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Pyrenean Farmhouse in own fields and woods



Updated: 27-Sep-2016
Farmhouse in Sainte Engrace, Pyrenees Atlantiques, France - Pastoral and Rugged Mountain Setting

Accoce is an old Souletine farmhouse sitting in the middle of its land at the end of its own drive, looking out over the valley to the south and west, with a rugged peak and wooded crest behind. The house dates from at least the 16th century and has kept its beams, fireplace and old staircase. It boasts a good library with a good mix of light and serious reading and an enamelled log burning stove that can heat the whole house.

Accoce is ideally located for hiking, as beautiful walks can be taken directly from the house without using the car at all. The GR10 passes through the village, and we provide information about many other local hikes (Pic d'Orhy, Pic des Escaliers etc). Fantastically fun for children: aside from playing in the stream and under the waterfall, they can bounce on the trampoline or make huts or treehouses in the woods. There is a wonderful swimming hole 5k away (in the Saison river, with rock to dive from into icy clear water, otters, trout). The beach is 1½ hour away (Basque coast), La Pierre St Martin ski station is 12km away, handy village shop and bar is at the bottom of the hill, within easy walking distance. Good and friendly restaurant in the village. Clean mountain air, peace and quiet, the tinkle of sheep bells.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

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Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese

Guestbook comments from the owner

The kids keep asking, 'When are we going back to Accoce?' For city kids like ours, it was great for them to be able to just run free, and so nice for us to know they were safe’

‘I will always remember the bliss of cocktail hour under your apple tree and gazing and gazing over that incredibly beautiful valley’

‘Some of the best walking we've ever done’
Nov 2007
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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


A blissful Pyrenean retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is a really magical place nestled in a Pyrenean valley less than 2 hours away from Biarritz or Pau. The house is full of character and charm with a roaring fire and many cosy bedrooms to choose from. An atmosphere inside that makes you feel instantly at home and gardens and land to explore outside that will keep you in walks for days . A spectrum of beautiful environmnents all on the estate - from shady woodland streams to wild meadows. The spectacular view of the mountains so close by from the kitchen window will stay with me for ever I am sure . The owner Andrew stays discretely in a barn across the garden. He is there to advise on local knowledge and walks should you feel inclined.We so enjoyed his company that we ended up socialising on several nights. But equally Andrew will keep himself totally separate from you and he is very respectful of your privacy as he goes about his farm chores. The main house for guests is completely secluded with its own garden not overlooked - and a wonderful venue for breakfasts or supper al fresco watching the sun go down. The downstairs bedroom has doors leading out to the garden which in turn face a dramatic mountain scenery. It makes getting up a joy. It was just myself and partner in this lovely old house but we will come back with our wider family and friends without doubt. In fact we were looking to buy a small home in the area but on discovering this wonderful house and spot have decided to just come back here instead. Would suit a family with young ish active children as there is so much of the natural world to discover here and the most perfect of playgrounds. There is even a trampoline in the middle of an adjacent field which went down very well with us even in our fifties, coupled with the daily evening table tennis. Aside from the comfort of the house, the breathtaking views you will also be overwhelmed with the warmth of Felix and his sister Marcel in the local general store which can feed you for several days if you cant be bothered to head for the supermarkets a few miles away. We were here in September (late) and enjoyed very warm fine days with just one day of rain. I am already scheming a return visit to this place that so feels like home.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: They were wonderful and interesting guests, very appreciative of the area and the house. I was labouring with the autumn chores of logging and stacking wood for the next year and they were generous with their dinner invitations. We shall stay in touch.
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Really beautiful location

  • 4 of 5

We had a most peaceful six night stay in this lovely old farm house. The location is idyllic with marvellous views all around - no need to go anywhere if you just feel like lazing about and soaking it all in. Shop en route. The local shop has basics and is fun, but don't be in a rush as Felix and his mother enjoy chatting! The great weather helped make our stay, but Andrew's unobtrusive presence on site and extensive local knowledge (especially pre-arrival directions / shopping advice and walks / places of interest info) helped us get the most out of our stay, along with Mackie, the border collie, who accompanied us on our local strolls and led us back when we asked. Great to have a bounce on the unexpected trampoline in such a special setting, or just to lie on it and watch the birds / stars. The walkiing in this area is absoluteyl fabulous.

We rattled about a bit in such a large space as there were only two of us, but the place can accommodate eight close family or friends very comfortably as long as you don't mind the layout: no one bedroom is entirely private as from two of them you have to pass through another to get to communal spaces. One bathroom, two separate loos. I only mention these points for those planning on visiting as a group who may find this layout problematic. (I understand that Andrew jhas plans to modify the house to get round this in parts). The house is lovely and very authentic, with the added bonus of an extensive and eclectic library, and has eveything you need for a comfortable stay . We felt it was very good value for money, particularly for a group.

We hope to return in the future. Kate and Steve, Cambridge (no, we don't know the Semples).

