Gite in Pau, Aquitaine, Pyrenees Atlantiques, France

Gite In Peaceful Location With View Of The Pyrenees 20 Mins North Of Pau

Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms)

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    • Property type:House/Villa
    • Sleeps:4 (2 bedrooms)
    • Bathrooms/Toilets:3
    • Pool


    Property description

    We have renovated Gite Alexandre to a high standard and have 3 stars from the Tourist board. We are 20 mins north of the beautiful city of Pau in the village of Simacourbe. It is a very peaceful location with beautiful views of the Pyrenees from the garden. You share the opening of the drive with us but have your own parking and private garden, you have use of the swimming pool and pool house. You have some much to see and visit and most have too return as they have not fitted it all in, like going to the coast for surfing or to dine at St Jean du Luz, into the mountains for walking and picnics, wine tasting, watching the tour de France, trying the local restaurants seeing the Chateaus, playing Golf at the 1st golf course built by the Brits outside of Britain. There is a Jazz festival in August in the village of Marciac. Plus there are many local fetes each weekend for you to enjoy and mix with the locals.

    Accommodation description

    Bedroom 1 with double bed. Room for a cot.
    Bedroom 2 with twin beds. An extra bed can be added to this room.

    Both bedrooms have en-suites which have sink toilet and shower.
    Shower has shower head hand held shower head and jets.
    There is also a downstairs loo.

    We have a circular table that can extend to sit 6. A breakfast bar. Crockery cutlery cooking utensils fridge with small freezer inside electric oven and hob microwave kettle coffee maker vacuum cleaner washing machine iron / ironing board clothes airer.

    Living Rooms:
    A very comfortable lounge to relax and has English and French TV, DVD and video players, CD player, range of books in English and French all for you to use and enjoy.

    A well equipped kitchen/dining room.

    Cleaning/Towels/Linen/Maid service:
    All bedding is included and all towels including pool towels are included. The property is cleaned on a Saturday and if staying 2 weeks bedding and towels are changed. A welcome pack is included with Tea coffee milk sugar cereal butter eggs bread and jam.

    Barbecue, Shared Pool.

    Fridge/Freezer, Hob/Stove, Iron, Microwave, Oven, Washing Machine.

    Central Heating, Cot, High Chair, Room Fans, Satellite, TV.

    It has its own private garden with BBQ and parking. There is use of a 12x6m salt swimming pool with a equipped pool house with BBQ etc.

    Important notes on accommodation

    The property is all electric and from November - April only there is a supplement payable for the electricity.
    With effect from 2011 Tax de Sejour will be payable for adults and children 13yrs and over at .50cents per person per night and will be charge separately.



    Rental Period Per Night Per Week Per Month Min. Stay (Nights)
    5 January 2013 - 16 February 2013 369.00 7
    16 February 2013 - 23 February 2013 492.00 7
    23 February 2013 - 23 March 2013 404.00 7
    23 March 2013 - 6 April 2013 533.00 7
    6 April 2013 - 25 May 2013 445.00 7
    25 May 2013 - 1 June 2013 650.00 7
    1 June 2013 - 29 June 2013 635.00 7
    29 June 2013 - 20 July 2013 650.00 7
    20 July 2013 - 31 August 2013 784.00 7
    31 August 2013 - 14 September 2013 609.00 7
    14 September 2013 - 26 October 2013 533.00 7
    26 October 2013 - 2 November 2013 590.00 7
    2 November 2013 - 23 November 2013 490.00 7
    23 November 2013 - 21 December 2013 385.00 7
    21 December 2013 - 4 January 2014 525.00 7

    Changeover day
    We prefer Saturday change overs in main season, however we are a bit more flexible out of season so please ask to see if it is possible should you wish to arrive a different day. The Gite is available from 4pm on arrival and you must depart by 10am.

    Booking notes
    To make a reservation 25% of the full amount is required as a deposit, which is non-refundable. The balance is due 8 weeks before the start of the rental period. A £200/200 euro security deposit is required at the same time and is fully refundable within 2 weeks of the end of your stay providing there is no damage and the gite is left clean and tidy as you found it when you arrived. In the unfortunate event of cancellation refunds will only be made if the gite can be re let.


    Gite in Pau, Aquitaine, Pyrenees Atlantiques, France

    About the area

    We are 1 hr 30mins from the Atlantic coast for Biarritz and Hossegor which has great beaches to stroll along and chill out.
    If you are interested it's also a great place for surfing.
    If you are after the Med then Narbonne-Plage is approximately 3hrs 45 mins.

