For the Adults


ADULTS will enjoy relaxing in the Beachouse enclosed garden in a deckchair, eating in a different restaurant every night or pottering round the market and cooking delicious dinners to eat on the verandah.

Small children are safe with fenced garden and gates that lock. The sand garden is ideal for buckets and spades and a small paddling pool for cooling off!

Above all adults can relax knowing older children are safe to wander around Montalivet centre, happy and amused with the main street closed to traffic morning and evening.

Aldi supermarket within walking distance avoids hot stressful shopping trips in the car. The Euronat Thalassotherapy spa is a cycle ride away for a facial or course of treatments.


Mysterious Medoc is probably one of the regions least known to the English.. Rightly called “Presqu’ile” (nearly an island) it is surrounded by water with miles of deserted beaches along the west coast and the huge turbulent Gironde estuary with its charming windswept fishing villages to the east (15 minutes). Unlike other areas of France the forests and countryside are accessible to all with hundreds of kilometres of cycling tracks and well signposted footpaths.


Kate Mc Greevor recommends, 2009.


Four of us had a great day out on bikes, we hired from the bike rental shop… The cycle paths around the area are brilliant, most of them are solely for bikes, so it would be great for children too. We cycled to a nearby windmill, and then two vineyards. Chateaux Noallic was lovely – Very welcoming and patient with our terrible French. They are well set up for visitors.

Chateaux Haute-Gravate was welcoming. But our GCSE language skills not as useful here, though the wine was nicer.

We didn’t eat out in any of the local restaurants and instead bought food locally and made use of the well-equipped kitchen. We were very grateful for your efforts tracking down a blender…

The spar in town is well stocked but – despite initial reservations – We actually found Aldi good too – And far cheaper than Spar.


Best place for fresh food is definitely the market (from 7am until 2pm everyday I think). In particular, the fish mongers (situated in the permanent building in the centre of the market) was great – Huge range of fish and helpful staff.

We found we could buy absolutely everything we needed form the market, Aldi and Spar. With the exception of fresh chillies(perhaps one to add to the herb garden).

We visited the beach nightclub which I don’t think we would recommend unless you are a teenager and like European techno. The club is open everyday in July and August until 4am, though I am not sure anyone could stand it that long.

Most of us travelled by public transport via Bordeaux which we found easy. We managed perfectly well without a car during our stay.

Once again, thanks so much for the house, it was beautiful.