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Soulac Beach House

A "New England-style" holiday rental for 6 in Soulac sur Mer, Gironde coast, SW France

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The Beach House is a low carbon timber-framed house, commissioned by us in 2001 to sit sympathetically among the pine trees and maritime oaks of the site. It is built from timber from the pine forests of the Gironde, with good insulation throughout and double glazing.

 

 

 

 

Although there is electric panel heating, this is only needed occasionally - the house warms quickly even in the testing conditions of January 2009! The same design keeps the house cool in summer. Low energy light bulbs and energy efficient electrical appliances have been used wherever possible. We use ecological household products and encourage our guests to do the same.

 

As many of the trees have been kept as possible and the back garden area is a "wild garden" with nest boxes. There is a "dry garden" border with yuccas, phormiums, and other exotic plants, as well as mediterranean herbs, in the front garden.

 

 

We harvest rainwater and water the garden from the water butts.