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L'Ancienne Laiterie Cottage
- 2 bedrooms
- 4 sleeps
- min stay varies
- 2 bedrooms
- 4 sleeps
- min stay varies
Description from owner
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
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.
Location description from owner
The Bearn region
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.
- Nearest beach 130 km
- Swimming pool
- Child friendly
- Car essential
- No pets allowed
- Private garden
- Great for children of all ages
- No pets allowed
- Cot available
- High chair available
Bed & bathroom
- Bedroom 1: Double Bed
Bedroom 2: King Bed
Beds in other rooms: 2 Single Beds
- 2 En suites
- Wi-Fi available
- Private outdoor pool (heated)
- Shared garden
- Private garden
- Balcony or terrace
- Private fishing lake or river
- Internet access
- Central heating
- Staffed property
- Table tennis
- Games room
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- High chair available
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- CD player
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
- This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
- No smoking at this property
About the owner
- Response rate:
- Calendar updated:
- 09 Jul 2016
- Years listed:
- Based in:
- United Kingdom
Languages spoken: French, English
This Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 11 Apr 2012. Located in Bearn, it has 14 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £600 to £950.
The Owner has a response rate of 94% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 09 Jul 2016.
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– based on 14 reviews
- Very Good
“Fantastic, peaceful holiday in great accommodation.”
The cottage was easy to find using the directions provided and we were welcomed on arrival by Clare & Tim and shown around the property. It was absolutely fantastic with everything you could need for a holiday and more. It was very clean and tidy. The area was so quiet and peaceful but was within easy distance to bakers, supermarkets, cafes, etc... It was also ideally situated and a short drive to the Pyrenees mountains. We had fabulous weather for the whole two weeks and made full use of the secluded outdoor pool and sun loungers. It was lovely getting fresh eggs from the chickens and playing with the cats. We would definitely stay here again.
“Fabulous! Luxury and pampering - even with small children!”
I can't rave highly enough about the beautiful Ancienne Laiterie, from the luxurious little touches (quality bed linen, sumptuous white towelling robes, modern kitchen equipment, pretty posies in the bathroom, the list goes on!), to the wonderful swimming pool complete with inflatables to entertain both children and husbands alike. As you sit outside whilst the sun begins to set, amidst meadows of wild flowers and the braying of donkeys, and top up your second verre du vin, it is very easy to imagine that you've stumbled across a little piece of paradise. But for my husband and I, the thing that really 'made' our holiday here, was the chance to take up Clare's option of having meals prepared for you on various evening once the kids had gone to bed. Clare is a truly fabulous chef (the food easily surpassed many of the finest restaurants we have eaten in) and the terrace outside couldn't have been transformed into a more beautiful venue if Monsier Michelin had done it himself! Having pampered adult time whilst holidaying with a small family (18 months and 3 1/2 years old) is pretty hard to recreate - and so the chance to dine in style without having to worry about a babysitter or taxi home was just wonderful. And after the meal had been savoured and devoured we didn't even have to do the washing up. Bliss!..... Clare and Tim are warm and welcoming hosts who go out of their way to offer the highest standard of care and comfort to all of their guests (both little and large!) - from the moment we arrived we were made to feel very special indeed. Thank you...
“Lovely quiet place and helpful owners”
Area very pleasant with super countryside. Swimming pool good size. Able to have meals cooked which were lovely. Chickens & donkeys in grounds.. Nothing too much trouble for owners.
“Fabulous stay! Fully recommended”
My husband, 22 month old twin boys and I had a wonderful week's stay at Ancienne Laiterie. Beautifully decorated, well equipt with thoughtful personal touches like homemade jam, ice-cream, shortbread, fresh cut flowers etc. One evening we asked Clare to cook for us and they pulled out all the stops, beautifully set table overlooking fields, delicious 5 or 6 course meal, I lost count, with wine and very reasonably priced. I would definitely recommend having this as it makes for a very special evening and a welcome break from cooking.
“Probably the best quality gite that we have ever visited.”
Clare provides a wonderful welcome (It was my birthday,and there was a cake waiting for me),and that welcome carried through our whole stay. From the little gifts of eggs,vegetables, jam etc. to advice on where to go and what to see,Clare was always happy to make sure that we had a wonderful stay.The gite forms part of old farm buildings and is set up so that the guest can have as much,or as little,privacy as they desire.The outlook is onto a garden area and then a pasture with trees and wooded hills in the distance.Hens come around looking for scraps,the cats have a nose around occasionally and there are friendly donkeys in the adjacent field.If you want a chance to experience rural France at first hand then you can do no better than stay here. We were knocked out by this part of the country,from the elegance of Biarritz on the coast to the beautiful city of Pau close by,to the spectacular drives in the Pyrennees,everyone had a wonderful time,including our labradors.We certainly wouldn't hesitate to book the "Ancienne Laiterrie" in the future.
“Everything a holiday should be .....and more!”
Beautiful property, in a perfect location and a host who has thought of everything. A wedding anniversary meal cooked by the owner while we looked out on the pyrenees, home made ice-cream, fresh eggs, fresh air and it goes on... The whole holiday will be a memory of a lifetime. We felt like we were in our dream home and never wanted to leave..... In summary one trip here will lead to another and another.......
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