About the property
- Chateau / Country House4843 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Luxury villa holiday rental, all ensuite rooms - catered or self catered
The 'Domaine de Bellegarde' is a beautiful 19th century manor - luxury villa, set in an exceptional position the 6 acre estate is in the attractive village of Soustons, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean & a 125 acre fresh water lake, suitable for sailing, windsurfing, kayaking & swimming. The property is close to Biarritz & 7km from the beach making it perfect to explore the s.w region, famous for its beaches, lakes, forest, vineyard & world-class golf courses. This outstanding property offers luxury holidays to the most discerning of clients. It has 9 large ensuite bedrooms, a grand reception lounge & hall, spacious dining room, snooker room, high ceilings, oak parquet floors & an impressive staircase. The gardens encompass a new 15m x 7m heated swimming pool, shaded terrace, summer kitchen, tennis court & numerous sporting facilities. Exclusive use entitles guests to a superb holiday with ultimate privacy & luxury for up to 16 guests including gourmet chef & stunning!
The property: The main lounge is impressively large and spacious. The high wooden beamed ceilings create a feeling of grandeur complimented by the beautiful parquet flooring, wood-panelled walls and the grand staircase.
A revitalizing yet relaxed atmosphere is created by the neutral tones and contemporary finishes that so obviously dominate the room.
An abundance of natural light floods the room through the arch of small windows which border the grand front door. On a warm summer's day, you can open the door to allow in the lovely sunshine, fresh air and floral scents.
Adjoining the main lounge is the TV / reading room. This cosy room has a lovely marble fireplace, comfortable sofas, satellite TV, DVD player and a selection of DVD's, books and magazines for your enjoyment.
From either the billiard room or the main lounge, you enter the elegant dining room. The marble fireplace, candles, parquet floors and high ceilings altogether create a very special atmosphere.
Personal Service...: From the time of your first enquiry and continuing throughout your holiday, Merrilyn and Quintin ensure you receive unparalleled and professional service in every aspect of your catered villa holiday.
Upon arrival at the private estate of Domaine de Bellegarde, you will be impressed by the genuinely warm and friendly welcome along with the Champagne reception which will either be served in the lounge or on the poolside terrace. Accompanied by delicious homemade canapés, it will be enough to give you a taste of the gastronomic delights that await you! Our emphasis will be on relaxing you in to the beginning of a fabulous luxury villa holiday!
Once you have settled in, we will be on hand to advise you about the property, the facilities, the region and the endless activities on offer throughout your stay.
The experienced chef & team of staff are on hand to provide a catered service normally found only in luxury hotels!
Gastronomic Delights! : The Landes region is well known for its culinary produce including duck and foie gras, fresh fish from the Atlantic Ocean , asparagus from Magescq and wild mushrooms from the local forests. Using only the best local produce, we develop a range of menus that are creative, very well presented and taste magnificent.
Picture yourself….after a long day of golf or a day on the beach, you can relax and unwind in the peaceful surrounds of the property with a chilled glass of champagne in hand.
Sample Dinner Menu
Cherry tomato, feta & pesto bites
Local Asparagus served with Brown Butter,
Aged Pecorino & Summer Truffle
Roasted fillet of monkfish stuffed with sun-blushed
tomatoes, roasted red pepper & fresh basil
drizzled with a pesto dressing
Served on a bed of cannelini beans
With organic spring vegetables
White Chocolate Cheesecake served with Fresh
Mixed Berries poached in Red Wine
Selection of French cheeses
Filtered coffee & chocolates
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- Response time:
- within a few days
- English, French, German, Dutch
- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
Merrilyn (an Australian with Dutch nationlity) met Quintin (British from Cornwall) in the ski resort of Coruchevel, France in 1997. We lived for 2 years in Sydney, Australia before returning to the Alps to set up a luxury chalet holiday company between 2000-2008. We married in 2002 and have 3 children of 8yrs, 6yrs and 4yrs. We bought the wonderful Domaine de Bellegarde in 2005 and after a total renovation of the property and gardens we opened for our first summer providing luxury catered holidays in 2006. We live on site in a separate 3 bedroom villa which is set aside from the manor house and facilities so ensuring privacy for all clients holidays yet we are in easy reach to provide recommendations and ensure the holidays provided are of the highest quality. We employ a professional chef and team of hosts to provide the services for your holiday and pride ourselves on the restaurant quality cuisine and wines served by our friendly team.
Quintin purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2005
Why Quintin chose Soustons
Domaine de Bellegarde is unique and as soon as you emerge from the driveway passing through the woods into the beautiful gardens with century old trees there is a feeling of peace and privacy with a very special and stunning property. At 110 years old this summer it oozes character and charm with over 450 m2 of internal space and huge volumes due to the 4 metre ceilings and 9 bedrooms with 8 bathrooms it is a perfect venue for family and friends to share wonderful holidays and celebrate together. The facilities include an outdoor heated 15 x 7 metre swimming pool, hot tub, tennis court, volleyball, bikes and plenty of other sports available for you to enjoy. At just under 10 minutes drive from the outstanding Atlantic beaches it is perfectly placed in a small town of Soustons so benefiting from the services such as dedicated cycle pathways, fresh and salt water lakes, sailing, swimming, surfing, golf, tennis and so much more all available on the doorstep.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
Swimming pool heated Private brand new tennis court 2013 Spacious period property for entertaining Lots of beautiful private garden space Catered luxury holidays with your own private chef Self catered rental available Close to beaches, lakes, surfing, sailing Unspoilt ocean beaches and surrounding area benefits from wonderful natural space
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Idyllic family holiday
We spent a wonderful week at Domaine de Bellegarde. The setting is absolutely stunning, the accommodation perfect for both adults and children of all ages and the family owners are so friendly and welcoming. We didn't really need to leave the property - with badminton, tennis, swimming, table tennis, an extensive library, wifi and Sky TV as well as 'what's the time Mr Wolf'; the days just flew by. The nearby lake and beach at Soustons are very convenient if you want to surf or paddle board. In summary, this is an absolute gem of a place for an idyllic family holiday and we can't recommend it highly enough; we will be back!
