|5 rue du Presbytere||Self Catering||Flexible||4||10||5||Cot available for babies|
Beautiful Béarnaise home renovated in a contemporary style equipped with everything to make your French holiday perfect in every way for family and friends! Lots of space for everyone with large dining areas (indoors and outdoors), fantastic 25m pool for "serious" swimming or fun and games for everyone. Relaxation poolside on the sun loungers and hammock. 3 double bedrooms and 1 family room with 2 single beds. Each bedroom is en suite with walk-in shower, toilet and wash hand basin. Spacious, light-filled living rooms with well-equipped kitchen and comfortable sitting rooms.
The private, enclosed garden has a sunny terrace around the 25m heated pool and shaded terrace for outside dining. On the doorstep - tennis, basket, walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing and more!
The well-equipped kitchen has french windows leading into the garden. The modern equipment includes a large American fridge-freezer with ice-maker and filtered water, induction hob, extractor hood, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher and coffee-machine.
The large dining room with oak dining table and chairs also has two comfy sofas for relaxing.
Through from the dining room is a cosy sitting room with log burning stove for the winter months.
All 4 bedrooms overlook the large private garden, are light, airy and furnished in a comfortable and contemporary style. There are three double rooms on the first floor and a large family room on the second floor with twin beds in the main room
Each bedroom has a modern en suite bathroom with large walk in shower, wash hand basin, toilet and heated towel rail with luxury towels and french toiletries.
Gas-fired central heating.
Flat screen satellite tv, dvd player, Wii and wi-fi.
Boardgames, playing cards, books, painting.
The large, mature garden has views to the Pyrénées mountains and a sunny, paved terrace around the 25 x 5m heated pool with wooden steamer sun loungers and a hammock made for two to share. Leading from the kitchen you can choose to dine outside on the natural stone paved terrace, shaded with mature trees. There is a large wooden dining table with parasol and chairs and a Weber barbecue for the outdoor eating experience. The garden has mature trees and is private and secure, enclosed by laurel hedges and traditional stone walls. For the children (and active adults) you can play boules, badminton, swing-ball or water volleyball to while away the day.
Off-street parking for 2 cars.
We think the property is suitable for most visitors although families with children under 5 should be aware there is no physical barrier to the pool and for those with restricted mobility there are two steps to take at the house entrance. All bedrooms are on the first and second floors.
The house is in the centre of this rural village and most of our neighbours keep a good selection of dogs, cats, chickens, pigeons, rabbits so you will be able to hear plenty of evidence of village life during your stay.
As well as this, we are close to the village church, which has a fine set of bells that it's not afraid to use!
We find it quite charming, but if you have any concerns, do get in touch for a chat.
We moved to the Béarn des Gaves for its incredible beauty and access to a landscape unsurpassed for hiking, cycling, climbing, parachuting, rafting, fishing and a myriad of outdoor activities and adventure pursuits. It’s the perfect location for cycling or hiking the foothills of the Pyrenées. Keen cyclists ourselves, Paul is a veteran of over 20 years in international Triathlon and cycling championships, and was a qualified Osteopath for 22 years, before we made our escape to rural France.
|Year property purchased||2007|
|Why this location?||From the snow capped mountains, to the Pyrenées-Atlantique. UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to some of France’s most picturesque villages. This is a land well trodden, on the pilgrimage route – Camino de Santiago – to Santiago de Compostela. The cultural diversity of the region is quite unique, and offers something for every traveller.
The closest town to La Mirande is Navarrenx. The first Bastide (fortified town) in France and still a stop over on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. The town is an excellent example of French Medieval architecture.
And you must pay a visit to iconic Pau, the region’s historic capital. Perched high above the Gave du Pau, the town affords panoramic views to the surrounding mountainscape and countryside. Just 85 kms from the Spanish border, you can feel Spanish influences here.
|Unique benefits of property||La Mirande is a lovely Bearnaise style home with a contemporary interior with a large garden and lovely pool, ideal for relaxing family holidays.|
Coast/Beach With excellent year round surfing, the Atlantic coast is internationally renowned for the best waves in Europe. Here, the surf is a way of life. The Basque coast is host to many professional surf competitions. Billabong, O'Neill, Roxy, Ripcurl, Quiksilver and many others bringing together the world's greatest names in surfing each year. Golf Pau Golf Club (40 minutes drive) was created in 1856 by the architect Willy Dunn and is the oldest golf course in Europe, outside of Great Britain. The beautiful city of Biarritz is nestled on the south west coast of France, and boasts without doubt top quality golf courses. This is one of the best regions for golf in mainland Europe, with four courses in Europe's top 100 and a further four courses in the top 50 in France. All of the courses are situated together, tightly packed along the coast with a few in the nearby national park. Skiing La Pierre Saint-Martin is the closest resort to Gurs. It's a small resort in the Pyrénées mountains which, due to its size and location is beautiful, quiet and excellent for beginner and intermediate level. English speaking/French accredited ski guides are available here to make your ski experience even more enjoyable. Issarbe is a beautiful location next to La Pierre where you can snow shoe and sledge. The resorts offer dog-sledging and igloo-building among many other Special Interest Holidays We can offer bespoke training and touring holidays for cyclists and triathletes of all abilities. We have top of the range Planet X carbon road bikes and the latest SNUGG wetsuits for open water swimming. Click the Triathlon Training Holiday page of our website to find out more. We can also offer Taster Sessions for anyone who would like to try our swim, bike & run sessions - just ask!