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Beautiful Gite for '2' with Pool, in South West France



Updated: 27-Jul-2016
Lannecaube, Nr. Pau, Pyrenees Atlantiques, Aquitaine / Dordogne, France - A perfect 18th Century Romantic Getaway with Pool near to the Fabulous City of Pau.

I have very pretty views across the rolling Bearn countryside and I am surrounded by woodland. My owners will also let you share their pool. My Pool is 5m long and 3m wide and is 1.2m deep so is very safe to use and is a godsend on those very hot days. I am in a quiet rural location but with easy access to many interesting places.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

After Mike gave up his plastics business we decided we wanted to do something different and be near to things that we enjoy doing i.e. skiing, swimming, walking etc.

We sold our home in the UK and bought Maison Madaune (pronounced mad-on-a) which is an 18th Century Farmhouse. We moved out here permanently in June 2012 and we have never looked back.

Owning a Gite has been great for us because we have met so many wonderful people from all over the World that we would otherwise not have met.

We enjoy the climate because the Summers are hot but not too hot and the Winters are mild.

We also enjoy the food and the wine is fantastic.

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16 Reviews

based on 16 holidaymaker reviews

Edinburgh, Scotland

Another Fantastic Stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd year in a row staying at Lesley & Mike’s beautiful Gite. We have got to know the area really well but still founds lots of new things to do and places to visit. We even got a wave from the manager of the Tourist Information and a warm welcome from the owner of the Central Park Bar in Lembeye!! Garlin is also a lovely town and its worthwhile stopping off and having a walk about. Pau is also just 30 minutes drive and is a lovely city to explore with lots of lovely restaurants. If you like a coffee or exotic tea ‘Pau’s Café’ is really worth a visit.

What can I say about Lesley & Mike. As many other visitors have said, they are the perfects hosts and welcome you with open arms. We are slightly biased in that we have got to know them well and we keep in touch throughout the year. However, first impressions always count as they say and you won’t be disappointed with the hospitality and the 5 star standards of the Gite. It’s just perfect with everything that you need and during those lovely hot days it stays nice and cool! When it does get a bit hot you can always have a dip in the refreshing pool and as we kept saying ‘its fine once you’re in’! But seriously it’s just right and makes all the difference.

We did miss Cheppie this year as she used to come visit in the mornings especially when I came back from a run:(

If you are looking for a relaxing holiday this is definitely the place to come. Lesley & Mike have a knack of knowing whether their visitors want to keep to themselves or are happy to spend time chatting and finding out about the local area. We had a great time at the Tango Festival in Vic Fezensac and of course the Jazz Festival in Marciac is a must.

We’ll definitely be back

Laura & Brian , Edinburgh

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A hat trick I think!!! It was fantastic to have you come back for the third year running. We really appreciate you returning to us for yet another year. Something tells me you must like it round here!!! We do enjoy your company and our trips out together and the two wonderful meals you cooked for us in our Gite!! We sincerely hope that you will come back again to see us. Keep in touch and love to you both. Lesley & Mike xx
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Wonderful gite in a tranquil setting.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the gite for two weeks in August 2016. Upon our arrival, we were greeted like old friends by Mike and Lesley and made to feel very welcome with a refreshing drink and a chat under the gazebo.

The gite was immaculately presented and we found it to be very well appointed. Even though the temperature was into the mid-30s most days, inside the the gite was beautifully cool. The pool provided a welcome opportunity to cool-off after a hot day. Even though the gite is attached to the owner's house, we found Mike and Lesley to be unobtrusive and respectful of our privacy but were there if we needed them.

Lannecaube is in a very rural and peaceful setting yet within an hour's drive to the Atlantic coast at Biarritz or to the Cols of the Haute Pyrenees. Highlights of our stay included:

-Cascades at the Pont d'Espagne

-Cable car up to the Pic du Midi de Bigorre (Observatory)

-Bidart & Guethary, on the coast just South of Biarritz

The tourist train at Artouste is extremely busy in high season so if you are thinking of going we advise to pre-book the tickets.

