Maison Tamarin, France

Maison Tamarin, Near St Jean de Luz, France

High on a grassy knoll, just steps away from the surf-washed beaches of the French Atlantic coast, lies Maison Tamarin, a converted Basque farmhouse that offers a warm welcome for up to fifteen guests.

The views here are spectacular – turn in any direction and you’re caught between the devil (if the devil is the high, imposing Pyrenees) and the deep blue sea. This boutique charmer is located near both the adorable fishing port of St Jean de Luz and the alluring faded glamour of Biarritz, where Frank Sinatra, Betty Davis and Rita Hayworth used to flash their Hollywood smiles. Whether you’re a sport or nature enthusiast, a surfer or a golfer, this is your ideal French home away from home.

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Panoramic Views and Simple Pleasures

The Maison Tamarin is a chic eight bedroom beach house, set in a lush, private five-acre estate. Weathered oak beams and Spanish terracotta complement cream stucco and French doors that open out on to the sea. In the bedrooms, fresh checkered Basque linens complement the soft blue and white décor and the sea views from the balconies, and the ensuite bathrooms are provided with fluffy bathrobes and luxurious L’Occitane pamper products.

Outside, there’s a choice of relaxing by the saltwater pool, or wandering down to Lafitenia beach, just a few steps away at the bottom of the garden. The villa can be hired on a self-catering basis, or a private chef provided, making it ideal for family reunions and special events, as well as sun-drench getaways for couples and friends.

Accommodation

Tastefully decorated, this large comfortable house has eight lovely bedrooms, each one with its own special character and all with en-suite facilities. Available on Self Catering, Catered or per room Bed and Breakfast.

The Ground Floor

  • Light and airy entrance hall. Bright and spacious living room with French doors to the terraces and views of the ocean and the Pyrenees (great views of the sunsets on the water)
  • Large dining with sliding doors all round giving panoramic views of the Pyrenees
  • Kitchen with breakfast bar (within dining room) with fridge, freezer, oven, hob and dishwasher.
  • A ‘cooking’ kitchen with American fridge, Lacanche cooker, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine
  • One double/twin en-suite bedroom with outdoor terrace looking out to the Pyrenees
  • One light bedroom with en-suite shower room. Both rooms have large sliding doors to the terrace.
  • Oak beams and doors throughout with Spanish terracotta flooring
  • One double/twin en-suite bedroom

The First Floor

  • One double/twin bedroom with balcony and a very light and airy bathroom
  • One double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, door to shared balcony
  • >One double/twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and large sliding doors to private balcony
  • One double room with en-suite bathroom behind screen
  • Master bedroom with large private balcony and large sliding doors with en-suite shower room. Also has a large mezzanine level with the possibility for two extra beds

Facilities

The accommodation pods are heated and spacious, the views spectacular

Delicious fresh food three times a day.

  • Free use of sporting equipment including mountain bikes,tennis, table-tennis, badminton, croquet, boules, football,volleyball and frisbee
  • Drinks service by the pool
  • All rooms have internet and ADSL connections
  • Fax
  • Satellite TV, DVD players
  • Wide collection of DVDs, books, games
  • Helipad
  • 7.5 acre garden
  • 6m by 17m swimming pool

Activities

Golf, Surf and Ski on your doorstep, this area simply has it all!

For those who don’t fancy golf or surfing but who prefer an active outdoor break the Basque Country is a privileged area for sporting holidays and we can organise an immense range of activities. With the nearest ski resort just over an hour away from Maison Tamarin it need not be out of the ordinary to spend a day skiing and then return to the coast for dinner in one of the many wonderful restaurants overlooking the ocean.

Along with skiing, you can choose from river rafting, canyoning, rock climbing, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, kayaking, mountain biking, tennis, pony trekking and more! For a change of pace, walking in the Pyrenees is an absolute must and it can be as relaxing or as energetic as you would like.

If you prefer being the spectator why not take in one of the famous ‘Corridas’ or bullfights in the Bayonne Stadium or watch traditional Basque game of pelote or Cesta Punta, renowned as the fastest and one of the most spectacular games in the world.

Golf Courses

There are 11 golf courses in close proximity of the hotel.

Surfing

When you stay at Maison Tamarin the opportunities for surfing are incredible. The house overlooks the bay of Lafitenia which has one of the greatest waves on the coast and in 1999 was the location for the Quiksilver Masters Competition boasting some of surfing’s true legends.

With miles of sandy beaches and high quality waves the Basque Coast has become known throughout the world as a unique surfing destination.

Skiing

With the nearest ski resort just over an hour away from Maison Tamarin it need not be out of the ordinary to spend a day skiing and then return to the coast for dinner in one of the many wonderful restaurants overlooking the ocean.

Spa

For the non-golfer or indeed those who simply want to relax, five spa water therapy centres are available within fifteen minutes from Maison Tamarin.

Children

The area of St Jean de Luz is a perfect playground for both children and adults alike. However there may be times when you need to go and play as adults and leave the children behind! For childcare a fulltime nanny or a babysitter can be provided.

Location

Maison Tamarin
Chemi de la Ferme de Kokotia
Quartier A cotz 64500
St. Jean de Luz
France

Getting There

By Motorway

Take the exit “ St Jean de Luz Nord” and join the main road “ RN 10” towards Biarritz.
Then take the 1st turning on your right and straight away the next turning on your left. below a road: you then meet a “ stop”, turn to your left and keep following the road as it goes up & down until a curve on your right: Avenue de la ferme de kokotia. Drive past 2 buildings to the Maison Tamarin entry gates in a brown stone entrance. A discreet sign in a rockidentifies the house “ Maison Tamarin”. Use the intercom to request entry.

By Main Road RN 10, EX From Biarritz Airport:

Take the “ route nationale 10”, RN 10, towards “St jean de luz” and continue in this direction, you will go through several roundabouts. After the last set of traffic lights in the village of “ Guéthary” follow the road until the second turning on the right, signed “Ecomusée Jean Vier”. Then follow the road until it curves right, drive past 2 more buildings to Maison Tamarin entry gates. Use the intercom to request entry.

And you have arrived!!

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