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||Private outdoor pool (heated), Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|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||Private outdoor pool (heated), 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.