Nestled in the tranquil bay of Arcachon, on the edge of the shore and backing onto lush pine forests, you will find the luxury Villa La Tosca.
Located just 35km from Bordeaux-Merignac Airport and more importantly an hours drive from all the world-famous vineyards of Bordeaux, this luxury Villa is ideally for a weekend away. The Villa serves as both a boutique hotel (you can book just one room) or can be rented out in its entirety if you have enough family and friends to fill its 9 bedrooms.
Nearby you will find Cap Ferret, a chic, laid-back seaside town which is popular with French VIPs and celebrities, and great fun to explore on bikes. Piraillan & Le Canon, two charming oyster-farming villages on the western side of the bay known for their narrow lanes of brightly-painted cabanesm, are just moments away. You can also visit the l’Ile aux Oiseaux, Domain d’Certes by boat, or picnic on the magnificent Banc d’Arguin. Finally, Parc Ornithologique du Teich, an area of protected wetland for migrating birds on the south side of the Bay is a must see for bird lovers.
The Gironde enjoys an ideal climate with 2000 + hours of sunshine. Being mild in winter, with dashes of Indian summer in springtime and autumn, this is an location place to grab some sunshine. There is just the right amount of rainfall required for the Bordeaux vineyards to flourish and to ensure the countryside’s luxuriant greenery. Summers are hot and sunny but never overbearingly so.
Villa La Tosca
The Villa itself is a mix of sumptuous and restored features. I say Villa, there are 8 bedrooms but also one separate family chalet which is still on the grounds, (the chalet is rentable for larger groups). The main villa is a mansion with a soul and a story to tell. Highlights of the property are the beautiful interiors, stunning garden and gorgeous eco-pool. At the end of the garden you step through the gate and have direct access to a beautiful beach.
A locally sourced breakfast is served on a beautiful oak table in the hall or on the terrace each morning which sets the tone for the whole day. Chefs come in and prepare your afternoon tea or an evening of fine dining on request. In the summer, meals and drinks can be enjoyed on the large deck. As you would expect, there is an extensive wine list at the Villa which regularly revolves and features wines of the world-renowned Bordeaux Wine Region such as Margaux, St Emilion,Pessac Leognan, Medoc…There are few more inspiring places to enjoy a tipple than on the terrace at Villa La Tosca while the sun dips behind the sea.
Rooms at Villa La Tosca are all beautifully and individually decorated. Possibly my favourite room is La Vue, a 35sqm room on both the 2nd and 3rd floor and offering 360 degree sea and pine tree views. These mesmerizing views stretch from Arcachon to Cap Ferret. Even the large bathroom has a sea view which you can enjoy from the bath or the walk-in shower.
L’eau Vive is also an exquisite room choice and at a huge 80sqm is an enormous space from which to enjoy those glorious sea views. In fact, you don’t even need to leave your bed to enjoy the vista, as the tall French windows open out from the end of the bed directly onto your own private sea view terrace. Other highlights of this suite are the walk-in shower with massage jets and your state of the art Jacuzzi bathtub which sits adjacent to your own private fireplace. I don’t think bath time gets more romantic.
Whichever room you choose, naturally all the fittings are designed by Philippe Starck, toiletries are by Claudalie, and you will enjoy satellite TV and complementary wi-fi if you can tear your eyes away from the vista. All rooms also receive the most generous basket of fruits, nuts and chocolates on arrival.
Villa La Tosca has all the benefits of a luxury hotel coupled with a luxury holiday villa which provides a more intimate and more cosy experience. Staff are on site 8am to 8pm, after which you get the villa to yourself so that you can enjoy a glass of wine in peace, or a book from the library whilst watching the exquisite golden sunsets.
If you are looking for an exceptional place for an exceptional moment, you would be hard pressed to find a more stylish and welcoming retreat.
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