Arudy Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description
The Mountain Farmhouse May Be Rented Either With 6 Bedrooms Or 3 Bedrooms
Maison Florence is a restored traditional mountain farmhouse in its own 50 acres of pasture and woodland, with breathtaking views of the Pyrenees and villages in the valleys below. The farmhouse may be rented with 3 bedrooms for up to 8, or with six bedrooms for up to 17. There is only one gite, so there will be no sharing of grounds or facilities.
Watch the wild boar and rare vultures or migrating geese and cranes, or enjoy the diversity of rare and colourful wild flowers on the property. The farm is peaceful and isolated, very private, yet only ten minutes from Arudy with excellent shopping, markets and all facilities. The owners live in a separate building on the property, discreet but always there should you need any help.
Christmas and New Year.: We are happy to welcome Christmas and New Year parties. Its usually a great time for skiing as well!
Spring Flowers and Birds, Wildlife.: Walking here has been described as the best in Europe. Wild flowers are exceptional (many to be found on our own property) and the area features in several specialist botany books of Europe. Migrating flocks, particularly geese and cranes, pass overhead, while kites and vultures are resident with a wide variety of forest, mountain and heathland birds. Foxes, badgers and herds of wild boars roam our woodlands and doormice, pine martens and red squirrels feast on our walnuts and chestnuts.
Artist friends find our views inspirational. Guides can be hired for half days or longer expeditions, either on foot or on horseback. River sports are popular, such as white water rafting and canoeing.
We would be delighted to help with advice and bookings.
Fishing and Biking, local events.: The rivers in the area abound with trout and salmon, and licences to fish cost only a few pounds.
The Tour de France passes through the area every year, as several of the most well known mountain passes are close by. Keen cyclists bring their bikes by plane to explore the routes, while others enjoy exploring the miles of traffic-free lanes, woodland and mountain tracks.
Pau has a well known racecourse, twinned with Cheltenham, and a major three day event in the Autumn. There are two prestigious antiques fairs each year, in the spring and autumn..
Pau will also host a stage of the World Touring Car Championship for the first time in June 2007, one of three street races in their calender.
Details for Maison Florence, 3 bedroom option 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathrooms
- Events Allowed
- Low Allergen Environment
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets considered
Hi, I'm Sarah and my husband is Bill. I grew up in the New Forest, south of England, and Bill, who's Australian, grew up in Sydney. After university he became a full time sailor and has spent his life in the sport. These days he umpires events internationally, which means he spends more time at home between regattas.
I read English at Oxford, and after several years working in London, qualified as a social worker and specialised in intercountry adoption.
We have renovated many houses over the years in the New Forest, the Isle of Wight and in France, and love bringing beautiful old buildings back to life. We have two sons who live on the Isle of Wight, and once they had finished their education, we were free to follow our hearts and find more space, as the new Forest began to get too crowded!
We searched for somewhere in the mountains, but uncrowded and without too many tourists. We wanted to enjoy the warm summers but also fertile, green countryside and productive gardens. When we discovered the Bearn region, it combined the magic of a 'secret' area with breathtaking scenery and views, history and traditions with uncrowded outdoor activities, fantastic restaurants and sophisticated shopping!
When we found Maison Florence, a semi derilect farmhouse with beautiful barns and its lovely but neglected land and breathtaking views in every direction, we fell in love, a 'coup de coeur', which set us up for years of hard work! We finally completed our slice of heaven a couple of years later, and now live in our converted bergerie, and let the big farmhouse with its own courtyards and gardens.
Florence is named for the family Florence who lived here for many hundreds of years. Although the history of the house is hard do trace, the big barn has a date stone over the door for 1641. The house still has many of its lovely original features, like the stone sink, huge fireplace and bread oven in the sitting room.
Over the ten years we've been here, we've been able to make gardens, plant trees and create a lovely outdoor dining area in the courtyard under the ancient walnut trees.
We love to walk every day, enjoy the amazing views of the mountains and the villages below from the tops of our two hills as well as search out the wild flowers (we have a grant for the preservation of those) in spring or the wild mushrooms in autumn.
We have also made a flourishing fruit and vegetable garden and are always happy to share the produce with our guests, with the beautiful eggs laid every day by the ducks, which the visiting children love to collect.