Villa in Hourtin, Medoc, Gironde, Aquitaine. Close to lake, beaches, vineyards.
- english, french
Children allowed - children welcomechildren welcome
Max guests: 8 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 18
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Tremendous property in an ideal location
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here with our two daughters, it's an ideal place for families, in a quiet neighbourhood with easy access to all the local amenities.The house is beautifully decorated and well laid to cater for the needs of a family holiday. The garden is spacious enough for the kids to run around, but well enough enclosed that you won't need to worry about them wandering out or getting lost. The swings and slide in the garden are terrific for small children.
We'd start each morning with a trip to the local boulangerie, switching on the coffee machine just before stepping out the door.. The house is close enough to the village that the coffee is just brewed once you get back with freshly baked bread, croissants and pastries.
Most days involved a trip to the beach - Hourtin Lake is very close (5 minute drive) and is perfect for smaller children. Hourtin Plage is only slightly further - a beautiful beach and much fresher on the hotter days. There are other terrific beaches along the coast; Lacanau and Carcans in particular, all within a relatively short drive.
There are many great restaurants in Hourtin village and closer to the lake, but most of the time we preferred to cook on the barbecue and eat at home. There is a market in the village two mornings a week, and it's difficult to resist the amazingly fresh fish and seafood there. The veranda and pergola make for very pleasant al fresco dining and the built-in barbecue is perfect for grilling and very easy to clean. If eating at home, wander down to the marina at the lake, or as far as Hourtin plage. Treat the family to an ice-cream and take a stroll as the sun sets over the Bay of Biscay.
The neighbourhood is peaceful and quiet at night, the bedrooms are cool and sleeping is never a problem.
For kids' activities, Children's Island beside the lake is perfect on a hot day. There is also a very basic mini-golf nearby. There are several places on the lake that rent pedalos, paddle boards and bicycles. For older children, Parc de l'Aventure near Montalivet is a great day out.
For trips to the city of Bordeaux, drive to Merignac and use the park and ride facility.
This property is the perfect holiday home for families looking for a relaxing holiday with a beautiful place to stay.
Fantastic property and garden
This is a truly wonderful property. My husband and I drove from Calais and arrived to an immaculate house with a bottle of wine and chocolates provided to give us a wonderful start to our holiday. The property is really spacious and is really well equipped. We loved the patio area, in particular the bbq which we used most nights.
Hourtin village is close by and there are markets there a few times during the week and you can have oysters for breakfast or bring them home to have later in the day if you so desire. There is a really good wine shop in the village also. On our first Sunday evening, there was an event on the green in the village. . . . live music and lots of local foods on sale. We loved the escargots and the huitres!
Hourtin port is close by, but not within walking distance. You would need to cycle,which we did, or drive. We went to the firework display on Bastille night. There was also live music that night. We also went to the port to watch a young girl band called Chicco Boom who were truly fantastic. The visit would not have been complete without moules and frites at the port.
Bordeaux is an hour's drive and definitely worth a visit.
All in all a great holiday. Thank you to the owner and to the people who look after the property.
Villa at Hourtin
The house is very well equipped, clean, spacious and modern.
You have the lake 'Lac d'Hourtin' at 10 minutes cycling and the ocean at 15 min driving. On both locations, there are many sportactivities.
Going east, you have the wonderful vineyards of the Médoc.
Hourtin is a sympathic village, not too big. Hourtin Plage is not at all crowded and yet you find all you need: restaurant, surfing schools and shops.
Ideal family base
Lovely place with plenty of room. Nice private veranda with built in bbq. Owner was easy to contact and helpful. Nicely located for the town close by with its lake. The lake has a beach and suitable for swimming. Nice alternative to sea on windy days or just forf change. Lake also has nice resturant for meals. We visited fort at Blaye and the Dunes at Pyla sur Mer would strongly recommend both. Its quiet so not for clubbers! but if you want a relaxing comfortable place to stay would recommend this place
Fun for all the family
The house is lovely, very comfortable, clean and spacious, a real home away from home with everything you could possibly need for a short or long stay, from washing machine and tumble dryer to dish washer and hair drier. Many rooms open onto the patio area where we enjoyed sitting out in the evening with a glass of wine, cooking on the built-in barbeque and watching the kids play on the swingset, or indeed breakfasting out there on freshly baked crusty bread and fresh produce from the local market. There is lots to do in the area for kids of all ages, ours really enjoyed surfing lessons at the spectacular beach, as well as paddling and canoeing at the lake. There are many more activities & water sports in the area which are fully detailed in the information pack provided by the owners. We found this very useful as it also lists & describes places to eat both in the local village and at the lakes . One of the highlights of our stay was a drive around the many famous Chateaux in the area and a trip to a local vineyard where we sampled some of the wares.
We really had a fantastic holiday and would definitely recommend this property to families with children.
Our holiday home is approximately 3km from Hourtin Port which has very family orientated lake activities including 'L'Ile Aux Enfants' the childrens island for plenty of outdoor fun. Our nearest beach is Hourtin Plage approx 11km a laid back resort with lots of surfing. Further afield but still within a short driving distance, the lake resorts of Maubuisson (20km) and Lacanau / Moutchic (25km). More beach resorts are Carcans Plage (25km) and Lacanau-Ocean (35km).
The house is situated in the Medoc wine region, surrounded by vineyards where many of the Chateaux offer guided tours.
The beautiful city of Bordeaux is approximately one hour away.
Bordeaux-Merignac (approx 1 hour drive) is the nearest airport, serviced by Aerlingus, Ryanair, EasyJet, Air France and BA.
La Rochelle Airport (approx 2 1/2 hours incl. ferry) and Bergerac Airport (approx 2 1/2hrs) provide cheap options but greater travel time.
Of course the car ferry is also popular (and practical for bringing bikes etc). St Malo being the closest port at approx 6 1/2 hours drive. Car hire is recommended.
Hourtin village itself is approx a 500 meter walk from the house. Hourtin Port 3km. Lesparre 16km. Pauillac 25km. Margaux 45km. Bordeaux 60km. Cap-Ferret 70km. Dune Du Pyla 95km. Arcachon 100km.
Hourtin Village can fulfill all your requirements: shops, pharmacy,wine cellars, restaurants, bars, market, post office, bank, hair dressers, beauticians. A 7 day mini-market and Aldi. For bigger supermarkets Lesparre has a Leclerc and a Carrefour, a bit further afield St-Medard En Jalles.
Hourtin-Port has a good selection of restaurants in the summer from seafood to pizzas. Hourtin Plage has both restaurants and some shops for clothes, accessories, buckets and spades etc.
Maubuisson is a lot more commercial and Lacanau-Ocean even more so.