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Smallwater Lakes Lodge (la Grange), South West France.

Country house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and swimming pool in Dax, France

From £627 per week

Country house to rent in Dax, France

  • Country house
  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Private pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony / terrace
  • Parking
  • Private garden

Country house overview - owner's description

Holiday home in the Aquitaine with private fishing lake. This beautifully restored farmhouse barn is ideal for family vacations in the French countryside.

"La grange" is a traditionally converted farmhouse barn on 5.5 acres of land.

It sleeps 9 and 1 baby.

There is a master bedroom that is air conditioned,

one twin bedroom with two large single beds,

a mezzanine bedroom with one single bed and one double.

plus a ground floor bedroom with double bed

A portable cot is also available & there is also a double sofa bed in the living room.

"La grange" is central heated & also has a large log burning fire for the colder months.

It is fully equipped, with everything usually found at home, including UK free to air satellite TV.

Linen and towels are included.

There is a covered terrace for dining and lounging outside

with a large barbecue plus a 5 meter diameter round above ground swimming pool.

All situated on the grounds of a 1 acre private fishing lake containing carp up to 60lb. etc.

You can fish all day and night if you want at no extra cost.

The local Area is ideal for walking and cycling, as it is very rural,

but it is also within easy reach of all amenities.

Local area
Your own transport is advised.

Dax is Famed for its natural hot water springs of 62.4 degrees centigrade

and healing mud from the River Adour.

The Roman baths are a focal point for Dax and There are several

hot water outlets around the town,

where you can take a mud bath,

or just bathe in the waters.

In August Dax holds its annual fete,

two weeks of celebrations ending in a magnificent firework display.

Biarritz is a lovely town with lots of shops for the girls ,

a beautiful rocky coastline with sandy beaches and is todays Europes surf capital

and is only a 30 minutes drive. Biarritz also has an international airport.

Bayonne Famous for its "fête" - 5 days of non-stop festivities

is also known for its bull fighting in August, and its famous ham.

(Danish bacon is still the best!) 30 minutes drive

St Jean de Luz, the old "Pirates town"

with a beautiful harbour

and in the place Louis XIV are the ever popular artists,

who display their paintings along the street.

You can even get your portrait painted "while you wait".

In the harbour you can take a boat to see the sights.

It has a wonderful sandy beach in a natural bay. 40 minutes drive.

Salies de bearn also a beautiful spar town renowned for its natural salt water

is only a 20 minute drive with its golf course and local fetes

Pau is a 45 mins. drive away with its international airport and is a wonderful town to go for a day ,

it is full of shops , restaurants and bars .

It also has a little English shop where you could get your English bangers from.

The Pyreenees are about 50 mins drive to the ski slopes for winter or hiking in the summer ,

there are lots of sites to see up there , definitely worth a trip

The Dune du pyla is a 2 hrs drive and is the largest sand dune in Europe .

There are steps to get to the top but it is still a hard walk . Also a definite place to go .

Carcassonne is a 2.30 hrs drive a medieval town with very nice restaurants

and lots of sites to see including the dungeons

Reviews

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7 out of 7 people recommend staying here

Family from Tidworth , United Kingdom Aug 2016

Fantastic family holiday and great all round fishing for the adults and kids. Owners are very helpful and kind. Thank you for a great holiday

Family from Wareham, United Kingdom Jun 2016

Again a great stay at a great place good fishing friendly owners really recamend this for a chilled out holiday

Family from Wareham, United Kingdom May 2015

Lovely holiday owners very friendly will deffinally be going back next year best holiday we have had

Family from Newcastle Under Lyme, United Kingdom Apr 2015

This is the second time we have stayed here as a family. It is the best venue we have ever stayed at for our annual family fishing holiday in France.

From Haverhill, United Kingdom Aug 2011

We had a wonderful holiday. The property was beautiful and was very clean. Couldnt ask for more!

