What makes Les Chats Perchés a great holiday rental
Les Chats Perchés are just so different - great fun, nicely finished, sensibly-priced, free-range chickens providing your eggs each morning, and all in a fantastic location 500m from the ocean. Labenne-Océan has lots of amenities, walks & cycle paths, plus a lovely beach with views of the Pyrenees. Hossegor, Capbreton & Biarritz are all within a short drive. A lovely way to enjoy a typical Aquitaine destination.
Anyone looking for good-value, well-equipped accommodation close to the beach, cycle paths & local amenities. Perfect for a couple plus 1 or 2 children, or two couples.
Anything to be aware of?
The chalets are quite small inside - 35m2 - though with the doors open on to the terrace (38m2) it feels more spacious. The owner's property is in the grounds, and is available if needed but will otherwise leave you in privacy. The chalets are approx. 5-6m apart, separated by a terrace and fence - you won't cross paths too much but equally it's a nice place for two families to holiday together.
Labenne-Ocean is a small seaside town in the pine forest a few kilometres south of Capbreton & Hossegor. It has a lovely sandy beach with a couple of cafés at the top of the dune, forest walks and cycle paths, lots of local activities (surfing, canoeing, horse-riding, tennis etc), and is well-located for days out to Biarritz, San Sebastian, Pyrenees, etc.
Attractive & well-equipped pine cabins
The Les Chats Perchés are true originals - two detached chalets built on a 5m platform on stilts, surrounded by pine trees, sharing the plot with the owner's house but independently accessed. The chalets are approx. 5-6m apart, separated by a terrace and fence. Pine trees and tall bamboo provide some screening from the owner's property which is approx 10-15m away. In terms of layout one is a mirror image of the other.
The chalets are reached via a secure gate and track; each has parking for 1 or 2 cars underneath. They are in an attractive setting of tall bamboo and pine trees, next to a good-sized area of garden (shared with the owner). Each chalet has its own staircase leading up to its own terrace.
(There is also an outdoor shower for rinsing off after the beach.)
There is a 38m2 terrace, with lovely views of the garden, bamboo and forest all around - green, natural and relaxing. There is a covered veranda just outside the chalet with low-level wooden seating for four, plus low level table. The terrace extends around either side of the chalet, uncovered, and makes lovely sunbathing spots.
Interior - living area
Double patio doors open into the main living area comprising a sitting area, and dining table. The kitchen area is a good size, atractive fittings and and includes a small fridge/freezer, dishwasher, four-ring hob, combi microwave-grill-oven, coffee machine.
In the sitting area a corner sofa seats 3 comfortably around a smart coffee table, a cushioned stool seats one more. There is also a wall-mounted flat-screen TV with some international channels.
The central dining table is a good size, a nice piece of wooden furniture, with seating for four.
The décor is modern, fresh, with a print and a hanging which reveal the French owner's passion for old English sports cars! The equipment and fittings used are contemporary and very good quality throughout.
Interior - bedrooms & bathroom
Sliding doors from the living room lead to the rear half of the chalet which houses the central bathroom (with shower, basin, and also housing the washing machine), and two double bedrooms, one on either side of the bathroom.
The bedrooms are fairly small - approx. 10m2 - and contain a good quality four poster queen-sized bed (140cm x 190cm), reading lights, shelves and wall-mounted clothes hanging.
The garden is a good-size; the pines, palm trees and tall bamboo make it feel lush & tropical. A few chickens roam free-range - the owner is happy for guests to help themselves to eggs! There is a badminton court plus boules playing area.
Overall we think les Chats Perchés offer a very original, charming take on Aquitaine holiday accommodation.
NB Some may be curious about the name Les Chats Perchés. Often a play on words in French involves switching syllables around - swapping "Les Chats" gives... Chalets! Perché means perched (up high), so there you have it - Les Chats Perchés.
2 double bedrooms
Bathroom with shower & WC
Badminton court and boules 'pitch' also available.
TV has some international channels as well.
No smoking, no pets allowed
The chalets are located in a lush area of garden, independent from the owner's house, in a residential part of Labenne-Ocean just 500m from the ocean. It's an attractive, natural setting.
Local amenities, including a handful of local restaurants, tabac, and surf shop, are just 200m away; it's a short walk or bike ride to the vast golden sands of Labenne's lovely beach; it is 10 kms by forest cycle trail up to Capbreton, notable especially for a fascinating port, fish market and lots of seafood restaurants.
Nearest village / town: Labenne-Ocean
Nearest beach: Labenne-Ocean (500m)
Service: Straightforward and no hassle.
Product: Fantastic location, really nice accommodation and so laid back.
Service Comment: That's great, thank you. We really love these cabins at Labenne Ocean - totally unique! Justin
Service: Old style service in a modern online world, personal knowledge of the accommodation and the area along with little extras such maps and information for the area visited
Product: Les Chats Perches is a unique accommodation and was just perfect, Phillippe the owner is a wonderful host and a charming gentleman, The location was a short walk to some perfect Atlantic beaches.
Service Comment: Delighted to read your feedback. The 'cabins on stilts' at Labenne are proving very popular and yes, Philippe, is a charming host who loves receiving British clients! Thank you for writing. Justin
Service: Good communication at all times.
Product: The property was delightful, it made for a fabulously relaxing holiday. Philippe was lovely, giving us eggs from his hens and pickings from his veg garden, nothing was too much trouble for him. The chalet was well-equipped, clean and just right for us (2 adults, 2 small children).
Service Comment: another happy guest at Les Chats Perches in Labenne! Thanks very much for writing, we really appreciate it. Justin
Service: Trouble free from start to finish, professional and honest service.
Product: The chalet was perfect, it had everything we needed. We had a brilliant time and hope to return next year. We would recommend the property to anyone.
Service: Very slick operation.
Product: The host Philippe Delhoume was amazingly kind and helpful. Beautiful log cabins set in a lovely garden BUT only suitable for 2 people ( + maybe a child) as there is so little storage space.
Service: Very efficient and well thought out lettings with good and accurate description of property
Product: The property was excellent - as we were the first guests, everything was in perfect condition. The bedrooms are tight, however the beds are comfortable. The deck/balcony had lots of space for outdoor living and the hens in the garden were fascinating. The host, Philippe was by far the nicest person we have met on any holiday. He gave all of us a spin in his 1930 three-wheeler Morgan, fresh eggs from the hens and recommended a fabulous restraunt five minutes away that we would not have found otherwise. Highly recommended!
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