About the home
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 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 and Vanille is happy to give rides to children.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Biarritz, 130km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 3km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|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 seating for 6, Lounge seating for 5|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake / 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 we provide. The barn acts as a games room if you prefer to play in the cool. The heated swimming pool is set in the original 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! 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 one or two weeks in July and August and either self catering or B&B all other times of the year. In the case of B&B guests may be sharing facilities with other people as there are two bedrooms. There is another room available in the owners farmhouse if your group is too big to fit into the cottage. This is a double room sharing the bathroom and shower room and two toilets. 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.
The Aquitaine / Dordogne / Pyrenees Atlantiques 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.
The Oloron-Sainte-Marie / Lasseube area
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.
How to get there
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Travelling to Ancienne Laiterie
Direct Flights: (There are alot of other possibilities if you look at flights with connections)
Easy Jet fly from London Gatwick and Bristol to Toulouse and Bordeaux ,which are both a two hour drive on the autoroute, and from London Gatwick to Biarritz which is just over an hour.
Ryan Air fly from Dublin, Stanstead, and Manchester to Biarritz; Edinburgh to Poitiers and Bordeaux, Cork to Bordeaux and London Stanstead to Lourdes. Lourdes is an hour and 15 minutes drive.
Flybe fly from Southampton and Birmingham to Bordeaux and Birmingham to Toulouse. They are advertising a flight from Southampton to Pau Pyrenees (30 minutes drive to Ancienne Laiterie) in 2012
City Jet/Air France fly from London City airport to Pau Pyrenees 4 times a week.
Ryan Air and Flybe are both flying to Bergerac in 2012 from numerous UK airports. This is about a 2.5-3 hour drive.
St Pancreas via Paris journey time approx 8 hours and 40 minutes
Example: leave London 09.20 to Paris Gare Du Nord (2 hrs 15 mins) then change stations in Paris and leave Paris Montparnasse at 14.46 (5 hrs) to Pau arrive Pau at 18.34. Prices start at around 110 GBP
Brittany ferries cruise from Portsmouth to Bilbao or Santander. This is an overnight crossing and then a 3.5 hour drive from Santander or an hour less from Bilbao. Costs are seasonal
Calais is 700 miles from Ancienne Laiterie and takes about 10 hours on the autoroutes (with toll charges applying). The best route is via La Mans and Poitiers NOT round Paris. I have tried both routes several times and the ring road round Paris is always very busy. There are lots of nice places to stay en route although I have done the whole 10 hours drive several times swopping every two hours with my co-driver!
Activities near Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
28 Sep 2012
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
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.......
09 Jul 2012
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... more
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|May-June & September||1 May 12||1 Jul 12||£ 500||£ 200||£ 200||2 Nights|
|July-August||1 Jul 12||1 Sep 12||£ 900||-||-||1 Week|
|September- October||1 Sep 12||2 Nov 12||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|November - December||2 Nov 12||24 Dec 12||£ 400||£ 200||£ 200||2 Nights|
|Christmas 2012||24 Dec 12||5 Jan 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|Jan-March 2013||5 Jan 13||29 Mar 13||£ 400||£ 200||£ 200||2 Nights|
|Easter holidays 2013||29 Mar 13||13 Apr 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|April-May 2013||13 Apr 13||25 May 13||£ 400||£ 200||£ 200||2 Nights|
|Spring holiday 2013||25 May 13||2 Jun 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|June 2013||2 Jun 13||29 Jun 13||£ 500||£ 200||£ 200||2 Nights|
|July & August 2013||29 Jun 13||1 Sep 13||£ 900||-||-||2 Weeks|
|September 2013||1 Sep 13||5 Oct 13||£ 500||£ 200||£ 200||2 Nights|
|October 2103||5 Oct 13||25 Oct 13||£ 400||£ 200||£ 200||2 Nights|
|Autum holiday 2013||25 Oct 13||2 Nov 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|November & December 2013||2 Nov 13||20 Dec 13||£ 400||£ 200||£ 200||2 Nights|
|Low season||4 Jan 14||30 Mar 14||£ 500||£ 100||£ 100||2 Nights|
|Mid Season||30 Mar 14||13 Apr 14||£ 600||£ 100||£ 100||2 Nights|
|Low season||13 Apr 14||27 Apr 14||£ 500||£ 100||£ 100||2 Nights|
|Mid season||27 Apr 14||29 Jun 14||£ 600||£ 100||£ 100||2 Nights|
|High season||29 Jun 14||31 Aug 14||£ 990||£ 100||£ 100||2 Nights|
|Mid season||31 Aug 14||2 Nov 14||£ 600||£ 100||£ 100||2 Nights|
|Low season||2 Nov 14||21 Dec 14||£ 500||£ 100||£ 100||2 Nights|
|Mid season||21 Dec 14||4 Jan 15||£ 600||£ 100||£ 100||2 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
It is possible to rent one bedroom in the cottage, for two people, for £100 per night minimum two nights stay. There may be a charge for some overseas phonecalls. Preferred payment by bank transfer.Enquire now
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