What makes Villa Akotz a great holiday rental
Villa Akotz is an extremely high quality villa, one of three superb villas built on a large residential plot 300m from Lafitenia beach. It has six luxury bedroom suites, sauna, spacious living areas, lovely terrace, deck & pool area with ocean views. Great local beach, excellent neighbourhood restaurant, surf school, plus St Jean de Luz a short drive away. A superb way to holiday in the French Basque coast in style.
One or two families not wanting to compromise on the quality of the accommodation, nor the attractiveness of the views outside.
Anything to watch out for?
The property grounds are spacious (2500m2), however they are not fenced from the neighbouring properties. We do not consider this an issue as the properties have been positioned so as not to overlook one another, and there are natural boundaries which make the separate plots obvious.
Why St Jean de Luz?
St Jean de Luz is a charming, very attractive sea-side town and Basque fishing port, known for a lovely town-centre beach and a superb choice of restaurants. The Côte Basque is a wonderful, warm and vibrant coastline of south west France, a genuine mix of Spanish and French culture and a great alternative to the more famous Côte d'Azur.
Superb contemporary villa with ocean views; lovely, natural local beach a short walk away
A truly outstanding rental: spacious (450m2) Basque-style property in large grounds (2800m2) with views of the ocean 300m away. St Jean de Luz and Guéthary (an attractive seaside village just to the north) just 3 kms away; chic Biarritz or San Sebastien in Spain are c. 15-20 kms.
The interior throughout is high quality, neutral, stylish, as are all equipment and furnishings - it is like walking into your own contemporary luxury boutique hotel.
The villa is laid out as follows:
Double height entrance hall. 140m2 living & dining room with open-plan professional-standard kitchen:
> Spacious living area with two sofas, wall-mounted plasma TV & contemporary fireplace
> Dining area with table seating 12.
(The dining & living areas overlook the terrace & pool through large sliding glass doors, with ocean views beyond.)
> High-specification ultra-modern kitchen
One bedroom suite downstairs: 45m2, overlooking the pool with background ocean views, king size bed, in-room Philippe Starck bath, separate walk-in shower, WC, dressing area. On a lower mezzanine level is a TV room (30m2) and sauna, plus WC and equipped laundry room.
Four further bedroom suites are on the first floor:
> Suite 2: 43m2, garden view, king-size bed, in-room bath (can be screened), separate walk-in shower, WC, dressing area.
> Suite 3: 30m2, garden view, king-size bed, walk-in shower, WC, dressing area
> Suite 4: 43m2, pool view, king-size bed, in-room bath & separate walk-in shower, dressing area
> Suite 5: 28m2, pool view, king-size bed, walk-in shower
Three of the bedrooms have luxury in-room baths (please see the photo gallery for examples), as well as a separate walk-in shower.
The house is in a plot of 2800 m2. Sliding doors lead from the dining & living areas to a large covered terrace (with hardwood table & chairs seating 12) overlooking the pool. The 12m x 6m pool (secured by an electric cover, which also keeps the heat in at night) is down a small flight of steps, surrounded by an attractive teak deck. It has a maximum depth of 1.8m, with Roman steps at one end. Several sun loungers are provided.
A garden annexe (located next to the pool) contains the 6th suite, 20m2, with king size bed, shower & WC. The adjacent pool house contains a bar area.
Table tennis is provided at the villa and there is a Weber charcoal BBQ for enjoying meals outside.
There is parking for 2-3 cars at the front of the house.
6 double bedroom suites - all have a walk-in shower, some have a bath too
6 en suite bath or shower rooms; three of the baths are in-room
12m x 6m, Roman steps at one end, up to 1.8m deep. Protected by cover.
The cost of heating the sauna varies according to usage, and so is charged extra.
Smoking is not allowed in the Villa. Pets are accepted but only with prior agreement from the owner.
Villa Akotz is located 150m from Lafitenia's lovely natural beach, in a quiet residential area of similar properties 4 kms north of St Jean de Luz. (The Google map image was taken before Akotz was built.) The local restaurant Ostalamer (200m away) is a chic local favourite. It's a short drive into St Jean de Luz or Guéthary (an attractive seaside village just to the north); chic Biarritz or San Sebastien in Spain are not much further.
Nearest village / town: St Jean de Luz
Nearest beach: Lafitenia 300m, Cenitz 600m
Boulangerie: Guéthary 2 kms
Restaurant: Ostalamer 200m
Market: St Jean de Luz (4 kms)
Whether its beaches, boutiques, culture, restaurants or festivals you are looking for, this town is hard to beat. Stylish but without the pretence of the Riviera, St Jean is an authentic and colourful seaside town and working fishing port. It has plenty to offer discerning visitors of all ages. In particular, this is a great place to eat out - St Jean de Luz is recognised as the capital of Basque cuisine - a distinctively delicious blend of French & Spanish flavours - and is noted for its seafood (it is one of Rick Stein’s favourite places).
St Jean de Luz suits the discerning traveller: whilst the sandy beaches are excellent for families, this is not a “bucket and spade” resort - the Basques and the fishermen would never allow this! It’s for those who want to experience active and varied days and relax in the evening and enjoy a meal in one of the many brasseries and bistrots which line the town’s enchanting back streets.
The location is enviable, set in a horse-shoe bay with a beautiful sandy beach and a backdrop of the western Pyrénées, peaked by La Rhune, the mythical Basque mountain. This combination of ocean and mountain landscapes is a unique draw and also helps to keep St Jean de Luz surprisingly mild in winter.
More than that, the landscape and vibrant Basque architecture produce a combination of light and colour that gives St Jean de Luz a special, intangible, quality that is matched in only a few other places in France. Little wonder it’s one of our favourite resorts.
The local beaches - Erromardie, Lafitenia, Mayarkoenia and Cenitz (Senix) are all better known as surfing beaches. Erromardie is the best of these for families, but for young ones, the sheltered Grande Plage in St Jean de Luz is the one to head for.
The picturesque fishing village of Guéthary is 2 kms north of Villa Akotz and a must-visit for it's gorgeous beach, charming port and delightful Basque architecture, especially at apéritif time.
Several golf courses, fishing, sailing, tennis, several spas and horse-riding are also available nearby.
The concierge staff at Villa Akotz know the region intimately will be delighted to organise experiences for discovering the region's culture, cuisine and activities during your stay.View More St Jean de Luz Rentals
Service: Friendly, helpful service over the phone.
Product: Fabulous villa in a great location.
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Service: Other than serve as a conduit to negotiate with the owner, the agency did very little. Also, the second house we stayed was overrated in quality. (The first house was accurate). The agency never checked in once during our 5 week stay.
Product: Villa Akotz was very good although one of the doors locks was broken which meant that the house was unlocked all the time and there was a very large termite/flying ant problem in the bedroom area. Finally, the washer/dryer were not good.
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