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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

Originally constructed in around 1800, Dorenia was formerly the milking parlour for the adjacent farm.

The property is now English-owned and has been renovated to provide a comfortable holiday cottage.

The charm of the property has of course been retained - strict local laws would never permit wholesale changes - yet the interior is modern and well-equipped.

All-in-all, Dorenia offers excellent value accommodation and truly typifies the region's authenticity and charm.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General TV, CD player, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2)
Outdoors BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Ground Floor

Living room - accessed directly from the front courtyard via the original oak front door. The room is divided into a 'bureau' with 2-seater sofa (convertible into a sofa-bed) and desk with PC (with internet access), and a larger 'salon' with sofa seating for 5, fireplace and TV/DVD. This is a comfortable room, cosy and nicely furnished.

Kitchen - accessed from the lounge and fully-equipped with modern units and all the appliances you could want for a self-catering holiday (including ceramic hob, extractor hood, self-cleaning oven, microwave, dishwasher, washer-dryer). There is a small table with 4 chairs but a larger one in the dining room. Views over the pool.

Dining room - nicely furnished including a table which extends to 8 seatings, and an impressive antique sideboard. Direct access to the patio and pool via French doors protected by fly screen - very handy for eating indoors in the evening.

Downstairs WC - very convenient especially when guests spend time outside by the pool, and situated between the kitchen and dining room.

First Floor

Bedroom 1 - 140cm double bed situated at the front of the house and with a balcony. Clothes storage available in the wardrobe on the landing as well as a chest of drawers in the bedroom.

Bedroom 2 - twin beds, also situated at the front of the house. Chest of drawers and wardrobe in the room.

Bedroom 3 - 140cm double bed plus ensuite shower room (including WC). This bedroom enjoys views over the back garden and pool.

Family bathroom with corner bath, shower fitting, separate shower, wash-hand basin and WC.

Further details outdoors

The outside area at the back has been thoughtfully landscaped and will undoubtedly be where much time is spent by guests. You will be able to enjoy:

- 10x5m swimming pool with sun-loungers on the terrace surrounding the pool

- patio terrace covered by retractable awning and with outdoor dining table

- barbecue

- views of the hills and the village of Garris

To the front of the house there is a gravel courtyard with ample parking for two cars. There is a gated side path to access the rear of the property and therefore the accommodation is enclosed (important for families with young kids).

The Aquitaine/Dordogne region

The house is situated in the heart of the small village of Garris, an historic village 3kms from St Palais, and more-or-less equidistant between Biarritz and Pau. Dorenia is on a quiet village street with very little traffic.

Whilst detached, the are houses either side and adjacent to Dorenia is a working farm. Bordering the rear garden is open countryside with views over the fields to the village church against a Pyrenean backdrop - the mountains can be seen on clear days.

The St Palais road is visible from the garden/pool area but it's well over 100 metres away and is not an intrusion: it''s a minor 'D' road, not a main road.

This is humble corner of French Basque Country where the boundary between Basquaise and Bearnais begins to blur a little and where you'll see plenty of rolling hills, farms and pleasant villages.

Saint Palais

Local amenities:

Nearest village / town: St Palais (3kms)

Nearest beach: Cote Basque or Sud Landes - allow 1hr15m depending on the time of year.

Boulangerie: Several in St Palais 3kms including one where bread can be pre-ordered and delivered to your door.

Restaurant: bar/restaurant in the village square which offers good quality basic regional cuisine. There's a handful of restaurants in St Palais

Market: St Palais 3kms

Distance to nearest major transport connections:

Biarritz airport: 62 kms

Pau airport: 106 kms

Bilbao ferry port: 198 kms

Santander ferry port: 295 kms

St Malo ferry port: 734 kms

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Justin Ashby (Property Manager Alternative Aquitaine)

  • 5 Years listed

75% Response rate

Calendar last updated:15 Jul 2014

Based in United Kingdom

Languages spoken
  • English
  • French

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Credit cards accepted

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