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Villa Arnaga

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Edmond Rostand (1868-1918) was French writer, poet and essayist.
His most famous work, and one of the most popular plays in the French theatre, is the drama "Cyrano de Bergerac", a play loosely inspired by the life and work the writer Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655).
Arguably the second most famous work of Edmond Rostand is "Chantecler", - a drama/fable about a rooster that believes that the sun rises because of his crowing. The play was written in 1910 while the Rostand family was residing in Arnaga, near the little town of Cambo-les-bains, in the French Basque Country.
Rostand came first to Cambo-les-bains in 1900 to heal his pleurisy. He fell in love with the region and decided to build a house here. The plans of the mansions were designed by the architect Albert Tournaire with the hands-on help of Rostand himself. The house was built between 1903 and 1906 in neo-Basque style with a roof with two uneven slopes and white lime plastered facades striped by red timber beams.
For interior decoration Rostand invited famous, at the time, painters like Henri Martin, Gaston Latouche, Jean Veber, Georges Delaw and Hélène Dufau to bring to Arnaga some of their work, make some portraits of the family members or directly paint on the walls of different rooms. The paintings were complementary to the inlaid exotic wood paneling of the rooms, the rich furniture - now in majority lost - and the wood or marble flooring.
But what really impresses the visitor of the Arnaga mansion is its modernity; for the house built at the beginning of the 20th century is already equipped with electricity - produced locally by a generator located near the stables -, central heating , telephone, refrigerators, a drinking water filtering system, hot and cold running water and even a room for hydrotherapy!
The house remained in the possession of Rostand family until 1922. In 1960 the town of Combo-les-bains bought the Arnaga property and transformed it into the Edmond Rostand museum.

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Address:Villa Arnaga, Route du Docteur Camino, 64250 Cambo-les-bains
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Visiting Hours:From March 19th to June 30th and from September 19th to November 2nd from 9:am to 12:30pm and from 2pm to 6pm.
In July and August from 10am to 7pm.
From September 1st to September 18th from 9:30am to 6pm.


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