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Les Vieux Chenes -18th century house With Mountain Views & Large Pool

Overview

Property

Updated: 03-May-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

House in Lucq de Bearn, Nr. Pau, Pyreness Atlantiques, Aquitaine /Dordogne, France - Panoramic Location, 5 Mins Drive To Historic Town

Les Vieux Chenes, ( 2 bed/2 bath) nr Lucq de Bearn (1km), dating from 18th century, is situated on a hilltop giving marvellous views over the valleys, vineyards & mountains.

King bedroom, mountain & garden view, ensuite 'rainforest' shower room/WC.

Twin bedroom- two over-sized single beds , mountain & garden view.

Adjacent large family bathroom, mountain & garden view.

Open plan kitchen, dining area and living room.

Stone terrace, table, stone BBQ

Less than 30mins to Pau city's elegant boulevards, cafes, restaurants & museums but in a truly tranquil position it allows guests to be as active or chill out as much as they choose. 1.5km to Lucq de Bearn with Post office and good restaurant. 7km to towns with banks, supermarket, markets, restaurant , tourist office etc

Fully accredited 4 star property. No other gites here. The house offers very good room proportions and is filled with french antique furniture as well as comfy sofas and modern, quality mattresses with WIFI throughout.

Adults and children over 5 years old are welcome.

We also offer the option of arrival suppers (pre-booked) as well as your own well equipped kitchen and stone bbq.

We also offer activity holidays for cyclosportives & catered accommodation for wine weekends and Pau 3 day horse event outside high season.

More Details

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Gillian Pye
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
3 May, 2017

About Gillian Pye

After giving up on very busy jobs in the UK we have integrated into our local community.

Gillian still loves finding interesting ingredients for new dishes (she worked as a chef in UK). She goes painting and drawing, and now runs english classes for locals. Leigh has mastered many of the hills and cols on his bike, and become much fitter!. He can advise on the best cycling routes. We can also lend you golf clubs and offer course advice.

We both love finding interesting bric-a-brac, visiting local festivals.

Gillian Pye purchased this house in 2002

Why Gillian Pye chose Bearn - Orthez area

We bought this property as we fell in love with the scenery, the local architecture of which this a very good example, the welcoming locals and the slow pace of life.

What makes this house unique

Despite the ease of access of Pau, a lovely city with its boulevards and chateau, it is the tranquility that Les Vieux Chenes offers that guests seem to enjoy.

For the more energetic there much to do apart from laze in garden or by pool and listen to the buzzards circling the valley such as cycling, walking, rafting, sightseeing ...

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5 Reviews

4.8/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)

Wiltshire
5

Excellent holiday, fab house

  • 5 of 5

Arrived to be greeted by owner, and sumptuous meal and wines ( an extra, but really worth it- excellent quality and very plentiful). House was completely immaculate, as was pool. Very well equipped. Loved the French touches in the bedroom, and great en suite shower. Pictures on your site don't really do the house justice.

We went to Le Petit Trein , Artouste that Gillian recommended which was excellent day out, even saw a number Griffin Vultures. Enjoyed the markets, especially Oloron. v good free concert at Navarrenx and had dinner there in the square. Highly Recommend Pau, lots of cafés and restaurants, but not chateau tour, as was only in French and very long and a bit boring -should have read house info as that was pointed out.

We will be back, as probably the best holiday house we've ever stayed in.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fairford
5

Beautiful Views , great rental house

  • 5 of 5

House was immaculately clean, very well equipped even down to cool box and ice blocks for picnics! Excellent shower in main bedroom ensuite - rare in other holiday houses we've rented. Nice surprise was the welcome basket. Ordered the optional first night supper which was great to arrive to lovely meal and chilled wine!! Owners were very welcoming. House was better than our expectations.

Pool is amazing and was crystal clear with great views. Lots to do nearby. Recommend Navarrenx and Monein close by, but loved Pau. Made very good use of BBQ on terrace as we had warm evenings during our stay. Loved listening to distant cow bells and watching the stars while sampling local JUrancon wine. We will be back as so much more to see. Car is essential

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Second time

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this excellent Gite, again for only a week. The weather was a little more mixed this time, which enabled me to better explore the interesting local area. If, like me, you are into architecture, both local and religious, this area is fascinating. The history of the region has dictated a different housing stock, and the well used pilgrim route encouraged a large number of substantial churches that thrived on the pilgrim trade.

The mountains are just wonderful.

Then the weather went back to 30 degrees and I was forced to swim and sit and enjoy the view from a sun lounger, it is a hard life.

Gillian and Leigh have kept up the very high standards, including the newly refitted en suite, that we found on our previous visit, and the welcome meal was once again fabulous, especially after the journey.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
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United Kingdom
5

Les Vieux Chenes est merveilleux!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this gite, and would not hesitate to recommend it for a relaxing holiday. It was very clean, comfortable, well equipped and well maintained, the owners very friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend having a meal, the food was delicious.

