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Madame Vacances Villas La Clairiere aux Chevreuils
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“Very quiet out of main season”
Reviewed June 7, 2010

We booked via Alternative Acquitaine in the U.K ( who in turn booked it via Madame Vacances which is part of Eurogroup, and I'm sure you could reduce the price by using their website).

We stayed in a 3 bedroom villa ( 2 double rooms, one twin bed room, one bathroom with separate toilet adjoinig, one shower room, 1 separate toilet)

We arived on 29 May to an overcast sky and our initial impressions were not good; the villa is obviously designed to provide cool and shade when it's hot as it has no A/C but in poor sunlight it was actually very gloomy. When the sun came out a couple of days later it didn't seem so bad!

The wooden walkway to the front door was rotten in several places and there were two small drain covers for the pool with broken slabs over them . We reported all these to the site reception and felt that they would be addressed. A couple of the kitchen unit doors and drawers had been replaced with a different colour ones and together with the sofas covered by blankets it made the place look a bit uncared for despite it being obviously recently repainted inside and it being clean. All the beds had sheets and blankets on rather than summer duvets and it just seemed to be done on the cheap.

There are approximately 60 villas in this section, each with their own pool at the rear. Depending on where you are the pool will be shaded by the surrounding pine trees at some point of the day. The area is effectively broken up into several holiday accommodation housing complexes connected by main roads with adjacent cycle ways/paths. Lots of golfers of course!

This group of villas are a couple of km from the main beach access and the supporting strip of shops and restaurants; it was too far away for a regular walk though there is a closer smaller access nearer ( 15 minute walk;with a small 20 space car park 500metres or so from the beach; but no toilets or other facilities there ). Most restaurantns and shops looked very uninspiring and you couldn't spend more than 30 minutes looking throught the shops.

The only decent reaturant we found near the beach was the Hotel de l'Ocean which is on the pedestrianised section closest to the beach. We found a lovely litle restaurant caled the 'Bistro Gourmand' in Moliets village ( signposted. N.B car parking in the free public car park a 100 metres beyond the restaurant). There were decent Boulangeries in Moliets and Leon ( where there is also a small Carrfour supermarket and small garage-with the cheapest fuel we found in the area).

The beach wa excellent; stretched for miles and probably 200metres wide. Soft sand so a bit hard going if going far . The area is a surfing destination so the sea is rough and was not suitable for our children to swim in due to the size of the waves.

The whole area was very quiet but we heard from locals and English summer workers who'd been there last season that the place is packed in high season ( July/August) and the beach is full; hard to believe due to it's size. There was quite a bit of graffitti on areas near the shops and this would fit in with other comments on there being a lot of young people there partying in the summer and causing problems. We saw none of it and had a very relaxing time but wouldn't want to go again, there just wasn't enought to see or places to eat out at.

If you go make sure they give you the code to the vehicle access barriers when you check in at the site reception! The barriers are open on the weekend for new arrivals...

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Madame Vacances Villas La Clairiere aux Chevreuils
Address: rue du Tuc, 40660 Moliets et Maa, France
Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Landes > Moliets et Maa
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Ranked #2 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Moliets et Maa
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Number of rooms: 40

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