Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Under the sun of the green and unspoilt other south of France near Spain, this comfortable, detached18 c farm house is situated in the friendly little hamlet of Loubieng. Nearby Orthez, ancient capital of the Bearn and attractive market town, offers restaurants, cafes, traditional markets and supermarkets, and a leisure lake with beach. Ideal for romantic getaways or family holidays! La Belle Epoque Cafe/Bistro is only a short walk from the house.
The farmhouse itself sits in a spacious, lawned plot looking out over the tree filled valley of the River Laa. It looks most inviting with its steeply raked, tiled, roof, wooden window shutters, and partially ivy-clad facade. Downstairs the exposed wood ceiling beams and large, wood burning fireplace bring real French character to the open plan living accommodation. (As well as UK TV, DVD player and CD player, there is a small library of books (English), videos and DVDs). Upstairs, there is the bonus of a second sitting room equipped with a second TV for videosand DVDs, DVD player and CD player and fixed baby gate (Children's Videos supplied.) High Chair, push chair, baby monitor and baby bath can be requested.
To keep your costs down Satellite Wi-fi is available as an extra, at £10 per Gb (10 Gb download payable in advance with refund for any unused full Gb). Extra Gb can be purchased by contacting the owner.
The Games/Laundry Room has a second fridge for those market goodies, plus a freezer, as well as Games for the children - old and young - eg table football, table tennis and pool floats. The property is well-stocked with garden and pool furniture.
The garden, well established with nut, fruit and palm trees, slopes to the impressive, secluded and enclosed pool area, (safety gate), with the luxury of a jacuzzi and jet stream, and behind the barn, a flat area allows games of croquet and petanque. Enjoy BBQ's on the terrace looking out over the beautiful French countryside.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Orthez -Lake (Biarritz - Sea 81km) 8 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||8 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pau 45 km, Nearest railway: Orthez 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Our aim is to provide our guests with a comfortable, clean, characterful haven for all seasons.
Downstairs, the open-plan sitting/dining/kitchen allows the chef to still be part of the company. In addition to UK/French TV, DVD player and CD player, we offer a small library books (in English) and DVDs. (An additional baby gate is available plus high chair, push chair, baby monitor and baby bath can be requested.)
For our winter guests, there is the cosiness of central heating plus the use of a log fire, (wood extra).
For the convenience of our more senior guests, one of the bedrooms is downstairs and has its own direct access to the garden. This has the en-suite shower room. With the downstairs WC conveniently placed at its entrance, the downstairs bedroom can be turned into totally en-suite.
Upstairs, there is the added bonus of a second sitting room with a TV for Video/ DVD; CD player. We have also provided games and children's videos to keep our young, and not so young, guests occupied. (There is a fixed Baby Gate at the top of stairs.)
The house is not suitable for a wheelchair user.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside in the Games/Laundry room attached to barn, there is a freezer and an extra fridge, for all those market bargains. (Market Orthez - Tues) There are also more games eg mini table tennis, table hockey/football.
The property is well supplied with garden furniture - tables, chairs, sun loungers and a BBQ.
In nearby Navarrenx, you can hire bicycles and try a Tour de France route. You can also make bookings for river rafting. Navarrenx is the salmon fishing capital of France.
Pool and jacuzzi open from May to end of September.
Pool open from beginning of May to end of September.
Property available from 4 pm on the commencement date, although luggage may be left in the Games Room at the guest's risk, before this time, at the discretion of the house manager . Property must be left by 10 am to allow cleaning.
Cleaning at commencement and end of holiday, and mid Saturday for fortnight bookings. Extra cleaning may be booked and payment made to the managers direct. Contact details on booking.
Linen and towels (not beach towels), is included throughout the year (except for House Hunter Specials).
From October to May central heating is included in the price.
Booking Form showing all Terms and Conditions is available on request.
Sorry, but for the sake of the majority of the guests, we can't allow pets.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
Being close to the Spanish border, this area is rich in the cultural and leisure activities of two countries. There is something for everyone and any age group from summer to winter.
You can find surfing beaches, ski slopes, golf courses, tennis, pelotte, horse racing, fishing, ten-pin bowling, river rafting, water park, cycling, hill walking, cheese trails, wine trails, markets, fetes, vo films, casinos, museums, châteaux, tourist trains, natural grottos, bird watching, thermal spas, designer/boutique shopping, night-life .
For golfers: remember that Pau had the first mainland golf course in Europe. You'll also find golf courses on the coast at Anglet, to the east at Lourdes and in the nearby thermal spa town of Salies de Bearn.
For surfers and water enthusiasts: The Atlantic rollers attract international competitions each year. In nearby Navarrenx you can book water rafting and canooing, (or you can water ski on our local leisure lake).
For children: Visit the water park at nearby Oloron St Marie or spend the day on the Atlantic beaches (or our little local beach). See the Aquarium at Biarritz or take a trip to visit the Reptilarium.
For pilgrims: Visit Lourdes or follow the the trail of the Compostile pilgrims
For skiers: The Pyrenees are less crowded and less expensive than the Alps, but no less challenging.
There is so much to do and see - more information available on our website below and in the house.
To view average high temperatures, also see our website Orthez page.
Orthez - the ancient capital of the Bearn - Where France meets Spain.
Take part in a host of events with the friendly locals - market, fete, jazz festival, book fair, bull running in the summer: Enjoy the beach and water skiing at the leisure lake or explore Orthez history and don't forget the January sales!
Cycle around our quiet little country lanes. Loubieng is a base for country walks and a route guide can be found on the road to the church (2 mins walk from the house). Cycle hire to suit all ages (including child seats) is available at nearby Navarrenx.
Visit one of the many restaurants or cafes, and taste delicious local gastronomy. Enjoy a night off from cooking and let our friendly house managers prepare a meal for you - contact details available on booking. (A little bistro, 5 minutes walk from the house, at the time of writing, is getting ready to re-open.)
Another popular choice is to just spend a pleasant sunny day by the pool topping up your tan. In the evening, relax in the jacuzzi and watch the Hirondelles (swallows), after whom the house was named, swooping in the magnificent sunsets.
The Pyrenees Atlantique - a region where quality of life still exists and where the French themselves love to holiday.!