    We have many golf courses within easy reach. Pau Golf club is approx 35mins away an 18 hole course created in 1856 by the architect Willy Dunn it's the oldest in Continental Europe (excluding Britain). A great historic course not to be missed with a couple of drives across the Gave de Pau it's a good challenge for all.PAR 69 5314m and green fees from 40-55 euros. Guideline price only price subject to change
    Blue Green Golf du Pau Artigulouve is approx 35mins away at the foot of the Pyrénées. A splendid 18 hole course laid out in natural surroundings with 7 water obstacles and palm trees to avoid. This tight and technically challenging course, designed by French champion Jean Garalalde will demand the best of your abilities whatever your level. Every Sunday there is a 4hr beginners course which is free of charge.PAR 70 5850m and green fees from 34-45 euros Guideline price only price subject to change
    Golf du lac de Lourdes is approx 45mins away an 18 hole course built in 1988.

    We are ideally placed for skiing/Snowboarding whatever your level there are Ski/Snowboard schools at all resorts and the prices are very reasonable for equipment hire, lift passes and lessons.
    Gourette is approx 1 hr 20mins and the station is at 1400-2400m, it has 25 pistes in 90 hectares and has been updated with 16 ski lifts, with an area for beginners, a snow park, 150 snow cannons and an altitude restaurant - great fun for all.
    Artouste-Fabregas is approx 1 hr 20mins and the station is as 1400-2100m opposite the Pic du Midi d'Ossau. Artouste is a small resort with it's high altitude restaurant for those who love snow sports in the depths of nature.
    Cauterets is approx 1 hr 30mins at 1850-2350m and I would say the better known ski resort by us Brits, it has 21 pistes, snow park and 2 altitude restaurants.

    How to get there
    GPS N43.45222 and W0.16249.
    Pau Airport is approx 25mins away, Pau Train station is approx 35mins away.
    Toulouse Airport is approx 2hrs 20min and Bordeaux Airport is approx 1hr 30 mins.
    Le Havre is approx 560miles, Santander 234miles and Bilbao 176miles.
    Car hire is necessary but we can arrange pick up from Pau Airport and shopping at a charge.

    We are 20 mins north of Pau. 10 min from the village of Lembeye and 15 min from Morlaas.
    2 motorbike tracks. Beautiful scenery and chateaus; so lots for everybody to do.

    Further Details
    You have some much to see and visit and most have too return as they have not fitted it all in, like going to the coast for surfing or to dine at St Jean du Luz, into the mountains for walking and picnics, wine tasting, watching the tour de France, trying the local restaurants seeing the Chateaus, playing Golf at the 1st golf course built by the Brits outside of Britain. There is a Jazz festival in August in the village of Marciac. Plus there are many local fetes each weekend for you to enjoy and mix with the locals.

    Guest reviews

    3 reviews
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    Reviewed by: Essex Exile, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 1 November 2013

    Date of stay: October 2013

    "A Peaceful Gem"

    This was our first visit to South West France and we chose Gite Alexandre mainly due its proximity to Pau as we were attending an equestrian event there. The description on the Owners Direct website fitted our requirements for quiet, well equipped accommodation where we would be able to do our own thing without the restrictions of a hotel. Further useful info from the owners and their own website backed this up. The Gite is perhaps a kilometre or so outside the small village of Simacourbe down a narrow road in a very quiet location. A car or motorbike is essential. When we arrived we were blown away by the Gite, which far exceeded our expectations and is not done justice by the photo's etc. you see on the websites. There's a very spacious and superbly equipped kitchen/diner and an adjacent large lounge with TV, DVD, VCR etc. The kitchen has everything you need with a full sized cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine etc. and lots of crockery, cutlery and cookware. In addition to a downstairs loo the two bedrooms on the first floor each have high quality en-suite facilities. Due to the style of the building, upstairs some beams are bit low for those of above average height. Outside there is a patio area with barbecue, loungers and a small table and chairs plus a raised lawn with a big gazebo housing an additional alfresco dining table. These are for the sole use of those in the Gite. Further, there is a swimming pool and another barbecue that is available for use by the Gite occupants and shared with the owners. The whole premises is very well maintained and spotlessly clean. Bridget and Keith, the owners, are very friendly and welcoming. They live on site in a large adjacent farm house and are regularly on hand for advice etc. They've lived in France for several years so know the ropes and can recommend the best places to visit, where to eat and where to shop. A decent range of shops for everyday needs are about 10 minutes away by car in Lembeye. Here are also a few eating places and a petrol station. Pau is about 30 minutes away and access to the very scenic Pyrenees is easy. Those wishing to venture further can get to the coast in about 1.5 hours. Lourdes is about 45 minutes away. This accommodation is thoroughly recommended to a wide variety of holidaymakers and other travellers. We would not hesitate to stay there again.

