About this listing
Contemporary riverside chalet (one of just six) in the heart of the beautiful Basque countryside just 30 minutes from Biarritz. Shared heated pool. Wonderfully peaceful location and a great base from which to explore the Basque Country.
The chalet is one of six, located in the countryside next to our 16th century watermill, just 30 minutes from Biarritz and the Basque Coastline. The chalet is 30m² and is well-equipped, having a small double bedroom, living/dining room and American kitchen, shower room/WC and verandah with table and chairs and a barbecue. Shared heated swimming pool 10.5 x 3m. (heated from late April/early May to end September/early October depending on night temperatures). This chalet has a washing machine and an LCD screen with DVD players and selection of DVDs (no TV channels though). We are located just outside the Basque village of La Bastide Clairence, voted one of the most beautiful villages in France. Only 30 minutes from Biarritz and the stunning Basque coastline which is famous the world over for its excellent surfing conditions. We are also close to Bayonne, Pau, Bordeaux and across the Spanish border : San Sebastian, Pamplona and Bilbao (Guggenheim). Wonderfully peaceful location but close to all activities and restaurants, bars and beaches.
Half an hour from Biarritz International Airport, 50 minutes from Pau and Lourdes airports, 1 and a half hour's from Bilbao and Bordeaux International airports. Please note that a car is essential as we are in the countryside and not on any bus or train route.
The river bank is perfect for picnics and our goats, Dolly and Lottie are usually tethered there! They are very affectionate and love to be made a fuss of.
There is heating in the chalet for 'off-season' months.
Please note : we can only accept bookings of a minimum of 1 week in July and August.
Smoking is not allowed inside the chalet, but obviously outside on the property is fine. Unfortunately, we cannot accept dogs as we have four cats and two goats!
From Jul 4 - Aug 29, 2015 the minimum stay is 7 nights.
Chalet no.5 is very cosy, private and has an awesome view. It is simple, but has everything you need.
Cathy and John made us feel very welcome and they gave us all the privacy we wished for.
The surroundings are very nice, espacially St. Jean de Luz and Biarritz are wonderful.
Cathy is a good, thoughtful host and the chalet was as described.
The weather was a bit chilly during our stay, but we were provided with a heater. Biarritz, St Jean de Luz and San Sebastian are all easily accessible from here.
The nearby small town of Bastide-Clairence had a very good, traditional Basque restaurant on the main square, and directly opposite a cafe selling wonderful hot chocolates.
We were welcomed by two of Cathy's cats - Puss Puss and Charlie and also were able to have a chat with the two goats, so this place is perfect for animal lovers.
This quaint riverside chalet is clean, modern, and cute as promised in the photos. The pool was wonderful and the views of the foothills are not to be missed. Chalet had a nice sitting area, dining table and kitchen. Fridge was generously stocked with breakfast supplies. We enjoyed our brief weekend stay. Would recommend to those traveling to the area as an excellent weekend getaway in southern France!
We really enjoyed the peace and quiet of the French countryside. It was a true luxury to be able to use the swimming pool in mid October. The place was easy to find, and it is only about 15 or 20 minutes from the Motorway.
The chalet comes with all the basics you will need. There is no TV connection, however, there is a TV and DVD player, along with a collection of DVDs, books, leaflets and an information pack. Of these, we only used the information pack, as there are many things to see and do in the area!
Cathy was a fantastic host and was very quick to reply to my emails. She, Jon and their pets, especially Charlie the cat made us feel most welcome!
I would recommend this place to anyone!
Bel and I had a lovely stay here. In the quiet countryside, with beautiful villages nearby and great views of the surrounding hills. Under an hour to a lot of the beaches around Biarritz and Hossegor - good for surfing. The chalets are comfy, simple and complete. The hosts are friendly and informative. Their animals are nice too. The pool was very nice even during autumn. Should we have the chance we would happily stay here again.
The River Side Chalet's were absolutely perfect!.
Beautiful surroundings, great hosts and a good base for exploring the coast. Highly recommend this to anybody wanting an escape to the country side and an adventure into the Basque country.
Cathy est une hôte très agréable et aux petits soins (j'ai adoré les petites attentions comme les oeufs frais pour notre petit déjeuner). Un vrai plaisir ce séjour et ce malgré la pluie. Je vous recommande d'y aller :)
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About the Host, Cathy
I and my husband Jon have been living in France for over 20 years. I first lived in Paris for 7 years where I worked for a New York law firm as a bilingual PA, then ran a luxury rental villa/B&B in Grasse on the Cote d'Azur and we now live in the beautiful Basque country near Biarritz. Jon is a graphic designer and photographer and works in the yachting industry. We love living in the Basque country as we have the best of both worlds: the beautiful countryside and riverside location, and the stunning coastline just a short drive away. Jon is a keen surfer and can help with recommending the best surf spots! We love the huge choice of excellent restaurants and bars in the area, including across the border in Spain in San Sebastián, Fuentarribia and Pamplona.