Cabane Bleu

Cap Ferret & The Arcachon Bay, Aquitaine Coast, France

Part of theSimply Simpson collection

The simple things in life often give the greatest pleasure and we believe our Simply Simpson Collection offers the chance to experience a more authentic taste of local living in some of the most idyllic locations in the Mediterranean. Take time to discover our comfortable, no-frills accommodation and join us on the road less travelled.
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  • Stylish suite
  • Set in chic Arcachon district
  • Gentle stroll to restaurants and beach
  • No Car Needed

Le Moulleau is one of the most desirable ‘quartiers’ of Arcachon, an appealing collection of contemporary holiday homes, grand 19th-century villas and little shops and restaurants that cluster around a fine sandy beach. Cabane Bleu is ideally located just 300 metres from the heart of this district and its beach, which means no need for a car, navigator or designated driver!

Tucked away in a small group of apartments, this three-bedroom, ground floor suite has everything you need for a relaxing seaside break. The gardens are the charming owner’s pride and joy, with eastern-inspired plants lending an exotic air, and plenty of outdoor lounging and dining space away from the relative hubbub of Le Moulleau. And after a day at the beach, exploring Arcachon or tackling the famous Dune du Pilat, you can relax and enjoy a lovely bubbly Jacuzzi in the privacy of your own garden patio. There’s ample room for a family, and Le Moulleau appeals to all ages, with boutique shopping for style-conscious teens and a superb beach sheltered from the big Atlantic swells and therefore ideal for younger children. Arcachon centre is around three kilometres away, easily reached by bicycle or public transport, or you can take the ferry directly from Le Moulleau over to Cap Ferret, another of this region’s real gems.

The local area

Cabane Bleu is located on a quiet residential street, a short walk from the beach, a few shops and a couple of cafés and restaurants. To the north is Pereire and another excellent beach backed by a tree-lined promenade, whilst to the south is the Dune du Pilat, Europe’s tallest sand dune. Le Moulleau itself is within very easy reach of Arcachon centre, but it has its own beach, jetty and distinctive character. Quieter than the main resort, Le Moulleau works especially well for families and couples looking for a more low-key atmosphere that still gives easy access to fantastic beaches.

Days out

Take the ferry from Le Moulleau over to stylish Cap Ferret and then catch the Petit Train to l’Horizon beach, one of the most wildly beautiful on this stretch of coastline, with lifeguard presence in the peak summer months. Even if you’re not keen to get into the water, the train trip itself is well worth it for the wonderful peninsula views and magnificent Atlantic rollers. The foot ferries run quite late in the evening, so you could have dinner in Cap Ferret before the short boat trip back to Le Moulleau. For little ones who prefer a calmer alternative to the surf, there are lovely bathing lakes surrounded by shady forest a little further down the coast at Sanguinet and Biscarrosse.

In Arcachon itself you can take a wander through the eclectic architectural jumble of the Ville d’Hiver, then pause in the shade of the Parc Mauresque while you watch a game of boules and enjoy the view. Continue your exploration with a walk down to the Belvédère viewing platform, with 360-degree views back over the town. There are lots of lovely spots to eat and drink in town, but for a real Arcachon experience, visit one of the many oyster farms at Gujan-Mestras or one of the villages on the Presqu'Île.

Arcachon bay supports a huge variety of birdlife, with reserves at the Parc Ornotholigique du Teich and Île aux Oiseaux, accessible by ferry from Arcachon. Finally, no visit to this area is complete without an ascent of the Dune du Pilat; the 100-metre climb is well worth it for the views, especially if you are able to get there for sunrise or sunset.

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  • 3 bedroom two-storey apartment

Ground floor

  • Living area with TV, sliding doors lead to terrace
  • Well-equipped open-plan kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, steamer, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washer-dryer
  • 2 double bedrooms (160cm x 200cm beds)
  • Bathroom with bath and overhead shower
  • WC

Lower floor:

  • Double bedroom (160cm x 200cm bed) with en-suite shower room
  • WC


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Plancha
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sheltered 40 square-metre terrace 
  • Cabin/summer house with bunk beds
  • Off-street secure parking. However, a car is not essential
  • No smoking inside
  • No pets
  • Local activities include surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking, golf, cycling, horse riding, birdwatching, fishing, wine tasting and aqua parc
  • In October some seasonal restaurants, shops and bars may be closed
  • For further information on Terms and Conditions specific to this French property please click here


  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails. We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Villa access times

  • Check-in time – 5.00-7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am


  • Weekly change of linen and towels for bookings of two weeks or more
  • Light mid-stay clean for bookings of two weeks or more

Optional services offered

  • Cleaning €15/hour
  • Bike hire €49 per week/ Electric bike hire €160 per week
  • All extra services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Getting there

  • Airports
    Bordeaux 75km
    Bergerac 190km
    Biarritz 195km
  • Ferry ports
    St Malo 650km
    Calais 950km
  • TGV stations
    Arcachon 5km
    Bordeaux 85km - (London to Bordeaux direct train takes 5hr 25min)


  • Beach, restaurant and bakery (Le Moulleau) 4min walk (300m)
  • Le Cap Ferret 20min water taxi (3km)
  • Market (Arcachon) 7min drive (4km)
  • Dune du Pilat 10min drive (5km)


Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Bordeaux 75km/50min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Luton easyJet Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday All season
Liverpool easyJet Saturday 2 May - 17 Oct
Belfast easyJet Saturday 4 Apr - 26 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday All season

Bergerac 190km/2hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair / Jet2 Saturday All season
London Southend Ryanair Saturday All season
Liverpool Ryanair Saturday All season
Leeds Bradford Jet2  Saturday 23 May – 26 Sep
Bristol Ryanair Saturday 4 Jul – 29 Aug

Biarritz 195km/2hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season
London Luton  easyJet Saturday 27 Jun - 29 Aug
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday 23 May - 19 Sep
Bristol easyJet Saturday 16 May - 24 Oct

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Chic Cap Ferret alone would be enough to satisfy the most discerning beach seeker, but there’s so much more to unwrap. An afternoon wandering the enchanting oyster villages, marvelling at the opulence of Arcachon’s Ville d’Hiver or treating little ones to an afternoon at the aquapark make this a uniquely unforgettable holiday experience. Take in a sunrise from the top of the magnificent Dune du Pilat or add a boat trip around the bay and the routine of normal life will seem far, far away.    

Visit our collection of handpicked villas in Cap Ferret and Arcachon Bay to complete your luxury holiday on the Aquitaine Coast. 

Read more on our Aquitaine Coast region page

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