Entire spacious 1st floor (ground floor) Great location in the quiet Winter Village (Avoid the crowd in summer). with views of the Bay of Arcachon and Basilique Notre Dame d'Arcachon. Walk or bike everywhere in the village to beaches, and bus service to other areas in the Bay.
The condo-apartment sits on a hill in the quiet residential neighborhood of "The Winter Village" (Ville d'hiver). Enjoy the refreshing breeze coming off the ocean and the lush gardens. The Winter Village with its charming winding streets filled with turn-of-the-century villas of the colorful and unique Arcachonnaise architectural style. The condo is 140 sq. meters (the entire rez-de-chaussee which is the ground floor) has it's own private entrance and private garden, terrace, and deck with barbeque grill and lounge chairs. The other apartments in the villa are used by the owners for vacations and holidays.
A choice of great beaches is just a short walk or bike ride away, (4 bikes for your use). Also you can walk to the center of town with its many restaurants and cafes, to your favorite patisserie for a morning croissant or baguette, the daily French Market on the square, and great shopping in the interesting boutiques. Also close by there are miles of walking and biking paths, a boardwalk along the bay, restaurants with a variety of cuisines, ice cream and gelato shops, a movie theater, a casino, readily available fresh oysters (Arcachon is known for the oysters cultivated in the Bay) and abundant fresh fish and seafood to bring home to cook. The local producers also have locations along the bay where you can sit out by the water and taste their products along with pate and wine. You can book a boat excursion at the pier downtown, or take a ferry to cross the Bay to Cap Ferret. Other attractions are a casino and an ornithological park for bird watching (including nesting storks). The tourist bureau next to the train station offers a tourist train and a variety of walking tours and excursions.
Or, you can enjoy the very pleasant ocean breezes and views while relaxing or dining in the PRIVATE garden.
The condo provides large windows throughou,t bringing in abundant light and fresh air. It can sleep 6, with two bedrooms (each with queen-sized bed and separate bath). Bathrooms include shower, tub and vanity sink. WC is a separate room. (There is also a double sofa bed in the living area which can be closed off for privacy.
There are beautiful wood floors with oriental rugs and fine furnishings with some antiques. The living room has a working marble fireplace and a large window that opens our to the sea view. The large dining room also includes a sitting area with a very large stained-glass window bay facing east for gorgeous sun rises. The "eat-in" kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher, refrigerator (freezer on the bottom), range, oven, washer and dryer. You will be able to cook a gourmet meal with the ample supply of cookware and cooking utensils. You will be met at the condo by one of our two managers to explain the apartment and to obtain the keys..
They will also be available to you during your entire stay to answer questions or solve any problems. Both live in Arcachon (speak French and English), and are a great resource for information of the Arcachon Bay.
All linens are provided and there are all types of books for your reading pleasure. There is a Sonos sound system throughout the apartment for streaming your choice of music, podcasts, and worlwide radio. A large pull-down screen and projector system is available to watch movies from Various Roku sources, Netflix, Amazon Prime, or DVDs, ( choose from an extensive library of DVDs (both French and English), music CDs, and puzzles and games. The private garden includes both a patio and extensive deck with teak lounge chairs, outdoor dining tables, and a barbecue grill. Four bikes are also provided for exploring the nearby bike trails.
Just 300 meters from the apartment there is a general/grocery store, a pharmacy, post office, bakery, produce stand, and a "tabac" for your morning paper. Also, within that same distance there is a beach and a large pier with benches to sit and watch the sunsets.
In the Bay, Arcachon offers beaches with calmer waters (parents of small children can relax), and just minutes away there are several ocean beaches with more wave action. The Dune de Pilat is the largest sand dune in Europe, and is a fun climb to look over the Bay and its especially gorgeous sunsets. You can watch the hang-gliders take off from there also. Arcachon offers a variety of water sports; kite surfing, sailing, canoeing, and kayaking. There is a golf course (Golfe d'Arcachon) 5 kilometers away.
Arcachon is a great base to explore the surrounding regions; the old city of Bordeaux, and of course its famous wine region with many chateaux for wine tasting, a day trip to the medieval walled town of St. Emillion, Biarritz and the nearby quaint port city of St. Jean de Luz are within a days drive, as well as the cosmopolitan city of San Sebastian, ( just over the Spanish border). Explore the Basque country and the Pyrenees Mountains, or the many interesting churches and chateaux in the region. This is just to name a few. There is an ample amount of travel information including maps in the condo regarding things to enjoy within the Arcachon Bay as well as possible day trips and walking/hiking opportunities.
The owners: We are a retired couple who live in a small village in Wisconsin, USA and enjoy all things French. We bought the condo in 2005 because of a work assignment in Bordeaux, which allowed us to spend most of our time there. Our time in Arcachon has been (and is) enjoyable and memorable. We love the outdoors and Arcachon certainly provides that for us. Cooking in the kitchen and eating the fresh seafood and produce are other highlights of our stays. We have traveled throughout much of France and Europe, and would be happy to assist you in planning your trip.
Traveling to Arcachon is easy:
You can fly to Bordeaux from Paris (or other airports in Europe) and rent a car to drive 30-40 minutes to Arcachon.
or fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and take the TGV high-speed train directly from the airport to Bordeaux, and make a quick, easy transfer in Bordeaux to Arcachon. Rental cars, as well as scooters and bikes are available near the train station in Arcachon.
If you are visiting Paris first, you can take a train directly to Arcachon from the downtown Paris Gare de Montparnasse (at least one direct train per day), otherwise train from Paris Montparnasse (just over 2 hours) with a change in Bordeaux, Bordeaux-Arcachon (30 minutes) From the train station in Arcachon it's just a 5 minute drive to the condo. We can arrange a ride for you from the station if desired.The apartment is ideally located for walking anywhere in Arcachon.
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