Maison du Sel Royale

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Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 8
Oliver Approved

Overview

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

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Maison du Sel Royale is a flawless restoration of a 19th century 'Maison de Maitre', updated with a wealth of modern comforts and amenities to create a French holiday rental of the highest luxury standard.

Boasting seven individually styled double bedrooms, each with their own en-suite bathroom, Maison du Sel Royale is an immaculate mansion complete with swimming pool, tennis court and private lawns. The house sits within a landscape dotted with historic towns and quaint little villages, at the base of the Pyrenees amid lush meadows, thick green forests and serene mountain lakes.

This property offers everything you could ask for in a luxury holiday or special celebration, with several large dining areas including a large covered terrace area with barbecue, table and chairs. Alternatively, for those who seek adventure on their travels, the region could not be more accommodating, with nearby surfing and skiing resorts, and plenty of mountain biking trails.

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What you should know…

  • A car is recommended for day trips to the coast.

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool Internet Air-Con BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Tennis Court Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV Wheelchair Access Games Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Ceiling Fans Waterfront

Maison du Sel Royale offers seven double bedrooms, each spacious and individual in character. Stylish and luxurious, without being fussy, they can make time in bed as alluring as hours spent exploring Southwest France. All have full en-suite bathrooms, and are furnished with king-size beds, fine bed-linen, exquisite drapery and seating areas. Molton Brown toiletries, plenty of Egyptian cotton towels, bathrobes and slippers are provided to complement the relaxed atmosphere. All ground floor bedrooms open onto the terrace, and upper floor bedrooms benefit from panoramic views of the Pyrénées and sprawling countryside.

This is self-catering at its best. Cook up a storm in the state-of-the-art kitchen fully equipped with Miele appliances: 2 x double ovens, 7-ring induction hob, 2 x full-sized fridges, steam oven, warming drawer, convection microwave and 2 x full-sized dishwashers to cope with the aftermath. Enjoy the fruits of your labour at one of the two large dining tables in the adjoining rooms. The kitchen is pre-stocked with essentials such as tea, coffee, sugar, salt, pepper, dried herbs and spices, cooking oil and cleaning products. Should you wish us to pick up a few other essentials from the supermarket prior to arrival please let us know well in advance. There is a second kitchen and utility room located adjacent to the outdoor living area.

Enjoy different dining settings without even leaving the property: in the elegance of the formal dining room, in the relaxed and informal ambience of the breakfast room or alfresco on the undercover terrace. All tables seat 14 people or more, ideal for special-occasion entertaining or simply enjoying the company of friends and family whilst savouring your culinary creations, a wonderful French tradition. Remove the mahogany leaves from the formal dining room table and it converts to a hand-crafted Hamilton 9ft billiards table.

Guests can discover their own favourite place for reading, relaxing or enjoying a glass of wine in any of the four living areas. Unwind in the spacious double-height lounge: the imposing fireplace, exposed stone walls, French doors leading to the terrace and wooden beams of the minstrels gallery curling above, create a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy modern-day comforts in the TV Room equipped with a large flat-screen television, satellite TV, Blue-ray DVD player and a selection of DVDs for all ages to keep you entertained. For those seeking more traditional entertainment, challenge someone to a game of chess or delve into the reading material in the galleried library. The study also boats an extensive collection of cookery books for culinary inspiration as well as a laptop, Wifi Internet access and a printer for those requiring an IT fix or to keep in touch with the outside world.

In its secluded position the 6x12m salt-chlorinated swimming pool, surrounded by wonderful honey-coloured original stone walls and a sun-drenched terrace, offers complete privacy. Sunloungers, an alfresco shower, lilos, games and play equipment a-plenty makes it the ideal spot for keeping the children amused for hours whilst you relax and while away your time soaking up the French sunshine.

In summer the terrace is the centre of holiday life. Designed and appointed for ease and pleasure, the private and peaceful outdoor living area offers everything you need for summertime entertainment. The spacious undercover dining and BBQ area benefits from a large adjoining fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom, so very little need drag you away from enjoying the outdoors and drinking in the beautiful views over the pool, established gardens, orchard and rolling fields.

