About the property
- Condo963 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 1/2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)
NEWLY REMODELED: You will love this sunny two-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath condo apartment and Arcachon, France!
Totally remodeled in 2014, new wood-look tile floors, new kitchen opens to dining/living so the cook can enjoy the guests. New tiled baths and vessel sinks everywhere.
A destination resort with beautiful beaches and boardwalks, Arcachon is the largest town on the Bay of Arcachon, which empties into the Atlantic just 45 minutes west of Bordeaux. The bay is Europe's oyster capital, and is a commercial and sport fishing center as well. Beautiful beaches (both on the bay and the ocean!) and all kinds of water sports and shopping await you in town, or you can use it as a base to explore the Bordeaux wine country or the Basque region (Pyrenees Mountains) and Spain.
Your toddlers will love the calm waters at the beach on the bay, and your teenagers will safely find lots to do within walking or biking distance; it's a great spot for families of all ages!
The condo is the ENTIRE very private top floor of a 4-story 8 unit modern building, with elevator. It's a two block walk to the beach and casino, and three blocks to the shopping district. It has two bedrooms; one with a queen-sized bed, one with two twin beds, each bedroom has it's own bath. Playpen/crib too. There are three balconies, a large double living/dining room with two VERY comfortable sofabeds, lovely antiques and oriental rugs; a full bath with tub and in-tub shower, a full bath with walk-in shower off the twin bed room, plus a 'WC' guest powder room off the kitchen. With three sinks and three toilettes in the various bathrooms it never feels too crowded! Large by French standards, the condo is 863 square feet plus 295 square feet of balconies.
The condo is on a very quiet residential street, but in five minutes you can walk into 'centre ville', the wonderful large French daily market, the casino, the park, all the cute shops, and many, many restaurants. There are walking and tourist train tours of the area's unique 'arcachonnais' architecture, which is sort of a cutesy Victorian. (Belle Epoque)(Click on link below to the tourist bureau's website to see photos of the bay and the town.) Many tourist boat excursions and ferries leave from the pier, a five-minute walk away from the condo. If the bay is too tame you can ride the ferry across to the ocean side at Cap Ferret and take surfing lessons, or learn to hang glide off the Dune de Pilat, the largest sand dune in Europe! Kite surfers have an ocean beach too.
The condo is equipped with all linens, and ample cookware (new Calphalon for new induction cooktop!) for the gourmet chef. New Whirlpool dishwasher, oven, and microwave! An oyster purveyor (a personal friend of the owner)has a stand just around the corner, and you will enjoy trying the croissants and the pain au chocolat each morning from the many bakeries within walking distance. The town market is open daily, too. The area restaurants have varied cuisines: Basque, Morrocan, Indian, Thai, Chinese, Italian and many, many seafood choices along with traditional French. Some really spectacular restaurants within 15 minutes' drive. (Ann has the list!)
There are plenty of books to borrow and read, plus games to play with the family, and toys and towels for the beach. There are French and American DVDs to watch, and CDs to play on the stereo. Even a guitar for the musician in your party! Bring your iPhone and play your favorite tunes from the new Sony player.
Great day trips: St. Emilion for wine tasting/touring and visit of the beautiful medieval town; Bordeaux for it's bistros, churches, designer shopping, museums, and antique dealers; Biarritz for lunch at the gorgeous Hotel du Palais; St. Jean de Luz for 15th century church, quaint port, and Basque shopping; San Sebastian, Spain for the Paris-like city and 3-star dining; Paulliac for lunch and tours of Mouton Rothschild and Chateaux Margaux; the amazing Chateau La Roquetaillande belonging to Montaigne's descendants, and Chateau La Brede, Montesquieu's former residence; the very chic Caudalie spa for massages and lunch. Or just spend your time relaxing in Arcachon on the beautiful beach!
Arcachon is easy to get to: you can fly to Bordeaux from European hub airports and rent a car, or take the 'TGV' fast train from either Charles de Gaulle airport or from the Gare Montparnasse in downtown Paris. (Good option if you want to spend a few days in Paris!) NEW in JULY 2017: the new TGV Oceane line has 3 daily direct trains from Gare Montparnasse all the way to Arcachon in only 2 hours 52 minutes!! From the train station in Arcachon it's a seven minute walk to the condo, so a car is not necessary unless you want to explore!
