|La Petite Cachette||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1||cot|
La Petite Cachette is a charming, single storey, open plan house, with one bedroom. It is private, not overlooked, tranquil and peaceful, set in its own garden with terraces on three sides for sun and shade throughout the day. It is surrounded by vineyards and benefits from glorious sunsets.
It is well equipped and furnished with modern and French antique furniture.
There is UK satellite television and wi-fi - but please note there is not the capacity for downloading lots of data.
The open plan kitchen has a cooker with four ring hob, grill and oven, a microwave oven, dishwasher, kettle, toaster and fridge freezer. There is a dining area with table and chairs.
The open plan living room is very comfortably furnished with an antique three piece suite and plenty of tables. There is a woodburner for winter visitors. The television has freeview UK channels, and there is an audio unit and lots of books to read. The French windows open onto the terrace.
There is one large bedroom with two antique French beds, a wardrobe, chairs and large chest of drawers.
The beds are three foot wide singles and can be joined together to make one very large (6 foot wide) king size bed.
French windows open on to the terrace.
There is a bathroom with a small bath and overhead shower, washbasin and toilet.
There are electric wall hung radiators and a woodburner.
Television with UK freeview channels, an audio unit, books to borrow and card games.
The private garden surrounds the house with a terrace on three sides. There is plenty of outside furniture and a bbq.
There is private parking at the house.
The house is suitable for two visitors and one or two very small children or babies.
We have owned our house for 15 years and have lived here for three years, having built La Petite Cachette to keep us busy! Alan was a Head Gardener in heritage properties, including National Trust houses, and Barbara worked in the tourism industry, for, amongst others, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and managing a Queen Anne house. Alan is now busy creating our own garden, while Barbara continues to work. We really enjoy our life in 'our' little corner of France, and hope that you will too.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||Our house is tranquil and private, surrounded by vineyards. We are about 30 kilometres, around half an hours drive, from the beautiful Atlantic beaches and the busy tourist centres of Montalivet, Soulac and Hourtin, so we have the best of all worlds. What could be better after a day's jaunt, than to return to the tranquility of your own little hideaway, where you can watch the beauty of the sun set from your own private terrace. It is a nature lovers paradise, with visiting nightingales and hoopoes as well as many other varieties of birds. There are two bikes which you may use to explore the surroundings. The roads are ideal for cycling, with few hills and little traffic. For the more energetic there are many cycle tracks through the pine forests on the Atlantic coast where bikes are available for hire. Bordeaux, a World Heritage Site, is accessible by car, bus or train and delightful St Emilion is accessible for a day out, as is beautiful La Rochelle.|
|Unique benefits of property||La Petite Cachette is private, tranquil and perfect for unwinding and relaxing. The house has terraces on three sides to catch the sun all day long, or find shade if you prefer. The sunsets are magnificent, and you can enjoy your own private show each night.|
The long sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast which stretch all the way to Spain are 30 kilometres away, and the largest lake in France, Lake Hourtin, has beaches too. Check out the charming Maubuisson. Go as foot passengers on the ferry from Le Verdun to the seaside town of Royan.
Visit the beautiful cities of Bordeaux, St Emilion and La Rochelle.
Use the ferry as foot passengers from Lemarque to Blaye to visit the citadel.
Take one of the ferries , to visit the other side of the Gironde and the pretty villages of Talmont and Mournac-sur-Seudre, both designated Plus Beau Village.
The biggest sand dune in Europe is a couple of hours drive away.
Take a boat trip from Port Medoc at Le Verdun to the troglodyte caves at Meschers, or to the lighthouse of Cordouan.
The pretty village of Vertheuil with its atmospheric Abbey is worth a visit.
The Medoc is no different from all other parts of France with local markets in all the towns. You will find a list of these in the house. The one on Wednesday morning at St Vivien is very good. Lesparre has a market on Saturday and Tuesday mornings.
In July and August there is a night market somewhere every night of the week, where you choose food from one of the stalls, sit down at a tressle table and enjoy the fun.
You are in the middle of one of the most famous wine producing regions in the world, and are literally surrounded by vineyards. Take advantage of this and taste wines at the local chateaux, or the grander ones you will find along the Route des Chateaux. Chateau Castillon at St Christoly offers lunch, a vineyard tour and wine tasting on Tuesdays and Fridays for a reasonable price.