© Number 10 B & B 2016
Taking time off to get out and about and discover yet more that this lovely area has to offer.
This time perhaps a little culture as well as lunch!
Today it is a heritage site and museum of his life, where you can wander through the sumptuous rooms and gain an insight into a life lived on a rather grand scale.
A soft and feminine room, no doubt designed for a visiting lady. While another is clearly a gentleman’s room, his evening suit laid out on the bed ready for him to dress for dinner.
Up to date bathrooms
Every comfort is thought of with an unexpectedly ‘modern’ looking hairdryer sitting alongside the usual brushes, mirrors and bottles in one of the bathrooms.
To the front is the splendid formality of French style gardens, complete with ponds and pergola. While to the rear the garden is in a more informal English style.
Not only did he create this splendid house but in the surrounding 15 hectacres of grounds his beautiful gardens.
Everything is there to discover, not only the formal reception rooms but also guest bedrooms, kitchens and children's playroom. With visitors from around the world all the information is thoughtfully provided in many languages.
Anyone who enjoys interesting houses and beautiful gardens should take time to visit the Villa Arnaga, once the home of Edmond Rostand.
Rostand was the author who, amongst other things, penned the romantic comedy, Cyrano de Bergerac. He came to Villa Arnaga just outside Cambo les Bains when he was suffering from pleurisy.
The house is built in the typical Basque style with white walls and traditional red timber and shutters.
St Jean-de-Luz harbour
A walk round the harbour after lunch. Into St Jean-de-Luz to find the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Stunning baroque alterpiece
17th century glory hidden behind a plain exterior. Venue for the wedding of Louis XIV to Spanish Maria Theresa
Just time to call into the home of the Esplette chili pepper. Introduced into France in the 16th century and is a staple of Basque cooking to this day.
With AOC status and only grown in a relatively small region, only 9 other communes in addition to Esplette itself. Buy some to take home, either whole fresh or dried, in powder, puree or even pickled.
Esplette is an attractive and interesting town to visit on a day out, with a good choice of bars and restaurants .
As today we had decided to head in the direction of the coast, St Jean-de-Luz seemed life the perfect place for a spot of lunch.
Strangely we managed to arrive bang on lunch time, so the priority just had to be finding a restaurant. With Richard’s tummy already rumbling we did not spend to long searching. We plumped for a harbour side restaurant close to where we had parked and which actually turned out to be in neighbouring Ciboure, not that we realised at the time.
We could not be any closer to the ocean, so decided seafood had to be the order of the day.
I enjoyed an absolutely delicious tuna and salmon Asian inspired tartare for my starter. Himself settled on the prawn platter with the plumpest, freshest sweetest tasting prawns possible.
The peppers are harvested in late summer and hung to dry off balconies and on the front of houses to dry.