Maison des Palmes

Pyrénées-Atlantiques & Les Landes

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Web Ref: 3349

Accommodation

At a glance

  1. Sleeps 6
  2. 2 Double Bedrooms
  3. 1 Twin Bedroom
  4. 2 Bathrooms
  5. WiFi
  6. Table Tennis
  7. Heated Pool*
  8. Small Party Rate
  • Ground floor: Large entrance hall. Cloakroom. Living room (TV, DVD, CD) with French doors to garden. Sitting room. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) with access to garden. Dining room with French doors to garden. Central heating (payable locally).
  • First floor: Large landing. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom also accessed from landing. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room. 
  • Outside: Large lawned gardens. Private covered parking. Barbecue. Table tennis. Dining pergola. Large feature pond.
  • Private heated* swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps.

Situated just an hour from the sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast, and within easy reach of many highlights of the fascinating Landes region, this eye-catching and characterful house is as replete with charm as it is with comfort. High ceilings and features such as original tiled floors and a grand sweeping staircase have been immaculately restored and rejuvenated by its attentive owners, and an extensive lawned garden wrapping around two sides of the house is the ideal location for energetic family games and leisurely sunbathing alike.

A modern kitchen decorated in warm hues gives a real flavour of this vibrant region whose highlights include the glamorous resort of St Jean de Luz, just over an hour's drive away. Dining at Maison des Palmes will be eminently enjoyable given the choice of elegant dining room and spacious outdoor seating options on offer.

On the first floor, each of the three bedrooms are individually and innovatively decorated, with a mixture of local antique furniture, and modern colours. A choice of two living rooms, both stylishly decorated, gives every member of the party plenty of space to relax in style.

A short drive will bring you to Amou (5km), a charming and verdant town where mornings can be easily whiled away wandering along the river, or sampling the local cafés and restaurants. The nearby medieval town of Orthez (10km) holds a bustling local market every Tuesday: a must-visit for those wishing to taste the array of fresh local delicacies. For those in need of a little pampering, why not head to the spa towns of Salies-de-Béarn (30km), or Dax (27km) where a day trip could combine a visit to the spa with exploration of the Roman ruins, before rounding off your evening with a delicious meal in one of the many esteemed restaurants.

  • For parties paying the Small Party Rate, one double bedroom and the twin bedroom will be prepared, unless otherwise specified at time of booking.
  • The pool can be heated for a charge of €60, payable locally.  Please request in advance.

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Locality

Great Things to Do Near Maison des Palmes

Visit the 17th century chateau of Amou

open from mid July to end September. Privately owned by the same family since its construction it is a beautiful example of classical architecture.

You are just 15 minutes' drive from Brassempouy

with its famous caves, the Museum of Archeology which has the oldest man-made artefact yet discovered (over 23,000 years old) and an interesting 12th century church.

Competition Time

Get everyone together for a holiday table tennis competition. Who will be the champion?

Amou

A short drive will bring you to Amou, a charming and verdant town where mornings can be easily whiled away wandering along the river, or sampling the local cafés.

Orthez

Once the capital of the Béarn, this lovely medieval town spans both sides of the river with a striking towered bridge linking the two halves. It is a short stroll from the bridge to the tourist office, which is housed in an impressive building, the Maison de Jeanne d'Albret, a restored Bearnaise Pigeonnier and courtyard. Orthez holds a bustling local market every Tuesday: a must-visit for those wishing to taste the array of fresh local delicacies.

For those in need of a little pampering...

why not head to the spa towns of Salies-de-Béarn or Dax, where a day trip could combine a visit to the spa with exploration of the Roman ruins, before rounding off your evening with a delicious meal in one of the many esteemed restaurants.

At Salies-de-Béarn...

you can visit the thermal baths which are open to the public. A lovely way to relax, especially while the golfers are taking their exercise on the local course. The Station Thermale offers spa facilities,a gym and beauty salon, and the water, rich in minerals and several times saltier than the sea, is used to treat various ailments.

Laás

Laás has an 18th century castle set in a gorgeous park running down to the banks of the Gave de Pau, and any children in your party will enjoy the maize labyrinth.

Spend a day in Biarritz

Go first to the lighthouse for a panoramic view of the Bay and the Casino, and then take Le Petit Train from the Virgin's Rock for an easy tour of the town. There are various places to park, all well signposted. Biarritz has an Aquarium, the Chocolate Museum and also a museum of Oriental Art. And for the shoppers, there are some tempting designer shops on the road near the Casino.

Surfing

The Atlantic coast around Biarritz is hugely popular with surfers, with the waters often used for surfing festivals or competitions. Watch them tackle the waves from the comfort of one of the long sandy beaches, or have a go yourself! There are plenty of companies offering equipment hire or lessons for any age & experience.

Visit St Jean de Luz

This pretty seaside town has a wide expanse of beach, and attractive little shops, galleries and restaurants. Since St Jean has a fishing port as well as a marina, this is the place to eat fresh fish and 'fruits de mer' (seafood). On Sundays, local bands sometimes play at lunchtime in the bandstand in the square beyond the marina. This is one of the towns the French themselves love to visit, so get there early to park. Follow the scenic road along the coast and down to Hendaye, for another large and beautiful beach, popular with surfers.

Course landaise...

is an ancient game from the Aquitaine region, a type of bullfighting in which they use Landaise cows BUT they do not harm the animals. The aim of the game is to jump over the charging cows, and the human participants have to be very skillful and acrobatic! Worth going to see - events take place throughout the year in towns across the Landes region, with Orthez or Dax being closest to the house.

Spend a lazy day around the pool,

reading the novels you have been meaning to read for months! Pop those sunglasses on and get those pages turning. Or if you feel up to a little exercise, take a refreshing dip in the pool.

The historic city of Pau

...is only a 50 minute drive away (or you could take the train from Orthez). The city has been described as a trip to a huge castle (with shops) and is easy to discover on foot. Visitors can discover nine centuries of French history, and the Boulevard des Pyrénées gives wonderful views of the snow-topped peaks just to the south. The castle itself, birthplace of Henri IV, now houses one of the biggest and most beautiful collections of tapestries outside Paris.

Watch a game of Pelote

The French Basque towns are famous for the game of 'pelote', a court sport played against a wall with a ball, and a basket racket - imagine squash with a basket on your hand and a ball that travels the speed of Michael Schumacher! You can catch matches in towns such as Biarritz, Anglet, Dax, Bayonne, St Jean de Luz, Capbreton, Hossegor and Bidart.

For a mountaintop view of the beautiful Basque region,

follow signs from St Jean de Luz for 'Le Petit Train de La Rhun'. This funicular railway takes you up the side of a mountain, affording fantastic views. A fun trip for all ages, but very popular so plan to get there early in the day or later in the afternoon.

Nearby

Towns

Amou 5 mins
Orthez 10 mins
Dax 30 mins
Salies-de-Béarn 30 mins
Bayonne 60 mins

Beaches

Plage de la Milady (Biarritz) 65 mins
Plage Centrale (Hossegor) 70 mins
Plage Marbella (Biarritz) 70 mins
La Grande Plage (Biarritz) 70 mins
Plage du Port Vieux (Biarritz) 75 mins

Airports

Pau 40 mins
Biarritz 60 mins
Bordeaux 120 mins
Times are approximate

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