Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 8, Ratings 2 9.9/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|Seaside Country House with a Beach||Self Catering||Saturday||5||10||2|
This magnificent and magical seaside mansion, built in 1810, may be rented with or without its accompanying 'Maison d'Amis'. Together they can comfortably sleep 18 and on its own this house sleeps 10. It is set in more than 2 acres of landscaped grounds and has an outdoor heated pool, a magnificent walled vegetable garden, a wide stone terrace and several outdoor dining areas. It has uninterrupted, breathtaking views of the vast bay which leads to the mouth of the Loire and direct access to its own soft sandy beach.
Both houses were beautifully restored a few years ago and have gorgeous French parquet floors throughout. With 3m ceilings, this house is decorated in the classic grand French manner with antique furniture and fittings. Most rooms have sea views and 3 have their own large balcony with stunning views of the gardens and the vast bay beyond.
Steps lead directly from the garden onto the tranquil 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 St Marc-sur-Mer, 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 (or berthed) on a daily basis. There are sailing, surfing, paddle-board and kite-surf 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.
The large kitchen leads to the dining room whose large double french windows give directly onto a huge terrace, the gardens and the sea.
The kitchen is fully equipped, has a coffee-maker, an aeropress, a double electric oven with extra large gas hob and a three-door fridge-freezer. It also has 2 dishwashers (making large houseparties that much easier), a food processor and all the other equipment you'd expect.
The adjoining dining room looks directly over the gardens and the sea, and the table will comfortably seat 10.
The house has 3 main living rooms and a study, all of which have parquet floors and look out over the gardens to the sea. There is a 'jardin d'hiver' whose 3 sides of french doors and windows all open fully onto the terrace which surrounds it. It offers shade in the summer heat and quiet warmth in the autumn and winter.
The main salon has a 3 large sofas around a old working fireplace and 2 pairs of french windows leading onto the terrace. It is cool in the summer and warm in the winter and is a comfortable place for a large group to gather.
The salon also leads to the library where you can sit more quietly and from there stairs lead up to a bureau, also overlooking the sea.
There are 5 bedrooms, 3 of which have their own large balcony with stunning views of the gardens, the beach and the vast bay beyond. All have parquet floors and 4 of them have their own basins.
The master bedroom has a large en suite bathroom and dressing room.
The master bedroom's en suite bathroom has a mosaic floor, an enameled cast-iron bath, separate shower, double basin and wc.
The other 4 bedrooms share a bathroom with its basin, wc and walk-in shower.
The heating is gas-fired throughout the house with a wireless thermostat, except the jardin d'hiver and library which have underfloor heating.
The rolling 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 (the house has stone steps to it) and the bedrooms are reached via the stairs, so these may not be suitable for those with severely reduced mobility.
There is a laundry room with washing machine and dryer, a downstairs wc and two additional fridge-freezers in the utility room.
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.
Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 7, Ratings 1 10/10
Bedrooms 5, Sleeps 10