• 10
  • 5
  • 5
  • Stylish and contemporary
  • Designed by renowned local architect
  • Wonderful family home
  • Walking distance to beach and restaurants
  • Bidart 750 metres

This stunning contemporary villa makes quite a style statement in the quiet residential area between Bidart and Biarritz, with moon-white walls and angular shapes softened by the mature trees that frame the garden. Designed by renowned Biarritz architect Delphine Carrère, Villa Paradis is immaculate both inside and out, finished with a professional eye for detail that makes a stay here feel delightfully indulgent. Yet for all the designer glamour, this is a wonderful family holiday home, ideal for a multi-generation gathering or two families travelling together and just 500 metres from the vast sandy expanse of 100 Marches beach.

Most of the ground floor rooms open onto the garden, which is fully enclosed and play-friendly, with lots of grassy space to run around. There’s a 15-metre pool which allows for a respectable amount of exercise should you feel inclined, plus shady outdoor dining and lounging spaces for those who just want to take it easy. The upper floor gives you just enough height for a glimpse of the ocean, with a balcony or terrace for each of the four bedrooms and sea views perfectly framed in the master bedroom’s vast picture window. With the beach, the bakery and a choice of restaurants within walking distance, Villa Paradis is a very elegant yet easy-going choice for a Basque country beach holiday.

The local area

Less than a kilometre from both Biarritz and Bidart, Villa Paradis caters for virtually every holiday need within walking distance or a short drive. Bidart is a sleepy seaside village set on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic at the highest point on this coastline, with a good range of restaurants, local shops and a weekly Saturday market. Neighbouring Guéthary is similarly charming, with red-roofed whitewashed houses clustered around a traditional fishing port. You’ll find life-guards, surf hire and tuition at virtually all the local beaches: the Plage du Centre also has volleyball and boules courts, while the Plage de l'Uhabia has summer activities for children. Stunning coastal walks connect from Bidart through Guéthary and St-Jean-de-Luz, and as far as Hendaye on the Spanish border. Drinks, dinner and sunset from one of Bidart or Guéthary’s sea-view restaurants is a holiday highlight.

Biarritz lies within very easy reach. With its grand architecture, boutique shops, wonderful beaches and famous covered market, this vibrant yet family-friendly seaside town has a character all of its own. For golfers, the Biarritz pass is a sensible investment, giving access to Arcangues, Bayonne, Biarritz, Ilbarritz, Moliets and Seignosse courses.

Days out

St-Jean-de-Luz is arguably the most appealing town in the area. A fishing-port-turned-holiday-town, St-Jean is known as the gourmet centre for Basque cuisine, with a rich cultural calendar, stylish shops and lovely beaches. A day tour of the Basque villages such as Ascain, Ainhoa, Sare and Espelette makes for a pleasing contrast to the coast; for something different again, don’t miss a trip into Spain and the old town of Hondarrabia or the celebrated cities of San Sebastian, Pamplona and Bilbao, home to the famous Guggenheim museum. Hendaye beach beckons with all manner of watersports and a thalassotherapy spa. For a more typically Basque experience, take a wander around the old town to sample pintxos or perhaps catch a lively game of pelota. Bayonne, capital of the Pays Basque, sits quietly under the tourist radar but rewards visitors with narrow medieval streets and a fine Gothic cathedral, not to mention of course its eponymous jambon. Some of southern Europe’s most majestic mountains are accessible in the Pyrénées National Park.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 5 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-10)

Ground floor

  • Large entrance hall with cloakroom
  • Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area TV (French-speaking channels), DVD player, music dock with speakers
  • Fully-equipped kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, coffee-maker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • Double bedroom (king-size bed) with en-suite shower room (wheelchair accessible), TVV
  • WC

First floor

  • Landing leading to balcony area
  • 2 double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms, TV, private balcony
  • 2 twin bedrooms with en-suite shower room, TV

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer and pool towels provided
  • Cot available
  • Private garden
  • Table tennis
  • Barbecue
  • Private swimming pool 3m x 15m, electric cover, heating included mid-May to mid-September
  • Parking space
  • Smoking is not permitted in the house
  • Pets considered (must be confirmed at time of booking)
  • Local activities include surfing, kitesurfing, golf, cycling, fishing, spa and thalassotherapy, pelote basque, wine tasting and boat trips

WiFi

  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Villa access times

  • Check-in time – 5.00-7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am

Services

  • Weekly change of linen, bath and pool towels for bookings of two weeks or more
  • Light mid-stay clean for bookings of two weeks or more

Optional services offered

  • Supplementary cleaning €30/hour
  • Babysitting on request
  • All extra services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Getting there

  • Airports
    Biarritz 9km
    Bilbao 125km
    Bordeaux 200km
  • Ferry ports
    Santander 230km
    St Malo 735km
    Calais 1,100km
  • TGV stations
    Biarritz 10km

Location

  • Bakery/restaurants/shops 5min walk (450m)
  • Beach (100 Marches) 8min walk (500m)
  • Supermarket (Bidart village) 10min walk (1km)
  • Beach Bidart Plage du Centre 6min drive (2km)
  • Biarritz 12min drive (5km)


Flights

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Biarritz 9km/15min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season
Birmingham Flybe Saturday 25 May - 31 Aug
Southampton Flybe Saturday 25 May - 31 Aug
London Gatwick Easyjet Saturday 01 June - 21 Sep

Bilbao 125km/1hr 20min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted easyJet Saturday All season
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season

Bordeaux 200km/2hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Luton easyJet Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday All season
Liverpool easyJet Saturday 12 May - 1 Sep
Belfast easyJet Saturday 12 May - 1 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday 31 Mar - 27 Oct
Southampton Flybe Saturday 26 May - 25 Aug
Birmingham Flybe Saturday 31 Mar - 2 Sep

Our choice of French properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

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    4/5

    Position, view, serenity, privacy

  • Comfort

    4.5/5

    Space, style, overall furnishings

  • Facilities*

    4.5/5

    Property enhancements

  • Amenities*

    5/5

    Proximity to beaches, restaurants and shops

* For further clarification on Facilities and Amenities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

Steeped in Basque traditions as old as the hills, this destination reflects a very different take on ‘Frenchness’: one that’s also imbued with the colours of Spain just a short drive away. And if swimming, sunbathing, surfing and sandy beaches don’t appeal, you can try a thalassotherapy spa session, watch an adrenaline-fuelled game of Basque pelote or flex your cultural muscle along the narrow streets of ancient towns and pristine villages where museums, galleries and restaurants are in plentiful supply.

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