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What makes Domaine d'Orx a great holiday rental
It offers good quality accommodation in a 'modern, rustic farmhouse' style. The setting combines the best of countryside and seaside holidays - situated in tranquil surroundings in the southern Landes, yet just 15 minutes from the lively resorts of Hossegor and Capbreton.
Features include a large garden, heated swimming pool, covered terrace and table-tennis. Plus there's the option to use the services of a cook, house-keeper and baby-sitter - ideal for the parents!
And, having stayed here a few times ourselves, we can be sure you'll enjoy a good night's sleep - so tranquil!
For a special occasion or just to make your holiday even more relaxing, why not book one of our bespoke catering packages as part of your stay at this villa.
This is a perfect place for two families or a group of friends to enjoy both the coast and the countryside of Aquitaine. It's also a great venue for celebrations because Vincent is on-hand to cook fantastic meals - he & Julia are experienced in catering for events.
Anything to watch out for?
The domaine is divided into two separate living quarters (entirely separate entrances and accommodation). The owners (a young family of 5) live in the adjoining space: they may be absent on holiday themselves from time to time or they can be on-hand to help you relax on holiday. They provide excellent meals as well as house-keeping and baby-sitting services - they come highly recommended by previous clients so our advice is to make the most of them!
Why Capbreton & Hossegor?
Capbreton is the more authentic, a former whaling village which still relies on the sea for it's prosperity. There's a working fishing port, marina, museum of the sea, fish market and plenty of seafood restaurants. Hossegor is more famous: an established surfing destination with a very 'cool' vibe. It also offers great beaches, good shopping, a lovely lagoon and plenty of activities (surf, golf, tennis, cycling, sailing & more).
A well-equipped house with heated pool, home cinema and a great chef available!
Domaine d'Orx was created from a former farm outbuilding and converted to provide stylish holiday farmhouse-style accommodation, whilst retaining many original features and its rural feel. It has been renovated in a 'clean, unfussy' style, ideal for holiday rentals.
The holiday cottage accommodation adjoins the owners' (family of five) accommodation. The pool and most of the grounds, apart from the area outside the cottage entrance, are for guests' exclusive use.
The entrance (at the rear of the house) is via a covered veranda sheltered by vine leaves which provides an escape from the midday sun and an idyllic spot for a bit of reading. It leads into an impressively spacious, stone-tiled hallway.
To one side is the dining area (seating for 10-12), separated from the hall by some of the property's original wooden beams; to the other side on a lightly raised level is the living area with paintings, two sofas and home cinema (48" flatscreen TV, DVD, Blue Ray, iPod dock). The décor is a blend of rustic simplicity and contemporary style.
Also on the ground floor is a fully equipped modern kitchen, with stainless steel range and all essential appliances (dishwasher, washing machine, etc).
One double bedroom is on the ground floor, with a large window overlooking the garden and fields beyond. This room has a private bathroom with bath, shower and WC.
A central wooden staircase leads from the hallway to the upper level, where there are a further four bedrooms (three doubles and a twin room), all with with modern en-suite shower rooms). Every room has original beams, wooden floors and is decorated differently, making excellent use of the different layout and natural light.
In one of the double bedrooms there is an additional double mattress available - suitable for kids who don't want to share the double bed.
From the veranda a small path leads to the heated swimming pool on a raised level at the rear of the house. The salt water pool measures 10m x 5m with a depth ranging from 1.25m - 1.75m, and has Roman steps. There is a common misconception that saltwater pools are full of salty sea water - as is sometimes the case in countries like India and Mexico, when close to the coast. In fact, the swimming pool is filtered by sand instead of felt and treated with salt instead of chlorine. The salt actually transforms to chlorine but is natural and therefore much better for thé skin, throat and eyes. This is the way pool installation is going in France and it is, of course, more efficient and eco-friendly. The owner might occassionally use the pool, but only with your consent.
There is a handy outdoor WC and changing room by the pool. The garden is about one acre, mostly lawned and fenced all around, mostly hidden by shrubs and hedge.
Leading from the living area is a patio area which captures the morning sun.
There is plenty of room for football, badminton, etc and a BBQ is provided for alfresco meals. The views beyond the garden overlook the fields all around. It really is incredibly peaceful; at night the stars shine very brightly here too!
Table tennis and in-ground trampoline for kids.
