|Domaine d'Orx||Self Catering||Saturday||5||10||5||Additional double mattress can be made available|
A well-equipped house with heated pool, home cinema and a great chef available!
The property is especially well-suited to young families (heated pool, safe grounds, lots of toys) and in the mid-season it's popular with groups of couples (all 5 bedrooms are en suite) who want to explore the area.
Domaine d'Orx was created from a former farm outbuilding and converted to provide stylish holiday farmhouse-style accommodation, whilst retaining many original features and its rural feel. It has been renovated in a 'clean, unfussy' style, ideal for holiday rentals.
The holiday cottage accommodation adjoins the owners' (family of five) accommodation. The pool and most of the grounds, apart from the area outside the cottage entrance, are for guests' exclusive use. The owners can be on-hand as little or as much as you want. They provide excellent meals as well as house-keeping and baby-sitting services - they come highly recommended by previous guests so our advice is to make the most of them!
The property offers good quality accommodation in a 'modern, rustic farmhouse' style. The setting combines the best of countryside and seaside holidays - situated in tranquil surroundings in the southern Landes, yet just 15 minutes from the lively resorts of Hossegor and Capbreton.
Features include a large garden, heated swimming pool, covered terrace and table-tennis. Plus there's the option to use the services of a cook, house-keeper and baby-sitter - ideal for the parents!
NB Please note the Saturday changeover restriction applies to the period mid June to mid September. Also there is a fortnight booking restriction during the summer school holidays.
Fully equipped modern kitchen, new units installed 2016. 'Modern farmhouse' style with sliding doors access to the front terrace (west-facing).
Stainless steel range and all essential appliances (including dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, coffee machine).
Leading from the kitchen (and hallway) is a large open-plan living room with its traditional beams and thick stone walls.
To one side is the dining area (seating for 10-12).
On a lightly raised level is the living area with paintings, two sofas and home cinema (48" flatscreen tv, dvd, Blue Ray, iPod dock).
The décor is a blend of rustic simplicity and contemporary style.
5 bedrooms in total, all with private bathrooms:
One double bedroom is on the ground floor, with a large window overlooking the garden and fields beyond. This room has a private bathroom with bath, shower and wc.
A central wooden staircase leads from the hallway to the upper level, where there are a further four bedrooms (three doubles and a twin room), all with with modern en suite shower rooms). Every room has original beams, wooden floors and is decorated differently, making excellent use of the different layout and natural light.
In one of the double bedrooms there is an additional double mattress available - suitable for kids who don't want to share the double bed.
5 in total:
All bedrooms en suite: 4x shower rooms upstairs and 1x ground floor bathroom with bath & shower.
Plus very handy additional wc by the pool.
Central heating available.
Inside entertainment: home cinema - 48" flatscreen tv, dvd, Blue Ray, iPod dock.
Tv with uk channels
Wi-fi throughout the property.
Outside you have a private swimming pool, table tennis, bbq area and in-ground trampoline.
From the veranda a small path leads to the heated swimming pool on a raised level at the rear of the house. The salt water pool measures 10m x 5m with a depth ranging from 1.25m - 1.75m, and has Roman steps. The pool is treated with salt instead of chlorine. The salt actually transforms to chlorine but is natural and therefore much better for the skin, throat and eyes. The owner might occasionally use the pool, but only with your consent.
There is a handy outdoor wc and changing room by the pool.
The garden is about one acre, mostly lawned and fenced all around, mostly hidden by shrubs and hedge.
Leading from the living area is a patio area which captures the morning sun.
There is plenty of room for football, badminton, etc and a bbq is provided for alfresco meals. The views beyond the garden overlook the fields all around. It really is incredibly peaceful.
Plenty of parking at the front of the property.
This is a perfect place for two families or a group of friends to enjoy coast and countryside.
It's also a popular venue for celebrations because Vincent is on-hand to cook fantastic meals - he & Julia are experienced in catering for events.
