About the home
Au Balenti is an extremely spacious country Farmhouse with private grounds and pool. Perfect for large families and friends to holiday together or to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Set within several acres of gardens surrounded by the owners fields, yet situated within a peaceful rural village setting.
Antique furniture, inglenook fireplaces and floor to ceiling wine barrels (unfortunately empty) are just part of what makes Au Balenti that little bit special.
The property and area caters for all ages and lends itself perfectly for a relaxing holiday, especially now with the brand new village Grocery, Restaurant & Bar selling fresh daily bread, organic food, fine wine and products from local producers - there is no need to go anywhere else....
|Size:||Sleeps up to 14, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Biarritz, 150km|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
Nearest amenities: 6km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Pool / Snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||5 Bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 4 en suites|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (6), Cots (1), Dining seating for 12, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
Further details indoors:
The ground floor comprises, the original Farmhouse Kitchen which now lends itself as the dining/breakfast room with the well equipped 'Prep Kitchen' leading directly off. Here, you will find everything that you need - a large gas range cooker, American fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster, raclette and fondue set. Across the hallway is one of the two sitting rooms with comfortable rattan sofas, coffee table, fireplace and Sky Satellite Television.
Further down the hall on the right, is the games room with table tennis and darts. On the left is the Billiard room with facilities for both snooker and billiards. The Gothic style room has a huge inglenook fireplace with large wrought iron wall candle sconces. The far end of the Billiard room opens up into the Bar (unstocked) where guests can relax with a drink while waiting for their turn! Here there bar stools and Arabic cushions for lounging around. A door from the bar enters back into the Prep kitchen. Just off the Billiard room, there is a WC with beautiful Mexican hand painted wash basin.
Up the winding solid oak staircase onto the second floor where there are five bedrooms all en-suite sleeping 13/14 guests in comfort.
La Chambre Bleue (Bedroom 1) is a light and airy room with king size bed, large double wardrobe, chest of draws and dressing table with lovely views. The en suite has a large shower, wash basin and WC.
La Chambre Verte (Bedroom 2) is a beautiful room with an original double Victorian iron bedstead and beautiful fireplace (not in use). This room also has a large double wardrobe with shelves and dressing table again, with fabulous views. The en suite has a shower, wash basin and WC.
Le Petit Chapeau (Bedroom 3) as the name suggests, is decorated with children's hats dating back to the 1930's. Has two victorian iron bedsteads, one double plus a 4ft double. There is also a wardrobe with full length mirror and chest of draws. The en suite bathroom has a shower, wash basin and WC.
La Chambre familiale (Bedroom 4) is a lovely light and airy family room with one king size and a double bed. There is also a wardrobe, additional hanging wardrobe and chest of draws. The large en suite has a bath with shower, separate large shower cabinet, wash basin and WC.
Chambre d' enfant (Bedroom 5) shares the family en suite in a Jack and Jill style. This lovely, bright and jolly bedroom with wall stencils to delight our youngest guests has two single beds, two chest of draws and a hanging wardrobe.
The upstairs living/games room has direct access by way of a hardwood staircase from the Prep Kitchen. Also, both the children's bedroom and Bedroom 1 lead into the this room. Here you will find a large number of books, games, toys, Sky tv, dvd's,videos and cd player which should keep most age groups amused. There is also a desk if you have to work (however you are on holiday!)
A separate Laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer, iron, ironing board and boiler for drying off damp towels.
The Gite comprises of ground floor, lounge/dining room and kitchenette. The dining table comfortably seats 4 and the settee seats 3. The kitchen is well equipped with an electric twin hob, combo microwave oven, fridge, washing machine, toaster, kettle, fondue set and Raclette maker. There's also a number of books, games and a CD player.
The bathroom is also on the ground floor with bath/shower, toilet and beautiful hand painted Mexican wash basin.
A hardwood staircase leads up to the principal bedroom which has been tastefully furnished with an elegant Victorian double Iron bedstead and also a single Iron bedstead.
A Cot and highchair are available on request.
Wi-Fi access and telephone
Further details outdoors:
Set within several acres of farmland the garden is well tended with Orchard, children's play area and a large natural fish pond. (Please note: The pond is not fenced so attention is required with children) There are a number of fishing nets available for those who my wish to do some pond dipping!
The 10m x 5m pool has wide steps leading in, a continuous step just under the surface (great for sitting on) and is only about 3ft deep for roughly a third of the pool length making it perfect for children. The other end is 6ft deep. The pool area has magnificent views of the Pyrenees and the surrounding valley. The pool is equipped with an alarm system, in accordance with French regulations. The Pool House lends itself as an idyllic place to relax and have your meals, take some shade in between refreshing dips or to just unwind and watch the sunset while sipping on a glass of the locally produced wine.
It is equipped with a changing room, shower and toilet. There is also a fridge available.
There are various activities around the property to include Boulle/petanque, Badminton and table football.
Bicycles are also available should you feel like exploring the surrounding countryside.
The childrens play area has swings, a slide and zip wire which can be seen from the terrace.
30% deposit requested on booking.
Full payment required 8 weeks before departure.
£400 refundable key/damage/cleaning deposit is necessary.
Rental price includes:
Bathroom towels, bedlinen, electricity and water. Pools towels not included, please bring your own.
We expect that guests leave the property clean and tidy with duties performed as per our terms and conditions. An optional exit clean is available at €120, payable locally by prior arrangement.
