Pretty French Farmhouse
About the home
This pretty French farmhouse, dating back to 1785, is nestled halfway up a hill from a Basque farm. It is situated within enclosed grounds of three quarters of an acre. The road terminates at the entrance to the grounds making it very private and safe for children. There are beautiful views from every aspect, rolling fields grazed by sheep ewes, woodlands inhabited by the wide variety of local wildlife and picturesque views of other farms.
It has been tastefully renovated to provide charming and comfortable accommodation and retains many original features. The farmhouse exudes an ambience of tranquility and warmth. Unique features include original artwork, vintage chandeliers and candelabra, antique beds and wardrobes. You can either relax in the pretty private front garden, soak up the sun by the pool or enjoy tranquil views from the rest of the grounds.
The Pyrenees National Park, seaside resorts of Biarritz and St. Jean de Luz and beautiful historic city of Pau are within easy reach.
This farmhouse provides a beautiful base for a range of local activities including walking, cycling, white water rafting, fishing, horse riding, golfing, skiing (during winter months) and so on. Alternatively, just take it easy, enjoy the tranquil countryside and sample the vast array of wonderful restaurants located nearby.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
Nearest amenities: 5km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 7|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
This pretty Souletine farmhouse has been recently renovated retaining many original features.
* The ground floor area is open plan offering a fully fitted and well equipped kitchen with large fridge / freezer and double oven. The dining area houses a large wooden dining table Which seats 6 and the lounge area has three sofas, a large woodburning stove and TV / DVD.
* The three bedrooms are all tastefully decorated with beautiful views. The first floor has one double bedroom with en-suite shower room, large landing area with day-bed and a family bathroom. The third floor houses a double bedroom and also a small twin bedroom.
Electric heating can be supplied for which there is an additional charge. There are also fans in all bedrooms for those warmer nights.
Further details outdoors:
Outside there is a private front garden with pretty flowers, a plum tree for shade and outdoor dining table which seats six comfortably.
There is exclusive use of pool (6.4mx 4m) with comfortable sun-loungers for six. From the pool area you can enjoy taking in the stunning unspoilt views of the Basque countryside. This is a truly superb location to relax or play in.
Another separate garden is communal and shared with the owners who live in adjacent property which faces in a different direction and has separate parking making your holiday area very private.
The Aquitaine / Dordogne / Pyrenees Atlantiques region
This spectacularly beautiful area of France offers ideal relaxation or alternatively great activity holidays for all. Choose from days out to the beautiful seaside resorts of the South Atlantic coast, amazing mountain scenery of the Pyrenees or easily pop over to Northern Spain for extra shopping or sightseeing. This is a truly remarkable region with unspoilt sleepy French villages, beautiful wide fishing rivers and wonderful cuisine to read all tastes and pockets.
Summer in this region is usually hot with balmy summer nights during which you can prolong your evening alfresco dining, then watch the myriad of bright stars appear in the clear night skies.
Driving in this area is generally stress free and an absolute pleasure compared to other regions and countries. Traffic jams are almost non-existent, the roads have a low density of traffic and the surrounding scenery is a joy to perceive.
Both the Basque and the Bearnaise people are renowned for pride in their culture and this is reflected in the clean, pretty and well-kept towns and villages and their warm hospitality.
Places of interest include,
- The charming, historic city of Pau
- The Pyrenees National Park
- The buzzy seaside resorts of BIARRITZ, ST JEAN DE LUZ, SAN SEBASTIEN etc.
- North West SPAIN
- Pilgrim town of ST JEAN PIED DE PORT
- There are many great days out to be had for example, white-water rafting on one of the many local rivers, horse-riding is nearby, fishing is very cheap compared to many other countries, gorge walking and there are many local walking and cycling routes, or alternatively just relax and enjoy the local gastronomic delights.
The Oloron-Sainte-Marie / Barcus area
Barcus (approx. 5 kms away) is a small pretty village which has three restaurants and a small selection of shops. The road from the farmhouse is particularly scenic.
