Les Vieux Chenes
House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Tastefully renovated, 250 yr old, stone, 4 star, National tourist board fully accredited, v. well equipped holiday house (including WIFI throughout) is situated between Biarritz (60mins) & Pau (25mins), very large in-ground POOL with panoramic views of Pyrenees mountains & Jurancon vineyards. Ideal for COUPLES, group of friends or families who want tranquil country surroundings. Ease of access to nearby towns & PAU city.
For smaller groups choose 2 bedroom option- 2 floors - Downstairs- well equipped fitted kitchen, farmhouse table & chairs, comfortable living area PLUS upstairs 1 king- Opera, 1 large twin- Theatre + 1 EN SUITE shower room + 1 family bath/shower room. 3rd floor remains unused.
For larger groups choose our LARGER CONFIGURATION for up to 7 persons - as above but with staircase to top floor of 2 further bedrooms 1 double and 1 twin with ensuite bathroom. See price page for details.
- private stone terrace, private garden and plenty of parking space.
Ideally situated for
CYCLING- Try the local hills and Cols (many appear in the Tour du France). ETAPE 2014 PAU to HAUTACAM
RIVER- salmon and trout fly fishing and Whitewater rafting in our local well known river
WINE TASTING- Jurancon wine region- neighbouring vineyards
GOLF - we lend our guests golf clubs/trolleys (note on your booking form and we can advise re booking tee times/course selection)
...events such as
Pau Grand Prix 3000 (18-20 May), Pau Historique Grand Prix (11-12 May), Pau International 3 Day Event Horse Trials( 22-26Oct) , Pony Driving Championships ( 29 Oct-3 Nov)
Whilst being very peaceful situated on the hilltop above historic Lucq de Bearn, it is easy to reach PAU and many other places of interest.
All bedrooms have views over distant high Pyrenees. NO OTHER RENTAL PROPERTIES ON SITE .
Make your first day hassle free, order a first night supper available freshly prepared in the house on arrival evening.
Secure storage for bikes available at no extra charge. Just pre-book. Bike hire also available in local town.
Note the swimming pool garden area is entered through a gate in the garden wall from Les Vieux Chenes. The owner has a separate entrance for discreet maintainance & occasionally use of the pool. Although you may well not see us again once checked-in, however should you want help or information we can be found behind the gated courtyard, just come and ask.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Biarritz 80 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pau 25 km, Nearest railway: TGV stop= PAU 25 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, 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 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The accommodation comprises good-sized bedrooms with comfortable mattresses and Egyptian cotton linens.
Small Party configuration- 2 bedrooms/ 2 shower/bathrooms :
Opera - King antique walnut bed with en suite with newly refitted walk in 'rain forest' shower & handbasin,WC, large wardrobe, dressing table,armchair
Theatre - Twin (two over-sized antique single beds), antique mahogany chest of drawers, wardrobe, armchair
Large family bathroom: bath with shower over, handbasin and WC.
2 more Bedrooms/ 1 extra bathroom for Larger groups on Top Floor:
Gallerie - Twin (standard singles), beamed ceiling, large wardrobe en suite bathroom (no shower)
Cinema - Double (full sized double usually used as a single), beamed ceiling, wardrobe, side table, armchair
The bedrooms have bedside tables, bedside lights, all have additional armchairs or chairs..They also have fans for those warm summer nights and central heating for the winter.
Additionally Downstairs provides:
- fully fitted, well equipped kitchen
- large farmhouse dining table & chairs
- comfortable lounge area with sofas, armchairs, fireplace, flat screen satellite TV and DVD and PIANO. There is a selection of books, DVDs and games in the house which you are welcome to use.
|Further details outdoors|
The POOL (14m x 6m overall) which has extra large Roman steps is great place for cooling down and sipping a drink or two! There are wooden sun loungers with cushions and parasols around the pool.
Your private garden has a lovely old 18th century well house, large, old oak trees providing welcome shade in the heat of the day. There is a private stone terrace, with large terracotta planted pots, outside wooden furniture, parasol and a large stone built barbecue. Both the house and garden overlook the Pyrenees mountains and offers an excellent opportunity to have breakfast outside in the sunshine. The warm evenings are great for relaxing in the garden and cooking produce purchased at a local market, visiting a local restaurant or making use of the personal chef option.
Passing through a gateway in the old garden wall you find the large in-ground POOL (14mx6m overall) .
with views of almost 360degrees - mountains and valleys with the Jurancon vineyard .
Virtually EXCLUSIVE USE of the pool as the only other occasional user is one of the owners who live behind a courtyard in the adjacent property, however once checked in you are unlikely to see us again as the houses face different directions both are quite private from each other. However, if you want some advice or help just come and knock on our door.
