I have chosen La Demeure Saint Martin to stay during my 3 weeks cure at the Thermal Water Station near by. I was very much charmed by the photos of this place and I was not disappointed! The house has a lot of history and energy and was transformed into Bed and Breakfast hotel by the owner Patricia. She put a lot of heart, soul and hard work to do what had to be done to give XII century Presbyterian (where they monks lived) new life, new light. Being an artistic person, she decorated the rooms (none are alike) as she felt, sticking to a main theme: antic / romantic charm, nevertheless.
She gave a lot of attention for the people that just came for a weekend, and I practically felt at home, being there 3 weeks. By the way, my husband was warmly welcomed for the last week of my stay, and we were treated like a family by Patricia and her mother, a very sweet lady as well.
I was given all necessary to cook in my room if/when i feel like it. I had my own coffee and tea pot, even a small oven.
It is true that toilets and showers are in the common area for most rooms. But that was done to preserve the original planning of XII century.
Wi-Fi worked -no problem. No TV, but it was not needed.
Patricia is fascinated by history, and she will be able to guide you around places that you might miss otherwise. She has created a book with brochures, maps etc to help visitors.
La Demeure is located right next to a park, where you can chill out, and see/feed the deers.
If you are in the region - I advice you to spend a weekend, you wont regret.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This old and majestic gothic presbytey is situated only 50 km away from Biarritz,the beach,mountains and of course our close neighbour,Spain.It'scharmingly decorated spacious rooms(more 30m2)have wonderful views over tue wooded park and Salies'Pain de Sucre'.Each have their own washroom enclosed by tall velvet curtains.Patricia,hostess of the establishment,not only welcomes you but also gives you the chance to try out the relaxation treatments available.There are many activities availiable in Sales de Béarn:the thermal spa,long walks,cycling,fishing,golf,horse riding,tours of the medieval town,the StJ.de Compostella lanes and much more.Rafting and canoeing can be found 10 km away,whist the beaches and mountains are about 50 km away ... more less