Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
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|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|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||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||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
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
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!
Salies de Bearn
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.
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15 Jul 2014
"A holiday to remember"
from the moment we arrived we were given a very warm welcome , shown around the cottage and everything explained. Any problems (there were none) and they were next door. We have done a lot of self cat… More
29 Apr 2014
"A beautiful and comfortable cottage in a stunning area of France, hosted by friendly and knowledgeable owners."
We didn't know this part of France before and used Park Cottage to do some exploring. With two young children, we ventured to loads of nearby attractions - we even went to the seaside for the day… More
20 Apr 2014
"Stunning location, beautifully-presented and well-equipped property, very hospitable owners."
We stayed as a family at the start of the 2014 holiday season shortly after the business had been taken over by the new owners, who are clearly doing an excellent job! The property itself, one of four… More
1 Oct 2013
"Superb accomodation, with privacy and knowledgable hosts"
The accomodation was excellent, clean, not wanting for anything. Our hosts were informative and helpful, booking us a meal out on our arrival. The pool was lovely with beautiful views accross the cou… More
25 Apr 2013
"Ultimate experience of charm and relaxation !"
We booked for a week and wished we had longer ! Park Cottage came well up to expectations form charm to comfort and the wood burner was a welcome addition on a chilly evening with free logs delivered… More
14 Feb 2013
Rarely in life do things exceed expectations. The photographs on the web site don't really do the 3 bedroom Park cottage or the view out over the countryside or grounds justice.
The cottage is very well appointed with pretty much everything you will need for your stay. The bedrooms are spacious and the livingroom kitchenette is all you could want. Outside barbecue and patio with furniture makes outdoor living a doddle.
The pool is well maintained and overlooks rolling countryside. It's glorious in the evening. The grounds. Where to start. I can only imagine the hours they put in maintaining it. Plenty of room for kids to ramble.
If you go, take our word for it. You won't be disappointed unless you are one of those people who wants to find something to moan about.
"Activity-wise" - hit the river for the rafting. Lunch at Sal's cafe. Kids loved it. The tree adventure course was excellent. Market at Peyhorade. Good restaurants in Salies de
Bearne. One real pointer. There is a guy called Eric who is a Dutch chef. He will come and cater for you. We got him to do a dinner for us and Roger and Mary and some of our other friends. My god he can cook and it didn't break the bank. He will do menus according to budget and it's well worth it.
8 Feb 2013
"Beautiful setting, warm welcome & very well equipped gite."
As soon as we arrived at Lavie we felt we had been right to come back, having stayed here previously - Mary & Roger go out of their way to make you feel welcome.Park cottage is the largest of the 4 gi… More
It was great to welcome you back and we look forward to the next time.
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