|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
The Retreat de Charme sits in an exceptional location in a Domaine Forest, by a river, in a protected green zone, view on the Pyrenees mountains. It has been Grand designed with several architects mixing oriental zen inspiration with the tradition of the France stone houses masonry. After 30 minutes of easy driving, you will enjoy a dinner in Pau town, famous for its castle of King Henri IV. Straight access in 50 min to multiple ski resorts (Luz Ardiden, Cauterets, Gourette). In 40 min you are in Lourdes, only an hour away from Bayonne, the Cote Basque, Biarritz the exceptional city by the ocean. Motorway access is round the corner. Also fast access to Toulouse, the "Ville rose" for a shopping day. The villa stands away from roads, enjoys exceptional privacy and quietness, no neighbor at all. It is a pure heavenly nest, with its swimming pool and landscaped gardens. You enter the Domaine through your own 19th century castle high gate, drive on your own 300 meters private road to reach the secluded haven. Close-by, a few villages, commodities ,supermarkets, in the heart of Madiran vineyards chateau, no better for "degustation" wines. Golfing in Pau. PLEASE VISIT our website www.retreatdecharme.com
I am French and I was born in Pau South west France. As a real "mountains native" as my English friends call me, I was on skis at 3 year old, and on a surfing board at 8. I will be very happy to guide you towards the best spots of the region and recommend you the best restaurants from some of my friends in Pau, Lourdes, Toulouse or Bayonne. I now live and work in London for 6 years, where I run a media company. I travel a lot overseas. The time I can spend back to in the Maison de Charme (when it is free!) is a treat and real luxury. I have Grand designed this retreat project for six years and I improve it year after year. It is great motivation to work in the UK and to be able to drive away from hectic London to spend divine week ends in the forest, by a river. Now.. it is your turn!
The location is second to none, almost impossible to find these days. Heart of nature, looking around 360 degree , this looks likea painting from Claude Monet the Impressionist.
Also the house is a piece of France history, it is located on a Chateau preserved "green domaine", by the forest and corn fields. This ensures no direct neighborhood nor building around, a private path access... Memoires of Bearn from 1700 refers to the place.
In short, when you reach the secluded location, you just want to stay there: haven of peace to forget all type of stress, and enjoy time with family and friends.
Access to all the France south west best spots, mountains, towns of: Toulouse, Bordeaux, Pau, Lourdes, Biarritz, the Atlantic ocean in no time. If you decise to be lazy and stay in the house, the wellbeingness is extreme: time pressure is gone, pool, only noise of the river close by, birds, and breeze in the trees. If you are lucky in the early morning , deers will be in the garden. A return to nature.
" No picture to describe how nice this retreat is!" Lois. May 2013
"Fabulous holiday. The house is luxurious and cosy. Our children had a great time with all games &pool. The location is really nice. Sea & mountains are easy reach. We want to come back. Paul, Emma, Lucy and James. Chelsea UK" - June 2011
"Best value for money. Top end. Unique villa" Nick & family August 2012
"ideal spot for relaxing week away from it all. Enjoyed the peace and quiet! Enough in the house to keep the teenagers entertained. Website provided an accurate description. Great week. Thanks" . Dave W. London uk- july 2011
"we really liked your beautiful house; Thank you for providing the table tennis, table football and snooker table. Many tournaments, we also did some good fires! Great moments" peter and his family farnborough uk- 07/2014
"thank you for this deliciously furnished and decorated house. Dream holidays, hot weather, great retreat away from stress. We recommend! " julie & charles 2014
Superb environment. Beautiful mansion. feels like a real family home. Long list of equipment left at our disposal, TVs , books, furniture, games etc. We had never been provided as such in our previous rentals, . So many activities in the area, we loved Biarritz, Pau and Lourdes. Property clean and very well maintained. We do not hesitate to recommend. Michelle, James & family.
