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|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|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||Private outdoor pool (unheated), 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.