BEAUTIFUL FARMHOUSE IN 24 HECTARES OF PRIVATE LAND. STUNNING VIEWS. HEATED POOL

Nigel van Beek

Speaks french, english
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Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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BEAUTIFUL FARMHOUSE IN 24 HECTARES OF PRIVATE LAND. STUNNING VIEWS. HEATED POOL

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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

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
Nigel van Beek (Owner)
Advertiser since 2006
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Speaks french, english

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.

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.6
based on 5 traveler reviews

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Beautiful farmhouse in 24 hectares of private land. Stunning views. Heated pool
average rating of 4.6 based on 5 reviews
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Beautiful farmhouse in 24 hectares of private land. Stunning views. Heated pool
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p61565
+33 559285081
Montory Haut Bearn/Soule - Oloron
4

Great owners and fantastic views!

  • 4 of 5
The house is in an amazing location. The pool is great, kids loved it. Bedrooms and bathrooms really nice. Kitschen well equiped. We only missed a bigger outdoor dining area (we were ten). Karen and Nigel are very friendly and helpful. We took a walk to the local shop every morning to buy fresh bread, great! I could easily come back.
  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Beautiful farmhouse in 24 hectares of private land. Stunning views. Heated pool
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p61565
+33 559285081
Montory Haut Bearn/Soule - Oloron
Madrid
5

Can recommend

  • 5 of 5
We spent a very charming summer week in this lovely property which has a beautiful setting in the French Pyrenees. The reality exceeds the photographs. It was our first visit to the region and it would be difficult to find a better place to explore from.

We we extremely comfortable in this re-built farmhouse. The owners, Nigel and Karen, were very friendly, from the moment we enquired to the day we left.

We would certainly consider visiting again in the future.

Robert
  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Beautiful farmhouse in 24 hectares of private land. Stunning views. Heated pool
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p61565
+33 559285081
Montory Haut Bearn/Soule - Oloron
London, UK
5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5
A beautifully thought out home from home in a truly stunning location. The interior is the perfect combination of hotel chic in the form of the stylish dressing of the beds and the sumptuous living room sofas, the homely touches of quirky ornaments and cat themed pictures, to the completely practical essentials of a well equipped kitchen, including excellent coffee machine, CDs DVDs and games for cooler evenings (board games, pool table and table tennis) and pool toys for younger visitors. Despite mixed weather the house was amazingly cool in blazing heat and cosy and comfortable on slightly cooler days. The cow bells provided a fantastic way to wake up in the morning to what has to be one of the most amazing views imaginable (photographs just cannot do it justice). The pool was heated so was perfect for relaxing in at any time of the day (we came with small children but the table in the pool would have been perfect for cocktails).
The local area was fantastic for exploring and for practicalities with two supermarkets just a short drive. We were only able to stay a week but made the most of fantastic cycling, walking and climbing, shopping and eating, trips into spain and up the mountains and some much needed relaxation.
I can't recommend this property and the area enough, would love to go back.
Thank you for sharing your home with us.
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Beautiful farmhouse in 24 hectares of private land. Stunning views. Heated pool
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p61565
+33 559285081
Montory Haut Bearn/Soule - Oloron
5

Haus für Ruhesuchende und Naturliebhaber

  • 5 of 5
Traumhafte Lage des Hauses auf einem Hügel mit 360° Rundumsicht auf die Pyrenäen. Die einzigen Nachbarn sind Kühe und Schafe. Nachts kein Lichtsmog, tolle Sicht auf Milchstrasse und Sterne. Haus sehr sauber und gepflegt, jede Woche saubere Bettwäsche und Reinigung durch Vermieter (alles im Mietpreis inbegriffen). Schöne Gartenanlage, grosser sauberer, beheizter Salzwasserpool. Gute Stereoanlage mit riesiger Auswahl von CD's, tolle Kino DVD's vom Feinsten, eine gut bestückte Bibliothek in englischer Sprache, grosses Spielzimmer mit Tischtennis und Poolbillard für Regentage, gefüllter Kühlschrank am Ankunftstag, zauberhafte, sehr diskrete Gastgeber, jederzeit per Handy erreichbar. Ein Ort, wo man sich wirklich wohl fühlen kann.Wir haben herrliche Motorrad- und Wandertouren unternommen, die kleinen Dörfer mit ihren regionalen Eigenheiten, mit den herzlichen, einfachen und hilfsbereiten Menschen. - Wir danken Karen und Nigel für diese 3 herrlichen Wochen in ihrem Paradies. Elisabeth und Jürg aus der Schweiz
  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Beautiful farmhouse in 24 hectares of private land. Stunning views. Heated pool
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p61565
+33 559285081
Montory Haut Bearn/Soule - Oloron
4

Ferienhaus Montory

  • 4 of 5
Das Haus und der Garten haben uns sehr gut gefallen. Die Beschreibung des Vermieters trifft sehr gut zu.

