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The 1670 Farmhouse In The Foothills Of The French Pyrenees, with swimming pool

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

House in Escou,Nr. Oloron Ste Marie,Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Aquitaine, France - Peaceful Location, In A Charming Village, Close To Mountains, Rivers, Ocean

Built 400 years ago of ancient river stones and oak. Oak beams and stone walls throughout, the house is calming and relaxing. Wonderfully cool in summer, cosily warm in winter it is ideal for all seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter holidays here are relaxing and recharging. Ideal for families who simply wish to unwind, escape from the busyness of life and enjoy re-connecting to what's important for them. The local town of Oloron is full of regional artisans, with a lively market on Fridays. Pau, the nearest city has elegant shops and streets, it boasts the Blvd des Pyrenees, a street with one of the most stunning views in France. Local attractions include river kayaking, walks in the mountains, visits to spiritual retreats such as Lourdes, exploring underground caves and many more local attractions. Or simply light the barbecue, swim in the salt-water pool, sunbath on the deck, read a book, enjoy time with the family and relax. A great base for your holiday.

isabelle denne
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
14 September, 2017

About isabelle denne

I am mother of two wonderful children, and married to an Englishman. I am French. We used to live in the UK, and moved back to France in 2000. In 2003 we bought this lovely home in the foothills of the Pyrenees. In 2011 we moved as a family to Provence, because there is a wonderful school for our children. This has given us the chance to rent out our home as a holiday gite. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. All the families who have rented from us have said how much they appreciate the quality of the house and the relaxing holiday it creates.

isabelle denne purchased this farmhouse in 2003

Why isabelle denne chose Pyrenees-Atlantiques

We bought this house simply because the area is beautiful.

Standing on the "Boulevard to Pyrenees" in Pau, just 20 minutes away, we looked at the mountains and said - "wow, we must live here, its fantastic". (We found out later that Napoleon had said that this same view was one of the most stunning views in France.)

Our house is in the friendly village of Escou, 20 minutes from the elegance of the city of Pau.

The village is at the entrance to the Vallee d'Ossau. Full of the wonders of the natural beauty of the Pyrenees; One of our favourite activities is to hire a donkey, pack up a tent and some provisions - and set off for a walk for 2 or 3 days in the wilderness of the mountains. It is truly amazing.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Close to the mountains it is easy to recharge.

You can walk out of the front door and enjoy wonderful relaxing walks in the local woods and valley.

River kayaking is available.

A day at the beach - the gloriously clean and invigorating Atlantic coast is just one hour away by car. Biarritz is a great city to visit.

Day trips to the Rioja region of Spain, or any of the many attractions of the Pyrenees are all available.

In the winter, the nearest ski resort is Gourette. A fabulous family friendly ski station with recent easy access. It is perfect for a day trips and family skiing.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Escout in Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • town
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with bath, sink and toilet. Shower room with shower and sink. Stand alone WC
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and ensuite bathroom. Bedroom 2 with twin beds Bedroom 3 with double bed and very comfortable sofa bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
Outside: The garden are pool are private, not overlooked and for exclusive use of holiday guests. Shaded patio with large Weber BBQ and equipment just outside the kitchen door is ideal for summer eating both day time and evening. Outdoor furniture of table and chairs designed for up to 8 people. Large sun deck surrounds the pool, with views of the mountains includes sun lounges and relaxing chairs. Large locally maintained garden, ideal for children of all ages. The swimming pool is salt water, cleaned with electrolysis. This means the water is much softer than chlorine filled pools, and far kinder on the skin and eyes. The pool and garden are maintained by a local neighbour. Utility Room: Washing machine, and storage of garden furniture and BBQ equipment. Ideally located just outside the kitchen door adjacent to the patio area. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: bed lined is included for all of the beds, changed in between holiday visits. Towels can be available upon request.


