La Douce Folly
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Manor House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 11
- Stylishly renovated 2nd Empire Grande Villa
- Self-catering with 4 ensuite luxury large bedrooms with two sofa-beds and additional portable bed, if needed
- Private country estate set in 7 acres
- Private adult splash pool
- Luxury kitchen with all mod cons
- Walled garden, fruit orchards & courtyards
- Pet and child friendly
- Smoking permitted within designated areas outside
- Wi-Fi, UK/USA satellite TV
- 5 min to local amenities in Galan & 15 min in Trie-sur-Baïse
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Biarritz 2hrs|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lourdes/Tarbes 40 mins, Toulouse 1 hour, Nearest railway: Lannemezan 20 mins|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, 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||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Midi-Pyrenees region
La Douce Folly, is located near Galan in the Hautes-Pyrénées. It is a region blessed with stunning scenery, world-famous food, wine, good living and also boasts a large number of centenarian inhabitants due to the healthy lifestyle!
The holiday villa built in the 19th century is a cross between a 2nd Empire Gascony farmhouse and a maison-de-maître, has been renovated with respect to its original features whilst incorporating modern conveniences.
In terms of the Folly's amenities, other than your newly renovated bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. There is a formal dining room and salon along with a games and video room. The kitchen is also newly renovated in a French-country style, and includes all the mod cons. There are several private shaded areas for quiet reading, large lawns for children. We have volley ball, boules, games, books and plenty of local information for sightseeing. A welcome basket will be placed in the accommodation for your arrival.
We also provide WiFi for internet access, use of a computer, wide-screen TV with English, French and some American channels via satellite, a large library of English and French DVDs, and a stereo system with a wide variety of music CDs. There is also a docking/speaker station for iPod and iPhone users.
Our valley is called “Le Petit Nice” by the locals for its warmer micro-climate and the many fruit tree orchards. The views are open and wide and due to being south facing, also extremely sunny. We are in a great location for walkers, hikers, cyclists (the Tour de France passes through the area), plus snow-shoeing, downhill and alpine skiing and for those who enjoy wildlife.
The nearest large village, Galan, a 5 minute drive has a post-office, boulangerie, tabac, small food shop, hair salon, bar and restaurant, plus a reknown cathedral famed for it's year-around classical concerts. The closest towns are Trie-sur-Baïse (12 minute drive) and Lannemezan (20 minute drive), where both offer a wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars, banks, medical facilities, cinemas, etc., and weekly markets.
There are many spa towns within an easy drive, where the thermal hot spring waters are a marvellous treat for mind and body. Our favourites are the historic spa town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre that has a modern day spa resort called Aquensis, and is about a 40 minute drive. Another favourite is in Capvern-les-Bain, 20 minutes away.
Other nearby areas of interest include Pau, a beautiful 2nd Empire gem (like a mini-Paris in the Pyrénées), with lashings of culture, restaurants, shopping, theatre, and opera. The shrine at Lourdes draws the Christian world and is an mesmerizing place to visit regardless of your spiritual beliefs. And with a castle, funicular, lake, golf course, markets - Lourdes is not just for pilgrims. We also recommend picturesque Marciac, world-famous for it's annual Jazz Festival, but in fact you can catch a concert every month. Likewise in Mirande, which is known for being France's mecca for American country, blue-grass, and rockabilly music.
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3 Aug 2014
"Glorious Country Getaway is worth the drive!"
I stayed at this wonderful maison last fall as part of a girls' getaway. We were a group of women celebrating a special birthday for our friend and we all had a lovely time. It is a beautiful a… More
Thanks so much and it was our pleasure having you all here. Look forward to spending time with you and your family next year!
1 Jun 2014
"Bask in the beauty, comfort and culture of the Douce Folly in the foothills of the Haute-Pyrénées"
I thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing week at La Douce Folly in September of 2013. The house has been lovingly restored and renovated; it exudes charm, comfort, class, history and is fully equipped with an updated kitchen, washer/dryer and modern ensuite bathrooms. Outside, the home is bordered by a lovely orchard where you will find walnuts, figs, apples and plums to pick fresh off the trees. The walled garden is beautifully landscaped with flowers, trees, and grapevines, inviting you to relax with a book, take a nap or enjoy a glass of wine and/or picnic. Stephen and Victoria are gracious and knowledgeable hosts--very kind and extremely helpful with suggestions of activities and places to visit. In addition to hiking in the Pyrenees, spending a day in Lourdes, visiting/sightseeing several nearby towns I had the pleasure of taking a French cooking class that Victoria (an excellent cook!) had arranged for me.
Although nestled in the French countryside, La Douce Folly is an easy drive to Mirande (charming French Markets), Pau (haute couture shopping), Lourdes (spiritual destination) and Bagnères-de-Bigorre (thermal spas) to mention a few places. Even the drive to these nearby destinations offer beautiful sights as you travel the country roads.
If you're looking to de-stress, stay in a beautifully renovated historical home, enjoy delightful vistas of mountains, quaint French towns, gorgeous architecture, clear night skies, and experience tranquility---
Come to La Douce Folly!
Madame M, you are too kind and gracious with your praise. Merci bien! We thoroughly enjoyed your visit and look forward to your seeing you again soon. V + S x
20 May 2014
I have stayed here twice once during a chilly April and then again in a balmy autumn both visits with dogs. Love this area and its one of the few parts of France not yet "discovered". La Dou… More
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