Beautiful house, lovely hosts
We can’t recommend the Domaine de Bellagarde enough. My husband and I booked our wedding here just based on photos as we live in Sydney but we were so delighted with the house when we came for a visit. The house is decorated to an excellent quality but retains original features and the charm of an old house. Every room has an en-suite which our guests were delighted about and the large landings and numerous living areas and even a pool room means that you’re not on top of each other even when the house is full. Everything is provided from all the cutlery and crockery you could need, gorgeous L’Occitaine products in the bathrooms to tennis rackets and towels for the pool. We fully utilised the pool area and we had our wedding on the grounds of the house which meant that we could use separate outside areas for the house, marquee and drinks which felt like three different venues and meant the guests could move around freely.
Q and Mez, the owners, live in a house on the grounds and were an absolute delight. We were slightly worried about this and thought they might be disturbed by the wedding but they were really relaxed and so helpful the whole 5 days we were there. Q even lent us his surfboard when the waves were good! Their young children were lovely too and played with the kids in our family. After the wedding, Q sent us the photos they took too.
Ryan and Fin helped out in the house and made sure that everything went smoothly for us. They seemed to work non-stop, raking the gravel prior to the wedding, putting the sun loungers out each day to even providing a babysitting service on the night.
We’d really recommend staying here whether for a family party, a wedding or just a place to relax as the area is gorgeous with the lake, beaches and Hossegor nearby (which had a surfing content on while we were there which meant the town was buzzing).
We loved it!!
Dear Charlotte and Dan,
Thank you very much for your fantastic comments and feedback on your wedding day and holiday at the Domaine de Bellegarde in October.
It was a genuine pleasure to meet you both along with your family and friends and to host your stay at the property.
We wish you a happy marriage and look forward to meeting you again in the future - either in Australia or as a guest at the Bellegarde.
Quintin, Merrilyn and family
Domaine de Bellegarde
We have had the privilege of staying at the Domaine de Bellegarde on two occasions. The first time we spent from Monday to Friday and were so impressed that we rented the whole property for a weekend so that we and 6 of our friends could celebrate my husbands birthday. This was a fabulous weekend with mouthwatering food and brilliant wines. The owners had even remembered and provided my husbands favourite wine! This is a most beautiful property with luxurious facilities and beautiful outdoor activities. The owners were more than accommodating with nothing ever being of too much trouble. In fact we have since taken the liberty of calling in for a coffee and to say hello when we were travelling to Biarritz. The village of Soustons is only a few minutes walk away and has some lovely bars and restaurants plus places like Biarritz are only a short drive away.
Fun relaxing pampering adventure
A fabulous house, delicious food with the added advantage of the very special "Q" and the team service. What more could you want when you go on holiday. The adventure bit for us was surfing!
Thank you so much for your great review Dede...we look forward to your next holiday at the Domaine de Bellegarde and now have three of our own future surfers to join you at the beach!
A great team in place for the 2011 season and the sun is shining.
The awesome sandy beaches of 'Les Landes', backed by sand dunes, pine forests and outstanding lakes are blessed with a superb climate and sea temperatures throughout the year, perfect for watersports and adventure holidays of all descriptions from surfing to sailing and golf to cycling. The villa is only 5 minutes walk from beautiful fresh water lakes, and 10 minutes drive from blue flag beaches (Soustons, Vieux-Boucau, Hossegor and Moliets). A mulitude of activities awaits every visitor in this beautiful region. The spa town of Dax is 20 minutes, fabulous Biarritz and Bayonne with their great shoping are 30 minutes, St Jean de Luz Basque port and beach at 35 minutes with the Pyrenees and Spain just beyond. Three world class golf courses Seignosse, Moliets & Hossegor are within 15 minutes drive of the villa. The villa and surrounding area is easily accessible from Biarritz, Pau & Bordeaux airports with motorway access & TGV trains to Paris connecting with Eurostar to London Other Activities: kitesurfing, kayaking, jet-skiing, go-karting, quad biking, adventure park, Golf: There are over sixty Golf courses in the South West of France, a region renowned for golf. The golf course at Pau - Billere is the oldest club in continental Europe, created for & by the British Army in 1856. The golf courses are playable year round because of the excellent climate with temperatures and weather conditions keeping the greens & fairways in fantastic condition. The 'Golf Biarritz pass' which allows you to play 5 rounds from a choice of 6 of the most attractive golf courses in South West France at a preferential price. These golf courses are all between 15 & 40 minutes drive from Domaine de Bellegarde. There is a fantastic choice of courses in outstanding settings including sheltered pine forests, oak woods and meadows & Atlantic coastline to name a few. Challenging courses with links golf, water hazards, dog-leg holes and blind approach shots with wonderful views of the coastline, Pyrenees & countryside make this an incredibly exciting area for golf! With prices for a round significantly cheaper than the UK why not experience what South West France has to offer with a stay in the superb Domaine de Bellegarde! We are able to cater to golfers with specific itineraries tailored to your visit whether it be a long weekend or week long holiday. Coupled with our outstanding cuisine and personal service you will not find a better location for your golfing holiday with the option of many other activities to experience during your stay in s.w France.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
CATERED accommodation for 16 persons: Champagne reception Daily breakfast (Full English and Continental breakfast) Daily afternoon tea Two lunches including BBQ Four dinners including canapes, aperitif, wines, beers Daily service from a team of four staff including a qualified experienced chef Rooms serviced daily