House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

French Country Farmhouse in Lucq de Bearn, a 4 star, National tourist board fully accredited, v. well equipped holiday 300 yrs old stone house that is tastefully renovated with WIFI throughout is situated between Biarritz (60mins) & Pau (25mins).

* Very large in-ground POOL with panoramic views of Pyrenees mountains & Jurancon vineyards.

* Ideal for COUPLES, group of friends or families who want tranquil country surroundings.

* Ease of access to nearby towns & PAU city.

For smaller groups choose 2 bedroom option- 2 floors - Downstairs- well equipped fitted kitchen, farmhouse table & chairs, comfortable living area PLUS upstairs 1 king- Opera, 1 large twin- Theatre + 1 EN SUITE shower room + 1 family bath/shower room. 3rd floor remains unused.

- private stone terrace, private garden and plenty of parking space.

Ideally situated for

CYCLING- Try the local hills and Cols (many appear in the Tour du France). ETAPE 2014 PAU to HAUTACAM

RIVER- salmon and trout fly fishing and Whitewater rafting in our local well known river

WINE TASTING- Jurancon wine region- neighbouring vineyards

GOLF - we lend our guests golf clubs/trolleys (note on your booking form and we can advise re booking tee times/course selection)

WALKING

...events such as

Pau International 3 Day Event Horse Trials (23-27Oct)

Whilst being very peacefully situated on the hilltop above historic Lucq de Bearn, it is easy to reach PAU and many other places of interest.

All bedrooms have views over distant high Pyrenees. NO OTHER RENTAL PROPERTIES ON SITE .

Make your first day hassle free, order a first night supper available freshly prepared in the house on arrival evening.

Secure storage for bikes available at no extra charge. Just pre-book. Bike hire also available in local town.

Note the swimming pool garden area is entered through a gate in the garden wall from Les Vieux Chenes. The owner has a separate entrance for discreet maintainance & occasionally use of the pool. Although you may well not see us again once checked-in, however should you want help or information we can be found behind the gated courtyard, just come and ask.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Biarritz 80 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Pau 25 km, Nearest railway: TGV stop= PAU 25 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The accommodation comprises 2 excellent-sized bedrooms with comfortable mattresses and Egyptian cotton linens & 2 shower /bathrooms

Opera -KING antique walnut bed with EN SUITE with newly refitted walk in 'rain forest' shower & handbasin,WC, large wardrobe, dressing table,armchair

Theatre - TWIN (two over-sized antique single beds), antique mahogany chest of drawers, wardrobe, armchair.Adjacent to

Large family bathroom: bath with shower over, handbasin and WC.

The bedrooms have bedside tables, bedside lights, additional armchairs & chairs. They also have fans for those warm summer nights and central heating for the winter.

Downstairs provides:

- fully fitted, well equipped kitchen with plenty of crockery & glasses

- large farmhouse dining table & chairs

- comfortable lounge area with sofas, fireplace, flat screen satellite TV ( English & French) . DVD and PIANO. There is a selection of books, DVDs, guide books and games in the house which you are welcome to use.

Further details outdoors

The POOL (14m x 6m overall) which has extra large Roman steps is great place for cooling down and sipping a drink or two! There are wooden sun loungers with cushions and parasols around the pool.

Your private garden has a lovely old 18th century well house, large, old oak trees providing welcome shade in the heat of the day. There is a private stone terrace, with large terracotta planted pots, outside wooden furniture, parasol and a large stone built barbecue. Both the house and garden overlook the Pyrenees mountains and offers an excellent opportunity to have breakfast outside in the sunshine. The warm evenings are great for relaxing in the garden and cooking produce purchased at a local market, visiting a local restaurant or making use of the personal chef option.

Passing through a gateway in the old garden wall you find the large in-ground POOL (14mx6m overall) .

with views of almost 360degrees - mountains and valleys with the Jurancon vineyard .

Virtually EXCLUSIVE USE of the pool as the only other occasional user is one of the owners who live behind a courtyard in the adjacent property, however once checked in you are unlikely to see us again as the houses face different directions both are quite private from each other. However, if you want some advice or help just come and knock on our door.

There are NO other rental properties here.

There is plenty of parking. Storage is available for golf clubs & bicycles. There are several sets of golf clubs available for guests to borrow free of charge on request. There is local bike hire in the nearby small town of Navarrenx, please ask for more details.

