Looing for a very quiet, restful and healthy place to get some serious R & R, and some ind-depth research, I finally decided on Hotel des Dunes. I shared a twin room with my mum for two weeks. It was idyllic. Cap Ferret is a really lovely 'old-fashioned' quiet seaside town. Of course we were there in mid June, so it was fairly quiet. There are no large hotels; all buildings are maximum two storeys high. You cannot see the sea, since the dunes are too high, but you can hear it. The hotel and rooms were meticulously cleaned every day. The decoration was gorgeous - very typical of the region. Lots of wood everywhere - I almost felt as if I was in Indonesia. The room was small. There was not much space to store clothes and personbal effects (imagine two women for two weeks!!). However we were creative and there was no problem in the end. We had a lovely terrace, which was surrounded with fences covered in sweet-smelling jasmine. It was next to the private car park, and therefore not far from the famous roundabout someone wrote about. Yes it is on the main road. But this is not New York City. This is at the end of a very narrow peninsula, so there is only one road!!! However, you do need to understand that the normal population of the peninsula is 6,000. In summer 200,000 people come there - so if you want peace and quiet, do not go there in July and August. Breakfast was lovely, and the think we loved about it was that you got your own tray of juice, fruit or dessert, which they prepare the previous afternoon (the dessert I mean). this means that if you (like me) like a lie-in, you don't end up being faced with an empty buffet. The service from Matthieu and his stagiaire Gwendoline was wonderful, and the gentlemen who cleaned the rooms were also delightful to talk to. There was a slight hitch, as when we arrived the room was made up in a double, not twin. However, having decided that I would not get a good night sleep unless we had twin beds (I'm very restless), I asked Gwendoline if we could change the beds ourselves, so we sent mum upstairs to the sitting room, and she and I did our best, which was fine. Then next day, the professionals did a much better job of course!! Matthieu often gets the morning papers on his way in, and even managed to get us some English papers on occasion. All the staff were helpful in recommending restaurants, and you can read my review of Chez Hortense, Parnasse Cafe, l'Escale, Le Bouchon de Ferret, La Co(o)rniche, Le Mirador, Bistrot du Bassin, Chez Magnan. We loved the Hotel des Dunes and would recommend it. By the way the bed was divinely comfortable, and there was a huge shower.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Des Dunes of Cap Ferret offer a choice ranging from standard bedrooms to a 50m2 suite. All rooms boast air conditionning, flat-screen T.V with satellite channels, mini bar, private safe... facility of a sauna, free wifi access, the use of tennis courts and a private car park. Located 50 meters away from the Atlantic Ocean dunes and blends into the wild scenery of Cap Ferret. The hotel is equipped for the disabled. ... more less
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