From Boston, United Kingdom Jul 2011

Gite owners are both very helpful and friendly.
The gite has every thing that you could possibly need. The surrounding area is beautiful with lots of places to visit all within easy reach.


20 other reviews

Mitchells & Corbetts Mar 2016

23rd - 30th May 2015 What can we say ? Another fantastic time at Smallwater ! some cracking fish caught this week. See you all next year and thanks a million. Mitchells & Corbetts xxx

Middlewood Sep 2015

12 - 22 Sept 2015 Shane, Rula, Taylor & Buster Thanks again for a great stay, we had the best weather yet. Thanks for the recommendations of places to visit, we definitely saw more of this lovely area, had a great nights stay in Biarritz and visiting Bayonne was lovely. Keith, Lewis & Tom enjoyed the fishing Hope to see you all again soon. Tracy, Keith, Tom & Lewis (Kent)

Pierce Aug 2015

29 / 08 / 15 - 5 / 9 / 15 Had a lovely week, thanks to Shane & Rula for the taxi service. House was perfect, fish up to mid twenties including a couple of personal best's. Very impressed with the variety of kio ! Lovely grounds and surroundings, it was nice to have Buster coming to visit us every day. Also a big thank you to Taylor for showing us around on arrival. The six of us have all enjoyed our week here. Thank you, Fiona, Tony, Paula, Martin, Kev & Lesley from Bedfordshire. :-)

Wicks Aug 2015

15th - 29th August 2015 We have had an amazing two weeks stay ! You have done a fantastic job with the lodge, the lakes & the surroundings. We have had some lovely days out in Soustons, Salies, Peyreyhorade, Orthez, Capbreton beach & Biarritz. Also had a drive through the breathtaking Pyrenees mountains. We have also had many hours of lovely peaceful fishing and all beat our personal best's. Jason 26lb, Damion 24lb 15oz, Mandy 16.5lb plus many many more. C Bailey just enjoyed watching or playing in the pool. We loved the regular visits from Buster. We are all going home with lovely tans and some fantastic memories - thank you so much for everything. Love Jason, Mandy, Damion & Bailey Wicks. xxx Grimsby N.E Lincs P.S. We'll be back !!! Thank you Shane & Rula for a most enjoyable stay in you lovely Barn. The fishing was excellent, many fish caught by all, mostly mid twenties, look forward to one day catching the big ones. Visited many places & local markets were enjoyable especially Peyreyhorade. As someone who has done a barn coversion, I must praise you both of a great job converting this one. Great fishing, great tan, 38°C, cant be bad !!! Look forward to seeing you and the fish again, not to mention Buster. Mitch, Teresa, Ben & Jamie Wicks. Grimsby.

Brookes Aug 2015

August 2015 So lovely to see you all again, as always we have had a wonderful, relaxing stay. Em & Sam have loved playing with Taylor and spending time with you all. You have such a beautiful lodge & chalet we really don't want to leave. We will be back again soon, the men have yet to haul in the 50lb carp so they will keep trying. A bientot Sarah, Mathew, Emily, Sam, Sheelagh, Paul, Pete & Fran.

Dave & Cathy Jul 2015

July 2015 Another fabulous week here Fantastic weather (very hot :-)) Great fishing Can't wait to come back next September Dave & Cathy xx

Tracy & Steve Jun 2015

6th - 14th June 2015 We have had a lovely relaxing week in lovely tranquil surroundings. Buster, it's been a pleasure to meet you. Some beautiful weather alongside thunderstorms we have never experienced before. Shane & Rula, thank you for letting us stay in your lodge in such beautiful surroundings. with love to you all, Take care, Tracy, Steve, Ellie & Annalise.

Miller May 2015

2nd - 9th May 2015 Thank you Shane, Rula, Taylor & Buster for a wonderful holiday. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, the fishing was fantastic, especially the last day with five doubles in 3 hours "14lb 10oz, 15lb, 18lb, 19lb & 24lb" the lakes are beautiful and a real credit to your workmanship. The lodge is lovely with all the amenities we needed and we didn't want to leave. We are definitely returning next year & look forward to seeing you all again. Wendy, Jim, Becky & Ricky Miller.

