Pau holiday house accommodation with private pool, beach/lake nearby and internet access and balcony/terrace

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Les Vieux Chenes

House / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4 Home 18310

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House / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

French Country Farmhouse in Lucq de Bearn, a 4 star, National tourist board fully accredited, v. well equipped holiday 300 yrs old stone house that is tastefully renovated with WIFI throughout is situated between Biarritz (60mins) & Pau (25mins).

* Very large in-ground POOL with panoramic views of Pyrenees mountains & Jurancon vineyards.

* Ideal for COUPLES, group of friends or families who want tranquil country surroundings.

* Ease of access to nearby towns & PAU city.

For smaller groups choose 2 bedroom option- 2 floors - Downstairs- well equipped fitted kitchen, farmhouse table & chairs, comfortable living area PLUS upstairs 1 king- Opera, 1 large twin- Theatre + 1 EN SUITE shower room + 1 family bath/shower room. 3rd 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).

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)

WALKING such as

Pau International 3 Day Event Horse Trials 21-25Oct 2015

Pau Street Formula 3 - 17-19May 2015

Pau Grand Prix Historique ( 1930's street circuit) 23/24 May 2015

Whilst being very peacefully 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 garden area is entered through a gate in the garden wall from Les Vieux Chenes. The owner has a separate entrance for discreet maintainance & occasionally use of the pool. Although you may well not see us again once checked-in, however should you want help or information we can be found behind the gated courtyard, just come and ask.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Nearest beach Biarritz 80 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Pau 25 km, Nearest railway: TGV stop= PAU 25 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated), Shared 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
Furniture Single beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

The accommodation comprises 2 excellent-sized bedrooms with comfortable mattresses and Egyptian cotton linens & 2 shower /bathrooms

Opera -KING antique walnut bed with EN SUITE with newly refitted walk in 'rain forest' shower & handbasin,WC, large wardrobe, dressing table,armchair

Theatre - TWIN (two over-sized antique single beds), antique mahogany chest of drawers, wardrobe, armchair.Adjacent to

Large family bathroom: bath with shower over, handbasin and WC.

The bedrooms have bedside tables, bedside lights, additional armchairs & chairs. They also have fans for those warm summer nights and central heating for the winter.

Downstairs provides:

- fully fitted, well equipped kitchen with plenty of crockery & glasses

- large farmhouse dining table & chairs

- comfortable lounge area with sofas, fireplace, flat screen satellite TV ( English & French) . DVD and PIANO. There is a selection of books, DVDs, guide books 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.

Further details

* 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 euros/adult, £10 euros/child under 10 which includes wine, beer and soft drinks

* No hidden charges

* 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

Frenchcountryfarmhouse can be offered with 4 bedrooms & 3 bath/shower room please ask for details.

Note: Whilst the house usually has excellent WIFI and Satellite UK TV these services can be affected by weather etc and may occasionally be out of service. This is beyond our control

The Bearn 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.



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.


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.

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5 Jun 2014


"Thoroughly enjoyable stay in very comfortable accommodatio"

We were greeted with a very warm welcome by Gillian. The location of the traditional house proved ideal for us, very quiet but in easy reach of many good places to visit. The house itself was very well equipped and felt comfortable. We would recommend ordering the meal which Gillian will provide on arrival, it was excellent. We plan to go back if we can as we enjoyed our stay so much.

11 Nov 2013


"One of the charming places I have ever been in my life!"

This charming house was fabulous. It was modern and everything was in complete working order. The owner offered exceptional service and was completely helpful in every way. The location was in one of the most beautiful areas I have ever seen. The owner offered dinner and then presented 4 course gourmet delights with local wine that fit each course. I would highly recommend this property and I would consider going back again.

