056 - Appartement Ossuna  Biarritz

In brief:

Duplex townhouse apartment centrally located for beach & amenities.

  • 3 bedrooms, sleeps up to 6
  • 1 bath/shower rooms
  • No pool
  • Comfort rating: Simple quality
  • Good value flat in great location
  • Nearest town: Biarritz
Well-priced, nicely furnished and in a superb central location, from Appartement Ossuna you can discover chic Biarritz without blowing the budget
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  • Prices & Availability
  • Location
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In our opinion

What makes Appartement Ossuna a great holiday rental
Appartement Ossuna is a good quality duplex flat located on the second floor of a two-storey mansion house. Its location could hardly be better; just a short stroll to the shops, restaurants and, of course, the famous Grande Plage. 

Best for:
The apartment would be ideal for two or three couples or a family with older kids who want to be close to the attractions and who prefer not to have to use a car on their holiday

Suitability for:

  • Babies & toddlers - cot & high chair available. Without outside space it is less suitable for young children
  • Teenagers - good for teenagers who will appreciate the independence of being able to walk into the town and beach
  • Reduced mobility - located on the 2nd floor of converted townhouse, no lift.

Anything to watch out for?
All the bedrooms contain double beds.

Why Biarritz?
Biarritz is the most famous resort in Aquitaine and offers brilliant surfing, shopping, golf and lots more attractions too. St Charles is a charming district of Biarritz with a 'village-y' feel and has a good selection of shops & a few places to eat. Nearby are pretty Basque country villages, dramatic Pyrenean peaks, Spain's glamorous rival to Biarritz, San Sebastien.

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For a personal insight into this property, please contact us.

Justin & Alex


Good holiday apartment in the heart of Biarritz

Appartment Ossuna is part of a mansion house which is typical of eclectic Biarritz, and reflects one its many architectural styles. Built in the early 20th century, the house has for a long time been divided into a small number (three) of self-contained flats.

Appartement Ossuna is tastefully furnished, and offers comfortable holiday accommodation.

The apartment is a family-owned property - furnished and equipped to be lived in as a family home.


The accommodation is split over two floors. The reception hallway sets the tone for the whole apartment - brightly decorated and furnished.

Leading from the reception is the main room downstairs - the large, open-plan living room with integrated kitchen. The living room is cosy and has a number of attractive features (including corner fireplace), pieces of furniture and interesting ornaments. There is a comfortable sofa, glass coffee table and flat-screen TV.

The kitchen includes a dining table to seat 4 people comfortably, 6 at a push. The kitchen comes fully equipped with all modern conveniences including washing machine, dishwasher, oven, microwave and fridge freezer.

One of the three double bedrooms is downstairs. The remaining two bedrooms (both double beds) are on the first floor, accessed by a fine wooden staircase. All feature cosy, homely furnishings and good storage. The upstairs accommodation is converted from the attic of the house, so the ceilings are sloped which cuts off a little headroom.

The bathroom (and separate wc) is upstairs. The bath includes shower attachment. This room has quite a low ceiling and tall guests may find the shower lacks headroom.

Surfboards can be left downstairs in the main reception area, but bicycles are not allowed to be brought into the building. There is free (but limited) parking on the street, should you have a car with you.

The apartment is centrally heated.

Appartement Ossuna is available - and a popular choice - throughout the year. There's plenty going on in Biarritz at any time of the year and the town hosts regular international cultural and sporting events, notably surfing. It's an ideal venue whatever time of year you come to this wonderful seaside town.

At a glance ...

3 (3 double bedrooms)

1 (Bathroom contains bath with shower attachment)

Style of property:
Apartment in traditional Biarritz townhouse

No pool

  •  Entertainment
      - TV with French channels
  •  General
      - cot
  •   - high chair
  •  Kitchen
      - dishwasher
  •   - fridge freezer
  •   - iron & ironing board
  •   - kettle
  •   - microwave
  •   - oven
  •   - toaster
  •   - washing machine

House rules:
Sorry, no pets and no smoking inside the apartment

Additional information:

If parking is difficult during your stay you can reserve a place at one of the nearby municipal car parks ('Casino' is closest); the cost is approx. 50-60 EUR per week.

Prices & Availability

Notes on prices ...

