Splendidly restored water mill in gentle Pyrenees farming village.
Lushly flowered stone terraced gardens. Large stone patio overlooking spring-fed 8ft (2,5 m) deep swimming pond. Tranquil mountain views. Well-equipped kitchen with combined microwave/oven. Outdoor BBQ. Cosy dining/living space with wood stove. flatscreen TV, DVD and stereo. Free WiFi Internet access and free European phone (not cell).
All ceilings and walls hand painted by local decoratrice/artiste. Glass enclosed interior waterfall. Comfortable, eye-catching master bedroom with 150x200 cm size bed. Stylish touches in stone, wood and tile throughout.
Guest house has a 140x200 cm bed, private full bath room and separate patio.
For families with children there is an intercom speaker system between the units. Guest house is always included and never rented out separately.
My name is Miriam, a native Swede, but who lives in the US since 2004. I'm one of those "love captives" who moved to the US after meeting the love of my life... However, I've firmly kept one foot in Europe, more precisely in this exquisite corner of France...
Miriam Bourin O'Keefe purchased this cottage in 2000
The Water Mill was discovered by my later husband, Steven, by pure chance in 2000 when he was visiting the village. It was neatly tucked away from the public eye, behind the larger "main" house, not seen from the quiet main road. It had been an active mill, used by the villagers up until the 60's when it fell out of use and was abandoned. It was used mainly to ground the grains for the locals and for other communal uses, which was so common back then.
Steven immediately saw the beauty of the property, bought it from the owner and started by building a floor! The walls and roof were perfect, but that was about it. He continued with landscaping, building the 2nd floor and in 2005, we built the guest house together, expanding the use of the Water Mill. This year we also started to rent it out in a more organized fashion.
It's a very romantic and unique property and holds a very dear place in my heart since it was the very first place Steven brought me to after we met in Spain back in 2003, and this is where we fell in love... It was a very clever move - as you will discover once you visit The Water Mill and see for yourself.
Steven passed away in 2010, and I maintain the mill in the same romantic ambience as it's intended to have, only adding updates and conveniences where needed to adapt to our modern lifestyle.
Since this is a Water Mill, it also has a canal and a pond. The water from the canal runs under the house and Steven loved that water! Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and his amazing house "Falling Water" where he built a natural "air conditioner" based on falling water, Steven used the waterfall under the house for the same purpose. This way, the house stays cool during the hot Summer months and also adds a tranquil sound of running water to the scenery. You can also see the water falling from inside through the big double windows. It's quite spectacular!
We spend a beautiful holiday in the house, which is equipped as our own house, nothing is missing. We would say magnificant.
A lovely place, very good setting. About half an hour you get the Pyrenées or in an hour you stay in Biarritz (Atlantic Coast). I spent one week in early April with my husband and two children ( 6 and 8 years) , both swimmed at the pond all the time if the sun shined in the sky. And it's possible practising fishing (no killed) in the pond.
My husband and I spent our honeymoon (2 weeks) in the Watermill and we couldn't have found a better and more romantic setting.
All the furniture was very comfortable (far more superior than most french rentals!) and fitted the environment well. We had plenty of candlelight "al fresco" dining on the patio overlooking the pond.
Very well-eqipped kitchen and absolutely no problems with any of the appliances.
Extra-plus for the large flatscreen-TV (so my husband could watch sports!).
Owners easy to communicate with, good cleaning and overall a great place.
This is a charming little house in a lovely setting. The stream runs right under the house, with a window in the kitchen to show it off. The pond is a great feature, but too cold for all but the thickest skinned. The outdoor table is great, and nice loungers by the pond. The kitchen is well-equipped, but the microwave/cooker wasn't working, so you have to be creative on the hob and BBQ. The interior has been lovingly decorated, but the furnishings feel a little old and tired, with springs sprung in the two armchairs and thin pillows. It was very charming, but a little expensive for what it was.
Lurbe St Christau is located in the south-west corner of France in the Béarn region of the Pyrenees Atlantique. The village sits in the foothills stride the gateway to the imposing Pyrenees, approx. 45 km from the Spanish border.
The provincial town of Oloron Ste Marie is situated nine km to the north.
Lurbe St Christau is literally surrounded by Michelin calibre restaurants, as well as great local country cuisine. Convenient to shopping.
Other Activities: trout fishing, mountain climbing, hiking, kayaking, skiing (45 min)
Golf: Appr. 35 minutes car drive to golf course in Pau and 40 minutes to Salies de Béarn. The Pau course has 18 holes.
Ski: Pierre St Martin 35-45 minutes by car.
Candanchu ski area located 50 km away on opposite side of Spanish border.
Other ski areas within one to two hours.
NB! Snow tires/chains required for driving in the mountains in the winter.
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
NB! The rates are in EURO, not USD. The website automatically changes the currency for some reason. The rates are as follows:
May, Sep-Oct: €750.00 per week, June-Aug, €950.00 per week. Discounts on multiple week rentals!
Free phone to landlines in Western Europe. NO cells!
Free Wi-Fi access.
The guest house studio is always included in the rental and never rented out separately.
€75.00 cleaning fee will be added to the rental rate, paid in advance.
Mandatory €250.00 damage deposit, refunded after your stay.
Turnover days are SATURDAYS during Summer season, rest of the year flexible.
Earliest check-in time for arrival: 16.00
Latest check-out time for departure: 10:00