Domaine De Belgard

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Sleeps: 18 Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 8
Oliver Approved


Wedding Venue Recommended Pool Beach Nearby Ideal for Kids Hot Tub Walk to Village All Bedrooms En-Suite Ideal for Parties

The Domaine De Belgard, set within a six acre estate, is situated near the picturesque village of Soustons. This truly exceptional 19th century manor is the perfect base for exploring the local area and, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the ‘Lac d’Soustons’ on the other, you have the best of both worlds. The lake is suitable for a variety of water sports including canoeing, bathing, sailing and windsurfing. This luxury villa is suitable for families and friends and people of any age.

Domaine De Belgard is located close to Biarritz and just 7km from the outstanding Atlantic coast making it a perfect base from which to explore the south-west region of France, famous for its gorgeous golden sandy beaches that stretch for miles, its majestic lakes, forests, vineyards and world-famous golf courses.

Domaine De Belgard offers luxury holidays to the most discerning of British and international clients. The Chateau was built in 1900 and was carefully restored in 2002. It is one of the largest and most beautiful properties in Soustons and has 9 large bedrooms, a traditional grand reception hall and living room, a beautiful dining room, billiards room and anterooms with original oak floors, a stunning oak staircase and high ceilings.

The area surrounding the chateau has a beautiful tennis court, a new large heated swimming pool and a stunning shaded terrace with a fully equipped kitchen. The gardens contain beautiful old trees that are over a century old.

Catering at Domaine de Belgard

Domaine de Belgard offers the possibility of having a fully catered holiday to make your stay easier as well as unforgettable. This service is available in High Season. Please see T&Cs for details and prices of this additional service.

Catering service information.

Upon arrival you can be greeted by a Champagne reception for you and all of your guests. Children will also be provided for. Every morning, breakfast will be served and you can choose from either a full English breakfast or Continental breakfast. You can also choose where you have breakfast served - privately in your room, in the dining room or outside on the terrace by the pool. Afternoon tea will be served daily with a beautiful selection of French pastries, cakes, muffins, fresh fruit, tea, filtered coffee, hot chocolate, fruit juices and other soft drinks. On three of the days, lunch will be served. One will be a gourmet barbecue and the other two will be full three-course lunches all served on the terrace by the pool with a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks.

In the evening on three occasions, four course gourmet meals will be served with complimentary wine from the local regions. This can be served in the dining hall in the Chateau or outside on the terrace. An a-la-carte wine list is also available upon request.

Please note that the published rates reflect self-catering prices. Prices and details for the catered option can be found in the T&Cs tab.

Good news! For a little extra, this property can be booked as a Vill'otel

Yey! Wait… what is that?
It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel. 

What can be arranged?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the 'Extras' tab for all the details.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • Although the property is conveniently located within a walking distance from the village of Soustons, we recommend hiring a car to explore the beautiful surroundings: Biarritz and the Atlantic coast are just a short drive away!

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Internet Air-Con Hot Tub BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Tennis Court Cable TV Bicycles Provided Sauna/Steam Indoor Games Outdoor Games Table Tennis Pool/Snooker DVD Working Fireplace Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

The main lounge is impressively large and spacious. The high wooden beamed ceilings create a feeling of grandeur complimented by the beautiful parquet flooring, wood-panelled walls and the grand oak staircase. A revitalizing yet relaxed atmosphere is created by the neutral tones and contemporary finishes that so obviously dominate the room. An abundance of natural light floods the room through the arch of small windows which border the grand front door. Throughout summer, you can open the door to allow in the lovely sunshine, fresh air and floral scents. Adjoining the main lounge is the TV/reading room. This cosy room has a lovely marble fireplace, comfortable sofas, satellite TV, DVD player and a selection of DVD's, books and magazines for your enjoyment. From either the billiard room or the main lounge, you enter the elegant dining room. The marble fireplace, candles, parquet floors and high ceilings altogether create a very special atmosphere. There are a number of tables allowing you to enjoy more intimate dining or if you are a large group, they can be joined together to create a more celebratory setting. French doors lead to a lovely terrace on where breakfast can be enjoyed “alfresco” style.