    Response to review:
    Well what can I say, but a big thank you & glad you enjoyed the area & the gite. Love to see you again.

    Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children and romantic getaway

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    Reviewed by: Glads, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 29 October 2013

    Date of stay: July 2013


    This is one of the best Gites we have ever stayed in . The gite was extremely well appointed .The attention to detail meant that we had everything we could possibly need and more. The pool was fabulous - peaceful with beautiful views and there was ample outside seating/eating areas. Bidget and Keith were extremely friendly and helpful ensuring our stay was trouble free. Highly recommended

    Response to review:
    So glad that you enjoyed your stay. When we renovated the house to make the gite we thought about all the times we had stayed in a gite & what it didn't have so very pleased that we must of got it right. Many thanks

    Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing and families with young children

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    Reviewed by: Mike, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 21 October 2013

    Date of stay: May 2013

    "Great Gite, lovely hosts "

    I visited with my wife and 2 sons who'd recently finished at University. We all thought the gite was great. The property was clean and well maintained and had everything we needed, in a very peaceful rural location.Two lovely large bedrooms both with en suite and again with everything you could need. We loved the private lawn, the use of the very good sized pool, and the stunning mountain views. We visited in early May and were a bit unlucky with the weather but still found plenty to do and interesting places to visit.The owners Bridget and Keith were extremely helpful and friendly, with great local knowledge. We arrived rather late and were extremely grateful for the thoughtful welcome pack. I would have no hesitation in recommending this gite.

    Response to review:
    Glad you enjoyed your stay with us & the area.

    Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children and romantic getaway

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    Guest comments

    We have many lovely guest comments in our book, but feel the best are the very good friends we have made and the repeat bookings. We also have a family who have now bought their own house nearby, hopefully this will persuade you enough to come and see for yourselves.

    About the Owner

    We have been in France since 2002 & have renovated Gite Alexandre ourselves which took us 3years. As Keith is a perfectionist. As we used to holiday in France & rented many Gites when we renovated ours we remembered all what we wanted when we stayed in a Gite & very rarely had. So we have 2 bedrooms both with en-suite & downstairs loo, a English Kitchen & for when it's a wet day English & French TV. We have a lot of repeat bookings as we try to give all our guest the experience of France & why we live here. We are 20 mins from the lovely city of Pau with it's beautiful chateau & grounds.We have a motorbike so we are interested in biking as the roads & mountains in this area are just lovely. Of course they are also good if you are on a push bike or in a car. So we look forward to seeing you

    Year property purchased: 2002

    Why this location?

    As soon as we stepped out of the car we knew we were going to buy it. The beautiful view of the Pyrenees the lovely blue sky. We had come to the area in 2000 for 6months & knew it was right for us all we had to do was find the correct property. We are in a small village called Simacourbe 20mins north of Pau so it is very relaxing & quite but if you want a bit more life then you can go to many of the local village Fetes or a 20 mins drive into Pau for the Boulevard to Pyrenees where you can enjoy many bars & have a lovely view at the same time. We have got bars & restaurants nearer to us in Lalongue Lembeye & other villages where you can sample the local food of this area. We are also close to many vineyards where you are able to taste the local wines which are superb.

    What are the unique benefits of the property?

    Everyone who has stayed has said that our photo's do not do the Gite justice & it is of a very high standard. We also have a lot of repeat bookings which have now become very good friends & 1 family have even bought a house close buy as they loved the area so much. We have a beautiful view of the Pyrenees from the garden & a 12x6 salt pool with a pool house which has a outside kitchen & BBQ. If you fly we are 20mins from Pau airport, if you drive then there are many French ports to choose from, also Santander & Bilbao in spain. When you arrive you will have a welcome pack. We are 20min from Pau 35min from Lourdes, 1hr from the Pyrenees National park, 1hr 30 from Biarritz & 3hrs 30 to the Med so as you can see this area has so much to offer, you can relax by the pool or explore.

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