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“Perfect family holiday”
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Orchard Cottage
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Orchard Cottage
Bright and airy sitting room with view across the terrace to the pool Fully equipped kitchen
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12 reviews
Orchard Cottage
Bright and airy sitting room with view across the terrace to the pool
Fully equipped kitchen
Dining area
Dining and kitchen area
Double bedroom with super king size bed and ensuite shower room
Ensuite shower room to double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Al fresco dining on the private terrace
View from the terrace
Stunning 14 m x 8 m swimming pool with sunflowers, summer 2017
Domaine Lavie Manor House
Aerial view of Domaine Lavie
Pont de Lune, Salies de Bearn
Surfing at Biarritz
Stunning mountain scenery
Old fishing port at St Jean de Luz
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Salies-de-Bearn, Bearn, Bearn-Basque Country, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Excellent - based on 12 reviews
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RandK73
Yorkshire
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Perfect family holiday”
Reviewed 20 August 2018 for a stay in July 2018

We loved Orchard Cottage with its views across the valley, lovely outside space and very well equipped, cool & comfortable interior (the bed is huge!). It felt like a real home from home with lots of personal touches, and our boys loved exploring the grounds and making full use of the pool (while we relaxed & enjoyed the view). There are some lovely villages to explore nearby, with river swimming and lakes, and plenty to do further afield too. We had a superb day on the Train D'Artouste in the Pyrenees (highest train in Europe) and at St Jean de Luz (beaches) and St Jean Pied de Port (mountains). This was our first time to this part of France - the whole area is really green & lush and it's a bonus to have the Spanish influence as well. Ian & Julie were so helpful with our many (many) questions & gave us some great recommendations for places to eat & places to go with the children. In all, a fab location for a relaxing family holiday!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
27 Aug 2018
Thank you for your lovely and comprehensive review! It was a pleasure to have you stay at Domaine Lavie and great to know that you enjoyed being here, as well as exploring the area, so much.
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TrailBlaz...
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Utter Tranquility”
Reviewed 4 August 2017 for a stay in July 2017
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My family and I stayed at Orchard Cottage this July and did not want to leave. Ian and Julie are amazing hosts and the cottage is utterly beautiful - set amidst a sea of sunflowers. The cottage is really well equipped and comfortable. Julie ensured that we had everything we needed when we arrived - which after a long delayed journey was so welcome. I cannot rate this place highly enough - excellent location to explore the Pyrenees area. It is utterly perfect - even with two daughters!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
5 Aug 2017
Thank you for your kind words. It was lovely to meet you and your family and we're delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Domaine Lavie.
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jimmywill...
Inverness, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Pure delight”
Reviewed 29 July 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Our second week at Domaine Lavie. Easy 40 minute drive from Biarritz airport through gently rolling hills. Our first week spent at Courtyard Cottage (already rated) and our second at Orchard Cottage (which is more roomy) as our nieces were joining us. Loved this cottage even more - equally well equipped, immaculate, larger lounge and two bathrooms. Julie and Ian extremely helpful in all matters regarding local area, trips recommended, where to eat and we all enjoyed Midsummer's Eve in Salies music festival, with Ian playing bass guitar in one of the bars. Despite 37 degrees in our first week, our week in Orchard saw temperatures plummet to around 10 degrees at times. But that meant we went out more - La Rhune, Biarritz, Artouste (scary little train, highest in Europe), Salies (lots to offer, restaurants, great market on Thursdays, Carrefour supermarket) at only 5 minutes, max, from Domaine Lavie. The surrounding fields of sunflowers burst into flower, absolutely no noise at nights allowing us to sleep like logs and wake up late, and, of course, being in such an unspoilt area of France. Glad we found Domaine Lavie and a huge thank you to Julie and Ian for being there and being such great hosts. See you again.

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Management Response
4 Aug 2017
Glad you enjoyed Orchard Cottage for the second week of your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back again sometime in the future. Julie & Ian
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katyh155
County Dublin, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Wonderful relaxing holiday”
Reviewed 22 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

This is our second year in a row to stay in Damine Lavie, the Orchard cottage has everything you need for a great holiday - relaxing gardens, pool, walks, BBQ.
Salie de Bearn is a friendly little village which has everything you need - supermarkets, bistros, restaurants etc. Lots to explore and do in the region and also only less then an hour from Spain.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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CathS72
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful location for relaxing, cycling or exploring”
Reviewed 19 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Orchard Cottage is one of a cluster of gites around the courtyard of an old manor house, each backing on to the beautiful south-facing garden with its large pool. It was perfect for our family - clean, well-equipped (for both British and French cooks), comfortable and with bags of character. We were there during a hot spell, and the thick stone walls kept the cottage beautifully cool during the day. The owners, Jules and Ian, were very friendly and hospitable, and provided a really helpful 'welcome pack' of bread, milk, tea, coffee, wine, etc. We split our time between lazing around the garden and exploring the local area - Salies, Navarrenx, St Jean de Luz and the Pyrenees are all recommended. We were pleasantly surprised by how many flat cycling routes suitable for the family there were, as well as the more mountainous routes for the serious cyclist. The unheated pool was a little bracing in April, but we understand they have plans for solar heating soon. As in most of rural France, WiFi is not amazingly quick, but it was fine for checking emails and searching on the Internet.

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Liked best: Location, swimming pool, pyrenees
Liked least: Sunburn!
Travelling group: Young Children
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