Maison du Lac

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3

Overview

Modern Ideal for Kids Walk to Beach Walk to Village

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Imagine sitting back on your spacious upper terrace looking out over the lake with a glass of Grand Cru from the Médoc wine region as the sun sets in the distance. Maison du Lac enjoys such a privileged location a few metres across from the sandy shores of Lac d’Hourtin-Carcans, also a short stroll from charming restaurants, shops and a range of watersports.

You are only a very short walk away from the promenade lined with pine trees and the sandy lakeside beach, perfect for relaxing in the summer sun and swimming in the gently shelving water. No wonder the views are so spectacular from this fine holiday villa, especially on the top floor which has been especially designed to make the most of the wonderful vistas with its lounge and two en suite bedrooms, all leading out to a decked terrace facing the pine trees and lake.

A contemporary home with modern comforts, guests can expect a Smart TV with Netflix alongside sophisticated yet practical furnishings across both floors. Downstairs, as well as two further bedrooms and a shower room, there’s an open-plan kitchen-diner with sliding doors leading to a patio for al-fresco dining. With plenty of space and stylish design, this is a fantastic holiday home whether staying with kids who will adore the proximity of the beach or a group of friends seeking spectacular scenery, prestigious wines and a great range of outdoor adventures.

Wander along the lakeside promenade and within 500m you will be surrounded by shops including a boulangerie, cheese and wine stores and a fish monger that sells delicious oysters. Youngsters will adore the ice-cream parlours and there is a good choice of restaurants too.

If you love the ocean, then it’s only a 5-minute drive to the vast sandy beaches of the Atlantic at Carcans Plage or drive further south to the bustling seaside resort of Lacanau, both popular with surfers. Étang de Lacanau is another idyllic spot for long nature walks and watersports or hire bikes and follow some of the magnificent trails across this incredible part of the Médoc peninsula.

The prestigious AOC vineyards near Pauillac and Margaux can be reached in around 45-minutes by car alongside Michelin starred restaurants and world-famous wine chateaux (Latour and Lafite-Rothschild to name a couple).

Not to mention the handsome city of Bordeaux, only an hour away, an absolute dream for any wine enthusiast, history lover or foodie with its vibrant restaurant scene, atmospheric markets, beautiful architecture and famous Cité du Vin wine museum. 

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What you should know…

  • A car is recommended so you can fully explore all that this area has to offer
  • During the warmer months, there are fans and you can open the doors to enjoy the cooling breeze from the lake
  • It’s just a few metres across the road to the lake shore, so children will need to be supervised

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Smart TV Satellite TV DVD Heating

Maison Interiors

Ground Floor

-    Open-plan kitchen and dining room with sliding doors leading to al-fresco dining terrace and front garden
-    2 x bedrooms with king-size double bed
-    Bathroom with shower and WC
-    Separate WC
-    Utility room with washing machine

First-Floor (via open-tread stairs)

-    Lounge with lake views, TV and sliding doors leading to balcony
-    Bedroom with king-size double bed, lake-view, door leading to balcony and en suite bathroom
-    Bedroom with twin beds, lake-view, door leading to balcony and en suite bathroom

One en suite bathroom has a bath and shower, the other has a shower

Outside Grounds

-    Beach chairs and parasols
-    Barbecue
-    Off-street parking
-    Dining table and chairs with large umbrella
-    Garden gate

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Smart TV with Netflix and English channels
-    DVD player
-    Fans

Location

About the surrounding area of Maison du Lac
Walk to Beach Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Watersports Sailing Canoeing/Kayaking Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Paragliding Boat Trips
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In the Médoc region of Gironde, Maison du Lac enjoys a privileged position just a few metres across from a beach on Lac d’Hourtin-Carcans, one of France’s largest lakes. As well as being a very short drive from the vast sandy shores of the Atlantic coast, it’s also a great location for visiting the famous vineyards and wineries of Pauillac and Margaux.

Just step out of your front garden, cross the one-way road, and you will find yourself on a sandy beach on the edge of Lac d’Hourtin-Carcans, backed by beautiful pine trees. You have easy access to a range of watersports on the lake such as water-skiing, pedalos, sailing and para-gliding as well as boat hire. The lake is of course wonderful for swimming and the shore shelves gently making it ideal for youngsters. 

The local village, also on the edge of the lake, is less than 500m away – stroll along the promenade lined with pine trees. It’s home to a handful of restaurants, a couple of bars, ice-cream parlours as well as a small supermarket, boulangerie, butchers, fish mongers (look out for fresh oysters) and a weekly market. Carcans, about a 10-minute drive away, has a wider range of amenities including a larger supermarket.

