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What makes Villa La Tosca an exceptional holiday rental
Villa La Tosca has everything: breath-taking views, beautiful grounds, elegant interior. Tranquility, privacy, luxury. Guests who stay here never want to leave.
The villa's concierge can organise sailing trips, yoga sessions, a local chef to cook or teach - anything to make your holiday perfect. In short, Aquitaine at its finest.
As a taster, clients who book via Alternative Aquitaine are offered one of the following complimentary experiences:
For examples take a look at Villa La Tosca Unique Experiences & Activities.
We also recommend reading Villa La Tosca Testimonials - they really bring it to life.
Extended gatherings of friends and family. A superb venue for reunions, anniversaries and celebrations. (Available for weekend & midweek stays October-May.)
Groups of golfers will really appreciate the 5 nights luxury Bordeaux golf experience that the team at Tosca have pulled together.
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Why the bassin d'Arcachon?
The bassin d'Arcachon is known for its reinvigorating micro-climate - the blend of pine forest and ocean air - and lovely natural light. Examples of stunning architecure abound, from the elegant villas on the eastern side to fisherman's cabane-inspired chalets on the west. It is an area of unspoilt natural beauty too (the coastline is protected), especially at high tide when the clear still waters of the Bay stretch for miles. For the active, it is a superb destination for sailing, surfing, fishing, cycling, horse-riding, bird-watching. Foodies will enjoy oyster- & wine-tasting too. Or just relax, unwind & enjoy.
Elegant, historic, lovingly-renovated Italian-style villa in a stunning, unspoilt waterfront setting
The house is discreetly located and cannot be viewed until the gates are open. Then entering Villa La Tosca for the first time is like entering an oasis - the striking beauty of first the house, then the garden and finally the views of the Bay: it's immediately obvious this is somewhere very special.
The palm-tree lined drive leads to a parking area at the rear of the property with space for 4-5 cars. A separate building here is the concierge office. The overall plot is 4500m2. A pebbled path runs round to the grounds; a flight of stone steps leads up to a veranda and main entrance.
The entire house was renovated with much love and without compromise in 2009. Inside the décor is contemporary, using pale, neutral colours, and very high quality throughout. Natural materials - natural wood floor, bamboo screens - are used extensively. High ceilings, tall windows, attractive French doors connecting rooms and with the western veranda, make it feel light, airy and comfortable. Rooms are very generously-sized without feeling empty or austere - this is very much a home for people to feel comfortable in. It is furnished in the same way - tasteful, chic, designed for good, relaxing living. Total interior space comes to 900m2.
To the left of the entrance the state-of-the-art kitchen is superbly equipped, designed for amateur as well as professional chefs (the latter can be arranged). It includes double oven & range, all appliances (heating drawer, deep fryer, coffee machine, dishwasher, microwave, tumble dryer), and an attractive two-way fireplace shared with the dining room opposite.
The dining room is spacious, contemporary, ideal for a romantic dinner, a relaxed buffet or something more formal. Two sets of French doors open onto the veranda and offer views over the garden and Bay.
French doors connect to the generously-proportioned salon with open fireplace & bar area. Two armchairs and a set of stylish sofas are usually arranged into two comfortable seating/reading areas, two sets of French doors providing direct access onto the veranda on the western, Bay-facing side.
(The room can also also be arranged for receptions - extending into the dining room and veranda - holding up to 80 people, or 160 using a marquee in the garden.)
At this level there is also:
Altogether there are eight double bedrooms, each one with its own high quality spa-style en-suite bathroom or shower room, flat screen TV and Internet access point. Five of the bedrooms have views over the bassin d'Arcachon and Cap Ferret. Each is attractively-furnished with high quality bedding, and colourful, contemporary fabrics; three contain original fireplaces. The bedrooms are arranged as follows:
Outside the beautifully-kept gardens contain 2 fountains, ecological pool, Balinese beds & hammock. An ornamental stream - sourced 80m down - meanders around the grounds, crossed at one point by a small wooden bridge.
The rectangular, naturally-filtered, spring-fed pool measures 15m x 4m and is protected by an alarm. With its filter basins and natural regeneration, looks like a natural lake in the park. The water is filtered and regenerated through the plants, rocks, pebbles. Guests can relax in the green waters of the pool, which come from natural sources and leave their skin smooth, soft, silky ... or relax in one of our comfortable lounges overlooking the deck with 180 degree views of the garden and Bay. The terrace is also a site for cocktails, or romantic candle-lit dinners under the stars.
The lawns are extensive, and include a pétanque (boules) court for some lively competition. Also available are croquet, table tennis, trampoline, table football, volleyball net.
At the bottom of the garden a heritage gate leads through the century-old stone wall and, at low tide, directly onto the beach of fine sand or, at high tide, into the Bay.
Please contact us for factsheets & further info.
As well as weekly rentals, Villa La Tosca is available for weekend and midweek stays October-May, weddings and longer term rentals - please enquire for details.
8 doubles, each with en-suite bath- or shower-room
8 en-suite bath or shower rooms
15m x 4m naturally-filtered, spring-fed pool, protected by an alarm
Canoe and cycles also available for guests' use.
Sorry, no pets and no smoking in the house
Villa La Tosca is located on one of the discreet residential allées in Taussat, on the eastern shore of the Arcachon Bay and accessible from Bordeaux airport in 30 minutes.
Taussat is small village known for its grand waterfront villas, marina and oyster-farming quarter. The village centre contains a cluster of shops including boulangerie, tabac & newsagent, hotel & restaurants. Five kms to the north is Andernos-les-Bains, the largest town on this side of the Bay. It's about a 20-30 minute drive to the Atlantic beaches and about an hour into the centre of Bordeaux.
Nearest village / town: Andernos (5 kms)
Nearest beach: Waterfront at the bottom of the garden
Boulangerie: Taussat (500m)
Restaurant: Taussat (500m)
Market: Andernos (5 kms)
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