About the property
- House3229 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Mininum Stay7 nights
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.
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- Apr 04, 2018
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.
Owner purchased this House in 2006
Why Owner chose Arudy
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.
What makes this House unique
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.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Super maison de famille
Nous venions pour la deuxieme fois dans cette énorme maison de famille. Très bien placée pour les départs en balade et pour visiter la region. La maison est très agréable avec ses grandes chambres, ses belles salles de bain et son grand séjour. La cuisine est très bien équipée et les propriétaires ont fait les achats nécessaires à un séjour agréable (grande table dehors, bbq, chaises longues). Nous avons passé 15 jours très sympa malgré quelques jours de pluie (c 'est les Pyrénées). A recommender pour amoureux de montagne et grande famille ou entre amis. La maison est en plein Coeur de village près d'une très bonne boulangerie et du gave d'Ossau. Merci pour tout
Nous sommes ravis que vous avez passe de tres bonnes vacances ici. Merci, et a la prochaine.
sejour décembre 2015
Cette maison très agréable et très bien équipée nous a permis de passer une formidable séjour en famille
Excellente prestation familiale
Magnifique et excellente prestation familiale clôturée et rassurante, très bien équipé. Petit bémol pas d'internet mais est-ce bien nécessaire en vacances! Grande maison laissant de la place pour tous. Gardienne très sérieuse et disponible. Petit village très agréable avec commerces de proximités de qualités et raisonnable financièrement parlant. Région du fromage ou les producteurs locaux sont très accueillant avec des produits de qualités. Egalement promenades et Station de sky (Gourette à 30 minutes ou Artouste 40 minutes) font le bonheur de tous ( Espagne à 40 km soit 1 heure). A recommander pour un séjour en famille.
Home from home
Spent a week biking in the Pyrenees with friends and the house provided a great central base to the surrounding area. The house is full of character and tastefully renovated. A real home from home! Will be returning.
Stunning property in a great location
We arrived late after a 1400 mile drive from the north of Scotland to find our beds made and everything clean and tidy. The property itself is stunning, much larger than the photos show. There is a sense of scale and space that made it all the more enjoyable to holiday in. The log burner in the living room was lovely in the cool evenings and the entire house has been renovated to a high standard. Alfresco eating in the garden was a pleasure with total seclusion and privacy. The village of Louvie-Juzon is charming and has a great Boulangerie and local pub. I hope to stay again in the future and see more of this stunning part of France.
So pleased it was worth the long drive down from Scotland. It's great to know other folk love the place as much as we do.
Stunning Property in a Great location.
As described on the web site this is a stunning, spacious, traditional home in an excellent location. It has been beautifully restored with many traditional features.
The bathrooms facilities are modern, new and very clean with plenty of hot running water. The bedrooms spacious and our beds were very comfortable and I slept very well all week.
Kitchen facilities are very good and the Pyrenees tap water very safe and good to drink.
The living area is very comfortable and clean, we had a mix of weather during the week from cool and wet to sunny and warm.
The house was always comfortable with the log burner and central heating used when required.
On good days we dined on the terrace and watched the sun set and slept with the windows open.
The location was very quiet although close the village centre, It was a short walk to the local boulangerie in the morning, for fresh bagettes,Pain au rasin and Croissants!!
The locals are very friendly, being a rural area everyone says Bonjour!
The local scenery is stunning, the roads very quiet and you are close to the Col de l’Aubisque, Gourette, Eaux Bonnes, Col de Marie Blanque and the Plateu de Benou, all of which we visited.
We did a fair bit of cycling, Mountain and Road biking in the area on a clear day, the views are outstanding.
There are plenty places to drive to and walks in the Ossau Valley. Next time I intend to visit the 9000ft Pic du midi D’Ossau, it could be seen in the distance, but we ran out of time to visit close up.
A trip into Pau is also a must with a walk along the Rue de Pyrennees offering outstanding views, an interesting shopping area and parks and historic sites,
A visit to one of the many chocolate shops for a cake must be done.
We sampled a few of the local delicacies Fois Gras, Confit Duck, Soup de Garbure all were superb.
The local bars in Louvie and Aurdy served very good, basic food also.
Special thanks to the owner Simon who guided us to all of these wonderful places and foods and made our holiday special.
I would certainly recommend this property and location and will to go back again soon !
Really pleased you had a great week. Hope to see you there again !
Louvie-Juzon is a small village in the beautiful Pyreneen Vallee d'Ossau. With the Pyrenees National Park spread before it to the south, the village gives a perfect base for easy access to beautiful valley walks and drives, spectacular mountain hikes and awe-inspiring mountain drives, exhilarating mountain-biking, road-biking to challenge the very fittest (Tour de France Etapes), white-water rafting and canyoning (all levels), caving and climbing. In addition to these activities, kids of all ages will love the beautiful picnic spots, river paddling and swimming, as well as the exciting forest aerial park in nearby Les Eaux Chaudes. To the east is the iconic pilgrimage site of Lourdes, well worth a visit whatever your religious beliefs. To the north are the vineyards of the Jurancon grape, with a wine-tasting 'cave' just 15 minutes drive away. Another 15 minutes drive north brings you to Pau with its chateau, its promenade with beautiful views over the Pyrenees, and, every May, host town to a Grand Prix! (Apart from Monaco, Pau is the only town in Europe to host a Grand Prix on its streets).