  • Price includes: Linen & towels (fresh set each week)
  • Compulsory extras: Tourist tax, c. 1.50 EUR per person aged 12+ per day, payable at the Mairie (by the tourist office)
  • Optional extras:
  • Security deposit: 250 EUR
  • Changeover day: Saturday
  • Arrival and departure: Normal arrival time is between 4pm and 5 pm. Departure is by 10am please.
  • Fortnight booking restriction: none


GPS: (43.48291368, -1.555815339)

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Local knowledge ...

Appartement Ossuna is located on the avenue d'Ossuna in the heart of Biarritz town centre, on a quiet residential street near the Mairie, and just a short stroll to the famous Grand Plage and the town's many boutiques, bars and restaurants.

Local amenities:

  • Nearest village / town: Biarritz
  • Nearest beach: Biarritz Grande Plage (300m)
  • Boulangerie: Biarritz
  • Restaurant: Biarritz
  • Market: Biarritz Les Halles (500m)

Distance to nearest major transport connections:

  • Biarritz airport 4 kms
  • Pau airport 125 kms
  • Bilbao airport 150 kms
  • Santander ferry 250 kms
  • St Malo ferry 725 kms
  • Calais ferry 1070 kms

Things to Do & See

Nearby Activities
Surfing · Kitesurfing · Windsurfing · Sailing · Water-skiing · Golf · Cycling · Horse-riding · Birdwatching · Fishing · Spa & thalassotherapy · Pelote Basque · Course Landaise ·

Day-trip Ideas

* Tour the Basque Country villages: Ascain, Ainhoa, Sare, La Bastide Clairance Cambo-les-Bains, Espelette and St-Jean-Pied-de-Port
* Visit Bayonne, the under-rated capital of the Pays Basque; sample its famous chocolates and hams and visit the splendid cathedral
* Stroll the stylish streets of St Jean de Luz and stay for a seafood lunch or supper
* Crossing the border into Spain & visit San Sebastian, Pamplona or the Guggenheim museum at Bilbao
* Explore the superb Pyrenees National Park for great walks and wildlife

Our Personal Highlights

* Watch the world go by on the Grande Plage promenade - it's like being in L.A!
* See the experts take on the surf at the Plage des Basques
* Take a stroll around the dramatic Rocher de la Vierge walkway, after dinner in one of Le Vieux Port's bistrots
* A round of golf at the attractive Chiberta or le Phare golf courses
* A spa treatment at the Atlanthal or le Miramar, or try retail therapy at Galeries Lafayette!

The Local Area: Biarritz

Around Appartement Ossuna
Being so close to the centre all of Biarritz's many amenities are on your doorstep: cafés, restaurants, boutiques & the Grande Plage are all within 250m; Les Halles - Biarritz's bustling covered market - is a 10 minute walk, you need never use a supermarket while you are here!

After the wilderness years of the 1980s, this town is back in fashion. Celebrities and sports stars are flooding back to live in the region (including tennis star Guy Forget who lives next door to Villa Chiberta!), turning their back on the Côte d'Azur. Biarritz is an eclectic place; it somehow manages to mix an affluent elderly population with a steady flow of well-dressed surfers plus a sprinkling of super-rich jetsetters on top. A compact and stylish town, Biarritz really does have something for everyone...famous beaches, museums, fine restaurants, boutiques, casino, golf courses, horse-riding and the south west's famous spa and thalassotherapy centres.

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Very Good, this was our first visit to Biarritz but I'm sure we will visit again, perhaps not at the height of summer as everywhere was very busy.


There was a choice of good beaches which were loved by all age ranges of this large family. We all had tremendous fun. The area was beautiful, with a lovely, nearby, large river.


Great destination with lots to nearby to explore. We particularly liked Bayonne, which is even closer to Ondres than Biarritz.


Lively, sophisticated town which has everything. Beach, shopping, nightlife for the teenagers, surfing and a bit of culture.


wonderful look forward to revisiting again and again




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Customer rating - 4 out of 5  Family Williams, stayed in 2012

Customer rating - 4 out of 5  Mr M Murphy, stayed in 2010

Exactly as described.

Customer rating - 4 out of 5  Mr A Stableford, stayed in 2010

Ideal location. Close to beach and all facilities.

Customer rating - 5 out of 5  Mrs C A Murphy, stayed in 2008

We were delighted with property and the owners were very nice.