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Claire Lighting

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french

Spacious village house midway between Salies De Bearn and Sauveterre de Bearn

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Homely comfort, beautiful, pure mountain air, walking distance to river

“Villa Veronique” sits in one acre, opposite the church in the farming hamlet of Oraas. Located midway between the mediaeval towns of Sauveterre and Salies in the heart of the Béarn countryside. The villa offers exceptional home from home comforts, sleeps six people in spacious double bedrooms. There is a sizeable family bathroom with corner bath, separate shower cubicle, double sinks. 2 Separate toilets with hand basins ground & first floor. Oraas offers views to the Pyrenees, it is surrounded by lush countryside, ideal for cycling holidays, fishing trips to the trout and Salmon river only minutes away. Plan a BBQ or a picnic on the river beach. Relax in the garden under the trees or sunbathe with a book. Rent bicycles & head for the hills, visit local tea rooms, museums and 'goat island' (Ille de Chevre) to view specimen trees and shrubs and swim in clear mountain spring water. In 50 minutes you reach the wide golden, sandy beaches of the Cote Basque, Biarritz, St. Jean de Luz, Hossegor, View Boucau, Le Penon and other idyllic beaches such as Miramar and Ilbarritz. Both have restaurants.

Golf: Nearest golf course is at Salies de Bearn - 'Golf Helios', 10 minutes from Villa Veronique. More golf available on the coast around Biarritz, Capbreton 45 minutes, and going East to Pau (the first golf course in France) 40 minutes.

Ski Stations: DOWNHILL: (Ski alpine)

Gourette, La Pierre Saint-Martin, Artouste (about 70 minutes)

CROSS COUNTRY: (Ski de fond)

Le Braca - La Pierre Saint-Martin, Somport, Iraty, Issarbe (average 70 minutes)

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Claire Lighting (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french

About Claire Lighting

Cupid's arrow struck when we arrived in Biarritz in 2001. We never planned to live in France but events seemed to be Divinely planned and so it was that we came to the Bearn and found a delightful home in the magnificent countryside. When my Uncle died he left his house in England to me and my sisters and being real Francophiles we decided to sell in UK and buy a house for our family to enjoy holidays in the sun in France. Villa Veronique was the result and we renovated this delightful house to a very high standard. In 2015 we bought a new roof for the main house and garage and installed blown fibre loft insulation making the house very cosy in Winter. I like people to feel welcome and at home in the house because it contributes to its already calm atmosphere.

Claire Lighting purchased this villa in 2006

Why Claire Lighting chose Bearn - Orthez

Quality construction and built by a local builder and gifted as a wedding present to his beloved daughter and her new husband. The house has seen families grow up and has a gentle, maternal atmosphere. You are guaranteed to sleep well on the comfortable beds and as a family we have supplied everything we think you need to be comfortable during your stay. Outside there is a one acre garden laid to lawn on river rock, with speciality shrubs and fruit trees. Book in October and you can leave with kilos of delicious walnuts.

What makes this villa unique

In a world of ever moving technological advancement and so many living within inches of their smart phones and tablets. Our house is off the beaten track, it is animal friendly and my dogs love the countryside and the river. As a family we love the solitude and peace but also appreciate the activity in the tiny farming hamlet. The only sounds are various animals and the pleasant church bells. Cycling and swimming in the nearby river, the Gave d'Oleron allows families or individuals private space to become totally ZEN. Even in high season it is possible to stay for hours on the pebble river 'beach' and feel you have the entire world to yourself.


based on 10 traveler reviews

Spacious village house midway between Salies De Bearn and Sauveterre de Bearn
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
Surrey, UK


  • 5 of 5

Thank you Claire and Andrew for contributing to one of our best Christmases ever! 'Villa Veronique', is lovely. Beautifully clean, everything we wanted provided for. The house was very warm, and deceptively spacious. My children loved the garden, plenty of places to play and the village and surrounding countryside offers clear air and a deeply peaceful atmosphere. We plan to return in the summer time now that we have discovered this treasure trove.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2009
  • Stayed: Dec 2008
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Lovely holiday house

  • 5 of 5

A lovely comfortable house in a beautiful, peaceful area. A great base to explore the mountains, coast and beautiful medieval towns. We loved the river which is only a short walk away and is great for swimming. It is an idyllic spot - we often had the local river beach to ourselves where we and our three boys spent many happy hours swimming and building piers and damns out of the stones. We also had a great time canoeing at Sorde L-Abbaye where they were very friendly and helpful. The owner, Andrew, who lives a few miles away, was very helpful and available if needed. All in all a very enjoyable stay! Jane, Mike and boys

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Great holiday house

  • 5 of 5

Great, clean, spacious and fully equipped house. Our children really enjoyed the huge garden and the river wich is just a 10 minute walk away.

