Pyrenees - Béarn manor house and gite
20 minutes north of Pau
Family home - possibility B&B - seminar/events room - gite
€ 453,000 * (ref 156)
Just 20 kilometres north of Pau, on the route des vins which leads to the vineyards of Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh and Madiran, this fine maison de maître sits in a tiny village dominating the valley and affording views over the snow-capped Pyrenees.
There are two main buildings: the manor house with its large, square reception rooms, fine Béarnaise staircase and six bedrooms, and the converted barn which houses a vast meeting room/events space and a two-bedroomed gite. The two buildings are set in 3500m² of gardens and orchard in a tiny village with a church and a clutch of houses. It is very quiet.
Although not currently run as a gite business, the original project was to use the main house as a B&B - there are two big suites on the first floor and 4 smaller bedrooms on the second floor, big farm kitchen, two living rooms and a library on the ground floor. Oil-fired central heating throughout with a very powerful and efficient German system. Some lovely original features such as the massive stone fire place, the elegant staircase and the moulded wooden doors would please B&B guests.
Across the courtyard the converted barn is quite different. The whole interior has been gutted and fitted out as a long hall with high ceilings and bay windows on one side. There's a basic kitchen in one corner for events. At one end is a mezzanine space above a closed room - used for stotrage but which could be better exploited. At the other end of the hall, on the first floor (above a big three-car garage) they have created a cosy two bedroom, living room/kitchen gite.
At the back of the house there are extensive gardens, an orchard featuring cherry, fig and apple trees and an above-ground pool. The grounds are fenced and protected by hedges and two gateways.
Despite its two churches, the village does not have any services: no shop, no café and no bakery. But supplies are to be had just ten minutes away in Morlaàs ... itself an historic town with much tourist interest.
The potential here is for an old-fashioned guest house, full of charm, serving copious table d'hôte meals every evening (local produce of high quality plus the local wines). The owners could live in separate quarters on the second floor, leaving the first floor to the guests. The gite would provide extra income. And then there's the big events room: perfect for receptions, wine-tasting weekends, yoga classes, barn-dancing courses... With the regional capital, Pau, just 20 minutes away one has a permanent and year-round source of customers.
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
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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!
- authentic Béarnaise manor house
- 20 minutes centre of Pau
- well-kept garden and grounds
- superb event's hall
- oil-fired central heating
- house and gite
- potential for B&B activity
- near AOC Madiran and Pecharenc vineyards
- airport (Pau) 20 minutes
- no services in village
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