Refundable key/cleaning/damage deposit: £400 by cheque which will be returned within two weeks after departure and satisfactory inspection.
Payments accepted by Bank transfer, Paypal or cheque.
Rental of this property will be for guests sole use. The additional Gite on site will not be rented during this booking period.
Arrival time after 4pm and departure by 10am, Saturday to Saturday.
The Midi-Pyrenees / Hautes-Pyrenees region
In a tranquil setting, on the edge of the small village of Lascazeres, 'La Balentines' lies in the heart of the historic region of Gascony. At the crossroads of the Haute Pyrenees and Les Gers: France's secret garden, with its gently rolling landscape and fields overflowing with sunflowers, maize and vineyards.
Gascony's appeal is the generous amount of sunshine, warm summers with long evenings and sublime weather stretching well into November.
It is truly a gourmet's paradise, deservedly famous for its foie gras, confits and magrets. Fresh produce from the local farms are freely available at the weekly markets in Plaisance du Gers, Vic en Bigorre and Maubourguet.
For those who enjoy the noble grape, nearby are the famous vineyards of Madiran, Saint Mont and Jurançon
with Armagnac about an hours drive north. . All around the area, wine producers offer 'degustations' - wine tastings.
Whether its exploring the local bastide towns with their weekly markets or visiting beachside towns such as Biarritz, the location of Maison Balenti leaves you spoilt for choice.
- Golf (The oldest Golf course in Europe being in Pau), Horse Riding, Cycling and Tennis.
- Brocante (antique shops) and flea markets.
- Surfing on the Atlantic Coast notably Biarritz & Hossegor.
- White water rafting and canoe trips in the Pyrenees.
- Waterskiing and Wakeboarding on Lake Cahuzac 15 mins away.
- Day Trips taking in: Atlantic Coast (Biarritz, San Sebastian), the stunning medieval brick city of Toulouse, Bordeaux, Thermal villages in the Pyrenees and the spiritual Lourdes.
- The spectacular mountains of the Pyrenees can be seen from the house and are only an hours drive away.
Whether you visit for skiing only 1.5 hours away to resorts such as La Mongie, Bareges, St Lary to name a few, or sightseeing everything is within easy reach.
The Madiran area
The busy market town of Maubourguet is only 6 km away with its banks, post office and pharmacies as well as a huge brand new supermarket as well as the usual shops. There are four café restaurants serving excellent and inexpensive food.
There's a terrific local restaurant at Aydie (5km) where the Cepes Omelettes are legendary (One of our personal favourites)
Fetes - We list a couple of the local fetes which we have personally attended.
Marciac: First two weeks of Aug, International Jazz festival with many famous musicians, live music and wordwide streetside eateries.
Madiran: Aug 14/15, Wine festival: where many local vineyards congregrate offering free degustations,entertainment .
Maubourguet - Mid August - fantastic street party featuring many activities for all ages
How to get there
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Au Balenti is approximately a day's drive from the Channel Ports ,1 hr 45 mins from Toulouse Airport and 45 mins from Pau Airport.
From the French ports it is virtually autoroute for the majority of your journey and should take less than a day to drive. See www.viamichelin.com for route map and estimated journey time.
Flying: Toulouse (1.45hrs) has flights from many major and regional airports including Gatwick, Heathrow, Dublin, Cardiff, Southampton, Birmingham and Manchester
Pau (45 mins) has flights from Southhampton on Flybe and London City on Air France/City Jet
Tarbes/Lourdes (30 mins) has flights from Stanstead on Ryanair and Bmibaby from Manchester
Biarritz (1.30hrs) served by Ryanair and Easyjet
Cheap flights with Ryanair, Easyjet, Flybe, Aer Lingus to name a few
Car hire with all major car hire firms is available in Pau and Toulouse
Activities near Madiran
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 10|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Mid Season||29 Sep 12||27 Oct 12||£ 1350||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||27 Oct 12||28 Apr 13||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid season||28 Apr 13||8 Jun 13||£ 1350||-||-||1 Week|
|High season||8 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||£ 1500||-||-||1 Week|
|Peak season||6 Jul 13||24 Aug 13||£ 1950||-||-||1 Week|
|High season||24 Aug 13||31 Aug 13||£ 1700||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid season||31 Aug 13||26 Oct 13||£ 1300||-||-||1 Week|
|Prices for group size 14|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Mid season||1 Sep 12||27 Oct 12||£ 1750||-||-||1 Week|
|Low season||27 Oct 12||28 Apr 13||£ 1500||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||28 Apr 13||8 Jun 13||£ 1750||-||-||1 Week|
|High season||8 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||£ 2000||-||-||1 Week|
|Peak season||6 Jul 13||24 Aug 13||£ 2250||-||-||1 Week|
|High season||24 Aug 13||31 Aug 13||£ 2000||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid season||31 Aug 13||26 Oct 13||£ 1750||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Rental price includes:
Bathroom towels (pools towels not included) bed linen and electricity.
We expect that guests leave the property clean and tidy with duties performed as per our terms and conditions. An optional exit clean is available at Euro 120, payable locally.
Refundable security deposit: £400 by cheque which will be returned within two weeks after departure and satisfactory inspection.
Payments accepted by bank transfer or cheque.
Optional extras: Fresh linen and towels for stays of more than one week (at a cost of Euro 85 please book in advance).
Arrival time after 4pm and departure by 10am, Saturday to Saturday.Book
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