The nine bedrooms have been tastefully refurbished and include quality linens, extra pillows, fluffy towels, bathrobes and slippers complemented with L’Occitane Verbena toiletries for all guests comfort and enjoyment. The manoir accommodates 18 guests in eight superb bedrooms each with a private bathroom (one of the bedrooms has an adjoining double bedroom making 9 bedrooms in total).

On the first floor there is a hall area with wooden floors and sofa, 3 large en-suite bedrooms (two with original marble fireplaces, one with large terrace) plus a large two bedroom suite with south facing balcony, marble fireplace, dressing room, bathroom, Jacuzzi bath, WC and spacious east facing terrace. All rooms have their own television & DVD player. The bedrooms are two doubles (180cm beds), two further doubles (160cm beds) and one twin/double (2 x 90cm beds).

On the second floor there is another hall area with wooden floors, 4 large en-suite bedrooms (one with sauna, two with balconies and two with original fireplaces). All rooms have their own television and DVD player.The bedrooms are one double (140cm bed) and three twin/doubles.

The manor sits right in the middle of a six acre square estate with a secluded feel, being separated from the outside world by mature trees on all sides. A variety of shrubs and hedges, flowers and lawns surround the villa with a small river bordering one edge of the grounds. The private 15x7m heated outdoor swimming pool includes a new electric security roller cover for children's safety when not in use. It is surrounded by 90m2 of terrace with sun loungers and teak furniture for poolside dining, mature gardens with beautiful shrubs and WC and outside shower. Excellent poolside facilities include a brand new table tennis, badminton, croquet, boules, football, Frisbee, basketball, volleyball and even bikes for every guest! The full size court is in perfect condition. Quality tennis racquets and new balls would even keep McEnroe happy! There are new swings and slides adjacent to the tennis court and a full size volleyball setup.

In addition a 8 person hot hub has recently been installed within the secure swimming pool. There is a large gas BBQ installed in the summer kitchen.


About the surrounding area of Domaine De Belgard
Beach Nearby Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Watersports Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Horse Riding Go-Karting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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The nearest airport is Biarritz (30km) and the nearest village is Soustons, which is walking distance from the manor. The 2.5 hectare estate sits on the edge of the attractive village of Soustons, a village in an exceptional position, bordered on one side by the Atlantic Ocean and its outstanding beaches and on the other side by a large fresh water lake, Lac d'Soustons, suitable for sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and swimming.

Soustons is divided into two areas, the town of Soustons, 7 km inland from the coast, located on the southerly end of a large Lake with an overall area of 700 square hectares, and Soustons Beach on the large natural sea fed, salt water lake (with its own beaches & Island) known as the "Lac Marin de Port d'Albret", with an overall area of 51 square hectares. Pine forests surround Soustons village with numerous cycle trails and walking paths leading to the lakes and beaches. Like most of the south west coast, Soustons is something of an outdoor playground.

The villa itself is only 2 minutes from beautiful fresh water lakes, and 10 minutes from wonderful ocean beaches (Soustons, Vieux-Boucau, Hossegor and Moliets). The spa town of Dax, famous for its Hydrotherapy, is just 20 minutes away, Biarritz and Bayonne with their superb shops are just 30 minutes, and just forty-five minutes away are the Pyrenees and Spain.

Three world class golf courses (voted in the World's Top 50) are within fifteen minutes.

South of Bordeaux begins the region of Les Landes. It feels like another world with the coast stretching virtually uninterrupted from the Gironde estuary all the way down to Soustons, Hossegor and Cap Breton before reaching the foothills of the Pyrenees and Basque country. It is remarkably unspoiled, open and natural as the coast is dominated by long stretches of sand washed by broad Atlantic rollers; in all there is more than 220km of coast-line from the Gironde estuary down to the border with Spain with a total of 55 supervised beaches. Climb the dunes and before you, stretching as far as the eye can see, lie the pine forests of Les Landes - 1100 km2 of pine forest planted during the 19th century.

