Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 14
Stunning, very comfortable house situated peacefully in open countryside on the edge of the tiny village of Caupenne. Enjoy lunch al fresco on the poolside patio or laze under the pergola in the garden before a round of table tennis or badminton. A glass of wine as the sun sets over the cornfields, then swim, softly lit by underwater lighting, under the rural night sky of astonishing clarity. Breakfast on fresh eggs from the nearby farm in the warm morning sun on the herb garden patio. The spacious sitting room with open log fire is perfect for a relaxed evening at home or enjoy one of the excellent restaurants nearby. Unlimited internet connecting up to 5 devices at a time.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cap Breton 70 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pau 52 km, Nearest railway: Dax 28 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Video player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Welcoming, very comfortable house.
Stone walls, so cool in mid-summer.
Stone floors downstairs. Double bedroom on ground floor is opposite bathroom.
Carpeted throughout upstairs. ipod docking station; so bring your own music!
Decor charming; modern clean and bright, in harmony with the architecture of house.
Beds have mattress covers for comfort and hygiene (waterproof available for children's beds)
|Further details outdoors|
Very large swimming pool (12m x 6m) with underwater lighting.
Large selection of pool floaties- noodles, boat, lilos, body boards. Water pistols.
Badminton net/ volleyball
Whirly clothes drier
Well planted garden, with herb pots on front patio.
Paddling pool for kids. Small kids ball pool.
English house managers live close by. They will sort out any problems and help with booking restaurants, sports facilities etc.
A meal can be requested to be available on arrival (at extra cost per head).
Deposit of £200 or euro equivalent required to secure booking.
Linen/towels/pool towels use included in price.
Wi-fi available at £20 per week for unlimited use; deposit of £30 required for dongle (Sorry- but such a pain to replace!)
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
Landes is a region of fascinating contrasts. Definitely French, yet Spain is so close that its influence is clear to see in architectural styles and pastimes. Stunning towns like Amou nestle on the riverside, overlooking the lazy waters. Tree-lined shady streets gradually give up their secrets to curious eyes; boules pistes, farmers markets, fragrant cafes and everywhere flowers and greenery.
Spain is less than an hour's drive, so close enough to pop across for lunch and browse round the markets. Stunning beaches with fabulous surfing, sailing or horse riding along the beach at Biarritz are 45 min away, with chic St Jean de Luz a modest drive further on for a memorable lunch. Visit local wine caves and enjoy the rich variety of wines available locally. Cycle, walk, drive, or row- the countryside is there to be enjoyed. The weather is wonderful, essentially all year round. May, June, September and October are very fine, warm enough to really enjoy the great outdoors. July and August are the glorious months for which the south of France is rightly so famous. The winters are mild and lend themselves to exploring restaurants, chateaux, churches.
Caupenne with its small but well stocked village shop is a 3min drive, or a bit longer jog away from Lacrouts. Opposite the house is a farm which sells eggs, vegetables and chickens. Ten minutes drive away is the voie verte, a cycle track converted from a railway line. Hiring bikes from the local office de tourisme, one can drop on to the long flat cycle through beautiful countryside within minutes. Masses of sports are available within easy striking, including golf, tennis, cycling, horse riding, canoeing, whitewater rafting, go-karting, even an olympic sized swimming pool. Dax (25 min), famous for being a thermal spa, is great for shops, especially Troc which is an Aladdin's cave. Dax has a large open air market on Saturday mornings, at which it it traditional to eat oysters with Pastis at 10am (freshly ground coffeee and a croissant is an excellent sub).
Dax en fete: everyone dresses in red and white and takes to the streets for chat, wine, socialising, culminating in an evening of fireworks. Each of the villages also hold a fete in the summer months. The local groups hold dinners, for example the boar hunters, where the meal on tressle tables in the village hall consists of masses of red wine and multiple courses of boar; boar soup, boar stew- you've got the idea. (but skip the boar sorbet).
There are several course landaise arenas. In the winter rugby is a strong sport in the area. Walking and Ski-ing in the Pyrenees from 45k. Restaurants abound, tucked up winding drives, overlooking the river, usually serving our local fine wines with their wonderful food.
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28 Aug 2013
"An idyllic retreat in a beautiful corner of rural France"
We have just returned from a week at Lacrouts and would unhesitatingly recommend it. The accommodation itself is generous, the house is well-equipped (the games room is brilliant), the garden is well kept (and has a lovely outdoor eating area and barbecue) and the pool is huge. The house is surrounded by maize fields and is very private. There is no light or noise pollution at night, so great for star gazers (and for those who like watching bats and owls!) There are lots of great value restaurants in the area and plenty of supermarkets for food shopping. For cyclists (like me) the roads are well surfaced and pretty empty with stunning views (and some brutal climbs) round every corner. Some of the best beaches in Europe (eg St Girons plage, where you can watch the sun set over cocktails) are under an hour away and there is canoeing on the river at Amou and Orthez which are both short drives away.
This is not the place for you if you want buzzing nightlife on your doorstep, but we didn't and our whole group (four adults, three teenagers and an undergrad student) had a great time just relaxing, eating great food, drinking great local wine and taking in the fantastic surroundings.
The owners were very helpful and responsive too, and we will definitely go back there. It is a lovely corner of France, still relatively undiscovered by tourists and a great place to spend a holiday.
One tip - try to avoid taking the motorway on changeover day during August. It took us four hours to get the 115 miles to Bordeaux on the return journey. Work out a cross country route - it will be quicker (and much prettier)!
Thank you so much for your kind comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed it as much as we do when we are down. We hope to see you at La Crouts again in the future.
28 Aug 2013
"Grande maison avec charme de l'ancien et calme"
la maison est spatieuse et calme. grandes chambres agréables. maison calme.
maison au milieu de la campagne
Merci a vous pour vos mots gentils. Nos sommes tres heureux que vous avez passe des vacances agreables a Caupenne. Cordialement, Alison.
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