Hopital St. Blaise (approx. 5 kms away) is a small hamlet providing two typically French restaurants which both have alfresco dining for those warm summer nights. Visit the 12th century Romanesque church with its treasure of Romanesque architecture which was listed as a UNESCO world heritage monument in 1998.
The drive from Barcus to Tardets through small country roads with its absolutely stunning views is worth braving the occasional flock of sheep or herd of cows for. On the way you will see directions for La Madeleine which has amazing panoramic views across to Spain.
The ancient fortified town of Navarrenx on the banks of the Gave Oloron is just ten minutes drive away. This charming small town has banks, many small shops and restaurants. The beautiful river has played host to the world championship salmon fishing competition so you could try your hand at trying to catch fresh salmon, brown, rainbow or sea trout here.
Oloron-Sainte-Marie is a charming market town which is divided by the Gave d'Oloron. It houses the church of Notre-Dame and Place de la Reistance which are worth strolling around and maybe sitting outside one of the cafes in the sunshine. It has quite a few large supermarkets and the Lindt factory shop from which you can buy the wonderful Lindt chocolates at irresistible prices. The Friday morning market is not be missed with its wide selection of local produce. Oloron has many sporting activities including white water rafting and a waterpark (Aquabearn).
The charming city of Pau with its castle, stunning views of mountains from the Boulevard de Pyrenees, beautiful parks, vibrant cafes and chic shops. Pau has the oldest known golf course in Europe, horse racing course, and holds a four star horse show in October each year and also a vintage grand prix held each May.
Local Activities include
- White-water rafting
- Picnics by the riverside
- Antique and Bric-a-brac hunting
- Wine tasting
- Waterparks for children and families
.......... or just take it easy and enjoy the sunshine!
How to get there
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Nearest Airport is PAU (approx 50 min drive) via Ryanair from LONDON Stansted, BRISTOL, BRUSSELS, AMSTERDAM.
Biarritz Airport (approx 1 hour drive) is served by many airlines including Ryanair and Easyjet from LONDON Stansted, LONDON Gatwick, DUBLIN, SHANNON, BRISTOL and BIRMINGHAM.
Bordeaux, Loudes, Toulouse, Zaragosse, San Sebastien airports are within easy driving distance also.
By Ferry - About 2.5 hours from Santander, 8 hours to St Malo and 12 hours to Calais
By Rail - nearest mainline station about 25 mins (Oloron, Pau or Orthez)
Detailed travel information can be provided if required.
Activities near Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
13 Mar 2013
The farmhouse is appropriately named - it is indeed a pretty French farmhouse. Our stay was superb. The location is stunning. There was plenty to do just a short car journey away but we were happy to... more
23 Aug 2012
The location is stunning, out of this world! Such a quiet, tranquil beautiful spot and the house has been renovated so sympathetically you wouldn't know such extensive work had taken place. Really, really charming.
Was worried that the pool may be on the small side for 4 rowdy teenagers but needed have had any concern. We had one or two rainy days so the satellite TV was useful and also good when kids wanted to chill in the evening.
Loved the hen who laid an egg next to front doorstep every morning!
Rush hour was when we encountered two cars on the lane in one day!
28 Jun 2011
Our stay at The Pretty French Farmhouse was wonderful. On arrival we found everything spotless and beautifully kept, the welcome was warm and friendly and we were bowled over by the stunning views... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|5 Jan 13||30 Mar 13||£ 550||-||-||1 Night|
|30 Mar 13||29 Jun 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|29 Jun 13||31 Aug 13||£ 895||-||-||1 Week|
|31 Aug 13||28 Sep 13||£ 700||-||-||1 Week|
|28 Sep 13||14 Dec 13||£ 550||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Fuel Surcharge payable for logs and electrical heating for those colder weeks outside peak summer season
Longer term rentals by negotiation.
Christmas, New Year and Easter by negotiation please contact us for further details.
Discounts for short breaks and couples, please ask.
30% non refundable deposit on booking.
A refundable damages deposit of £200.00 is required with final payment due 6 weeks before arrival date.Enquire now
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