Alternative Aquitaine Blog

In the heart of the vineyards

Le Relais

One of the joys of being in the French countryside is being able to sample the local wines – and it doesn’t get more local than this!

Our picks for outdoor cooking and dining

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Our pick of some lovely outdoor dining and cooking spaces...

Amour in Aquitaine

Sarah and Gavin

"The villa is stunning, it has everything we asked for and, as a bonus, it has plenty of space to hold a wedding, as well as only being 4km from the beach...."

Holiday bliss at Villa Lartigue

Holiday bliss at Villa Lartigue image

 A little bit of escapism: some of our favourite things to do during a stay at Villa Lartigue...

Sand between your toes...

Le Gardian Beach House

Holiday heaven! Strolling barefoot down your own private path to the beach...

A (Bath) Room With a View

A (Bath) Room With a View image

We’ve become mildly obsessed with bathrooms recently...

A rental property with a story to tell...

Villa les Goelands

Until relatively recently, Cap Ferret was practically an island.  The separation from the mainland helped preserve Cap Ferret’s unique character...

Will she make it? Claire attempts the London Marathon this April…

Will she make it? Claire attempts the London Marathon this April… image

Last year our colleague Claire ran her first marathon in Edinburgh – and got the bug...

A pool long enough to swim lengths in...

Villa de la Becasse pool

Villa de la Becasse is a great addition to our portfolio in a tranquil forest setting... 

Top 5 Toddler-Friendly Beaches in South West France

Plage du Parc Hossegor

Warm, safe & shallow waters? Golden sands? Plenty of shade? Ice cream salon nearby? In his helpful article, Justin chooses his top 5 beaches in south west France that are perfect for young families...

All things surf! Renovated house now available for Summer 2016…

Villa des Chais

We are excited to have added this house to our collection!  Belonging to legendary surfer and surfboard shaper Kevin Olsen, Villa des Chais is now available for rental in Summer 2016...

A week at Domaine d'Orx auctioned for charity

charity logo

Jules, one of our lovely property owners and colleagues, recently offered a week’s stay at her villa for a charity auction...

What do you think of our new look?

new website homepage

It’s an exciting time for us here at Alternative Aquitaine, and not just because it’s the festive season! After months of hard work with our web designers, we are delighted to tell you that our new website is now LIVE...

San Sebastian - European Capital of Culture 2016

San Sebastian

Yes, yes, I know San Sebastian isn't in Aquitaine! BUT we do suggest to everyone staying in our south west corner of France to do a day-trip to this beautiful sea-side city...

Alex Meets Gunnersaurus - and Wins a Kindle!

Alex award

Here's AA's Alex collecting a prize at last week's Travel Directors' Summit and must be a contender for one of those caption competitions you see on Have I Got News For You!

Destination Aquitaine - 100% Review Rating!

Destination Aquitaine - 100% Review Rating! image

AA is delighted to announce that the destination 'Aquitaine' has achieved a customer feedback Feefo rating of 100%...

Aquitaine - Europe's California

Aquitaine - Europe's California

There are a few pretenders to the title "Europe's California" but to our eyes only one destination really merits the name - AQUITAINE, south west France. Long sandy surfing beaches, stylish beach houses, a relaxed atmosphere, nice mix of French & international residents, and people who are into the outdoors, the ocean and healthy

Bastille Week in Biarritz

Biarritz summer festival

Each summer Biarritz hosts a series of free open-air concerts featuring musicians from all over the world. Next week there's a Mexican Trumpet Orchestra, a Cuban jazz band and it's Bastille Day - expect a party atmosphere and fabulous fireworks. For a last minute booking Contact Us!  

Alternative Aquitaine Survey - Chance to Win a Go-Pro!

Alternative Aquitaine survey

Please help guide our future plans for the chance to win a Go Pro! We would appreciate your help in determining some of the destinations and services we should offer in future, by answering our short survey. The lucky winner will be notified on June 30th, for the chance to win please Enter Now >>

Enjoy a Luxury Treatment in Your Holiday Home this Summer!

Enjoy a Luxury Treatment in Your Holiday Home this Summer!

Good news for our Basque Country villa renters this summer - we've teamed up with beauty treatment specialist Kirstie Garrett. Kirstie pampered 'A list' celebrities for 10 years in London before moving to Biarritz, 8 years ago. Try Kirstie's 2.5 hour TOTAL HOLIDAY WIND-DOWN PACKAGE leaving your skin cleansed, exfoliated, deeply

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