Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 2 9.8/10
|Gite dou Bousquet||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||2||2 on sitting room sofabed|
The Gite dou Bousquet is a 2-star classified holiday home. It is a totally independent two bedroom property, all on ground level, attached to the owners' main house in a country lane just a 10 minute walk from Navarrenx. The gite has its own large, fenced garden, and guests have private use of the pool (unheated).
There are views of the Pyrenees to the south, which are about a 45 minute drive away, through stunning countryside.
Walks can be taken from right outside the gate, up into the woods and out through the surrounding farmland, lasting anything from 1 to 3 hours.
There is ample parking at the gite.
We are very pet-friendly, and welcome your four-legged family members if they are sociable and friendly. We would expect that your dog has also trained you well, and that you would ensure no doggy mess is left in the grounds for other guests to find. Dogs are not allowed in the pool area, and should not be left alone in the gite.
The kitchen area is at one end of the living room, and has an electric oven, a gas and electric hob, and a grill/microwave. The fridge-freezer is just outside in the conservatory.
There is a charcoal bbq outside on the terrace for your use too. There are all the usual pots and pans, coffee press, kettle and toaster.
The dining table is just outside the kitchen, in the conservatory. Here too is the sideboard with all the crockery and cutlery for dining. The washing machine is here too.
The living room is beautifully bright, with a wide window looking onto the front garden, and large glass patio windows to the west. It has a sofa, two armchairs, small tables, tv and tv table. The television can show French and British freeview channels. There is also a radio/cd player, a dvd player, and a VHS unit (and a lot of old videos!).
The first bedroom is approached via the conservatory, and it has a double bed, a hanging space with selves, and a shower en suite bathroom.
The second bedroom has twin beds, a large sliding door wardrobe with a chest of drawers, and this room too has a door onto the conservatory, but the main entrance is from the entrance hallway. There is a shower en suite bathroom off this bedroom as well.
Both of the two bedrooms have their own en suite bathoom, with shower, handbasin and wc.
The porch, conservatory, living room and both bedrooms each have an electric radiator.
There are also three tall fans in the gite for when it gets hot.
The tv in the living room can receive English freeview channels as well as all the French tv stations.
There is also a dvd player and a VHS player - and lots of old videos too.
There is a cd player/radio in the living room.
The garden is large, and laid mainly to lawn, and we have a selection of garden games you can borrow.
The terrace just outside the conservatory leads right onto the lawn, offering shade during the heat of the afternoon. Or move into the garden to enjoy the sunset over to the west at sundowner time.
There is a small covered parking plot at the far end of the gite for guests to use, or park just outside your front door.
The gite is on one level, the ground floor, and access for a wheelchair should not be a problem.
Pets and young children can be contained within the garden (it is fenced) and the pool is also fenced securely.
We also offer wi-fi at the gite.
We have had a holiday home in France for many years as we just love it here. Now in our semi retirement, we hope to encourage others to visit our area of southwest France and see what it has to offer. We bought the house in Navarrenx early in 2016, and began renovating, redecorating and furnishing the two-bedroom attached gite throughout the summer, and really enjoyed welcoming our first guests in April 2017.
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||Navarrenx is an old walled town overlooking the Gave d'Oloron river, famous for its salmon. It is set within fortified ramparts, and is on the Chemin de St Jacques de Compostelle (Camino de Santiago), the pilgrim route which stretches throughout Europe and north Africa to Santiago de Compostela in North West Spain. Navarrenx is a popular stop for many pilgrims following the route, and for those on a more leisurely holiday, it is a wonderful centre for exploring Southwest France and the many Basque features of the area. At just an hour from the beaches at Biarritz and St Jean de Luz, and the mountains of the Pyrenees, and surrounded by some stunning countryside, this spot is ideal for a holiday to explore, sample and taste. The surrounding countryside and forests offer wide choices for walking and cycling, and the numerous restaurants and vineyards are some of the best in Aquitaine.|
|Unique benefits of property||The Gite dou Bousquet is an easy 10 minute walk from Navarrenx and its bars, bistros, restaurants and other shops. There is a small Carrefour supermarket 10 minutes walk away, and a larger Intermarche is a 12 minute drive. We have lovely views of the Pyrenees, and the large garden and surrounding countryside offer tranquility and seclusion. The garden has a few outside games for guests to enjoy when they are tired of sunbathing or swimming in the pool, and it is also fully fenced - sociable and well-trained pets are welcome!|
This is our local taverne, which is a 10 minute walk away from the gite, and which we visit frequently. The lovely owners, Joel and Magali, warmly welcome Gite dou Bousquet guests.
Every Wednesday morning sample all the wonderful cheeses of the region, the breads, the wines and the locally grown fruit and vegetables. Stalls sell meat and fish too, and there are often visiting artisans selling furniture, jewellery and of course - French berets! During the summer the market is also held on a Sunday morning.
This English brewery is producing English ales in France! How great is that! All the beers are very drinkable (says my husband) and Lindy and Dave can be seen at many of the local fetes and festival days in the area with samples of their latest creation.
This little village of no more than 160 people, declared its independence in 2014! It has its own border and customs post (but you won't be stopped), a beautiful chateau, and an artisan beret manufacturer, which can be visited on a Friday afternoon. Brigitte Bardot also lived there once! The small chateau with its lovely gardens going down to the Gave d'Oloron are open to the public. Guided visits around the chateau are available daily. They have some wonderful eco-tree houses which can be hired for the night too.
This beautiful little medieval town, on the river Saleys, is a very popular spot with visitors, nor only for the Musee du Sel, the lovely little lanes and quaint old buildings, but also its wealth of great restaurants. Salt was excavated from the site on which Salies now sits back in the bronze age, but the local tradition has it that a dying boar was found covered in salt crystals back in the 17th century. It also has a thermal spa, where you can visit for a morning or afternoon to be pummelled by the warm waters, invigorating both mind and body, or you can book in for a three-week 'cure'. There is a golf course here too.
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