|Maison Pyron||Self Catering||Saturday||6||12||3|
Situated in the picturesque rolling hills of the Chalosse, this beautiful villa has been recently lovingly restored to offer spacious and comfortable accommodation, ideal for extended family holidays or groups of families. It is perfect for relaxing holidays and getting away from everyday stresses in a tranquil part of undiscovered rural France and for exploring family beaches and surfing on the Atlantic coast (Biarritz, Capbreton); visiting local market towns, wines tours and tasting; walking in the Pyrenees; swimming in lakes in Mugron, St Pierre-du-Mont and Orthez and visiting San Sebastian.
The villa comprises two adjoining properties: Maison Pyron, a maison de maître built in 1871 (250m²) with four spacious bedrooms sleeping 8-9 and its annex Le Grenier, the property’s grain store with two bedrooms sleeping 4 (75m2). Both are rented together as one property and have well-equipped kitchens with adjacent double French doors leading onto a spacious terrace at the front of the property with bbq/ plancha facilities. With six bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, one cloakroom with WC and hand basin and a fourth separate WC, the set-up is ideal for three generation family holidays. Le Grenier would work well for grandparents or couples seeking some privacy with its own entrance, garden and garden furniture to the side of the property.
Set in 5 acres, Maison Pyron is surrounded by large gardens and private woodland (the latter yet to be developed) with views over the local countryside. A variety of exotic trees and plants, including peach, walnut, cherry and weeping willows provide welcome shade on summer days with plenty of space for privacy or spending time together. The gardens provide a wonderful space to relax and unwind - we often stop in our tracks to watch local wildlife - deer, woodpeckers and butterflies.
Maison Pyron is attractively furnished with a diverse range of beautiful French and European antiques and objects. With stone and tile floors downstairs and renovated wooden floors upstairs, the house remains wonderfully cool during the summer months. On the ground floor the spacious lounge and dining room (seating 12) is furnished with two comfy sofas and armchairs and retains the unusual original floor tiles and a wood-burning stove. The second sitting room also has original floor tiles and large fireplace with a new soapstone wood-burning stove for chillier evenings with two more comfy sofas. There is a smart television with both English and French satellite tv and a dvd player. This room leads onto the well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, fridge-freezer, oven and new 5 ring gas hob with large kitchen table. Double doors open onto the large terrace with a canopied dining and relaxation area (comfortably seating 12 and perfect for eating together al fresco) with BBQ and plancha and overlooking the pretty Landais 'four' (ancient bread house).
Upstairs you'll find four bright and airy bedrooms off the first floor hallway, comprising one king with private en-suite shower room with toilet facilities and hand basin; one bedroom with a double bed; a third bedroom with a double bed and one single bed and a fourth bedroom with two single beds. There is a cloakroom with toilet and hand basin on the first floor and the family bathroom with bath, shower and hand basin is on the ground floor with a separate toilet next door.
The renovated Le Grenier offers bright contemporary accommodation and adjoining the far end of Maison Pyron, it overlooks its own garden, the pool, woods and grounds at Pyron. Downstairs you enter into a long well-equipped galley kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, fridge with freezer box, oven, hob, microwave, dining table & chairs and storage heater. The renovated staircase leads you upstairs to the main area with refurbished architectural wooden beams. There is a sitting area with a comfortable sofa, two club armchairs, two leather and chrome chairs and a television with both English satellite TV and French Free to View TV. In the main area there is a reversible air conditioning / heating unit and storage heater.
Off the main area are three separate rooms: bedroom 1 with a king size bed (152 cm x 198 cm); bedroom 2 with two single beds (90 cm x 190 cm) and a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower, washbasin, WC and heated towel rail.
For babies and younger children we can add a travel cot, stair gate, baby bath, toddler step tools, potties, changing mat, milk warmer (as well as micro waves in both properties), high chair and bibs.
