A spacious pretty 1930s property Villa 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 throughout. Welcome pack provided on arrival. Beach towels - tennis & badmington rackets - toy box - footballs - buckets & spades - inflatable dingy - snorkling masks - well stocked bookcase and a 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 beach or the Boulevard de l' Ocean into Pyla and Le Moulleau Villages to enjoy the local restaurants, cafes, and boutiques. Alternatively head south along the beach to the Dune de Pyla and at the summit enjoy a spectacular view of the Bay, pine forest, and Cap Ferret. With access to major routes, Pyla sur Mer is an ideal base from which to explore Bordeaux, St. Emillion, the Medoc, Biarritz & the Pyrenees Atlantiques.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Check in time:||17:00|
|Check out time:||09:00|
|Nearest beach||Pyla 80 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|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|
|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 (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, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Set in 1,200 square meters of garden Villa Cigale enjoys a sunny south-west facing aspect.The garden steps lead up to a patio (9 m2) and front door which opens onto a corridor running the length of the Villa's raised ground floor. When refurbishing the villa our aim was to combine traditional features of the 1930 Villa with a clean, simple decor creating 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, library. 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, nespresso machine, 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 a “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). This brightly coloured room overlooks the rear garden terrace and benefits from it's 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 with washbasin and bidet, and adjoins the W.C. At 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 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. 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-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), no W.C.
The Villa is surrounded 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 There is a terrace dining table seating ten guests with a large parasol (6 m2).
Tennis & badmington rackets - footballs - toy box - buckets & spades - inflatable dingy - snorkling masks.
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 adds to the character of the villa.
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.
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.