|Minimum Stay||7 - 14 nights|
Soulac Beach House is a New England-style timber beach house at the edge of the Gironde coastal resort of Soulac. Its woodland garden backs onto the dune system and there is easy access to the safe sandy beach via a footpath 20m away. Furnished in 'American summer-house' style, and with a huge shady terrace, it offers relaxed summer living in a charming Belle Epoque resort, with loads to do for all ages. See our website -
We holiday here with our family, so our Beach House is fully equipped to a high standard as a real 'home from home'. To take full advantage of the woodland setting and the south orientation, the main living accommodation is on the first floor.
On the ground floor, there are two bedrooms, a bathroom with shower over bath and a separate toilet. There is also a small garage which provides secure storage for bikes & surfboards.
Internal stairs lead to the main accommodation on the first floor.
The large living room has a sofa, two easy chairs and a formal dining area, with limed pine table and white wicker chairs. There is a high-quality flat screen TV & hi-fi system. French windows lead to a covered terrace with a wooden table and directors chairs for alfresco eating, as well as two hammock chairs for siestas or a quiet read. It's sheltered enough for you to breakfast, even in winter, if it is sunny. External stairs lead to the garden - safety gates are available for families with small children. The kitchen area leads off the living room and is well-equipped with multi-function oven, ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, and fridge-freezer. Also off the living room is the master bedroom suite, with en suite shower room.
Each bedroom has duvets, pillows and bedspreads. We also provide high quality bed linen and towels, as well as weekly cleaning. A cot, high chair and safety gates are also provided.
Electric heating, good insulation and double-glazing also make this house perfect for spring bird watching, autumn surfing or winter walks on the deserted beach.
The Beach House is a low carbon house, commissioned by us 10 years ago to sit sympathetically among the pine trees and maritime oaks of the site. It is built from timber from the pine forests of the Gironde, with good insulation throughout and double glazing. Low energy light bulbs and energy efficient electrical appliances have been used wherever possible. We use ecological household products and encourage our guests to do the same.
As many of the trees have been kept as possible and the back garden area is a 'woodland garden' with nest boxes. There is a 'dry garden' border with yuccas, phormiums, and other exotic plants, as well as Mediterranean herbs, in the front garden. We harvest rainwater and we will be installing automatic watering from the water butts.
The trees around the house are home to squirrels, pine martens, and many bird species:- firecrests, longtailed & crested tits, treecreepers,blackcaps, jays. Rarer bird species pass through on migration.
Our summer repeat bookers are drawn by the Beach House's location. Close to the house are the “Piscines' - shallow pools created by the concrete beach stabilisation works of the 1930s – very popular with families with small children. And when the sea is too rough, nearby Le Verdon's la Chambrette beach is sheltered.
May, June, September and October are the best months for an activity or wildlife break. There's easy cycling on the bike trails. One trail starts right by the Beach House, running 5 miles through the forest to Pointe de Grave, port for the car ferry to Royan. There are walking trails too and the long distance path GR 8 also passes the Beach House. Tennis, horseriding, sandyachting, windsurfing , dinghy & catamaran sailing, even a forest adventure park, parachuting and microlight trips are also available locally.
In Spring, the dunes at the point provide a spectacular vantage point of the spring migration, as swallows, martins, and swifts pass overhead.
For more information see our website - link at end of this page.
Linda's family have had a holiday home just across the Gironde (in Charente Maritime) for over 30 years, so we have spent many happy family holidays in this part of France. We are now retired and spend several months of the year in France. We love the French lifestyle - the food, the wine, as well as watersports and cycling.
Linda & Richard Austin purchased this house in 2001
We found the plot of land on a cycling trip across the Gironde, one hot day in July 2001. We loved the location , backing onto the dunes, and had our dream summer house built. It is built from pine timber from the region, to high environmentally friendly standards. We spend several weeks a year here and so the house is equipped as our own home, to a much higher standard than most holiday rentals. We the location so close to the beach, and waking to the sound of the waves breaking on the shore. We also love the many rare birds that visit our garden, especially during the spring migration, and the shy red squirrels.