We provide a Welcome Pack to get you started containing local wines, eggs from our free-range chickens, orange juice, bread, butter, croissants, jam, teas and coffees. We leave a starter kit too of olive oil, herbs, spices, dishwasher tablets, clothes wash, aluminium foil, etc… Supermarkets are now open here on Sunday mornings but do ask if you would like us to get a few other provisions in for your first day.
The house boasts a new private in-ground 10 m x 5 m eco-friendly salt water pool reducing the use of harsh chemicals. As of 2016 it is also fitted with solar heating, so increased pool temperatures for guests throughout the summer and early autumn months. Water temperatures reach between 20-30° (depending on outside air temperatures and time of year). The pool is open from mid May to mid October, has a solar shower and is equipped with a safety alarm and gated fencing to keep young children safe around the pool area.
For nature lovers, you will find buzzards, kites, butterflies, roe deer, frogs and in the height of summer, crickets, grasshoppers and cicadas (all locally and in the rear gardens). Great for stargazing and spotting shooting stars in August as well as enjoying 'Indian Summers' in autumn, another great time of year to visit the region.
As on-site owners we carefully maintain the pool and gardens during your stay. A large barn beside the pool provides shade for dining and games and we provide sun loungers, a table tennis table, darts board, games and pool noodles for hours of fun. Previously an old farmhouse, we have interesting relics and rustic items on display. Guests have priority use of the pool. We may occasionally use it but only when you are not using the pool and at the end of the day usually. We are on hand as much or as little as you wish and are happy to suggest visits, restaurants and day-trips. Being fluent in French I can help you with translations and arrange bookings, trips out or liaise with any return stopover hotels, etc…
Locally there are plenty of sports facilities: an Olympic size pool, golf courses, tennis, canoeing, cycling, many lakes with great walks and canyoning in the Pyrenees. Many towns and villages each hold their own summer fêtes during July and August. There is much to see locally (museums, chateaux, thermal spas, local farmers markets with fresh organic food and vegetables, Basque Country, Pau, wine-tasting and Armagnac tasting).
Maison Pyron is close to 4 international airports (Pau, Biarritz, Lourdes and Bordeaux). Your own car is recommended, as the property is rural but not remote.
Please contact us or see our separate adverts if you would like to book either Maison Pyron on its own or Le Grenier on its own.
Both properties have fully-equipped kitchens with dishwashers, washing machines, ovens, a 5 ring gas hob in Maison Pyron and an induction hob in Le Grenier, microwaves and fridge-freezers. In the main house there is a dining table for 6 and another for 4 in the annex. French double doors lead out from both onto the canopied terrace with a further table seating 12 people, great for summer outdoor meals. This looks onto the 'four' (ancient bread oven house) opposite.
There is a superb spacious main sitting room on the ground floor of Maison Pyron with a woodburner and original floor tiles; french doors leading to the front garden, comfortable settees and a dining table for 12.
A second sitting room is located on the ground floor - again with original tiles, original large fireplace and new soapstone wood burning stove, comfy settees, flatscreen TV and DVD.
In Le Grenier there is an upstairs small sitting room with a new flatscreen TV.
Four spacious bedrooms are located on the first floor of Maison Pyron:
Willow bedroom - king size bed and en suite shower room with toilet, hand basin and heater.
Lime bedroom - double bed, overlooking front garden.
Mimosa bedroom - double bed and one single bed, overlooking front garden.
Pine bedroom - 2 single beds.
Two bedrooms are located on the first floor of Le Grenier:
Bedroom 1 - king size bed.
Bedroom 2 - 2 single beds.
We can accept a baby and add a cot at no extra charge. We may be able to accept one or two extra children / people in the main house for a small fee – please contact us for details.
All the rooms have been redecorated and the wooden floors have been carefully restored by hand.
In Maison Pyron the family bathroom is on the ground floor with bath, shower, hand basin and large mirrored cupboards with towels and equipment for babies / younger children. There is a separate toilet next door to the family bathroom.
On the first floor there is a cloakroom with toilet and hand basin.
