< La Chartreuse

La Chartreuse

classic maison de maitre close to the Atlantic coast
Ref: 032 St Jean de Marsacq (0.5 km)
  • 7 bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • 5 Bath/Shower Rooms
  • private pool
  • Comfort Rating Good quality
  • Classic French rental

We Say

Quintessential France - an elegant maison de maitre, spacious & full of character. Excellent pool and a games room too!

Pricing & availability

La Chartreuse
7 bedrooms, sleeps 14

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Notes on prices

  • Price includes: 1. Bed linen & household towels plus pool towels. 2. Mid-stay linen change and light clean for fortnight bookings 3. Welcome basket 4. Pool cleaning 5. Gardener 6. Final clean. For bookings before 25 May and after 28 September heating is included.
  • Compulsory extras:
  • Optional extras: In-villa chef, additional housekeeping, pre-arrival shopping and babysitting can be arranged on request, all payable locally. Yoga sessions at the house, beauty treatments and massage can all be organised with the owner. Short golf breaks can also be arranged (minimum 3 nights).
  • Security deposit: GBP 750
  • Changeover day: Saturday to Saturday bookings only June-August.
  • Arrival and departure: Arrival from 4pm, departure by 10am
  • Fortnight booking restriction: No

What makes la Chartreuse a great holiday rental

After a break of a few years we are delighted to announce the return of one of our favourites, La Chartreuse...

A thoroughly charming French country house - just what you'd imagine a maison de maitre to be, with flagstone floors, panelled doors, parquet in the formal rooms, spiral staircase, original features such as the salon fireplace, thick stone walls and pale blue shutters - this is a classic French countryside summer holiday retreat.

Situated on the edge of a quiet village, it's only a short drive to the coastal resorts of Hossegor and Biarritz for surfing, golf, beach-life and shops.

Guest reviews:

Highly recommend and will undoubtedly use again. (2019 client)

We loved La Chartreuse. A great comfortable but robust house which coped well with our large group. Lots of extras including home grown vegetables and herbs along with a superbly equipped kitchen. The bedrooms are large and comfortable and the attic space is ideal for children. The owners couldn’t be more helpful. We would certainly revisit. (2019 client)

We spent a wonderful two weeks with two other families at La Chartreuse. The house is close enough to the beaches but also away from the hustle and bustle. Mornings were spent surfing and afternoons laying around the fabulous pool with each family taking it in turns to cook in the evenings. There is a very well stocked mini market a walk away selling fresh croissants and cooked whole chickens at lunch time. A jumbo market can be found a short drive away. The rooms are all large and spacious with an open plan attic for the children to escape to that has a tv and table football. Nearby there are canoes to hire, horse riding as well as trips to San Sebastián, Biarritz and Hossegor. My teenage children especially enjoy the market twice a week in Hossegor as well as Soorts Hossegor that has warehouses full of last season surf boards and clothing along with some great bohemian restaurants. The lake in Hossegor is perfect for paddle boarding with some great oysters bars on the north side. Other activities include cycling and golf. I can't recommend this house and location enough!‚Äč (2018 client)

Best for:
Great for larger groups and teenagers - spacious accommodation & gardens, and games room too. Ample space for two families sharing. The house has also been selected by groups of friends or family for anniversary and birthday celebrations.  

A private holiday chef is available to make your stay as memorable as possible be it full/part catered or for a special event such as birthday or anniversary, please enquire.

Pets allowed, subject to owner acceptance.

Christmas and winter lets can be arranged, either with or without catering.

Short golf breaks can be arranged with the owner (minimum 3 night bookings, not available in the high season).

Suitability for:

  • Toddlers - enclosed gardens, toys & equipment
  • Teenagers - huge games space with PS4/Xbox, 20mb broadband wifi, satellite TV, DVD player, DVD library.  Outdoor table tennis.
  • Reduced mobility - not suited

Anything to watch out for?
There are two outbuildings in the grounds both of which are out of bounds to guests. And watch out for the low beams in the games room!

Why this area?
The villas enjoys a peaceful and private countryside setting just a short drive to the bustling coastline and its famous resorts such as Hossegor and Biarritz. As well as beach and surf days, there's cycling and golf to enjoy at the coast, stunning walks in the Pyrenees and cultural days in Bayonne and San Sebastian. This is a truly distinctive corner of France between ocean & mountains, with an enviable lifestyle. Come and try it.


