Chateau du Cardinal

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Sleeps: 17 Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 9

Overview

Pool Beach Nearby Ideal for Kids

Rich in both history and tradition, this wonderful chateau is a far cry from the glitz and glamour that this coastline can be famous for. Within ten-minutes of the beaches of Ciboure and St-Jean-de-Luz, with both sea and mountain views, this is an incredible place to spend your days when staying in this beautiful part of the Pays Basque.

It’s thought that the chateau and its chapel were built around the 16th century although the exact dates are not known. What historians are sure of is that the castle was a home to many important residents over this period, including a famous cardinal who is said to have lived here during the reign of Louis XIV.

The grand chateau is quite remarkable with much of its original style and character still intact with antique furnishings, impressive paintings and ornate features across the house. The ground-floor living space with its library and dining room includes a wonderful lounge with French windows opening out to the patio overlooking the town and sea. Each of the nine bedrooms over the top two floors differ in size and style yet some have wonderful sea-views and they all benefit from their own bath or shower room.

Step out onto the patio for leisurely lunches with friends and family looking out towards the sea or explore the glorious parkland surrounding the chateau, where you’ll discover the heated swimming pool and pool house. From here you can gaze at the impressive Pyrénées mountains and you can see La Rhune on a clear day.

It’s only a ten-minute drive into charming Ciboure with its pretty streets, picturesque cafes, lovely harbour and beach or head over the river to nearby St-Jean-de-Luz with lots of family-friendly activities, golf courses and more. Keen walkers can follow the magnificent coastal path all the way down to Hendaye on the Spanish border whilst to the north there are some of this coastline’s most famous surfing beaches from Bidart to Biarritz.

Indeed, the glitz and glamour of beautiful Biarritz is only half-an-hour away or you may simply prefer to discover some of France’s Plus Beaux Villages inland such as Ainhoa with its pretty Basque houses and Sare, where you can take a wooden train up to the summit of La Rhune.  Whether the majestic mountains or the dazzling coastline, this part of south-western France is a captivating region to explore. 

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What you should know…

  • Please note that published rates are only valid for the current year. Any bookings for subsequent years will be on request only and correct rates will be confirmed at the time of booking
  • The nine bedrooms vary in size and style, some with sea-views, featuring doubles, twins and a single
  • The discrete caretaker lives on site just by the entrance in a small house 

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Internet Cable TV Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Chateau Interiors

Ground Floor

- Living room
- Dining room
- Library
- Kitchen, well-equipped including dishwasher, oven, fridge, freezer, Nespresso machine
- Back kitchen 

First and Second Floors 

- 8 double and twin bedrooms with bath/shower room
- Single bedroom with bath/shower room 

Outside Grounds

- Heated swimming pool
- Pool house
- Parkland (several hectares)
- Parking 

Facilities 

- Lift
- Wi-Fi
- TV
- Washing machine

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau du Cardinal
Beach Nearby <1hr to Airport Watersports Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Chateau du Cardinal offers a wonderful location elevated just behind Ciboure with wonderful views of the town and bay of Saint Jean de Luz in front of you.  From the heated swimming pool you have majestic views of the Pyrénées afar.

With easy access to the motorway only a couple of minutes away, you can be on the Spanish border in under twenty minutes or as far north as Biarritz (22km) in 25-minutes. 

It’s only a ten-minute drive down to the village of Ciboure, once lived in by artist Henri Matisse. It’s a quiet and relaxing place where you can visit the old town with its stone and timber-framed houses, wander along the pretty fishing port, find a picturesque café or restaurant or experience the bustling market on a Sunday morning. 

Head to the Fort de Socoa where you’ll find water-based activities such as diving, paddle-boarding, catamarans, water skiing and more. Keen walkers can follow the magnificent coastal path around Ciboure which stretches all the way to Hendaye (11km) on the Spanish border.

Across La Nivelle river, only 4.5km from your chateau, is the pretty seaside town of St-Jean-de-Luz.  Originally a small fishing port, St-Jean-de-Luz later became a fashionable resort for well-to-do French, English and Spanish tourists in the late 19th century. Explore the pretty streets filled with shops and restaurants before heading down to the port, known for its tuna, anchovies and sardines.

The town’s beach, La Grande Plage, is a lovely place to spend the afternoon, especially with children. Across the town there are lots of family-friendly activities such as trampoline parks, mini golf and a road-train along the coast to beaches featuring playgrounds and games. 

