Villa des Pelicans

attractive & comfortable holiday home, walk to beach, restaurants & market
Ref: 255 Cap Ferret
  • 5 bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 3 Bath/Shower Rooms
  • no pool
  • Comfort Rating Good quality
  • Walk to beach, market & restaurants

We Say

Well-equipped and convivial beach house, room for 2 families, an easy walk Cap Ferret's beaches, market & restaurants - good value for up to 10 people

Pricing & availability

Villa des Pelicans
5 bedrooms, sleeps 10

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Offers

Fortnight Deals
  • 5% off fortnight bookings, save over £200 for 14 nights! Excludes stays between July 14th and September 1st.)

Notes on prices

  • Price includes: Bed linen & bathroom towels, exit clean
  • Compulsory extras: None
  • Optional extras: Mid-stay cleaning 100 EUR, mid-stay change of linen 180 EUR. 1 dog welcome, 75 EUR supplement plus extra GBP 150 on security deposit.
  • Security deposit: GBP 500
  • Changeover day: Saturday in July & August, flexible at other times
  • Arrival and departure: Arrival between 5pm and 7pm, departure by 10am pls
  • Fortnight booking restriction: No

What Makes Villa des Pélicans A Great Holiday Rental

  • Light & spacious accommodation for up to 10 people
  • Ditch the car & enjoy a holiday on foot or by bike!
    • Cap Ferret beaches, restaurants & market all just 500m away
    • Good access to lovely forest cycle trails
  • Sought-after destination - stylish & authentic
  • Fantastic area for boat trips, surfing & sailing, oyster-tasting

Best For:

One extended family, two families, or a group of friends looking for a good value rental to accommodate everyone comfortably in a unique & special area of south west France. Anyone who enjoys good food & wine, pine-forest & sand-dunes, and an outdoors way-of-life will love it here.

Suitability For:

  • Toddlers: will need supervision around the front and rear balconies; they'll love the bay-side beaches
  • Teenagers: wifi, lots of actvities close by, safe area to explore independently
  • Reduced mobility: house is arranged upside-down, living space, kitchen & terraces are upstairs

Anything To Watch Out For?

Traffic noise: the house is set back from the avenue de Bordeaux, but passing traffic is clearly audible outside. Noise is less apparent on the main terrace at the back of the house, facing towards the forest and ocean. The road is moderately busy during the day, quieter in the evenings.

The cabin-style bedrooms downstairs (double and twin) are interconnecting, and share a bathroom.

Why Cap Ferret?

Cap Ferret village is one of France's most chic holiday destinations featuring smart boutiques, cafés and restaurants in a low-rise, island-style setting - the ambience is relaxed and casual, where good living matters most. The bay is renowned for its seafood (especially oysters), fabulous beaches, sailing, surfing, lovely cycle trails, some fantastic (and famous) restaurants. An Aquitaine gem.

Accommodation

Modern, well-equipped and comfortable beach house for up to 10 people

Villa des Pelicans is a bright, modern Cap Ferret beach house - in fact a renovated cottage plus contemporary two storey extension - located between the village centre and Atlantic beaches, in walking distance of both, in a large plot of 1200m2.

The house is arranged "upside-down", with the open-plan living area, two bedrooms & a bathroom upstairs, three more bedrooms and two more bathrooms downstairs.

The style is warm & natural, with pine flooring & natural floorcoverings upstairs, and cabin-style wood-lined walls downstairs. The furnishings are modern & tasteful and the interior lovely & bright.

Upstairs:

Spacious open-plan living room with large corner sofa (seats 3-4), small flat-screen TV, wood-burner, dining table & chairs (seats 10).

Open-plan kitchen with double French doors opening on to rear terrace. Well-equipped including oven, hob, coffee maker, kettle, toaster, microwave, dishwasher, fridge. (There is a second fridge in the garage.)

East-facing front terrace with table and chairs for 6, plus 3 sun loungers - perfect for morning coffee in the sunshine.

West-facing rear terrace, overlooking the forest, with dining table & chairs (seats 6) plus free-standing gas barbecue. There is plenty of room to move the smaller east terrace table out here too, so 10 people can eat together.

