Sadly now back in the UK after a glorious few days basking in Aquitaine’s hot sunshine. Highlights of my latest visit included setting a P.B. of FIVE gateaux Basques (avec confiture, bien sur) consumed on this trip, an excellent gambas lunch with Ed Gruson at Bar Jean in Biarritz, and falling into a water hazard at midnight on my
'Contemporary' is an over-used adjective for describing a modern holiday villa. But, in the case of newly acquired Villa des Chevreuils, near the surfing beaches of Hossegor, the adjective is certainly justified. The curved architecture and striking interior make this villa one of the most photogenic in our portfolio. It's in good
Caught the 6am 'milk' train to London yesterday to spend a very enjoyable day reading and shortlisting articles about French holidays, in preparation for the ATOUT France 'article of the year' awards at Sketch Gallery on May 14. Over 100 articles to get through and several caffeine boosts needed! The other jurors on the panel were Jenny
Chateau d'Arlens is an elegant Gascon chateau and country estate with an easy-going atmosphere, designed for guests who want to relax in style & privacy, and is available for private rental for the first time. It's a wonderfully convivial place, ideal for those wanting space and privacy at the same time. It is ideal for inviting
Popular family holiday venue Allée des Dunes near Biarritz has a new operator for summer 13, bookings open again v soon! Modern, well-equipped chalets & apartments in attractive setting amongst pine trees, pool & tennis courts, beach 1.5 kms, Biarritz just 10 kms. Chalets from £380 pw for a family of 4 in June.
Sun-tan cream? Any other ideas? Anyway, excellent news for us in the shape of new direct flights from Moscow and Copenhagen to Biarritz. The Russians' love of Biarritz can be traced back to the mid 19th century when the Empress Eugenie had a habit of inviting Russian nobility to her Palace for tea & cakes (possibly)....
The Sunday Times (3/3/13) selects its 6 favourite secret beaches in Europe. There's only 1 mention for France and, yes, you guessed it, it's in Aquitaine. The favoured place is Guethary, a little Basque Country gem nestled discretely between St Jean de Luz and Biarritz, it's three beaches "peppered with families and surfers". We've long
Writing in the Sunday Times, resident expert Anthony Peregrine selects an Alternative Aquitaine holiday rental (with a difference) in his Top 25 Holidays in France 2013. Visit ocean yachting along the Basque Country coast for more information on holidays aboard Rallentando.
"More villas with heated pools please!" It's not just Starbucks who 'listen' to their customers (sorry, I'm finding it hard to believe their story). But, lots of our clients this year asked for a heated pool, especially for the early summer rentals. So, very pleased to report we've bagged a few new ones for 2013 including (pictured)
Here's our 3 best tips on how to save money on your French villa rental - it's so easy! 1) Take your holiday in late August and you could save a ridiculous 2000 euros/week on the price of a villa with pool at one of our villa resorts in Aquitaine. How is this possible?! Well, our French partners price the summer weeks to match the
That's one of the headline figures from our recently published Customer Satisfaction Survey 2012. And talking of satisfaction, this is just the sort of feedback that makes us, the travel company, very satisfied too! Of course, it's great to receive such positive feedback about our service but also a joy to read so many glowing
I must admit, I'm partial to a game of scrabble on holiday too - especially as I normally beat my grammar-school-educated wife (her superior education is let down by a lack of tactical scrabble-nous)! However, since when did the availability of a scrabble board become an important holiday rental search criterion? Well, this season was
Excellent news just received from one of our most popular holiday venues in France - Chateau de Salles has been awarded a 4 star rating from the French Tourist Board. This being France, the process is rather rigorous: the 48 hour inspection included 175 measurement criteria in all! The inspectors commented in particular on the
5pm in Biarritz and it's still 29 degrees. You don't get that in Cornwall!
Can't believe I'm leaving just as the surf comp kicks off at Hossegor, but it has been a fab trip. Started in Lacanau Ocean, via Chateau de Salles to Moliets, Biarritz and Hossegor. Lots of great houses viewed and good times spent with our partners. Time to leave the Gateaux Basques and vin rouge behind, sadly.
Dune restaurant is "absolutely TOP CLASS. The quality and presentation of the food and the friendly professional service was second to none" - thanks to Jon Cross & family for this tip for clients holidaying at Moliets Plage. All dishes are home-made to the highest standard by English chef Daniel Derrington. Daniel has won an AA
We're not sure if Parker, Thunderbird Lady Penelope's laconic chauffeur, was ever allowed time off, but if he was surely he would to visit Milady beach, Biarritz. And, we suspect Lady P would quite fancy a bit of contemporary luxury, sunbathing on the terrace at Villa Milady, cool drinks being served by Parker.
If you're looking for sun in France this summer you will be hard pushed to find better deals than these villas with private pools. And, for once, there are good offers available in August and July - save up to 15% in August and between 25% to 55% in July. Be quick! Offers end 3/7/12. The beaches are a short cycle ride away, accessed
This weekend's forecast for the Aquitaine coast is sun, clear skies and a lovely 23 degrees. Great news for those who have already booked, and while it's not easy to drop everything and head south at such short notice, it does highlight how Aquitaine's climate is much better than ours! In summer average daily maximum's are at least 5
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