MOUNTAIN VIEWS AND VILLAGE CHARM IN THE FRENCH PYRENEES

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Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
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MOUNTAIN VIEWS AND VILLAGE CHARM IN THE FRENCH PYRENEES

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A gorgeous 19th century stone house in Lescun, sleeps 8

Buried in the folds of the jaw-dropping Cirque de Lescun is the mountain village of Lescun, a settlement that has remained essentially unchanged since the 19th century. It is home to an idyllic 120 year old stone lodge called Maison Willert.

Spread over three floors, this centrally heated house includes four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a huge kitchen & dining room, and satellite TV & DVD.

Lescun is the ideal base for exploring Pyrenees highlights such as the ancient monastic church of Notre Dame de la Pierre and the fortified town and cathedral of Jaca.

A trekker’s paradise, Lescun is an integral part of the renowned GR10 and HRP long distance footpaths. Whether you climb, hike or cycle, you’ll be able to enjoy mountain views and sunsets from the large south-facing terrace with a celebratory drink whilst tending the barbecue.

In winter, an original Bayonne fireplace welcomes you home after skiing at the nearby Winter Olympic applicant resorts of Candanchú & Astún.

Maison Willert and Lescun: 150 years ago this was a two storey lodge, with room for winter hay to feed the livestock that provided heat for the occupants.

Today, the cottage is spread over three floors, and the animals have been swapped for a modern heating system.

Nevertheless, the two hearths have been retained for people who prefer to watch a roaring fire instead of satellite television.

If you enjoy cooking, you'll love the large kitchen and dining room. (If your idea of a holiday is an untouched stove, fear not: there are several excellent restaurants in the area, including one that's a five minute stroll from the front door).

The sitting room on the first floor provides a sanctuary for reading, writing and contemplation.

Four bedrooms are spread over the first and second floors, providing plenty of privacy for eight people.

Although Lescun has retained its communal, spring-fed washing facility, tMaison Willert is equipped with a washer / dryer.

Outdoor Activities: A trekker’s paradise, Lescun is a highlight on the Grande Randonnée (GR) 10 and Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne (HRP) long distance footpaths. The famous Chemin de la Mâture is a 15 minute drive from Lescun. This 18th century trail was hacked out of the sheer flank of the Sescoué ravine to allow trees to be harvested for the French navy, who required stout timber for masts. Rock climbing and mountaineering routes abound in the Cirque du Lescun.

Canyoning, parapente, horse riding and fly fishing are offered in the valley. La Companie de Anes in Lescun offers the opportunity for you to hire a donkey to carry your supplies into the mountains. Children can also ride a hired donkey.

The Pyrenees has a legendary association with cycle touring and the Tour de France. During the summer months, the Astún ski resort is just one of many areas popular with mountain bikers. Many of Lescun’s hiking trails can also be used by mountain bikers. Bikes can be hired in the nearby village of Bedous.

Activities for children: Aquabearn is a water park in Oloron-Sainte-Marie. It has a wave pool, a swimming pool with a current, slides, a log flume, a wading pool for toddlers and pedal boats. Open May - September. 40 minutes from Lescun.

The Aramits Adventure Park adventure park includes a children's area, bungee jumping, and challenges designed to bring out the Tarzan and Jane in everyone. 45 minutes from Lescun.

The little Artouste train, at an altitude of 2000 metres, is one of the highest trains in Europe. Built in 1924, the locomotives rattle along the side of an untouched valley on a narrow gauge track for 10 kilometres. Passengers enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Ossau mountains and Soussouéou valley. On arrival, you can take a gentle stroll along marked paths to Artouste Lake. 2 hours from Lescun.

Any youngster ‘into’ climbing will probably enjoy a half day visit to the high ropes course called ‘Du haut de mon arbre’ in the village of Accous. 20 minutes from Lescun.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Ros Deegan

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2009
Speaks french, english
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay nights
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BELLE MAISON DANS LES PYRÉNÉES ATLANTIQUES

