Montaulieu

Beautiful 18th century barn renovation in natural surroundings
Ref: 209 Arjuzanx 1.7 km
  • 3 bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bath/Shower Rooms
  • private pool
  • Comfort Rating Good quality
  • Tranquility & nature

We Say

Authentic restoration providing a comfortable rental of great character, all in a very peaceful forest setting. Not forgetting the superb 16m swimming pool!

Pricing & availability

Montaulieu
3 bedrooms, sleeps 8

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Notes on prices

  • Price includes: Bed linen, bathroom towels
  • Compulsory extras: EUR 100 cleaning charge paid locally
  • Optional extras:
  • Security deposit: EUR 1500
  • Changeover day: Saturday during summer
  • Arrival and departure:
  • Fortnight booking restriction: No

WHAT MAKES LES ECURIES DE MONTAULIEU A GREAT HOLIDAY RENTAL

  • Tranquil and natural environment in the heart of Les Landes regional park and Arjuzanx nature reserve
  • Authentic property full of character plus 3 ha grounds
  • Fantastic 16m swimming pool
  • Easy day-trip to the coast
  • Leisure lake with sandy beach in the village (cycle or short drive)
  • Cycling and running trails nearby

NB New photos will be available at the end of summer 2016. In the meantime ask Justin for details - he was there in June.

BEST FOR:

The safe and spacious grounds make it ideal for young children, plus the sandy beach at Arjuzanx is very toddler friendly.

Couples who enjoy nature and peaceful surroundings - a place to completely 'chill out'.

In fact, this is a venue for guests who want to 'detox' from busy urban living and who will embrace the natural and peaceful environment.

Long winter lets are also very attractive and a time to spot migratory birds heading south - and an opportunity to forage for mushrooms in the forests. The lounge wood burner will keep you warm during cold winter months.

SUITABILITY FOR:

  • Toddlers - especially good (gardens to play, local sandy beach, cot & high chair available)
  • Teenagers - it's very quiet here and no wifi
  • Reduced Mobility - not suitable (all bedrooms upstairs)

ANYTHING TO WATCH OUT FOR?

There is no wifi at this property. The mobile network is fine should you need mobile data. However, we propose Les Ecuries for people who want a break from the digital world...

The owners' property is in the grounds (see aerial photo). They would like to enjoy the swimming pool also but will not do whilst guests are present.

Mind your head on the low beams!

WHY LES LANDES?

It's a protected, natural environment that has changed little in the last 100 years. Dominated by the region's famous pine forests, this is a very sparsely populated area of France. If sleepy villages, natural surroundings and total relaxation is our thing then this is a destination you should consider. There are visits and days out to enjoy - the stunning Atlantic beaches are 35 minutes' drive whilst the leisure lake, visitor centre and sandy beach in Arjuzanx is perfect for young families. 

Accommodation

Character 18th century grange in 3 ha natural woodland setting, totally renovated in 2012

Les Ecuries is definitely a place for Francophiles. These days, most new holiday rentals coming on to the market are strikingly modern so we welcome something authentic and distinctly French.

The owners' beautiful maison de maitre is next door in the grounds. Holly and her husband are on hand to assist you, if needed - they speak English.

On two levels, the property offers 200m2 of living space.

The house is kept cool in summer with a ventilation system.

Inside - Ground Floor

  • Open-plan séjour featuring exposed beams and vaulted ceiling. The room is divided into a lounge, dining area and kitchen. From the kitchen you have direct access to a patio terrace with BBQ
  • Downsairs kids' bathroom
  • Separate WC
  • Laundry room 

Inside - First Floor

All 3 bedrooms are on the upper level:

  • Master bedroom with 180cm double bed (can be split into 2 singles) with en-suite shower open to the room
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed) with en-suite shower and WC
  • Kids' 'dorm' bedroom with 4 single beds plus TV room with sofa
  • Separate WC shared by master bedroom and kids' room

Outside

Acres of space for relaxing and playing...

