Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
This lovely villa is set in the middle of an acre of lawns, flowering shrubs and mature trees. Surrounded on two sides by high hedges and approached by a long, gated drive, guests enjoy both privacy and security. The views are beautiful with mountains to the south from the balcony, and unspoilt views across meadows and wooded hillsides from the garden. There is a large floodlit 12x6m swimming pool with roman steps and a poolside barbecue, perfect for alfresco lunches or wining and dining on balmy summer evenings. There are several private shaded areas for quiet reading, large lawns for children and two terraces with plenty of garden furniture. We have table tennis, games, books and plenty of local information for sightseeing. A welcome hamper will be placed in the accommodation for your arrival.
The layout of the house is very flexible, with accommodation for 8 in 4 bedrooms. The villa is well appointed with every modern comfort, making it a perfect holiday retreat for family or friends. The ground floor is self contained and suitable for those with restricted mobility. It can be incorporated into the main house by means of an internal staircase or rented as a separate unit. The area is a cyclists paradise, and golfers are spoilt for choice with an amazing variety of courses within 45 minutes drive. With such magnificent scenery close at hand, you are ideally placed to explore this beautiful region of France.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Biarritz 2hrs|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lourdes/Tarbes 40 mins, Nearest railway: Lannemezan 17 mins|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house can be accessed either through french doors on the ground floor or by an external staircase leading to the main entrance on the first floor. This is an upside down house with the main accommodation on the upper level and a self-contained one bedroomed gite at ground level. The two are connected by an internal staircase. All the accommodation is bright and airy, tastefully furnished, with comfortable beds and fine linens.
On the ground floor is a lovely beamed living room with a small but fully equipped kitchen/ dining area and french doors to the terrace. There is a TV and video player. A door from the living room leads to a small vestibule with W.C and wash hand basin. A further door opens onto a double bedroom with en-suite shower. There are south facing views over the garden.
From the ground floor living room, a second door opens to a staircase to the upper level. Off the hallway is a bright, modern, fully equipped kitchen with table and chairs. Double doors lead to the main living room which has a dining area, log fire, TV and DVD player. There are two sets of french doors opening onto a south facing balcony with views to the mountains and the pretty, floodlit village church. Of the three bedrooms; the master bedroom has a king size bed with en-suite shower room. Bedroom two which is adjacent, has twin beds; both have beautiful views over the garden, swimming pool and surrounding countryside. Bedroom three has a king size bed and looks over the south facing garden. The attractive family bathroom which is adjacent, has a large corner bath, separate shower, wash hand basin and W.C.
|Further details outdoors|
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS:
Although the swimming pool has an approved alarm system it is not enclosed and could be a danger to young children. The owners can not be held responsible for accidents occurring in or around the pool and small children should never be left in the garden unattended. For this reason we don't recommend the property to families with children under 12 years of age..
Please be aware that small children may be able to climb over the upper storey balcony railings.
Although SMOKING is allowed at the property, it is limited to the garden and balcony. Smoking is not permitted in the house.
We ask that guests please arrive after 4.00pm and leave no later than 10.00am unless otherwise agreed with the owner. This allows time to thoroughly clean and prepare the property between rentals.
The Midi-Pyrenees region
There are few places in France where people are so friendly, life so relaxed and the scenery so stunning. The beauty is year round with snow on the mountains from November to late May and long warm summers. Easter marks the opening of sites of touristic interest and there is much to see whatever your interests. The Pyrenees form a vast wilderness of great natural beauty with trails suitable for walkers of all abilities. They are a haven for wildlife with beautiful indigenous plants and wild flowers. Red kites, eagles, griffon vultures and lammergeier soar the skies, whilst the mountain slopes are home to marmot, izard, wild boar and even the occasional bear. Criss-crossed by tiny mountain streams and dotted with lakes they afford hours of endless pleasure. A major attraction in the area is Lourdes with its wonderful Basilica, visited by millions of pilgrims every year. The Cirque de Gavarnie, a little further into the mountains, forms a natural barrier between France and Spain and is a Unesco Heritage site with Europe's longest waterfall. Nearby is Pont d'Espagne with its tumbling cascades, lake and beautiful valleys. The pretty ski resort of St. Lary is also worth a visit and popular with children. There are grottoes, cable cars and mountain railways; ski-ing, snow-shoeing and husky sledding in winter; rock climbing, fishing, white water rafting, canyoning, tennis, para-gliding, horse riding and children's adventure parks in summer. The Pyrenees are a cyclist's paradise and the Tour de France passes close by every July on its gruelling journey over the nearby mountain passes. There are many fine golf courses in the area, with the oldest in mainland Europe at Pau and the most beautiful at Bagneres de Bigorre. The closest is a superb 18 hole, par 70 flat course in Lannemezan which has an excellent restaurant.
For the less active or more culturally minded, historic Pau is an enchanting town with fine architecture, a beautiful castle and wonderful shopping. The Atlantic coast has superb beaches and elegant towns like St. Sebastian, and Biarritz which has been a long time favourite with european nobility and is a surfer's paradise. Close by is the lovely fishing port of St.Jean de Luz with its fine restaurants, lively cafes and yachting harbour.
Closer to home, the lovely medieval hilltop villages of St. Bertrand de Comminges and Mauvezin with their cathedral and castle are both worth a visit and are host to a variety of concerts and festivals throughout the summer. Toulouse, and Carcassonne with its perfectly preserved medieval castle and old town are easily visited in a day. North, lies Marciac with its beautiful town square and lovely restaurants. It is home each August to the internationally acclaimed Jazz Festival when music pours from every cafe, colourful stalls spill over the pavements and the town is alive with visitors. Mirande, nearby, is equally famous for its Country and Western Festival in July which attracts celebrities from as far away as the United States. For those who enjoy the arts, there is a silent film festival at nearby Aneres during Spring.
Whatever your interests, we are sure you will enjoy all that the Hautes Pyrenees has to offer along with the comfort and ambience of our lovely home.
Languages spoken: English, French, German and Spanish
Lannemezan is a small market town and gateway to the Pyrenees. It has a colourful market on Wednesday mornings and plenty of cafes and reasonably priced restaurants. A three to four course lunch can cost as little as 12 euros with wine; local specialities are duck, foie gras, cassoulet and brebis cheese, washed down with a glass of madiran or jurancon wine. It has all major amenities including supermarkets, banks, chemists, a variety of shops, cinema, golf course, hospital and children's park with boating lake. Shops are open from 9am-12 noon and 2pm to 7pm. Most are closed on Sundays and Monday mornings. If you enjoy markets, the lovely spa town of Bagneres de Bigorre with its Saturday market, casino and elegant swimming complex Aquensis, is only 35 minutes away, and reached by one of the most beautiful drives in the region. Spain is a 50 minute drive and good for a tapas lunch and shopping if you wish to stock up on drinks and cigarettes; prices are cheaper over the border.
Galan itself is a bastide village dating from the middle ages. It expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries so has a diverse mixture of architecture. It sits on a crest between two valleys, overlooking the Pyrenees. Only two minutes from the house, it has all the basic amenities including a boulangerie, tabac, chemist, post office, cash point, small supermarket and a cafe/bar. There is also a doctor and dentist. It lies just north of Lannemezan which is a 12 minute drive by car.