Facilities include a high-quality hard surface tennis court and basketball ring, darts, table-tennis, boules and mountain bikes for excursions. General Equipment Provided: Portable Bose iDock, pool towels, tennis racquets, tennis balls, telescope, binoculars, board games and playing cards. Maison du Sel Royale is also exceptionally well equipped to welcome visiting tots: cots, highchair, seat boosters, changing mat, playpen, baby-monitor, portable DVD players and toys are all available.

The outdoor kitchen is equipped with two washing machines, a tumble dryer, laundry detergents, iron and ironing board, cleaning products and materials, a drinks fridge, freezer and BBQ equipment. Parking: Ample parking for 5 or more cars.

Location

About the surrounding area of Maison du Sel Royale
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Coast/Beach
The Atlantic coast is under an hour away from Maison du Sel Royale and is well known as a surfing hot-spot with its endless beaches, consistent surf, world class beach breaks and long summer days. Biarritz is hailed as an old-school hang-out, with huge waves, a loyal following and home to the annual Biarritz Surf Festival in July. Along the coast, there are many other places including Hossegor, Guethary and Les Cavaliers.

Golf
Pau Golf Club, the oldest golf course in Continental Europe and not to be missed. The Artiguelouve Golf Course, at the foot of the Pyrenees, a splendid 18-hole golf course, beautifully laid out within the natural surroundings with 7 water obstacles. Biarritz boasts many top quality golf courses and is one of the best regions for golf in mainland Europe, with four courses in Europe’s top 100 and a further four courses in the top 50 in France.

Fishing
Due to its geographic position, quality of the water and magnificent landscape, the whole of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques area is fantastic for fishing. From white-water rapids, lakes or rivers, fishing enthusiasts are able to enjoy wild salmon and trout fishing, fly fishing or course fishing. Our local river, the Gave d’Oloron quite often produces the largest salmon caught each year in France and is also home to the annual World Salmon Fishing Championships (April/May). The Gave d’Oloron and the Gave de Mauleon are two of France’s best combined salmon and trout rivers and world renowned for the fighting qualities of the fish. Fly fishermen can enjoy 2500km of mountain trout rivers fed by melting snow from the Pyrénées making it a unique experience for all levels of abilities. For those interested in coarse fishing, the rivers and lakes are stocked with populations of barbel, chub, dace, gudgeon, roach, rudd, bream and carp. In honour of the local salmon, the town of Navarrenx holds a salmon festival, Saumonade Fête, on Bastille Day (14 July) each year where teams compete to cook various salmon dishes.

Cycling
Help yourself to the bicycles at the house and explore the lovely routes along the river, through the picturesque local villages or head off-road in the nearby woodlands. With a multitude of routes to choose from and well-surfaced, relatively traffic free roads, you’ll have few excuses not to get peddling! The Tour de France requires no presentation. Having existed for over a hundred years, this gruelling three-week race has become a huge international event in the last thirty years and Maison du Sel Royale is well situated to take full advantage of this unique spectator sport. The Pyrénées Mountains are an important section of the race and often determine the eventual winner.

Skiing
With the Pyrenees on our doorstep we are naturally blessed with some fantastic ski resorts. Whether you’re looking for family friendly mixed ability slopes or something more challenging, there are plenty of options to suit your needs.

Mountain Hiking
Experience the altitude of the spectacular Pyrenees, or follow ancient pilgrim routes that have been trodden for over a thousand years.

The Jurancon wine route
Jurancon is one of France's oldest appelations (it was used for the baptism of King Henri IV) producing distinctive dry and sweet white wines.

Lourdes
Anoint yourself with the world's holiest water in this world famous pilgrimage destination.

How to get there

By Air: Pau airport 44.29km. Biarritz airport 72.3km. Lourdes airport 90.75km. Bordeaux airport 192.7km. Toulouse airport 223.2km.

