- Beautifully renovated Gascony 19th century French farmhouse built with 2nd Empire accents.
- Ideal for hikers, cyclists, skiers, bird-watchers, sky-gazers, thermal spa and nature lovers
- Self-catering with 4 ensuite large bedrooms with two sofa-beds and additional portable bed, if needed
- Private country estate set in 7 acres
- Adult-size splash pool with bar-b-que area in the gardens
- Luxury kitchen with all mod cons
- Alfresco dining and play area
- Walled garden, fruit orchards & courtyards
- Pet and child friendly (Pets require owner approval and deposit)
- Smoking permitted within designated areas outside
- Wi-Fi, UK/USA/French/German satellite TV available
- Daily housekeeping and chef services available upon request (additional charge)
- 5 min drive to local amenities in Galan & 15 min in Trie-sur-Baïse
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Biarritz 2hrs|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lourdes/Tarbes 40 mins, Toulouse 1 hour, Nearest railway: Lannemezan 20 mins|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Please contact the owner|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, King Beds (3), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Shared garden, BBQ|
La Douce Folly, is located near Galan in the Hautes-Pyrénées. It is a region blessed with stunning scenery, world-famous food, wine, good living and also boasts a large number of centenarian inhabitants due to the healthy lifestyle!
The holiday villa built in the 19th century is a cross between a 2nd Empire Gascony farmhouse and a maison-de-maître, has been renovated with respect to its original features whilst incorporating modern conveniences.
In terms of the Folly's amenities, other than your newly renovated bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. There is a formal dining room and salon along with a games and video room. The kitchen is also newly renovated in a French-country style, and includes all the mod cons. There are several private shaded areas for quiet reading, large lawns for children. We have volley ball, boules, games, books and plenty of local information for sightseeing. A welcome basket will be placed in the accommodation for your arrival.
We also provide WiFi for internet access, use of a computer, wide-screen TV with English, French and some American channels via satellite, a large library of English and French DVDs, and a stereo system with a wide variety of music CDs. There is also a docking/speaker station for iPod and iPhone users.
Our valley is called “Le Petit Nice” by the locals for its warmer micro-climate and the many fruit tree orchards. The views are open and wide and due to being south facing, also extremely sunny. We are in a great location for walkers, hikers, cyclists (the Tour de France passes through the area), plus snow-shoeing, downhill and alpine skiing and for those who enjoy wildlife.
The nearest large village, Galan, a 5 minute drive has a post-office, boulangerie, tabac, small food shop, hair salon, bar and restaurant, plus a reknown cathedral famed for it's year-around classical concerts. The closest towns are Trie-sur-Baïse (12 minute drive) and Lannemezan (20 minute drive), where both offer a wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars, banks, medical facilities, cinemas, etc., and weekly markets.
There are many spa towns within an easy drive, where the thermal hot spring waters are a marvellous treat for mind and body. Our favourites are the historic spa town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre that has a modern day spa resort called Aquensis, and is about a 40 minute drive. Another favourite is in Capvern-les-Bain, 20 minutes away.
Other nearby areas of interest include Pau, a beautiful 2nd Empire gem (like a mini-Paris in the Pyrénées), with lashings of culture, restaurants, shopping, theatre, and opera. The shrine at Lourdes draws the Christian world and is an mesmerizing place to visit regardless of your spiritual beliefs. And with a castle, funicular, lake, golf course, markets - Lourdes is not just for pilgrims. We also recommend picturesque Marciac, world-famous for it's annual Jazz Festival, but in fact you can catch a concert every month. Likewise in Mirande, which is known for being France's mecca for American country, blue-grass, and rockabilly music.