Farmhouse in Autevielle, Nr. Sauveterre-de-Béarn, Pyrenees Atlantiques, Aquitaine, France

Farmhouse With Private River Access On 10 Acres Of Land with pool

Beautiful Location With Local Restaurant 2 Minute Walk. Lots Of Amenities In The Area

Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms)

  • Rates: (GBP)

    £400 - £900WEEKLY
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    • Property type:Farmhouse
    • Sleeps:7 (3 bedrooms)
    • Bathrooms/Toilets:2
    • Pool
    • Internet access


    Property description

    Maison de la Riviére is in a beautiful location with 500 meters bordering the river saison, with private access to a natural stone beach, where you can spend lazy summer days relaxing, swimming and picnicking. Or if you are a fisherman you can find your own private space to catch trout salmon or barbel. As the house is elevated it commands amazing views enjoyed from the private 53m2 terrace, overlooking the pool and river, where you can enjoy al fresco dining or an apero or two. The house is well equipped with every thing you need for a holiday and to keep the children happy located in the gated grounds there is an undercover games area with snooker, table tennis, boule, darts. There are also swings, slide, trampoline, badminton and a football pitch. If that's not enough then they can hand feed our lovely pygmy goats and collect fresh eggs from the hens and ducks. There are games and books supplied for all ages.
    Beach towels provided.

    Accommodation description

    Bedroom 1 with 1 double bed, wardrobe, Bedroom 2 with 3 single beds, wardrobe and 1 cot, Bedroom 3 with 1 double bed and wardrobe.

    Downstairs toilet
    Upstairs large family bathroom with bath/shower

    cooker, hob, microwave, large fridge freezer, washing machine. dishwasher.

    Living Rooms:
    Lounge with UK and French TV. Play station, DVD player. Log burner.

    Separate lounge with HI FI books, lots of childrens games books and toys. WI FI

    Cleaning/Towels/Linen/Maid service:
    Towels and linen are included. Beach towels are also included but must be washed ready for the next guests.

    The cleaning on departure can be supplied on request € 70 otherwise the property is to be left as found.

    Barbecue, Private Pool, Parking, Garden.

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

    Central Heating, Cot, High Chair, Internet Access, Room Fans, Satellite.

    Location Type:
    River, Village.

    Private Above ground 5 m pool ideal for children. 53m2 private secure terrace with BBQ, table and loungers. 10 acres of gardens with a secure gated access, bordering the river with a private natural stone beach for swimming, fishing, kayaking etc. Swings, slide, trampoline, badminton, football pitch, archery.
    Pygmy goats

    Important notes on accommodation

    The property is suitable and equipped for children of all ages



    Rental Period Per Night Per Week Per Month Min. Stay (Nights)
    4 April 2015 - 4 July 2015 £ 500.00 -
    4 July 2015 - 5 September 2015 £ 900.00 -
    5 September 2015 - 31 October 2015 £ 500.00 -
    31 October 2015 - 19 December 2015 £ 400.00 -

    Notes on prices
    During winter months there will be a surcharge for the heating

    Changeover day
    Saturday is preferred during peak summer months, but outside of these times we are happy to be flexible. If you need to arrive earlier or stay later please contact us and we will try and accomodate you.

    Booking notes
    A non refundable 25% deposit is required to secure the booking, then 6 weeks before arrival the balance is due. On arrival a security deposit of € 200 is required, this will be returned after the property is inspected on departure.


