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la Joliette with Pyrenees backdrop

House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Very few holiday properties can match the elegance of la Joliette. It's a classic French rental and beautifully renovated by its English owners. la Joliette delivers the whole package - accommodation, facilities, grounds and views.

Best for:

Families for whom the beach is less important but who do want a successful combination of outdoor activities and classic French culture. Outside the summer school holidays, La Joliette is available in winter for ski-ing groups, hikers in Spring & Autumn and is popular with couples here to enjoy the local scenery, market towns and culture.

Suitability for:

Toddlers - safe & enclosed grounds. Pool fenced off

Teenagers - games room plus lots of activity thrills in the local area

Reduced mobility - steep steps to access property

Anything to watch out for?


Why Oloron-Ste-Marie?

A charming and bustling market town in 'deep France'. There are a few monuments of interest but the market day is the best time to visit and sample the Bearnais life. Oloron is also an established gateway to the Pyrenees and its many activities.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General TV, CD player, Table tennis
Standard Kettle, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (2)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Basement Floor

Games room with table tennis table and CD stereo (with iPod input), TV and Sony Playstation which can also be used for DVD's- it's a great place for the kids to unwind and amuse themselves away from adults.

There is a shower & WC here also - ideal for when you are relaxing by the pool. Also handy is the drinks fridge.

The laundry room can also be found in the basement.

Ground Floor

The main entrance, via the stone staircase, leads into a spacious entrance hall. To the right is a dining area with table for up to 10 persons, and to the left is the kitchen. Generously equipped, the kitchen also has access to a south-facing decked terrace.

The hallway leads to the spacious grand séjour. This is the principal room of the house and has been furnished to a very high standard. Features include huge mirrors and a marble fireplace. This is an extremely comfortable space for resting in the evening, after a long and delicious meal on the terrace! There is plenty of seating (three 2-seater sofas), plus flat screen TV, CD stereo, DVD and vcr. There are lots of DVDs and videos for guests' use.

A wonderful, original carved wooden staircase leads from the hallway to the first and second floors.

First Floor

Four of the bedrooms are situated on the first floor. Each has a pleasant aspect and benefit from attractive, original wood flooring.

Bedroom 1 - queen-size double bed, double wardrobe, bedside cabinets x2. En-suite shower room with WC and basin. Views to the front of the house.

Bedroom 2 - twin beds, chest of drawers, dressing table. En-suite shower room with WC and basin. Views to the front of the house.

Bedroom 3 - twin beds, double wardrobe, dressing table, bedside cabinets x2. En-suite shower room with WC and basin. Views west to the rear of the house.

Bedroom 4 - king-size double bed, double wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets x2, fireplace. Private bathroom with bath, shower, double basins & WC. Views to the south and west.

Further details outdoors

The house lies in a generous plot of land, about 1.5 ha in total. There is plenty of space front and back for kids to play.

The breakfast terrace is south-facing and the rear pool terraces are south and west-facing. There is plenty of room for dining outside. The patio terrace can be accessed directly from the living room and basement.

There are 6 sun-chairs and 4 sun-loungers on the pool terrace.

Parking for several cars.

The Aquitaine/Dordogne region

The villa enjoys a 'standalone', hill-top location on the southern outskirts of the town. Its elevated situation affords it excellent views to the Pyrenees.

The property is tucked away thanks to its long driveway and there is no passing traffic.

As such the location feels very private. Oloron-Ste-Marie is a traditional Béarnais market town to the south west of Pau. The stunning scenery is a key reason to visit this area.


Nearest village / town: Oloron Ste Marie (2 kms)

Nearest beach: Biarritz or Hossegor coastlines are c. 1hr 30 mins

Boulangerie: In the local square 1km or Oloron-Ste-Marie 2kms

Restaurant: Oloron-Ste-Marie 2kms

Market: Oloron-Ste-Marie 2kms

Distance to nearest major transport connections:

Pau airport: 39.1 km

Biarritz airport: 115.3 km

Pau railway station: 31.7 km

Bilbao ferry port: 251.0 km

Santander ferry port: 348.1 km

St Malo ferry port: 775.0 km

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Justin Ashby (Property Manager Alternative Aquitaine)

  • 5 Years listed

65% Response rate

Calendar last updated:20 Aug 2014

Based in United Kingdom

Languages spoken
  • English
  • French

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