Although the line of the coast may be straight, the variety it encompasses is huge: oyster beds and yachting marinas, fishing villages and vineyards, names of towns and half-timbered houses that seem (and once were) more English than French, the highest sand-dunes in Europe, and where the Côte d'Argent turns – quite literally – into the Côte Basque, some of the Continent's best surfing.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Biarritz

(36-40 km)

Nearest Ferry port Bilbao

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Village Soustons

(1 km)

Nearest Town/City Hossegor

(16-20 km)

Nearest Restaurant Soustons - Restaurant Batby

(2 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Soustons

(1 km)

Nearest Beach Soustons plage, Vieux Boucau

(8 km)

Nearest Golf Seignosse

(12 km)


Aquitaine’s reputation as a varied and enchanting destination is well-earned – whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement, this beautiful part of south-western France is a feast for every one of the senses. To make sure you’re getting the very best of your holiday (and to clue you up if you’re thinking of going) check out our wonderful travel guide – it’s full of tips, info and the things you really shouldn’t miss when you visit unforgettable Aquitaine. 

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

Domaine de Belgard hosts a wide range of child friendly facilities, including the heated outdoor pool enclosed within a secure "pool area" in addition to a floating security cover.

On site there are bikes of all sizes from 4yrs to adult (18 bikes in total), table tennis table, brand new tennis court with cushioned surface ideal for children and adults, volleyball court, badminton, pool table, kids toys and games for all ages from infant to teens. We have cots, high chairs and all the facilities required if holidaying with young children including bottle warmers, steriliser and much more.


Booster seat: x3

Mattress protector: x5

Baby bath: x2

Bath toys: x3

Bib: x3

Changing mat: x2

Baby monitor: x2

Pushchair: x1

Potty: x3

Stair gates: on first floor

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Booster seat
  • Mattress protector
  • Baby bath
  • Bath toys
  • Bibs
  • Changing mat
  • Baby monitor
  • Pushchair
  • Potty
  • Stair gates
  • Bottle steriliser
  • Plastic crockery
  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)
  • Baby Proofing

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Animal farm
  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Watersports
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Horse Riding
  • Go-Karting
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Swings
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Children's books
  • Slide
  • Boules/Petanque
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Bicycles Provided
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Pool/Snooker
  • DVD
  • Toys

Services Available

  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • English speaking babysitter available


Oliver's Extras

  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • On-Site Concierge
  • English speaking babysitter available
Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:
- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome drinks for your group
- Fridge-stocking service
- Private chef service

If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on for a tailor-made quote! Typical costs range between £100-£250 per person per week dependent on requirements.
Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

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.

Extra services included at this property:- Daily maid service (2h/day) - light cleaning of communal areas only Extra services available at this property (payable locally):

- Champagne reception upon arrival (soft drinks for the children)
- Daily breakfast (Full English and Continental breakfast) served on the poolside terrace, in the grand dining room or in the privacy of your own room, if preferred.
- Daily afternoon tea with a selection of cakes, muffins, biscuits, fresh fruit, tea, filtered coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks & juices. 
- Three lunches: A gourmet BBQ served on the poolside terrace; wine/beer/soft drinks included. Two 3-course lunches served on the poolside terrace; wine/beer/soft drinks included.
- Three gastronomic four-course evening meals with complimentary regional wine served either inside in the grand dining room or alfresco-style, on the poolside terrace. An a-la-carte wine list will also be available.
- Drinks service by the pool
- Extra cleaning

The Landes region is well known for its culinary produce including duck and foie gras, fresh fish from the Atlantic Ocean, asparagus from Magescq and wild mushrooms from the local forests. Using only the best local produce, chefs develop a range of menus that are creative, very well presented and taste magnificent. Coupled with excellent presentation, each meal will have unparalleled service to ensure every meal is a special occasion, whether it is enjoyed in the splendour of the grand dining room or “alfresco-style” on the poolside terrace.

