What makes Villa Alcyon a great holiday rental
Anything to watch out for?
The grounds of Villa Alcyon are spacious (2500m2), but 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 Guéthary-St Jean de Luz?
Guéthary (2 kms) is one of the most charming seaside villages in the Basque country, while St Jean de Luz (3 kms) is a 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.
Outstanding contemporary villa, superbly equipped, and with sea views
Villa Alcyon, like neighbouring villas Senix and Akotz, has a true 'wow' factor - the space, light, quality of finish and level of comfort make it feel like the ultimate contemporary holiday villa.
It's divided into two adjoining, interconnected houses - the Main Villa (four bedrooms) and, at 90 degrees across the pool terrace, the Maison d'Amis (annex - two bedrooms). Both are finished to the same very high standard.
Main House - 300m2
Entrance hall; large (70m2) living / dining area with flat screen TV, sliding patio doors opening on to the pool and terrace on one side, garden on the other. Contemporary sofa and dining table & chairs (seats 10-12).
Separate fully-equipped, top-spec kitchen, with wall-mounted flat screen TV.
Short corridor to two ground floor bedrooms:
Double/twin bedroom (2m or 2x1m), dressing room, TV, ensuite shower room, separate WC.
Master suite comprising double/twin bedroom (2m or 2x1m), free-standing in-room bath tub, dressing room, TV, doors to private terrace, ensuite shower room also with door to terrace. Separate WC.
Internal access door to the maison d'amis.
Open-tread steps lead to upper sitting room with contemporary fireplace, panoramic sliding patio doors opening on to balcony; background ocean views.
Two further bedrooms:
Iguski & Loreteki
Both are double bedrooms, each 28 m². Each has extra large king size bed (200 X 210cm) - can be split into twins. Flat screen TV. Ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower, twin basins, WC.
Maison d'Amis - 150m2
Spacious, open-plan living-dining room with glazed sliding patio doors which open on to the pool & terrace.
Separate fully equipped kitchen.
Open-tread stairs lead up to a landing, entrance hall (front door, and parking, is at this level), and corridor with two bedrooms, both with sea views:
Olatua & Plaia
Both are double bedrooms, 29 m², each with background ocean views, patio doors to balcony. Extra large king size bed (200 x 210 cm), can be detached into two single beds. Ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower, basin, WC.
Both houses open on to a very attractive & stylish 300m2 terrace with outdoor dining area and table tennis table. There is a 12m x 6m pool which is oxygen-filtered and has an electric cover. With doors wide open in both houses it is a vast, private, indoor-outdoor space, very relaxing.
6 bedroom suites, all can be configured as 200cm x 200cm doubles or 2 x 100cm x 200cm singles
6 ensuite walk-in shower rooms with basins & wc, 1 bedroom also has an in-room luxury bathing tub
12m x 6m pool, oxygen-filtered, electric cover
Villa Alcyon is one of four high-spec villas 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 shows the area before the properties were built.) The local restaurant Ostalamer (100m 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); glamorous Biarritz and even San Sebastian in Spain are not much further.
Nearest village / town: St Jean de Luz (3 kms)
Nearest beach: Lafitenia 300m
Boulangerie: Guéthary 2 kms
Restaurant: Ostalamer 150m
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
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