What makes Le Manoir Landaise a great holiday rental
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Naturally there are staff on-site too; the team is led by Quintin & Merrilyn who live in the guardian's cottage in the grounds. They bring their years of 'catered rentals' experience from the Alps to the coast of south west France. You will find them genuinely enthusiastic and welcoming. Their emphasis will be on giving you a relaxing and memorable villa holiday.
Two of the en-suites are within the bedroom separated by screen.
It's near the beaches and has a 'leafy' and leisurely feel about the place, boosted by the presence of the fabulous Lac de Soustons. The town centre is a nice size and offers the staples of French life plus some good local restaurants including one Michelin-starred eatery nearby. It's not a 'tourist-y' town and this gives it an authentic ambience.
Character 9 bedroom manor house in 'French Country' style with swimming pool, tennis court and billiards room
Built in 1900 and the largest property in the town, Le Manoir boasts nine bedrooms, a grand reception, spacious dining room, billiards room and anterooms. Characer features high ceilings, original parquet floors, huge fireplaces and an impressive oak staircase.
The villa is set in a 6 acre estate, with a swimming pool, tennis court, century-old trees and beautiful mature gardens.
A long private driveway leads through woodland and suddenly opens out to the house and grounds - it's quite an arrival! There's a lot to take in - two-storey arched window on one side of the house, spacious covered front terrace, several first & second floor balconies, large pool and well-kept lawn and gardens all greet you at once.
Steps up to a solid oak door, which you pass through into a vast lounge / reception room area of high wooden beamed ceilings complemented by the beautiful parquet flooring, wood-panelled walls and the grand oak staircase.
Adjoining the main lounge is the TV / reading room. This cosy room has a lovely marble fireplace, comfortable sofas, satellite TV, DVD player and a selection of DVD's, books and magazines for your enjoyment.
Off another corner is a billiard room with marble fireplace, which also leads to the elegant dining room. The marble fireplace, candles, parquet floors and high ceilings altogether create a very special atmosphere. French doors lead to a lovely terrace where breakfast can be enjoyed “alfresco” style.
At ground level there is also a country-style kitchen plus an independent WC and washroom.
The oak staircase passes a landing with giant arched window to the first floor hall area, with parquet floors and sofas. There are five bedrooms at this level, each with TV and DVD player.
Vieux Boucau Bedroom: this charming double bedroom is light and spacious, with a four-poster double bed, a classic marble fireplace and two large windows, one of which frames the beautiful blossom trees that feature at the rear of the property, the other affording views across the gardens. The en-suite shower room includes shower, toilet and the original porcelain washbasin with wrought-iron legs.
Hossegor Bedroom: delightful double bedroom with its four-poster double bed, suspended candle-lights, a lovely marble fireplace and a large window with views of the beautiful blossom trees. It also features the advantage of a large terrace with teak lounge chairs and views across the garden. The terrace is shared with the Soustons Suite 2. The en-suite shower room contains a shower, a free standing wash basin and toilet.
Soustons Suite: divided into two bedrooms and therefore works best as a family suite. One of the double beds can be converted into two singles and there is one bathroom serving both bedrooms.
Messanges Bedroom: cosy double bedroom, peaceful and relaxing. There is a comfortable double bed, two large windows allowing plenty of light to flood the room as well as offering lovely views across the gardens, to the side and front of the estate. The en-suite facilities are within the room itself, separated by a glass block wall. It features a modern-style washbasin which stands on a wrought-iron table with a backdrop of mosaic green tiles. There is also a toilet.
There is a hall area with parquet floors, leading to 4 further bedrooms:
Seignosse Bedroom: French double doors lead to a private balcony with wonderful views of the rear gardens. There is a double bed, a cosy fireplace and some comfortable seating in the room. The en-suite shower room has a shower, free standing wash basin and toilet.
Capbreton Bedroom: comfortable double bed, views across the gardens plus has the luxury of a private sauna!. The en-suite bathroomcontains a bath as well as a shower plus basin and a separate toilet.
Contis Bedroom: there is a double/twin bed, a cosy fireplace and some comfortable seating. French double doors lead to a private balcony from where you have some gorgeous views of the swimming pool, gardens and glorious woodlands surrounding the property. The en-suite shower room contains a shower, toilet and an original porcelain washbasin.
Mimizan Bedroom: cosy attic-style double room with double bed. There are views overlooking the pool, croquet lawn and gardens at the front of the estate. The en-suite facilities are within the room itself, separated by a modern-style glass block wall.
Outside and grounds:
Swimming pool - private 15m x 7m outdoor heated swimming pool, with glass security fencing and surrounded by 90m2 of terrace with sun loungers.
Outside dining area - adjacent to the pool, with teak furniture and shaded by beautiful shrubs and trees. BBQ provided.