The Willow bedroom has its own en suite with walk-in shower, hand basin and toilet.
In the Grenier there is a lovely spacious bathroom with walk-in shower, toilet, hand basin and storage cupboards.
There is a wood burner in the main sitting room of Maison Pyron and a brand new soapstone wood burning stove in the second sitting room, which retains its heat long after the fire has gone out - very cosy in the autumn and winter months.
Most of the other rooms in both properties have individual storage/electric heaters when required and there is a reversible air conditioning/heating unit and storage heater upstairs in Le Grenier.
There are lots of board games in the main sitting room, a smart HD TV, DVD stereos/cd player, XBox and books. You can watch French TV via Orange satellite and UK TV via satellite too. Outside in the large barn we have pool noodles, a table tennis table, badminton, boules, darts and games.
Maison Pyron is set in 2 hectares of gardens and land/woods at the rear of the property. With a variety of exotic plants and trees (peach, walnut, cherry, weeping willow, fig and oak) there is plenty of shade on summer days (also to be found in the large barn beside the pool).
Enjoy private use of the swimming pool - a 10 m x 5 m in-ground pool reaching water temperatures of between 20-30° with a salt water system reducing the use of harsh chemicals. The pool will be open from mid May to mid October with a pool alarm and gated fence to keep young children safe around the pool area. There is a newly installed solar shower beside the pool and a large barn beside the pool provides shade.
We provide you with remotes for the main electric gates and there is parking for several cars on the large driveway in front of the house. Alternatively you can park at the rear of the property using the side driveway.
Please contact us for further details.
Welcome pack included (local wine, milk, coffee, eggs, bread and croissants, home-made jam, orange juice)
All bed linen and bath, hand and kitchen towels are included. We can supply pool towels if needed - please ask.
Free Wi-fi throughout the property
Written guides supplied to the local area and using the house; also latest details of summer and night markets, fêtes and local events.
Changeover is usually Saturday. We can be more flexible out of season depending on availability.
Damage deposit of £500 (refundable assuming no damage).
A general end-of-stay clean is included. Please leave the property in the tidy state you found it in. Any extra major or deep cleaning would incur an additional fee to cover costs.
Taxe de séjour included in the price.
Since moving to Sainte-Colombe in 2012, Bea and Derek have been busy renovating Maison Pyron and Le Grenier, the gardens and installing the solar-heated pool which guests love. Following requests by larger groups of guests to rent both properties together, this is the option we now offer in peak summer, thus offering exclusivity of the pool and grounds. We will be onsite at Pyron and staying in Le Four, the detached Bakehouse.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||We love the peace and quiet of the countryside, local walks, the rolling hills of the Chalosse, the Pyrenees, Atlantic Coast and Spain (San Sebastian is only 2 hours by car) plus the local French food and wine. We have been warmly welcomed into the local community and hear about some great places to explore from our neighbours and friends, many of which we can share with you.|
|Unique benefits of property||Maison Pyron is a characterful property retaining its original character and benefiting from having added many lovely antiques pieces and having good quality furniture.
The recently renovated spacious properties have well-equipped kitchens, both leading onto terrace for alfresco dining and boules on the large driveway.
A solar-heated in-ground pool is located next to a large barn for table tennis and darts surrounded by spacious grounds with mature trees.
Many people love the peace and quiet of the area and the property; it is perfect for extended family holidays or families on holiday together with a separate garden for Le Grenier.
During the main summer holidays both properties are rented as a whole for groups of 12, thus retaining privacy and exclusivity of the pool and facilities for one party.
Speaking both French and English we can help out with translating, booking trips, suggesting places to visit, etc...
Planetarium and events in the year.
Madiran wine-tasting in beautiful scenery.
Lake and bird observatory.
Wildlife, nature park, farm animal, trout fishing, playground, donkeys and picnic areas.
Golf course and Olympic size pool with slide, open terrace and jacuzzi at Cite Verte, Hagetmau.