About the property
- Farmhouse1614 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Beautifully restored farmhouse near Madiran, Hautes-Pyrénées, 12m pool with steps, stunning views, beautiful garden with sweeping lawn, peaceful location
This is a 'get away from it all' holiday location. The house is on the edge of Quartier Bidos, a small hamlet of 8 houses. It is part of the commune of St. Lanne in the most northern region of the Hautes-Pyrénées. There is ample living space including a living room which has been converted from the adjoining Chai (wine store) and has a high, vaulted ceiling and original beams and a beautiful open plan kitchen which looks out onto the dining area by the large inglenook fireplace. There is a 12 metre x 5 metre pool with Roman steps at the bottom of the 3/4 acre garden which is visible from the house and the terraces with an electric pool cover to help keep the water temperature just right for you. Here you can sit, drink in hand at the end of the day and watch the sun go down and nothing will disturb your peace at night but the sounds of nature - a nocturnal chorus of owls, crickets and frogs. There is also a covered terrace for eating outside with uninterrupted views east of the vineyards and south of the mountains and a smaller terrace both overlooking the garden. This is a deeply rural area so expect to drive through acres of vineyards and sunflowers on your way to the shops. A car is essential.
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- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- May 12, 2018
About Tracey Howes
After spending an idyllic 3 week holiday in this beautiful house, we had the fantastic opportunity of realising a long term dream of actually buying a property in France...and not just any property, but this gem of a farmhouse. We were bowled over, not just by the house and gardens, but with the beauty and tranquillity of the area and the friendliness of the local people. We still have to pinch ourselves sometimes! This is our dream holiday home - we hope it is yours too.
Tracey Howes purchased this Farmhouse in 2014
Why Tracey Howes chose Madiran
We first came to the Midi-Pyrénées several years ago for the combination of accessibility of both mountains and seaside. Over time, we have gravitated towards less touristy areas so that we can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside as well as go out cycling as a family in quiet country lanes away from the hustle and bustle.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Apart from the beautiful house, garden and 12m x 5m swimming pool, with electric pool cover to keep the pool warmer and to extend the swimming season, this area is perfect for a relaxing French experience. There are plenty of small market towns in the area, local events and an abundance of local vineyards for as much wine tasting as you can manage. The area is perfect for cycling for adults and children alike - plenty of challenging hills if you want them or safe country lanes with not so many hills for the children. There is also canoeing not too far away, local restaurants and the seaside and mountains all within two hours drive.
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Second Excellent Stay
Our second year running here which is very positive in itself.
We had another great fortnight.
The house was immaculate again and had all the facilities described. Wow, do I like their fridge.
Good cooking facilities, washing machine etc. Pleasantly furnished and two nice bath rooms.
Lovely pool with great views of the mountains when the weather was good
Lovely quite garden surrounded by fields. Green Wood Peckers, Hoopoe, Red Squirrels, Black Shouldered Kite, Golden Orioles – wonderful for nature without being too insect ridden.
There are some good restaurants 20-30 mins away and 2 even had vegetarian menus.
Weather wasn’t as good this time but c’est la vie.
Tracey the owner is very contactable before and during the stay which is very reassuring.
Make sure this is the area you want to stay in, well recommended stay, although that means more people will book it! Damn!
Thank you for your fantastic review and so glad you had a great stay for the second year running. We were also delighted to have you back again, you are perfect guests!
Tracey and Mark
The house was beyond our expectations : large, beautiful and peaceful view with a securised swimming pool. The place was perfect for our kids who could run in the big garden. The house is fully furnished, convenient and clean (thank you again Sue!). Everything was well described and we had a lot of information from the hosts Tracey and Mark.
From there, we have visited the villages surrounding (Bassoues, Lupiac, madiran, marciac...) and Tarbes. We enjoyed a lot the quietness of Maison Acanthe and recommend this adress warmly.
We are so glad the house was even better than you had expected and that you had a fabulous week. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
Tracey and Mark
A large and fully equiped house. Nice pool.
An amazing and large house with a view you can only dream about. Fully equiped kitchen, large rooms and a big pool. Everything was clean and everything you needed was available. The owners are really friendly and very helpfull. All the info you want is available and a lot of possibilities to visit (Lourdes, San Sebastian, Pau,...). The region is also knowed for his wine. We will visit again!
So glad that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your wonderful review. You have been a pleasure to deal with and we are delighted that you wish to visit again!
Tracey and Mark
A great property in a stunning setting
grandparents, parents +12 week-old baby, had a terrific weeks holiday in this lovely property. The setting couldn't be bettered for its stunning view and peaceful surroundings, and with its lovely private garden and pool. The house was well-equipped and everything worked. The local restaurant was excellent and great value for money. this is a lovely rural area but lots of nice places to explore such as Marciac.
Thank you for your lovely review and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure to have you as guests and we are delighted that you appreciated the view as much as we do! You are welcome back any time.
