House to let with private pool, Aquitaine - AP007188

Salies-de-Bearn, Pyrénées Atlantiques, Aquitaine Reference: AP007188 Advertiser since: 26 June 2019
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La Puyadette Self Catering Saturday 2 4 2

About this property

4* House, Garden, Pool, Salies de Béarn, Sleeps 4. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Awarded a prestigious 4 stars in the 'Meublé de Tourisme' classification system in 2019, this light, airy, single-storey house (constructed in 2010) stands in a beautiful parkland setting. It was difficult to know whether to describe the property as 'town' or 'rural' because essentially it is both! The large grounds, seclusion from the (minor) road and delightful birdsong lend a feeling of being in the countryside, whereas you are in fact only about a 5 minute walk from the town centre.

There is a covered terrace with a bbq and table and chairs, as well as a large, private garden, enclosed by a 1m high picket fence. The property stands within the owner's 2.5 acre grounds and the owner's house is close by, so there is usually someone on hand to answer any queries you may have.

The 10 x 5 m pool, with electric security cover, is around 25m from the property, in the owner's grounds. There are no other holiday houses on the property and guests may enjoy the pool in privacy, from 09h00-19h00. Please note the pool is unheated, but attains good temperatures in warm weather - for example 30C in June 2019.

Up to two friendly, well-socialised dogs may be permitted, subject to prior discussion with owner, but kindly note the owner has two entire male golden retrievers, so no bitches in or close to their season may be permitted.

The property does not have air conditioning, but there is an 'overhang' all around, designed to keep the sun mostly off the windows, as well as roller shutters on principal windows and sliding doors. If doors and windows are kept closed during the heat of the day, the interior temperature stays much lower than the exterior.

For breaks during cooler months, the property benefits from gas central heating.

There is ample parking about 25m from the property, but guests may park around 10m away in order to load and offload their car.

The River Saleys runs past the entrance gates and on down through the town of Salies. The gentle sound of a weir on the river can often be heard from the property (though not accessed from it).

There is a well in the garden of La Puyadette, fitted with a security grill.

Bed linen, towels, sunloungers and beach towels are provided. A Hotpoint tumble dryer is available, though for environmental reasons guests are requested kindly to keep energy consumption to a minimum. Drying racks are also provided, so swimsuits, towels, etc may be dried outdoors, weather permitting.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

A spacious, bright, well equipped kitchen/diner, with a run of fitted units, Bosch fan oven and dishwasher, and Panasonic combination-microwave and fridge-freezer. A good size ceramic kitchen sink, with mixer tap. 3-burner gas hob, plus separate electric cooking plate/food warmer.

There is a 2m dining table and 4 upholstered chairs, plus a tub armchair.

Two sets of large sliding doors to the outside.

For outside dining, there is a large table and 4 chairs, plus charcoal bbq on the covered terrace. Charcoal may be purchased at Carrefour Market, just a couple of minutes' drive away.

Living rooms

A cosy, dual aspect sitting room with large sofa, tub armchair, coffee-table, storage cupboard and tv stand with tv and Humax box.

Bedrooms

Bedroom 1 has twin beds, each with bedside drawer units, central overhead light and bedside wall lights and lamps. En suite shower room with walk-in shower, wc and washbasin set in vanity unit. Double wardrobe with sliding doors. Tub armchair.

Bedroom 2 has a king size bed, 2 bedside drawer units, central overhead light and bedside wall lights, 4-drawer chest, 2-drawer small chest, large oak chest and triple wardrobe space. En suite shower room with walk-in shower and washbasin set in vanity unit. The wc for this bedroom is in a separate room just next to the bedroom.

Bathrooms

There are 2 en suite shower rooms, both with walk-in showers and washbasins set in vanity units. The en suite for Bedroom 1 has a dual-flush, wall-hung wc. For Bedroom 2, the dual-flush, wall-hung wc is in a separate room, next to the bedroom, which also houses a compact, top-loading washing machine.

There is also a shower room with wc and washbasin in the pool house, situated adjacent to the swimming pool.

Heating

The property is gas centrally heated. Hot water is provided by a combi-boiler situated in the wc/laundry room off the hall.

Entertainment

The Humax box provides UK tv satellite channels only. There is no French tv.

Free wi-fi is provided, subject to a cap of 40gb per week.

There is a cinema in Salies de Béarn, often showing films in their original version.

Garden and outside

The fully-fenced garden is around 1000 square metres, all set within the owner's parkland grounds, peppered with a variety of mature trees.

The property is approached via a gravel path and gate set in the picket fence. There are two shallow steps down to the paved walkway to the front door. Separate access is also available via double picket-fence gates, across the grass and into the kitchen/diner via sliding doors. Owing to standard size doorway openings, however, the property is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users.

Parking and garages

There is no garage available for guests, but plenty of parking space in the owner's grounds, around a 25m walk from the property. Guests may park closer (around 10m) away for the purpose of loading and offloading their car.

