About the home
With a spacious kitchen, sunny sitting room and double doors which open onto a private terrace the cottage offers a picturesque, relaxed setting to enjoy your holiday.
Set in seven acres of private grounds belonging to a manor house which dates back to 1376, you can take in the lovely views over the countryside and to the Pyrénées beyond. Throughout the gardens and grounds, you will find peaceful, shady spots to relax in. Settle down with a good book on one of the many garden benches, or just while away the time sunbathing around the beautiful pool.
Peacefully located but within easy reach of the beach, mountains, historic towns and wonderful countryside.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Biarritz / Cap Breton / Hossegor|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 1km
|Family friendly?||Suitable 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:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 en suite and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
The cottage has an open-plan kitchen/dining room The spacious kitchen area has fitted units, a gas hob, an electric oven, a dishwasher, a washing machine, a fridge, a microwave and a toaster.
The sunny sitting room has a very comfortable sofa and armchairs, a TV, a video, a DVD-player and a radio/CD player.
Orchard Cottage has two bedrooms - one with a double bed, the other with twin beds. The double bedroom has an en-suite shower room with basin and W.C. There is also a second shower room and a WC.
Further details outdoors:
Double doors in the sitting room open onto a private terrace which is equipped with garden furniture and a gas barbecue.
There is a stunning 14m x 8m swimming pool. Its curved shape blends perfectly with the gently undulating hills, and the views are truly wonderful as you look out across the lush valley towards the Pyrénées.
Around the pool is a spacious terrace with sun beds and parasols and bordering the pool is a mature orchard.. It is an ideal spot for those wishing to relax, unwind or sunbathe.
Over the years, many specimen trees and shrubs have been planted throughout the grounds which makes Domaine-de-Lavie a haven for wildlife.
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.
The changeover day for Orchard Cottage is Saturday. Out of season it may be possible to change these days.
The Aquitaine / Dordogne / Pyrenees Atlantiques 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!
The Salies de Bearn area
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.
How to get there
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By plane (via Ryan Air, EasyJet, or Flybe):
Biarritz, Pau, Bordeaux, Toulouse (Blagnac), Bilbao
By ferry (via P&O Ferries/ Brittany Ferries):
Caen (Ouistreham), St-Malo, Bilbao (Santurtzi), Santander
Orthez, Dax, Biarritz
Brive, Toulouse, Biarritz
Activities near Salies de Bearn
Tennis in town
Golf less than 15 mins walk
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
10 Feb 2013
We had a most enjoyable family holiday at this property. The setting is truly beautiful and the property was comfortable and clean. The gardens and pool area were top class .There is an abundance of things to do in the locality and we made many happy day trips to little villages in the Basque country The owners, Mary and Roger, could not have been more helpful and really made us feel at home. We would highly recommend this property as a base for a holiday in this region of France
Thank you so much for your kind words - we hope you will come again!
01 Sep 2012
The gite was lovely and well equipped. The communal courtyard was beautiful with a huge amount of care obviously having gone into the care of the many flowers and herbs. The pool was the largest and had the best views of several we have experienced and was ideal for our youngest as there was a very large shallow end. Our 2 children had an amazing time. One night they were walking through the grounds at 12 at night and toasting marshmallows over an open fire. Mary and Roger were very friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was very relaxed. Would thoroughly recommend and may well return!
It was a pleasure to have you stay here and we are very pleased you enjoyed yourselves so much.
06 Aug 2012
An excellent well equiped and spotlessly clean gite located in a tranquil garden setting. The generous sized pool with its picturesque backdrop was a boon for all ages. The owners were very friendly and obliging and made us feel welcome. The gite is ideally located for access to the beautiful town of Salies de Bearn and trips to the coast, other local villages/towns and the Pyrenees. This made for an ideal springboard for a great holiday - hope to return shortly.
Thank you. You can be sure of a warm welcome if and when you return to Domaine Lavie in the future.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|9 Feb 13||27 Apr 13||£ 325||-||-||1 Week|
|27 Apr 13||1 Jun 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jun 13||29 Jun 13||£ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|29 Jun 13||31 Aug 13||£ 875||-||-||1 Week|
|31 Aug 13||28 Sep 13||£ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|28 Sep 13||26 Oct 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
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