    Farmhouse in Autevielle, Nr. Sauveterre-de-Béarn, Pyrenees Atlantiques, Aquitaine, France

    About the area

    The famous cosmopolitan Beach of Biarritz is a 45 minute drive as are the beautiful beaches of St Jean de Luz and in the landes many stunning beaches and lakes are all 45 minutes to an hour driving.The lovely Spanish Seaside resort of San Sebastian is 1.5 hours away

    Lovely 18 holeGolf course at Salies de Bearn 10 minutes away

    Cross country skiing at Iraty 50 mins

    Skiing at Gourette or Pierre st Martin 1.25 hours

    Special Interest Holidays
    Fishing holidays can be provided with local guides

    How to get there
    Car recommended.
    Biarritz, Pau airport 45 minutes Drive
    Bordeaux, Toulouse 2 hours
    Lourdes 1.25 hours

    Ferry ports LD lines from Poole to Gijon (Spain) 4 hours Caen, St Malo 7.5/8 hours

    Train TGV Paris to Biarritz/ Dax 4/6 hours or Paris to Orthez 7 hours

    Local restaurant in village 2 minutes to walk.
    Sauveterre de Bearn 5 minutes drive or walk 30 minutes
    Salies de Bearn 10 minutes drive
    Orthez 25 minutes drive
    Pau 45 minutes
    Bayonne 45 minutes
    Lourdes 1.25 hours
    Spain 40 minutes
    San Sebastian 1.5 hours

    Further Details
    In the local town 5 minutes away by car, you can find banks, supermarkets, boulangeries, markets, doctors, tourist office, restaurants, riverside cafe bar. There is also tennis, kayaking, pelote,
    There are body boards and buckets and spades provided.

    Other activities close by Golf, outside swimming pools, spa baths, squash, hiking, surfing, bike hire, horse riding, Swimming lakes, fishing.

    Aqua park 1 hour

    Aramits adventure park ( climbing activities through the trees) all levels 1 hour

    Situated in the forested foothills of the Pyrenees, a holiday rental in Salies de Bearn is also a magnificent base for walking, mountain biking and horse riding holidays. The Pyrenees are awash with trails, both ancient and modern which stretch up towards the skyline, taking those agile enough to make it up to the finest viewpoints and most interesting little historic ruins that remind us of the turbulent past experienced in the region.

    Skiing/Sledging/ Snow shoeing 1 hour away with 3 resorts to choose from, open from December to April.

    We the owners live on site, but far enough away so that you have your own privacy, but we are available to help you in any way.

    Guest reviews

    5 reviews
    in total with an average rating of



    Reviewed by: Robert F., United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 17 October 2014

    Date of stay: September 2014

    "Great stay"

    Very enjoyable stay. It was exactly what we wanted - peaceful but easy access to restaurants, bars and the mountains. Great welcome from our kind and helpful hosts. The river and grounds were a bonus with lovely views from the terrace.

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

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    Reviewed by: Rachel & Steve, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 26 August 2014

    Date of stay: July 2014

    "Relaxing time, lovely location"

    We spent a lovely family fortnight here. late July to mid August. It was absolutely perfect for the children. They loved collecting the duck and chicken eggs every morning, feeding the goats, bouncing on the trampoline, swimming in the river and the swimming pool and running around on the ample grass space. The farmhouse itself was beautiful and had everything we could possibly need. It is situated at the end of a quiet lane and feels very secluded and private. There were plenty of books, games, toys, dvds and anything that we didn't have, we just had to ask. Bernadette and Ian are very accommodating and friendly. The area around the farmhouse is very beautiful and there are lots of towns and villages close by to explore. It is not too far for a day out at the coast but with the river and the pool there is no urgency to rush to the beach. Overall it offered more than we were expecting and we had a fantastic time.

    Response to review:
    Thank you Rachel & Steve. It was a pleasure to have you here, you have a lovely family Best wishes Bernadette & Ian

    Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with teenagers and families with young children

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    Reviewed by: Stopper, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 5 August 2014

    Date of stay: June 2014

    "Our summer Holiday"

    This place is beautiful, stunning location, easy to travel to. Perfect rural getaway, private river for swimming, fishing, rafting etc. On its own mini-farm setting with various animals. The owners were incredible went all out to please us, food service available was spot on, place was very clean and well kept, also gorgeous food from restaurants nearby and very reasonable prices. lots of beautiful places to visit if you feel like driving half an hour or so, the beaches around this place are remarkable, Spain is just a short drive away where you will be able to get all your duty free goods to make your holiday even more enjoyable and cheap. I have nothing negative to say about this beautiful house and its surroundings which is why I have visited 3 times and will be going back very shortly .