By train: nearby stations in Orthez, Dax, Pau and Biarrtiz. TGV trains operate daily from Paris Montparnasse to all four stations. Train connections from the UK to Paris Gare du Nord are available using Eurostar, whilst RailEurope now allows passengers to take their own car from Calais to Toulouse.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Pau, Biarritz, Lourdes

(41-45 km)

Nearest Ferry port Bilbao
Nearest Train Station Orthez
Nearest Village Araujuzon

(Under 1 km)

Nearest Town/City Navarrenx

(7 km)

Nearest Restaurant Araujuzon, Audaux, Navarrenx, Salies-de-Bearn
Nearest Bar/Pub Araujuzon, Audaux, Navarrenx, Salies-de-Bearn
Nearest Supermarket Navarrenx

(7 km)

Nearest Beach Biarritz

(61-70 km)

Nearest Golf Pau

(10 km)

Region

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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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Facilities include a high-quality hard surface tennis court and basketball hoop, darts, table-tennis, boules and mountain bikes for excursions. Indoor entertainment includes portable Bose iDock, pool towels, tennis racquets, tennis balls, telescope, binoculars, board games and playing cards.

Maison du Sel Royale is also exceptionally well equipped to welcome visiting tots: cots, highchair, seat boosters, changing mat, playpen, baby-monitor, portable DVD players and toys are all available.

BABY AND TODDLER EQUIPMENT

Booster seat: x2

Mattress protector: x2

Baby bath: x1

Bath toys: x2

Changing mat: x1

Baby monitor: x1

Pushchair: x1

Stair gates: x2

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Booster seat
  • Mattress protector
  • Baby bath
  • Bath toys
  • Changing mat
  • Baby monitor
  • Pushchair
  • Stair gates
  • Plastic crockery

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Heated Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • DVD
  • Fenced Grounds
  • Waterfront

Services Available

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

Extras

Oliver's Extras

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

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team (by clicking on the link in the blue Oliver’s Extras box above) who will be happy to help. We can usually put you in touch with the right people arrange any of the following:

- Cook/catering
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting service
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
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

Event information

Owner has contacts for marquee hire, caterers etc. and sufficient cutlery, crockery, glasses, table cloths and chairs for 120 people. There is also sound equipment, keyboard and drum kit.

For weddings held at Maison du Sel Royale all the guests often stay at the nearby Hotel du Parc in Salies-de-Bearn (about 15/20 mins away) and arrange coaches to operate between the house and the hotel.

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit £750
Arrival time 4.00 PM
Departure time 10.00 AM
Energy costs included? Yes
Heating costs included? Yes
End of stay cleaning included? Yes
Linen & towels included? Yes
Pets welcome? Yes, but not in the bedrooms
Smoking Allowed? Outside Only
Changeover day Saturday
Pool heating charge? €150/week
Other Ts and Cs Air con only on the top floor suites

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 16th 2019 - Jun 22nd 2019 £4,527
Jun 22nd 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 £5,658
Aug 31st 2019 - Dec 14th 2019 £4,527
Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 £5,658
Jan 4th 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 £4,527
Jun 20th 2020 - Aug 19th 2020 £5,658

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 16th 2019 - Jun 22nd 2019 €4,944
Jun 22nd 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 €6,180
Aug 31st 2019 - Dec 14th 2019 €4,944
Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 €6,180
Jan 4th 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 €4,944
Jun 20th 2020 - Aug 19th 2020 €6,180

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 16th 2019 - Jun 22nd 2019 $5,585
Jun 22nd 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 $6,981
Aug 31st 2019 - Dec 14th 2019 $5,585
Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 $6,981
Jan 4th 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 $5,585
Jun 20th 2020 - Aug 19th 2020 $6,981

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

Owner name
Claire

How long have you owned the property?
7 years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The building's charm

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
I am told it was occupied during the war

What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
No strange or difficult requests as yet. We did however find out after the event that a Jewish couple were married in our back garden and had put up all sorts of lovely decorations and structures for the ceremony.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?
Explore the coastline from San Sebastian to Biarritz
Really eat?
Try the local cuisine at the Claverie in Audaux
Really see?
The Pyrenees from the Petit train d'Artouste

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Spend quality time with your friends and family enjoying the comforts and facilities of Maison du Sel Royale and soaking up the beautiful French countryside, food and wine!

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Reviews

  • Perfect holiday for a large group

    Posted by John on 17/08/2018

    Extremely well appointed property to a very high standard with everything required for a large group of visitors. The managers of the property were very attentive and helpful in all respects. A wonderful place for a relaxing holiday.

  • Neil D.

    Posted by Neil D. on 18/07/2017

    I would like to thank you for all your help in making our holiday a great experience, we all enjoyed ourselves so much. The accommodation was as lovely and clean as we remembered it from our previous visit!

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