Stay at the Château in the Napolean 3 Suite


The Belle Epoque estate and its château, in Linxe (40) Les Landes.

Les Landes region that you are discovering today, is the fruit of our history and that of Napoléon III. The pine forest replaced the swamp land, and Les Landes forest has become one of the largest artificial forests in Europe. It covers nearly 1 million hectares over three departments, Les Landes, La Gironde and the Lot et Garonne.

 

In Les Landes alone, there are more than 600,000 hectares that spread from the Atlantic ocean over 67% of the department. Les Landes is still the most wooded department in France.

The pine tree that has been present in Les Landes for over 8000 years, was planted to dry up the swamp land under Napoleon III.

Napoleon 3 Suite, guest rooms for 3-6 people.

WINTER 2020 WORK: This room will be completely redone for the 2021 season!
From 195 € / night, breakfast included
  • Situated on the 1st floor
  • View of the estate gardens and the old stables
  • Area 75 m²
  • One room with a "Queen Size" double bed
  • One room with a  double bed
  • One room with two 110cm single beds
  • Bathroom with WC
  • Heated towel rail and hairdryer
  • WIFI

 

During your stay, enjoy free access to the heated swimming pool, tennis court,  boules pitch, play area… and many more activities that are available near to the Belle Epoque Estate.

Low season

 From the 4th April

to the 19th June and from 19th September to the 25th October 2020

3 people 195 €
4 people 220 €
5 people 245 €
6 people 270 €
Mid season

 From the 20th June to the 3rd July

and 5th to the 18th September 2020

3 people 210 €
4 people 235 €
5 people 260 €
6 people 285 €
High season

 From the 4th to

24th July and

the 22nd August to the 4th September 2020

3 people 240 €
4 people 265 €
5 people 290 €
6 people 315 €
Very High season

 From

the 25th July

to the 21st August

2020

3 people 260 €
4 people 285 €
5 people 310 €
6 people 335 €

 

If you wish to come with family or friends, discover our other rooms and gîtes to enjoy our beautiful region together.

The estate can be booked for exclusive use, for a wedding or a large seminar.

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Napoleon 3, Emperor of France and Les Landes

 

Napoleon III was born Louis Napoléon Bonaparte. He became Napoléon III in 1852 when he became the last emperor of France, a title he held until 1870. In 1853 he married Eugénie de Montijo who was 18 years younger. He died in 1873 exiled to the UK.

 

He loved France deeply. His close friends described him as endearing, good, faithful, and courageous as well as sensitive and emotional.

 

Being able to speak many foreign languages and with solid knowledge in agronomy, technical, military and economic matters, he developed the rail network, new industries and improved agricultural land in France.

Napoléon III, the French emperor at the Tuileries

The south west was particularly close to his heart as he would spend many of his holidays in Biarritz. In 1852 he revived the train line project from Bordeaux to Bayonne, crossing Les Landes. But it was on agricultural land in Les Landes that he would play a more important role.

He instigated the cleaning up and development of uncultivated land in France (Bretagne, Sologne…) and also wanted to better organise the French forests with a view to develop and exploit its wood.

 

Napoléon III had personal investments in Les Landes, along with certain influential men of that time (The count of Colonna Walewski, the Pérerie brothers, the Baron Haussmann…).

In 1857 he became the owner of 7000 hectares of deserted swamp land. He called it Solférino and built a village and prosperous agricultural land. This would become the showcase for his work done in Les Landes.

Napoléon III was given the nickname “the regenerator of Les Landes”.  In Paris, there was much talk of the work that was done in Les Landes and one can find many books on the subject.

 

The law of 1957 would profoundly change things in Les Landes, in its landscape but also in its type of landowners.

Land was bought by the wealthy, professional people, craftsmen, tradesmen and local manufacturers. They were the only people with the capital necessary to buy land, drain its wetlands and then plant pine trees.  They were also able to wait years before any return on their investment, whilst waiting for the trees to come to maturity and therefore ready to fell and exploit. The farmers/peasants therefore became sharecroppers.