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Maison Marchand
Reviewed 29 July 2009

Valerie and Gilbert are splendid hosts. The room was spacious, the bed large and comfortable and the room boasted a hospitality tray - a rarity in France. We were fortunate to be staying on a night when dinner was available and thoroughly enjoyed Valerie's delicious meal. Gilbert is enthusiastic about the area and provided maps and welcome guidance on places to visit. Breakfast, served in the open fronted room, was jolly good and we only wish our stay had been longer.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2009

Our host and hostess went beyond helping us feel comfortable and welcome in their home. They helped us with our French, one purpose for going to France. The room was superb, roomy, light and bright as it looked out onto the garden which is well kept but welcoming. A great place to sit and read or just think, especially on the swing. The salon invites one to sit and watch TV or a movie on those nights when looking for something to do. They do have books in various languages which is a plus. We were invited to keep our car in their garage which gives one a sense of safety. Maps were provided and explained for our daily adventure trips and were used extensively. We shared lots of laughs with them and soon felt that we had gained new friends. We atteanded one French dinner, cooked by both Valerie and Gilbert and delicious is too mild an adjective.. We felt that we weren't guests but family friends and are returning next year for another great experience. There is access to WIFI and the only suggestion we would give them is to get the modem necessary to allow guests to connect from their rooms. They are very gracious in sharing their computer but many people travel now with their laptop and use it a lot and it would make it a plus, plus to have personal connection. Otherwise it was one of the best times I have had on my travels and it was due to Valerie and Gilbert whom make that all possible. Visit them and have a great time as I know you will.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 June 2009

I recently spent two wonderful weeks in the Pays Basque town of La Bastide Clairence. My friend, from British Columbia and I stayed at Maison Marchand for 14 nights and we travelled each day to outlying areas to discover the beauty and history of the country.
While at Maison Marchand,we enjoyed the beautiful location,the accomodations and the lovely garden.
The owners, Valerie and Gilbert Foix ( and don't forget son, Alex) could not have been more kind and helpful to us, from assisting us with our Frence,to giving us tips on our daily "adventures".
We really enjoyed the breakfasts with the family and other guests,as well as the table d'hote,when we enjoyed a typical Basque menu.
I would not hesitate to stay there again and I thank them for making my stay memorable.
Bronwen Yewdall,Winnipeg,Canada.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 May 2009

We were new to the Pyrenees Atlantique region so didn't know what to expect. We try and use the Sawday guide for Chambres D'Hotes and this led us to stay with Valerie and Gilbert Foix for 2 nights. The greeting was friendly and relaxed and we knew straight away that we had made the right choice. Things just got better during our stay as we discovered what the local countryside had to offer, including good local restaurants and wonderfully friendly people. Valerie and Gilbert are excellent hosts (this includes their delightful son, Alex) and we enjoyed a very good evening meal on the second evening. The local cepes and canard were delicious, followed by an excellent cheese board and fruit salad (I still don't know how Valerie made it taste so good....). Our room was very comfortable and I really appreciated the availability of some good books. We have stayed at quite a few B&B's in France and I would rank this as one of the very best in terms of accomodation, warmth of hosts/greeting, food and importantly cost. Good quality at a good price!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2008

The La Maison Marchand Chambres D’hotes and Table D’Hotes was a total treat. Both Valerie and her husband Gilbert were excellent hosts—and cooks. My husband is very tall (two meters or 6’6”) so I had asked for a large bed. The room and bed were both large and perfect!! The bathroom was also large. The house has three guest rooms all decorated gorgeously. Two nights a week Gilbert and Valerie fix a 5 or 6—maybe even seven course dinner for guests who choose to eat with them--We lost track as the food and wine were so delicious. There was plenty of free parking and we were within walking distance of the town’s major attractions. Unfortunately, we were only able to stay one night; but it would be an ideal base for touring many of the other Basque towns in the area. Valerie was able to give me a list of the best places to visit. Breakfast was also very good; including fresh bread just out of the oven across the street. We enjoyed our visit, and should we ever find ourselves in the area again, we will definitely try to stay with the Foix; and especially include a night when they are hosting dinner!!!!

Stayed: October 2008
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Reviewed 29 August 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Maison Marchand

Address: Rue Notre Dame | 64240 Hasparren, 64240 La Bastide Clairence, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Pyrenees-Atlantiques > Basque Country > La Bastide Clairence
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in La Bastide Clairence
Price Range: £53 - £79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our 16C farmhouse is in the heart of one of France's classified villages dating from the 14C. The guestrooms are spacious with private bathrooms and very large beds. Each is decorated in keeping with the house's architecture of exposed beams, wafer bricks and stone. They are equipped with reversible heat pumps for winter/summer comfort, a hospitality tray with a choice of hot/cold drinks and varied reading material. You may relax on the various terraced areas in our private walled garden. There is also off-road parking available. We have personalised discovery routes and advice to help you discover the Pays Basque and its culture. ... more   less 

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