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Farmhouse / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6
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Farmhouse / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6
Under the sun the unspoilt other south of France near Spain, this comfortable, detached ivy clad 18 c farm house is situated in the friendly little hamlet of Loubieng. With an impressive, secluded and enclosed pool area, (safety gate), with the luxury of a jacuzzi and jet stream, you can relax and work on your tan.
Enjoy BBQ's on the terrace looking out over the beautiful French countryside and behind the barn play croquet or petanque. Nearby is Orthez, the ancient capital of the Bearn and attractive market town,with restaurants, cafes, traditional markets and supermarkets, and a leisure lake with beach. It is ideal for romantic rural getaways or family holidays!
The farmhouse itself sits in a spacious, lawned plot looking out over the tree filled valley of the River Laa. It looks most inviting with its steeply raked, tiled, roof, wooden window shutters, and partially ivy-clad facade. Downstairs the exposed wood ceiling beams and large, wood burning fireplace bring real French character to the open plan living accommodation. (As well as UK TV, DVD player and CD player, there is a small library of books (English), videos and DVDs). Upstairs, there is the bonus of a second sitting room equipped with a second TV for videosand DVDs, DVD player and CD player and fixed baby gate (Children's Videos supplied.) High Chair, push chair, baby monitor and baby bath can be requested.
The Games/Laundry Room has a second fridge for those market goodies, plus a freezer, as well as Games for the children - old and young - eg table football, table tennis and pool floats. The property is well-stocked with garden and pool furniture.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Orthez -Lake (Biarritz - Sea 81km) 8 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||8 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pau 45 km, Nearest railway: Orthez 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Video player, 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||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Our aim is to provide our guests with a comfortable, clean, characterful haven for all seasons.
Downstairs, the open-plan sitting/dining/kitchen allows the chef to still be part of the company. In addition to UK/French TV, DVD player and CD player, we offer a small library books (in English) and DVDs. (An additional baby gate is available plus high chair, push chair, baby monitor and baby bath can be requested.)
For our winter guests, there is the cosiness of central heating plus the use of a log fire, (wood extra).
For the convenience of our more senior guests, one of the bedrooms is downstairs and has its own direct access to the garden. This has the en-suite shower room. With the downstairs WC conveniently placed at its entrance, the downstairs bedroom can be turned into totally en-suite.
Upstairs, there is the added bonus of a second sitting room with a TV for Video/ DVD; CD player. We have also provided games and children's videos to keep our young, and not so young, guests occupied. (There is a fixed Baby Gate at the top of stairs.)
The house is not suitable for a wheelchair user.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside in the Games/Laundry room attached to barn, there is a freezer and an extra fridge, for all those market bargains. (Market Orthez - Tues) There are also more games eg mini table tennis, table hockey/football.
The property is well supplied with garden furniture - tables, chairs, sun loungers and a BBQ.
In nearby Navarrenx, you can hire bicycles and try a Tour de France route. You can also make bookings for river rafting. Navarrenx is the salmon fishing capital of France.
Pool and jacuzzi open from May to end of September.
Pool open from beginning of May to end of September.
Property available from 4 pm on the commencement date, although luggage may be left in the Games Room at the guest's risk, before this time, at the discretion of the house manager . Property must be left by 10 am to allow cleaning.
Cleaning at commencement and end of holiday, and mid Saturday for fortnight bookings. Extra cleaning may be booked and payment made to the managers direct. Contact details on booking.
Linen and towels (not beach towels), is included throughout the year (except for House Hunter Specials).
From October to May central heating is included in the price.
Booking Form showing all Terms and Conditions is available on request.
Sorry, but for the sake of the majority of the guests, we can't allow pets.
The Bearn region
Being close to the Spanish border, this area is rich in the cultural and leisure activities of two countries. There is something for everyone and any age group from summer to winter.
You can find surfing beaches, ski slopes, golf courses, tennis, pelotte, horse racing, fishing, ten-pin bowling, river rafting, water park, cycling, hill walking, cheese trails, wine trails, markets, fetes, vo films, casinos, museums, châteaux, tourist trains, natural grottos, bird watching, thermal spas, designer/boutique shopping, night-life .
For golfers: remember that Pau had the first mainland golf course in Europe. You'll also find golf courses on the coast at Anglet, to the east at Lourdes and in the nearby thermal spa town of Salies de Bearn.
For surfers and water enthusiasts: The Atlantic rollers attract international competitions each year. In nearby Navarrenx you can book water rafting and canooing, (or you can water ski on our local leisure lake).
For children: Visit the water park at nearby Oloron St Marie or spend the day on the Atlantic beaches (or our little local beach). See the Aquarium at Biarritz or take a trip to visit the Reptilarium.
For pilgrims: Visit Lourdes or follow the the trail of the Compostile pilgrims
For skiers: The Pyrenees are less crowded and less expensive than the Alps, but no less challenging.
There is so much to do and see - more information available on our website below and in the house.
To view average high temperatures, also see our website Orthez page.
Orthez - the ancient capital of the Bearn - Where France meets Spain.
Take part in a host of events with the friendly locals - market, fete, jazz festival, book fair, bull running in the summer: Enjoy the beach and water skiing at the leisure lake or explore Orthez history and don't forget the January sales!
Cycle around our quiet little country lanes. Loubieng is a base for country walks and a route guide can be found on the road to the church (2 mins walk from the house). Cycle hire to suit all ages (including child seats) is available at nearby Navarrenx.
Visit one of the many restaurants or cafes, and taste delicious local gastronomy.
Another popular choice is to just spend a pleasant sunny day by the pool topping up your tan. In the evening, relax in the jacuzzi and watch the Hirondelles (swallows), after whom the house was named, swooping in the magnificent sunsets.
The Pyrenees Atlantique - a region where quality of life still exists and where the French themselves love to holiday.!
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19 Oct 2011
"A nest happy to be returned to"
Ideally located to explore countryside, mountains and the Atlantic coast, Maison Hirondelle was lacking nothing we needed and offered comfortable accommodation. We were lucky to have warm and sunny weather and delighted with the birdlife that visited the garden. We hope to stay longer next time. Thanks for making it home from home.
We are always happy to have considerate guests and look forward to having you visit again.
21 Aug 2011
"A good base for exploring the area"
We stayed in Maison Hirondelle for one week in mid September. The house was very clean and well maintained and it was lovely to receive a "welcome pack" upon arrival which covered most of our basic needs. The house is based in a very quiet area but only a 10-15 minute drive from a choice of supermarkets and a larger village with a selection of restaurants/bars. We found the house to be a good location for exploring the area and the visitor's book gives good recommendations of restaurants to visit which serve hearty french fayre. The weather in September was a little mixed but all in all we had a relaxing break at Maison Hirondelle.
We're very fortunate that we have some lovely, considerate guests. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and for appreciating the extra effort put into maintaining a high standard of cleanliness, by our house managers. If I remember rightly, our house manager mentioned that she was so pleased with the very good state of cleanliness in which you left the house. Thank you also for acknowledging our welcome pack gift. We always like to have return visits from guests such as yourself. Remember, in the low season, there's an extra reduction for guests who use only one bedroom. Hope we'll see you again in the future!
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