A newly refurbished Gite in 2011. A fantastic large salt water 11M x 5M swimming pool that has a light for a nightime swim or drinks by the pool. The pool is shared by the main house. You will have your own large garden/patio area - patio table and chairs and bbq). Oil radiators provided in the colder months.
The maison/gite is on the edge of the historic town opposite a large park which has tennis & basketball courts, football and rugby. The local US Orthez rugby team ground is here and they can often be seen training in the evenings. Matches on some Saturday usually about 10 euros entrance fee.
The House and gite are situated in the historic town of Orthez.
There is a local market held on Tuesdays, lots of local shops, bars and restaurants to choose from within a short gentle walk . There are 2 lakes also nearby, one with a small beach and water sports (lake biron) and one being more of a nature reserve.
Salmon, Trout & Course fishing is plentiful and well known in the area. Water rafting and canoeing all within a 30 min drive.
Golf courses nearby in Pau and Salies
Beaches - 5 mins drive to local lake Biron which has a small beach) 45 mins to Biarritz, Hossogor and many others including San Sabastian, Spain, which is only 1 hour away. Pampoloma is about a 2 hour drive (beautiful scenery) through the pyrenees.
Ski season is generally Dec - end Mar, Pierre St Martin (Abt 1 hour) Guerette (Abt 1 hour) which we easily go to for the day (resort details on internet). Cycling in the foothills of the pyrenees is very popular in this area - the Tour de France passes through the local villages.
Pilgrimes - Visit to Lourdes (45 mins by car) 1 hour by train from Orthez (train station is a 5 mins walk from house)
ORTHEZ FETE 2014 DATES 25 - 29TH JULY - but check on the internet in case they change
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac Biron (a beach on the local lake) 2 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pau (30 mins), Biarittz (45 mins) 45 km, Nearest railway: Orthez 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The gite can sleep up to 6 people. Internet & TV connections may from time to time experience bad connections (TV - recently government changed the satellite) which will be out of our control so some channels maybe distorted - lots of dvds though.. 2 bedrooms plus 2 full double sized bed settees. 1 travel cot and basic pushchair and baby monitor and stair gates also available. Open plan with Kitchen (all new appliances), lounge with 32" flat screen tv and dvd, and 2 large settees and a dining area with seating for 6 people. Gite has tiled floors downstairs and is carpeted upstairs. All bed linen and towels included with the exception of beach towels (1set each bed / person). The gite has shutters (some electric) to allow air in but keep sun/heat out during high season.
|Further details outdoors|
Parking facilities - locked drive way.
Shared pool with the main house - you have your own entrance to the pool. The pool is enclosed by a fence and lockable gates ( you are responsible for locking behind you for the safety of young children).
A small well behaved pet may be possible if agreed in advance.
Smoking allowed in garden/patio but resectfuly ask not to some inside premises.
The house, gardens and pool are totally enclosed and has a lockable driveway. Very safe for children to play safely.
Pool and gite used by persons at their own risk. Rental party is responsible for all guests within the group.
Every care will be taken to minimise any risks for you to have an enjoyable holiday. Pool shared with Gite and main house only.
WiFi internet added for 2014
Orthez was the ancient capital of Bearn. It is an historic town which boasts many cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. It has its own beach at the lake (with water sports), museum, bull ring and market. It holds many fetes and festivals, the main one being usually in the last week of July.
There is lots of surfing and international competitions in biarittz.. Water rafting & Canoeing (within 30 mins) siiking and sledging with the huskies at Peierre st Martin and Guerette (within abt 1 hr) Golf courses, thermal spas, tennis, rugby, horesriding, walking and cycling within the foothills of the pyrenees. Fishing for Salmon, Trout and course fishing in abundance. Pilgrim trails of Lourdes and surrounding areas. Golfing, waterparks, cheese trails and a variety of museums and waterparks etc. There is something for everyone in the Pyrenees Atlantic area. You can just hop between France and Spain - or just relax and swim and sunbathe at the local beach in Orthez (Lac Biron) or by the pool gite.
The weather you can easily check on the internet. Almost on the Spanish border. Skiing/Boarding/Sledging season is mainly Beg Dec to End March. Again check out the internet at Pierre St Martin and Guerette for their runs etc.
Golf is available nearby at Pau and the thermal town of Salies de bearn as well as Hossogor (please check in case of changes) as well as Casinos.
There is a water park near Oloron St Marie and an Aquarium in Biarritz.
Many places are reachable by train if no car is available.
Orthez is about 1 hour from the Spanish border (open borders) which you can easily travel for the day for tapas and shopping or some of the many beaches. Biarritz (France) is about 45 mins away and San Sabastian (Spain)is about 1 hour away. Over the Pyrenees the other way you can cross the border in an hour and be in Pamploma within about 2 hours. Many people shop, eat and sun bathe in both France and Spain on a daily basis.