A confidential address on the edge of the fishermen's quarter, this former forester's house makes you want to move in... for life! With a very "Les petits mouchoirs" atmosphere, it's the perfect place to relax. What could be more delightful than settling down in one of the eleven rooms furnished with second-hand furniture? You'll love the Voilier room with its four-poster bed. As for dining, the Bistro du Bassin transcends the wonders of the ocean. But don't tell anyone about this address... La Maison du Bassin, 5 rue des pionniers, 33950 Lège Cap-Ferret. Tel: 05 56 60 60 63

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