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Beautiful Béarnaise House with 25m Heated Pool & Views to the Pyrénées Mountains

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Village House in Gurs, close to the 14th century market town of Navarrenx and set in the wide river valley of the Gave d'Oloron

Beautiful Béarnaise home renovated in a contemporary style equipped with everything to make your French holiday perfect in every way for family & friends! Lots of space for everyone with large dining areas (indoors & outdoors), fantastic 25m pool for "serious" swimming or fun and games for everyone. Relaxation poolside on the sun loungers and hammock. 4 double bedrooms (or 3 double plus 1 family room - the family room can be set up for a couple with a king-size bed plus baby/childs room attached with 2 single beds/cot). Each bedroom is en-suite with walk-in shower, wc and whb. Spacious, light-filled living rooms with well-equipped kitchen and comfortable sitting rooms. The private, enclosed garden has a sunny terrace around the 25 metre heated pool and shaded terrace for outside dining. On the doorstep - tennis, basket, walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing and more!

About Us

Kate and Paul Donnelly
Active Vacances
64190 GURS
Registre du Commerce, RCS PAU 504 897 786
Immatriculation Principale au Registre du Commerce et des Societes
VAT Reg NoFR 55 50 48 97 78 6

Property Manager
Paul and Kate
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
14 December, 2017

About Paul and Kate

Paul and Kate moved to France in 2006 lured by the adventure of a new life and sunny weather. We are both keen triathletes (swim, bike, run) and we found the South West of France perfect for everything outdoors. Paul is a veteran of over 20 years in international triathlon and cycling.

Paul and Kate purchased this house in 2006

Why Paul and Kate chose Gurs

We visited this beautiful part of France in 2006 and fell in love with the inspiring countryside, the friendly welcome and the regional cuisine. Our house is easily reached from the UK and is set in a rural village with mountains, beaches, river valleys, little market towns and beautiful cities all within easy reach.

What makes this house unique

We are on hand to offer friendly advice and help during your stay. Should you want a completely relaxing holiday we can offer home cooked regional food, shopping, cleaning and transfers. We can also make reservations for a restaurant and visits to local attractions. We can also offer bike hire for the keen cyclist wanting to try out the Tour de France mountains or the quiet woodland trails on top of the range road bikes.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thanks Kate and Paul for your wonderful hospitality. From the time of booking to our departure, you both have been consummate hosts.

We loved the facilities, the area despite some of the rainy days we found plenty to amuse us. The kids loved the river rafting and the Adventure Parc. We loved the restaurants, the region, the markets, the easy walks and of course the pool.

Special thanks to Gypsy and Mel for keeping the kids entertained.

We’ll be back and we will tell our friends.
Jun 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Gurs in Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Ground Floor Shower - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Each bedroom has a modern en-suite bathroom with large walk in shower, wash hand basin, wc and heated towel rail with luxury towels and french toiletries.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • All four bedrooms overlook the large private garden, are light, airy and furnished in a comfortable & contemporary style. Bedroom 4 has a double bed with 2 single beds in an adjacent annexe.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The large, mature garden has views to the Pyrénées mountains and a sunny, paved terrace around the 25m x 5m heated pool with wooden steamer sun loungers and a hammock made for two to share. Leading from the kitchen you can choose to dine outside on the natural stone paved terrace, shaded with mature trees. There is a large wooden dining table with parasol & chairs and a Weber barbecue for the outdoor eating experience. The garden has mature trees and is private and secure, enclosed by laurel hedges and traditional stone walls. For the children (& active adults) you can play boules, badminton, swing-ball or water volleyball to while away the day. Additional cleaning available on request.


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Beautiful Béarnaise House with 25m Heated Pool & Views to the Pyrénées Mountains
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Lovely house in lovely area

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully equipped and well laid out house with comfy beds and everything you would need for a super holiday.

Despite having rain for a lot of our 2 weeks (!), there was enough to do locally and the house was a welcome haven. Good shopping and restaurants reasonably nearby, interesting history, wine tasting and fab drives into the Pyrenees.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a real pleasure to have you stay & a big thank you for the review. Look forward to seeing you and the family sometime in the future!
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Simply the best

  • 5 of 5

This has been a most enjoyable and relaxing stay. The beautiful house, the lovely garden and the rural countryside has catered for everything; Life by the pool, early morning jogs on roller-coaster trails, cycling (Magnus is just one big win after each time he has been out with Paul) and lazy walks peeping into the gardens of the neighbouring houses and farms.