There are NO other rental properties here.
There is plenty of parking. Storage is available for golf clubs & bicycles. There are several sets of golf clubs available for guests to borrow free of charge on request. There is local bike hire in the nearby small town of Navarrenx, please ask for more details.
* No hidden compulsory cleaning charges, tourist taxes, heating/electric/ linen costs.
* Extensive Welcome Pack included
* Summer BBQ/Dinner can be booked for the night of your arrival. Prepared starter & dessert, prepared main dish with salads and cheese plate at £17 /20 euros/adult, £10/12 euros/child under 10 which includes wine, beer and soft drinks
* All linen and towels (including swimming towels) are provided at the start of each rental. 3 week rentals include a full change of linen. Additional linen & towel packs are available ( £15 per room).
* FLEXIBLE START DAY outside high season
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
An ideal area for a family and friends holiday or break with easy access from UK regional airports. Offering the beaches and surfing of the Atlantic coast, spectacular mountain scenery of the Pyrenees National Park, chic city boulevards and interesting historic local towns & villages to explore.
There are so many places to see, but some of the major ones are:
Pyrenees National Park- stunning mountain scenery incl. highest railway in Europe
The Atlantic Coast & beaches
St Jean de Luz -pretty fishing port
Navarrenx and Sauveterre for magnificent views of the river below from their mediaeval ramparts
Salies de Bearn - with its thermal baths,
the many local VINEYARDS
St Jean Pied-de-Port & Lourdes pilgrim towns
Jaca ( citadel town) in Spain.
2014 EVENTS DIARY
9-11 May Formula 3 street race PAU
17/18 May Historic Grand Prix PAU
TBA October PAU 4* World CCI 3 day event
LUCQ de BEARN (2 mins) is a listed village with beautiful church
MONEIN (5 mins) a Jurancon wine centre, many vineyards are open to the public. It has an important cathedral-like church (guided tours of tower giving access to spectacular roof structure), tourist office, restaurants, bars, shops, market, supermarket and banks. Offers horse riding, wine-tasting.
NAVARRENX (10 mins) Mediaeval walled town whose fortifications are well-worth exploring has also restaurants, bars and shops,supermarkets etc. Offers river rafting, tennis, bastide fortifications,riding.
PAU (25mins)- with its elegant boulevards, including the famous Boulevard des Pyrenees and famous chateau with some of the worlds best tapestries has vibrant cafes and many restaurants. Oldest european golf course. National horse stud in Gelos,Pau
CYCLING & CYCLO-SPORTIVES - this is an outstanding area to enjoy the hills and valleys, with near deserted roads as well as conquering various cols and mountains on the Tour de France. We can give you advice on routes. Bike hire is available in local town with a good variety of quality bikes for all- our guests receive a discount.
HORSE RACING- Meetings Dec-Feb - 30+ racing meetings. Jump & flat. Excellent racecourse. Free entry. Excellent reasonably priced panoramic restaurant.
GOLF- Pau-Billiere 1856 golfcourse, oldest course outside the UK, is on most golfer's must playlist with its traditional course layout and wonderful old clubhouse.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
There are a number of rafting options locally suitable for all ages. Older children and adults can take smaller rafts for a wilder ride, whilst less energetic adults and younger children enjoy a piloted larger raft. Full day options include a mid day bbq on the river bank. Wet suits/life jackets all provided.
FISHING- The Gave d'Oloron and the Gave de Pau are both nearby which have seen both the World and French championships for salmon and trout fishing. The season runs from March 15th to Sep 15th. Fishing licences are inexpensive and can be purchased for a single day or the holiday duration.
WINE TASTING- The region has the famous Jurancon wine favoured by many top worldclass restaurants. It is made from the Gros Manseng and the Petit Manseng grape variety which is only allowed under the Appellation laws to be grown in this specific region. It produces an excellent dry white from the gros manseng and sweet apertif or dessert wine made from either variety or a mixture of the two, though experts consider the very best is made with just the Petit Manseng. Many vineyards are open to the public and sell wine, as do the local shops.
Red wine locally is from the Madiran and Saint Mont regions (N of PAU)
WALKING- Lots of excellent walking. Maps are available in the house.
SKIING - There are several resorts are around one hour away. All equipment can be rented by the day, and lift passes are very reasonable.
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11 Nov 2013
"One of the charming places I have ever been in my life!"
This charming house was fabulous. It was modern and everything was in complete working order. The owner offered exceptional service and was completely helpful in every way. The location was in one of the most beautiful areas I have ever seen. The owner offered dinner and then presented 4 course gourmet delights with local wine that fit each course. I would highly recommend this property and I would consider going back again.
6 Nov 2013
"Great Place to stay and a wonderful host."
