What makes Studio de l'Ocean a great holiday rental
This is very simple to answer!
This is an ideal holiday let for couples seeking for an inexpensive rental close to the surf, cafes, bars and shops. Equally, it would suit a young family with one or two kids who don't mind sharing a room with Mum / Dad.
Anything to watch out for?
It's not possible to park your car next to the flat - it's a short walk (1 min) from the public car park. There is a hob, microwave and BBQ but no oven.
An established surfing resort with a very 'cool' vibe. The resort offers great beaches, good shopping, a lovely lagoon and plenty of activities (surf, golf, tennis, cycling, sailing & more).
Original and stylish studio flat, steps from the best surf in Europe.
Rob and Megan - the owners of Studio de l'Océan - first contacted us when they began looking to buy a holiday flat in the area. We helped advise them on location, and gave guidance on what rents well, as well as the things to avoid.
In fact, we don't normally take on studio apartments. But we decided to do so in this case because the owners have made such a good job of renovating it, and of course because the location is so appealing.
Throughout the apartment you will see examples of Rob's hand-carved oak furnishings - wood that he has felled, milled and turned himself. The oak, sycamore and cedar furniture really help to set this apartment aside from the rest.
Originally a one-bedroomed flat, the decision was taken to remove several walls in order to make the apartment more light and spacious - it has to be said that many French apartments that we visit (and invariably reject) are simply too dark and miserable to consider! At 40m2 in total (interior space), this studio flat is the size of many 2 bedroom French apartments.
The living room has a sofa, a separate 140cm double bed, a 90cm single bed (stowed underneath the double) plus bunk beds. The top bunk bed is narrow (75cm) and more useful as a bit of storage. For comfort, we recommend no more than 3-4 people share the apartment.
The room also features a dvd player with 8'x6' projector screen plus internet access (fixed line, not wi-fi). Note there is no TV in the flat as so far it's proved impossible to get a decent reception. However, there is a new dvd library featuring over 70 titles.
The flat has a large shower room which has been newly fitted with shower and large sink plus WC.
The kitchenette contains: washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and halogen oven (similar to slow cook pot).
The flat benefits from a large (32m2) terrace area decked with freshly milled cedar. The area is made private by a surrounding hedge. Outdoor furniture is provided.
An electric BBQ is provided.
There is no dedicated car parking space but the large car park that serves the apartment is only a minute away and usually has spaces even in the height of the season.
Studio with double bed, bunks beds and additional single too
Shower, WC, basin
No pool at venue but super heated lido at Casino complex - 1km
DVD library and projector screen
No pets and no smoking please
The apartment is in the Les Terrasses de l'Océan residence - a collection of mostly holiday apartments situated at the Plage Notre Dames, the southern-most stretch of beach at Hossegor. The residence is not right on the beach but is one row back and it's literally only a few steps to the sand. Technically, the address is actually Capbreton, yet the location is on the Hossegor side of the marina. A 5 minute stroll along the boardwalk and you'll reach the bars, cafes and nightlife at Place du Landais, or walk 15-20 minutes along the marina into Hossegor (lagoon and town centre shops). In fact, from the flat, you can walk out of the door and follow the marina to the lagoon without having to cross a road. Hossegor town centre has some very tasteful shops, good cafés, lots of restaurants and a good sprinkling of surf boutiques too.
Nearest village / town: Hossegor
Nearest beach: Ocean 50 metres; lagoon beach 1km
Boulangerie: 1km town centre (NB local cafes serve breakfast)
Restaurant: Lots in walking distance
Market: Hossegor 1km
The local region of Sud Landes is typical Aquitaine - endless stretches of sandy beaches buffeted by the Atlantic ocean, vast pine forests punctuated by the occasional lake and criss-crossed by a network of cycle trails.
Capbreton and Hossegor are neighbouring seaside towns which between them offer an appealing contrast. Hossegor is the more famous, largely through its surfing heritage. It's a 'feelgood' place offering boutique shopping, great bars, nightlife and restaurants, world-famous surfing beaches, casino, and a lovely golf course pllus a beautiful lagoon for safe bathing.
Capbreton lives in the shadow of Hossegor but it's the place the locals prefer for eating out and for beaches. It's definitely the more authentic of the two, largely because of its fishing port and daily fish market. In fact, the town thrived in the 19th century as a whaling port and this sea-faring heritage is still very much apparent today.
It also has a charming town centre and market. Capbreton is just more French than Hossegor, if you see what we mean. It remains, admirably, something of a French (and Spanish) secret.
Capbreton sea-front is a bustling place, day and evening. You can walk all the way along the marina and sea-front. The jetty, known locally as l'estacade, offers excellent coastal views. There's normally a few locals here trying to catch a fish for supper. It makes for great viewing!
Like most of the south west coast, Capbreton-Hossegor is something of an outdoor playground. Take your pick from surfing, canoeing, sailing, diving, fishing, cycling, tennis, horse-riding and golf to name a few. Golfers will enjoy the local course, the 1930s-built Golf d’Hossegor. The traditional club house is also a delight. A short drive up the road is Seignosse, a water and forest monster of a course ranked in Continental Europe’s Top 50. There are other great courses within 45 minutes drive including Moliets and several around Biarritz.
Hossegor regularly holds major surfing competitions; the whole Aquitaine coast is a perfect venue for surfers but here, the presence of an offshore hollow in the sea-bed gives the waves here that extra edge. If you don't fancy a go yourself, just sit on the sea-front with a drink of your choice and watch the surfers ride to shore. Surfing visitors will also want to visit the outlet centre at Soorts where the major brands have factory stores selling boards, accessories and clothing.
Cyclists can enjoy the many safe forest tracks that connect between the towns along the coast. Sailing enthusiasts should head for the marina. Being so close to the Pays Basque border, sporting life also includes the legendary game of pelote; you can watch a game at the fronton in Hossegor.View More Hossegor Rentals
Service: Great team, very knowledgable! Great work in finding us some last minute accommodation so we could extend our holiday!
Product: Sweet little studio with great access to both the beach and the river.
Service Comment: We're delighted to hear that the studio worked well for you - it's definitely in the perfect location for the surf! Thanks for sharing your comments. Bethan
Service: Very efficient and professional
Product: Little hidden gem in residential Hossegor\capreton just stone throw from beach. We had 2 tall teenagers aged 15 and 12 and it was big enough as we were out at beach all day. Surf theme suited my family of surfers. Projector was a big hit with teenagers and wide variety of dvds. Only negatives was the cat who is constantly in garden area and no oven. Otherwise perfect!! Restaurants fabulous.
Service Comment: Thank you for writing - it sounds like Studio de l'Ocean was a perfect match for your family and we're so pleased you enjoyed the 'surf vibe' of the area. We're really sorry about the lack of oven - we have had lots of people stay there and it's not come up before now - thank you for pointing it out, we have updated our website. As for the cat - our apologies for this unwanted extra guest! We will talk to the owners to see if there's anything that can be done - we realise that not everyone is a 'cat person'. Bethan
Service: Fantastic service from start to finish
Product: Better than what we expected
Service Comment: Wow, thank you! So pleased you both enjoyed the studio, it's an Hossegor treasure, and great value. Alex
Service: Some delay in meeting the rep for the studio whose services were adequate.
Product: Location was fine and worked well with bikes and a hire car but if we were to go to the area again we would probably look closer to Hossegor.
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