Bedrooms 5, Sleeps 10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|Tranquil Seaside House and Gardens with a Beach||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||3|
This magical and tranquil 1800s seaside house may be rented with or without its accompanying 'Maison de Maître'. It has gorgeous rolling grounds of over 2 acres, an outdoor heated pool, a magnificent walled vegetable garden and several outdoor dining areas. The house has uninterrupted, breathtaking views of the vast bay which leads to the mouth of the Loire and direct access to its small sandy beach.
Both houses were lovingly restored a few years ago and together they can comfortably sleep 18. On its own this house will accommodate 8 and is decorated with wooden floors, and antique furniture and rugs. Most rooms have sea views and 2 of them have their own large balcony or terrace overlooking the sea where you can sit and watch the sunset in the evenings.
Steps lead directly from the lower garden onto the quiet beach and because of its location and the surrounding tall rocks and trees, it is completely sheltered from the Altantic winds. The shallow bay offers safe swimming and areas of shade when the sun is hot.
The house is surrounded by old trees and is hidden from the road. It is a 15-minute walk along the old smuggler's coastal path to the charming seaside village of St Marc-sur-Mer, where Jacques Tati filmed his masterpiece, 'Les Vacances de M. Hulot' and this is the house that Tati stayed in before the war, whose coastline he fell in love with and to which he returned in order to make the film. There are twice weekly markets in the little village, and all the basic amenities, including several bars and restaurants, a children's beach club, Post Office, hairdressers, newsagent, chemist, bank and mini supermarket.
Also nearby are the larger towns of La Baule, Pornichet and St. Nazaire, offering daily markets, great shopping, large supermarkets, outdoor concerts and all the facilities that you'd expect in bustling seaside towns. In addition, there is a marina in Pornichet where boats can be rented on a daily basis (or berthed). There are sailing, surfing, paddle-boarding and kite-surfing schools, open-air cinemas, and beach restaurants the length of the bay (which incidentally is the longest in Europe!).
For golfers, there are 5 outstanding golf courses nearby, including the famous and stunning 45-hole La Baule International Golf, which hosted the French Open.
There is a large fully-equipped kitchen with a big oven and gas hob, a dishwasher, coffee-maker, aeropress, fridge-freezer and ample workspace. It connects to an equally spacious dining room with a table that can comfortably seat 10, and the room even includes a 'writer's corner' which looks directly out over the sea and is a cosy space for writing and contemplation.
French windows lead out onto the large wooden balcony where you can sit and eat on summer evenings, watching the boats sail by.
The salon has big, comfortable sofas, well-stocked bookshelves and a wood burning stove for winter evenings.
There are 4 bedrooms plus a cinema room which has a double sofabed. All have wooden floors, antique rugs and plentiful supplies of books.
The master bedroom has a super king size double bed, a beautiful en suite bathroom with limestone floors, a cast-iron bath, double basin, walk-in shower and wc.
It looks out over the gardens and the sea and double french windows lead to a huge wooden balcony terrace with Adirondak chairs.
The next bedroom is also a double, has a charming en suite with limestone floors, a cast-iron bath, basin and wc. It also looks out over the gardens and the sea and double french windows lead to a private stone terrace with chairs and a table.
Of the remaining bedrooms, 1 has twin beds (which can combine to form a super king size double) with a balcony overlooking the gardens and the bay, and the other has a super king size double. These 2 bedrooms share another en suite bathroom with limestone floors, a cast-iron bath, double basin, walk-in shower.
All the bathrooms have classic, traditional fittings and have limestone floors, cast-iron enamelled bathtubs, single or double basins and wcs. Two are en suite and the third is shared by the 2 bedrooms on the top floor. There is also separate wcs on the entrance floor and on the top floor.
The house has gas fired cetral heating with a wireless thermostat, plus a wood burning stove which, while not essential, is very appealing on winter evenings. There is ample hot water throughout.
The house has a cinema room with Dolby 5.1 speakers and a multi-region dvd player. The system can also be connected to a PC or Mac so as to project directly from your laptop.
The landscaped grounds extend to over 2 acres and include dozens of old trees and woods as well as apple, walnut, olive and fig trees. There is a huge walled vegetable garden (help yourselves), a classic modern stone-lined heated swimming pool with a plentiful supply of wooden loungers and several terraces with tables and chairs for dining and sitting around. The largest outdoor dining table can seat 14 people .
There is parking for 4 cars at the top of the drive (within the property) but no covered garage. Access to the house is via electronically-controlled double wooden gates.
The house is suitable for families and groups. There is no formal disabled access, but there are very few steps to 2 of the mains bedrooms and so these are suitable for those with reduced mobility.
A gardener looks after the grounds and the pool is regularly maintained by a local company.
Anglo-French family who have lovingly restored these two glorious 1800s seaside houses and grounds to their full glory.
|Year property purchased||2007|
|Why this location?||Completely tranquil, but close to the charming village of Saint-Marc-sur-Mer (location of the film ‘Les Vacances de M. Hulot’) and also to the bustling seaside towns of La Baule, Pornichet and St Nazaire - each with their markets, shopping and other amenities. Boating, walking, golf, tennis, riding, kite-surfing, water-skiing and cycling.|
|Unique benefits of property||Magnificent views across the vast bay leading to the mouth of the Loire, completely tranquil, huge beautful undulating grounds with private access down to a secluded beach with soft sand and translucent water, as well as a walled vegetable garden and its own heated outdoor swimming pool. This magical house has a long drive and is hidden from the road and surrounded by large trees. It has a private cinema and is decorated with wooden floors and antique rugs and furniture. It also has a large terrace and balconies of some of the bedrooms overlooking the sea, a fitted gas barbecue and several outdoor dining areas which capture the sun all day.|
Between St Marc-sur-Mer, St Nazaire, Pornichet and La Baule there are wonderful markets almost daily selling fish fresh off the boats, fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses and bread. Two of the best boulangeries/patisseries in the area are also very close by. The sunday market in La Baule is famous across the entire region.
Also nearby is the mediaeval walled town of Guérande and the fishing port of La Turballe. In the Summer months there are also marvellous antique markets every week in many nearby villages and towns.
We arrived exhausted to find a dream house with everything as described, Gisele welcomed us, showed us around and had prepared all the rooms with such care. It was clean, well-looked after, comfortable and perfect for us (two couples) and the children.
The setting and the views are amazing, the listing says it's magical and that's really what it is. There are steps at the bottom of the gardens leading to the little beach, which we mostly had to ourselves (even had a barbecue on it one evening!). The grounds themselves are lovely, and the owners said we should help ourselves to fruit and vegetables from the walled garden (which we did), and the pool was perfectly maintained and well-heated.
The style of the house is exactly what you expect from a classic, gracious French seaside house, full of books and paintings and the simple decor is just beautiful. The nearest village is about an 8-minute away from the house along a coastal path with stunning views of the ocean. If we sound enthusiastic it's because sort of fell in love with this house and my only sadness would be that the children now expect all our holidays to be like this! We're already planning to come back next year.
This really was a ‘magical’ place. We’ve never seen views like it, and to sit out on the terrace undisturbed having breakfast in the morning or supper in the evening watching the sea was paradise. Beautiful gardens and typical French style inside, paradise. We’ll be back!
Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 7, Ratings 1 10/10
Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 8, Ratings 2 9.9/10