You can also hire bikes from the local village – this region offers a wealth of cycling trails including part of the La Vélodyssée which follows the Atlantic coast along the Médoc peninsula as far as Arcachon Bay and beyond.

If you feel like a day by the Atlantic coast, it’s around a 5-minute drive to Carcans Plage, a particularly popular spot for surfing enthusiasts. The bustling seaside resort of Lacanau (20km), another popular surfing spot, has a number of restaurants along the beachfront - an ideal spot to watch the sunset. Alternatively, discover the beauty of Étang de Lacanau, perfect for long walks, swimming, sailing and other watersports.

For a change of scene, head out and explore the Médoc peninsula which is especially well known for its wine production. Look out for famous wine châteaux including Latour, Lafite-Rothschild and Mouton-Rothschild or seek out smaller family-run wineries to sample some of France’s finest wine appellations. The wine villages of Pauillac and Margaux are around forty-five minutes by car, as are a number of excellent places to eat from Michelin starred restaurants to markets selling fresh mussels, oysters, foie gras and garlic.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bordeaux

(52km)

Nearest Train Station Moulis-Listrac

(35km)

Nearest Village Lakeside village

(Within 500m)

Nearest Restaurant Local village

(Within 500m)

Nearest Shop Grocery/Bakers/Butchers etc

(500m)

Nearest Supermarket Carcans

(8km)

Nearest Beach Lakeside beach

(Just across the road)

Nearest Golf Golf Bluegreen Lacanau

(14km)

Nearest City Bordeaux

(58km)

Region

Aquitaine’s reputation as a varied and enchanting destination is well-earned – whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement, this beautiful part of south-western France is a feast for every one of the senses. To make sure you’re getting the very best of your holiday (and to clue you up if you’re thinking of going) check out our wonderful travel guide – it’s full of tips, info and the things you really shouldn’t miss when you visit unforgettable Aquitaine. 

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Ideal for Xmas/NY

This area is a paradise for families – just step out of your front garden and you are on a sandy lakeside beach by the gently shelving waters of Lac d’Hourtin-Carcans, one of France’s largest lakes.

Also within a short stroll are a range of watersports (sailing, para-gliding, pedalos) and boat hire as well as a number of shops, restaurants and ice-cream parlours in the local village.

Hire bikes for a fantastic day out pottering around the local area or following trails near the coast and through vast woodland. There are also many wonderful family walks as well as horse-riding opportunities within a short drive.

The large sandy beaches and dunes of the Atlantic coast can be reached in about 5 minutes by car at Carcans Plage, a popular spot for surfing. Further south, Lacanau is also loved by surfers and there are a range of beachside restaurants along the coast. Just slightly inland, Étang de Lacanau is a beautiful place for long walks, swimming, sailing and other nature or water-based activities.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Beach
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Sailing
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Private chef
- Babysitting

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £850 paid via bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Underfloor heating included.
Linen & towels included? Yes, changed once for stays of over 14 nights.
Beach towels included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes, including mid-stay clean for stays of over 14 nights. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Changeover day Flexible.
Minimum stay 7 nights. Shorter durations on request.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 25th 2024 - Mar 30th 2024 £2,688
Mar 30th 2024 - May 30th 2024 £3,450
May 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 £4,212
Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 14th 2024 £4,565
Jul 14th 2024 - Aug 30th 2024 £5,059
Aug 30th 2024 - Sep 29th 2024 £4,212
Sep 29th 2024 - Oct 30th 2024 £3,450
Oct 30th 2024 - Mar 29th 2025 £2,688
Mar 29th 2025 - May 29th 2025 £3,450
May 29th 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 £4,212
Jun 28th 2025 - Jul 13th 2025 £4,565
Jul 13th 2025 - Aug 28th 2025 £5,059

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 25th 2024 - Mar 30th 2024 €2,925
Mar 30th 2024 - May 30th 2024 €3,754
May 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 €4,583
Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 14th 2024 €4,967
Jul 14th 2024 - Aug 30th 2024 €5,504
Aug 30th 2024 - Sep 29th 2024 €4,583
Sep 29th 2024 - Oct 30th 2024 €3,754
Oct 30th 2024 - Mar 29th 2025 €2,925
Mar 29th 2025 - May 29th 2025 €3,754
May 29th 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 €4,583
Jun 28th 2025 - Jul 13th 2025 €4,967
Jul 13th 2025 - Aug 28th 2025 €5,504

