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Luxury Penthouse Condo Close to Beach in Arcachon, France

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 963 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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!

Total remodel 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 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.

There are plenty of books to borrow and read, plus games to play with the family, and toys 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 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 great 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 Montparnass all the way to Arcachon in only 2 hours 52 minutes!! From Charles de Gaulle airport you can change trains easily at the Bordeaux train station. 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.

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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Ann Sanford
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 8, 2017

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 Bassin d'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 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.


Arcachon Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 963 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Guest room bath - toilet , shower , Tiled guest bath has walk-in shower, new vessel sink
    Powder Room - toilet , Powder room has antique vanity, new vessel sink
    Master bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tiled master bath has new vanity w/vessel sink, towel warmer
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • guest - 2 twin/ single
    Master - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) foldup crib/playpen in closet, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Contact Ann for names of drivers who can pick you up for wine touring in Bordeaux!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(43 traveler reviews)

Luxury Penthouse Condo Close to Beach in Arcachon, France
average rating of 5.0 based on 43 reviews

Perfect, peaceful property two minutes from the beach

  • 5 of 5

One of the best holidays beside the sea. Great apartment, fully equipped and more. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, James! You were a perfect renter! Ann
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Stunning rental / LA location absolument parfaite !

  • 5 of 5

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 !

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for being great renters and for the bilingual review!-Ann
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Fairview. PA

Very Good Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for one week in June. The apartment is comfortable and spacious with a modern, well equipped kitchen. It is very close to the beach, shopping areas, supermarkets and many excellent restaurants (if you prefer not to prepare meals in the apartment). Would highly recommend this apartment.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for being a repeat renter, come back soon!
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Comfortable, relaxing and well located

  • 5 of 5

Spent one week at this apartment in early September. The apartment is spacious, well equipped with a recently modernised kitchen. The large west facing balcony was a wonderful spot to relax and enjoy the evening sunshine with a cool drink. It is a short walk to both the shops and beaches of Arcachon, the free use of the bicycles also made exploring Archachon much easier via the extensive cycle track network. Anne was a great host to deal with, always responding to any emails promptly and providing plenty of suggestions as to things to see and do. All-in-all a wonderful weeks holiday.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks, come back soon! Ann
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Kent, UK

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 4 (our girls are aged ten and two-and-a-half), having very much enjoyed a two week stay at the apartment in July. The apartment is well equipped, spacious yet cosy and comfortable. After a few days it felt like being home away from home. The apartment block is located within 5 minutes walk from the beach, restaurants and shops. The supermarkets and restaurants are either a short walk or an easy drive away.

Arcachon is a lovely seaside town that can serve as a base to explore the area or to just enjoy the beach, seafood and wine. Kids also had plenty to do with the Dune, the zoo, the parks a short drive away.

Ann has been very helpful in planning our stay and just an email away if there is a question or a problem. She has been a perfect host - thank you for making our holiday the one to remember.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: so glad you and the girls enjoyed it! Hope you make another trip! Ann
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Mon séjour à Arcachon

  • 5 of 5

Très bel appartement, très bien situé à 2 mn à pied de la plage et du centre ville. Accessible à pied depuis la gare. Un grand balcon donnant sur des jardins pour se reposer et prendre les repas si le temps le permet. Appartement en parfait état, propre et lumineux avec tout le confort y compris la climatisation et l'internet. Je suis ravi de mon séjour. Tout était parfait.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casino de la Plage
"Yes, it's a real casino! Not huge but you can play slot machines and other games. In French,..."
"The station is about a 7 minute walk to the condo, and has trains to Bordeaux about every ha..."
Le Cours des Halles
"The market is a must-see, full of fresh fish from the local fishermen, oysters from the bay,..."
E. Leclerc Arcachon
"this is the closest grocery, and there are two others in town, plus the wonderful market"
Le Cabestan
"Great local traditional restaurant, right around the corner."
Chez Pierre
"Super restaurant right on the beach-best place to enjoy dinner while watching the sun set."
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
BOD Bordeaux
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Arcacon Jetee Thiers
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Golfe d'Arcachon
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
SNCF Arcachon
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Chez Pierre
Nearest Beach
Arcachon beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Train Station (SNCF)
Nearest Point of Interest
route to Bordeaux
Nearest Point of Interest
daily market until 12:30
Nearest Point of Interest
Pascal's oysters
Nearest Point of Interest
the beach!
Nearest Point of Interest
Grocery store LeClerc

Wine Tasting, Aquarium, Hang-gliding, Canoeing, Petting Zoo, Water Park, Thallassotherapy Spa


Rates & Availability

Arcachon Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low season
Oct 2 2016 - May 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Shoulder 2017
May 28 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
High season
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Shoulder Fall 2017
Aug 27 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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