    Response to review:
    Thank you for your lovely review. We look forward to seeing you again soon Best wishes Bernadette

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

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    Reviewed by: Sarah, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 24 June 2014

    Date of stay: August 2013

    "Our Stay"

    We stayed in this accomodation a few years ago and had an absolutely amazing time, the kids loved it and always ask to go back for another holiday. The owners were very accomodating and the property was well equipped for all our needs. The kids loved the room with the toys etc too! One of our party was ill during the night and we had to wake them up to get directions to the nearest hospital and they were so helpful. Lovely people, lovely house, lovely area! Would definately book again !

    Response to review:
    Thank you Sarah, it would be lovely to see you again. Re rating Sarah tried to put 5 stars but had a problem hopefully it will be changed

    Recommended for: Pet friendly, adventure seekers, sightseeing and families with young children

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    Reviewed by: Sarah B, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 23 May 2014

    Date of stay: May 2013

    "A wonderful holiday"

    I have visited the farmhouse on 3 occasions with my young family and husband. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay. With Spain 45 minutes away and the mountains so close to hand along with a beautiful beach there is so much to do. Ian and Berni are extremely friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this holiday to anyone. Whether you have children or not it is a beautiful location with a fantastic property. I can't wait to return!

    Recommended for: Adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing, families with teenagers and families with young children

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    Guest comments

    All had a great stay. Dont want to go home. House & place lovely & Bernadette Ian & Oliver really accomodating. We will all miss Tara. Thanks for a brilliant holiday.

    Yet again another fantastic holiday in France. We all loved the gite and all that is on offer. The children loved the lakes nearby and having our own river to swim in was delightful. We agree 2 weeks only just touches whats on offer, we obviously have to come back again.

    St Jean pied de Port took less than half an hour to get to and is a true gem of this region. A must. La Belle Auberge at Castegnede serves fantastic food and the staff are really friendly. St jean de Luz & Biarritz are great for spending a day at the beach and shops are great. Sauveterre de Bearn has alovely tea garden on the river. The children can paddle in the river whilst you enjoy the views. Salies de Bearn is very pretty with lots of interesting narrow roads to explore with lovely squares to sit in. Thanks for a great holiday.

    About the Owner

    We all moved to France Bernadette Ian son Ollie and dog Tara in 2005 after having stayed with friends near here for a holiday to explore the area, we decided immediately it was the place for us, for me the beaches and for Ian & Ollie the mountains.

    We rented for a year to see if we liked the area, then bought the farmhouse with a huge barn to renovate. It was hard work but worth the end result.

    Year property purchased: 2006

    Why this location?

    The location is amazing for so many reasons, the river, the space 10 acres, the views, access to many walks, but so close to the Beautiful town of Sauveterre de Bearn which has lots of amenities etc. We love the fact that we can walk to our very friendly restaurant/bar which serves lovely food 4 courses for €13 including wine and is just at the top of the road. There is also another restaurant within walking distance in St Martin equally as good and just a 10 minute walk. We also love that we are so close to the beaches, Spain and the mountains, there are so many places to explore so close to home, even we havent done them all yet.

    What are the unique benefits of the property?

    It has to be the river, Oliie and I look forward to our first swim of the year, its a competition to see who is first in the water as it can be a bit chilly in April, but Oh so refreshing in the summer months. We have had amazing beach parties with friends lasting into the night, with bbques and camp fires. We have also bought a dinghy boat to go on the river, we can go from home down the river for an amazing adventure seeing lots of wildlife on the way, and a few rapids, we get some funny looks from the French when they see Tara at the front of the boat. We also love having the goats, they are very friendly especially Flop who Ian hand raised as her mother abandoned her, he fed her with a teat on an old beer bottle, she still thinks he is her mum. Also having fresh eggs is wo

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