For that unforgettable alfresco experience, enjoy your meals by the pool side or in the peaceful gardens surrounding the property. For the cooler evenings, gas heaters will be available. The owners are happy to cater for any special dietary needs, simply advise of your requirements at the time of booking. Children under the age of 12 years have an earlier evening meal (served at 6:00pm), which is freshly prepared, nutritious and healthy.

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Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit 1500 Euros. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time 4pm onwards.
Departure time 11 a.m.
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? Yes, all linen, bath towels and pool towels are included in the rental price (changed mid-stay).
Pets welcome? No pets allowed.
Changeover day Saturday.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Pool heating charge? Charged in addition if needed (€50 per day). Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 18th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 £12,363
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 £8,063
Sep 28th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 £5,913
Jan 4th 2020 - May 2nd 2020 £5,913
May 2nd 2020 - May 30th 2020 £5,913
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 £8,063
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £12,363
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 £8,063
Sep 26th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 £5,913
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jan 18th 2021 £5,913

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 18th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 €13,089
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 €8,537
Sep 28th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 €6,260
Jan 4th 2020 - May 2nd 2020 €6,260
May 2nd 2020 - May 30th 2020 €6,260
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 €8,537
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €13,089
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 €8,537
Sep 26th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 €6,260
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jan 18th 2021 €6,260

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 18th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 $14,710
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 $9,593
Sep 28th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 $7,035
Jan 4th 2020 - May 2nd 2020 $7,035
May 2nd 2020 - May 30th 2020 $7,035
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 $9,593
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $14,710
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 $9,593
Sep 26th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 $7,035
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jan 18th 2021 $7,035

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

Owner Profile

Property Owner

How long have you owned the property?
9 years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The stunning view of the manor situated in a beautiful garden of 6 acres of mature century old trees, yet hidden from view in a lakeside village just 10 minutes from the amazing beaches of south west France.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The manor was built for a rich family that made its money from mining. It was used in a French film in the 1960's before being bought by the family that plant and harvest pine from the surrounding forests.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
We had an astronaut that actually traveled into space and he was also a test pilot for the Eurofighter jet.

What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
A guest asked if we could arrange the local "Course Landaise" bull fighting at the property in the gardens... Although they do not injure the bulls in this region, we still said no!

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?

Try surfing at any of the local beaches - it is a great sport for all ages to try at least once

Really eat?
2 star Michelin restaurant in Magescq makes wonderful local produce extraordinary.

Really see?
Beaches all along this coast plus the Pyrenees mountains at just 30 minutes.

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
It is the perfect place for a multi generational holiday to celebrate a parents special wedding anniversary or a special "zero" birthday celebration with friends.



  • Amazing Stay!

    Posted by David on 04/08/2018

    The facilities were marvellous and the staff outstanding

  • Perfect spot for a relaxing French vacation!

    Created on 29/03/2016

    The Domaine de Belgard surpassed our expectations. Extremely quiet property bordering a very friendly small town, making it easy to interact with the local residents, then return to the privacy of our group. Quick access to beautiful beaches, Bordeaux, the Pyrenees and Basque country, as well as northern Spain made this the ideal location to base a variety of day trips. The property manager and staff were welcoming, attentive, friendly, and quick to respond to any issues. Most importantly, we knew we could count on them for honest answers to questions about local attractions or restaurants. Grounds offered chance to find a quiet spot for reading, bikes provided opportunity for scenic exercise. I highly recommend Domaine de Belgard.

  • Relaxation and luxury

    Created on 19/08/2015

    Spent a week at this Chateau as part of a group of three families with teenagers. The property is very special and has a great pool and outdoor space. The owner and staff were all very friendly and helpful. The food was of a very high standard with a lot of variety. The surrounding area has plenty to do, we went to the fabulous local beaches, but also found time for golf, go-karts and kayaking. In summary a relaxing stay, in a beautiful spot.