The pool has been the best amusement ever for the children. I swear they have webbed feet now!

We could easily have another week of this, the cheese, the wine, the ripe fruits, the ease of putting on your trainers and heading out.

I think we may have to come back next year to explore the surroundings.

Cat, Martin Edith

Magnus, Anna-Karin, Magdalena, Ulrika and Per

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great place, great region, great food, great hosts

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time here in Gurs and surrounds. You are good company, great hosts and the house, garden and pool are fantastic. Bottom line, it's been great being here as a family - very welcoming, very easy, a taste of life in France and something for everyone. Would we come back given half a chance . . . Yes!

Best shopping:

Wine - Le Cellier d'Heino in Navarrenx - good advice & wine

Cheeses, jams & bread -

Loved the goats cheeses & brebis from Navarrenx recommended by the wine shop, the local cherry conserve with them and the bio breads from Navarrenx bio shops; long live la baguette cereale!

Activities & sport:

Swimming in the pool with tuition by Paul - an absolute game changer for us both in terms of efficient stroke and power delivery, with training drills

Yoga with Anna

Fly-fishing organised by Kate with Hervé

Day trip with picnic up to Col du Somport, learning of the history of the Fort and Pass, crossing into Spain, coming back via La Pierre St Martin. A great day (with swimming lessons to follow!)

Eating out: We tried the Menu du Jour at the Auberge de la Fontaine at Laàs on Paul & Kates advice for lunch. Suberb! No question.

Camp de Gurs - (and indeed the whole area) is well worth a visit, we did some online reading and this area brings so much history alive - religous, military of Spain & WW2, political, just so interesting.


Navarrenx, Laàs & Oloron lovely (went to the Lindt shop at the factory) + so many little towns.

So much more yet to do: skiing in the Pyrénées, fishing the Gave d'Oloron & other Gaves, running the trails, cycling the flats and hills with Paul - someone who knows and does at high performance level, kayaking, rafting . . . more reading"!

Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gite et accueil parfait, piscine exceptionnel et jardin magnifique

  • 5 of 5

Un gite et un accueil parfait. Tout est fait pour que votre séjour se passe pour le mieux.

Des propriétaires qui vous conseillent et vous aident à tout moment.

Pour nous (3 familles pour un total de 10 personnes), une adresse d'exception que nous recommandons.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Thank you Kate and Paul. Our stay in your house has been wonderful. The house and the garden are very nice and your attention, perfect. Everybody is very happy. We will see each other again!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ... it was a pleasure to welcome you and your friends to our house and also very nice to share your home-made charcuterie. Very tasty!
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
La Pierre Saint Martin
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

We can offer bespoke training and touring holidays for cyclists and triathletes of all abilities. We have top of the range Planet X carbon road bikes and the latest SNUGG wetsuits for open water swimming. Click the Triathlon Training Holiday page of our website to find out more. We can also offer Taster Sessions for anyone who would like to try our swim, bike & run sessions - just ask!


With excellent year round surfing, the Atlantic coast is internationally renowned for the best waves in Europe. Here, the surf is a way of life. The Basque coast is host to many professional surf competitions. Billabong, O'Neill, Roxy, Ripcurl, Quiksilver and many others bringing together the world's greatest names in surfing each year.


Pau pyrenees airport - 40km

Biarritz airport - 60km

Driving time from the ferry:

Santander - 3 hours

Bilbao - 3. 5 hours

northern ferry ports - 10 hours approx.


Nearest town - Navarrenx - 5km

The River Beach - 6km

Nearest City - Pau - 40km

The coast - 70km

The mountains - 40km

Spain - 50km


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Gurs, Pyrenees-Atlantiques

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn & Winter 2017/8
9 Sep 2017 - 2 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2018
3 Mar 2018 - 2 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2018
3 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn & Winter 2018/9
8 Sep 2018 - 1 Jun 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £617.81
Stay tax £0.88 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.
Tax Rate 10.0%

A security deposit of 700 euros or £500 is due in cash on arrival. This is refundable on departure subject to any deductions for damage to the property.
The house is available for stays of less than 1 week (except in July & August)

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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