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House in Batz sur Mer, petite cité de caractère, Nr. La Baule, Southern Brittany with a beach hut (May to September.).
A large house in the centre of a friendly village with groceries, bread, fish, cafe, pizzeria, pharmacy, all just outside the front door; Bookshop, wine cellar, restaurants Tourist Office, museums within a few hundred yards. Local market on Mondays out of season and a large open market every Monday and Friday in July and August. A lot of interesting activities in the Summer: "Les Nuits Salines", a folk festival, the Pardon St Guénolé, a traditional Breton festival celebrating the salt harvest, numerous exhibitions and two huge antiques fairs in July and August. Apart from the pleasures of the seaside (there are several beaches), it is easy to walk into the salt marshes - a magnificent ecosystem created by man. A little further is Le Grand Blockhaus, huge concrete pill box left from the German occupation in WWII and now an impressive museum. There are many cycle routes (and we have got quite a few bikes). The nearest beach is 400 metres from the house.
At the rear of the house there are two communicating, walled gardens.
The house has old, thick walls and there is no traffic noise. The ground floor has head room of just over 6.0ft because of beams, but the rest of the house has high ceilings. We often go on our own and the house is just as good for only two people! It is well equipped for children: cot, highchair, stair gate. It is a happy family house, to which many people return. Plenty of buckets, spades etc. Wifi broadband with free landline calls to most countries. The walled gardens are safe for children. An outbuilding contains a gas barbeque, a lot of bikes of all ages and for all sizes. There is plenty of garden furniture. The garden is quiet and peaceful, considering it is in the centre of a village which is very active during the summer.
Batz-sur-Mer is on a peninsula with the sea on one side and the salt marshes on the other. Le Croisic, a fishing port, is at the end of the peninsula and is attractive and walkable/cyclable. Le Pouliguen is on the river that separates it from La Baule. La Baule is sophisticated and has its own charm lying among pine trees. Guérande is a medieval walled city, a little inland, and has to be seen. The Brière is a huge freshwater marshland
The salt marshes separate Batz from Guérande. They are a haven of bird life and the colours, ever changing, are a magnet for water colourists. The salt is harvested using methods unchanged for over a thousand years. Salt is sold in all the surrounding villages and at the side of the roads. A museum in Batz gives the history and fascinating facts about the marshes and the area. There are guided tours in the salt pans.
The house is just 4 or 5 minutes' walk from the nearest beach, where we have our own beach hut, invaluable for keeping beach toys etc and for changing. This is freely available to our tenants. On the way to the beach is a little park with, in the summer, a merry go round, and a permanent play area. There are also tennis courts which can be booked at the Tourist Office which you pass on the way to the beach. There are other beaches within easy reach, with sailing and wind surfing. There are several golf courses nearby.
The house is fully equipped as a home, rather than as a holiday let. I was once told by a tenant that in 30 years of renting in France he has never been to such a well equipped house. There is ample crockery, cutlery, glasses etc for about 12 people. Plenty of pans, dishes etc, kitchen knives, oyster openers etc.
|Coffee maker||Toaster||Dining seats|
|Linens provided||Washing machine||Living room|
|Games room||Pool table||Pingpong|