Manor House | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 21
Le Luc is situated in quiet wooded grounds in the village of Ste Marie-de-Gosse and yet only 25kms away from the beaches at Hossegor and Biarritz-Anglet. This charming, stylish manoir provides traditional and spacious accommodation for anyone wanting to experience French country living. High ceilings, imposing fireplaces, exposed stonework and heavy oak beams are complemented by a fine choice of antiques and furnishings.
This popular corner of south west France lies at the junction of the Landes forest and Pyrénéan foothills. This is an enviable land of beautiful and varied landscapes, with pretty market towns dotted amongst the tranquil countryside contrasting with vibrant seaside resorts and cultured towns and cities.
|Size||Sleeps up to 21, 7 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Capbreton 21.3 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Biarritz 30.6 km, Nearest railway: Biarritz 30.6 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, Staffed property|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 3 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (11), Double beds (4), Cots (3), Dining seats for 16, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The manor is entered via a beautiful stone floored sitting room with a huge stone fireplace Three sofas provide ample seating and the fine antiques add to the feeling of warmth and refinement.
Adjoining the sitting room is the manor's dining room. A wonderful place to enjoy long dinners, the room is dominated by a country oak dining table and impressive marble fireplace. The atmosphere is enhanced by candle-only lighting.
A petit salon, a room that houses beautiful Louis XVI furniture, a family armoire, large canape and the walls reveal exposed stonework. The petit salon is used for quiet reading, and the owners ask that only the adults use it - let's hope you get the chance!
There is a scullery and beautifully french country kitchen, with two impressive full-length cupboards containing a wealth of dishes and crockery, a farmhouse table large enough to seat 12 and a large baker's table for preparing delicious meals, A wood-burning stove adds to the authentic, country ambience and French doors with direct access to the terrace and pool.
5 of the manoir's 7 bedrooms are located on the first floor, accessed via the 17th century staircase that was purchased from a previous manoir. The stairway is wide and imposing and the walls retain the original timber and narrow brickette. The attic offers excellent accommodation for children - there are two very large children's bedrooms underneath the imposing roof beams, each with twin beds and bunk beds. A selection of children's toys and games is also available and there's a large TV salon too.
"Gingko". 36m2. King-size bed with en-suite bathroom plus dressing area. Superb marble fireplace plus antique furniture including a colonial desk. Comfortable sofa and additional single bed
"Oak". 36m2. King-size bed and single bed plus en-suite bathroom.
"Art Deco", double bed plus private shower and wash-hand basin.
"Magnolia". 31m2. Twin beds plus extra single. Due to the antique furniture in this room, extra care is taken if the room is used by children.
"Grey". 21m2. Double bed plus walk-in cupboard. The Magnolia and Grey bedrooms share a bathroom.
"Attic". 2x kids' dorms both with two sets of bunk beds (therefore sleeping 4 per room). Shared shower room, WC and wash-hand basin
|Further details outdoors|
The grounds to the rear of Le Luc are dominated by a magnificent 400-year-old oak. The floodlit swimming pool is a good size - 10x5m - and is protected by security fence. The pool has a wide paved surround with numerous sun-loungers.
There is a gravelled terrace with two oak teak tables each with 8 chairs, 8x loungers, and easy chairs plus additional tables. This is a wonderfully secluded retreat for lunches and dinners. There is a BBQ and for the younger children there are many smaller chairs and a covered sandpit near the pool.
At the other side of the house is a sun-trap courtyard, beyond which is a games room (45m2) which provides pool table, hi-fi, table tennis, boules, games plus armchairs and a sofa. This is a popular place for the teens to 'hang out'! If you really want to relax outside, two hammocks are provided for your comfort!
Assistant de Vacances available - meaning there are staff on-hand for housekeeping, cooking and babysitting services, these extra services should be arranged and paid for directly with the housekeeper.
3 hours cleaning per week and exit clean included in rental price
Beds made on arrival
Welcome pack provided
Comprehensive Information Pack provided
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
The Côte Landaise stretches from the Dune de Pyla to the Adour estuary, a natural playground of ocean beach, forest trails, shimmering lakes, interspersed with family-friendly resorts (eg Biscarosse, Mimizan and Moliets) and all-year-round towns such as Capbreton, Soustons and Europe's undisputed surf capital, Hossegor.
Every watersport imaginable, cycle and walking trails, golf, horse-riding, are all widely available. Vineyards are an easy day-trip away. Landais and Gascon cultures mingled, towards the north with Bordelais cuisine and to the south, with Basque and Spanish influences, make for varied local menus.
The natural environment, range of activities and, of course, exceptional beaches, make the Côte Landaise a fantastic holiday destination.
The Pays Basque and this southern stretch of Les Landes are rich in attractions; here are just a few suggestions:
Dax the official spa capital of France is just a 20 minute drive from le Luc.
A short drive south are the sophisticated resorts of Biarritz and St Jean de Luz, the south Atlantic’s competition to the Côte d’Azur. Both provide excellent beaches, cuisine and up-market shopping as well as a good introduction to the Spanish-influenced Pays Basque. If you have time, drop into the regional capital, Bayonne. Famed for its ham and its chocolates, Bayonne was under English rule for 300 years. It is much under-rated and worth a trip to see its cathedral, museums, ramparts and walk its ancient streets.
The delightful Basque Country with rolling green hills and picture-perfect villages of the Pays Basque are a must. la Bastide-Clairence, Ainhoa, Sare, Espelette and Ascain all perfectly demonstrate Basque village life. A visit to Cambo-les-Bains is recommended not least to visit the magnificent Villa Arnaga, home of the late Edmund Rostand, author of Cyrano de Bergerac. At Sorde l'Abbaye, at the border of Pays Basque and Les Landes, there is a 12th century Benedictine abbey worthy of a visit.
Golfers are spoilt for choice with the range of excellent standard courses locally: the two nearest courses are the 1930s-built Golf d’Hossegor and Seignosse, a course ranked in Continental Europe’s Top 50. Also within 40 minutes' drive are Moliets (also in the Top 50), Biarritz le Phare, Makila, Arcangues and Chiberta.
Surfers will know all about the Côte d'Argent and can enjoy the pick of waves at Hossegor and Capbreton and sailing enthusiasts should head for the Capbreton Marina - 5 kms south of Hossegor.
Cyclists can enjoy the many safe forest tracks that connect between the villages inland and coastal towns. Particularly enjoyable is to take bikes (and picnic) along the minor roads which hug both the southern and northern banks of the Adour.
Ste Marie-de-Gosse is a typically small and pretty French country village. Village life revolves around the church and fronton where the eye-chatching local sport of Pelote Basque is played. There is tennis in the nearby village of St Martin de Hinx.
The village fête is held in mid/late August and normally lasts 3 days, every village has an annual summer event and it's very much part of French life, have fun and join in the locals will give you a warm welcome!
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