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The 1670 Farmhouse In The Foothills Of The French Pyrenees, with swimming pool
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 11 reviews


  • 4 of 5

Our family of four spent a relaxing two weeks at La Maison des Galets. The house is situated in a peaceful village with a secluded garden and great views of the Pyrenees.

Full of character with WIFI and a well-equipped kitchen, the house is the perfect base to explore the region.

A trip to the Grottes de Bétharram, driving up the Col du Tourmalet with lunch at Le Schuss and the Fiestas de San Lorenzo in Huesca (Spain) are all highly recommended days out.

Coupled with picturesque walks around Escou, lazing by the pool and eating our evening meals on the sun dappled patio made for a fantastic family holiday.

The owners have provided a wealth of information on the local area and Maddy the house keeper was a very friendly and patient with my schoolboy French!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review we are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed la maison des galets and the mountains the Pyrenees . Wish you all the best Kind regards Isabelle Denne
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Charming house withe garden and pool

  • 3 of 5

We had a lovely holiday in Escou. The house is situated in the quiet village, and within a 25 min drive away from the mountains. Though the weather wasn't fantastic, we could make all the excursions we had planned (mountains, lac d' Arouste, St Jean de Luz, Tarbes, Pau...). The water in the pool didn't get warm enough, because it was mostly cloudy. That bothered the children a bit, but they dived into it anyway :)

When we arrived at the house, the housekeeper was still busy. She was very friendly ans showed us the property. The house is spacious, the kitchen and bathrooms are well equipped. The garden is bigger than we expected, since the pictures on the web didn't show the property at its best. The beds were comfortable, but the wooden floors on the first floor had gaps between the boards (old house), so the house was rather noisy. It didn't bother us, but I can imagine it could be a problem for other families.

The gardener and neighbour Pierre was very friendly and helpfull. When we had a problem with the electricity, he immediately arranged for an electrician to fix the problem .

The owner is also very friendly and handled everything correctly.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. For your warm and honest feed back. We are very please that you had a nice time . Best regards Isabelle Denne
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Superb house in a lovely little village

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at La Maison des galets and loved every minute. We already knew the area but you never know whether the house is going to be what you expect. Well, the house is beautiful and full of character but still very well equipped for family living. The garden is spacious and the pool was much appreciated in the heat and all is very well maintained. Pierre and Maddy were very helpful and friendly, I am French though so there was no communication issue. Escou is a tiny village, very quiet and you will have to take the car to go and buy bread in Ogeu or go to the market. The village is well located though for Oloron, Pau and the Vallee d'Aspe and Vallee d'Ossau. There are tons of activities to do in the area whatever your age/interests. We had a lovely week in Escou and on very hot days did not mind not leaving the house at all as it is so nice.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 had a lovely week in August. The house is beautiful, full of character and charm, but robust enough for 3 children to run around in. A large garden and a clean pool, perfect for a cooling dip. Pierre (the gardener) lives over the road and was very helpful; Maddy (the housekeeper) was also very nice (but note that neither speaks any English). A great holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you so much , I am glad to hear that all the family have enjoyed la Maison des Galets and the swimming pool...... Thank you again for choosing la Maison des Galets . Best wishes Isabelle Denne
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Ideal family retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four had a memorable week at La Maison des Galets.

The property is spacious and full of character, and situated in the very quiet village of Escou.

The large grounds were alive with bird life during our visit, despite the noise of the children playing in the pool.

The village is in an ideal location for accessibility to the local town of Oloron St Marie as well as experiencing a sample of all that the area has to offer within a short car ride. Particular favourites were the local rivers for rafting and kayaking or just cooling off, a challenging local high ropes course and the Caves at Betharam.

