Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 2 9.8/10
|La Puyadette||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||2|
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.
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.
A cosy, dual aspect sitting room with large sofa, tub armchair, coffee-table and wi-fi box.
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.
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.
The property is gas centrally heated. Hot water is provided by a combi-boiler situated in the wc/laundry room off the hall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A highchair and babycot are available upon prior request.
Hi, I'm Lindsey, a writer and consultant lawyer, originally from the UK and living in south-west France since 2016. I will be holding creative storytelling workshops for novice writers from 2020, 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 the 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 (unheated, but warm in the summer months), 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.
Bustling, friendly atmosphere with numerous individual stalls lining the town centre streets, every Thursday morning. Cafés and bars fronting onto the market areas.
Michelin-starred restaurant in central Salies. Be sure to book ahead!
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.
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).
Drinks, snacks and ice creams served either in the homely interior or outside.
Great little restaurant. Limited space, so be sure to book ahead.
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
9-hole golf course, almost adjoining the grounds of the property.
A host of outdoor activities, including rafting, archery, paintball, zipwire and bubblefoot. https://www.experience-bearn.com/?fbclid=IwAR2E5fdRX-AAWFd2eNAygkvZb6iPnt-5FPA2H9PewpL_Miw1IGPDHuRh0x8
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.
Deep in the Pays Basque, this charming town is the gateway to the mountains. Call in for shopping at Arneguy en route.
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.
Charming medieval town, situated high above the river Gave, with glorious views to the Pyrenees.
Historic medieval town enclosed within a fortified wall.
Enjoy a ride in the stunning Pyrenean Mountains on the highest train in Europe!
Lindsey is the perfect host. The house is fantastic and Toddy and Rafi are a delight. Highly recommend. Also, if you get bored Lindsey May allow you to use the tractor to cut the grass - great fun. We will be back!!
It was so lovely to meet you, Mark and Jo and I'm delighted you enjoyed the house - and Salies - as much as you did. Who knew a tractor ride was such a great pathway to a happy guest?
Very much look forward to seeing you both again soon - not least because Toddy and Raffy are missing the ball games!
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