Lovely area, lots of markets during the summer in the surrounding villages.

So much to see, daytrips to spain, the sea, the mountains or just stay in the garden and enjoy the sun with a BBQ and some fine bottles of wine.

Perfect house to discover the most beautiful region of France.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Lovely property in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

The house was exactly as described. It was very clean and very well equipped with everything needed for a very comfortable stay. Andy was very helpful and friendly and made us feel very welcome. The area itself is beautiful and we did a lot of touring around to ensure we saw a much of the area as possible. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property to friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Lovely Villa

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful villa in a beautiful area of France. Everything was provided and was a comfortable and clean gite. A very relaxing stay. Any problems were dealt with by Andrew. Thank you

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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Darlington, England

Lovley house in a quiet village

  • 5 of 5

Villa Veronique was absolutely lovely - large,beautifully furnished with everything you could want to make the holiday enjoyable. We really had a good time.

Villa Veronique is a great place for exploring thr countryside and attractive mediaevil towns nearby and is only 40 minutes from the beach.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Bar de Mairie Sauveterre de Bearn
Nearest Ferry
225 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Helios, Salies de Bearn
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
A64 Junction 7
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
La Belle Auberge, Castagnede, Salies de Bearn
Nearest Ski
23 Kilometres
La Pierre St. Martin
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Le Grand Plage, Biarritz
Car: necessary

Sauveterre de Bearn: 5 minutes drive by car to this old medieval town. Built originally as a walled refuge from the turbulent times of the Dark Ages, Sauveterre grew in importance as on one of the main routes to Spain, used by pilgrims going to Santiago del Compostella. There are restaurants in both Salies de Bearn and the outskirts of Sauveterre. Details given in our ‘house guide’. There are two supermarkets and petrol , 5 minutes from the villa outside Sauveterre town.

Ideal for cycling holidays - bikes on request.

Salies de Bearn is a popular spa town. The Thermal baths are a treat to experience, where the hot mineral waters are noted for being seven times more salty than the Dead Sea, with two pools, full facilities. Salies is known as the Venice of the Béarn because of the way the houses overhang the river on stilts, an unusual and charming architectural feature.

Other Activities: Canoe and Kayak, White Water Rafting

Golf: Salies de Bearn Golf Helios.


Rates & Availability

Oraàs Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Jul 3 2016 - Sep 24 2016
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
Sep 25 2016 - Nov 5 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $324
Stay tax £0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 6 years.

25% deposit confirms all bookings with the balance payable in full 6 weeks before rental period starts.

Use of Central Heating in Mid & High season will incur an extra charge of €8.50 (euros) per day.

The Tourist taxe sejour is 0.45 centimes per person per day
Taxe de séjour (Taxe Sejour) s'applique désormais à chaque invité de vacances location en Béarn -
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Oraàs Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 160 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - combination tub/shower , shower
    bathroom 2 - toilet , Handbasin hot and cold water
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , handbasin hot and cold water
  • Large family bathroom, double sinks, heated, full length towel rail, (hairdryer, hot water bottle available)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - Used for a child on request
  • Sleeps 6 in three spacious double bedrooms. Each bedroom has plenty of wardrobe space, dressing table and chairs.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • ski lift privileges
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Utility Room: adjacent to main kitchen with extra worktop space, First Aid Kit/Fire appliance. Door out to rear garden. Laundry Room: With washing machine and tumble dryer plus sink for hand washing. Ironing Board and Iron. Rotary clothes dryer stored for garden and clothes pegs. Small 3m x 3m 'garden' room adjacent to garage with wooden door out to rear garden. Ideal for board games or drinks on a rainy day. Garden is unsuitable for very young children but older children will enjoy the opportunities for play in the secluded garden. Log fireplace in Dining Room for use wintertime only.

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