Holiday Let in rural Basque Aquitaine

10/10
Beyrie (6km from Saint-Palais), Pyrénées Atlantiques, Aquitaine Reference: AP004604 Advertiser since: 12 February 2016
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Jauberria Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2 2 cots, 1 travel cot

About this property

A Hidden Gem In The Beautiful Basque Country. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

100 year old restored Basque farm cottage – with bags of character – in a quiet location with stunning views.

See our website for a special christmas 2017New Year offer: minimum 8 nights, in our lovely cosy cottage complete with log fires and cheery festive decorations

Gite Jauberria awarded 3* status on 7 April 2017 by the Offices de Tourisme de France.

The cottage has been recently completely renovated to a high standard and is extremely well equipped, cosy and comfortable for modern living. Its most striking features are the lovely exposed stone walls and beams and the light airiness of the high ceilings upstairs.
 
The cottage comfortably sleeps 6/7 - which includes 3 single beds., 2 king-size beds and flexible space for a cot. The cottage is perfect for a family, or a group of friends. With over 124 m2 of living space, a terrace and a lovely, spacious, well kept garden with far-reaching views of the Pays Basque countryside.
 
It is much more than just a holiday cottage, it is your home from home. 

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

A large fully equipped kitchen with original Basque oak feature fireplace with a modern wood burner and all the facilities you would need for a perfect holiday; gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, coffee maker, fridge/freezer, washing machine and extendable kitchen table with seating for 6 with room for additional seating or a high chair.

Living rooms

A large, open space on two levels, with a feature fireplace and wood burner, and plenty of comfortable seating for your relaxing evenings.. The dining area has an extendable table and seating for 8 people, plus a high chair.

Bedrooms

On the first floor there is a large family bedroom, equipped with a king-size bed, plus a stylish French antique single bed; the second bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed and space for a cot.. The third bedroom is furnished with comfy, solid, pine bunk beds. All bedrooms have plenty of storage/hanging space.
A wooden cot is available, plus a travel cot, on request.
The open landing space is furnished with a mini library and cosy seating, with a fabulous view looking across the undulating Basque countryside.
The passageway has feature night lighting leading to the spacious family bathroom.

Bathrooms

A large, welcoming family bathroom; with vanity unit, shaver socket, heated towel rail, bath with overhead shower, suspended toilet and window seat – with a great view.

On the ground floor there is a shower room/toilet conveniently situated off the main entrance and fitted out with a shower cubicle, vanity unit, wc and heated towel rail.

Heating

During the summer months no central heating is provided. However should the evenings be chilly we will provide you with the first large basket of wood for the wood burner. Further baskets (if needed) can be purchased for 5 Euros.We are happy to show you how to set it up.

From 1 October through to 1 April the electricity is NOT included. Electric radiators and mobile gas heaters are available and their use and costs borne will be the responsibility of the guests for the duration of their stay.

Entertainment

In the lounge you will find a flat screen tv, dvd player, TNT Sat Box with all French free-to-air channels and many European channels, including English tv programmes, and Wi-Fi internet. There are books, board games and puzzles for your enjoyment. An extensive range of French and English language films are available on dvd – and can be chosen from the index provided.

There are an extensive range of holiday guide books so that you can plan your days accordingly. We are happy to help if you would like some recommended day trips, walks (mountains or hills) spectacular views or information on local fetes or activities.

Garden and outside

The french doors in the main hallway open onto the gravel terrace area which benefits from complete privacy and both sun and shade (provided by an awning) throughout the day.

The area is well equipped with outdoor tables and seating, parasols, sun loungers and a gas bbq. Your memorable alfresco evenings start here; enjoy a glass of wine, surrounded by the sweet smelling ‘belle de nuit’ and herbs planted nearby, and watch a fabulous night sky appear, with no intrusive street lighting. As the sun disappears you could light the candles in the alcoves of the feature stone wall and listen to the soft singing of the cicadas.

The grassed area of the garden is completely secure, and has plenty of space for children to run around in. You can watch them play (a selection of outdoor toys are available) whilst you relax. The garden offers stunning, far-reaching views of the Basque countryside as well as a lovely view of the ruins of the chateau in the village centre.

Parking and garages

There is parking for up to three vehicles.

Visitor suitability

Regrettably, the cottage is not suitable for a wheelchair user.

Information about any additional facilities

Bed linen, bath & hand towels are provided (beach towels are available on request). Also provided are hairdryers, plug socket converters, extension leads for charging multiple devices, tea towels, dishcloths, & cleaning materials.

A complementary welcome pack, with some local produce and food essentials such as milk, bread, butter, cheese and wine, will be waiting for you on arrival. (Please say if you prefer no alcohol so it can be replaced with a substitute).

Baby items available on request, include cot(s) and bedding, stair-gate, high chair, baby bath, monitoring intercom and two reclining baby buggies and some toys. Nappies and baby foods can be bought in advance of your arrival if required. Please let us know.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: St Palais
Distance: 5 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 68 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout, Salmon
Name of nearest fishing location: Sauveterre
Distance: 18 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Salies de Bearn
Distance: 27 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: St Palais
Distance: 5 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Irouleguy, St Jean-Pied-de-Port

Skiing

Name of nearest resort: Pierre St Martin
Distance: 68 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: 1 km

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Irouleguy, St Jean Pied-de-Port
Distance: 35 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr David Hallett

We are Dave and Kris Hallett and we moved to France permanently in 2011. Since then we have worked tirelessly on renovating our Basque property, learning the language, discovering the wonders of SW France, and integrating with the community - which we did by becoming volunteers at the village school and the local Maison de Retraite. We were adopted by a lovable, abandoned puppy three years ago and so our forays out have included mountain tops, beaches and the yearly Tour de France!

