What makes Villa les Bruyeres a great holiday rental
Families of all ages. The heated pool makes June & September lets all the more comfortable! Equally, the villa is a good option for couples/friends looking for a quality place to stay and play golf or surf.
Anything to watch out for?
The 4th bedroom is a separate basement flat accessed from the outside only. It has worked well for grandparents, older teenagers and visiting friends.
It's an authentic working fishing port with a bustling sea-front and marina. There's a lively seafood market, excellent seafood restaurants (the locals eat in Capbreton rather than its more illustrious neighbour, Hossegor), a good selection of shops and long stretches of beach in town as well as next to the house. It is a welcome contrast to many of the 'purpose-built' resorts around the French coastline.
Convivial holiday home with private heated pool
Villa les Bruyeres offers a comfortable standard of accommodation and is frequently used as a holiday home by its owners. It is therefore well-equipped for holidays by the beach.
The property is on two levels: the principal accommodation is on the upper level accessed via a few steps from the driveway. The back garden & pool area is also found at this level.
On the lower ground floor there is an excellent basement flat (which is accessed independently).
Accommodation - Upper Level
Accommodation - Lower Level
The back garden/terrace is accessed directly from the living room and also from each side of the house. The gardens are well-kept and feature the 10x5m heated swimming pool with roll-on cover and saltwater filtration. West and south-facing decks soak up the sunshine and there is shade provided by an awning. Outdoor dining and 'easy' furniture & loungers plus BBQ.
To the front of the house there is private parking for 2+ cars in the gated driveway.
Upstairs master bedroom with queen size bed [150 cm] and 2X twin bed rooms. Downstairs suite has king size bed (160cm ) and optional bed settee (double)
1 x en-suites & 1x shared shower room upstairs + ensuite shower room in basement
Heated pool, 10x5m, protected by cover. Saltwater filtration
No smoking, no pets
The property is ideally situated on a quiet residential road, amongst the pine forests of Capbreton and just a few minutes' walk to the local beach (La Piste / VVF). The town centre and market are a 10-15 minute walk. The marina and its attractions - fish market, museum, various restaurants and cafes are more of a bike ride away (1.5 - 2km). There are restaurants, shops and cafes in walking distance.
Nearest village / town: Capbreton 1 km
Nearest beach: La Piste / VVF - 400m
Boulangerie: Capbreton town 800m
Restaurant: Capbreton town 800m
Market: Capbreton town 1 km
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 and restaurants, world-famous surfing beaches, casino, and a lovely golf course and a beautiful lake 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 are 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.
Capbreton regularly holds major surfing competitions; the whole Aquitaine coast is a perfect venue for surfers but at Capbreton 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.
Cyclists can enjoy the many safe forest tracks that connect between the towns along the coast. Sailing enthusiasts should head for the Capbreton 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.
Service: Really we would give 3 1/2 stars, between average and good. Overall service regarding payment and communications before holiday was fine. On arrival at the Villa we were happy with the house, good sized garden with pool. We arrived earlier than the stated check in time which the local contact, Miranda, said would be Ok. The house was clean, although the gardener was still there but as we were early we didn't mind.
Also would like to say Miranda was a good host, and helped us a lot during our stay.
However, the pool was freezing cold and an electrician was called during our stay to fix it. Which he did but it does put you off sun bathing with people popping in and out of the garden. In one of the bedrooms there was damp, which meant the room needed airing everyday, and it also had an ant problem. They were crawling all over the children's chest of draws and floor. Miranda did buy us some ant spray for me to spray but I found that I had to do this every other day because they kept coming back and then I was hoovering up the floor where they had died also not really that relaxing when your on holiday!
A couple of times the sinks in the bathroom and on suite blocked.
A leaky radiator in the master bedroom with a cup and towel placed underneath with damage to the floor. I had to empty the cup a couple of times to stop water going on the floor.
In the downstairs studio flat there wasn't a TV areil or DVD player so we had to take the one DVD player there was from upstairs and put it in so other members of our group could watch TV.
