Villa / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

A spacious pretty 1930s property, Villa Cigale retains many traditional features and, set in a large garden with a sunny south-west facing aspect, is a wonderfully light and airy home. Recently refurbished throughout.

Welcome pack provided on arrival. Beach towels - tennis & badmington rackets - toy box - footballs - buckets & spades - inflatable dingy - snorkling masks - well stocked bookcase and selection of DVDs & board games.

Villa Cigale offers superb accommodation for a relaxing beach vacation, and the beach is only 80 meters away.

Enjoy a stroll northwards along the Boulevard de l' Ocean, or along the beach, into Pyla and Le Moulleau Village to enjoy the local restaurants, cafes, and boutiques. Or head south along the beach to the Dune de Pyla - at the summit, the view of the ocean coast is spectacular, the inlet of the Bay, the large pine forest, and Cap Ferret.

Due to excellent access to major routes, Pyla sur Mer is also an ideal base from which to explore the spectacular Arcachon Basin & Cap Ferret, Bordeaux, St. Emillion, the Medoc, Biarritz & the Pyrenees Atlantiques.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Pyla 80 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 100 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bordeaux Merignac 67 km, Nearest railway: Arcachon 5 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 2 Shower rooms
Furniture Double beds (2), Bunk Beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Set in 1,200 square meters of garden, Villa Cigale enjoys a sunny south-west facing aspect.

Off the garden path, the front steps lead up to a patio (9 m2) and the front door which opens onto a corridor that runs the length of the Villa's raised ground floor. In 2006 we refurbished the floor throughout - our aim was to combine traditional features of the 1930 Villa with a clean, simple decor to achieve the “beach” look we love.

In a clockwise direction from the front door, the Villa is laid out as follow:

The first room to the left is the light airy Living Room (16 m2), equipped with TV, DVD/CD player, VCR. Traditional French doors open onto the patio – a great space to relax.

The next room on the left is the Kitchen (10 m2) fully fitted with dishwasher, gas/electric hob, electric cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, preparation table, and all the cooking utensils / crockery you would expect in a well equipped holiday home.

Next to the kitchen is a staircase leading down the lower ground floor and the “just back from the beach” shower room. There is also direct access into the Garage where the washing machine is located.

The last room on the left of the Villa is a “children's” bedroom with two sets of bunk beds (sleeps 4) and plenty of drawer space (no wardrobe). The brightly coloured room overlooks the rear garden terrace and benefits from its location at the rear of the villa – being quiet and cool in the evenings – ideal for helping to get children to sleep !. The room has an en-suite shower room with washbasin and bidet, and is adjoins the W.C.

Moving to the rear right hand side of the Villa is one of two master bedrooms. The cool airy “blue” bedroom (16 m2) overlooks the garden to the east and south enjoying the morning & early afternoon sun. It features a double bed, generous hanging/drawer space and is en suite (6.3 m2) with shower W.C. bidet & washbasin.

The dining room is next (14 m2) with seating for ten guests. The room is south facing and opens onto a covered patio (6 m2) – yet another great spot to relax and enjoy an early morning coffee.

The second master bedroom (16 m2) – the “rose” room – overlooks the garden to the south and west, and is also bright and airy. The room features a double bed, generous hanging/drawer space and is en suite with bath, bidet & basin (6.3 m2).

Further details outdoors

The Villa is surrounded on three sides to the east, south & west by 1200 m2 of garden.

The rear garden terrace is typically bathed in sun from mid morning until late afternoon, and the west facing front patio is an ideal location for enjoying the late afternoon sun.

Comfortable steamers and recliners with well-padded cushions are provided, and there is a terrace dining table seating ten guests with a large parasol (6 m2) for those “really” hot days.

Tennis & badmington rackets - footballs - toy box - buckets & spades - inflatable dingy - snorkling masks.

Further details

During July and August arrival and departure is only possible on Saturdays (Exceptions may be possible with prior agreement at the time of booking).

