Montory Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description
4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8-9
Our farmhouse is set in 24 hectares (64 acres) of land, with no other property nearby and stunning 360-degree views of the Pyrenees. We are located just outside the village of Montory in the Pays Basque.
The property offers a beautiful summer/autumn retreat for friends and families. Outside are extensive grounds to explore plus a heated salt water swimming pool, which we keep open from late May to mid October.
The house also has a games room with full size pool table and table tennis, and there is an extensive DVD and music library.
If you like walking, the GR10 (one of the top 10 places to walk on the planet) is less that 40k away. The area is famous for birdwatching (particularly birds of prey including kites, eagles, owls and the rare Egyptian vulture). For the more active, rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, rafting and skiing are just some of the activities available in the vicinity. The Tour de France passes through the Pyrenees every year. If you are a keen cyclist, the area is full of VTT trails.
For the foodies, there are plenty of treats on offer. As well as local vineyards making Jurancon wine, a much underrated appellation south of Pau making white wines from a blend of the twin varieties Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng, there is a Route de Fromage where it is possible to try literally hundreds of local cheeses from the fermiers themselves. These AOC recognised cheeses are mainly made from sheep's milk (Brebis) in mountain huts as transhumance (the movement of sheep and cows in summer to mountain pastures) is still a way of life for shepherds of this region and are found throughout the Bearn and Basque regions in the Ossau and Iraty valleys.
Ryanair flights are available every day from Stansted to Biarritz (90 mins drive from the house). There are also daily flights to Pau airport - a 60-minute drive). There is also a regular train service from Paris to Pau. Our nearest ferry port is Bilbao, which is about a 2 ½ hour drive.
The property is cleaned once a week with bed linen and towels changed. If visitors would like extra cleaning, they can contact the housekeeper who will arrange this for them. Details and fees are available on request from the owners.
Reviews of the house:
''Thanks for a lovely week in your amazing house. We loved the pool with its wonderful views, The boys enjoyed the games room and we all felt really at home here. It would be lovely to come back here sometime!' The Bishops.
'Thanks so much for being such great and helpful hosts. Souleguiou is in such an idyllic location and has left us completely relaxed. It has been a restful break for all of us.' Alun, Sue, Owain & Susan
'You are so lucky to have such a wonderful place. It is heaven up at the pool with all that beautiful scenery. Didn't visit too many other areas as it was so, so peaceful here. Thanks so much for giving us your house.' Berni, Dublin
'What can we say - what a beautiful house, in the most beautiful of settings. We hate to leave, but we SHALL return. If only we could bottle up some of that silence.' Cathy & Dave Cooper
A delightful week in a wonderful location ! We were extremely impressed with the house and the diversified stock of books and DVDs.' Robin & Trish
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- non smoking only
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- Events Allowed
About Nigel van Beek
We are a retired couple who moved permanently to France at the beginning of 2012 from the Cotswolds. Previously, Nigel was a professional photographer and painter and decorator and Karen worked in publishing. We have another property in the nearby town of Oloron Ste Marie, which we are currently renovating.
We both love walking in the mountains, skiing and snow walking, shopping in the local markets, sampling the local wines and watching the Tour de France as it passes through the Pyrénées. Nigel is still a keen photographer and evidence of his work can be found throughout the house!
Nigel van Beek purchased this farmhouse in 2005
Why Nigel van Beek chose Montory
We had always wanted to own a holiday house in the mountains and came to the Pyrenees in 2005 to explore the area. We were blown away by its beauty. Souleguiou was the first house we saw and we fell in love. It was a much larger property than we envisaged buying but, after viewing other properties, we decided it was the only one for us. We quickly realised that it would make a perfect holiday home for other people and so received our first paying guests in the summer of 2006, having extensively renovated the house and put in the swimming pool. We have never looked back!
What makes this farmhouse unique
We fell in love with the house because there are stunning views of the mountains from every single window. Also, because we sit in 24 hectares of farmland, the only noise we hear are cow bells. We are also privileged to be close to a mountain that is the summer home to a nesting pair of rare Egyptian vultures. They are the most magnificent flying machines.