Further details

* Extensive Welcome Pack included

* Summer BBQ/Dinner can be booked for the night of your arrival. Prepared starter & dessert, prepared main dish with salads and cheese plate at £17 /20 euros/adult, £10/12 euros/child under 10 which includes wine, beer and soft drinks

* No hidden charges

* All linen and towels (including swimming towels) are provided at the start of each rental. 3 week rentals include a full change of linen. Additional linen & towel packs are available ( £15 per room).

* FLEXIBLE START DAY outside high season

Frenchcountryfarmhouse can be offered with 4 bedrooms & 3 bath/shower room please ask for details.

Note: Whilst the house usually has excellent WIFI and Satellite UK TV these services can be affected by weather etc and may occasionally be out of service. This is beyond our control

The Aquitaine/Dordogne region

An ideal area for a family and friends holiday or break with easy access from UK regional airports. Offering the beaches and surfing of the Atlantic coast, spectacular mountain scenery of the Pyrenees National Park, chic city boulevards and interesting historic local towns & villages to explore.

There are so many places to see, but some of the major ones are:

Pyrenees National Park- stunning mountain scenery incl. highest railway in Europe

The Atlantic Coast & beaches

St Jean de Luz -pretty fishing port

Navarrenx and Sauveterre for magnificent views of the river below from their mediaeval ramparts

Salies de Bearn - with its thermal baths,

the many local VINEYARDS

St Jean Pied-de-Port & Lourdes pilgrim towns

Jaca ( citadel town) in Spain.

Pau

2014 EVENTS DIARY

9-11 May Formula 3 street race PAU

17/18 May Historic Grand Prix PAU

TBA October PAU 4* World CCI 3 day event

LUCQ de BEARN (2 mins) is a listed village with beautiful church

MONEIN (5 mins) a Jurancon wine centre, many vineyards are open to the public. It has an important cathedral-like church (guided tours of tower giving access to spectacular roof structure), tourist office, restaurants, bars, shops, market, supermarket and banks. Offers horse riding, wine-tasting.

NAVARRENX (10 mins) Mediaeval walled town whose fortifications are well-worth exploring has also restaurants, bars and shops,supermarkets etc. Offers river rafting, tennis, bastide fortifications,riding.

PAU (25mins)- with its elegant boulevards, including the famous Boulevard des Pyrenees and famous chateau with some of the worlds best tapestries has vibrant cafes and many restaurants. Oldest european golf course. National horse stud in Gelos,Pau

ACTIVITIES:

CYCLING & CYCLO-SPORTIVES - this is an outstanding area to enjoy the hills and valleys, with near deserted roads as well as conquering various cols and mountains on the Tour de France. We can give you advice on routes. Bike hire is available in local town with a good variety of quality bikes for all- our guests receive a discount.

HORSE RACING- Meetings Dec-Feb - 30+ racing meetings. Jump & flat. Excellent racecourse. Free entry. Excellent reasonably priced panoramic restaurant.

GOLF- Pau-Billiere 1856 golfcourse, oldest course outside the UK, is on most golfer's must playlist with its traditional course layout and wonderful old clubhouse.

WHITE WATER RAFTING

There are a number of rafting options locally suitable for all ages. Older children and adults can take smaller rafts for a wilder ride, whilst less energetic adults and younger children enjoy a piloted larger raft. Full day options include a mid day bbq on the river bank. Wet suits/life jackets all provided.

FISHING- The Gave d'Oloron and the Gave de Pau are both nearby which have seen both the World and French championships for salmon and trout fishing. The season runs from March 15th to Sep 15th. Fishing licences are inexpensive and can be purchased for a single day or the holiday duration.

WINE TASTING- The region has the famous Jurancon wine favoured by many top worldclass restaurants. It is made from the Gros Manseng and the Petit Manseng grape variety which is only allowed under the Appellation laws to be grown in this specific region. It produces an excellent dry white from the gros manseng and sweet apertif or dessert wine made from either variety or a mixture of the two, though experts consider the very best is made with just the Petit Manseng. Many vineyards are open to the public and sell wine, as do the local shops.

Red wine locally is from the Madiran and Saint Mont regions (N of PAU)

WALKING- Lots of excellent walking. Maps are available in the house.

SKIING - There are several resorts are around one hour away. All equipment can be rented by the day, and lift passes are very reasonable.