*** Due to a cancellation, two weeks in July 2014 are now available ***
Nestled among ancient oak and chestnut trees at the end of a picturesque valley with a beautiful view of the Pyrennees, the morning birdsong or calls of owls and crickets in the evenings is all that disturbs the peace. The gite is part of what was once the wine 'chai' for this rural property and still retains it's old beams and stone masonry whilst offering all modern conveniences and comforts. Guests often comment that this gite is a 'great find' and feels more like a home than a rental property in very serene surroundings.
And of course there is the sparkling pool surrounded by parasols and comfortable loungers with the 'summer kitchen' and pool BBQ at the disposal of gite guests, who normally have the pool all to themselves. With some luck you may even see the soaring kites and other birds of prey floating on the air currents above you and the magnificent Pyrenees in front! There is a double sized lounger which is perfect for stargazing on warm evenings.
Discreetly located away from the main house, the gite is light and airy and with its thick stone walls stays cool even on the warmest days. Tastefully decorated and furnished, it presents a wonderful place from which to explore the surrounding countryside, wineries, local markets, the historic city of Pau or to venture further afield to the mountains, the Basque country, Lourdes, the Atlantic beaches, Biarritz, St Jean de Luz or St Sebastian in Spain, all of which are within a day's journey. Golf, trout and salmon fishing, river rafting, tennis and surfing, waterskiing and waterboarding are all available in the region. Wine tasting and tours of the wineries and vineyards are offered by many of the vintners.
Less strenuous pursuits include frequent brocante/antique fairs and fine dining at several Michelin starred restaurants including Michel Guerard's 3* 'Eugenie les Bains' and its associate restaurant 'La Ferme au Grives' surrounded by its stunning gardens. There are many music festivals during the summer - notably the famed International Jazz Festival at Marciac in August which is only 40 minutes away.
For those who wish to relax closer to home there are many lovely wooded walks - the lane in front of the property is on the well known 'Promenade des Orchidees' which abounds with wild orchids in May. A medieval chateau, once frequented by one of the Muscateers and the Knights Templer is just up the hill. A short walk down to the end of the property reveals the river Lees- suitable for a bit of paddling and hopeful fishermen.
There are only two horses who live here full time but if you are contemplating a holiday with your horse/s, there is also stabling and a large indoor school at the property which can be made available to guests. Please check our website for further details.
Should you be travelling with friends, B & B can be made available in the main house for up to 6 people.
The local village is 7km away and offers all amenities. Due to the steep hill which rises out of the valley towards the village, a car is strongly recommended.
The owners are English/French speaking and you can be assured a very warm welcome and our committment to assisting you in any possible way to make your holiday special.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||Biarritz 150 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pau, Lourdes (Tarbes), Biarritz, Bordeaux, Toulous 30 km, Nearest railway: Pau 30 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, King Beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
On one floor and suitable for handicapped access throughout. A large sitting/dining with cool tile flooring throughout is complemented by a brand new, well equipped kitchen, a bedroom with a superking and a spacious bathroom with separate WC and 'Italian' walk in shower. The 'sofabed' in the sitting room may also accomodate 2 more guests or children if required but in all honesty this is more of a retreat for a couple seeking tranquility in a stunning and central location.
Towels and linens are changed weekly. If additional linen is required more frequently, a fee of €10 per set will apply. We ask that guests please bring their own beach towels.
|Further details outdoors|
The gite is entered via its own shaded terrace cloaked in jasmine and surrounded by roses and a large flower bed. There is a large table and chairs for meals or 'aperos' outdoors. A small BBQ is available and a storage area for bikes, suitcases or sports equipment is available in the adjoining barn.
A grocery shopping service is available for late arrivals with an advance pre-order which is billed at the cost of the goods, plus a €10 service fee.
A washing machine and dryer are available in the main house at a cost.of €5 per load
End of stay cleaning can be arranged for €60
Airport or Train station pick up can be arranged - please enquire
Centrally located in the southern region known for its foie gras, Madiran and Jurancon wines, scenic wooded rolling hills and valleys, mountain views, the pilgrim's trail of St. Jacques de la Compostelle and of course the generous amount of sunshine and warm weather often stretching well into November, there is something for everyone and all within easy reach of no more than 1 1/2 hours for varied day trips.
These could include the Pyrenees offering spectacular mountain walks, river rafting, canoing, the largest observatory in Europe atop the 2877m Pic du Midi and the ski resorts La Mongie, Bareges and Gourette to name but a few; Biarritz and St Jean de Luz for shopping and the Atlantic beaches for surfing; the colorful Basque region; St. Sebastian and Honorabia in Spain and Lourdes. The property is only 35 minutes from the beautiful city of Pau with it's historic castle, annual Grand Prix, including racing with vintage cars in May and the 4* Three Day Event in October. Any visit to Pau should begin with a meal or a drink at one of the many restaurants and cafes on the Boulevard des Pyrenees with the majestic Pyrenees in full view.
Wildlife abounds in this unspoiled corner of South West France and is a birdwatcher's paradise.
The Armagnac region is within an hour to the north and the Bordeaux wineries can be reached in two hours.
The local town of Lembeye, less than 10 minutes away provides all amenities including a supermarket, two bakeries and several restaurants and bars. The charming market town of Aire sur l'Adour provides the visitor with wonderful shops specialising in local products and wine and an excellent market two days per week. The Madiran and St. Mont wine regions are within 15-30 minutes. Most wineries offer tasting and personal tours. There are numerous festivals during the summer and autumn - Marciac Jazz Festival and Madiran wine festival both in mid August.