  • A delightful French experience!

    Created on 15/08/2015

    We rented the entire chateau for two weeks, for a family vacation of 11 adults and 4 children under 9 yrs. We had a wonderful time. The house is vintage but very comfortable. The grounds are lovely and the pool was a big hit. The staff of four wonderful young people was just excellent, and the chef cooked the best meals we had anywhere in France. The owners were on premises nearby to take care of anything we needed, from restaurant reservations to sailing excursions. They were wonderful to us all!

  • Outstanding, one of our best holidays ever

    Created on 17/07/2014

    It may of been a little over kill but we stayed there as one family just the 6 of us. We had friends over one day for lunch which the staff did an excellent job with but it was a faultless experience. Quintin and his family were wonderful and our children spent lots of time playing with their kids which was great. The whole vibe of the place was very laid back but the service was there when ever you needed it. I had epic surf at the local beach breaks only 15mins away and surfed pretty much by myself for the 13 days we were there. The food was stunning and the photos don't fully show the beauty of the property. Would love to go back but with a few families to enjoy the experience with.

  • Impeccable service

    Posted by Laurent Bastiaan on 11/05/2012

    Overall we had a wonderfull stay with Quintin in Soustons. However the kitchen deserves a special remark (Duschan really is a great chef) ! We had some fantastic gourmet dinners out on the front terrace. Thanks very much to the whole team for a great weeks holliday.

  • The beautiful Chateux with timely friendly service

    Posted by Umala B on 11/05/2012

    The Chateux and overall stay was excellent, and I don't think their website does it justice. There is a lot to do if you do not want to leave the grounds, which is exactly what we wanted.
    In detail, the service around the food, room and ground maintenance and overall friendliness were excellent. We knew what to expect from our meals (food board and discussions) and it was delivered to a high standard. Even with last minute requests and the group (11 adults and 2 infants) being unsure what we wanted was met with a smile and accommodated to the best of their ability. We were extremely impressed with the Quintin's hosting. Tirelessly catered to the varying needs of the whole group, whilst always maintaining a smile, from 8am until midnight, when he was checking we had enough wine! The wines provided were also great value for money.
    As we had 2 infants it was important they were accommodated. They provided a whole range of baby equipment from monitors and high chairs to a walker, swim seat and even a sterilizer.
    The rooms were beautifully laid out and furnished. They were cleaned daily and we were provided with L'Occitane showering products. The girls loved the smell of the lotion.
    The villa and grounds were beautiful - even nicer than the pictures on the website. In fact the pool, table tennis, cricket and tennis were so great that some of us didn't leave the villa for the entire holiday, except for a bike ride (baby bike seats were also provided) and a bit of golf.
    Overall, a fabulous place for a relaxing holiday in a beautiful villa and grounds, with great food, fantastic facilities and faultless hosting!

  • A great house with great food with something for everyone.

    Posted by Mrs D Weybridge on 11/05/2012

    We have had an excellent holiday with adults and kids from 10 to 22. Quintin went out of his way to ensure we had great holiday from the food which meant catering for a range of likes/dislikes- accomodating changes at the last minute. He had a wide knowledge of the area with useful insider info on things like where to park. If you wanted anything all you had to do was ask and he would try his best to find something for you. There is room for everyone with space for football, volley ball and rugby passes! The pool area was spotless with lots of loungers and umbrellas The area has something for everyone- golf , gyms, surfing , bike rides/walks, sightseeing, shopping as well as local markets and festivals.

  • Impeccable service

    Posted by Laurent Bastiaan on 11/05/2012

    Overall we had a wonderfull stay with Quintin in Soustons. However the kitchen deserves a special remark (Duschan really is a great chef) ! We had some fantastic gourmet dinners out on the front terrace. Thanks very much to the whole team for a great weeks holliday.

