doubles as a very pleasant outside sitting and eating area - with two sets of double-doors into the house it also nicely extends the space inside, and is directly accessed from the kitchen as well as the dining/living area. The porch is raised from the front garden by a single step; the gardens are partly-paved, partly-unmade ground, with a small grassy area, totally enclosed and have plenty of playing space for children. There is a barbecue, garden furniture and parasol.
The owner Caroline is, like us, passionate about Cap Ferret and will be delighted to share her enthusiasm and knowledge with you. Speaking from experience, it is infectious!
2x doubles, 1 x twin (can make double), 1 x bunk beds, plus single bed on mezzanine level
1 shower room with WC downstairs, 1 bathroom (no WC) upstairs, further separate WC upstairs
Please note the Wifi is of a low level and at times the signal can be very weak, this is due to the location of the property and unfortunately means a signal can not always be guaranteed.
No pets, sorry. No smoking in the house.
Villa Ardea is situated on a quiet residential road on the edge of the high sought after area of Cap Ferret village, just 500m from the lighthouse and a five minute walk from the village's first shops (including boulangerie - always essential) and 10 minutes amble from the centre (including Cap Ferret's summer daily market), and ocean and Bay of Arcachon beaches.
Nearest village / town: Cap Ferret
Nearest beach: Cap Ferret (300m), l'Horizon (600m)
Boulangerie: Cap Ferret
Restaurant: Dozens in Le Cap Ferret
Market: Cap Ferret (open everyday in summer)
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 600m away to the west, the bassin d'Arcachon beach at Cap Ferret village, with amazing views over to the Dune de Pyla, is 400m to the east.
On the way you pass through Cap Ferret village, the chic-est spot on the the Presqu'Ile. 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.
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!View More Cap Ferret Rentals
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Service Comment: Thank you for your kind comments - Cap Ferret is such a special place and we're so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday there. Bethan
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