The condo is owned by Ann Sanford, a veteran (40 years!)Financial Advisor and avid francophile. Ann can help you plan your trip to Arcachon and give you lots of tips if you want to spend time in Paris or other regions of France as part of your vacation. She personally manages each and every detail of this website and reservations.
Make sure and check the link below to the rental calendar, which is religiously updated for all available weeks, before you email or call. You can also view the Guestbook for comments from past visitors. Thanks for viewing this! Bon voyage!
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 2018
About Ann Sanford
Ann Sanford grew up on a farm in Appalachia in SE Ohio. She spent her junior year of college at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1973-74, and has been a Francophile ever since. Ann graduated magna cum laude from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa while there. She serves on countless non-profit boards and committees, and was recently given the YWCA Milestones award for Volunteerism in NW Ohio.
Ann Sanford purchased this Condo in 2000
Why Ann Sanford chose Arcachon
Ann fell in love with Arcachon while visiting friends. It's architecture, weather, and culture make it the perfect place to spend a week or six months. The town is full of interesting shops, great restaurants, and the whole west coast of France is one long beach! Pop stars, ballets, and operas come to town frequently, and you can also easily take the train to Bordeaux for cultural events. Did we mention the wine?
What makes this Condo unique
Ann is obsessive about equiping her apartment with everything one needs to have a happy stay, from hair dryers and magnifying mirrors to oyster knives and plates. With free calling to the U.S. and free computer/wifi use you can enjoy your home away from home to the fullest. Ann is always available to answer questions and give tips on France travel, and truly enjoys meeting the families who visit Arcachon. Two renters have gone so far as to buy apartments in town themselves and many return year after year.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Excellent choice for 2 to 4 people
Apartment in perfect shape, well equipped and very comfortable. Easy walk to town and beaches. Highly recommended.
M&J, Paris France, March 2018
Wonderful place, great town
Super comfortable and well equipped condo. Loved the kitchen but the market had such wonderful ready-made roast chickens among other things that we never cooked!
thanks, come back soon!
Comfortable all inclusive
Great location many amenities nice neighbors
Lovely condo, perfect location!!
Nicely updated condo with a beautiful kitchen and great terraces. Fully equipped with everything you could possibly need for a great vacation week. Short walk to the beach, lots of cafes and a great patisserie! We loved Arcachon and the property!!
Thanks, hope you get a chance to go back!
Perfect, peaceful property two minutes from the beach
One of the best holidays beside the sea. Great apartment, fully equipped and more. We will be back.
Thanks, James! You were a perfect renter!
Stunning rental / LA location absolument parfaite !
After being generally disappointed with vacation rentals in Arcachon, I believe we found the ultimate one here! Very simply pit : everything was perfect, from initial communication, to booking our dates, checking in and out. Bright top floor spacious apartment, comfy beds, every single appliance you might think of is there for you, no need to buy all of the essentials, everything is provided. Very quiet, you can sleep with your windows open and won't hear a noise. Conveniency of a private garage. This is definitely not your usual vacation rental, but a very special place which you will feel is just like home, and even better! Ann is the perfect host, and has made this apartment a real jewel in the heart of Arcachon.
Location idéale, superbement située à deux pas de la plage, tout à côté du Casino. Super confortable, l'appartement est très spacieux, joliment décoré, et rien n'y manque pour un séjour juste comme chez soi. Vaisselle, équipements ménagers, fournitures essentielles, distractions, DVD et CD, wifi, base IPhone, et même 2 vélos ! Garage super pratique, magnifique terrasse, calme parfait : vous dormez les fenêtres ouvertes, pas un bruit ! Et en plus, c'est climatisé ! Ann la propriétaire est d'une extrême gntillesse, et toujours disponible si vous avez la moindre question. Dans une ville comme Arcachon où la plupart des locations sont vraiment bas de gamme et attrape-touristes, cet appartement est un petit bijou !
Thanks for being great renters and for the bilingual review!-Ann
Wine Tasting, Aquarium, Hang-gliding, Canoeing, Petting Zoo, Water Park, Thallassotherapy Spa