Additionally, the surf here is gentler than further north, so an ideal place for those budding surfers to learn whilst experienced surfers should head north to Acotz beach for some impressive waves. Further north, head to the surfing hang-outs of Guéthary (10km) and Bidart (13km) where you can ride the waves amongst some of the world’s finest surfers or just sit back and take in the magnificent beaches and landscapes.

This region is a paradise for golfers with this area having two beautiful golf-courses, the nearest one being only 3km away plus a wide range further north around Biarritz, many with stunning ocean views including the prestigious Chiberta Golf Course (23km) by some of Biarritz’ most stunning northern beaches.

Indeed, you’ll find the glittering gem of Biarritz just 22km away, an elegant seaside resort dating back to the 19th century when aristocracy built their summer residences along this part of the coast. Dine in excellent restaurants along the beach, sip cocktails in trendy bars or shop in the wonderful Les Halles market full of Basque specialities to take home and cook.

For a change of scene, head inland towards the majestic Pyrénées where you will find characterful Basque villages, including two of France’s Plus Beaux Villages; pretty Ainhoa (20km) and Sare (14km), where you can take the old wooden train up to the summit of La Rhune, one of the most dominant peaks of the Pyrénées.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Biarritz

(20km)

Nearest Train Station Ciboure

(3.5km)

Nearest Village Ciboure

(4km)

Nearest Town/City St Jean de Luz/Biarritz

( 4.5km/22km)

Nearest Supermarket

(2km)

Nearest Beach St Jean de Luz

(4.5km)

Nearest Golf

(3km)

Nearest Restaurant

(2-4km)

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Watersports lovers should head down to the coast and try out a variety of water-based activities in Ciboure where you can find diving, catamarans, paddle boarding, water-skis and more.

This region is a mecca for surfers from around the globe, so you’ll never be far from a surf school for beginners of all ages, including children.  The beaches further north, including Acotz, Guéthary and around Biarritz are especially famed for their excellent surf.

In St Jean de Luz (4.5km) there are plenty of family-friendly activities such as trampoline parks, mini golf and a road-train to beautiful sandy beaches featuring playgrounds and games.

The Basque region’s biggest adventure park is situated 8km from the property. Oihana Adventure Park is suitable for children from 6 years and up, with dynamic treetop courses for older children. They also offer Paintball here for the more gung-ho!

The main beach in Hendaye (12km) is also very family orientated, with beach clubs for children, plenty of ice cream stalls, washrooms and tent hire.

Real train lovers should head to the inland village of Sare (14km) to catch the old wooden train up to the summit of La Rhune mountain where you are greeted with spectacular views of the Pyrénées and the coast on a clear day.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool

Services Available

  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Transfers Available
  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Surf/Golf/Tennis Classes
  • Guided Tours
  • Massage Treatments

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning 
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services
- Bike hire

Extras included at this property:

- 4 hours of maid service per week

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Private chef
- Babysitting service
- Shuttle service for transfers
- Massage
- Private Surf/Golf/Tennis instructor 
- Rentals: bicycles, electric bikes, vespa
- Sightseeing with local guide: Biarritz market, tapas tour, etc.
- Sea fishing excursions
- Boat excursions 
- Extra linen changes: optional 35 Euros per room.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfill your requests!

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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €5000 paid to the owner by bank transfer two weeks before arrival and refunded three weeks after departure at the very latest, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
End of stay cleaning included? Included. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels.
Energy costs included? Included.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Changeover day Saturday.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Pool heating charge? Extra €150 per week/per week outside of July and August, paid locally. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that published rates are only valid for the current year. Any bookings for subsequent years will be on request only and correct rates will be confirmed at the time of booking.
Other Ts and Cs Guests will be required to sign a copy of the owner's rental terms upon booking confirmation.
Other Ts and Cs Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for civil liability as well as cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay. A copy of this policy may be requested by the owner before or upon arrival.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and other celebrations are not permitted.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 17 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 16th 2019 - Jun 27th 2020 £9,469
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £11,963
Aug 29th 2020 - Apr 18th 2021 £9,469

Prices based on an occupancy of 17 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 16th 2019 - Jun 27th 2020 €10,472
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €13,231
Aug 29th 2020 - Apr 18th 2021 €10,472

Prices based on an occupancy of 17 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 16th 2019 - Jun 27th 2020 $11,553
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $14,596
Aug 29th 2020 - Apr 18th 2021 $11,553

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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