The property is very toddler-friendly with lots of toys and complete baby kit provided (stairgates, sterilisers, cot & linen & mosquito net, high chair, potty, baby bath, pram.). There are two cots and two high chairs available. The pool is heated and protected by fence with lockable gate. The owners have three young ones themselves.
For teenagers it's a quiet location but you have the pool, home cinema, wifi and table tennis. Plus it's only a short drive to Hossegor which the teenagers love.
For reduced mobility guests there is one bedroom and one bathroom on the ground floor (the shower is over the bath).
I'm Co-Founder and Director of Alternative Aquitaine, a holiday rentals company specialising in SW France. I've been travelling to SW France since childhood and now it's my business too - since 2003 in fact. I'm based in Devon but take every opportunity to visit this lovely corner of France.
|Year property purchased||2000|
|Why this location?||The proximity to Hossegor is important - it's a unique location with its fabulous surfing beaches, lagoon, pine forests and sand dunes. I love the tranquility though - it's just a short drive into the 'buzz' of resort yet you feel so relaxed in peaceful French countryside. It's also in easy striking distance of the wonderful Basque Country and northern Spain too.|
|Unique benefits of property||All 5 bedrooms have their own shower room/bathroom. The pool is fenced and heated, in fact the property is very child-friendly. A fabulous chef - Vincent - is available for holiday meals. Special occasions/events can be catered for too.|
The Marais (3km) is an important migratory stop and a major ornothological site in France. There are numerous hides to watch the bird life and plenty of walkways too. It is a peaceful and calm experience.
Course Landaise is a major spectator sport in Gascony. It's a variation on bull-fighting that involves no bloodshed - it's more of a circus show with skilled professionals leaping and dodging horned cows (rather than bulls). At nearby St Vincent de Tyrosse you can watch this traditional spectacle and take the children too.
Golf d'Hossegor is a very pleasant and traditional parkland course. For something more exciting I'd recommend Golf de Seignosse a little further up the coast road. It's a rolling monster of a course and great fun.
Hossegor is the surf capital of Europe and each year holds a number of tournaments including a leg of the World Surf Pro, the sport's most prestigious tournament. In summer the waves are manageable for beginners and improvers too. It's your chance to surf a famous beach break such as Graviere, Estagnots or Bourdaines.
The stunning tidal lagoon in the heart of the town has much to offer. There are safe, sandy coves for kids to play in and around the water. SUP and sailing are popular activities. The more active can walk, cycle or run the lake perimeter. Oyster-tasting is possible at the north shore - head for Le Station. There's a number of good restaurants on the lake shore too.
The 'capital' of French Basque Country, Bayonne doesn't appear to hold any aces when you skirt past it on the motorway. But it's well worth a day out. The cathedral is stunning and town's famous hams and chocolates are to die for! Walk the streets and admire the half-timbered Basque architecture. The town really comes to life each summer for the Bayonne Festival.
Belle Epoque Biarritz boasts wonderful beaches, shopping and places to eat. It's the best-known resort on the entire Atlantic coast. But, venture a little further south along the coast to visit Bidart and Guethary - two delightful, traditional seaside villages. Then on to St Jean de Luz, one of my favourite places in France. There's a super town beach, great seafood (the town is a working fishing port) and tempting boutiques aplenty!
In just 45 minutes you can be over the border in another country. San Sebastian is a gem, renown for its Playa da Concha sweep of sand and, of course, its stunning cuisine. You don't have to go Michelin 3 star to truly appreciate the town's culinary status; just cruise some of the many tapas bars.
A short drive south across the Adour river and you are in the heart of the Basque Country. The flat lands and pine forests of Les Landes give way to the rolling green foothills of the Pyrenees. It's quite a dramatic change of scenery but also a change of architecture and language too. I recommend a tour taking in Ainhoa, Sare and St Jean Pied de Port.
It's less than an hour's drive to the peaks of the western Pyrenees. Kids will love one of the mountain train rides at Ascain and Artouste. There are endless hiking, biking and trekking trails to enjoy. The wildlife includes Griffon vultures and the occasional brown bear.