Overall I would not hesitate to recommend La Maison des Galets to those seeking a lovely secluded spot amidst beautiful countryside where there is a good variety of outdoor activities.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, it means a lot to us. Once again thank you for choosing la Maison des Galets. Isabelle Denne
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A wonderful, spacious property in a lovely area

  • 5 of 5

My wife & I stayed for a week at La Maison des Galets, in Escou in the Pyrenees – Atlantiques Department in south western France. It proved to be an extremely spacious and delightful, two-storey, old stone property, which is around 350 years old. It has a well fitted kitchen, a very spacious garden and good-sized swimming pool. There was also a delightful, partially shaded barbeque area immediately outside the kitchen door which was well used by us at dusk. It has good secure parking within the properties walled garden.

The property is located in the heart of the very sleepy village of Escou, just outside the nearby town of Olorons Sainte Marie and is in an excellent location for touring the area to Pau, Tarbes, Lourdes, and of course the Pyrenees. It is in the vicinity of the old Pilgrim`s way of the Chemin de St Jacques de Compostela or El Camino de Santiago de Compostela

The property is located in a very quiet village. About 5 minutes drive away at Ogeu is a well stocked supermarket and bakery, which are both open 7 days a week from about 8.00am.

There a lot of wooded walks in the vicinity the property, and travelling further afield (between 30-60 minutes by car), are some wonderful areas such as Gourette on the way up in the Pyrenees to Col D'Aubesque, Col D'Marie Blanc, and also up to the mini mountain train (Le Petit Train) at Artouste. Great walking and incredible views.

The property was well stocked with local tourist literature, maps and suggestions. Another point also – which is often not the case with rented properties – is that although in a very quiet rural setting, there was excellent wifi connection which never failed.

I would recommend the property as a delightful and relaxing place. Although there was only my wife and myself, I could see it would be a superb place for a family holiday with young children who could run around within the large garden which is secured by high walls and hedges.

Finally, my dealings both before, during and after with the owner, Madame Isabelle Denne, were always pleasant, courteous, and helpful and she was a delight to deal with.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments. We are delighted that you had such a lovely time. Thank you for choosing la Maison des Galets. Kind regards Isabelle Denne
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Nearest Airport
242 Kilometres
Toulouse, Pau, Biarritz, Bordeaux
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
45 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
125 Kilometres
Car: necessary


The glorious Atlantic ocean is one hours drive away through the rolling countryside. Glorious beaches from Biarritz to Hossegor, the coast is world famous. With beautiful villages just inland from the coast, this Basque region of France is a must visit for a day or overnight stay.


Pau airport 45 minutes.

Biarritz airport 1 hour 15 minutes.

Bilbao port in Spain 2.5 hours drive.

Toulouse airport 2.5 hours drive.


Oloron St Marie is 7 km away.

Pau is 23 Km away. Both well worth visiting for restaurants and walks.

Lourdes is 1.5 hours away for a day visit.

Waterfalls and high walks of Pyrenees are between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours away.

Further Details:

There is a wonderful local cheese shop at the entrance to the village selling world class "Brebis" cheese from local producers. It is a must try, and the owner is very friendly.

The village of Ogeu, 4 KM away has one of the best bakeries in the region.

Jurancon wine is the local speciality and world famous. We prefer the dry, and the fruity is a wonderful aperitif. The village of Jurancon is just 15 km away on the road to Pau.

Oloron has all the main supermarkets, banks, chemists etc. There are some good quality restaurants.

Pau is a little more elegant and up-market with wide boulevards and shopping areas.

river kayaking is available through the Oloron tourist office and the trip down the river well worth doing.

Our favourite activity is to hire a donkey or two, load them up with our tents and food and wander off into the wilderness for 2 or 3 days hiking. Ask for "les Petits pas" at the tourist office. They will provide you with walks - either guided or not as you wish.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Escout, Aquitaine

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
spring season
2 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
summer season
7 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
automne Season
1 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £353.9

Booking Notes:
To Book please contact Isabelle.
A reservation deposit is required at the time of reservation 30% and full payment required 60 days before your holiday begins. The reservation deposit becomes a security deposit during your holiday, which is refunded 14 days after your departure.

Changeover Day:
Changeover date is Saturday.
You must depart by 10.00am.
Arrival time is after 16:00.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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