Beautiful place, lovely gardens and pool. High standard mansion. family and children loved the Pyrenees. We recommend it all. Caroline and Robert
We enjoyed our spring vacation at the villa. Fantastic surroundings, peaceful and beautiful. Lots of space for children. The region is so pleasant. We do not hesitate to recommend. You will need a vehicle. Heather & Charles. Midlands.
We had a large family gathering at Christmas 2015.
We filled every room in the house- 16 of us- , but still had enough room and all had a great time.
Great location and venue and we are sure it would be perfect in the summer when the pool could be used!
No problem finding Retreat using satnav.
Sincerely yours. Ian S.
A wonderful location and beautiful home. The property is in a truly
secluded spot, yet not too far from Pau, Biarritz and trips into the
Pyrenees. Our family had a fantastic time. The pool and games room kept the children entertained for hours. It is a very peaceful place and we
would definitely like to return. Samantha & family. UK
We rent luxurious villas each year in various location through Europe, the retreat is one of the best we have ever been, the location is private, stunning and heavenly . Beautiful landscaping, clean pool, amazing grand design, the children loved the huge TVs , and the rooms are very charming. We highly recommend. Faith, Simon and children.
Special interest holidays:
Horse riding. Ski. Mountain Trekking, Surfing, wine tasting in the Madiran, culture and art in Pau- Henri IV Chateau, Basque regions, Bearn. And of course religious interest holidays with Lourdes and La Grotte close by where millions come every year. The vineyards of Jurancon, Madiran, (further Bordeaux and St Emilion are within easy reach) and regional delicacies include - truffles, foie gras, duck, walnuts, confits. Rivers and stunning countryside offer are boundless opportunities for walking, horse-riding, cycling, golf (Pau), canoeing (Gave de Pau where the World Champion trains) and fishing or simply relaxing by the pool. Cycling is a key word in the area. People come from Europe to train here. I myself cycle a lot. From the house you get to to perfect windy roads, clean and smooth, hills all over. Ride the Cols "Somport" Pourtalet" "Marie Blanque" etc.. In two weeks you get fit for the rest of the year. The "Tour de France" uses these roads every single year.
Access takes about 1h20 minutes. Atlantic Ocean : Bayonne, Biarritz.
The second choice is the Landes Coastal line, immense pine trees forest: Hossegor, Mimizan. The motorway (Pau Peage) is about 20/25 minutes from the house. Easy driving on non traffic road. Pau people drive every week end to the coasts. It is actually much easier and stress free than driving from London to Brighton! You can either go to Biarritz or Hossegor, Mimizan in the Landes, or both in the same day! dream land.
Pau airport Uzein (Pau Pyrenees) 40 minutes away.
Lourdes Tarbes airport 40 minutes away.
AIRLINES Ryan air. Cityjet. Easyjet. Air France are the BEST companies taking you there. We will advise you and help you in your traveling planning.
Pau, Capital of Bearn is 23km away to be precise. The next villages are a few kilometers away. Tourist activities, restaurants, fruits supermarkets & antique markets. 800 metres away is the village grocery shop, bar/tabac, post office.
Motorway in round the corner. AQUITAINE offers a lot of possibilities and reaches. SPAIN is only one hour away.
Supermarkets, petrol station, garden centers, boulangeries, medical centers, fruits and vegetables markets, antiques boot sales, etc are close by. Largest shopping center is intermarche on the main road. A brand new bath spa swimming pool center (Caliceo Institute) is at the door of pau. Close to a massive shopping mall, Auchan, Leroy Merlin, etc. I always provide all lists, key areas and details, advice support etc.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
For further information and to book, contact Jean by phone or email. Saturday arrivals after 4.30pm. Departure Saturdays by 10am. We will confirm by email details of your booking together with a breakdown of the total costs, and the dates by which the deposit and final payments are due. We will forward a booking form which should be completed and returned with the 30% deposit. Above 12 guests a reasonnable supplement of 50 pounds per night per additional person is requested.
Please enquire. It is usually the Saturday. We can be flexible if necessary.
Notes on prices:
Special offer 2015 for October and November retreat period. Please contact us for more details.