La Maison Verte
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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Orthez is a small, yet vibrant, town of 11,000 nestled at the foot of the Pyrenees, about an hour away from excellent ski hills, amazing beaches by the Ocean, and beautiful Spain. The apartment itself (other rooms also available) boasts a unique architecture, as part of an historically classified area of town. Steps away from all amenities and down the street from a large farmer's market ( twice a week). An ideal vacation home for sport enthusiasts, nature lovers, gastronomy gourmets, history buffs and pilgrims at heart (a major stop on the pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostella, and about an hour from Lourdes), it is yours to enjoy!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Biarritz 60 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pau 40 km, Nearest railway: Orthez 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Heated bubble spa in the garden. Cot and high chair available on request, as well as two extra bedrooms (3rd floor), 1 with double bed + ensuite, other with single bed and private bathroom across the hallway. Contact for additional info.
|Further details outdoors|
Pay parking on street but free parking behind the house with access through the garden.
Owners (English + French-speaking, also some knowledge of Finnish and Spanish) share the building and would be happy to provide you with information concerning the local attractions, shopping, etc.
Friendly dog also shares the building...
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
Orthez played a major part in the history of Bearn and during the war of religions. It is located on the Camino (Santiago de Compostella pilgrimage), and is very close to Spain, Lourdes, the Cathares region, the surfing beaches of Biarritz and the ski hills of Gourette, Pierre St Martin and Iraty. It is also an excellent wine-making area ( Jurançon ) and is renowned for its gastronomic offerings.
The area boasts too many historical landmarks to be mentioned here: anything and everything from prehistoric caves and ancient battle sites to fortified towns and castles. Orthez itself has a very rich history and a simple walk around town to view the numerous medieval structures and fortifications will attest to this fact. The town also offers many cultural activities, including a jazz festival in March and "les fêtes" in July, with its running of the bulls.
Water sports are plenty, as the local 100 ha park offers fine sand beaches and waterskiing, while the river, known as "gave", or rapids, is excellent for kayaking and fishing; in fact, an international salmon fishing derby takes place yearly in nearby Navarrenx. There is also an impressive water park in Oloron (www.soeix.com).
Horse lovers will soon discover that equestrian sports are very much practiced in the area. Orthez itself has riding stables a couple of kilometers from town, while Pau is renowned for its horse races and Géronce for its "horse whisperer" (www.arabaig.com).
Extreme sport enthusiasts will be pleased to discover that just about any "extreme" activity is offered within an hour or two of Orthez, such as bungee jumping or "tree hiking" in Aramits or Biscarosse (www.aventure-parc.fr), canyoning and rock climbing in the Pyrenees (www.escalade-canyoning.com), or paragliding in the Vallée d'Aspe (www.air-attitude.com) And of course, all the extreme water sports are available as well, from surfing in world-renowned Biarritz, to"aquarando", "hydrospeed",or "airyak" in Itxassou.
Spelunking is another much practised activity in the area, and the caves of Betharam, Isturritz and Oxcelhaya are popular tourist attractions. A prehistoric settlement can also be visited in Brassempouy, a few kilometers from Orthez, where interactive games make for an excellent family outing.
Children (and adults) would also most likely enjoy the lovely train ride up to the mountain top in Artouste, or a visit to the petting zoo in Poyaller (www.moulin-poyaller.com), the Sea Museum in Biarritz, or the Reptilarium in Labenne.
Finally, gourmets will enjoy eating out in the many fine restaurants Orthez has to offer, generally featuring traditional local cuisine (i.e., foie gras and confit de canard). And not to be missed are visits to sample the excellent wines available direclty from wineries in Jurançon or Irouleguy, and chocolate from the many fine chocolateries (award-winning one in Orthez!).
And, for a well-deserved rest after so many activities and fine dining, try thalassotherapy in Salies (10km), Dax (40km), Eaux-Bonnes or any of the coastal sea resorts.
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17 Aug 2011
"Authentic French apartment"
The pictures on the website do the apartment no justice. When you walk through the door you are met by the lovely owners who have done a brilliant job in both the apartment as in making you feel very welcome (including a beautiful Rose next to the bed). The only down side could be the traffic through the one way street, but the smell of freshly baked bread from the bakery across the street really makes up for that. I will not hesitate to book this apartment again, as the location is also brilliant. Only an our drive from the coast, one and half hours from Spain, a week is certainly not long enough to explore it all. We can truly recommend this place!
17 Aug 2011
"Cozy and full of character, in the heart of a beautiful French town."
- Beautiful, newly renovated apartment, full of French charm
- Host and hostess are especially accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable. They are definitely one of the reasons our stay was so memorable. They are also bilingual.
- Orthez is perfectly situated in a beautiful region of France – it is also a short drive from great beaches, historical sites and Spain.
- Overall, a truly enjoyable, comfortable and authentic experience!
3 Aug 2011
"A relaxing yet stimulating environment"
The hosts of La Maison Verte are warm and friendly. They made us feel at home. The accommodations were clean, comfortable and very reasonable. We were grateful for the time our hosts spent assi… More
We are grateful for each and every one of our guests. We endeavour indeed to make them feel at home.
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