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Large Country House, great kids' facilites. Ideal Family/Friends' holiday rental

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Overview

Property

Updated: 20-Feb-2017
  • Sleeps 14
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, large living spaces. Beautiful grounds. Fantastically peaceful oasis in the forest. 40 min drive to the best beaches in France

This house has been in the family since 2000 but we have been coming to this pretty hamlet in the forest in southwest France since 1985. We used to rent this house during the holidays from 2000 - 2010 and are now returning to rentals.

The hamlet is 5 km from a small village, Sabres, where you can find everything you need. There is a petrol-station, post-office, grocers, 2 bakers, coffee-shop, restaurant... for a supermarket you need to drive to Labouheyre. It takes about an hour to drive to Bordeaux from the house and 40 minutes to drive to the coast. The huge white sand beaches are the most beautiful in France and if you know where to go you can find a deserted spot even in the high season.

Les Landes is an enormous pine forest and the region has a low population. Driving through the forest you will find sleepy hamlets or pretty villages. There are pretty churches to visit, dating back to the 11th or 12th century. There numerous sites of interest to visit, including the nationally well-know museum of Marqueze. This is situated in Sabres, 5km from the house. I provide information on everything there is to do in the area at the house.

For those interested in sport and physical activity there is plenty to do nearby. There is a horse-riding centre 2.5km from the house where you can join a guide to explore the forest on horse-back. There is a canoe centre 8km away called Mexico, where you can hire canoes and wander down an idyllic, sleepy little river, under the canopy of the forest. It really is beautiful. You can take trips of 4.5km, 10km or 15km and go at your own pace, stop where you like, take a picnic..... They will come and collect you at the end.

There is a tennis court in a hamlet 3km away that is brand-new and is practically always available. It is free but you cannot book, you just go and 9 times out of 10 there is no one there and you can play, overlooking surrounding fields.

The beaches are a 40 minute drive but when we go, we go for a whole day or afternoon so the distance is not a problem. Once there, the scale and beauty of the white sounds stretching away to the north and south never fail to amaze.

For me the special charm of the house is the space, peace and tranquility it provides. This house is the perfect location for group holidays with friends or family. When we rented from 2000-2010 we generally found that guests did not leave the house very much other than going to the beach once twice. This is because the interior and exterior spaces are so welcoming that once you arrive there with friends or family, you just want to stay there, relax and enjoy time in each others' company. The only sound you hear outside is birdsong and the breeze in the trees. At night wild board and deer come and explore the garden. There is a small local road nearby that serves the local hamlets but it is a no-through road so has very little traffic, maybe 10 cars a day.

The house has 6 bedrooms. 5 have en suite bathrooms or showerooms. The 6th has a showeroom across a corridor. All the bedrooms are large.

Downstairs and upstairs there is a central 20 metre corridor running through the centre of the house with rooms opening off to the left and right.

There is a 50 square metre living room. We have a projection room at the rear of the house where you can watch films on a 2.5 metre screen.

There are 2 dining areas for 12-14.

There are 2 very large fire-places and 3 wood burning stoves. The living spaces are large meaning 14 people can use the house comfortably and it never feels at all crowded.

Most people who come here spend as much time as possible outside in the beautiful grounds. Threre is a grove of 50 mature oak trees to the front of the house, gardens to the sides and fields and woods stretching farther away, 4 hectares in all. There are 2 main exterior dining areas, 1 on the terrace by the pool and another in the charming breadoven building. There are also several benches dotted around the site.

You can walk directly from the gardens into th surrounding forest and there you can wander along tracks for hours.

Children love the property as there is so much space for them to run around and use their energy. We have a large array of games and toys and garden equipment such as a trampoline, ping-pong and table-football to keep them entertained.

We really enjoy renting this house to visitors and seeing and hearing how much they enjoy it.

More Details

About the Owner

Tim Cook
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2017

About Tim Cook

Hi, I'm Tim and I have English and French nationality. I have been coming to Les Landes since I was about 10. My parents bought a cottage here in 1985 and we used to come 3 times a year. In 2000 my mother bought the next door house, much bigger, and I got involved in working on the properties and managed lettings for about 10 years. We stopped rentals in 2010 but are starting again. I moved here in 2014 with my family and we are enjoying the rural lifestyle, a big change from 6 years spent in London before coming here.

