|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Juliet is a three bedroom self-catering cottage with the benefit of a large family bedroom and en-suite shower room. Two further bedrooms, one with two single beds and the other is a double bedroom with en-suite shower room. Space for further sleeping is in the lounge. The lounge, dining room and kitchen is open planned with a central staircase, gallery landing and balcony overlooking the ground floor. The kitchen is fully fitted, and includes a dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer, microwave and cooker. Satellite TV, DVD player, Stereo and WIFI is available.
Set within a large courtyard, both gites have private parking, barbecues and patio areas with garden/dining furniture. The large swimming pool, 12.5m x by 5m, is surrounded by extensive terracing with sun loungers. Here, the views are of open countryside and from the front of the property is superb views of the Pyrenees mountains. Romeo has a double bedroom with en-suite and a second bedroom with 3 single beds with an en-suite. The lounge, dining and kitchen is open plan with a central staircase to the first floor. Juliet has a double bedroom with en-suite, a family room with a double and two single beds and cot facility, the 3rd bedroom is separate and can forms part of the family suite with 2 single beds and the large en-suite is accessed by both rooms.
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'!
Ron & Debi Valentine purchased this barn in 2004
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.
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.
Changeover day is Saturday with our guests leaving by 10:30am. Arriving guests can occupy from 14:00hrs. Low season changeover days may/can be flexible.
Notes on prices:
A combined rate for the rentals of both gites are available upon request in low season. Weekend rentals are available (min 2 nights) but only over the low season period. Please contact us for pricing.
The gite was lovely, clean and well furnished. The pool was great and the chickens a hit with our kids. We BBq'd most nights and supplies were easily obtained from the Super U 5 mins drive away. The owners have a wealth of information on places to visit and restaurants if you're interested. We were fortuante in that our visit coincided with the jazz festival in Marciac which, like the wine festival in Madiran, had a plathora of places to eat, shop and enjoy life with the locals. The festivals around here are well supported by local people so are valuably French. We also had a day out at Pont d'Espagne in the Pyrenees where we travelled by chairlift as well as walked around Lake Gaube which is beautifully blue.
We have just returned from our stay in Larreule and want to say a huge thank you to Ron, Debi, James and Lucy for a wonderful holiday.
The Gite was spotlessly clean and well equipped, bedding and towels were super fresh and fluffy and the showers were amazing.
The owners are on hand to give advice about places to visit and to ensure you get the most out of your holiday but are discreet so as not to disturb you.
The location is ideal on two counts:-
It is quiet and therefore you can relax in peace and quiet and safely cycle to the supermarket and tennis court. (making sure your children get squirted by the farmers water cannons of course)
It is 40 minutes from Lourdes which is a really interesting day out. Cauterets is about 1 hour away and is a hidden treasure in the Pyrenees (Be sure to take warm clothes especially if you take the ski lift as it gets quite chilly)
Biarritz is a bit further afield but well worth the drive especially if you like to surf/body board.
We also fitted in a Tapas lunch in Spain (Les is just over the border and the views on the drive there are amazing)
The pool was a particular hit with our children as it was a good size and when they had enough there was a lovely garden to play in. (I best not mention the lawn mower)
Excellent value for money and would certainly recommend it to a friend.
Biarritz is a two hour drive.
Lourdes/Tarbes airport is a 25 minute drive, Pau Pyrenees airport is a 45 minute drive and Toulouse is 2hrs drive. We offer a collection service to all three airports(prices available on request), however, the use of a car is highly recommended.
The property is close to the village of Maubourguet, which is on the Pilgrims route, with it's XI century church, originally part of a Benedictine monastery. Perfect for walking, cycling and enjoying the locally produced wine of Madiran and Saint-Mont in the many bars and restaurants. The village has riversides to offer visitors with plenty of picnic areas and space. The religious town of Lourdes is a 30 min drive, the historic town of Pau is a 45 min drive and Tarbes for shopping is 30 mins.
The nearest supermarket is q 15 mins walk or 4 mins by car.
The pretty market town of Maubourguet is situated near the foothills of the Pyrenees and is steeped in history with its 11th century church of St.Martin, originally part of a Benedictine Monastery. Maubourguet is also on the pilgrimage route of St.Jacques de Compostelle and is popular with hikers. There are many restaurants, cafes and bars with an abundance of boulangerie, bouchers and patisserie serving the best pain de chocolate in the region. The vineyards of St. Mont and Madiran are a short drive away where wine tasting can be sampled. Local wines, cheeses, saucisson and fois gras are just some of the produce offered at the local market on a Tuesday morning. Maubourguet also hosted a stage of The Tour de France in 2014 and The Tour will continue to pass through nearby towns in future years. Amazing views of the Pyrenees Mountains can be seen from Maubourguet and its surrounding villages and hamlets and are easily accessible by car for cycling, skiing, swimming (in mountain lakes) and hiking enthusiasts. The Spanish border is just over an hour away , take a trip there for lunch and experience the rural Spanish lifestyle. Nearby attractions cater for all tastes and include Pony Trekking in the many forests, The mountains, The Beach in Biarritz (2 hours drive), The Chateaux of Madiran and St.Mont, Lupiac (home of D'Artagnan, one of the 3 Musketeers), Lakes at Marciac, Lupiac and Aignan offering water sports and restaurant facilities, Tennis court, Fishing (take a Camel trek by the River Adour), The Jazz Festival in Marciac and the many markets in the surrounding villages most days of the week. White Water Rafting is popular in the mountains as is getting close to the Eagles at Bausen, children may also want to visit the Zoo at Argeles Gazost and of course Lourdes is closeby for those wanting to experience the vision of St.Bernadette.