About the home
Courtyard Cottage, in the courtyard of Domaine - de - Lavie, accommodates up to four people. The cottage is surrounded by stylish pots bursting with vibrantly colourful plants and has views of the pool. It also has a charming stone patio equipped with garden furniture and a gas barbecue. Within a stones throw from the beautiful large pool.
Courtyard Cottage has two bedrooms - one with a double bed, the other with twin beds. Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine and a very pleasant lounge/sunroom overlooking the courtyard. There is also a shower room and a WC.
|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:||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:||2 Bedrooms, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 4, 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 gas central heating. The cottage has an airy sitting room with a sofa, armchairs, a TV, a video, a DVD-player and a radio/CD player.
The kitchen/dining room has a table and chairs, a dishwasher, a gas hob, an electric oven, a fridge, a microwave, a toaster and a washing machine.
Courtyard Cottage has two bedrooms - one with a double bed, the other with twin beds. There is also a shower room and a WC.
Further details outdoors:
The swimming pool's 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.
The gardens are large, luxurious and well taken care of.
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 Courtyard 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
27 Aug 2012
We stayed at Courtyard Cottage for a week in August, our group consisting of two couples in their thirties. The location is stunning, and yet although it feels remote and rural it is only a five-minute drive to Salies de Bearn. Initially we felt that perhaps Courtyard Cottage was the least desirable of the four on the property but we quickly grew to love the combination of privacy and proximity to the pool. The whole property has been renovated in a very sensitive way and a lot of thought has gone in to the overall layout, so although you are sharing the space with others, it doesn't really feel like it. This is also true of the gorgeous pool, which never seemed busy. The owners have worked especially hard on the grounds and gardens, their efforts having paid off with stunning flowers and butterflies.
It should be mentioned that we were lucky with weather and so felt little need to stray too far from the pool and our books to explore the surrounding area. There was plenty of information on offer about other activities however, and the surfing beaches of Les Landes are worth a trip. The owners, Roger and Mary, were always on hand to offer advice about the local area and made us feel very welcome. Thank you for a great holiday.
Thank you for your kind review - we hope you will come again.
18 Jun 2012
Courtyard Cottage was a delight - bright and airy and very comfortable. The lush little garden gave us shade and privacy and the pool and surrounding grounds are superb. We enjoyed eating out in Salies and exploring the area. Altogether a lovely spot and Roger a very genial and approachable host.
Its lovely to know that our hard work in the courtyard is appreciated, thank you for your kind words.
01 May 2012
We have stayed twice at Mary & Roger's beautiful gites. They are very accommodating hosts and have thought of everything to ensure a relaxing holiday: The cottage itself is clean, comfortable and well equipped; the pool is well maintained and larger than average; the grounds and orchard are beautiful and full of tasty fruit for breakfast; the situation is perfectly situated for a quiet holiday but close enough to the major towns and resorts.
We will definitely return!
Come again - we love having you here!
|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||£ 300||-||-||1 Week|
|27 Apr 13||1 Jun 13||£ 400||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jun 13||29 Jun 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|29 Jun 13||31 Aug 13||£ 750||-||-||1 Week|
|31 Aug 13||28 Sep 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|28 Sep 13||26 Oct 13||£ 400||-||-||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.
All prices are per week. Gas and electricity are included in the price, but there is an additional charge for heating during the winter months. At certain times of the year discounts apply if only two people occupy the cottage. Normally a Saturday changeover but its possible for exceptions to be made out of high season.Enquire now
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