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Lovely rural house at Carcans close to lakes and surfing beaches

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Three bedrooms, two bathrooms. Sleeps 8

Our house is a converted 'resinier's' cottage surrounded by open countryside with three bedrooms and a good sized swimming pool. Our house is situated in a small hamlet called St Helene de L'Etang about 5 kilometers from Carcans. The house is close to the largest freshwater lakes in France and the surfing beaches of the Atlantic.

The local area : Carcans has the essential supermarket but also the traditional French shops and local market. The 'cave' is well stocked with Bordeaux wine and there is a very good baker and butcher . Maubuisson is ten minutes' drive away and there you will find sandy beaches, cafes, restaurants, sailing, wind surfing and safe swimming. Ten minutes beyond Maubuisson is the Atlantic Ocean, with miles of unspoilt beaches and breakers for surfing and invigorating swimming. There is golf, cycling and horse riding within easy driving distance including wonderful cycle tracks from Maubuisson through pine forests to the Atlantic beaches.

Further afield: Bordeaux with its fine architecture, museums, art galleries and shops is forty minutes' drive away to the south east. St Emilion with its narrow streets, medieval history and famous vineyards is just over an hour's journey by car. The Medoc with its rolling countryside covered almost every inch of the way with vines lies twenty minutes to the east of Carcans. Arcachon is also easily accessible and offers a range of activities including Aqualand, a zoo and nature reserves and the Pyla Dune- the highest sand dune in Europe

The immediate area : The tiny hamlet of St Helene de L'Etang consists of ten houses including ours which is at the end of the road opposite a small farm which has camping facilities in the summer. Beyond our house, the road becomes a sandy track leading to the largest freshwater lake in France which is accessible on foot (20 minutes) or by bike (10 minutes) but this area of the lake is a nature reserve and the main lake beaches for swimming etc are 10 minutes' drive away at Maubuisson . Very little traffic passes our house making it ideal for children. Wildlife abounds including frogs, toads, rabbits, deer, lizards and a wide range of birds. We have no fences round our property.

More Details

Mrs Vivien Harris
Member since: 1999
Speaks English, French,
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Carcans in Gironde

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Well behaved pets are accepted but we have no fences round our property
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom - 4 Single Bed , 1 Cot , 1 set of bunk beds and two single beds
  • 1 large ensuite double, 1 twin, 1 room with two bunk beds and two single beds, I travel cot for a baby.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(13 traveller reviews)

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Lovely rural house at Carcans close to lakes and surfing beaches
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Peaceful rural house with good pool

  • 5 of 5

We are 2 families with grown up children. We had a wonderful stay in Chez resinier. We spent most of the time lounging round the pool and eating alfresco.

The house was very comfortable and well equipped for all our needs.

The owner Vivien was a pleasure to deal with and sent us very comprehensive guides to the house and all the facilities in the surrounding area.

When we arrived we were met by Aude who was very friendly and was only too happy to help us with all our various questions about the house and surrounding area.

Would we recommend this house to our friends? Would we come again? Absolutely on both counts.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for submitting this review. We hope to welcome you and friends and family back in the future.
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Relaxing week in a wonderful home from home

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of four adults and had a fantastic week in this villa. We cook a lot rather than eat out so were pleased to find a kitchen with everything we needed. The main bedroom with en suite was beautiful and the swimming pool was essential as we had a heat wave when we visited. The villa has a quaint rustic charm which made you feel immediately at home and relaxed. There was no noise or disturbance. Aude across the road was excellent. One of the party hired a bike for the week - it looked brand new and the service was excellent. Good wifi and TV. We visited Chateau Spleen in nearby Moulis for a vineyard tour and tasting which was excellent. Hourtin Plage was the best beach for us, much quieter than the others. If you want a relaxing week with no fuss then this is recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for writing this guest review and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Chez Resinier. The beaches to the north of us are generally quieter than Lacanau Ocean and Carcans Plage and often it is much easier to park.
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  • 5 of 5