I love this area as it really is the most peaceful region I know. Nowhere in England seems rural once you've been here. And in particular I love the house and gardens. There is so much character and so much space. Great for spending time with friends.

Tim Cook purchased this farmhouse in 2000

Why Tim Cook chose Landes of Gascony

Les Landes is best known for the pine forests and amazing beaches. Having been coming here for years there is so much I love about it but mainly the fact that it is genuinely rural and 100% stress free. We are situated in a small hamlet 5 km for the nearest village in the middle of the forest. The other houses in the hamlet are secondary residences and we own one other. So no neighbours. No traffic jams, no traffic lights, no trouble jumping into the car and nipping down to the local village to pick up some essentials! All very easy and you can live life at your own pace and do what you want, when you want. No crowds, unless you go to certain beaches, peak season. But I can direct you to beaches where there is no one even in July and August...

What makes this farmhouse unique

The house is about 1 hour's drive from Bordeaux airport and 40 minutes in from the coast. There is a village 5 km away with 2 bakers, grocers, petrol station, chemist, doctor, butcher... Most of the basics you need. The nearest supermarket is 17 km away.

The house is great for 2 or 3 families. We have a huge amount of outdoor space, 4 hectares, and loads of stuff for children to do on site. When we have rented in the past, families would say they wouldn't move much because it is so relaxing here and there is loads for the children so everyone is happy. We have the pool, a trampoline, a film projector, a kids playhouse and slide, sand-pit, table-football, ping-pong, netball, basketball... For those who enjoy relaxing you can sit and watch the sheep and donkeys in the fields....

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From the Owner

Les Landes is best known for the pine forests and amazing beaches. Having been coming here for years there is so much I love about it but mainly the fact that it is genuinely rural and 100% stress free. We are situated in a small hamlet 5 km for the nearest village in the middle of the forest. The other houses in the hamlet are secondary residences and we own one other. So no neighbours. No traffic jams, no traffic lights, no trouble jumping into the car and nipping down to the local village to pick up some essentials! All very easy and you can live life at your own pace and do what you want, when you want. No crowds, unless you go to certain beaches, peak season. But I can direct you to beaches where there is no one even in July and August...

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux at 90 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Sabres at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Santander at 365 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Biscarosse at 65 Kilometres Nearest Train : Labouheyre at 17 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A63 at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Sabres at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Pyrenees at 200 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Mimizan at 40 Kilometres Car: necessary

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
High season
29 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,489
for 7 nights
£2,489
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,055
for 7 nights
£1,055
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £844
Frais de nettoyage £127

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday

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Facilities

From the Owner

The house is about 1 hour's drive from Bordeaux airport and 40 minutes in from the coast. There is a village 5 km away with 2 bakers, grocers, petrol station, chemist, doctor, butcher... Most of the basics you need. The nearest supermarket is 17 km away. The house is great for 2 or 3 families. We have a huge amount of outdoor space, 4 hectares, and loads of stuff for children to do on site. When we have rented in the past, families would say they wouldn't move much because it is so relaxing here and there is loads for the children so everyone is happy. We have the pool, a trampoline, a film projector, a kids playhouse and slide, sand-pit, table-football, ping-pong, netball, basketball... For those who enjoy relaxing you can sit and watch the sheep and donkeys in the fields....

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family

General

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 285 m²

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bath (no shower)
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bath/shower, loo, twin basins 2 Bath, separate shower, twin basins, loo 3 New modern shower 4 Shower, loo, twin basins 5 Shower, loo, twin basins 6 Shower, loo, basin

Bedrooms

  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 3 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 6 - 3 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 14 + babies (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Configuration can be adapted on request to suit. We can add more singles or more doubles

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 10 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Outside: 4 hectares, private 10x5 pool, garden furniture, lots of games Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels provided, please bring own beach towels. Linen and property cleaned once a week.

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