We stayed in this lovely house for 9 days and we were treated with Great Food, beautiful views and a lot of advise on where to go and what to see. As we spoke no French, Gillian was a great help to … More
5 Aug 2013
"A very comfortable stay"
Myself and my husband had a very relaxing stay here at the start of June. Unfortunately we didn't always have great weather to lounge by the pool, but we were very comfortable in the house on the… More
28 Jun 2013
We stayed at Les Vieux Chenes for a week in the middle of June and the accommodation more than matched our expectations. On arrival the property owner Gillian was on hand to provide us with a detailed explanation of things to do, where to eat and information relating to the property. In addition there was a very generous welcome pack of wine, beer, pate, olives, jam etc for us to enjoy. Unfortunately the next day was the only day of our week when the weather was warm enough to enjoy the swimming pool and Barbeque but we had plenty of warning of the poor weather to come and made the most of these excellent facilities while we could. The weather was so poor we were housebound for a couple of days and Gillian even put on the central heating for us although we did not ask her to do so. The property has all the facilities you need including a washing machine and dishwasher both of which were very useful. The highlight of our stay was the meal Gillian cooked for us on our last evening which was absolutely superb. We have eaten at many Michelin starred restaurants and the meal matched them in every respect. We were treated to a meal of Foie Gras, Trout, Confit Duck and peaches in Armagnac and all washed down by three excellent wines from the region. If you at planning to stay at Les Vieux Chenes you must take advantage of Gillian's cooking. The Wi-Fi worked without a hitch and our deposit was returned the day after we left. We would definitely recommend the property to our friends and very much enjoyed our stay despite the weather.
We are very pleased that you and your wife had a good holiday despite being here when this area was on maximum weather warnings, battered by the worst storms for many, many years with so many local towns & villages being devastated by floods. Happily, the house is on a hilltop.
As a chef, I love finding the best local produce for our guests and serving it in the private dining room, adjacent to the rental house, so thank you for your kind words about our food.
5 Oct 2012
"How many wonderful things can we say about Les Vieux Chenes?"
The graceful house sits at the top of a lovely rolling hill and is surrounded by pleasant gardens. Furnished with polished antiques, the gîte is fully and beautifully equipped, right down to hair dry… More
21 Sep 2012
"Great area made perfect by friendly owners living next door."
Four friends, two couples, stayed for a week at the end of the British summer, September. The weather was wonderful, and really ended the season off beautifully. The large clean pool was put to good u… More
7 Jul 2012
"We'll be back"
This was our first holiday in France and it exceeded our expectations. The house had everything you could think of and then more. Little touches like beer and wine in the fridge was great after a long drive. The pool and gardens were great and had lovely views.
Location: plenty to do locally and further afield, a week wasn't long enough. Local towns had everything in that you would need.
Gillian was always close by if needed and her knowledge of the area and things to do/see was more than helpful. Once we found the house it wasn't a problem but GPS co-ordinates would have been an advantage. We will definately be back.
22 Jun 2012
"Gorgeous accommodation, splendid location"
Apart from the lovely and spacious house, it's most complete equipment and it's garden and pool with impressive views, it's the location that makes this property unique. Easy walks through quiet countryside start right at your front door. Short car rides will take you to other walks (some marked), f.e. along the river Gave d'Oloron, and villages worth a stroll. Day trips will get you to impressive mountainous areas in the Pyrénées, into Spain as well. To get an inspiring impression of the immediate surroundings: go to Google Maps and search for Monein, France. Go West on D2 and south on the second road left: Castet/Chemin de Coustette. Go South as far as Chemin de Crêtes and look back North, the first house on the left of the road with it's pool is Les Vieux Chênes.
Wine lovers will appreciate the local appellation Jurancon moelleux, a semi-sweet white. The supposedly best wine maker of this variety has it's farm within walking distance. Tasting and buying at Domaine Cauhapé: www.jurancon-cauhape.com. The dry version is also very rich and pleasant. Of course they come with a price: from reasonable to prohibitive. The sweet ones (moelleux) should be tasted with a blue cheese like Bleu d'Auvergne or Fourme d'Ambert - you will be delighted.
Our week in May proved too short and we would certainly like to get back some time...
3 Nov 2011
"Very comfortable and well appointed gite with good facilities"
A very comfortable and well appointed gite with plenty of homely touches. Very generous welcome pack and delicious meal on arrival (in addition and ordered in advance) which gave a true taste of the … More
24 Oct 2011
"Peaceful, relaxing and characterful - an excellent base for exploring the Pyrenees"
Vieux Chenes is a characterful house in the deep countryside, up on an escarpment overlooking the Pau valley. Spacious and tastefully-furnished accommodation - particularly the bedrooms - and a well-… More
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