What makes la Chartreuse a great holiday rental
After a break of a few years we are delighted to announce the return of one of our favourites, La Chartreuse...
A thoroughly charming French country house - just what you'd imagine a maison de maitre to be, with flagstone floors, panelled doors, parquet in the formal rooms, spiral staircase, original features such as the salon fireplace, thick stone walls and pale blue shutters - this is a classic French countryside summer holiday retreat.
Situated on the edge of a quiet village, it's only a short drive to the coastal resorts of Hossegor and Biarritz for surfing, golf, beach-life and shops.
5 stars ***** We had a wonderful stay at La Chartreuse! We would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a high end, relaxing holiday. Before we arrived the kind owners Kate and Ben got in touch to make sure everything was ready and well settled for our stay, which is much appreciated. The property is absolutely stunning and charming, decorated with taste and care, equipped with everything we could possibly need. The kitchen is big enough and practical to cook for a large group, and with all the needed supplies. Gorgeous tableware and ceramics !
The bedrooms are spacious, and we all slept like babies thanks to the high standard beds & bed sheets. The bathrooms are super clean and nicely renovated, including large super soft towels.
The pool area is very well equipped with all kind of long chairs, table, and there is a lovely pergola for those who want to chill in the shadow. The swimming pool itself is great, and well kept. We spent a lot of time on the terrace, perfect place to have an apéro or enjoy BBQ's! The cherry on the cake is the fabulous vegetable garden, from which we could take everything we would possibly need, all delicious kind of veggies and herbs for an inspiring and healthy cooking ! Thanks to the 5 hens, we also had fresh eggs everyday. The area is peaceful and quiet without being far from great cities or seaside. At a walking distance from La Chartreuse, you can find a grocery and bakery which is very nice to get some fresh croissants and baguette for breakfast :-)
We felt warmly welcomed by our hosts, Thank you for such lovely week!
Sarah de Saint Hubert (July 2021)
Highly recommend and will undoubtedly use again. (2019 client)
We loved La Chartreuse. A great comfortable but robust house which coped well with our large group. Lots of extras including home grown vegetables and herbs along with a superbly equipped kitchen. The bedrooms are large and comfortable and the attic space is ideal for children. The owners couldn’t be more helpful. We would certainly revisit. (2019 client)
We spent a wonderful two weeks with two other families at La Chartreuse. The house is close enough to the beaches but also away from the hustle and bustle. Mornings were spent surfing and afternoons laying around the fabulous pool with each family taking it in turns to cook in the evenings. There is a very well stocked mini market a walk away selling fresh croissants and cooked whole chickens at lunch time. A jumbo market can be found a short drive away. The rooms are all large and spacious with an open plan attic for the children to escape to that has a tv and table football. Nearby there are canoes to hire, horse riding as well as trips to San Sebastián, Biarritz and Hossegor. My teenage children especially enjoy the market twice a week in Hossegor as well as Soorts Hossegor that has warehouses full of last season surf boards and clothing along with some great bohemian restaurants. The lake in Hossegor is perfect for paddle boarding with some great oysters bars on the north side. Other activities include cycling and golf. I can't recommend this house and location enough! (2018 client)
Great for larger groups such as three-generation families. Spacious accommodation & gardens and a games room too. The house has often been chosen by groups of friends or family for anniversary and birthday celebrations - a private holiday chef is available to make your stay as memorable as possible be it full/part catered or for a special event:
Short golf breaks can be arranged (minimum 3 night bookings) outside the high season).
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Why this area?
The villas enjoys a peaceful and private countryside setting just a short drive to the bustling coastline and its famous resorts such as Hossegor and Biarritz. As well as beach and surf days, there's cycling and golf to enjoy at the coast, stunning walks in the Pyrenees and cultural days in Bayonne and San Sebastian. This is a truly distinctive corner of France between ocean & mountains, with an enviable lifestyle. Come and try it.
Classic maison de maitre with floodlit pool, tasteful interiors and plenty of French charm. And less than 20kms to the famous beaches of Hossegor...
Long flagstone entrance hall with a summer room and formal dining room leading off to one side and the kitchen and sitting room off to the other side.
The spiral wooden staircase is a feature in itself, with a small stone washbasin tucked away underneath the stairs.
The kitchen is well-equipped and there is a further large utility area opposite with extra fridge and freezer space, plus a washing machine and dryer. Kitchen equipment includes kettle, toaster, coffee maker, Kitchen Aid blender for smoothies or making baby food. Plenty of crockery, ovenware, cooking utensils & glasses, and thoughtful touches such as plastic cups for children and for using by the pool.
The ground floor has a handy WC too.
On the first floor there are five bedrooms all spacious and featuring wooden floorboards, garden views and character features such as shuttered windows and high ceilings.
All of the bedrooms on this floor have Hypnos mattresses;
There are two separate bathrooms on the first floor too:
Second (Attic) Floor:
The second floor is a huge draw for all ages. This TV-come-games-room comprises wifi, satellite TV, Netflix DVD player and DVD library, PS4/Xbox, table football and comfy sofas.
Mind your head on the low beams (see photo)!
The garden is private and large with a natural boundary formed by hedgerow.
The heated swimming pool is 12x5m and is currently protected by alarm (to be replaced for 2021 by a rigid electric cover). The pool is fabulous on warm evenings as there are floodlights.
There is a patio terrace between the house and pool, complete with teak outdoor dining furniture.
There are outdoor games to enjoy - boules and table tennis.
Amd if you enjoy alfresco cooking, there is a built-in BBQ and Big Green Egg for outdoor meals by the poolside.
1st Floor: 5 x super-king doubles one can be split into singles
2x en-suites and 2x shared bathrooms on the first floor. 4x WCs in total including one on ground floor
Heated 12x5m and floodlit. Roman steps into shallow end. Deep end is approx 150cm. Protected by rigid pool cover (new for 2021)
For the menus, the price per head covers the shop, cook, time and travel plus all the clearing up. For the buffet, the price includes the prep and cooking, and the dishes would be left plated for clients. Menus for children can also be created.
Equipment at the villa includes: PS4/Xbox; table football; board games; Big Green Egg bbq
Pets considered but no smoking please. NB The two outbuildings are out-of-bounds
La Chartreuse enjoys a peaceful countryside location, situated in a quiet hamlet of a dozen or so dwellings, close to the village of St Jean de Marsacq. The immediate area is fairly rural yet it's only a short drive to bustling seaside resorts. The area is also well-connected for the motorway and airport at Biarritz.
Nearest village / town: St Jean de Marsacq (0.5 km)
Nearest beach: Hossegor 17 kms
Boulangerie: Basic boulangerie at the mini-market in the village & lots more choice at St Vincent de Tyrosse 7 kms
Restaurant: St Jean de Marsacq (0.5km)
Market: St Vincent de Tyrosse (Fri morning)
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