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view of the villa, pool and deckchairs
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Pyla-sur-Mer

Villa Montbel

The dream family home on the Dune du Pyla

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Perched on a dune slope, Villa Montbel is just a few steps away from the beach and the renowned hotels La Co(o)rniche and Ha(a)itza, the epicenter of life in Pyla. This neo-Basque residence has been renovated into a comfortable holiday home.

The dream family home on the Dune du Pyla

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"In addition to being a Gaume house, it belonged to a descendant of the Gaume family."

The Villa Montbel, a historical gem in Pyla, was selected by Emmanuel Cazals for its rich history and prime location. Its name is derived from a plot of land in the southwest that once belonged to his ancestors, subtly echoing the contours of Pyla. The Villa boasts six bedrooms with attached bathrooms. Like other residences in the Fabel collection, each suite is meticulously decorated with a unique theme. Here, you’ll encounter numerous nods to the landscapes of the Arcachon Basin and the iconic dune, as well as influences from architects Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer and even a touch of Jane Birkin! The outdoor spaces hold their own surprises: a 12-meter pool is nestled beside a charming wooden terrace that separates it from a beach area. Featuring lounge chairs, a retro parasol, and striking Fermob furniture in a vibrant yellow hue – coupled with a refreshing beverage to sip through a straw – you’ll find yourself immersed in a scene reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film. To enhance your experience, a meticulous concierge service is at your disposal throughout your stay. Housekeeping is provided three times a week (daily during the summer!), and a specially recommended caterer is on standby…

The imprint of “Pilat” 

The view of the bay through the trees.

The view of the bay through the trees.

Designed by Daniel Meller and inspired by the prestigious allure of Biarritz, Pyla-sur-Mer, often referred to as the “town in the forest,” began to take shape in the 1930s. Architect Louis Gaume was instrumental in the expansion of this project, constructing luxurious hotels and refined villas that drew inspiration from Basque architecture, a style characteristic of Pilat-Plage. Nestled under a canopy of pine trees, Villa Montbel enjoys this prime location, offering a splendid view of the Arcachon Bay and Cap Ferret.

The resort’s history is echoed in the Villa through custom cement tiles featuring a unique design. This pattern, interweaving two “Ys,” is a nod to Meller’s creative rebranding of the historical name “Pilat” – traditionally meaning “small pile,” in reference to the sand dune – to “Pyla,” by introducing a “Y” to lend an air of prestige.

Emmanuel, who is committed to preserving the house’s heritage, modernized this Landes home to create expansive living areas for comfortable guest gatherings. Renovated in 2021, the house underwent a discreet expansion, carefully adhering to its architectural codes. In communal spaces, walls were removed to improve circulation, and large openings were added, allowing guests to enjoy the garden year-round. The triad of sandy beach, terrace, and pool has been beautifully arranged, enhancing the outdoor experience.

The comfort of living
between the dune and the forest

This house offers two distinct areas: the poolside and the basin side. On the basin side, the master suite on the first floor boasts a spacious balcony, perfect for taking in the view. Meanwhile, the ground floor’s Jane bedroom features a large glass door strategically placed opposite the bed for optimal views! Outside, a spacious terrace sets the stage for endless summer dinners and eagerly awaited spring aperitifs, all with a delightful view.

On the decor side, Emmanuel Cazals presents us with new discoveries. In the kitchen area, the bar and a fence were created using an arrangement of bricks designed by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina. “A material diverted from its original use, with a sublime design that creates a lace-like pattern.” He reproduces this idea with another repurposed brick as the table base in the iconic Villa Sciurus in Hossegor, the latest addition to the collection. He also enjoys uncovering vintage posters (strictly original!) with a retro look, which blend remarkably well into the decor, like the one from Source Parrot. Adjacent to the kitchen area, you’ll find a magnificent Mallorca wood stove. It is ideally placed for relaxation near the fire while enjoying the pool view (don’t forget to turn on the record player!).

Bricks, cement tiles, stove: a signature decor.

Bricks, cement tiles, stove: a signature decor.

The 3 things

we love the most

The view of the bay and Cap Ferret
The spacious area dedicated to the cooking
Access to the beach just a few steps away

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Destination Pyla-sur-Mer

Transports

Bordeaux Airport

45 min

Bordeaux Station

50 min

Restaurants

La Co(o)rniche

5 min

Ha(a)ïtza

5 min

Le Skiff Club

5 min

Club Plage Pereire

10 min

Shops and Craft workshops

Dunes Blanches

10 min

Nature, Culture and Heritage

Arcachon

5 min

Golf d'Arcachon

5 min

Dune du Pilat

7 min

Cap Ferret

50 min

Villa Montbel

64 Avenue Louis Gaume, 33115, Pyla-sur-Mer, France

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