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The Region

South of Bordeaux begins the region of Les Landes. It feels like another world with the coast stretching virtually uninterrupted from the Gironde estuary all the way down to Soustons, Hossegor and Cap Breton before reaching the foothills of the Pyrenées and Basque country. It is remarkably unspoilt, open and natural, the coast is dominated by long stretches of sand washed by broad Atlantic rollers. The stretch where the Côte d'Argent turns - quite literally - into the Côte Basque, offers some of the Continent's best surfing. In all there is more than 220km of coastline with 55 supervised beaches.

The coast encompasses a huge variety including: oyster beds and yachting marinas, fishing villages and vineyards, and the highest sand-dunes in Europe. Climb the dunes and before you, stretching as far as the eye can see, lie the pine forests of Les Landes, 1100 km² of pine forest planted during the 19th century.


The magnificent sandy beaches of Les Landes, backed by sand dunes, pine forests and inland lakes are blessed with a superb climate and sea conditions throughout the year, which are perfect for water and other holiday sports of all descriptions from surfing to kayaking and golf to cycling.

The freshwater lakes that punctuate the forest provide a great alternative to the ocean and safer bathing for children. Rather like the Lake District in England, each lake, or étang, has its own atmosphere.

Besides the local Lac d'Soustons, there are others nearby to try: étangs Blanc , Hossegor and Léon; at the latter you can canoe from the lake along the serene Courant d'Huchet to the ocean's edge!

The remarkable thing is that it's something of a French (and Spanish) secret; unless you're a dedicated surfer, the chances are you won't have heard of the beaches and villages that make up this fantastic region.

Church Church

The Property

The 2.5 hectare estate of Domaine de Bellegarde sits on the edge of the attractive village of Soustons, a village in an exceptional position, bordered on one side by the Atlantic Ocean and its outstanding beaches and on the other side by a large fresh water lake, Lac d'Soustons, suitable for sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and swimming.

Soustons is divided into two areas, the town of Soustons, 7 km inland from the coast, located on the southerly end of a large Lake with an overall area of 700 square hectares and Soustons Beach on the large natural sea fed, salt water lake (with its own beaches & Island) known as the "Lac Marin de Port d'Albret", with an overall area of 51 square hectares.

The pine forests surround Soustons village with numerous cycle trails and walking paths leading to the lakes and beaches. Like most of the south west coast, Soustons is something of an outdoor playground.

Sailboat on a lake

The villa itself is only 2 minutes from beautiful fresh water lakes, and 10 minutes from wonderful ocean beaches (Soustons, Vieux-Boucau, Hossegor and Moliets).

The spa town of Dax, famous for its Hydrotherapy, is just 20 minutes away, Biarritz and Bayonne with their superb shops are just 30 minutes, and just 45 minutes away are the Pyrenees and Spain.

Three world class golf courses (voted in the Worlds Top 50) are within fifteen minutes.

The villa and surroundings are easily accessible from motorways, TGV trains from Paris (and the Eurostar from London to Paris), and Biarritz, Pau & Bordeaux airports.

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