28 Jun 2013


"Excellent accomodation"

We stayed at Les Vieux Chenes for a week in the middle of June and the accommodation more than matched our expectations. On arrival the property owner Gillian was on hand to provide us with a detailed explanation of things to do, where to eat and information relating to the property. In addition there was a very generous welcome pack of wine, beer, pate, olives, jam etc for us to enjoy. Unfortunately the next day was the only day of our week when the weather was warm enough to enjoy the swimming pool and Barbeque but we had plenty of warning of the poor weather to come and made the most of these excellent facilities while we could. The weather was so poor we were housebound for a couple of days and Gillian even put on the central heating for us although we did not ask her to do so. The property has all the facilities you need including a washing machine and dishwasher both of which were very useful. The highlight of our stay was the meal Gillian cooked for us on our last evening which was absolutely superb. We have eaten at many Michelin starred restaurants and the meal matched them in every respect. We were treated to a meal of Foie Gras, Trout, Confit Duck and peaches in Armagnac and all washed down by three excellent wines from the region. If you at planning to stay at Les Vieux Chenes you must take advantage of Gillian’s cooking. The Wi-Fi worked without a hitch and our deposit was returned the day after we left. We would definitely recommend the property to our friends and very much enjoyed our stay despite the weather.

We are very pleased that you and your wife had a good holiday despite being here when this area was on maximum weather warnings, battered by the worst storms for many, many years with so many local towns & villages being devastated by floods. Happily, the house is on a hilltop. As a chef, I love finding the best local produce for our guests and serving it in the private dining room, adjacent to the rental house, so thank you for your kind words about our food.

7 Jul 2012


"We'll be back"

This was our first holiday in France and it exceeded our expectations. The house had everything you could think of and then more. Little touches like beer and wine in the fridge was great after a long drive. The pool and gardens were great and had lovely views. Location: plenty to do locally and further afield, a week wasn't long enough. Local towns had everything in that you would need. Gillian was always close by if needed and her knowledge of the area and things to do/see was more than helpful. Once we found the house it wasn't a problem but GPS co-ordinates would have been an advantage. We will definately be back.

22 Jun 2012


"Gorgeous accommodation, splendid location"

Apart from the lovely and spacious house, it's most complete equipment and it's garden and pool with impressive views, it's the location that makes this property unique. Easy walks through quiet countryside start right at your front door. Short car rides will take you to other walks (some marked), f.e. along the river Gave d'Oloron, and villages worth a stroll. Day trips will get you to impressive mountainous areas in the Pyrénées, into Spain as well. To get an inspiring impression of the immediate surroundings: go to Google Maps and search for Monein, France. Go West on D2 and south on the second road left: Castet/Chemin de Coustette. Go South as far as Chemin de Crêtes and look back North, the first house on the left of the road with it's pool is Les Vieux Chênes. Wine lovers will appreciate the local appellation Jurancon moelleux, a semi-sweet white. The supposedly best wine maker of this variety has it's farm within walking distance. Tasting and buying at Domaine Cauhapé: The dry version is also very rich and pleasant. Of course they come with a price: from reasonable to prohibitive. The sweet ones (moelleux) should be tasted with a blue cheese like Bleu d'Auvergne or Fourme d'Ambert - you will be delighted. Our week in May proved too short and we would certainly like to get back some time...

30 Jul 2011


"Un gîte familial de qualité en Béarn"

Notre famille a beaucoup apprécié ce lieu de vacances : accueil, propreté, espace, confort, piscine. Idéal pour la détente et le repos. Les visites de l'église de Monein, et de la ville de Pau valent le détour, agrémentées par une dégustation du vin Jurançon ! La région est superbe pour une marche en montagne (pic du midi d'Ossau, à environ 100 kms). Gillian cuisine très bien, et le repas dans l'ancienne pièce adjacente au gîte fut délicieux. Bref, un excellent séjour Benoit, Bénédicte et famille

4 Jul 2011


"Quality accommodation and service helped us have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday"

We stayed at Les Vieux Chenes for a week in early June and found it a most relaxing experience. We had booked dinner for the first evening to save having to look for a restaurant. This was a good decision as the meal was most enjoyable, good value for money and a great start to our holiday. Additionally, the provision of a "Welcome Pack" of wine, beer and snacks certainly did make us feel welcome. The rooms were spacious and well-decorated. Overall, the house, while very traditional, has plenty of mod-cons. Even though the weather wasn't brilliant while we were there, we still managed some good walks, both directly from the property and further afield. We also found this holiday rental very handy for local towns, both for shopping and sight-seeing. Pau was especially attractive for both these activities. There are also vineyards and cheese producers nearby, a couple of which we visited. This is a lovely part of France with more attractions than we had time to visit this time. We will certainly be back and would be happy to stay at Les Vieux Chenes again.

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      Calendar last updated:08 Oct 2015

      Based in France

      Languages spoken
      • English
      • French

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