Soulac Beach House is in an ideal location for family holidays. It's just a short walk across the dunes from the beach and 'Les Piscines', the salt water pools created by the sea defences built in the 1930s.. These shallow pools are ideal for small children and many of our guests' children have learnt to swim here. The tourist train to Pointe de Grave runs from close to the house, as does the Piste Cyclable and many walking and mountain bike trails.
The house was perfect and our hosts did everything possible to make our stay comfortable, e.g. extra trouble with stair gates for the kids, high chair, basic groceries, lots of information on local area etc. They pay a lot of attention to detail, the decor is tasteful, there is an amazing collection of DVD's (which we didn't get time to watch!), hammocks on the veranda, enough beach toys for the kids and it is set on a wonderful plot, feels as if the trees are reaching into the house. The beach is amazing with a lot of tidal pools and white sand, perfect for walks or a quick swim. It is next to a forest with a cycle path which stretches for 6 km to the ferry - we rented bikes and went for nearly daily rides and had picnics in the forest. We found Soulac pretty and perfect for a beach holiday, market, shops and restaurants, but felt authentic and never like a tourist trap. Would definitely recommend - for couples or as a family holiday with children.
Great family break as the season came to a reluctant end – still warm enough to eat outside (the ‘plancha’ a great success). Nearby beach is the stuff of childhood memories. Otherwise the comprehensive and accurate website descriptions (and other reviews) do both house (simple but immaculate) and resort full justice. Lovely place in a lovely civilised region - have already recommended to others.
Vous arrivez, tout est prêt pour des vacances : lits faits (couchage de qualité), linge de maison (propreté impeccable et linge de qualité) matériel de plage dans le garage, transats, hamacs ... Dans la cuisine tout est là, vous savez tout ce que l'on doit acheter et que l'on doit ramener : produit lave vaisselle, sopalin, éponge, sac poubelles, sel, poivre, huile, vinaigre ... bref, la consigne est simple, c'est de remplacer quand on a terminé quelque chose !!!
Et côté situation, c'est extra: la dune est derrière la maison, en 5 minutes vous êtes au bord de l'océan, du côté des "piscines" comme sur une photo du site, la piste cyclable passe devant la maison et vous emmène tout droit en 5 minutes au centre de Soulac ou sur le front de mer ...
En résumé, vous oubliez la voiture, vous passez des heures sur la terrasse ou sur la plage...Du repos avec tout à côté ...
Partie avec 4 filles ados qui sont revenues ravies, entre autre, des piques niques le soir sur la plage !!...
et on n'avait pas envie de rentrer !!!
Merci pour votre accueil chaleureux et pour cette belle semaine M. et Mme Austin !!
Soulac is a charming 'Belle Epoque' family resort on the Gironde coast, a 1½ hour drive north of Bordeaux or a 6 hour drive from St Malo, via the Royan-Pointe de Grave ferry. The beach stretches north to Pointe de Grave, and to the south, it just keeps going, for 100 km. Most of the town dates from the late 19th century, with many period villas, but the UNESCO Heritage Site church, Notre Dame de la Fin des Terres, was built in the 12th Century to welcome pilgrims on the route to Compostella. The first weekend in June sees Soulac turn back the clock to 1900 with a costumed celebration of its heritage.
Soulac has a supermarket, and a wonderful covered market in the town centre open daily until 1pm. The main street has a range of shops from beach toys to glamorous clothing and home décor. There are restaurants to suit all tastes, a casino and a nightclub.
The renowned Medoc vineyards are just a 20 minute drive away, and many vineyards offer tastings.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£433|
Prices include bedlinen, & towels (not beach towels); and a exit clean. A mid-stay clean is provided for stays of 2 weeks plus. In school holidays, rental is Saturday to Saturday with a minimum stay of 2 weeks. In low season, flexible arrival days may be possible. There is a 25% deposit to be paid on booking and the remainder to be paid in full 8 weeks before your holiday starts.