“Intimate designer B&B with decked pool and concierge-level service, tucked between Atlantic dunes, oyster lake and pine forests”
There are just 4 gorgeous bedrooms, 2 on the ground floor and 2 under the eaves. The lower rooms get sail-screened terraces; #440's is large enough for al fresco breakfasts. Upstairs, #420 is a sweet couples' hideaway, while #450 is significantly larger, with a Le Corbusier chaise-longue and huge bathroom (eggshell tub, walk-in shower). Both have small balconies overlooking pool deck and forest.
Decor is beachside-industrial chic: sun-bleached kilims on polished cement floors, brilliant Plümacher prints on white walls, and an alaia (early surfboard) to remind you where you are. In #430 a giant wooden mill screw serves as a phone stand; #420 has a hanging purple wardrobe. Olivier loves his gadgets, so expect bluetooth Bose speakers, blue pinprick nightlights, magnetic door catches, electric blinds.
Queensize beds are blissful, dressed in artfully crumpled organic linen. There are no twins, but 3 rooms can take a BoConcept child's bed ("very comfy", says our son Oscar). You also get minibar, satellite TV, branded pool towels, cool canvas beach bags, and superb (if patronising) toiletries.
Olivier and Christina choose all their favourite things for the breakfast spread: wonderful acorn-fed bellota ham, delicious sheep milk yoghurt in dinky ceramic pots, a trio of jams (including their own fig), plus fresh pains au chocolat, hand-squeezed orange juice and more. It's served on the pool terrace, or inside at a lovely communal table during cooler mornings; or you can have it brought to your balcony at any time until noon.
For dinner, ask for their latest recommendations, from fresh oysters 5 mins' walk away at the lake, to upmarket seafood by the dunes at Jean des Sables. Or stay in and pick from excellent sushi, pizza or pasta menus, which Olivier collects and presents on wooden platters, along with a glass of Sancerre, champagne or fruity Woll beer from his short but excellent drinks menu. You can also pre-order a generous tapas platter, piled with more of those irresistible cheeses and cold cuts.
Lake Loft is aimed more at couples than families, but with the heated pool, the sandy beach nearby and the super-welcoming owners, families with older kids will also have a great time here.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
#440 and #450 can fit an extra bed or baby cot, while larger families can take either the upstairs pair of rooms (can sleep 2 + 3), or the downstairs pair (can sleep 2+2, with direct access to terraces) - but bear in mind that all beds are queensize rather than twins.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Interiors are not great for toddlers: sharp edges, heavy metal doors, adult-oriented furnishings such as a hot glass wood-burner, a sliding coffee table (made from an old brick factory wagon), or a vintage (and purely decorative) pillarbox-red ham cutter. The pool terrace does have railings, but also lots of steps; the shallow end is around 1m.