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 25th 2024 - Mar 30th 2024 $3,171
Mar 30th 2024 - May 30th 2024 $4,069
May 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 $4,968
Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 14th 2024 $5,384
Jul 14th 2024 - Aug 30th 2024 $5,966
Aug 30th 2024 - Sep 29th 2024 $4,968
Sep 29th 2024 - Oct 30th 2024 $4,069
Oct 30th 2024 - Mar 29th 2025 $3,171
Mar 29th 2025 - May 29th 2025 $4,069
May 29th 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 $4,968
Jun 28th 2025 - Jul 13th 2025 $5,384
Jul 13th 2025 - Aug 28th 2025 $5,966

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

· How long have you owned the property?

We purchased the property at the end of 2016 and immediately started working with a local architect to create our dream holiday home. In 2017 we demolished the existing house and built a new contemporary house on the plot. We moved in in 2018 and have been working on the interiors and landscaping the garden ever since (although delayed slightly by COVID restrictions!)

· What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?

We have been taking holidays in this area for the last 14 years, ever since our daughters were 2 years old. Maubuisson has always been our favourite location in the area due to the lake, beach, proximity to the sea and the unspoilt nature of town and surrounding national forest. Properties on the lake do not come up very often so we jumped at the chance when this one came on the market. 

· Are there any interesting stories in its history?

Our daughters learnt to ride a bike here! I took my motor boat licence course so that I can take the family to explore this huge and magical lake. We have made some great friends here. There are some other English holiday home owners here which we have got to know well. Its a unique location, next to and overlooking the largest freshwater lake in France.

· For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really…

- Must do?

Water sports - water skiing, windsurfing, sailing, para gliding, pedalo, surfing at Carcans Plage or Lacanau. Cycling amongst the national forest on the endless cycle tracks (bike hire in Maubuisson). Sun bathing on the lake beach and swimming in the freshwater lake, hire a motor boat to explore the largest freshwater lake in France, walk along the beautiful beach at Carcans Plage. Visit Bordeaux, visit St Emillion, build sand castles on the local beaches and wake up early to see the sun rise over the lake from the balcony at the house

- Must eat?

Local Oysters, local Mussels (et frites), bread and croissants from the local bakery. Ice cream from local ice cream parlour, rotisserie Chicken and chips from the street vendor in the town, prepared ready to eat on the lake beach whilst the sun sets.

- Must see?

Professional surfing competitions at Lacanau beach, sun set at Lacanua beach (from Kayoc restaurant), local weekly market in the town. Everything in Bordeaux, but especially explore the great restaurants. Last Saturday of every July is the Festival of the lake with a fabulous firework display over the lake.

· What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?

Ideally you need a car to explore the area and to get to the ocean beach at Carcans and Lacanau. Car hire is very straight forward at Bordeaux airport. En route to the house you will pass a large supermarket (Intermarche). Well worth stocking up with essentials or any specific needs here as they have a bigger range than the local supermarkets. Book some water activities ahead of your stay e.g. water skiing, boat hire etc as it can get busy in the peak season. Think about spending a night in Bordeaux, there are lots of affordable hotels. The house is literally adjacent to the beautiful lake, however there is a one way single road between the house and the lake so please be careful with children. The house has underfloor heating, with thermostats on both floors so adjust to your needs. There is private parking at the back of the house which is invaluable in the peak season as the lake beach gets busy. Make full use of the balcony which extends the full width of the house. Take in the views, with a drink of your choice and relax. The water at the lake is very safe.  It shelves very gently so remains shallow for a long way out so its ideal for little ones to play in and be safe. There is a lifeguard for the lake beach, positioned at the end of the beach nearest the town square.

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Reviews

  • Perfect holiday home

    on 14/01/2022

    The house is a perfect holiday home, which has that wow factor about it. The fittings and furniture are to a very high standard, and the location is to die for, and just yards from a most perfect beach on the beautiful lake. Maubuisson is a delightful spot with a good mix of shops and restaurants, as well as a very attractive market. The surrounding countryside gives many opportunities for pleasant walks or cycle rides. Overall a delightful place to spend a holiday.

  • Beautiful house

    on 14/01/2022

    Beautiful house with every amenity and with fantastic views across the lake. Beach just a few steps from the garden and good restaurants just a short walk away with shops and a market. Very relaxing just sitting on the balcony and enjoying the view.

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