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Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This lovely grenier has been carefully renovated over the last year to offer modern and comfortable accommodation. It is ideal for couples and small families; for unwinding and getting away from it all in a part of rural undiscovered France. It is also great for exploring family beaches and surfing on the Atlantic, visiting local market towns, wines tours and tasting, mountains and swimming lakes in Mugron, St Pierre-du-Mont and Orthez. The Grenier is surrounded by large gardens, terracing and private woodland with views over the local countryside. A variety of exotic trees and plants, including plum, peach, walnut, cherry and weeping willows provide welcome shade in the summer. The gardens provide a wonderful space to relax and unwind, stopping to see local wildlife - deer, woodpeckers and butterflies.
The Grenier adjoins Maison Pyron, a renovated old farmhouse and Maison de Maître built in 1871 and restored over the last two years. The Grenier is an independent, self-contained gite with separate entrances, its own partially fenced garden with table, chairs and plancha. There is parking to the rear or the front of the property.
From the garden entrance, you enter into a long galley kitchen dinner, which is well-equipped with dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer, vitro-ceramic hob, etc... The staircase with its newly handmade oak handrail takes you to the first floor of the grenier (previously a hay loft as part of the working Ferme Pyron) with its wooden architectural beams, vaulted ceilings and wooden floors all recently renovated by hand. A further set of French doors opens as a Juliette balcony giving wonderful views of the pine trees, oak woodland and pool just beyond the bean tree and weeping willow tree. The Grenier has storage heaters and a reversible heat pump, which provides air conditioning in summer and additional heating in cooler months.
To the right you'll enter a spacious bathroom with large walk-in shower, wooden floors, cupboards and towels rails. Two renovated barn doors lead off the main area to two separate bedrooms: one with a king size bed and the other with one twin bed and a sofa bed. In the main area itself there is a sofa, two chairs and a hammock chair creating a small lounge area ideal for reading, watching TV, etc... We have just installed reversible air conditioning and heating unit, which is great for keeping cool in summer and also heating in the cooler months alongside storage heaters.
Bearing in mind children's safety, the stair spindles have been installed according to safety regulations. There is also a safety stair gate available if required for younger children.
Enjoy our new swimming pool - a 10x5m in-ground pool reaching water temperatures of between 22-28° (depending on outside air temperatures and time of year) with a salt water system reducing the use of harsh chemicals. The pool is open from late May to mid October, equipped with a safety alarm and gated fencing to keep young children safe around the pool area. A large barn beside the pool provides shade for dining and games, including a new outdoor table tennis table this season. We provide plastic plates and glasses to use beside the pool. Previously an old farmhouse, we have interesting relics and rustic items on display and new in 2015 are our first two chickens. Guests have priority use of the pool. It is occasionally used at other times of the day by the owners of Maison Pyron, a quiet professional couple, who are staying in the adjoining main house.
The Grenier is well-located for local amenities with local towns of Saint-Sever and Hagetmau only 5-10 minutes drive away. There are plenty of picturesque towns, markets, fêtes and vineyards to be explored as well as numerous sporting and outdoor activities in the area, including an Olympic-sized pool and golf course in Hagetmau and the Pilgrimage route of St Jacques de Compostelle. We have 2 adult bicycles available for you to use during your stay.
A Welcome Pack is included and access to free wi-fi, books and French freeview channels in the house. You can access UK TV programmes online at filmon.
We ask for a security deposit of £150 or 200€, which will be refunded within 7 days provided there are no breakages/damage and the property is left in the clean and tidy state you found it in. Should you wish us to organise an end of stay clean, we can arrange this for the sum of £50 or 60€. It is recommended that guests take out travel insurance to cover for potential cancellations, accidental damage caused during your stay in the house and any medical treatment. The rate includes a welcome pack, linen and towels. It also includes a change of towels if you are staying for 2 weeks. Swimming pool towels can be provided on request for £5 per towel.
Weekly electricity supplement for Autumn & Winter bookings is £20 per week. We can accept payments by bank transfer or cheque. Although it's no smoking inside, it's fine to smoke outside the house. Rental times are from 4pm on arrival day until 10am on departure day.
The Grenier is also available for longer lets outside the summer months - please contact us for more information, prices etc...
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||St-Pierre-du-Mont lakeside beach 25 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pau 50 km, Nearest railway: Mont de Marsan 29 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
About this location
The Aquitaine region
Within an hour and a half's drive is the Atlantic coast with various seaside resorts including cosmopolitan Biarritz and Bayonne and numerous beaches such as Capbreton and St Jean de Luz, a beautiful resort with a fantastic beach, an amazing choice of restaurants and fishing port. A little further down the coast and you can tour the Corniche, an amazing stretch of coastline before reaching Spain. Venture further into Spain and visit San Sebastian to sample its internationally recognised cuisine and Spanish culture.
Further inland you can explore the many amazing villages and towns dotted along the Pyrenees (St Jean-Pied-de-Port, Gourette and Gavarnie are all well worth visiting), all providing opportunities to experience Basque food, customs and architecture.
Dax is the leading Spa Resort in France with 'Hyperthermal Water' and 'Peloide Mud' treatments, well-visited and respected by people from all over France. You can also try the Calecio spa in St Paul's for a real treat - there's a pool sauna etc...
With early Springs and late Autumns the region provide decent weather to enjoy being outdoors from April well into October. The climate is in general mild in the winter and we have a long summer here.
Le Grenier is located just outside the pretty village of Sainte-Colombe. With Hagetmau or Saint Sever within easy driving distance all the local amenities, supermarkets, shops, markets and restaurants can be found nearby. A visit to the Saturday market at Mont-de-Marsan is a must for its amazing range of local produce, including seafood and oysters, hams, cheeses and breads as well as fruit and vegetable.
Local delicacies include foie gras, duck confit and ham (Jambon de Bayonne) and you'll find a chocolatier in most local towns. At Eugenie-les-Bains you will find Michel Guerard's Michelin-rated restaurant serving delicious food in a beautiful place.
The main Pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela passes through Hagetmau and Saint Sever. Hagetmau boasts its own Olympic-sized pool with water slide, jacuzzi, outside terraces and golf course at la Cité Verte. You can play tennis in Sainte-Colombe and there are plenty of walks nearby taking in the spectacular views of the Pyrenées on a sunny day. You'll find lakeside beaches with swimming within 30 minutes at St Pierre-du-Mont or within an hour at Arjuzanx; also Lac d'Agès for walks and Lacs d'Halco at Hagetmau with pedalos and lakeside walks.
Local towns hold their own annual summers fetes/festivals and many have their own arena for the tradition of the course landaise, an ancient sport of bull-jumping, which involves no harm to the bulls.
Other events not to be missed include the night markets in St Sever in August; the Jazz Festival at Marciac in early August and racing at Pau.
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