Louvie-Juzon House Rental Photos and Description
7 Bedroom House At The Foot Of The Pyrenees
The Maison de la Congregation Gite is a 200 year old traditional Bearnaise house at the foot of the western French Pyrenees. The house can accommodate 12-14 guests in 7 bedrooms.
Situated in the heart of the village of Louvie-Juzon in the Vallee d'Ossau, the gite gives you access to the beautiful mountains in the Pyrenees National Park, as well as being close to the historic towns of Pau to the north, Lourdes to the east and Oloron and the Vallee d'Aspe in the west.
The area offers fantastic sporting opportunities such as hiking, road cycling, mountain biking, canyoning, white water rafting and horse-riding. For those wishing to relax, the area is rich in places for sight-seeing and visits. Pau and Lourdes are no more than 45 minutes drive away. The local Jurancon vineyards will be of interest to wine fans, whilst the local area has many easily accessible places in the mountains and vallies for leisurely strolls, picnics and paddling.
The house has been lovingly renovated over the last six years, boasting wooden and stone floors, oak beams, stone walls and a massive Bearnise fireplace. It has a large private walled garden to play in, and a terrace covered with vines and wisteria to dine under on warm evenings. Accommodating 12 - 14 persons, it is the perfect place for families to share a wonderful holiday together.
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets considered
- children welcome
Simon and Meg and their three kids now live in Scotland after 12 years living abroad. We love the Pyrenees, and go there two or three times a year for our holidays.
When we moved to the Pau area in 2004, we fell in love with the place. The Pyrenees are not well known to the Brits, and this area is calm and unspoiled. After a couple of years spent looking for a house, we came across La Maison de la Congregation, which at the time belonged to an order of nuns. It's potential was immediately apparent. Although much had to be done inside, many of the original features of the house remained unspoiled by unsympathetic modernisation - the old fireplace, wooden and stone floors, original solid doors and marble features and oak beams. We also loved the big, fully enclosed walled garden which meant the kids were safe to romp around outside unsupervised to their hearts' content. The village centre location was also important, with the boulangerie, traiteur, pharmacy, post office and local bar/restaurant just a hundred yards walk from the house. 2013 is the first year we've started letting the property. We've fully renovated it over the past years, and it's a very spacious family home with its seven bedrooms.
Maison de la Congregation is a great place for big families or friends to get together. There are many varied activities close by in the area for all ages - plenty to do for small kids or the more sedate-minded, all the way to strenuous high mountain walks and rides. During the day you can get out into the mountains and walk, picnic, ride, paddle and tour, or head out to Pau, Lourdes or Oloron. In the evenings in summer, we're generally eating and relaxing outside on the terrace, which we've covered with vines and wisteria. When it's colder, the salon has a fantastic log-burner to curl up in front of.