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  • Wonderfully positioned villa in Piraillan
  • Practical and tastefully furnished
  • Set in pine forest
  • Short walk to restaurants and beach

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Around Cap Ferret you’re never far from the sea, with the hypnotic spectacle of Atlantic waves to one side and the calm waters of Arcachon bay to the other. For this reason, villas with a swimming pool are a relative rarity in this exclusive little area, which makes Villa des Cigales a special find.

Surrounded by pine forest on the edge of Piraillan, one of the peninsula’s many heritage oyster-villages, Villa des Cigales combines comfort, convenience and considerable charm in an enviably private location. The house is a typical ‘maison Landaise’, complete with a classic red-tiled roof and sturdy wooden shutters. Villa des Cigales is a much-loved private home with an appealing retro vibe; practically furnished and offering a host of family-friendly touches, including table tennis on the shaded terrace. The compact kitchen has everything you need for a week away and the single storey layout is ideal for a young family looking for easy lazy days around the pool, which can be closed off from the rest of the garden if required. Teenagers love being able to bike to the beach and shops by themselves and there are plenty of adult attractions in this area too: browse the daily high-summer market for picnic goodies and regional delicacies just 100 metres from the villa, rummage for treasure in the local brocantes, or spend a few hours in Cap Ferret itself and treat yourself to lunch in the sun at one of the many oyster shacks that line its beautiful beach.

The local area

The villa sits on a tree-lined avenue just outside Piraillan, about half way down the Cap Ferret peninsula. There’s an excellent daily food market just 150 metres away in July and August and a handful of attractive restaurants in Piraillan, where you’ll also find the brightly painted wooden huts of the famous oyster-quarter to explore. For other local shops, Le Canon (800 metres) offers a supermarket, bakery, wine shop, tabac and several more restaurants. If you’re after sand dunes and the energising fun of the ocean, the nearest Atlantic beach is Le Truc Vert, just three kilometres away along quiet avenues and forest cycle paths. The whole cape is traversed by these paths, making it easy and relaxing to get around on two wheels, whether you’re popping into Cap Ferret village for lunch and a spot of quality shopping or heading out for a lazy day at the beach. 

Days out 

From Le Canon you can take a water taxi to the Dune du Pilat, Europe’s highest sand dune, which rewards the sandy climb to the summit with fabulous views. In Cap Ferret, pick up a boat tour of the oyster beds and nature reserves, catch the ferry to Arcachon or hop onto the little train that trundles out to the rather spectacular L’Horizon beach on the Atlantic coast. Continuing down the headland, you can climb to the top of Cap Ferret lighthouse, with fine views over the forest and ocean, and over to the Dune du Pilat across the bay. South of the lighthouse are the famous ’44 Hectares’, an exclusive district of private villas and home to Chez Hortense, regarded as the best restaurant in the area. 

From fresh oysters to fine wines, this chic coastal corner of Aquitaine is foodie heaven. Enjoy a tour and tasting visit one of the many Médoc vineyards, and spend a day in Bordeaux, which boasts World Heritage status plus a state-of-the-art wine exhibition in the city centre, and an up-beat, contemporary atmosphere that contrasts most appealingly with its extravagant pre-Revolution architecture.

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  • 4 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-7)

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living/dining area with TV, DVD player, music dock/speaker, working fireplace, French doors lead to terrace
  • Kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • 3 double bedrooms (160cm x 200cm beds)
  • Twin bedroom (2 x 90cm beds)
  • Family bathroom with bath, shower and WC
  • Shower room
  • WC


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool towels provided
  • Smoking is not permitted in the villa
  • Pets considered on request (must be confirmed at time of booking)
  • Table tennis
  • Outdoor shower
  • Private heated salt-filtered swimming pool 9m x 4m (depth 0.8m – 1.5m) with safety cover
  • Pool area accessed via a gate 
  • Complimentary cot and highchair available
  • Parking
  • Nearby activities include surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, sailing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, cycling, horse riding, fishing, wine-tasting, degustation, adrenaline park


  • 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


  • Pool towels provided
  • Weekly change of linen, bath and pool towels for bookings of one week or more
  • Light mid-stay clean for bookings of two weeks or more

Optional services offered

  • Cleaning €20/hour (3 hour minimum)
  • Babysitting €15/hour
  • All extra services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Getting there

  • Airports
    Bordeaux 50km
    Bergerac 160km
    Biarritz 200km
  • Ferry ports
    St Malo 600km
    Calais 950km
  • TGV stations
    Bordeaux 60km (London to Bordeaux direct train takes 5hr 25min)


  • Piraillan market (daily July-August, otherwise Saturdays) 2min walk (150m)
  • Restaurant (La Pleine Mer) 3min walk (300m)
  • Oyster bar (Cabane 57) 3min walk (300m)
  • Beach (Piraillan) 5min walk (600m)
  • Local bakery (Le Canon) 7min walk (800m)
  • Le Cap Ferret 10min drive (7km)
  • Bordeaux airport 45min drive (50km)


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 50km/45min 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 160km/2hr 20 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 200km/2hr 20 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

Customer feedback

As always the standard of accommodation and Simpson’s customer service were excellent. We had a small problem whilst away, but found they did all they could to resolve this quickly and with charm. What more could you want? And great follow-up on our return to make sure we had been happy. We will definitely use Simpson again, this is our third trip and it’s always been great.
Mr & Mrs D Hunt – September 2019

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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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