This house has it all! A lovely, spacious summer house with its own pool, centrally located in one of the most sought-after locations in Aquitaine - a rare find
WHAT MAKES VILLA ESCALE A GREAT HOLIDAY RENTAL
This rental is perfect for families with children of all ages. It's a holiday to keep everyone happy - calm bay waters and surf beaches within easy reach, surrounded by fabulous shops and restaurants, and lovely forest cycle trails - a great place to experience the unique chic that is Cap Ferret. Although simple in style, it has a lovely summery vibe and you'll find all the facilities you need for a relaxing stay - even a jacuzzi bath to relax those tired surfing muscles!
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Pool is protected by a removable fence, which will need to be in place for toddlers..
WHY CAP FERRET?
We’ve not met anyone yet who has been to Cap Ferret and not come home a complete convert, but it’s worth noting that it is an area of natural, unspoilt beauty – in spite of its reputation as a upmarket destination it is not conventionally luxurious in the same way as Cap Ferrat (on the Med, often confused with Cap Ferret), but has a laid-back ‘beach-chic’ style of its own. It also means that apart from beaches, surfing, sailing, exploring by bike and eating out, there isn’t much to do. But what else do you need?!
The 220m2 villa is set amongst lovely pine trees, right at the heart of Cap Ferret village. It is a semi-detached property - the other half of the building faces in the opposite direction, and is accessed via a parallel road. Noise insulation between the two houses is good.
Please note that Villa Escale can sleep up to 10 people, but we feel it is more suited to 6-8 (dining tables have seating for 6 round the indoor table; 8 on the table outdoors).
The villa is arranged on two floors:
Inside - ground floor:
The ground floor accommodation is dominated by the large, open plan living area, comprising a comfortable living/seating area opening onto the garden and pool; dining table and modern kitchen. The well-equipped kitchen includes a Nespresso coffee machine, cooker and hob, microwave, washer/dryer. They are all modern facilities, reflecting the simple but well thought-out furnishings evident throughout.
Next to the open-plan area (but separate to it, and with its own sliding doors onto the garden) is a TV room with sofa-bed, chairs, large-screen TV and wireless bluetooth speaker. This room also has an en-suite shower room.
Completing the main accommodation downstairs are two further bedrooms - a double bedroom with sliding doors leading out onto a terrace at the side of the house (housing the first of the two king-sized beds in the property) and a further domitory-style bedroom with 4 single beds (lined up next to eachother) for the kids - no arguments about who goes where in this villa!
In addition to the en-suite, there is also a separate shower room downstairs.
Inside - upstairs:
The upstairs accommodation comprises the master bedroom, separate bathroom and a lovely roof terrace. The roof terrace extends the length of the house, and accesses the garden via a flight of stairs at the side. It offers a second outdoors space with seating, ideal for those wanting a little extra privacy in the sunshine.
The bathroom on the second floor comprises jacuzzi bath, shower and double-basin.
The perfect space to relax in, the garden of Villa Escale offers both outside dining on a table for 8, and a comfortable seating area for just chilling out by the pool. There's also a separate bar-style seating area leading out from the TV room.
The pool measures 7x4 and has a depth of 1.80m - it heats up rapidly in the sunshine. Next to the pool there's also a good-sized grassed area for kids to play on.
Parking is on the streeet in front of the house.
2 bedrooms with king-size beds; 1 bedroom with sofa bed (TV room); 1 dormitory room with 4 single beds
3 bathrooms, 1 with jacuzzi bath
Private pool surrounded by decking and removable security fence
Set in the heart of Cap Ferret village, Villa Escale lies 250m from the Bélisaire jetty connecting Cap Ferret with Arcachon.
Although right in the bustling centre of Cap Ferret village, the villa itself is located in a residential area amongst the beautiful pine trees which characterise this peninsula. Take a short walk to the wide range of shops and restaurants nearby, or spend all morning browsing in the busy market - you can buy anything from fresh fish to jewellery.
It's no distance either to the local beaches - you have the choice of the calm waters of the Arcachon Bay, with its spectacular oyster beds, or the miles-long stretch of beautiful Atlantic beach for the more adventurous.
Nearest village / town: In Cap Ferret Centre
Nearest beach: Plage de l'Horizon 1km (just over 10 minutes walking)
Boulangerie: On your doorstep
Restaurant: On your doorstep
Market: Marché Cap Ferret (700m)
Visit local market and oyster-farming villages. Explore Cap Ferret's wonderful forest cycle trails (pick up 500m from the house). Hang out in chic Cap Ferret village. Boat trips around the Bassin and to Dune de Pilat. Le Petit Train trip across the peninsula is a delight. Take ferry to the 'mainland': Arcachon and le Moulleau. Visit Médoc wine region (Margaux, Lafite, etc), revitalised Bordeaux, historic St Emilion.
Activities: surfing a must (schools at le Truc Vert and l'Horizon beaches), cycling, watersports, fishing too.
• Climb the Dune de Pilat (esp. by water taxi)
• Ride a tram through central Bordeaux
• Tour the Médoc vineyards and wine-tasting
• Walk around St Emilion (UNESCO world heritage site)
Cap Ferret is a beautiful sandy strip bordered by incredible Atlantic beaches & dunes on one side, the gentle Bay shore on the other, and the scent of pine forest in between. It has a stylish, laid-back ambience and an unspoilt, natural environment which give it an 'island' feel - what could be better for a holiday.
Cap Ferret village is 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 to the fantastic Atlantic beach "l'Horizon" 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 is worth exploring by bicycle. It is 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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