Park Cottage accommodates 6 people. It faces south and has stunning views over the grounds and swimming pool to the valley beyond. The cottage has a lovely woodburner (free logs!) and electric radiators in case of chilly evening out of season. The cottage has a large terrace equipped with garden furniture and a gas barbecue for dining alfresco. On the ground floor, the cottage has a stylish, open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting room equipped with comfortable armchairs and sofa. The kitchen is fully equipped with large fridge/freezer. dishwasher and washing machine. The two double bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms and the twin room has a bathroom with bath (with shower over). Park cottage offers the perfect holiday for families or couples just wanting to "get away from it all". There is plenty of space to wander around the grounds or just sit under a tree with a good book and relax. The south facing pool which is much larger than average and situated in a wonderful south facing terrace has lots of room for all. There are so many places in this area to visit with the coast and mountains all within easy reach.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Biarritz / Cap Breton / Hossegor|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Biarritz 56 km, Nearest railway: Orthez 12 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The fully-equipped kitchen has a gas hob, an electric oven, a dishwasher, a washing machine, a fridge, a microwave and a toaster. The spacious sitting area has a wood-burning stove, a TV, a video, a DVD-player and a radio/CD player.
Park Cottage has three bedrooms - two with double beds, the third with twin beds. The two double bedrooms are on the first floor. Both have en suite shower rooms and WCs. The twin bedroom is located on the ground floor and has an en suite bathroom and a WC.
Discounts may be available for couples and low occupancy out of season.
Cottages may be available for long winter lets.
Prices include good quality bed linen, towels, tea towels etc.
no smoking in the cottage but okay outside
This region is beautifully green and lush with gentle sloping landscapes that slowly reach the coast. Offering spectacular views, stunning architecture and plenty of activities to suit all tastes.
Domaine-de-Lavie is in the Béarn region of south-west France. It is a wonderful area overflowing with historic sites, ancient châteaux, picturesque villages, lively markets and excellent cuisine. The fabulous towns of Biarritz, St-Jean-de-Luz, Bayonne and Pau are all within easy reach, as are several wine regions. San-Sebastián in northern Spain is a great place to go if you fancy going abroad for the day!
There are activities galore for everyone all year round. As well as tennis, horse riding and fishing, there are 15 golf courses within an hour's drive for golfers, and miles and miles of golden sands on the nearby Atlantic coast for surfers. The magnificent scenery of the Pyrénées is an hour away for skiers, bird-watchers and walkers - or you could just stay at Domaine-de-Lavie and laze by the pool.
Domaine-de-Lavie is close to the picturesque town of Salies-de-Béarn. The town takes its name from the Saleys - a small tranquil river which snakes past quaint 17th and 18th-century half-timbered buildings, some of which stand on pillars on the river banks.
Salies-de-Béarn is known as the City of Salt. Every year, the Fête du Sel takes place during the second week of September. The whole town takes part in celebrating what they call "White Gold". Salt comes from a vast underground lake and is used to cure delicious Bayonne ham.
The famous "thermes" in Salies are reputed to cure all sorts of ailments. The thermal baths are open to the public for beauty treatments, as well as for the healing properties of the spas.
The weekly Salies market is the place to buy delicious fresh produce all year round, although many of the local delicacies can be sampled at local fêtes which are held throughout the spring, summer and autumn. The fêtes normally last several days and celebrate anything from "garbure" (the local soup) to "pipérade" (a Basque pepper stew) - all seasoned with Salies salt, of course!
Salies-de-Béarn is thought to date back to at least 1500BC. During the Bronze Age, a group of people settled in a muddy swamp without knowing they were actually living in a salt marsh. Salies grew in importance when the "white gold" was discovered and subsequently extracted. In 1523, much of the town was destroyed by a fire started by Spanish soldiers. In the second half of the 19th century, the "thermes" at Salies became a major draw for visitors - and remain so today. The thermal waters are enriched with salt and minerals and are said to miraculously cure certain medical problems, notably rheumatic diseases.
A local legend recounts the story of how salt was originally discovered at Salies. Hunters injured a boar which then managed to cross a muddy marsh before dying a little further on. When found, the dead animal's body had been completely preserved (by the salt) and was encrusted with salt crystals - and even today, salt from Salies is still used to cure the local Bayonne ham! From 4BC to 1BC, relics show that the Gallo-Romans definitely extracted salt at Salies - and the discovery of a pan for making salt dates back as far as 9AD. In 1841, salt works were built and salt-making in Salies finally became a major commercial business for the town.
Things to see
Eglise Saint Vincent (14th-century church); the River Saleys; the Place du Bayàà; Maison Montesquiut.
Things to do
"Fête du Sel" (2nd week of September); Musée du Sel (Salt Museum); the thermal baths.