  • Badminton and table tennis provided
  • Separate petanque court
  • Beautiful 16 x 4 m swimming pool, situated 30 m from the house
  • South-facing private patio terrace with Weber BBQ and an area of garden independent of the owners' home
  • Covered east-facing terrace - perfect for alfresco petit dejeuner
  • Parking for 2 cars

Bedrooms

1x double; 1x double that can be twins; 1x kids' dorm with 4 singles

Bathrooms

2x ensuite shower rooms + kids' bathroom

Pool

Stunning 16 x 4 m pool (unheated), depth 1.2 - 1.5 m

Equipment

Kitchen

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

Entertainment

  • dvd player
  • tv with french channels

Outside

  • table tennis
  • bbq or plancha

General

  • cot
  • high chair

House Rules

Pets welcome

Location

Perfect for nature lovers in the heart of Les Landes forest and Arjuzanx Nature Reserve.

The rental property and the owners' home lie within generous grounds surrounded on three sides by forest. Guests will enjoy peaceful surroundings and the owners will completely respect your privacy.

Day-trips to the beach are easy enough - the seaside resort of Contis Plage is 45 minutes and there's great sufing and body-boarding to be had here. The small town of Morcenx (for shops and supermarket) is less than 10 minutes in the car.

Local Amenities

Nearest village / town: Arjuzanx 1.7 km
Nearest beach: Contis Plage 44 km
Boulangerie: Morcenx 7 km
Restaurant: Arjuzanx 1.7 km
Market: Morcenx 7 km including farmers' market on Wednesday

Distance to nearest major transport connections

  • Bordeaux airport 112 km
  • Biarritz airport 109 km
  • Saint Malo 652 km
  • Caen 727 km
  • Calais terminal 990 km
  • Santander 343 km

Things to do and see

Our Highlights

  • Family days at the lake beach of Arjuzanx - swimming in the warm water or hiring a pedalo
  • Running the trails through the forest and around the lakes
  • Bike ride on the Arjuzanx lake circuit
  • Spend a day appreciating your surroundings: early trip to the market in Morcenx then chill out in the garden/pool, a lazy lunch in the shade, BBQ for dinner rounded off with a little petanque competition....

Nearby Activities

  • Cycling
  • Horse-riding
  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking

Day Trip Ideas

  • Arjuzanx leisure lake will occupy you for many days - kids will love the life-guarded sandy beach. There's also a nature reserve and visitor centre plus family-friendly cycle trails around the lake
  • Body-boarding or surfing at the small seaside resort of Contis Plage, or Moliets Plage for a little more buzz
  • Take the train from Morcenx and spend the day in stunning Bordeaux - it's only 1 hour each way
  • For a longer trip head to the coast south of Arcachon and discover the magnificent Dune de Pilat - Europe's highest sand dune 
  • The Adour river towns such as St Sever and Grenade-sur-l'Adour are delightful especially on market days. We recommend staying for lunch!
  • Pampering in Dax - the home of thermal spa treatments
  • Discover the Ecomusee de Sabres to learn more about life in the Landes region and its fascinating history

The Local Area

The little village does offer a tempting eatery - l'Auberge du Lac - but the main point of interest is Lac d'Arjuzanx. Here at the lake is a sandy beach perfect for little ones - it's lifeguarded in summer, there's a snack bar, new visitor centre and toilets. More active visitors can do a circuit of the lake on foot, two wheels or via horseback! There's also water sports rental on the lake.

Morcenx (7 km) has your everyday shops, supermarket and train station in case you do a day trip to Bordeaux, plus municipal tennis courts free of charge. The town also hosts a farmers' market each Wednesday.

If you want to visit the ocean beaches once or twice a week then Contis Plage (44 km) and Moliets Plage (61 km) are the nearest resorts and both offer surf school and equipment hire. Contis is relatively quiet and you will have no problem finding your own space. You probably won't want to be amongst the crowds so try Cap de l'Homy Plage for a less-well-trodden beach retreat.

As well cycling, horse-riding is available locally and there are many lovely, quiet routes and trails to explore.

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