The Aquitaine region

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In Gironde, the Atlantic Ocean meets the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. The Bordeaux vineyards have been blossoming for centuries, and the architecture shows signs of a prestigious past.

The way of life in the South West is a combination of festivities, tradition and gastronomy in a land of contrast and cultures.

The Arcachon Basin and Cap Ferret live to the rhythm of the tides and are a centre for oyster farming. The bay is like a small inland sea; each summer it celebrates the Oyster Festival, with tasting sessions, fêtes, music, dinner dances and firework displays to light up the bay in true Gironde festive tradition.

Standing opposite one another, the Banc d'Arguin sandbank and the Dune du Pyla are always astonishingly beautiful. The bay is a natural home for birds - especially the Ile aux Oiseaux, a fragile, protected island providing a refuge for dozens of species.

The proximity of the ocean and the influence of the Gulf Stream warm the coastline. Winters are mild (5-7°C in January) and frosts are very rare. The summers with temperatures of 19-24° during July - August and the cool ocean water makes swimming a real pleasure.

Whether you want to relax on the beach, walk, cycle, engage in water sports, or to visit the atmospheric towns and cities near by, Pyla really is a perfect base for your holiday.


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The Arcachon Basin is a wedge along the Atlantic Coast with miles of magnificent beaches of fine sand and acres of pine forest. The opening of the Basin lies between the Dune du Pyla and Cap Ferret.

On the southern edge of the Basin is the highest dune in Europe, the great Dune du Pyla - one of the most famous natural phenomena in the southern areas of France. The Dune is 2500m long and 500m wide, and reaches a height of 107m. At the summit, the view is spectacular with the ocean coast, the inlet of the Bay, the large pine forest, Cap Ferret and, when the sky is very clear, the Pyrenees Range.

Pyla village is a 3-4 minute walk from the Villa, offering a grocery store, post office, restaurants, chemist, sailing school and tourist information office.

At Moulleau village - a 10 minute stroll from Pyla - there is a host of activities. Restaurants, cafe/bars, boutiques, boat excursions & transbasin ferry rides, bicycle hire, and fishing from the jetty.

Within the Basin there is over 7 km of fine sand beaches. Visit Moulleau Beach or Péreire Beach – both are within easy walking distance of Villa Cigale. Péreire is the longest beach in the Basin with a playground, skate park, cycle track, beach-side promenade, and vast lawns surrounded by pine trees where families play ball games and fly kites.

Arcachon itself is a historic seaside resort on the Bay. It was a stroke of genius of two businessmen - the Pereire brothers. In 1862, they began constructing the avenues of grand mansions and Archachon was linked by direct rail to Bordeaux and then Paris. Napolean III 's visit to Arcachon, and the fashion for taking sea baths, created a passion for the town amongst the aristocracy, the middle class bourgeoisi.e and the elegant society.

Today Arcachon offers a large variety of sport and leisure activities. There is a water-sports centre, a sailing school, a yacht club; competitive fishing, diving and boat rides in the bay…

In 2001, a thalassotherapy and 3*** hotel complex was built in the heart of the Péreire district, a 5 minute drive from the Villa. The complex offers tailor-made courses of treatments (massages, hydrotherapy, bio marine courses.), relaxation and fitness areas.

The gastronomy of the Bay of Arcachon is a delicious mix of products from the sea and the land. Seafood and fish are served alongside foie gras and duck's breasts. Prawns, crabs, velvet swimming and spider crabs, cockles, queen scallops and clams are plentiful. Oyster is eaten all year round, typically served raw with crepinettes (small local flat sausages) and vinegared shallot onions. Wines from neighbouring Bordeaux complete the gastronomic delights.

The "Parc Ornithologique du Teich" nature reserve is a short drive from the Villa, as is "Aqua City" - a thrilling water park . For guests prefering more "tranquil" waters, Cazaux Lake is a short (16km) drive south of Pyla - this is the second largest lake in France, with sailing facilities and pine-tree lined lakeside beaches.