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kate and Steve were charming and very interesting guests. The point about the bedrooms was well made and we have re-arranged the house by moving the playroom from the attic to the upstairs library which now has two sofas, table chairs, TV etc., and making the attic into the third double bedroom with its own WC beside. The bedrooms are now apart from one another and you do not need to go through one to the other.
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Beautiful mountain haven for families

  • 5 of 5

We (me, my wife and 2 children, 9 and 11) chose to return to the same holiday house for the first time ever this year after a week at Accoce in August last year, and we weren't disappointed. This is a stunningly situated, very informal old mountain farmhouse where there is a choice of relaxing with a book while watching the valley, or, as we did, exploring the many outdoor activities available nearby, ranging from beautiful walks along gorges, by rivers, up hills, or even into caves. Whether out and about or staying at the house, the children in particular had a brilliant time. I'd recomend Accoce without hesitation to anyone looking for beauty and solitude, and/or who enjoys actively exploring countryside or looking for wildlife. Andrew, the owner, is unfailingly helpful, but also extremely unobtrusive when around.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great time at Accoce

  • 5 of 5

We stayed there only one week but the time was fantastic, very beatiful land views of the valley around the house, very cute rural decoration with a a lot of details...

To have breakfast in front of the big window looking at the horses and donkeys was very relaxing and very nice.

To see the sunset sitting in front of the valley incredible!

The house is very confortable, games for children, sports, barbacue, big garden....

Andrew was very friendly and gave us a lot of information about what to do in the surroundings. They have a lovely dog Mackie, it was very friendly and our kids loved it very much.

In summary, Accoce is a perfect place because you have a wide offer of activities (culture, nature, rivers, speleology (caves), rural markets, cheese farm activities ...) in a short distance and you have silence and wild nature and confort at Andrew's house

Thanks Andrew it was a pleasure to stay at Accoce

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Ski : Arrette La Pierre St. Martin at 12 Kilometres

Special interest holidays:

The area is a trekkers paradise. There are trails for all types of walker. Farm work permitting, the owners can lead you on walks of all types, even over night staying in mountain refuges. Autumn is the most beautiful season for wandering in the mountains. Please enquire for availability during the autumn season (September - October).

Tour de France:

Week beginning 11 July 2105 is the Tour de France week. Tour de France comes to Pau. Stage 10 Tarbes Through Mauleon to Arrette La Pierre St. Martin (at the head of the valley and easy access to climb and finish), Stage 11 Leaves Pau for the Eastern Pyrenees.


1½ - 2 hour drive away is the Basque coast (Biarritz, St Jean de Luz, etc).


You do need a car. The nearest airports are Pau (1¼ hour) and Biarritz (1½ hour). We are 4 hours from Toulouse and 3½ hours from Bordeaux. It's a 4 hour drive from the Bilbao ferry and a 5 hour drive from the Santander ferry.


Local market town of Tardets - 20 mins

Further Details:

There's a local provisions shop at the bottom of the hill (300m). In the village proper (5k away) there's a lovely Romanesque church, several bars and a good, simple restaurant. The nearest shopping town with banks, Monday-morning market, shops, bars, restaurants, etc. is Tardets (15k away). In our village is La Gorge de Kakueta, a good, safe walk for children and older people along a beautiful ravine, past a waterfall and up to a cave. The Spanish border is just 30k away, over a gorgeous mountain pass and down into the beautiful Valle de Roncal, and it's well worth doing a day trip into Spain. We are in the Basque country, in a Basque-speaking village (French is also spoken), and there are many interesting Basque cultural and sporting events going on Pastorales, La Force Basque, pelote matches, village fêtes, dance events etc.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Rate 9
1 Oct 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
5 Nov 2016 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
End of Season
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax €0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
We take a damage deposit via paypal which will be returned 24 hrs after departure.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in euros.
Long lets are available. Please enquire. Electricity, gas, linen, bath towels, taxe de sejours, firewood all included.

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Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • river


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • caving


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom with bath/shower and lavabo. Separate WC. WC with lavabo.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 doubles + 2 singles in Mezzanine) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed bathroom beside. Bedroom 2 on first floor with queen-sized bed. Bedroom 3 with double bed and WC beside. Twin beds in gallery. All have lovely views. NB. The upstairs bedroom in the library has been moved to the attic.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The house is usually let for maximum of 6 adults. An additional 2 persons may be added on request pro rata. Baby-sitting service is available on request. Outside: In the walled garden there's a table and chairs and a BBQ. In the barn there's some sporting equipment: a ping-pong table, rounders, pétanque, dartboard and badminton, tennis racquets and pala bats. Out in a field is a large trampoline. Mountain streams and woods for play surround the house. Utility Room: Washing machine, dryer, fridge freezer, garden furniture and games. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Cleaning is once a week, at the changeover. Other: Office with desk and safe charging points for electrical devices.

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