Year property purchased 2002
Why this location? We discovered the Basque area by accident when staying with friends in the neighbouring Bearn region - and once we had found it, there was nothing to beat it! It is a beautiful area, with stunning landscapes and architecture - lots of white houses with Basque red shutters and with very diverse wildlife, flowers and fauna. As well as a well populated sky of swallows we are visited most days by kites and vultures who are fascinating to watch as they soar or spiral in the sky. The Basque Region in France has everything - including two languages and cultures - so the history of the whole area is rich with folklore, historical and religious references and sites of interest. We are well placed to get to a mountain top, beaches, airports, ferries, Spain, several major cities Bayonne/Biarritz and Pau) - most in less than an hour.
Unique benefits of property The property is set just outside a small village in its own stand-alone setting in a quiet lane. It is not overlooked but it is close enough to the village centre to stroll along and take part in any of the fetes, festivities or activities taking place. We are just 5 km from the town of Saint Palais, which has everything you could need - including a number of doctors, dentists, opticians, chemists and a first class hospital. The cottage has been sympathetically restored to its former glory, with extra character added using the old beams saved after the roof was replaced. We had the opportunity to put our mark on it and we trust the photos do our 'labour of love' justice. Jauberria is a light and airy cottage and has modern fittings, as well as practical, and attractive, typical Basque features - beams, wood and chimney places. See Facebook 'Jauberria' which shows our 14 year journey thus far - and another ongoing renovation we are currently undertaking.

The Owner Recommends

The Basque Region - what CAN'T you do here?!

The area surrounding Jauberria is a landscape of farming, countryside, quiet rural life and an amazing diversity of nature - and with the most stunning sunrises/sunsets. If you are a keen walker, bird watcher, fisherman, skier, river sports, surfer, cyclist, artist, photographer or nature-trail fan who loves the diversity of rivers, mountains, countryside and the sea, then we are ideally situated - we are less than an hour from all four. In one day you can comfortably visit ancient caves, take a mini train up a mountain and paddle in the sea. We have a wealth of knowledge and experiences, and happy to share! We are on the route of the famous Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle and from May to October pilgrims from all over the world pass through our area, via our local town St Palais. St Palais has a huge outdoor swimming pools complex, suitable for all ages next to the river, with tennis courts, sports pitches nearby and close to all the town shops. The Basque Force games take place every August - a competition based on farm activities - where individuals and teams compete to show their strength. Pelote is the national game in the Basque Region and every Wednesday evening throughout the summer the local League plays at the Fronton (the pitch) in St Palais. Its a hard and fast game! Its free entry; they just ask you to buy a raffle ticket to win a local specialality dessert, a Gateau Basque, which is delicious. similar to a Bakewell tart.. Bilbao, San Sebastian and Pamploma are all a possible day trip and Beyrie is just a 45 minute drive to the Spanish border at Arneguy where they are well stocked with duty free shops. There are fetes, markets, free weekly outdoor concerts with Basque choirs and dancers, as well as many other events and activities (Moto Cross, cycle races, to name two) all throughout the summer months especially. Whatever your hobby or interest - it's all here - and if it's too many to remember, we have listed them in our Visitors Directory.

4 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Ian T 11 August, 2017

If you are looking for an excellent gite, fitted out to a very high standard in a beautiful peaceful setting then look no further. Dave and Kris were the perfect hosts and live next door and could not do enough for us.The gite has everything you need for the perfect holiday and is situated in the Basque region, perfect for exploring the area. We had a fabulous 2 weeks and would recommend this gite.

Owner response

We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay - and thank you warmly for scoring us perfect 10's. We work continuously to keep all our standards high (even in a quirky old building!) and always appreciate feedback and suggestions which can further enhance our visitors' holiday. It was a pleasure to meet you all; you were the perfect guests.,

10 / 10 FamilyW 24 July, 2017

A beautifully restored French Gite in a great setting. Wonderful warm welcome by the owners who ensured a very relaxing stay and provided a wealth of information about the local area and community.The gite is furnished to a high standard and very comfortable. It was a great base for exploring the pays de Basque. The gits would be a great place for cyclists - some amazing rides direct from the door on quiet, pothole free roads.
Would highly recommend this gite for a holiday.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely review - it was lovely to welcome your family and to share our mutual passion for cycling. You are quite right, there are a some fabulous rides on superb roads straight from the door. It's equally as stunning for walkers too, quiet roads, breathtaking scenery. We are very happy to learn that the standard of the Gîte and the facilities ensured you had a stress-free and relaxing holiday. Thank you also for your feedback and ideas on how we can continue to attract cyclists and walkers, as well as families, to this wonderful area of the Pays Basque.

10 / 10 Nick and Joanne 12 July, 2017

I can't fault this property, it was very well equipped and in a lovely setting. It has been modernised to a high standard yet still retains the character of the Basque region.
The owners were very welcoming and helpful. I would recommend the property to other couples and families.

Owner response

Thank you very much for your very kind comments and scores. We strive to give our guests a comfortable, relaxing, memorable time and we're delighted you enjoyed your stay. We are only sorry organising better weather for you was slightly out of our control!

10 / 10 Mary, him & him. 18 July, 2016

Lovely house and garden in a great setting. The owners gave us a friendly welcome and supplied everything we needed to help us enjoy our holiday. The kitchen was very well equipped and lots of books, DVDs and games were available if required. We had a great time and would recommend the property.

Owner response

It was a pleasure to have Mary and family stay in the gite - they were impeccable guests. They also gave us some very helpful tips and feedback, when we asked, which will enhance the stays of future visitors.
We are very happy to know that everything which was provided merited the wonderful high scores given, as this is our first season and the family were our first guests!