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  • Luxury contemporary villa
  • Stunning Basque countryside views
  • Beautiful and high-spec interiors
  • Games room
  • Hammam
  • Beautiful heated infinity pool

Villa Souraide sits cocooned in landscaped gardens and surrounded by rolling countryside, a peaceful retreat in the green heart of the Pays Basque. From the outside, the half-timbered house looks perfectly at home in its rural setting, but once inside, Souraide reveals its immaculate contemporary design, the result of a skilful renovation that has created one of the most impressive properties in the area. With glorious views towards the Pyrenees, plus local shops and a great village restaurant nearby, the position is equally hard to beat.

The villa extends over three levels, centred around a huge, open-plan living/dining/kitchen area. Three of the four bedrooms also occupy the ground floor, whilst the first floor is given over to a superb master suite. We love the thoughtful use of space here, which includes a playroom next to the children’s twin room, and a small upstairs office should you need to work for an hour or two, or perhaps just feel inspired to write by the beauty of the location. It’s hard to resist the pull of the villa’s beautiful, flower-filled gardens however, with a large infinity pool and plenty of seating options for sun and shade.

The entire lower ground floor is best described as a leisure suite, with everything you need to relax with friends and family. From the home cinema to the hammam, the bar and the pool table, this is a perfect den for grown-ups where you can chat, relax and take a well-deserved break from day-to-day life for a while.

The local area

The nearest local facilities are found three kilometres away in Souraide, a typically Basque village with basic shops, a couple of hotel restaurants and a nicely uncrowded little golf course. The thermal spa town of Cambo-les-Bains is a ten-minute drive; here you’ll find a good choice of restaurants, shops, tennis courts and spa facilities as well as the Villa Arnanga, the former home of Edmond Rostand, author of Cyrano de Bergerac. The coastal resorts of Biarritz and St-Jean-de-Luz are half an hour in the car.

Days out

Historic Biarritz offers an eclectic combination of sophistication, elegance and surf culture, blessed with magnificent beaches and outstanding golf and spa facilities, plus plenty of family attractions. St-Jean-de-Luz is a fishing-port-turned-holiday-town, 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. 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 Pyrenees National Park, home to countless hiking trails including the famous coast-to-coast GR10. Patience might reward you with the sight of an eagle or a pack of wild horses, and the bird life is rich and varied. Thrill-seekers can get their adrenalin shots white-water rafting, climbing, mountain biking or paragliding.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 4 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-8)

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with fireplace, TV and DVD player, access to terrace
  • Fully-equipped kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, coffee-maker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
  • Double bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite shower room with WC
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed) with flat screen TV and en-suite bathroom (no WC)
  • Twin bedroom with TV, en-suite shower room with WC
  • Playroom
  • WC

First floor

  • Master bedroom with queen-size bed with en-suite bathroom (Jacuzzi bath and shower), office area and flat screen TV
  • WC

Lower floor

  • Home cinema with large screen and sofas
  • Contemporary-style bar with stools
  • Pool table
  • Hammam/steam room with shower and WC
  • Wine cellar
  • Utility room with washing machine and dryer

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air conditioning in living room only
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Smoking/pets are not permitted in the villa
  • South and west facing terrace with covered area
  • Side garden with children's swing
  • Private infinity swimming pool 5m x 10m, Roman steps, alarm
  • Private parking spaces
  • Nearby activities include golf, cycling, horse riding, birdwatching, spa and thalassotherapy, hiking, mountain biking, leisure lake, surfing 

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.

Services

  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly change of linen, bath and pool towels for bookings of one week or more
  • Final cleaning
  • Mid-stay cleaning (for bookings of 2 weeks)

Optional service offered:

  • Chef (pre-booking essential)
  • All extra services payable locally. Prices quoted are subject to change

Getting there

  • Airports
    Biarritz 21km
    Bilbao 153km
    Bordeaux 204km
  • Ferry ports
    Santander 248km
    St Malo 736km
    Calais 1,072km

Location

  • Golf course 3min drive (2km)
  • Boulangerie/restaurant/butchers (Souraide) 5min drive (3km)
  • Aquazone water park 6min drive (4km)
  • Beach (Bidart) 25min drive (16km)
  • St-Jean-de-Luz 30min drive (20km)

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 21km/25min 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

Bilbao 153km/1hr 40min drive

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

Bordeaux 204km/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.

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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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