Tracey and Mark
Wonderful views and pool
We booked the house for its fantastic view and pool - both of which turned out to be even better than in the photos. House is well thought out, very clean, with great internet, BBC on the TV and a fridge that makes ice (something for everyone!) Fantastic area for cycling - wonderful views at every turn and absolutely no traffic. Could not have been better. Thank you Tracey and Mark.
Thank you for your great review - it was a pleasure to have you stay in our house too, you have been such lovely guests. We hope you come back for a return visit some time soon. Tracey and Mark
Very Good place to stay
Pretty immaculate facilities
Good sized rooms with everything you want
Lovely gardens and great pool with genuine mountain views
Quiet area, hardly any noise at night
Plenty of wildlife (non insect) which can be noisy at night
The best , medium priced, restaurant we have ever eaten in in UK or France in Madiran - fantastic local wines
Some lovely villages 30-45mins away
Minor Gripes - Intermittent TV reception (seems common in France ) and we didn't get on with the electric pool cover so left it open
A recommended stay
Many thanks for your helpful review. We very much appreciate your comments for future guests. So glad you enjoyed your stay.
Tracey and Mark
Coast/Beach: St. Jean de Luz and Biarritz are on the Atlantic coast. Anglet is the resort to visit if surfing is your passion and Hendaye is a lovely safe family-friendly beach for children. Or, if you fancy going across the border to Spain, St Sebastian is easy to get to. All are about 2 hours drive away and well worth the trip. Travel: Lourdes (Ryanair from Stansted) is 50 minutes away. Toulouse (BA, EasyJet) is 2.5 hours and Bordeaux (BA, Easyjet) is 2.0 hours. EasyJet also fly to Biarritz from Gatwick, 1hr 40 mins away. TGV goes to Bordeaux from Paris and takes 3 hours. Change there for local train service to Mont de Marsan where you can hire a car. From there it's an hour's drive to the house. Distances: Madiran is 3 km away and has a baker, post office and restaurants. For shopping, Maubourguet is 13km, Riscle 11k, Aire sur l'Adour 15km. There are market days in all the local towns, particularly special are Saturday markets at Vic en Bigorre and Aire sur L'Adour. There's a local restaurant at Aydie (3km) where the Ceps Omelettes are legendary. In Madiran there's Le Prieuré, also very good. World famous chef, Michel Guérard has 3 restaurants at the spa town of Eugénie Les Bains (45 mins drive). Further Details: Marciac holds its annual International Jazz Festival during the first two weeks in August when the whole town is taken over by music. There's waterskiing at Cahuzac, a frozen in time 16th Century Chateau de Mascaras at Garlin, canoeing at Aire sur l'Adour and for wine enthusiasts there are many chateaux literally on the doorstep to visit for local wine-tastings where you will be warmly welcomed by the locals. There is a falconry and animal centre nearby as well as an exhibition centre which has regular exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and photography from all over France.The Haras Anglo-Arab stud is at Tarbes and has regular open days and displays. A trip to Lourdes in the Pyrenees is only an hour away and a fascinating experience with mountains all around. There are flower festivals during the Spring. The village of Madiran is at the centre of this famous wine making region and holds its annual Fête in mid August. This is when all the local wine producers gather to show off their stock and there's plenty of opportunity both to taste and, more importantly, to buy. For cycling enthusiasts, the area is great for both serious cyclists and children alike with sufficiently challenging hills for those who want them. Traffic in the area is light so cycling through the countryside is a real pleasure. And for followers of the Tour de France, the Tour passes every year in and around Pau and up in the Pyrénées nearby as well as passing through many local routes, towns and villages. There are many wonderful local restaurants, not forgetting those at the spa town of Eugénie les Bains (45 minutes drive) where world famous chef Michel Guérard produces food to die for. On the doorstep in Madrian is fine-dining le Prieuré and for more traditional French fare l'Estanquet. A few minutes drive in the opposite direction is le Relais d'Aydie - people travel miles for their cêpes omelette. In terms of climate, June to the end of August is very hot indeed and this is the time when the pool comes into its own. April and May are delightful months when spring flowers are at their best, the landscape is bursting with new life and the temperature is absolutely perfect. The months of September and October also have lovely balmy weather when you can still enjoy meals outside. For maps of the local area for cycling and walking you need IGN maps 1634 E Riscle, 1734 O Plaisance and 1644 E Lembeye.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: At the time of booking clients will be asked for 25% of the rental fee. Eight weeks before their stay the remainder will be due plus £500 against loss or damage. Should no loss or damage occur, this amount will be returned. If clients cancel more than 8 weeks before their visit the booking fee will be retained as cancellation fee unless we are able to relet the property. If clients cancel less than 8 weeks before their visit, any rental paid will be retained unless the property is relet. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Saturday. Outgoing guests are asked to leave the property no later than 09.30. Incoming guests should not arrive before 16.00 please. This will allow time to clean the house and prepare for new guests. Your co-operation is appreciated. Notes on prices: Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. Should you wish to rent the house outside the dates listed, we will be happy to discuss this with you with a view to agreeing a reasonable rental price.