Visitor suitability

For insurance purposes, only the people named at the time of booking (maximum number of 4, plus 1 baby) may stay at the property. No animals may be brought to the property other than dogs previously agreed with the owner.

Information about any additional facilities

A highchair and babycot are available upon prior request.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

* Vet details: Clinique Vétérinaire du Sanglier, 19Bis Avenue al Cartero, 64270 Salies de Béarn 05 59 38 02 35

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Shops in Salies de Bearn
Distance: 1 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 70 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout, Atlantic Salmon, Shad, Eel, Sea Lamprey, Trout Fario
Name of nearest fishing location: Le Gave d'Oloron, Sauveterre de Bearn
Distance: 10 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Salies de Bearn

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Cheval Nature 64, quartier Les Antys, 64270 Salies de Bearn
Distance: 3 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km

Skiing

Name of nearest resort: La Pierre Saint-Martin
Distance: 58 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Le Pain de Sucre

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Cave Dutilh-Lahitte
Distance: 1 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Lindsey Hill

Hi, I'm Lindsey, a writer and consultant lawyer, originally from the UK and living in south-west France since 2016. I'm currently writing a storytelling course for novice writers, with a view to holding workshops here at home in Salies. This is such a wonderful place to be - I love it!

Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? I discovered Salies de Bearn quite by accident and have never looked back since. So much is within easy reach: the Pyrenean Mountains, Spain and Atlantic coast (including Biarritz, St Jean de Luz and surfing paradise Hossegor) are all within a one hour drive and closer to home there is so much to see and do. The picturesque medieval town of Salies itself has numerous bars, restaurants and shops, as well as a good Carrefour supermarket with fuel station. There is a special atmosphere to the town and the local community is friendly and welcoming. There is always something going on, including a number of festivals throughout the year. My Russian guests summed it up: 'Next time we will come for a month... but if we spend a month in Salies, we will never leave.'
Unique benefits of property La Puyadette sits in a wonderfully tranquil, 2.5 acre parkland setting, with a fabulous array of mature trees and is accessed by a 125m drive from a minor road. The property cannot be seen from the road and has a rural feel, yet is only a few minutes' walk from the town centre - so you can enjoy all that the local hostelries have to offer and not have to get in your car afterwards!
The property has a 10 x 5 m in-ground swimming pool, which guests may privately enjoy within the hours of 09h00-19h00. The house itself is fully equipped with all that is expected of a 4-star 'Meublé de Tourisme classé', an official rating we were proud to achieve in June 2019.
Dog friendly, subject to prior discussion.

The Owner Recommends

Salies de Bearn Market

Bustling, friendly atmosphere with numerous individual stalls lining the town centre streets, every Thursday morning. Cafés and bars fronting onto the market areas.

Restaurant des Voisins

Michelin-starred restaurant in central Salies. Be sure to book ahead!

Le Bar Bayaa

Watch the world go by from this friendly bar in the town centre, with outside tables and chairs. No food served, but you are welcome to take your own croissants, pizza, etc. There is often live music on a Friday night.

Le Bistrot 4 Grains

Restaurant and tapas bar in the Place Jeanne d'Albret, with outside tables and chairs, a few paces from the river Saleys. Excellent food. Menu du Jour (lunchtime) 16 euro for 3 courses (summer 2019).

La Pause Gourmande

Drinks, snacks and ice creams served either in the homely interior or outside.

Le Grignotine

Great little restaurant. Limited space, so be sure to book ahead.

Les Thermes de Salies

World-renowned thermal spa. Fabulous, warm, natural-salt-water pools, gym, aqua classes and the 3-week thermal cure, which is prescribed by doctors for a variety of conditions. http://www.thermes-de-salies.com

Golf de Salies

9-hole golf course, almost adjoining the grounds of the property.

Expérience Béarn

A host of outdoor activities, including rafting, archery, paintball, zipwire and bubblefoot. https://www.experience-bearn.com/?fbclid=IwAR2E5fdRX-AAWFd2eNAygkvZb6iPnt-5FPA2H9PewpL_Miw1IGPDHuRh0x8

Spain!

About an hour's drive away, visit the fabulous city of San Sebastian, where you can laze on the huge beach or shop 'til you drop.

St Jean Pied de Port and Pyrenean Mountains

Deep in the Pays Basque, this charming town is the gateway to the mountains. Call in for shopping at Arneguy en route.

Lourdes

Situated about 1.5 hours' drive from Salies, this Catholic pilgrimage site is the home of the Grotto of Massabielle, where in 1858 the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a local woman.

Sauveterre de Béarn

Charming medieval town, situated high above the river Gave, with glorious views to the Pyrenees.

Navarrenx

Historic medieval town enclosed within a fortified wall.

Le Petit Train d'Artouste

Enjoy a ride in the stunning Pyrenean Mountains on the highest train in Europe!