The gite is set in lovely countryside with stunning views, peaceful and quiet but easy to get to lots of interesting places by car. You can walk from the gite, the roads are very quiet and good for cycling (quite hilly!). Or you can laze by the swimming pool and look at the views. Would recommend having a french lunch in the main square in Pau, and visiting the mountains. We will definitely go back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
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Milton Keynes
4

Les Vieux Chenes nr Pau,SW France

  • 4 of 5

Lovely location with beautiful pool with spectacular views. Would highly recommend the first night meal cooked by the owner, excellent value for money.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Location

From the Owner

We bought this property as we fell in love with the scenery, the local architecture of which this a very good example, the welcoming locals and the slow pace of life.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pau at 30 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Monein at 7 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Bilbao at 200 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Pau Artiguelouve at 45 Kilometres Nearest Train : Pau/Orthez at 30 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A64 at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Lucq de Bearn at 1.5 Kilometres Nearest Ski : La Pierre St Martin at 50 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Biarritz at 80 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We offer activity holidays for cyclosportives and catered accommodation for wine weekends and Pau 3 day event outside high season.

Special 2015 events

Dec- mid Feb horseracing at Pau - 2/3 meetings each week, free entry, excellent course- both flat & jumps in meetings- excellent restaurant etc.

17-19 May 2015 formula 3 grand prix Pau street race

23/24 May 2015 Historic grand prix at pau raced on 1930 street course various classes of classic racing cars

Oct 21-25 Pau 3 day Horse eventing

30 oct-2 nov world championships pony driving (TBC).

dec - jurancon open doors wine festival.

Coast/Beach:

Atlantic beach 1 hour Biarritz & Fishing port of St Jean de Luz.

Travel:

Pau Airport 30 mins. Lourdes & Biarritz 1 hour. Bordeaux & Toulouse 2 hours.

Car essential.

Distances:

Lucq de Bearn 1km (no shops) but historic centre.

Monein - wine town - all amenities including restaurants, tourist office 6km (5min by car).

Navarrenx - walled bastide- all amenities including restaurants, tourist office 10km ( 10min by car).

PAU- Historic city 25mins

Further Details:

Local historic towns Monein (5min) and Navarrenx (10min) accredited with Most Beautiful Village of France label well worth a visit. Both have markets, banks, restaurants, supermarkets, butchers, boulangeries, pharmacies etc

Cycling - the rolling hills, col and high passes of the Tour du France.

Walking- from house and in region - there are guide books in house.

Cheese & Wine trail. Guidebook in house.

Pyrenees National Park incl highest train (Petit trein d'Artouste) in Europe.

Atlantic beaches & towns.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer
17 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£945
for 7 nights
£945
 
 
Tour de France
8 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,045
for 7 nights
£1,045
 
 
PEAK
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,150
for 7 nights
£1,150
 
 
HIGH
2 Sep 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£915
for 7 nights
£915
 
 
September
9 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Property Unsuitable for Toddlers
Payment can be made in GB pounds or euros.
Damage deposit collected with final payment (£250/300 euros) is returned within 1 week of departure providing the house is returned in a tidy and undamaged state.

First night arrival meal at £17.50/23€ per adult (£9/€12 per child < 10) for starter, prepared main dishes & salads, dessert, cheese plate, wine, beers, mineral water

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover. Flexible start day possible in low season please, ask. The house rental commences at 4pm and must be vacated by 10am on departure day.

Notes on prices:
Inclusive price includes full linen, incl swimming towels (in season), heating (in cold months), electric, daily tourist taxes (taxe de sejour), welcome basket.

Any bank fees for bookings from outside EU must be paid by guest.

Full booking conditions are on the reservation form we send to you.

This is a 4 star tourist board inspected and registered property. French business Siret number 507 804870 00016.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Despite the ease of access of Pau, a lovely city with its boulevards and chateau, it is the tranquility that Les Vieux Chenes offers that guests seem to enjoy. For the more energetic there much to do apart from laze in garden or by pool and listen to the buzzards circling the valley such as cycling, walking, rafting, sightseeing ...

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Private Pool

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1. Large bathroom (adjacent to Theatre bedroom) has bath with shower over it, large, elegant handbasin & WC. Mountain views 2. En-suite shower (of Opera) has newly fitted, fully tiled large 'rain-forest' shower, hand-basin, WC, heated towel rail

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Both rooms are v good size & incl wardrobe, armchair, fan & lovely views of Pyrenees mountains:- Bed 1 (Opera) King bed with en-suite with marble washstand/dressing table Bed 2 (Theatre) 2 extra large singles (width 120cm) beds with chest of drawers

Outside

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

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: No hidden extras. All prices include all linen, heating in season, electricity and a welcome basket. Taxe de sejour (french daily local tourist tax) is also included in our prices. We do not accept children under 7 due to house layout and furnishings except babies- (we can provide cot and mattress but you need to bring your own baby bedding). Note: We have the best available systems installed for Satellite UK TV & WIFI. These are usually extremely reliable, but very occasionally maybe out of service due to circumstances beyond our control. Outside: Stone terrace with built in BBQ. Wooden outside furniture including parasol. Additional garden bench. Gate in garden wall to swimming pool garden area. All Les Vieux Chenes rooms look onto its own private gardens. Plenty of parking. Swimming pool, Very large -14mx6m overall, with outstanding views, wooden loungers & parasols. In general, you will have private use of this, one of the owners does occasionally, discreetly use the pool but there are no other rental properties on site. There is a secure storage shed for bicycles. Bicycles can be rented in nearby Navarrenx where guests can benefit from a discount as a guest of Les Vieux Chenes. As discreet owners, we live in adjacent house, behind a courtyard, so once checked-in you may not see us again, but we can assist with reservations and advice, just come and knock on our door. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: A full set of quality linen is included at start of each rental including both bath & pool towels, tea towels etc. 2 fluffy adult dressing gowns supplied. Extra linen sets can be ordered at £15 per room (excl dressing gowns- changed at end of each let)