Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
At Ancienne Laiterie we offer the perfect private and relaxing get away for families, honeymooners/couples, painters inspired by the countryside and views and activity seeking travellers. We are a small farm with the dairy/hoilday Cottage joined to the main farmhouse at the back of the barn which is the home to many nesting birds, owls and on occasions bats. In this beautiful country setting we have renovated the dairy to include all modern comforts mixed with original features and French antiques. We also let you indulge in lovely linens and we offer a range of dining/menus using fresh local produce. The swimming pool is south facing for sun seekers and the grounds are full of shady spots for reading, painting, contemplating, enjoying a glass of wine or just dozing! Close by are lots of walks, cycle tracks and rafting is 10 mins away. We are rural but not remote as it is only 3km to the pretty village of Lasseube and 9km to Oloron St Marie with all facilities, shops and restaurants. We are right next to the Tour de France route, the Pau Historique automobile Grand Prix and 4* equestrian 3 day event. All the local villages have markets and small festivals throughout the year. I nearly forgot to mention Vanille and Mozart our resident donkeys who love being brushed), Minette and Henri the cats and our four chickens Isadora, Violet, Mary and Joan.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Biarritz 130 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pau 20 km, Nearest railway: Oloron 9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
The downstairs is open plan with french doors onto the private terrace overlooking the fields. The rustic old oak dining table is next to the French doors and kitchen for easy dining and country views. The lounge has a restored antique sofa, armchair and rocking chair, wine rack(!), wall mounted TV and DVD and CD/MP3 on the sideboard. All the original oak beams are exposed and there are warm terracota floor tiles. On the adjacent exterior terrace there is a large teak dining table, chairs and parasol which is surrounded by fields, gardens and flower pots. Sun loungers (and another small dining table if required) are provided on the patio terrace by the pool. There is a wide wood staircase to the first floor landing lit by old french chandeliers and antique wall lights. The two bedrooms are at either end of the landing. The double room has upholstered French antique bed and matching wardrobe, chair and dressing table. The twin (or double) room has a mix of contemporary and old oak furnishings. The double room ensuite has a deep oval bath with old fashioned taps and hand held shower and an antique marble topped wash stand. The twin room has a 'rainforest' shower over the bath aswell as the handheld shower and old fashioned taps. Both bathrooms have rustic tiles and a heated towel radiator. We aim to give you lots of comfort alongside lots of rustic charm. The kitchen has all modern equipment and lots of crockery and cooking stuff. We provide a welcome pack of local bread, eggs, milk and a few other goodies when you arrive. Last but not least home made ice cream is our speciality!!
|Further details outdoors|
We have 7 acres of hill behind the property with a protected oak wood plus 2 acres of fields that run down to a stream where you can paddle and do a bit of holiday 'fun' fishing. The fields can be used for any games like the badminton, boule, ping pong and football. The barn acts as a games room if you prefer to play in the cool. The heated swimming pool is set in the old orchard about 70 metres from the cottage and has lovely views of the Pyrenees, sun loungers and table and chairs. We also have an inflatable dolphin and dingy and 'noodles'! The dairy has its own private sun terrace for alfresco dining on the warm spring and summer evenings. We are located about 200 metres from the local country lane with occasional passing farm traffic and keen cyclists. The parking is on a level purpose built area in the grounds of the property. We also have a vegetable and herb garden from which, subject to the season and availability, we are happy to share our produce with our guests.
Ancienne Laiterie is available for self catering rental for two weeks in July and August and one or two weeks self catering all other times of the year. The Cottage can sleep 4 or 5 as follows. 4 adults (2 in each room) or two adults and up top three children in the second room. We do provide meals, up to a maximum of three per week all using local, fresh seasonal produce served with local wines.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
Pyrenees Atlantique has an all year round mild climate with hot summers in June, July and August, warm with more rain in April and May and the coldest months in January and February. The mild climate gives lush vegetation and flowers almost all year round making the countryside particularly pretty. It is often possible to enjoy sunny days and alfresco dining right through to December. The area consists of the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic coast to the west, the Pyrenees and access to Spain in the south, and Bordeaux and the wine regions of the North. The economy of Aquitaine and around Lasseube is dominated by agriculture, wine (Jurancon and Madiran being the local appellations) and natural gas extraction, plus a wide variety of tourist activities including skiing, gastronomy, medieval towns, cycling, walking on the route de St Jaques de Compostelle, horse riding, golf, surfing. Locally, Brebis (sheeps milk) cheese, Jurancon (sweet aperitif and dry all round drinking) wine, and Rosanne peaches are the most famous. The production of Brebis still follows the age old tradition of the Berger (shepherd) taking the sheep to high mountain pastures in the summer for three months and living in isolation to make the cheese.There is also the Blond D'aquitaine beef, free range duck, lots of different types of honey and cherry confiture. Pau is the largest city and has a significant British influence with lots of stunning old villas along the Promenade de le Pyrenees. There is also a beautiful chateaux and many chic shops and interesting restaurants including one in nearby Jurancon that boasts 2 Michelin stars. Pau is often home to the Tour de France cyclists and the Historique Automobile Grand Prix runs every year in May. Biarritz is the buzzing and chic seaside resort and close by is the smaller more informal resort of St Jean De Luz. The area is dotted with small bastide towns with lovely local auberges, fast running streams and markets. There are small towns nestled in the Pyreneen foot hills with cheese and wine festivals, animals and local crafts on show. Oloron St Marie has a particularly pretty old town with magnificant views of the surrounding area. Other attractions include many thermal/spa towns, the 4*equestrian three day event, horse racing at the Pau Hippodrome. The Cottage is only an hour away from the popular ski resorts of Gourette and Pierre St Martin.