  • Luxuriously relaxed holiday for all the family

    Posted by Derek Laurence on 11/05/2012

    From initial enquiry to final departure, nothing was too much trouble for Q and his team. Special diets, local top tips, booking restaurants, arranging surf lessons for our 11 and 14 yr old boys to name but a few! The house is grand and typically french, intimate enough to create a warm atmosphere and large enough to always find a quiet spot to just read a book. Bedrooms and bathrooms are comfortable, clean and spacious, whilst not being over elaborate. Location is great, close to all ammenities and perfect if you want to start your holiday without a long journey from any of the 3 regional airports serving the property. This has the added benefit of being flexibile with flight times from the UK. A few good restaurants serving reasonably priced local menus, go karting, golf and the beach all within cycling distance (if you have the energy or inclination to drag yourself away from the immaculately maintained pool at the house!) Best things about this holiday are the unique blend of informal style coupled with high levels of service and cuisine. As a holiday for families with young teenagers, nothing we have found beats the easily acessible safe activities during the day, coupled with a calm and sophisticated dinner served under the magnolia tree as the sun sets and you enjoy a glass or two of well earned local wine! Our only negative comment would be the condition of the tennis court surface, which does throw up an occasional wild bounce!

  • Lovely property, pleasant holiday, but...

    Posted by Tracy Gould on 08/05/2012

    We stayed at Domaine de Belgard in the south of France for a week from 5/4/12. Our holiday was generally relaxed, with a bit of sight-seeing, but essentially centred around spending time with 3 generations of the family. The house is lovely and spacious, pleasant rooms, and very comfortable beds. There is plenty of space outside in the mature grounds with a lovely pool, tennis court, and other garden games to enjoy. Plenty of bikes, including for children, which you can use to cycle into town easily, 5 -10 mins ride, and get fresh croissants, etc from several bakeries, or even to the local lake, again very close. The region itself is a pleasant place to visit and explore, and we travelled to several of the towns round about, and enjoyed distant views of the Pyrenees to where day trips would be a possibility. We self-catered for the whole week, which worked very well, there being a large supermarket on theedge of the local town of Soustons, with everything you might need.We did not have brilliant weather, though it could have beena lot worse, and I don't really think this spoilt it for us - we are well used to making the most of whatever the weather has in store on holiday. However, we were extremely disappointed on arrival to discover that the pool was very chilly, despite having agreed 6 months in advance that we would take up the offer to pay £300 for it to be heated. (we did not pay). Unusually cold weather had immediately preceded our stay, and this was the reason given. However,there were 11 of us, including two 12/13 yr. old boys, and 4 in their 20's, and we were all really looking forward to using the pool. The heating system apparently relies heavily on air temperature, from what I can gather, so very weather dependent! A big downer as far as we were concerned. To make matters worse,there was no hot tub, despite being advertised on the website, so this made a bad situation even worse. These two things together effectively put paid to the activities we planned to enjoy most in the grounds, and have therefore coloured our judgement to a great extent.Other things mentioned on the website, did not turn out to be quite as stated; only computer for access to internet was in owner's office, which we were relying on being available at all times for planning our days out; mention of river along edge of property not even visible, and inaccessible,along with a large patch of grounds in front of it; location somewhat closer to town intersection than we expected, Soustons is a town, not a village as stated (though traffic noise not a problem, and advantage of convenience in the end);owner lives in grounds, but also occupies room on ground floor of villa a office (separate access, in addition to adjoining door to lounge); some of the soft furnishings were unacceptably tatty; almost all of us had trouble with theTV's and DVD players in our rooms. I think they did work, but decidedly user-unfriendly - probably all a bit too old.Some have obviously enjoyed their time at this property, and we can appreciate that. However, we felt badly let down by a few fundamental short-comings, that had a significant effect on our expectations and hence enjoyment. Subsequent correspondence with the owner proved a frustrating experience he has plenty of plausible excuses, but at the end of the day,they didn't really count for much. A detailed overhaul of the website descriptions for this property is long overdue. We made the most of the time we were there, but I'm afraid have ended up feeling a bit ripped-off, consideringwe paid nearly £5,000 for the time of year.

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