King Jul 2013

July 2013 Shane, Rula & Taylor Thank you all for another fantastic holiday & a brilliant birthday. Fishing has been good with carp up to 35lb, not the 50 pounder yet but I am sure he will grace my net soon. The weather has been amasing, we are both going home with a great tan. Hope to be back around Octrober/November. Take care Alan & Tia.

King Jul 2013

July 2013 Shane, Rula & Taylor Thank you all for another fantastic holiday & a brilliant birthday. Fishing has been good with carp up to 35lb, not the 50 pounder yet but I am sure he will grace my net soon. The weather has been amasing, we are both going home with a great tan. Hope to be back around Octrober/November. Take care Alan & Tia.

25th May - 1st June 2013 Thank you for a great holiday. Even though the weather was rubish throughout the week, we have caught loads of fish. Our new personal bests are - Liam = 43lb common Mike = 4Olb mirror Kev = 30lb leather Steve = 30lb common The lodge was beautiful and had everything you could think of in it. We will all be back again for round two & hopefully catch Mambo. Once again, thank you for a great holiday. The Corbetts and the Mitchells xxx

11th - 25th April 2013 "THE BEST FISH EVER" Field testing King Carp Baits new K9 Rubignoles & T1 Transformers. Shane Rula & Taylor, Its been another very enjoyable & memorable holiday with fantastic company, lovely hot weather & probably the best fishing in the south west of France. Some more fantastic carp in excess of 40lb and a truely stunning & amazing zander wieghing 26lb !! "WOW" considering the British record is only 19lb I feel very privileged but not surprised that your lake has produced this outstanding fish, its testement to the time, effort & nurturing that you both put in to make this venue by far the best place in South West France & will be a place that we will be looking forward to returning many times in the future. A total of 421 lb, 30 carp, 8 koi, 1 x 26lb Zander. Alan & Tia.

10th April 2013 Dear Shane, Rula & Taylor. 2nd visit for the middlewood / Robinson family. La Grange was lovely accommodation and we all felt very homely - which was a godsend considering a few of us felt poorly. We had a great holiday which would have been perfect if we had been blessed with a little more sunshine !! Shane & Rula were lovely as always and could not do enough for us. Next time just me and hubby to tour the area. Lots of love Tracy xx

23rd Sept 2012 Shane, Rula, Taylor & Buster, Thank you for another fantastic holiday. We came here for our honymoon in June 2011 and enjoyed it that much that this is know our sixth visit. Had lots of big carp up to 46 lb including too many 30 pounders to count. Your company is second to none and your property is stunning. A million thanks again, looking forward to the next time. Alan & Tia.

September 2012 Well Dave didnt beat his previous pb carp from here (43 lb) only managed a very nice 37 lb carp, but we both had a new pb for enjoyment. Thank you both for a truely brilliant time ! Another two weeks thoroughly enjoyed and hope to see you again next year. Lots of love (especially to Taylor !) Dave & Jo xx

21/7/2012 - 4/8/2012 Had a wonderfull time once again. Discovered Cap breton & Hossegor, both great surf beaches, good grub too. It has been realy nice to come back and chill out round the lake of an evening, catching loads of fish. Bill was over the moon with his new PB of 37 lb. See you all again next year. Dave, polly and the gang.

6th April 2012 The fishing was very good, we had many carp over 20 lb up to 41 lb 3 oz. I tried to float fish for tench and had very good results with several fish 2lb upwards to 3lb 8oz. Good perch too. The day I baited a spot next to the airator "ask Shane for his ground bait of mixed nuts and seeds" I covered this with maggots worms and sweetcorn, then left it overnight. The following day, first cast with float, fished worm, I caught a carp of 41 lb 3 oz. After a fight of 2 hours on 8lb line and a 12 hook. The next fish was a carp of 35 lb 9 oz and then a 2lb tench. The water is a credit to Shane & Rula and the lake house is very comfortable and clean. We enjoyed our holiday very much indeed and will be back very soon. Brian, Carol, Paul, Beverley and William. Many Thanks.

