4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8 comfortably
- english, french
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:21
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A great part of France to visit and the property was ideal for all the family.
A wonderful week
This was a great house and exactly as described. It is in a nice quiet area but within a short walk to a local boulangerie, a 10 minute drive to Montalivet beach and 20 minutes from Lake Hourtin and many other beaches. Communication regarding our stay was great and we were warmly greeted by Stefan on our arrival. The welcome pack of wine, bread, ham, cheese etc was very much appreciated and included everything we needed for our first evening. The swimming pool was almost completely shaded by trees which did make the water feel quite cold most days but we still enjoyed a daily swim! A thoroughly enjoyable week.
Not what we expected
The house although it appeared clean wasn't. It needed updating inside. We found alot of chipped and stained crockery. Stained bedding. Broken snd stained outdoor furniture. The mezzanine was totally unsuitable for children as head height very limited with steep stairs and no blind on the window. The house manager although he was civil his response to everything was the house was 25years old and we were there just to sleep. The experience was about the beach and the wine which for us with two small children it was not. The owner tried to resolve as many of the issues as he could and was very attentive but this proved not enough for us. We were extremely disappointed and left the property after one night. The two other members of our party remained but felt the same with regards to the accommodation.
We genuinely welcome comments from guests and are always keen to resolve any issues as quickly as possible, which we did in your case. When you told our house manager that you didn't like our family photos, and complained about the effect the extreme weather had had on our garden, we realised that this rental wasn't going to work for anyone, and offered you a full refund so that you could go elsewhere, which you declined. It seems that, despite clear photos and descriptions, your expectations were not in line with what we and our holiday home has to offer, which has led to disappointment for everyone. As other guest reviews show, this is unusual. For future reference, we would always suggest you contact property owners before booking if you want to make absolutely sure that the property will match requirements.
Modern comfortable living in a cosy sheltered setting
The property was modern and well equipped. We were blessed with hot weather whilst we were there so the attic room proved very hot for our boys otherwise we couldn't fault it. Lovely open plan.
Perfect house for extended family
We loved the week we spent in this brilliant home. We were a family of five (kids 3, 5 and 7, who slept in the mezzanine room), with two sets of grandparents, and the space worked perfectly. The garden was great for games of cricket in the morning, the surrounding trees a haven for foraging for the kids; the terrace very sunny, and dined on for most meals, bedrooms on the small side but adequate and very comfortable; the large and beautifully airy living/dining room was a good space to retreat into from the searing afternoon temperatures if the pool didn't do the job. The kitchen was good and well equipped, the barbecue well used. The bakery in the village, an easy 5 min walk away, served us well every morning. The owners were very easy to communicate with and clearly, and quite understandably, love their (former) holiday home; the goodies they left us on arrival were much appreciated. We loved the nearby beaches, the stretch just north of Montalivet suited us best, parking was a cinch right next to the beach, and the swathes of sparsely occupied sand and waves kept us all very happy for hours. We visited the plage Piqueyrot on the northwest corner of lake Hourtin and had a good swim there, gentle, shallow waters and sand for kids, with pedaloes and paddleboards for hire, go deeper and you can have a decent swim. However the sea beaches with their body boarding/surfing/wave jumping opportunities and space won us over and gave us the most fun. Montalivet was a fun, buzzy place, with lots of decent restaurants and cafes. We would highly recommend this place, and could easily have stayed on an extra week. Had the weather been less scorching/ the beaches less alluring, we would probably have ventured further afield and done more of a variety of activities. Next time maybe!
A great house for a family holiday
This is a lovely house with excellent facilities in a great location. The house had everything we needed and more. The local beaches are great, in particular Hourtin, where we enjoyed both the beach and the lake. We'll be back!
Vendays-Montalivet is a pretty, typically French village, and provides for all basic needs, with three grocery shops, a pharmacy, a butcher, two bakeries, two bars, a pizzeria, a restaurant and a cave all within a five-minute walk of the house. Bigger supermarchés can be found in Lesparre, which is a 10 minute drive away from the house. 4 miles away lies the resort of Montalivet, a lively summer centre with a safe beach (lifeguards are on duty during the peak months), and one of the biggest daily markets in France. The market is made up of over 200 stalls selling products from the region and the rest of the world, and is particularly good for sampling the famous local oysters and wine as you watch the rest of the world go by. On the estuary-side of the Gironde peninsular, the Route des Chateaux is a must for wine lovers, as it passes through some of the world’s most famous vineyards, including Chateau Latour, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and Chateau Margaux.