Classic Maison de Maitre with floodlit pool, games room, and less than 20kms to the ocean. Exuding French charm, la Chartreuse is a classic holiday rental.


Long flagstone entrance hall with a summer room and formal dining room leading off to one side and the kitchen and sitting room off to the other side.

The spiral wooden staircase is a feature in itself, with a small stone washbasin tucked away underneath the stairs.

The kitchen is large and well-equipped and there is a further large utility area opposite with extra fridge and freezer space, plus a washing machine and tumble dryer. Kitchen equipment includes kettle, toaster, coffee maker, Kitchen Aid blender for smoothies or making baby food. Plenty of crockery, ovenware, cooking utensils & glasses, and thoughtful touches such as plastic cups for children and for using by the pool.

The ground floor has a handy WC too.

First Floor:

On the first floor there are five bedrooms all spacious and featuring wooden floorboards, garden views and character features such as shuttered windows and high ceilings.

All of the bedrooms on this floor have Hypnos mattresses;

  • Bedroom 1 > large, bright room with superking bed.  Bathroom with WC, bath, shower and washbasin
  • Bedroom 2 > peaceful room overlooking the garden with kingsize bed and en-suite shower room
  • Bedroom 3 > spacious room overlooking the pool with superking bed and separate dressing area 
  • Bedroom 4 > large room with kingsize bed overlooking the pool area
  • Bedroom 5 > light and airy room with two single beds overlooking the pool and garden

There are two separate bathrooms on the first floor too:

  • Shower room with WC
  • Bathroom with bath and wash-hand basin

Second (Attic) Floor:

The second floor is a huge draw for all ages.  This TV-come-games-room comprises wifi, satellite TV, Netflix DVD player and DVD library, PS4/Xbox, table football and comfy sofas.

There are two bedrooms on this floor:

  • Bedroom 6 > double bedroom with shared bathroom (bath and washbasin) leading to...
  • Bedroom 7 > one double and two single beds

The bedrooms share a bathroom which has a bath but no WC. The bathroom is separated from the two attic bedrooms by a curtain either side.

Mind your head on the low beams (see photo)!


The garden is private and large with a natural boundary formed by hedgerow.

The swimming pool is 12x5m and is protected by alarm. It can be used on warm evenings too as there are floodlights.

Off the summer room there is a lovely patio terrace complete with teak outdoor dining furniture and sunloungers. There are outdoor games to enjoy - boules and table tennis.  If you enjoy al fresco cooking there is a built-in BBQ and Big Green Egg for outdoor meals by the poolside.


5 x doubles1 x twin and 1 x quadruple (double and two singles)


2x en-suites and 2x shared bathrooms on the first floor. 1x shared bathroom on the second floor. 3x WCs in total including one on ground floor


Unheated 12x5m and floodlit. Roman steps into shallow end. Deep end is approx 5ft deep. Protected by pool alarm



  • dishwasher
  • washing machine
  • oven & hob
  • microwave
  • fridge freezer
  • kettle
  • coffee maker
  • toaster
  • iron & ironing board


  • dvd player
  • tv with Sky channels
  • tv with English-speaking channels
  • wi-fi
  • games room


  • table tennis
  • bbq or plancha
  • parking space


  • cot
  • high chair
  • hair dryer

Additional House Info

Equipment at the villa includes: PS4/Xbox; table football; board games

House Rules

Pets considered but no smoking please. NB The two outbuildings are out-of-bounds


La Chartreuse enjoys a peaceful countryside location, situated in a quiet hamlet of a dozen or so dwellings, close to the village of St Jean de Marsacq. The immediate area is fairly rural yet it's only a short drive to bustling seaside resorts. The area is also well-connected for the motorway and airport at Biarritz. 

Local Amenities

Nearest village / town: St Jean de Marsacq (0.5 km)
Nearest beach: Hossegor 17 kms
Boulangerie: Basic boulangerie at the mini-market in the village & lots more choice at St Vincent de Tyrosse 7 kms
Restaurant: St Jean de Marsacq (0.5km)
Market: St Vincent de Tyrosse (Fri morning)

Distance to nearest major transport connections

  • Biarritz airport: 52.0 km
  • Pau airport: 100.7 km
  • Bordeaux airport: 158.0 km
  • Bilbao airport: 188.7 km
  • Bilbao ferry port: 187.7 km
  • Santander ferry port: 284.9 km
  • St Malo ferry port: 690.0 km

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