Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 5, Ratings 2 10/10
|The Cottage, Gites De Bernet||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1||Baby cot is available on request|
Converted to a high standard, from a typical Béarnaise barn, The Cottage offers a private aspect, with separate living, dining and kitchen areas, with 2 bedrooms (1 double bed and 2 single beds), luxury bathroom and downstairs wc. Outside there is a small private garden and patio - a great spot to watch the sunset with a glass of Jurancon!
Cleaning materials, environmentally friendly wherever possible, a vacuum, a clothes airer, iron and ironing board are provided.
If you have young children, a cot and high chair are available, if required.
Fully equipped with electric oven and gas hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer, microwave and a wide variety of cooking equipment and utensils.
Living area with tables, sideboards, sofa and chair, tv and dvd players.
The two bedrooms have comfy beds and built-in wardrobes for storage.
The luxurious bathroom has a shower and wc and another wc can be found downstairs.
Electric central heating is available. An additional charge may be made outside of summer months.
A tv & dvd player provider. Indoor and outdoor games, toys and books for children are available.
Outside is a terrace and private garden, with sun awning, a garden table, chairs and a bbq. The gite is west facing, so benefits from lots of light and fabulous sunsets.
Parking is available on the property.
Bikes, or other equipment, can be safely stored in our hanger, on request.
The property is on two levels and approached by a gravel footpath, so is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users.
Ben and Rebecca Jackson, long time lovers of France, moved here from Norfolk in the UK with our three sons to live in the farmhouse full-time. Rebecca has lived and studied in France previously and will be happy to help with the language if needed.
|Year property purchased||2017|
|Why this location?||We have spent a great deal of time in various parts of France, but as soon as we came to Pyrenees Atlantiques, we knew this was where we wanted to live. Between the stunning Pyrenees Mountains and the beautiful Atlantic coast, just a stones throw from Spain, the area offers endless choices. Monein itself is a vibrant community surrounded by hills covered in vineyards, rural but not isolated, and within easy reach of beautiful Pau.|
|Unique benefits of property||Our property is just 2km outside Monein, formed from the buildings of a traditional Coeur de Ferme Béarnaise. The barns have been lovingly converted to provide spacious, modern accommodation, whilst respecting the history in this peaceful location. Equipped to the exacting 3 star French classement, The Cottage benefits from it's own garden with west facing terrace - a perfect tranquil setting to enjoy the sunset with a glass of Jurancon.
The property as a whole is set in 3 hectares, with access through the back gates to the myriad of Chemins that crisscross the hills connecting local vineyards, hamlets and villages. For cycling enthusiasts, the local VTT routes are just behind us; runners, you will have plenty of chance to build your stamina, and walkers, be prepared for stunning views. Gites de Bernet is a haven for wildlife, to date we have counted over 70 different varieties of birdlife. It really is a world away from your hectic everyday life, a place to relax and unwind.
Whether you wish to explore on your own, around the village or along the Route de Vins des Jurancons, or would like us to point you in the right direction and arrange a wine-tasting or two, you will be spoilt for choice.
If you are a red wine drinker, you can try the more rustic Bearn, they are made locally and further afield, or visit the Madiran region North of Pau - we are becoming quite the fans!
If you have never skied in the Pyrenees then you really don't know what you are missing. We have 2 resorts an hour or so from here, La Pierre Saint Martin being are closest, with more in the same ski area too. Spanish resorts, Astun for example, are also easily accessible. Plenty of choice and variety, skiing with stunning views.
If you are skiing for the first time, then a stay with us is an ideal way to have a go without committing to the expense of a full-on ski holiday.
Don't forget that the ski resorts also offer sledging, Nordic skiing, snow shoeing and husky riding. They open for activities in summer too - fancy taking your mountain bike up the ski-lift and hurtling back down?!
In the warmer months, the area is popular with walkers, cyclists and climbers, who come to enjoy the area's stunning landscapes and scenery.
This region is well known for it's outdoor lifestyle. Walking, cycling and running are all well practised and easily accessible whatever your ability. Did you know that there are more races for runners in this region than any other? The choice and challenge are hard to beat, whether you are simply having a go or a seasoned competitor.
