Maubourguet - Trie sur Baise area Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Charm, Comfort, Quiet - Private Garden - Relaxing Rural Setting - Ideal 2-5.
Picturesque, vine-clad Gascony cottage in traditional L-shape with a latticed open barn. The property is set in a private rural position on the edge of a hamlet. It stands alone at the end of a lane - secluded though not isolated. Only 20 min. to the A 64 motorway, 1hr. Toulouse & Pau airports, 30 min. Marciac International Jazz Festival.
The cottage has beamed ceilings, an open fire and many original (and modern) features. It's well equipped, comfortable and attractively furnished with French and English antiques. To the front there's a pretty, lawned garden lined with mature trees and shrubs. There are two terraces - one for sun and great sunset views, one for leafy shade. A perfect base for relaxing, walking, exploring - or a quiet holiday for 2.
This is an unspoilt area of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy panoramic local views over fields and woods to the snow-capped central Pyrenees. Come to relax and enjoy the quiet. Experience Gascony's great food and wine, lush landscapes, clear air and amazing night skies.
Ideal for 2-5. First floor: 2 double rooms (one with extra single bed); single bed on the mezzanine; single bed in small adjoining passage room; washroom.
Ground floor: comfortable living/ dining room with corner kitchen, fireplace, TV / DVD, sofa, armchair, dining table + chairs; separate sitting room with sofabed; modern bathroom with loo; utility room; Internet.
Garden furniture, BBQ, table-tennis, city bikes (free use but elderly!). Plenty of holiday reading, maps, guidebooks, games.
Good range of reference material on local events and activities, wine, food, music / jazz festivals, historic sites and a regularly updated list of local restaurants.
Excellent daily farmers' markets nearby. Supermarkets / hypermarkets about 20 min.
Quiet rural environment near a working farm - there's no exotic night life or street bustle.
Places to see - things to do:
Explore the hills, valleys and mountain peaks. Watch the Tour de France pass through in July. Visit spa towns, ancient castles and abbeys (Mauvezin, St. Sever, St. Bertrand de Comminges, Flaran) or historic sites like Montmaurin, Auch, Tillac and the famous astronomical observatory at the Pic du Midi de Bigorre.
Go wine-tasting, enjoy local Gascon and Spanish cuisine.
Visit international summer festivals like 'Jazz in Marciac', street theatre in Bagnères-de-Bigorre, classical music in St. Bertrand-de-Comminges, the Tarbes international Tango Festival or the Pyrénées piano festival in Barèges, theatre, concerts and museums in Pau and Tarbes.
Enjoy golfing, riding, stargazing, climbing, skiing, walking, water sports, coarse / fly fishing (holiday licences are sold locally June-Sept.).
Miélan (c.26 km), Lourdes (c.38 km), Marciac (c.45 km). Water-sports centres: Boulogne-sur-Gesse (c.35 km), St. Pé de Bigorre (c.48 km).
Access is easy by road, rail and air.
Several low-cost carriers serve the area.
Car-hire facilities are available at all the major arrival points.
Nearest motorway exits: Capvern, Tournay (A 64).
Tarbes-Lourdes 40 min (ryanair, bmibaby); Pau 45 min (cityjet, flybe, AF domestic); Toulouse 1¼ hrs (e.g. AF, BA, easyjet, bmibaby, flybe, jet2.com); Carcassonne (2 hrs) and Biarritz (1¾ hrs, both Ryanair).
Nearest rail stations:
Tournay, Lannemezan, Tarbes, Pau, Toulouse.
Nearest Motorrail station: Toulouse.
Excellent TGV link to Bordeaux / Paris; TGV links Paris-Montparnasse and Tarbes-Lourdes several times daily (5 ¾ hrs).
It's an easy drive to the mountains and Spain, to Béarn, Comminges, Madiran, Jurançon (important wine-producing areas) and Armagnac.
Pays Basque c.60 min; Atlantic coast (Bayonne, Biarritz, St. Jean de Luz) 1¾ hrs; San Sebastian 2¼ hrs; Narbonne and Med. coast c. 2½ - 3 hrs.
- pets not allowed
- non smoking only
- children welcome
- Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
"The views on my first morning took my breath away - with the chain of Pyrenees Mountains
stretching out across the horizon and their jagged snow-topped peaks. I sat in the garden on my second day and just listened to the eternal peach of the countryside. No passing traffic to fill the air with noise, friendly neighbours (...) and air so clear that the stars at night light up your path as you fetch in wood for the cottage's big open fire (...). There are many wonderful touches, like a telescope to watch the stars, loads of games, UK TV channels, a great collection of books to read and (...) plenty of wonderful walks in the area and towns to explore (...). But you also have to overcome the strong inclination not to leave at the end of your stay."
Who I am: I'm an art, film, food and nature enthusiast. I love to spend time in museums, galleries and cinemas. I dislike flying and prefer train travel, cycling, cross-country skiing, lake swimming, hiking and botanizing. What I enjoy: unspoilt landscapes, beautiful artworks, ancient buildings, browsing brocantes and markets, practising languages, meeting people, jazz, cooking, gardening, sketching, reading and relaxing. Living for so long in a fourth-floor apartment in the heart of a big city I really enjoy the contrast that the cottage offers with its private rural location and lush green surrounds. Gascony's beautiful landscapes are so far removed from the gentrification and consumerism of the city with its food, fashion and design focus.
Something about the cottage must have sparked memories of our old family home in Somerset - a picturesque Elizabethan farmhouse with thatched roof, beamed ceilings, creaky floors and huge fireplace, set in rose gardens, orchards and pastureland for the cows.
Our peaceful, uncrowded corner of south-west France is the perfect counterpoint to the hubbub and consumerism of a big city. This is a lovely spot to escape to - you can relax in sun or shade enjoying real privacy, tranquility, long views and amazing night skies.
Beautiful location, good accessibility, seclusion (away from the crowds though not isolated), plenty to discover close by. Southern Gascony has a lot to offer - lush landscapes, space, unspoilt nature and low pollution, a rich cultural heritage and summer music festivals and international attractions like 'Jazz in Marciac'.
The cottage has a great deal of charm and a traditional feel. We've worked hard on it over the years and added some modern features to its original character so it's comfortable and welcoming.