Pyrenees - between Pau and ski resorts
19th century farmhouse with 2 gites
€ 675,000 *
This property lies right in the centre of the Pau-Lourdes-Tarbes triangle, reputed for its balmy micro-climate and stupendous views of the snow-capped Pyrenees. Everything is within thirty minutes: the city (hospitals, schools, universities, shops), the mountains (ski resorts, hiking trails) and transport links (airports, trains and motorway). The local villages of St Colome and Bruges offer bakeries, cafés and restaurants as well as primary education.
It is an early nineteenth century farmhouse with a very large 4-bedroomed gite fashioned out of an old barn. A second gite, attached to the main house, completes the accommodation. The buildings sit on 5000m² of mature gardens and orchards affording views over the surrounding countryside of mountain peaks and rural quiet. Shade is provided by three ancient linden trees in the courtyard and a line of palm trees to the north ... an indication of the mildness of the climate. The whole property is no more than 450m above sea level, so there is seldom snow or frost for long periods.
The house used to be exploited as a bed and breakfast but the owners now prefer to rent out the two holiday gites. These are occupied for 33 weeks a year as there are two main seasons: summer from May to October and winter from Christmas onward.
the airport of Tarbes/Lourdes in January
The main 4-bedroomed gite has been built from scratch using the latest techniques in insolation, roofing and plumbing. The ground floor is entirely open to disabled guests with bathroom, toilets and baedrooms all conforming to the norms. With 200m² of living space guests are usually agreeably surprised.
Under the gite - on the side giving on to the courtyard - they have created two very large spaces for 'activities': this includes table-tennis for gite users or seminar space for groups using the gite in the off-season. This 120m² space could be put to better use ... it could even be transformed into a third gite.
This is definitely a gite operation: a B&B does not really fit into the set-up.
The two gites turn over about €30k per year. This could be bettered by developing ancillary activities using the big space under the gites: weekend courses off season, seminars and meetings, cooking classes or patchwork instruction. The university towns of Pau and Tarbes are only 30 minutes away.
The 120m² of extra space could also be turned into a superb two-bedroomed gite with separate access to courtyard and garden. Another 500 a week.
What's For sale?
XIXth century farm on half a hectare of land
The farmhouse: 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, dining room, living room, library, kitchen (with 'private' terrace).
Garage with storage space
Central heating using state-of-the-art heat pump
The 4-bedroomed gite: 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, very spacious living/dining area on two floors. Disabled bathroom and toilets on ground floor. Private car park and children's garden.
The 1-bedroomed gite: one bedroom, living area, kitchen, bathroom
flower garden, herb garden
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* agency fees included ____________reference n°: 039/012013
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South of Gascony, the area covered by the central Pyrenees is more or less the départements of Ariège, Haute Garonne and Hautes Pyrénées. This is where the Pyrenean range rises straight up like a wall with very little piedmont of foothill area, to a uniform height of over 3000 metres.
Seen from the plains below words like majestic and stunning are too feeble. The Pyrenees are everything one expects from a mountain range: impressive, high, easily accessible and covered in snow. Unlike the Alps they are home to a carpet of deciduous forest - beech, larch, elder - which make for real seasons as springtime green turns rich and dark in summer before fusing into reds and flame yellows in autumn.
The main cities in the region are Foix, Tarbes and Pau - all associated with ruling kings and dukes who protected their citizens from invaders and terrors both real and imaginary. Lourdes, the other big town of the region, is actually in the mountains, surrounded by towering peaks and steep valleys.
Obviously winter sports play a major role in local tourism with a number of resorts serving urbanites from Toulouse and Bordeaux as well as a smattering of foreigners. The other big attraction is spas, of which the region has many. Although some of these are 'medicalisé' (you need a prescription to take the waters), the trend is towards a more open approach with each spa town vying to provide well-being water products for the tourist.
Finally, we can't speak of the Pyrenees without mentioning cycling. The moment of truth in any Tour de France is when the riders attack mythical passes such as the Tourmalet, the Aubisque or the Port de Balès.
On your bikes!
- carefully restored French heritage building
- lively village with chemist, café, bakery etc
- shady garden with ancient trees
- gas central-heating
- plenty of space - big rooms
- spa with sauna and jacuzzi
- near - but not in - Lourdes
- airport (Tarbes/Lourdes) 25 minutes
- no pool but village has municipal pool
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