The Saturday market at Vic-en-Bigorre had a wide variety of stalls - you must try the confit de canard!

Overall, a totally relaxing fortnight made all the more enjoyable by our hosts' generous hospitality.

Hugh and Ros, Worcestershire.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There is not a lot to say about this review other than Fantastic!! Thank you Ros & Hugh for taking the time to write this for us. We pride ourselves on reading how much people want to be left alone to enjoy their stay here and after these remarks, we can see that we are getting it just right. It was a real pleasure to have met you both. We would also like to thank you for leaving our Gite as beautiful as you found it. We really appreciate the way you looked after it and we do hope that one day you will return to stay with us again. Take care of yourselves. Warm wishes from Lesley & Mike xxxx
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An ideal base

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our holiday in this lovely property. It was comfortable and beautifully furnished. Lesley and Mike were most welcoming and friendly hosts. The site was a good base for exploring this area of France. We have already recommended the property to friends and if this is the area you wish to explore then look no further you've found your ideal base.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Argh thank you for this lovely review. It was a real pleasure to have met you both and thank you for the book. I am half way through. We do hope we meet again soon xxxx
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Edinburgh, Scotland

The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Hi Lesley & Mike,

Well, we loved it so much last year that we decided to return this year for 3 weeks! Last year we drove to Portsmouth and travelled by Ferry to Santander then drove to the Gite. This year we decided to do the sensible thing and fly to Bordeaux and hire a car, much easier and relaxing! As we drove from the airport the clouds began to gather and just as we arrived in Lannecaube the heavens opened and we had a spectacular thunder and lightening storm.

We were met by Lesley & Mike and made to feel so welcome and it felt like we were arriving to visit friends, but we'll try to remain impartial while writing a review! We sat under cover enjoying a glass of wine and catching up. The next day it was clear blue skies and lovely and hot!

The Gite was as charming and spotless as we had remembered from last year and of course we knew where everything was. We settled into the holiday very quickly and caught up others fiends at the local Fete the following night. We think the local Fetes are a must and a great way to soak up the local atmosphere and hospitality and there is always a great fireworks display.

Even although we were return visitors we still managed to find lots of new things to do and places to visit, for example our visit to Lourdes then onto the Pyrenees. We had an amazing cable car and ski lift ride to the top with spectacular views and breathtaking pictures, really worth a visit. Thinking of bringing the bike next year and pretending to be in the Tour de France!!

We also went watering rafting with Lesley and Mike which was a great experience and a first for us. We even shared the raft with a family from a town only 20 miles from our home! There are lots of places to eat and some great food on offer. We tended to go out for lunch and there some lovely hotels which have a set menu at a very reasonable price. If you enjoy a coffee and just sitting watching life go by pay the Central Park bar a visit in Lembeye. The area around Lannecaube is very peaceful and the Gite is a great place to sit and relax and when it gets a bit too hot, just slide into the pool to cool off. Lesley and Mike are great hosts and as others have said in their reviews they are happy to leave you to your own devices, but are there is you need any help or advice, Mike does have a great selection of red wines though! It goes without saying that we would thoroughly recommend staying at the Gite and would you believe it we are coming back next year!

Laura & Brian

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Brian & Laura What a wonderful review, yet again, thank you both. We really do enjoy having you here and the fun that we have and the rafting was fantastic. Next time Laura you really must hang on tighter!! I have already booked a raft for next year!! We are looking forward to next year for when you return and we will order a thunderstorm just for you. Keep in touch and speak soon. Lesley & Mike xxxx
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Charming gite, beautiful countryside

  • 5 of 5

We spent one week with Lesley & Mike and within the first couple of days realised that we should have stayed for longer!