Off the living area is the upstairs sleeping quarters comprising:

  • Master bedroom: 150 cm double bed, chest of drawers and wardrobe
  • Bathroom with bath tub & separate shower; separate WC
  • Bedroom two, quite small, with double bed (140 cm) and sliding doors opening on to the rear terrace

Downstairs:

Stairs lead down from the living room. Downstairs is in two parts - the new part (at the front, east side) where there is Bedroom three: a double bedroom (140 cm) with glass door which opens to the front garden, and the second bathroom, with basin, toilet, walk-in shower & WC.

The original part of downstairs (facing the rear of the house) is best used as a family suite comprising two inconnecting bedrooms (a double 140cm, a twin 2x 90cm) and a bathroom with shower, basin & WC. You pass through the twin room to access the double bedroom and its adjoining bathroom.

Outside:

At the front of the house the gated entrance leads into a parking area for 2-3 cars. The garage is left open for guests, and provides good storage for bikes, beach kit, surfboards, etc. There is a hot & cold outdoor shower on the north side of the house (up the steps on the right pictured at the front).

Bedrooms

4 double beds (one 150 x 200cm, three 140 x 200cm), 1 twin bedroom (two 90 x 200cm beds)

Bathrooms

Bathroom with shower & bath, 2 shower rooms

Pool

Equipment

Kitchen

  • dishwasher
  • washing machine
  • oven & hob
  • microwave
  • fridge freezer
  • kettle
  • coffee maker
  • toaster
  • iron & ironing board

Entertainment

  • dvd player
  • tv with French channels
  • wi-fi

Outside

  • bbq or plancha
  • parking space

Additional House Info

Tumble dryer & second fridge in garage.

No smoking please; dogs accepted on request

Location

Villa des Pélicans is equidistant between the ocean on one side (west) and Arcachon Bay on the other. It's a 15 minute walk over the dunes to the ocean and coastal footpath, and just 5-10 minutes in the other direction to the market, boutiques & restaurants in the centre of Cap Ferret itself, plus the beaches which face the Arcachon Bay. You can pick up the peninsula's lovely cycle trails close by too. (Good hire shop 200m away.)

It is situated on the corner of avenue de Bordeaux and a residential side road. The house is set back from the road in a 1200m2 plot amongst pine trees. Road noise is audible at the front of the house, less so at the back where it faces the forest and is oriented towards the ocean.

Local Amenities

Nearest village / town: Cap Ferret
Nearest beach: 500m to ocean; lifeguarded beach at l'Horizon, 1 km
Boulangerie: Boulangerie du Cap 250m
Restaurant: Le Mascaret 250m, lots more close by
Market: Marché du Cap Ferret 500m

Distance to nearest major transport connections

  • Bordeaux airport: 70 kms
  • Bergerac airport: 160 kms
  • Arcachon railway station: 2 kms + foot ferry ride
  • Bordeaux railway station: 70 kms
  • St Malo ferry port: 600 kms
  • Calais ferry port/tunnel: 950 kms

Things to do and see

Our Highlights

  • Daily shopping in Cap Ferret food hall and market
  • Waterfront oyster-tasting in Cap Ferret, l'Herbe, le Canon & Piraillan
  • Exploring Cap Ferret's wonderful forest cycle trails
  • Poisson du jour & sauvignon at l'Escale or Chez Hortense
  • A day's surfing or body-boarding at l'Horizon beach

Nearby Activities

  • Surfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing
  • Degustation
  • Paddle-boarding
  • Boat trips

Day Trip Ideas

  • A day's sailing around the Bay to the Ile des Oiseaux and Dune de Pyla - magical
  • A walking or cycling tour of the Bay's distinctive oyster farming villages and protected wetlands
  • Follow the route des vins to tour the Médoc's famous wine châteaux
  • Take a water taxi across the Bay for lunch on the 'mainland' before returning to your island home

The Local Area

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. It's just 500m west to the Atlantic dunes and the same distance east to the gentler bay-facing beach, and Cap Ferret's centre where you'll find smart boutiques, a lively market, cafes and restaurants in a low-rise, laid-back setting.

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 young children, is a delight.

Heading on down to the Pointe is a must, the panormic 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. Climbing to the top of the famous Cap Ferret lighthouse gives an even better view.

Nearby cycle trails lead south through the unmade roads of one of France's most desirable addresses, the 44 Hectares, and north throigh teh pine forests to connect the other charming oyster-farming villages up the peninsula. L'Herbe, especially, is worth a visit.

In all, Cap Ferret is a unique and special destination which people return to year after year.

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