Pool house - contains bar area, fridges, ice-cream freezer and a very handy outside loo and shower.
Hot tub - for up to 8 people.
Tennis court - resurfaced in 2013 with a needle-punched artificial surface which is sand-dressed, new posts and net and even an umpire's chair! Quality tennis racquets and new balls available for guests. Justin's tip: don't ask to play the owner's kids - they'll trash you!
Grounds: the manor sits in the middle of a square estate with a secluded feel, being separated from the road and other properties by mature trees on all sides. A variety of shrubs and hedges, flowers and lawns surround the villa with a small river bordering one edge of the grounds.
Concierge services: put your feet up and let Q & M make your stay even more relaxing with these services:
Catering: here's an example of the catering services possible.
Childcare: this is a 'dream location' for a family holiday. Children are warmly welcomed and there is chance for the grown-ups to relax while a NNEB qualified nanny takes over entertaining the kids. Children will never be bored at Le Manoir:
6x doubles; 1x family suite with 1 double room & 1x double or twin room; 1x room with double or twin beds
6x en-suite shower rooms; 1x bathroom in the family suite; 1x en-suite with bath & shower; further independent WC on ground floor
15m x 7m heated, open Easter to end-October. Protected with hard, retractable electric cover.
Billiards room. Wi-fi throughout property. Boules, croquet, badminton, mountain bikes, volleyball court, tennis equipment. For kids: swings & slide. Infant equipment: 3x cots, 3x high chairs, sterilising equipment, buggy & baby-monitors, baby bath, books and games.
No smoking in the house please. Sorry, no pets
The house lies in large private grounds (9 acres) on the outskirts of the Landais market town of Soustons. The manoir is about 700m from the town centre, in secluded, secure grounds reached via a long wooded private drive-way. Soustons is dominated by its beautiful lake and is situated a short distance from the coast (10 kms) and is within easy reach of Biarritz and the Spanish border. Airport transfers can be arranged.
Nearest village / town: Soustons
Nearest beach: Vieux-Boucau - 10 kms
Boulangerie: There is a boulangerie in Soustons centre, 700m away, but don't forget your breakfast croissants and baguettes are bought fresh for you, daily, and included in the price
Restaurant: Several in Soustons and Michelin-star restaurant at Magescq (10 kms). Catering packages available at Le Manoir.
Market: Weekly market in Soustons
A driver and/or tour guide can be arranged for your day-trips.
Originally named ‘South Town’ by its English occupants in the 14th century, Soustons is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the huge Etang (lake) de Soustons, as well as the largest pine forests of Europe. It is within easy reach of the Pays Basque, Spain and the Pyrénées.
The Atlantic beaches are close by - 10 minutes drive to the sandy beaches of Vieux Boucau, 20 minutes to the surf capital of Hossegor and the port town of Capbreton.
Whilst the popularity of Soustons as a holiday town has grown, its strength is in its mix of residents and holiday visitors. It's not just a holiday town, it has locals too! Unlike many of the seaside towns, Soustons does not close down after the summer. Lakeside and town centre restaurants are open all year. The Fête de la Tulipe takes place in Spring. The Centre des Spectacles (concert hall) and Centre Nautique (water sports centre) as well as many of the other activities nearby, are open to the public all year long. There's tennis courts, cinema and discotheque too.
In August Soustons holds its five days of fêtes. Throughout the season Soustons arena hosts weekly ‘Courses Landaises’ (bull jumping without the gore), as well as a true French traditional market on Monday morning, and a ‘Marché Nocturne’ on Friday evenings (till very late) - Soustons is in fact the most important market town for the region.
South westerners love their sports and outdoor activities. Soustons is host to rugby matches against British and Irish teams and local Pelote Basque competitions are frequent. Join in with the French and try your hand at boules in the shaded town squares. The pine forest is criss-crossed with cycle paths and walkways leading to the lakes and beaches. For golfers there are three highly rated golf courses (ranked in the top 15 in France) in close proximity.
Soustons boasts Francois Mitterand, ex French President as ‘amoureux’ of the locality, with a statue dedicated to him (and his fatihful dog!) in the town centre and his family's residence is located on the edge of Soustons.There's still a handful of resplendent lake-side villas dating to the turn of the 20th century, built by wealthy city folk (Bordeaux, Mont-de-Marsan) requiring a tranquil holiday retreat.
It is the lake, in fact, that still dominates the town. It's far from being the largest of the many freshwater lakes which punctuate the Aquitaine coastal landscape, but at 800 acres, it's no pond either! There is an excellent sailing base on the north-side at Azur. All sides of the lake are surrounded by dense pine forest but there are many tracks leading to the lake, cycle paths and picnic spots too. Kayaking, windsurfing and a tree adventure park are all available at the lake.View More Moliets Rentals
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