  • 5 of 5
La Maison Willert est una trés belle maison dans un beau petit village, Lescun, regardant des superbes montagnes. On est arrivé de Jaca par Somport, et on a bien trouvé le village et la maison avec les renseignements que le propietaire nous en avez donné.
La maison est prope et trés bien entretenu, elle est trés bien meublée et decorée. On a tout ce que l'on peut en avoir besoin.
Elle est placée à un bout du village donc la tranquilité et le silence est absolue.
Si vous aimez la montagne, si vous desirez le silence de la nature, ne doutez pas, Lescun et la Maison Willert sont vos choix.
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  • 5 of 5
"une maison pleine de charme qu''on rêverait d''avoir comme résidence secondaire...

wish we could find such a lovely house in such a nice village for retirement..."
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2011
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  • 5 of 5
"Beau gîte dans une maison authentique.
Calme et reposant."
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  • 5 of 5
"Un lieu paradisiaque ! La maison est très bien équipée, la décoration soignée... avec une vue splendide sur les montagnes. Nous y avons passé un excellent séjour."
  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
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Map

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Lourdes
Nearest Ferry
300 Kilometres
Bilbao
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Oloron Ste-Marie
Nearest Motorway
70 Kilometres
E80 / A64
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Biarritz
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Bar Le Berger
Nearest Ski
31 Kilometres
Candanchú, Astún, Somport
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Bar Le Berger
Car: necessary

Lescun is best known as the postcard-perfect gateway to the magnificent amphitheatre of peaks from which the village takes its name. Situated in the heart of the Pyrenees at an altitude of 900 metres, this is a hamlet with a heartbeat. The centre of the vibrant community is the village shop, which sells fruit and vegetables, local cheese, and fresh croissants. Lescun is also home to the Hotel du Pic d’Anie, a handy post office, and a friendly bar that serves tasty lunches and dinners. Lescun is the ideal base for visiting historical treasures such as the monastery of San Juan de la Peña, which legend says was a protectorate of the Holy Grail. Just a short distance away is the extraordinary Chemin de la Mâture. This intriguing wave of rock was chiselled out in the 18th century to create a path down which tree trunks were carried in order to be turned into sailing masts. Another wonderful walk with spellbinding views of the cirque starts less than 50 metres from the front door.

Other Activities: Rock climbing, hiking, cycling, donkey trekking, skiing, snowshoeing, paragliding, bird watching, mountain biking.

Ski: The Somport ski circuit is a 30 minute drive from Lescun. It is situated in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park on the French border with Spain. The pistes are prepared for skating, in-line skiing and snowshoeing. There is a snack bar, a children’s play area and a rental shop.

The 2014 Olympic applicant ski resorts of Astún and Candanchú are a 10 minute drive from Somport.

The 50 pistes at Astún are spread over 39 kilometres. The majority of the runs are red and blue, making the resort perfect for intermediate skiers.

Beginners and experts will feel more at home in Candanchú, which has 59 kilometres of marked pistes and half a dozen nursery slopes. 29 of its runs are rated red or black.

Off-piste possibilities at both resorts are considerable; half a dozen routes are maintained.

Facilities include restaurants, bars, a children’s area, rental shops and a ski school.

Summer hiking routes in Lescun turn into a snowshoeing paradise in winter.

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Notes

  • All utilities are included in the rate. A security deposit will be requested.

Amenities

Lescun Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 140 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Telephone
  • Internet
  • Broadband Access
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Pantry Items
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • The two bedrooms on the top floor share one bathroom fitted with a shower, toilet and basin. The two bedrooms on the middle floor share a bathroom fitted with a bath and basin. All the bedrooms, and the top floor bathroom, have mountain views. There is a separate toilet on the middle floor that is conveniently located for people using the ground floor living room and the first floor sitting room.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Top floor bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    1st floor double bedroom - 1 double
    1st floor single bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • Maison Willert is spread over three floors. Two triple bedrooms are located on the top floor and share a shower room. Two bedrooms are located on the middle floor and share a bathroom. One bedroom has a double bed and the other has a single bed and a second pull-out single bed. The single bed bedroom also has a cot which can be used either in this room or the master bedroom on the top floor.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
  • zoo
  • autumn foliage
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • sledding
  • eco tourism
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fly fishing
  • rafting
  • ski lift privileges
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
Notes:
The ground floor consists of a large lounge and kitchen with sofas, armchairs, a dining table, a large desk and an open fireplace. This room opens out onto the south-facing terrace. On the middle floor there is a sitting room complete with a sofa, an armchair, two desks and an original Bayonne fireplace. The large terrace is equipped with a table, chairs and barbecue.