Only 80 meters from the beach, Villa la Cigale offers superb accommodation for a relaxing beach vacation. A pretty spacious 1930s villa, La Cigale retains many traditional features. Set in a large secure garden it has a sunny south-west facing aspect and is a wonderfully light and airy villa. Recently refurbished. Secure parking for +2 cars. Beach towels - tennis & badmington rackets - toy box - footballs - buckets & spades - inflatable dingy - snorkling masks - well stocked bookcase and a selection of DVDs & board games.
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 a light airy living room (16 m2). Traditional French doors open onto the patio – a great space to relax at any time.
The next room on the left is the kitchen (10 m2) fully fitted with dishwasher, gas/electric hob, electric cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, Nespresso machine, 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, and an additional water tap / hose point for outside use.
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 is quiet and cool in the evenings, ideal for getting children to sleep! There is an en-suite shower room with washbasin and bidet, and adjoining W.C. A baby changing table and bath are available in addition to a toddler safety bed rail.
Moving to the rear right hand side of the Villa is one of two double bedrooms. The cool airy “blue” bedroom (16 m2) overlooks the garden to the south-east and enjoys 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. It is south facing and opens onto a covered patio (6 m2) which is another great spot to relax and enjoy an early morning coffee.
The second double bedroom (16 m2) – the “rose” room – overlooks the garden to the south-west, and is again a bright and airy room. It features a double bed, generous hanging/drawer space and is en suite with bath, bidet & basin (6.3 m2), no WC.
The Villa was built many years ago at a time when we relied far less on electrical equipment. If a combination of high amp equipment ( e.g. the oven, microwave, kettle toaster and the dishwasher ) are running simultaneous it is highly likely (99.9%) that the kitchen fuse will “trip”. Ditto a bedroom fuse may trip if a hair dryer / straightening tongs are used when the iron is on in the same room. To reset a fuse turn off one or more of the offending equipment and simply push the fuse back into the ‘up’ position.
When refurbishing Villa la Cigale we tried to retain as many of the original features as possible particularly the doors, windows, fittings and shutters. Without a doubt some internal doors no longer fit squarely into their frames and widow shutters require a little more manual effort to open & close than modern electric shutters would. We hope that, like us, you find this only adds to the character of the villa !
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 en suite, 2 shower rooms and 1 toilet only|
|Check in time:||17:00|
|Check out time:||09:00|
|Nearest beach||Pyla 1 km|
|Nearest Amenities||800 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bordeaux Merignac 67 km, Nearest railway: Arcachon 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Bunk Beds (2), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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. 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.
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 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 S.W. of France. The Dune is 2500m long, 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, and Cap Ferret. Pyla village is a 3-4 minute walk from the Villa. There is a SPA grocery store, post office, restaurants, chemist, sailing school and tourist information office. In Moulleau village - a 10 minute stroll from Pyla - there is a host of restaurants, cafe/bars, boutiques, boat excursions & transbasin ferry rides, bicycle hire, and fishing from the jetty. Around the Basin there is more than 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 created by 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 to Paris. Napolean III 's visit to Arcachon and the growing fashion for taking sea baths, created a passion for the town amongst the aristocracy 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 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 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 all plentiful. Oysters are 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.