Unfortunetly these little things about the house let it down.
Also it needs to be made clear to future guests that it is really necessary to have transport whilst your there or your very limited to how far you can go and you miss out on a lot. We had no car, and only realised how necessary it was after we were stranded at the local super market. Taxis don't do pick ups like they do in the UK. Thankfully Miranda came to collect us! Guests should either have a car or arrange bike hire before you get there. Bikes can be booked online but be sure to get them delivered or its a good mile and a half walk to the port to collect them.
Product: Lovely location, although transport needed to get about. Lovely house but neglected in some areas that need attention. Good host Miranda!
Product Comment: Thanks for raising these minor issues which have been addressed. You can walk/cycle to everything!
Service: Very quick to respond to questions, very helpful and friendly.
Product: Good location, lovely house. All as described. Miranda was great.
Product Comment: Sums it up nicely - thank you very much!
Product: Very comfortable throughout
Product Comment: Delighted you enjoyed the property and Hossegor. Thanks for sharing your feedback.
Service: Very helpful and knowledgeable.
Product: On the whole a lovely spacious villa in a great location, well equipped and comfortable, our kids were rarely out of the pool. The only downside was the cleanliness of the hot tub which was also highlighted to the local contact. This resulted in us not using it the whole time we were there. Also the directions to get there were a bit vague and difficult to follow.
Service Comment: Really pleased you enjoyed your Capbreton holiday. It is a lovely - and very popular - villa. We will definitely check up on the hot tub and also the directions. Justin
Service: Great initial service during the sales process. Some of the information about a damage deposit was a bit unclear (particularly an administration charge?) Overall good though.
Product: Perfect all bar a few things: Some of the supports for the decking boards were rotted away leaving some of the boards feeling very unsafe under-foot. Some property information at the villa would have been useful, such as procedure for rubbish collection. Whilst air conditioning was not present (which was fine), fans in the bedrooms would have made sleeping more comfortable. The lady who met us on arrival was lovely (Miranda)!
Service Comment: Thanks for writing - we're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at Villa les Bruyeres. Thank you for your comments about the villa - we will pick up your points with the owner to see what can be done to improve. I'm not sure what you mean about an administration charge for the security deposit (there isn't one!) but my apologies for any confusion during the process. Bethan
Service: Everything was good as always, on time and as described.
Service Comment: Thanks - delighted your latest Aquitaine holiday was a success. Hossegor next year or back to Moliets?! Justin
Service: Good communication and all my queries answered quickly.
Product: Fantastic well equipped house with a gorgeous garden.
Service Comment: Great feedback thank you. It's a popular rental, very well priced. Justin
Service: Easy to book and responded very quickly
Product: Really please with villa, as described
Service Comment: Glad the holiday went well. Thanks for replying to the questionnaire. Justin
Service: Very knowledgable regarding the ares and properties as well as being helpful on all enquiries, including booking taxis from the airport.
Product: Clean, well maintained, great location lovely local contact. In a very quiet area and very relaxing. I don't want to seem picky as everything was great but to try and help the owners and next guests there was no microwave on arrival but on pointing this out we were given one the next day. It also says on the website that there are bikes and a garage to store your own bikes and boards. There are no bikes to use although Miranda offered me use of one of hers and there is no access to the garage to store your own gear. Pool was fantastic, nicely heated and ver clean.
Service Comment: thanks very much for giving your feedback. I'm very pleased to read that you enjoyed Capbreton and your villa - it's been incredibly popular this year. Sorry about the lack of microwave on arrival. Also, there has indeed been a change regarding the garage access and availability of bikes and we've amended the description. Really appreciate you writing and hope you come back! Justin
Service: Information pack was comprehensive and useful. It was good to know that Alternative Aquitane visit the properties themselves.
Product: A few housekeeping points passed on to Alternative Acquitaine. Great features were the pool and large open plan dining and sitting room area.
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