We spent a delightful week in this quiet country house near Carcans. The house is on a large lawned property within a cluster of homes surrounded by pine forest.. It is very quiet, yet just minutes away from town and stores. The house itself is spacious,comfortable, clean, and well-furnished. We appreciated the large, well-equipped kitchen and that large dining table that allowed us to spread out our computers at one end and still have room for meals. All the appliances and bathroom fixtures worked great. Full dishwasher and clothes washer. Great internet access. The property is large enough to allow one to spend the day at the house or by the pool. And, it is very close to cute villages like Carcans, Hourtin, and Lacanau Plage. Pauillac, at the heart of the Medoc wine country is only 20 minutes away. Lots of wine chateaux and estates to visit, another great experience. There are plenty of large stores close enough to provision with whatever is desired. The nearby manager is very helpful and speaks good English. She helped us rent bikes to explore the wonderful new asphalted bike paths leading to Carcans, Maubuisson, and Hourtin. We certainly recommend this house to anyone who likes to enjoy the countryside but also wants sites to see and outdoor activities to enjoy.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you enjoyed your stay and thank you for writing this review and allowing us to share your appreciation with others.
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Nice property with large swimming pool

  • 5 of 5

Maison très sympa et spacieuse. La piscine est très bien, le tout dans un environnement calme et assez sauvage derrière le lac. Les enfants ont adoré, beaucoup d'activités à Bombannes et l'océan n'est pas loin.

Really nice property in quiet environment. Kids love the swimming pool, all the activities in Bombanne and the ocean. Aude looking after the property is great, very helpful and you have fresh bread and croissants every morning.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup . Delighted you and your family enjoyed your stay and I hope we can welcome you back in the future.
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Relaxing homely place

  • 5 of 5

Lovely homely feel but with all mod cons and plenty of space. Quiet enough to feel you're in the middle of nowhere but close enough to cycle into Carcans. Perfect sized pool but if you don't fancy lounging around a trip to nearby Maubuisson lake beach or be spoilt for choice of surfing beaches. We had a really good time.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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brilliant accommadation and setting

  • 5 of 5

we loved this place. we were a family of 8 and had regular visitors for is homely inside and very comfortable and you feel as if you can treat it like your own. outside is great, so much space and a great pool. the picture does not do it credit. we played a game of water polo with 4 a side and there was space over. we also had some great games outside including rounders and football. the campsite opposite and Aude the local agent are great and really helpful. we hired bikes which were delivered and picked up by two fantastic ladies. for us it was a great place to chill, enjoy our family and friends and do just enough outings to appreciate the local culture and amenities. compared with other places in this region it was superb value too. highly recommend it and if you need more rooms just hire both cottages together.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you had a lovely time . We always enjoy the outdoor space, the pool and relaxing evenings eating and drinking til late on the patio. We have now sold our second cottage but Aude, our local manager, can offer additional accommodation if required in her chambre d'hote opposite .
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
14 Kilometres
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Bordeaux Rocade
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Our house is located between Carcans and Hourtin in the coastal Gironde. It is situated in a small hamlet called St Helene de L'Etang about 5 kilometers from Carcans and close to Maubuisson and the Lac du Carcans and Hourtin and the famous surfing beaches of the Atlantic such as Carcans Plage and Lacanau. Also close by are the wine regions of the Medoc; further afield but still within easy driving distance are Bordeaux; St Emilion and Arcachon and the Pyla Dune.

Golf: There are four golf clubs within easy driving distance and two offer two 18 hole courses. The nearest golf course is Golf de L'Ardilouse at Lacanau with a beautiful 18 hole course through the pine forests and featuring several water hazards. Close by is Golf de la Mejanne which is a challenging 9 hole course. Within 30-45 minutes' driving distance are Golf du Medoc with two 18 hole courses ( including the wonderful les Chateaux course) and Golf de Bordeaux Lac with two 18 hole courses. There is also a great family par3/9hole course at Lacanau


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Carcans, Gironde

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
14 Jul 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
late summer
25 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early autumn
1 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
late autumn and winter
15 Sep 2018 - 31 May 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Our payment terms are a 25% non refundable deposit plus the balance two months before arrival. We are happy to accept sterling; euros or dollars. We will accept credit card payments through pay pal but that incurs a 4% extra charge. Rental prices include bed linen and towels and free wifi.
We would consider stays of less than 7 nights in the low season periods.
In the event of cancellation, we will only refund any monies paid if we are able to re-let the house for that period.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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