House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 7
This tastefully renovated, 18th century, stone, 4 star, fully accredited by national tourist board, holiday house is situated between Biarritz (60mins) and Pau (25mins) with very large in-ground POOL with panoramic views of Pyrenees mountains and Jurancon vineyards. Ideal for COUPLES, group of friends or families who want tranquil country surroundings with the option of ease of access to nearby towns and the city of Pau.
For larger groups choose our LARGER CONFIGURATION for up to 7 persons - 4 bedrooms with high quality mattresses and Egyptian cotton linen + 3 bathrooms arranged over 3 floors. See price page for details.
For smaller groups choose 2 bedroom option ( 1 king- Opera, 1 large twin- Theatre) + 1 en suite shower room + 1 family bath/shower room. Top floor remains unused.
- 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( 25-28 Oct) , Tour de France 24 Jul 2014 Pau to Hautacam ( also Etape)
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 and its garden area is entered through the gate in the garden wall from Les Vieux Chenes, an area which the owners can also access through another entrance, as one of the owners does sometimes discreetly use the pool. However, you may not see us again once checked-in, although should you want help or information we can be found behind the gated courtyard. Just come and ask.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 4 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||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||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|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||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
The accommodation comprises up to 4 excellent-sized bedrooms with good quality mattresses and Egyptian cotton linens.
Small Party configuration- 2 bedrooms/ 2 shower/bathrooms :
Opera - King antique walnut bed with en suite shower & WC, large wardrobe, dressing table,armchair
Theatre - Twin (two smaller (120cm/4ft) antique full length double beds), antique mahogany chest of drawers, wardrobe, armchair
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 (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, there is a large family bathroom with bath, shower, handbasin and WC. Downstairs provides:
- fully fitted 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.