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Manor House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Situated at the base of the Haute Pyrenees within the village of Salles-Argeles, 'Le Belvedere' is the perfect place for whatever event or activity holiday you are planning – or just for total relaxation in a stunning setting. 'Le Belvedere' gives you a perfect base for canyoning, hiking, cycling, skiing, exploring the area’s history, a family reunion, a wedding party or as a pilgrimage to the historic location of Lourdes.
Le Belvedere' is unique to the Valley and was originally built over 300 years ago. Since that time as been a government building, local council house, school, and private residence. The 300 year old wooden staircase is heritage listed for its unique construction as it is entirely free standing without vertical support beams. The manificent staircase is still in its original state and with minor restoration work, stands as strong as at the time it was built.
The house is built from stone and chestnut wood and is finished in walnut. It features built-in walnut cupboards and doors mostly in their original state that have seen over 300 years with very little restoration work needed. The floors in the master bedroom are still in their original state and are made of chestnut parquetry.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Tarbes Airport 27 km, Nearest railway: Lourdes 13 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The current owners of Le Belvedere take the opportunity to enjoy the relaxing French countryside when visiting the Pyrenees and would like to invite you to experience this wonderful property.
Food and wine are at the heart of the people of the French Pyrenees and certainly look no further than Vallees des Gaves for unique and wonderful local specialities that can be enjoyed in this magnificent dining room. Our dining room seats 10 people however it can seat 12 - 14 comfortably. You do not need visit restaurants to enjoy French cuisine - be adventurous prepare the meals yourself and enjoy and relish in the wonder of French cuisine and wine.
Warmed in winter by the massive open fireplace and in summer the Grand Salon opens on to the terrace overlooking the magical Haute Pyrenees. The Grand Salon is the heart of the house where you can enjoy wonderful evenings in summer or winter with a glass of wine and wonderful friends.
You may want to eat in one of the many wonderful local restaurants - however who could not resist the temptation to test your skills on the wonderful and tasty array of local French Pyrannean produce. Cook to your hearts and your guests content in your own French kitchen.
Want to relax and catch up on the news from home or keep the kids entertained with a DVD or board game? With over 200 Cable channels and a selection of DVDs in multi languages (usually French and English) we are sure that your entertainment needs and those of your children will be catered to.
A charmingly beautiful bedroom, in warm golds and burgundys, to rest after enjoying the excitement and beauty of the Haute Pyrenees - it is said that people sleep soundly and restfully in the mountains. This room comes with an adjoining sitting room and en-suite bathroom.
These two rooms provide stunning views from the top level of the house across the expansive valleys below. Charmingly furnished in antiques each room has a double and single bed with en-suite bathrooms.
This room is comfortably furnished for either children or adults and also has an adjoining bathroom en-suite.
Please note that all bedrooms on the first and second floor are accessible by stairs only.
|Further details outdoors|
The pool, terrace and BBQ area is yours to enjoy! The pool is alarmed to ensure water safety and the terrace area is fitted with a barbecue to enjoy those wonderful summer evenings and spectacular views of the mountains.
Spring at Le Belvedere is truly breathtaking. The garden comes alive with colour and fragrance that lasts throught summer. Autumn offers up a spectacular display of olds, reds and browns, while winter transforms Le Belvedere into a beautiful snow covered hideaway. Any time of the year is truly magical.
About this location
The Midi-Pyrénées region
The mountains dominate life in the French Pyrenees. A region in many ways closer to Spain than France, over centuries its remote terrain and tenacious people have given heretics a hiding place and refugees an escape route. Today it is the last remaining wilderness in southern Europe and a habitat for rare animal species.
Whether you are visiting Lourdes, the Valley of Argeles-Gazost, Val d'Azun, Cauterets or in le Pays Toy we hope to give you a snippet of information so that when you will pass through to the sites and vistas you are prepared for the magical scenery and cultural experience to what may lay ahead. The Vallees des Gaves or Valley of Rivers offers an invitation to travel and experience nature at its most pristine where you can enjoy a great range of sport and leisure activities within the natural beauty and authenticity of the Haute Pyrenees!
This magnificent country is to be approached with respect. In summer the region offers over 1600kms of walking trails as well as camping, fishing and climbing. In winter there is both cross country and alpine skiing at the busy resorts along the border, much livelier than their Spanish counterparts.
Historically, the Pyrenees are known as the birthplace of Henry IV who put an end to the Wars of Religion in 1593 and united France, though the region has been characterised more often by independent fiefdoms. The region's oldest inhabitants, the Basque people, have maintained their own language and culture, and their resorts of Bayonne, Biarritz and St-Jean-de-Luz reflect this, looking to the sea and summer visitors for their livelihood.
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11 Sep 2013
"Beautiful French Manor House in the heart of the Pyrenees."
Spent two weeks here with another family. Efficient booking process and Dominique there to greet us when we arrived. Very comfortable house, beautifully furnished and well equipped, children loved the pool, lovely views of the mountains, quiet village location. Quite hilly for the children to cycle back up to the house but great flat cycle route along La Vallee des Gaves from Argeles to Lourdes. Can recommend the pony treks with the riding school in Salles, we rode right past the house. Super walk to the Lac de Gaube from the Pont d'Espagne. We ordered our baguettes and croissants each morning from the visiting van from la boulangerie!
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