Gorgeous Property, Set In Beautiful Wooded Countryside.
- english, french
About Owner/Property Manager
We have been coming to France for over 38 years and decided to make it our permanent home in 2006, with both our children (in their 30's) joining us here in 2010. The restoration of our gites has been a labour of love, with all the family helping to renovate them. We have three young English Springer Spaniels and we all love the 'Good Life'!
Owner/Property Manager purchased this House in 2004
Why Owner/Property Manager chose Labatut-Rivière
The area offers us everything with its micro-climate in winter to many days of summer sun and comfortable climate all year round. The mountains for skiing in winter, the beaches in the Pyrenees Atlantic in summer and rural living are perfect for everyone's taste. This friendly area with its beautiful countryside is perfect and Spain is just an hour away where we lunch with friends at weekends and take in the Spanish mountain views, cuisine and lifestyle.
What makes this House unique
We live in the middle of a rural community with very friendly and helpful French neighbours. Convenient to all local activities and amenities in the pretty market town of Maubourguet which is close by. During the summer months there is a host of local activities where everyone can enjoy the ambiance from wine tasting to the jazz festival in Marciac and many village fetes where locals eat, drink and enjoy life . Maubourguet boasts the largest fete which continues for 4 days and includes a funfair, singing and street dancing. It also has a recognised cultural and arts centre of excellence.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
We stayed here recently for two weeks. There were some disappointing and unfriendly aspects like overly restrictive rules e.g. only allowed in pool 9.30_7.30 or Debi would come and tell us off! I can't say I felt relaxed here or like it was "our" property; it felt more like we were tolerated. We have used Owners Direct properties for years and have stayed in other gites with owners on site and we were made to feel very welcome. For example Debi got annoyed that there was a euro in the pool and repeatedly shouted at my ten year old to "dive for it". (this was our introduction to her!) (However Debi and Rons son was very friendly and helpful, when he was there, even arranging a pony ride for my daughter with their friends.)
My main complaint apart from this would be that the eating area was on the car park and far from being the al fresco experience, we were surrounded by wooden fences on both sides. I didn't realise the other gite would be attached to ours and we would be sitting side by side if we went outside. If smokers, this drifts. My husband in particular didn't like finding the odd dog poo on the lawn where our children were playing, and after the 7.30 curfew the entire outside area felt out of bounds as the dogs would then be free to run around barking. Misleading to say there are views of the Pyrenees from the bedroom, all I could see was the car park area and a field. This isn't the most interesting area, that is why it was hard for our children to have a 7.30 curfew (not mentioned anywhere). The pool was v cold and just getting warm by then!
The house inside was basic but clean and was nice to have english TV but lacked enough cutlery for five people and didn't have basic stuff like soap, toilet roll, salt, sugar or any cleaning equipment even a hoover. We bought cleaning equipment but having spent our entire last morning tidying (although we were told there was no need to do much) we were horrified to find that almost all our deposit had been retained because the toilet in my children's bathroom was not flushed properly allegedly. I checked the bathrooms before leaving but the toilets worked only intermittently as they ran constantly. The freezer barely worked neither did the old gas oven, which was terrifying to use. We were also accused of "breaking" the fridge as the front of a compartment fell off the side! We never used BBQ, as discouraged by our hosts saying they were very hard to clean!
Good base for visiting the surrounding area
We are a family of 5 with 3 children between 4 and 7 years old. The gite was great for our needs and very clean. We had the use of the owner's pool from 9.30am to 6.30pm and the garden with a swing with unlimited use. I feel we would have benefitted from more private outdoor space (the table and chairs are effectively in the drive) and I'm giving the gite a 4 star because the shower in the main bathroom leaked. Very peaceful location.
We really enjoyed the surrounding countryside and visited Auch and the village that D'Artagnan from the Three Muskateers is said to have come from (there's a very informative museum there). We also took in Lourdes (very interesting, especially the underground Basilica), took the cable car up to Le Pic du Midi and visited the nearby jazz festival in Marciac.
There's a Super U nearby for all amenities 4 minutes away from the property.
If travelling to the gite in an English car I would recommend getting detailed directions before setting off (or checking your sat nav) as our sat nav had the incorrect road loaded in for the address. We have a Land Rover Discovery and the road that was loaded was Cami de la Houmt (not Hount). We arrived very late to the property and the owners were very kind and directed us in as we couldn't find it.
Altogether (shower aside), this was a good value for money property and great for seeing the surrounding countryside and attractions.
The property is stylish with all amenities for self catering. In its secluded and tranquil setting it offers the opportunity to have a relaxing day by the pool or explore the Pyrenees and local villages. Good restaurants and a supermarket are within easy reach. The hosts are friendly and helpful yet managed not to intrude on our privacy at any time. I would recommend this gite to anyone looking for a peaceful and traditionally French holiday.
Just returned from a fantastic week away. The gite has everything you need and more. Great location, beautiful views, owners beyond helpful. You need car to go to main sightseeing locations but local village can be walked/cycled to. I would recommend this gite to everyone, book it now!!!!!!
If you want to get away from it all and relax - this is the place for you. The gite has everything you could need and is clean and very comfortable. The pool is perfect. A very well stocked supermarket is a five minute drive and good bars and restaurant within a short driving distance. The owners are very welcoming. Great spot for cycling enthusiast too.
We found the owners, Deb & Ron and their family very pleasant and acccommodating. A warm welcome and lots of info available. The gite had ample space and all mod cons. Very comfortable beds and good cooking facilities including a BBQ! The supermarket was 5 minutes away by car, and lots of markets around at the weekends. Although the owners live in close proximity, we were not aware of their presence during our time around the lovely pool, decking and lawns. It is a very picturesque rural area, close to the Pyrenees and lovely small towns, with friendly bars and restaurants, at reasonable prices. Our favourite visits were to the mountains, Lourdes and Pau, but good to return to the home comforts and lovely weather at our gite. We enjoyed our bike rides into town for the morning baguette and croissants. We are hoping to return with our 2 children and grandchildren next year as it is a delightful spot for a family get- together. Definiely recommended................