5th - 11th November 2011 Once again had a very enjoyable & relaxing week in your beautiful well equiped lodge with its lovely log burning fire. Thanks for your hospitality and company over the last week and for the little extra trips, looking forward to 2012 and being back here. Have a wonderful festive season, Alan & Tia xx

27th Aug - 10th Sept 2011 We had a great two weeks. The house has all and more than you could want. The location made it great for exploring the countryside even as far as Pampalona in Spain. Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality, Vincent, Joan, Pat, Trish, Gaile & Ben. Dublin, Ireland.

13th - 26th August 2011 Have had a wonderful fortnight. Meant to go to so many places, sight seeing but went to very few as we were so enjoying the wonderful ambiance of the lodge and the lakes. The pool was a godsend on the hot days and Spencer and I had great fun splashing about like a pair of kids ! The lodge was very clean and provided for all our needs, the welcoming cold beers and other things provided were truly appreciated. We both caught our pb carp during the fortnight. Tinas 24 lb 4oz and Spencers 32 lb 2oz, we are both very happy. Now we are packing up to go home and will be sad to leave but only another 51 weeks until next years holiday in the lodge. Thank you both for all your help and taking Spencers humour in your stride ! Will look forward to seeing a walking talking Taylor next year. Once again, thank you so much. Au revoir, Tina & Spence Suffolk.

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Location

This country house is:

45km from the nearest beach 2km from the nearest bar 2km from the nearest restaurant 5km from the nearest supermarket 45km from Biarritz and Pau airport 55.2km from Aéroport Pau Pyrénées Airport 150km from Bordeaux Airport 15km from Dax train station 120km from Bilbao ferry port 90km from Bordeaux airport 50km from Spain

Local activities

Boat hire 45km Climbing 45km Flying 15km Golf 15km Horse riding 15km Mountain biking 45km Sailling 45km Skiing 45km Sports center 15km Swimming 15km Tennis 15km Water skiing 45km Wind surfing 45km

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Outside this country house in Dax, France
This country house is in the countryside and in a quiet area near the waterfront. It has a pool, a balcony, a barbecue, outside lighting and a garden. Car hire is necessary as the renter will need a car to get about for shopping, eating out and the beach; however parking is available if required.

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 1 November 2016 - 30 June 2017: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 1 July - 31 August 2017: changeover day is Saturday, bookings must be for whole weeks only and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 September 2017 - 30 June 2018: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 1 July - 31 August 2018: changeover day is Saturday, bookings must be for whole weeks only and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 September 2018 - 30 June 2019: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 1 July - 31 August 2019: changeover day is Saturday, bookings must be for whole weeks only and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 September - 31 October 2019: the minimum stay is 3 nights.

Compulsory extras

  • short stay extra.

    £150.00 per booking if the booking is for less than 4 nights, paid with booking

Facilities

Bedrooms

4 bedrooms, Sleeps 9:

  • 1 king size bed
  • 2 single beds
  • 1 single bed, 1 double bed
  • 1 king size bed

There is also 1 double sofa bed in living room, 2 cots

Bathrooms

2 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Swimming pool

Private pool

Entertainment

CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WI-FI, Radio, TV Languages in English, French, Local, Satellite / cable

General

Living area seats 7, Dining area seats 10, Air conditioning, Central heating, Open fire, Clothes drier, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire essential

Kitchen

Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster

Outside

Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden

Suitable for

Children, Hen or stag groups, Infants, Single gender groups, Restricted mobility , Pets

Extra information

The second twin bedroom sleeps 3, it has 1 double bed and 1 single bed.

Shane

Average rating from 18 reviews

Private Owner From Clermont, France Member since Feb 2009

Past bookings: 104 bookings

Response rate: 100%

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