Moulin d’Ibure is a former water mill. It is situated nearby the Atlantic coast only 30km East of Biarritz in quiet rural surroundings at the border of the village Bardos at the small river Lihoury. The property covering about 7,4 acres has a vast garden with very old plane trees, meadows, flowered bushes and subtropical plants. It consists of two houses: the ancient original mill building presented here, and the former house of the miller. They have been completely renovated and equipped as comfortable vacation homes and newly furnished in a bright and tasteful style. Both homes are independent units, each with own separate entrance, terrace and a large private area of the vast garden, which is clearly devised by the former mill channel.
Our house 'Moulin' is the former mill part of Moulin d’Ibure. Nowadays it was developed into a bright and comfortable holiday home. All guests enjoy it: families, friends and couples. The 3 rooms are lovingly furnished with comfortable beds, tables and wicker chairs. There are 2 bathrooms with bath and shower attachment, bidet and toilet. The spacious combined living and dining room is very charming. There you find the open kitchen, a dining table, sofa and TV. From here as from two rooms French windows lead out to the wooden terrace. The third room has its own balcony above the mill channel. All windows afford a splendid view of the green valley along the bordering river. The wooden terrace leads to the ample garden. First there is a sitting place surrounded by flowered bushes. Then it continues with meadows lined with mighty old plane trees to the banks of the rivulet. So there are plenty of opportunities to relax in sunshine and shadow or for children to play!
House and garden:
Moulin d’Ibure offers plenty space to various holiday makers: couples and small families enjoy it as much as bigger or two families or friends who like to spend their vacation together! The bright cosy rooms are furnished tastefully and comfortably, wonderful places to retire not only at night time. In the kitchen you find everything to prepare a good meal and then relish it at a nicely laid table, inside or outside. The vast natural garden impresses with its mighty old plane trees, amply flowered bushes, subtropical plants and large meadows. Here you can take a sunbath, quietly read a book but also play badminton or volley. Especially our small guests adore discovering flora and fauna here and enjoy splashing around in the nearby rivulet Lihoury, when the water is low in summer. The large property is bordered by the rivulet, a copse and a high laurel hedge.
Mountains, beaches and villages:
Moulin d’Ibure is situated in the middle of the gently hilly landscape of the outskirts of the Pyrenees. Here you can enjoy peace and tranquillity. When you climb the outlook tower of Bardos, you will be overwhelmed by the fascinating view of the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the Pyrenees in the south! And you can easily reach both whenever you like. At the coast south of Biarritz there are plenty of nice bays to swim and north of it the well-known long white Atlantic beaches.
In the back country you can discover typical picturesque Basque villages. Also a walk in the beautiful historic old town of Bayonne or Saint Jean de Luz is worthwhile. The area is a real paradise for surfers and golfers; there are various possibilities for horse riding and marvellous hike paths. Also for those who are interested in the culture life there is a lot to discover: museums as the ‘Musée Bonnat’ and the ‘Musée Basque’ in Bayonne, festivals of music and dance, not to forget the vast choice of markets providing regional delicacies! Even Spain and the pulsating cities San Sebastian, Pamplona or Bilbao with its famous Guggenheim museum are not far away. The choice what to do and where to go might be difficult and often holidays are just too short to experience all attractions.
A part from coming in one’s own car, a flight combined with car hire is an attractive alternative way of travelling to this lovely region of France. There are well-priced offers to the nearby airports of Biarritz, Pau, Bordeaux, Lourdes, Toulouse or Bilbao. This way even a short one week holiday is worthwhile!