For more organised activities, from white water rafting to golf, there's a huge choice of things to do here. Let us know what your interests are and we will point you in the right direction - the local Coeur de Bearn tourist office, found in the village, is a fabulous source of information too!
If you have children - there are climbing activity parks, a water park, and the Parc Animalier, all in easy reach. There are always activities in Pau and the local chateaux too. Again local information relevant to the time of your visit will be easy to access.
The Bearn is reknowned for its duck products but there is far more to discover. The local Brebis and goats cheese can be bought direct from the farm or local markets.
The local Garbure, a chunky pork vegetables and potato soup, is a speciatlity, celebrated in local competitions including one each summer in nearby Oloron Saint Marie.
Strawberries, cherries and mini-kiwis are plentiful here, and Monein has it's own variety of peach the Roussane.
Our regional capital is well worth a visit. Seat of the Kings of Navarre it has long been a popular tourist destination. The English flocked here, hence the first golf club in Europe being built here. The Boulevard des Pyrénées is said to have been constructed to provide a place for people to take the air, a la facon anglaise, and the villas built by the wealthy visitors are well worth a look, if you have time.
It is a charming place to stroll around, take in the sites, stop for a coffee or an apero, or just soak up the atmosphere.
Depending on when you visit, you may be here for the Grand Prix, the horse-racing, the Tour de France, Rugby season (Pau is a Top 14 team), Basketball, 3 day eventing or world championship kayaking - Pau is the European City of Sport 2018, so rich and varied are its opportunities.
Monein has it's own small market on a Monday morning and no trip here would be complete without a visit to the incredible Eglise St-Girons. It's the most beautiful and gothic church in the Béarn, with its spectacular, immense roof structure, more than 50 meters long, which can be visited by climbing 72 steps. Tours are run in both French and English, depending on the time of year.
A 25 minute drive takes you to Navarrenx, famous for its medieval bastide and for hosting the world salmon fishing championships, is on the Route St Jacques de Compostelle pilgrim route. Sauvettere, where we recommend swimming in the river in the summer months, is within easy reach as are the nearby towns of Oloron, the gateway to the Pyrénées, and Orthez. The spa town of Salies de Béarn, famous for its salt, is 30 minutes away and well worth a visit on your stay with us.
We loved every minute of our stay at Gites de Bernet, it is just rather unfortunate that we only booked four nights. We should have stayed two weeks to really get to know the area. Ben and Becs, the owners were wonderful hosts and although both English, having moved out there permanently two years ago, were so enthusiastic about the area and so knowledgeable that whatever your interests may be, they will know something about it in the local area. We will definitely be staying here again.
Thank you very much. We are very lucky to live in the Bearn and love it when our guests appreciate this little known part of the world. Lovely to meet you, and hope to see you again soon.
We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Gites De Bernet and are recommending it to all of our friends.
We stayed in the Cottage - the largest of the three Gites on the property. It was spotlessly clean and very comfortable and has been tastefully and sympathetically converted from the original farm building.
You have everything you need for a comfortable stay. A large lounge and separate kitchen downstairs (with a toilet and understairs airing cupboard) and upstairs a bathroom and two large bedrooms (one double and one twin) with comfortable beds and ample storage space.
Outside you have a private patio area with a sun shade which is great for eating outside - which we did every day. A BBQ is provided which was also well used and much appreciated.
The owners, Ben and Becs, were friendly and extremely helpful. They are both very knowledgeable about the area and always happy to make suggestions for excursions locally and even further afield. Their children and ours are of an age (10-14 years old) so they had loads of great suggestions for outings and activities to keep active children engaged.
The local area is quiet compared to a lot of places that we have been in France - which was one of the attractions for us. The local wine, Jurancon, is perfect for long warm evenings and the owners can organise tours and visits for you - some within walking distance so you can taste a variety and then walk back. There's plenty to do and see.
What a great place!
We loved having you to stay. It was a pleasure to share this wonderful part of France with such a friendly and enthusiastic family. Thank you.
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