|Petite Maison Elguia||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1|
Character renovated cottage set in working farming village in the Pyrenees with internet access (wi-fi). The property has English satellite tv. The cottage is situated in a beautiful mature garden with palm trees and a lovely heated salt water pool (10 x 5m). The pool is open from May (or April if the weather is good) and closes in October.
There is an outdoor solar heated shower. From the garden there are fantastic views of the surrounding hills. The cottage has a bbq area with table in a pretty gravelled courtyard surrounded by mature shrubs and lawned garden with table and chairs. Good local restaurant 2km. Cycles provided.
The kitchen has original features; old stone sink, oak beams, quarry tiled floor and a dining table seating 4. The cottage is fully equipped with a double oven, microwave, fridge with small freezer comparment, toaster and fruit juicer. There is a washing machine, dryer and fridge-freezer in the barn next to the courtyard.
Cosy oak beamed living room with wood burning stove. Logs supplied out of season. Electric room heater, 2 cream leather sofas, standard lamps, coffee-table, books, cd and dvd player and cds/dvds and satellite tv (English).
French doors to courtyard.
On the first floor the rooms have oak polished floors, beamed ceilings:
Bedroom 1: double bed, fitted wardrobes, dressing table, and wall heater.
Bedroom 2: two adult size single beds, dressing table, wardrobe, wall heater and views of the mountains.
Large bathroom with bath, tiled shower, wc,and heated towel rail.
There is a wood burning stove in the lounge and electric radiators in the other rooms.
There are plenty of outdoor pursuits, fishing, bird watching, horse riding, fabulous walks on the door step, short strolls along the riverside, mountain walks and hill walks. We have some bikes which guests can used and there are electric bikes for hire in the mountains at Iraty. Close by are 2 gorges for white water rafting and for the more adventerous, there is hang gliding and rock climbing and hang glyding.
You can savour the culture and scenery in Spain via a scenic route which meanders over the mountains.
The ski lift is normally open at La Pierre in high season so you can climb the mountain without too much effort!
There is a gravel courtyard area with bbq area and table. In the pretty mature garden with palm trees is a beautiful heated salt water pool. Enjoy the tranquillity, the beautiful views, just relax and do absolutely nothing!
This is not a gite complex and the pool is yours, shared only with the friendly owner who swims when the guests are not using it. In the summer the pool has sunshine from early morning until 8pm or later.
There is a separate vegetable garden and guests can share in the organic produce!
There is ample space for 2 cars in the gravel courtyard.
There are cottage type stairs so it may be difficult for wheelchair users.
All the water comes from a mountain stream and is very suitable for drinking - so there's no need to buy bottled!
There is a hairdryer and some tongs. All linen and bath towels are provided. For guests staying 2 weeks, the sheets and towels are changed if you wish. Please bring your own pool towels. For guests flying, pool towels will be provided on request.
We provide a highchair, toys and a cradle for babies, along with kitchen cloths and tea towels.
Within 45 mins you can discover pretty Spanish villages, 1hr 30mins Biarritz. The beautiful French Atlantic coastline including San Sebastian in Spain can be done on a day trip. Cross the mountain to see the Spanish villages decked with geraniums, Jaca which is great for authentic tapas and very good Spanish wine. There's a boat trip from Hendaye to the beaches in the lovely old town of Hondarribia in Spain. Also the holy city of Lourds is about one and a half hours.
In the summer the ski lift is open at the ski resort so it's an effortless way to get nearly to the top of the mountain without a lot of effort. A definite must is to go up into the mountains as there are stunning views - La Madeleine is only about 8km and you can see the chaine of the Pyrenees on a clear day. Great at sunrise and sunset! The 'swing bridge' for an epic walk along the swing bridge. Sometimes you can see people bungy jumping! Take a packed lunch and do the circular tour. There are usually electric cycles for hire in the mountains - great fun without tooo much effort. The cave which is close by 'La Verna' which is one of the largest underground caves in the world. You need to reserve. On a nice sunny day go to the local restaurant and sit beneath the plane trees with un petit vin with a good French meal. A must is to drive over the mountains into Spain and soak up a different culture. The drive over is superb on a clear day.
There is a mountain behind the cottage called 'Le Chapeau du Gendarme' - the policemans hat (because of it's shape). You can climb it before breakfast and there are fantastic views!
We are close to the ski resorts (45mins) so come skiing as it's much cheaper than the Alpes! and at the cottage we rarely get any snow.
There is an area close to us called the '5 Peaks'. You can go up in your car and do a walk if you wish. It's very beautiful, especially if it's a clear day. It is also a popular area for cyclists and motor cyclists. We have some cycles you can use if you want, and electric cycles can normally be hired in the mountains.
Just returned from a fantastic holiday at Petite Maison Elguia. The gite is great, with excellent facilities needed for a relaxing holiday. The pool and garden are great.
Lots of things to do around the area.
What made the holiday perfect were the hosts. Tina and Rickie are friendly and accommodating. They have the ability to be visible when needed and invisible when when not.
A 5 star service, thank you.
Lovely welcome to a very good gite which is well maintained and spotlessly clean. There are lots of maps and information on the area in the gite and we had difficult decisions to make as to what we wanted to do with our week. We loved the salt water swimming pool which was great to relax in at the end of an active day. We had a lovely week walking and cycling in the local area and walked twice to the local restaurant for lunch. The rural area has lots of interest with sheep and cows with their bells clanging in all the fields we passed and the local people were very helpful and friendly. We hope to return and attempt some more of the mountain walks at some time.