There is a market in one of the local villages/towns everyday of the week where you can buy local organic produce (fish, meat, fruit, vegetables, wine, bread). These are great places to sit outside watch the world go by in a nearby cafe. Oloron has rafting on the Gave de Oloron which is great fun for all ages. Oloron also has supermarkets a lovely market, shops and restaurants. Oloron often hosts concerts and festivals. Lasseube is a quiet picturesque village with an annual fete, boulangerie, auberge, bar and post office. Monein the other local town also has a market and many festivals including a peach festival in the summer. Navarrenx a bastide town, is a short distance and interesting to walk along the old walls for stunning views. The area is perfect for walking and cycling and all through the summer Biarritz and St Jean de Luz are popular with surfers and shoppers alike. The area is dominated by the beautiful countryside, stunning views of the Pyrenees and interesting towns, food, wine and culture.
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23 Dec 2013
"perfect retreat for a relaxing holiday"
Stayed at ancienne laiterie for a week in October. It was beautiful inside with lots of lovely little touches. Clare and Tim are the best hosts and Clare's cooking is first class. There is a lot … More
28 Aug 2013
"Fabulous! Luxury and pampering - even with small children!"
I can't rave highly enough about the beautiful Ancienne Laiterie, from the luxurious little touches (quality bed linen, sumptuous white towelling robes, modern kitchen equipment, pretty posies in the bathroom, the list goes on!), to the wonderful swimming pool complete with inflatables to entertain both children and husbands alike. As you sit outside whilst the sun begins to set, amidst meadows of wild flowers and the braying of donkeys, and top up your second verre du vin, it is very easy to imagine that you've stumbled across a little piece of paradise.
But for my husband and I, the thing that really 'made' our holiday here, was the chance to take up Clare's option of having meals prepared for you on various evening once the kids had gone to bed. Clare is a truly fabulous chef (the food easily surpassed many of the finest restaurants we have eaten in) and the terrace outside couldn't have been transformed into a more beautiful venue if Monsier Michelin had done it himself! Having pampered adult time whilst holidaying with a small family (18 months and 3 1/2 years old) is pretty hard to recreate - and so the chance to dine in style without having to worry about a babysitter or taxi home was just wonderful. And after the meal had been savoured and devoured we didn't even have to do the washing up. Bliss!.....
Clare and Tim are warm and welcoming hosts who go out of their way to offer the highest standard of care and comfort to all of their guests (both little and large!) - from the moment we arrived we were made to feel very special indeed. Thank you...
25 Aug 2013
"The ultimate chill-out! Well equipped with peace, quiet and realxation."
Ancienne Laiterie is very well equipped and homely. Being in the countryside it is peaceful and the ultimate chill out location with little passing traffic, only natural animal noises and pitch black… More
11 Jul 2013
"Lovely quiet place and helpful owners"
Area very pleasant with super countryside. Swimming pool good size. Able to have meals cooked which were lovely. Chickens & donkeys in grounds.. Nothing too much trouble for owners.
10 Jul 2013
"Fabulous stay! Fully recommended"
My husband, 22 month old twin boys and I had a wonderful week's stay at Ancienne Laiterie. Beautifully decorated, well equipt with thoughtful personal touches like homemade jam, ice-cream, shortbread, fresh cut flowers etc. One evening we asked Clare to cook for us and they pulled out all the stops, beautifully set table overlooking fields, delicious 5 or 6 course meal, I lost count, with wine and very reasonably priced. I would definitely recommend having this as it makes for a very special evening and a welcome break from cooking.
19 May 2013
We have visited twice already and will be returning very soon. As a holiday experience it completely delivers. We have returned on each occasion feeling completely relaxed. The host is fantastic and d… More
28 Sep 2012
"Probably the best quality gite that we have ever visited."
Clare provides a wonderful welcome (It was my birthday,and there was a cake waiting for me),and that welcome carried through our whole stay.
From the little gifts of eggs,vegetables, jam etc. to advice on where to go and what to see,Clare was always happy to make sure that we had a wonderful stay.The gite forms part of old farm buildings and is set up so that the guest can have as much,or as little,privacy as they desire.The outlook is onto a garden area and then a pasture with trees and wooded hills in the distance.Hens come around looking for scraps,the cats have a nose around occasionally and there are friendly donkeys in the adjacent field.If you want a chance to experience rural France at first hand then you can do no better than stay here.
We were knocked out by this part of the country,from the elegance of Biarritz on the coast to the beautiful city of Pau close by,to the spectacular drives in the Pyrennees,everyone had a wonderful time,including our labradors.We certainly wouldn't hesitate to book the "Ancienne Laiterrie" in the future.
14 Sep 2012
"Everything a holiday should be .....and more!"
Beautiful property, in a perfect location and a host who has thought of everything. A wedding anniversary meal cooked by the owner while we looked out on the pyrenees, home made ice-cream, fresh eggs, fresh air and it goes on...
The whole holiday will be a memory of a lifetime. We felt like we were in our dream home and never wanted to leave.....
In summary one trip here will lead to another and another.......
9 Jul 2012
"Do you want a peaceful holiday?"
We chose to stay here after reading the description on its web-site and were not disappointed. Anyone seeking to get away from the worries of work and the economy would enjoy spending time here.You ma… More
9 Jun 2012
"A perfect, beautifully furnished haven of tranquility with fabulous views"
We have just had a wonderful week in this beautifully restored gite. The charming owner has gone to great lengths to provide everything you could possibly need in a home away from home and all the fu… More
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