Besonderes Highlight ist der beheizte Pool, in dem das Baden auch dann Spaß macht, wenn das Wetter einmal nicht so gut ist. Außerdem bieter er einen schönen Ausblick auf die grünen Hügel der Umgebung.

Toll bei schlechtem Wetter ist auch der große Hobbyraum mit Tischtennisplatte und Poolbillard.

Das Haus ist gepflegt, sehr sauber und prima ausgestattet. Es liegt auf einem kleinen Hügel ohne direkte Nachbarn, nur umgeben von Viehweiden. In Montory gibt es einen kleinen Supermarkt (ca.2 km entfernt) mit leckerem Brot und Kuchen.

Die Vermieter sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit.

Die Gegend ist ideal für Menschen, die ihren Urlaub etwas entfernt von touristischen Zentren in Ruhe und in der Natur genießen wollen.

Einziger kleiner Minuspunkt ist der etwas kleine, nicht überdachte Außensitzbereich direkt am Haus. Im Garten selbst gibt es jedoch Platz ohne Ende und viele schöne Ecken in Schatten oder Sonne -- je nach Bedarf.

Wir würden noch einmal hinfahren!

Uli Fricke
  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
56 Kilometres
Pau
Nearest Ferry
150 Kilometres
San Sebastian
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Oloron St Marie
Nearest Motorway
56 Kilometres
Pau
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Biarritz
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Montory
Nearest Ski
14 Kilometres
La Pierre St.Martin
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Pau
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Montory
Car: necessary

The village of Montory is less than a mile from the house and features a shop, post office, bar and restaurant. The house is located in the foothills of the Pyrenees, which provide a diversity of landscapes including snow-clad peaks, dense forest, rich valleys of farmland, and deep canyons. The area is famous for its walks: the Haute Randonnee Pyreneenne and the GR10, the long distance path that traverses the Pyrenees from Atlantic to the Mediteranean. It also provides home to a range of wildlife - from birds of prey to deer and wild boar.

The Pyrenees provide a wealth of activities all year round. Warm days start in March - temperatures in summer can reach 36 degrees C and often continue until the end of October. Autumn is stunning providing beautiful colours with warm, bright sunny days, while the winter brings snow and skiing.

Montory is also only an hour and a half drive from the Atlantic coast, with the luxury seaside resort of Biarritz or the smaller town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, which is also an active fishing port and fabulous fish restaurants.

The area provides something for everyone. For the more adventurous there is canoeing, kayaking, abseiling, and spectacular bike trails through the mountains.

For lovers of golf, the very first golf course in Europe is on the outskirts of Pau, about an hour's drive away.

There are quite a few ski stations within easy reach of the house. The nearest is 25 minutes drive away at Issarbe, a ski de fond station (cross-country skiing) where you can also rent snow shoes. This little station is even open on Christmas Day and has a sweet little cafe where you can lunch quite well for little cost. The nearest down hill ski station is about 40 minutes away at La Pierre St.Martin, right on the border with Spain. This is a small friendly station (you will never see this featured on Ski Sunday and the like as it is a well kept secret) with only one black run BUT ski passes are cheap and there are no queues on any of the lifts!

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Montory Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Indian summer season
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 26 2014
7 night minimum stay
€800
 
 
Early summer season
Jun 6 2015 - Jul 17 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€1,000
 
 
High summer season
Jul 18 2015 - Aug 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit €300
Notes During the early and Indian summer seasons we will take small party bookings - three people or less. Please ask the owners for prices.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Montory Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 214 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Adventure
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Parking Off Street
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Blender
  • Pantry Items
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , with wash basin
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • Each bedroom has a double bed, plus one bedroom also has an additional single bed. A travel cot is also available and will fit into any of the four bedrooms. The bedrooms are well equipped with wardrobes (containing plenty of hangers), chest of drawers, mirrors, bedside tables and lamps.
Entertainment:
  • MP3 Dock
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Barbecue
  • Wood Deck
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Deck Furniture
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • non smoking only
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • equestrian events
  • spelunking
  • whitewater rafting
  • ski lift privileges
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • surfing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • cycling
  • fishing
Notes:
The house offers contemporary living in a mountain setting. The spacious kitchen/diner has a seating area with two sofas and is extremely well equipped with modern appliances such as American-style fridge/freezer and coffee-maker (filter, espresso and cappuccino). Next to it is the games rooms, with table tennis and pool tables. On the first floor is a large living room with open fireplace and an extensive DVD and music library. The spacious bedrooms are furnished by the owners with items collected on their travels: Turkish and Moroccan ceramics, antique rugs, kilims, lanterns and pictures. There are two luxury bathrooms. Visitors are provided with bedding, towels and pool towels. Outside is the heated swimming pool, with decked sun bed area. The orchard provides a shady place to rest and visitors are welcome to to pick the fruit when in season.
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