|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
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You will be warmly welcomed at 'La Maison Rose', situated in a small village just north of the spectacular Pyrénéan mountain chain, just south of the Madiran and St Mont vineyards, and a day trip out to the Atlantic beaches or Spain. This attractive house easily sleeps 10, but its layout is such that a couple would not feel it too big as it is a 'house of two halves', with two staircases to the first floor either end of the house, the upstairs being divided in effect by one of the bathrooms. It is set in lovely gardens, with lots of shade trees, a 10m x 5m pool with roman steps and removable security cover, a barbeque area, and a large space for ball games, plus a huge trampoline and other outdoor games to entertain you. It is close to the top ski resorts in the French Pyrénées, La Mongie/Tourmalet, and in an area abounding with great shopping, restaurants, wine tastings - try the Madiran, with its health giving qualities, or the St Mont as a lighter table wine - come and enjoy!
My name is Marion and I live in London with my husband Simon and two children. La Maison Rose is a tranquil bolt hole which we enjoy as often as we can. In the photograph above, I have been picking plums which I store in rum to enjoy at Christmas and also make into chutney.
Marion Cowie purchased this farmhouse in 2007
For some years our family holidays had been spent looking for a holiday home. We wanted somewhere near mountains so we could use it for skiing in the winter and somewhere warm enough, with a pool to be a great location for summer holidays. We also wanted a house big enough to accommodate friends and family. We didn't know this area of France at all, it felt 'undiscovered' and totally French. Marsac itself is a very small farming village. The only sounds are the church bells, cockerels in the morning, the occasional tractor, and the jingle of the van from the bakery in the next village on it's delivery round. However, drive south for ten minutes and there's E Leclerc supermarket and a further 5 minutes and you're in the bustling market town of Tarbes.
I love the contrast between our busy London life and the peace of La Maison Rose. It may take a day or two, but everyone in the family relaxes and we enjoy quality time with each other. The Atlantic surfing beaches, Biarritz and the charming St. Jean de Luz are only a couple of hours away and well worth a day trip. The Pyrenees provide a spectacular view whatever the season! The largest ski resort in the Pyrenees, La Mongie, is an hour's drive. Walks, waterfalls and picnic places in the summer. Madiran wine from the gentle Madiran hills just north of La Maison Rose. As much as we enjoy days out, I love the fact that there's plenty to do (or not!) without leaving the property including table tennis, trampoline and salt water swimming pool (gentle on sensitive skin).
Thank you for a wonderful week. We loved your house. It was perfect for our two families and older kids. Had loads of fun in pool, lolling around eating, drinking, all the games... Also visited Gavarnie, big walk up to the top of the waterfall was very special.
Great place, lovely furnishings, huge garden, pool area great suntrap.
Property was larger than expected and has everything imaginable to make a family holiday memorable. We will be coming back! Great, large pool area and big garden; comfortable and very spacious bedrooms and living areas. In a small village that is quiet (apart from an occasional dog bark and cockerels from the farms nearby but that only added to the charm). Local shops are walking/cycling distance and there are good restaurants and towns nearby. We all missed this property when we left!
Lovely village, in an area full of character at the foothills of the Pyrenees. Great drives, walking and adventuring, though we found it hard to drag ourselves away from the house with so much fun to be had round the pool, and playing games in the grounds and in the house. Basic kitchen and bathrooms, but everything you need, and good value. Would stay again.
La Maison Rose is just 90 minutes by car from Biarritz and the Atlantic beach resorts of Capbreton, Hossegor, St Jean de Luz, for surfing and sunning!
A 3 hour journey the other way takes you to such Mediterranean resorts as Cap d'Agde.
Car is essential to get the best out of the area, taxis are few and far between.
Lourdes/Tarbes/Ossun - 25 mins (Ryanair from Stansted) A lot of names for a small airport! It is between Tarbes and Lourdes close to the village of Ossun.
Biarritz - 90 mins (Ryanair to Stansted)
Toulouse - 1 hr 45 mins (Easyjet to Gatwick, Flybe to Bristol, Aer Lingus, other major airlines)
Bergerac, Bordeaux - 2.5 hours - Ryanair and others
Nearest ports - Bibao, Santander - 4 - 5 hours drive
Other ports - all ports Calais and south, drive from 8 -12 hours.
Bakers in the next village - 5 minutes walk.
Tarbes - 15 minutes drive.
Pau - 45 minutes.
Madiran, St Mont vineyards and caves - 25 minutes.
Lourdes - 35 mins.
Bagneres de Bigorre - 35 mins.
Pyrénées - 50 mins.
Argeles Gazost - 1 hour.
Cycling. The Tour de France passes through one of the local villages every year on its way to or from the Col de Tourmalet. A good day out to enjoy the festival atmosphere building up to the arrival of the racers (don't blink)!
For the more active, La Maison Rose has provided a peaceful starting and finishing point to attempt the Pyrenean stages for themselves.
Tennis courts at Chis, 10 minutes drive.
Hiking, skiing, white water rafting in the Pyrénées, upward of 50 mins drive.
Horse riding - stables abound in the area, and the quality of the horses and the trekking is always high. Stables are within a 10 minute drive, but our favourite is in the hills north of Vic, 25 minutes drive!
Grottes (spectacular underground caves, with stalagmites and tites) within 45 minutes drive, Bettheram is wonderful!
Aerial tree walks, and other such activities all within 45 minutes drive.
Parc Walibi (theme park with scary rides, a smaller Disneyland without the queues) at Agen, with shaded picnic area, just under 2 hours drive.
Big supermarket 10 mins drive, loads of others in the area. Huge complex (clothes, electrical, massive supermarket) 20 mins drive
Tarbes has many nice shops, and a fantastic Thursday market (15 mins)
Markets - at least one for every day of the week, including a tiny one on Sunday, also watch out for the night markets, flea markets, and (very high quality) car boot sales.
The Gascony area is a gourmands delight, with a wide variety of dishes on offer, and international restaurants in Tarbes.
Try the local soup 'Garbure' - delicious! Eat duck in all its forms, local free range veal, seafood platters, a massive range of charcuterie and cheeses.
Restaurants range from 11 euros menus - four or five courses plus all the wine you can drink! through middle priced - 30 - 40 euros for two, to high gourmandise.
Banks and petrol at Vic en Bigorre (10 minute drive), Orleix for supermarket with hole in wall and good priced petrol (10 minutes).
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Nov 5 2016 - Mar 17 2017
6 night minimum stay
Contact via email or phone to confirm availability
On receipt of rental agreement transfer confirmation deposit of 20% of total cost to account specified in agreement
Balance payable 10 weeks in advance of the start date of the booking.
Changeover day is Saturday, although in off peak periods this may be flexible, especially for short or longer lets.