Villa Arnaga: Edmond Rostand’s house in lush greenery.

The Arnaga Villa is a house-neo – Basque style villa of the early twentieth century , a park- botanical garden around, located in Cambo-les-Bains , department of Pyrenees – Atlantiques. It was built between 1903 and 1906 by the writer and playwright Edmond Rostand (author of Cyrano de Bergerac), who lived there until his death, and currently houses the “Musée Edmond Rostand” which is open to the public all year round.

Villa Arnaga was subject to a classification in the title of historical monuments in 2016.

History

Edmond Rostand arrived in Cambo in 1900 on the advice of Dr. Grancher to recover from a pleurisy contracted during the Aiglon trials. He was quickly conquered by the climate of the Basque Country and his good life, and decided to settle there. After purchasing land near the village, he commissioned the Parisian architect Joseph Albert Tournaire to draw up the plans for a house to be made in externally Basque style, conceived for the development of comfortable and sunny spaces indoors. The work started in 1903 continued until 1906.

Gardens

The gardens were designed and assembled, along with the house. To the east, the French garden (12ha) is organised around three ponds, with the greenhouse and the Poets’ corner. A pergola inspired by the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, which is reflected in a water plane, was built around 1912 , it seems to close the perspective without limiting the gaze towards the mountain, towards the Ursuya and Baïgoura. To the west, the English garden (1ha) leaves nature in apparent freedom.