So far we have welcomed guests from Australia, America, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland and Scotland. Here are some of the things they have had to say about Domaine Lavie:
"An oasis of tranquillity in the French countryside at the base of the Pyrénées. A great location to explore this picturesque Basque country."
"The location, scenery and picturesque town of Salies de Béarn made this a memorable and extremely relaxing holiday. However, the welcome and hospitality of Ian & Julie brought something very special to our stay. We certainly plan to return as there is lots more to see in this beautiful part of France."
"A beautifully situated cottage, well equipped and comfortable. Our hosts were very helpful and accommodating, pity that they couldn’t improve the weather!!"
"Our second year here and still as beautiful. By far the best gîte as it is so close to the pool and the view is amazing – will definitely return."
"We have had a lovely week here. Loved the cottage and the beautiful view. We had some wonderful days out. Lourdes was amazing, well worth a visit. Great surfing beaches, completely unspoilt. Thank you form making us feel so welcome."
"Idyllic! Perfect location for visiting the region and a bit beyond: walking, cycling or by car. Wonderful accommodation and hosts."
"A great place to stay with a fabulous lounge and everything you need provided. Really friendly and helpful people. The mountains have been great – especially the cols south of Oloron. But don’t follow the Pamplona road beyond St Jean Pied de Port – it goes for miles through gullies and trees and you see nothing! Use all the minor roads and enjoy the wildlife and orchids. A very relaxing holiday with glorious weather."
"We’ve loved our visit! This is a lovely spot, beautiful view, excellent accommodation and great host family! The Béarn is a little paradise."
"Orchard Cottage is the perfect place to stay, with all the extras, such as fruit bowl, sparkling water, wine, fresh flowers making it extra special and very much appreciated."
"Orchard Cottage is a delightful place to stay with everything that you need. We have had a fantastic week both relaxing and out visiting Biarritz, San Sebastian and Lourdes and the local town itself. Some holiday memories to treasure. Thanks to Julie & Ian, we will recommend to friends and family."
"We have had a glorious 4 weeks of September sunshine. Have woken up to see blue tits and robins pecking insects from the window frames. Have also seen the red squirrel crossing the orchard. Have not been overactive but enjoyed trips to Hossegor/Cap Breton, Pau, Bayonne, Orthez. Enjoyed the fête du Sel in Salies and trips to local markets for fruit and veg. Would recommend Auberge Claverie at Audaux (4 course plat du jour for 13 euros) and Tarte Julie in Bayonne. An idyllic break."
"We have had a brilliant holiday. The gîtes are great, the location is beautiful and there is plenty to do and see in the area. You have been great hosts and make the break effortless."
"We’ve enjoyed our week here and will stay for longer next time to enjoy the area and explore a bit further. The gîte and pool and gardens are lovely and have everything needed for a great holiday."
"Thank you for everything. We had a great two week stay and loved every minute of it. Nice gite and pool, lovely grounds. Salies and the surrounding region have lots ot offer and we think we’ll be back in the future."
"Great views, lovely place and kids loved the pool. A very relaxing and enjoyable stay. Very pretty town and some nice restaurants. Julie and Ian were very helpful."
"Had a lovely week with our friends at Domaine Lavie. A great base from which to explore this region, which has so much to offer. A trip to Lourdes is to be recommended as are the beaches north of Bayonne in Les Landes, great for surfing and body boarding. Do try Les Fountaines des Fleurs restaurant in Salies, it is outstanding – make sure you’re hungry though!"
"We had a fab time. Despite all of our plans, each day it seemed a better idea to enjoy the pool and gardens! Lying in the sun, reading - ah bliss!"
"Many thanks for a lovely break in the most beautiful countryside and an introduction to a part of France we didn't know at all. But French food well up to usual standards!"
"We’ve had a lovely holiday. The house was really comfortable in a beautiful setting. Thank you for your warm welcome."
"Wow! What a fantastic place. Some lovely BBQs and meals out. Kids loved the pool and great with the views, we shall return!"
"Fantastic holiday! We are booked to return! Thank you all for making us so welcome. See you in next year.”
"Excellent facilities, everything catered for, a delightful stay."
"We’ve had a wonderful, relaxing few days. Loved this gîte – really well equipped. Thanks for your warm hospitality – we all look forward to our next visit!"