At Ancienne Laiterie we offer the perfect private and relaxing get away for families, honeymooners/couples, painters inspired by the countryside and views and activity seeking travellers. We are a farm with the dairy/hoilday Cottage joined to the main farmhouse at the back of the barn which is the home to many nesting birds, owls and on occasions bats. In this beautiful country setting we have renovated the dairy to include all modern comforts mixed with original features and French antiques. We also let you indulge in lovely linens. The swimming pool is south facing for sun seekers and the grounds are full of shady spots for reading, painting, contemplating, enjoying a glass of wine or just dozing! Close by are lots of walks, cycle tracks and rafting is 10 mins away. We are rural but not remote as it is only 3km to the pretty village of Lasseube and 9km to Oloron St Marie with all facilities, shops and restaurants. We are right next to the Tour de France route, the Pau Historique automobile Grand Prix and 4* equestrian 3 day event. All the local villages have markets and small festivals throughout the year. I nearly forgot to mention Vanille and Mozart our resident donkeys who love being brushed), Minette, Henri, Poppy and Sacha the cats and our five chickens.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 en suites|
|Nearest beach||Biarritz 130 km|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pau 20 km, Nearest railway: Oloron 9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Pyrenees Atlantique has an all year round mild climate with hot summers in June, July and August, warm with more rain in April and May and the coldest months in January and February. The mild climate gives lush vegetation and flowers almost all year round making the countryside particularly pretty. It is often possible to enjoy sunny days and alfresco dining right through to December. The area consists of the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic coast to the west, the Pyrenees and access to Spain in the south, and Bordeaux and the wine regions of the North. The economy of Aquitaine and around Lasseube is dominated by agriculture, wine (Jurancon and Madiran being the local appellations) and natural gas extraction, plus a wide variety of tourist activities including skiing, gastronomy, medieval towns, cycling, walking on the route de St Jaques de Compostelle, horse riding, golf, surfing. Locally, Brebis (sheeps milk) cheese, Jurancon (sweet aperitif and dry all round drinking) wine, and Rosanne peaches are the most famous. The production of Brebis still follows the age old tradition of the Berger (shepherd) taking the sheep to high mountain pastures in the summer for three months and living in isolation to make the cheese.There is also the Blond D'aquitaine beef, free range duck, lots of different types of honey and cherry confiture. Pau is the largest city and has a significant British influence with lots of stunning old villas along the Promenade de le Pyrenees. There is also a beautiful chateaux and many chic shops and interesting restaurants including one in nearby Jurancon that boasts 2 Michelin stars. Pau is often home to the Tour de France cyclists and the Historique Automobile Grand Prix runs every year in May. Biarritz is the buzzing and chic seaside resort and close by is the smaller more informal resort of St Jean De Luz. The area is dotted with small bastide towns with lovely local auberges, fast running streams and markets. There are small towns nestled in the Pyreneen foot hills with cheese and wine festivals, animals and local crafts on show. Oloron St Marie has a particularly pretty old town with magnificant views of the surrounding area. Other attractions include many thermal/spa towns, the 4*equestrian three day event, horse racing at the Pau Hippodrome. The Cottage is only an hour away from the popular ski resorts of Gourette and Pierre St Martin.
There is a market in one of the local villages/towns everyday of the week where you can buy local organic produce (fish, meat, fruit, vegetables, wine, bread). These are great places to sit outside watch the world go by in a nearby cafe. Oloron has rafting on the Gave de Oloron which is great fun for all ages. Oloron also has supermarkets a lovely market, shops and restaurants. Oloron often hosts concerts and festivals. Lasseube is a quiet picturesque village with an annual fete, boulangerie, auberge, bar and post office. Monein the other local town also has a market and many festivals including a peach festival in the summer. Navarrenx a bastide town, is a short distance and interesting to walk along the old walls for stunning views. The area is perfect for walking and cycling and all through the summer Biarritz and St Jean de Luz are popular with surfers and shoppers alike. The area is dominated by the beautiful countryside, stunning views of the Pyrenees and interesting towns, food, wine and culture.