4 doubles (2 with 160cm x 200cm beds, 2 x 140cm x 200cm beds, 1 has extra double mattress) & 1 room with two single beds (90cm x 200cm)
all bedrooms en-suite: 4x shower rooms upstairs and 1x ground floor bathroom with bath & shower. Very handy additional WC by the pool
Yes, heated pool 10 x 5m. Depth 1.25 - 1.75m with Roman steps. Protected by fence. Saltwater filtration. The owner might occasionally use the pool - but only with your consent.
No smoking in the house. Pets considered
Countryside, rural location yet close to the coast. There are just a handful of other dwellings in sight and the village centre of Orx (very good auberge restaurant) is 2 kms. It's little more than 10 kms drive inland from the seaside resorts of Capbreton and Hossegor and 20-30 minutes north of Biarritz and Bayonne. It is a place to enjoy both the beautiful sandy beaches and yet have a pecaeful countryside base to retreat to. Good road, rail and air connections locally.
Nearest village / town: Hossegor (10kms)
Nearest beach: Hossegor and Capbreton, both 15 kms
Boulangerie: 4 kms (Bénesse-Maremne; deliveries possible)
Restaurant: Orx village (2 km) - 13 EUR fixed menu lunches for 13 EUR per head
Market: Capbreton (Sat mornings) and Hossegor (Sun mornings) and St Vincent de Tyrossse (Fri mornings), both within 15km.
A typically small French country village whose main features are a restaurant, bar, post-office, fronton (for playing the basque game of pelota) and a church - a genuine example of south west France country life!
The Auberge du Fronton in Orx village is a great place for lunches and dinners. They do a fabulous 13 EUR fixed menu of 3 courses and two glasses of wine at lunchtimes. In the evenings it's à la carte.
Benesse Maremme - 4 km away - is a little larger and is the location of the nearest boulangerie (deliveries to the house can be arranged), tobacconist/newsagent, and pharmacy. The nearby Marais d'Orx is a tranquil nature reserve and popular haven for bird-watchers.
Capbreton and Hossegor
The local region of Sud Landes is typical Aquitaine - endless stretches of sandy beaches buffeted by the Atlantic ocean, vast pine forests punctuated by the occasional lake and criss-crossed by a network of cycle trails.
Capbreton and Hossegor are neighbouring seaside towns which between them offer an appealing contrast. Hossegor is the more famous, largely through its surfing heritage. It's a 'feelgood' place offering boutique shopping, great bars and restaurants, world-famous surfing beaches, casino, and a lovely golf course and a beautiful lake for safe bathing.
Capbreton lives in the shadow of Hossegor but it's the place the locals prefer for eating out and for beaches. It's definitely the more authentic of the two, largely because of its fishing port and daily fish market. In fact, the town thrived in the 19th century as a whaling port and this sea-faring heritage is still very much apparent today.
It also has a charming town centre and market. Capbreton is just more French than Hossegor, if you see what we mean. It remains, admirably, something of a French (and Spanish) secret. Capbreton sea-front is a bustling place, day and evening. You can walk all the way along the marina and sea-front. The jetty, known locally as l'estacade, offers excellent coastal views. There are normally a few locals here trying to catch a fish for supper. It makes for great viewing!
Like most of the south west coast, Capbreton-Hossegor is something of an outdoor playground. Take your pick from surfing, canoeing, sailing, diving, fishing, cycling, tennis, horse-riding and golf to name a few. Golfers will enjoy the local course, the 1930s-built Golf d’Hossegor. The traditional club house is also a delight. A short drive up the road is Seignosse, a water and forest monster of a course ranked in Continental Europe’s Top 50. There are other great courses within 45minutes drive including Moliets and several around Biarritz.
Capbreton regularly holds major surfing competitions; the whole Aquitaine coast is a perfect venue for surfers but at Capbreton the presence of an offshore hollow in the sea-bed gives the waves here that extra edge. If you don't fancy a go yourself, just sit on the sea-front with a drink of your choice and watch the surfers ride to shore.
Cyclists can enjoy the many safe forest tracks that connect between the towns along the coast. Sailing enthusiasts should head for the Capbreton Marina. Being so close to the Pays Basque border, sporting life also includes the legendary game of pelote; you can watch a game at the fronton in Hossegor.
Particularly enjoyable is to take bikes (and picnic) along the minor roads which hug both the southern and northern banks of the Adour. It’s a scene straight out of Wind In The Willows!
A short drive south are the sophisticated resorts of Biarritz and St Jean de Luz, the south Atlantic’s competition to the Côte d’Azur. Both provide excellent beaches, cuisine and up-market shopping as well as a good introduction to the Spanish-influenced Pays Basque. If you have time, drop into the regional capital, Bayonne. Famed for its ham and its chocolates, Bayonne was under English rule for 300 years. It is much under-rated and worth a trip to see its cathedral, museums, ramparts and walk its ancient streets.
Heading inland, the delightful rolling green hills and picture-perfect villages of the Pays Basque are a must. La Bastide-Clairence, Ainhoa, Sare, Espelette and Ascain all perfectly demonstrate Basque village life. A visit to Cambo-les-Bains is recommended not least to visit the magnificent Villa Arnaga, home of the late Edmund Rostand, author of Cyrano de Bergerac. At Sorde l'Abbaye, at the border of Pays Basque and Les Landes, there is a 12th century Benedictine abbey worthy of a visit.View More Hossegor Rentals
Service: Compliqué de payer en £ pour quelqu'un qui vit avec un compte en € ! De plus dommage que vous n'acceptiez pas american express. Heureusement les gens de l'agence sont patients et compréhensifs
Product: Une très belle maison, sur les 5 chambres, il n'y en a que 4 que l'on peut occuper. En effet, la 5e chambre comprend une fenetre de toit énorme et il y regne une lumière trop importante dés le lever du soleil. De plus il n'est pas indiqué que les propriétaires habitent dans le même corps de maison, même si ils savent rester très discrets et que leur compagnie est agréable. Afin d'être honnête, il faudrait que l'information soit inscrite clairement dans l'annonce. Et pour que la maison soit au TOP, il faudrait de l'électroménager d'une gamme supérieur, en rapport avec la qualité du reste de la maison
Product Comment: Merci pour vos commentaires et nous sommes heureux que vous ayez apprécié la maison. Le fait que les propriétaires vivent à côté est très clairement mis en évidence sur la description.
Thank you for your comments and we are pleased that you enjoyed the house. The fact that the owners live next door is very clearly highlighted on the description.
Service: Efficient, friendly & helpful. Really looking forward to the holiday.
Service: Staff very helpful, efficient at sending relevant documents and letting me know when received & processed. They provided relevant information relating to my booking which was most helpful; we are all looking forward to our holiday.
Service: Easy, reliable
Product: Not my first stay. Always guaranteed a really good night's sleep. Thank you Julia and Vincent for your hospitality - and great cooking!
Service Comment: Agreed! Justin
Service: Good communication, answered any questions promptly
Product: Lovely property, great for the grandchildren. Nice and safe
Service Comment: Thanks for writing! Great to hear that the house suited your family - we agree that it works really well for groups with young children. Hossegor is a popular destination with the French too and as you say, it does get busy during the school holidays. There is a huge stretch of sandy beach to explore, and on busy days it pays to find a quiet spot, such as north of Seignosse. Bethan
Service: First class in all our dealings with them.
Product: Wonderful reception and tremendous help and support throughout our stay. Well above the call of duty.The house was perfect for our needs. The meals cooked for us by Vincent were superb. What a gem x
Service Comment: That's lovely to hear, thank you. I was fortunate enough to have 3 nights there myself last week (whilst touring Hossegor, Biarritz, Basque Country). Vincent excelled himnself once again with his cooking :) Justin
Service: Good initial advice when deciding on what Villa best suited to our family circumstances. Follow up administration efficient and any queries answered immediately
Product: Very comfortable villa with a great garden for children and a good and quiet location.
Service Comment: Really pleased you enjoyed your villa - it's perfect for young families. Thanks for replying to the survey. Justin
Service: Thank you very much for an excellent service!
Product: Many thanks to Julia and Vincent for making our stay a very enjoyable one!
Service Comment: Thank you - I've passed your comment straight on, Julia & Vincent will be so pleased! Alex
Service: clear and direct communication. good!
Product: Excellent place to spend your holidays if you are looking for a quiet place not to far from sea and services
Service: rental process well organized
very nice flats
Product: beautiful flat, nice house owners, warm welcome, well equipped
Service: Prompt replies to any questions.
Product: Excellent accommodation, pool and outside area
Service: Helpful and prompt advice ahead of holiday
Product: Very spacious, friendly owners (note they live on site), good pool for toddlers but cleaning of the saline pool can take several hours.
Service Comment: The owner wanted to clarify the point re the pool as your stay coincided with a spell of 'dust' rain from N.Africa and everyone's pools were turning green. So, it did take longer than usual to clean the pool but the circumstances were unusual. From our experience, salt-water pools are definitely the way things are going - better for your skin and the environment. Justin
Service: They are really helpful, and proactive if anything needs dealing with
Product: Everything was as described and owners very helpful and friendly
Character French house with heated pool
Idyllic, character farmhouse with heated pool