It is such a lovely & comfortable gite, and it shows how much hard work and a personal touch that has been put in preparing it. Ideal for a couple, having all possible comforts and a delightful mix of modern fittings (top kitchen appliances!) and rustic charm.

The pool has the truly 'open air' feel to it because it simply is out in the open with great views of the surrounding countryside, the wooden area around it ideal for lounging with a book.

There are lots of places to visit around, countryside - we had a great time visiting the jazz festival in Marciac and tasting some great Madiran wine in the Chateau de Crouseilles. City - of course Pau and having a drink at the famous Boulevard des Pyrenees.

And of course the warm hospitality of Lesley & Mike (thanks again!), they made our trip as comfortable as possible and were around to give us tips as well as sit together and chat and admire the relaxing environment.

We would highly recommend the gite and will definitely visit again.

Emmanuelle & Gaurav

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Emma and Gaurav thank you for the wonderful review. We did enjoy meeting you both and the lovely curry that you cooked. We hope you come back to see us again. Good luck with the wedding arrangements. Love Lesley and Mike xxx
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Wonderfully relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned home from the most wonderful two weeks in Lesley and Mike's fantastic gite. We were warmly welcomed by Lesley and Mike and immediately made to feel at home. The gite was much bigger than it appears in the photographs, beautifully clean, cool and modern with every kitchen item you could want. The area was so quite (which is exactly what we wanted). We had breakfast outside each morning looking out over the pool, garden and fields. We thoroughly enjoyed the really quiet roads when we were out on our road bikes spotting the birds of prey and many other interesting creatures we came across.

The weather was mostly sunny and very hot so the pool was a very refreshing respite for us.

On the days which were slightly overcast, we ventured out; hiking in the breathtaking Pyrenees (from Pont d'espagne- well worth the visit), walking round Pau, to the beach at St Jean de Luz and to Lourdes (all of which are a very manageable drive away).

Lesley and Mike were so friendly and warm hosts. Nothing was too much trouble for them- they even let us borrow their super glue for our selfie stick!

A wonderful holiday, beautiful location, great weather and we are so glad we booked this gite.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nicola & Gareth for this wonderful review. It was lovely having you staying with us and hopefully one day you will return. (Gareth, I need some more tunes on my IPOD!!!!). Lesley, Mike & Cheppie xxx
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From the Owner

We chose this part of South West France for it's beauty and diversity and because it is within easy reach of Sea and Mountains and the beautiful city of Pau. Each village has a Fete throughout the year where you can enjoy some local cuisine and live music. They play well into the early hours and they are great fun for all ages. We liked this area because it is so quiet and peaceful. The Tree Frogs are sometimes a bit noisy but it is very amusing when the grass hoppers join in!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pau at 25 Miles Nearest Barpub : Garlin at 8 Miles Nearest Ferry : Santander at 237 Miles Nearest Golf : Pau at 25 Miles Nearest Train : Pau at 25 Miles Nearest Motorway : A65 at 10 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Lembeye at 12 Miles Nearest Beach : Biarritz at 80 Miles Car: necessary


BIARRITZ - 1.5hrs:

On the Atlantic Coast, is the lovely town of Biarritz. A very trendy and lively town with super architecture, beaches, shops and of course the rolling Atlantic Ocean. Biarritz is not all glitz as in the old port there are some very good Fish Restaurants and it tends to be a little quieter and very picturesque.

St Jean de Luz:

If you like a more traditional feel, then this is for you. It will take you around 1.45hrs but is a beautiful seaside town and well worth a visit


You would need some form of transport if you stayed with me.

Nearest Airports:

Pau (30 mins)

Lourdes (1hr10 mins)

Biarritz (1hr 30 hrs)

Toulouse (2 hrs)

Bordeaux (1hr 30 mins)

I am 10 miles off junction 8 on the A65.

There is no public transport that runs through the village unfortunately.

Please see my website for further details.


Garlin - our nearest town is a 15min drive. Everything you would need.

Lembeye - our nearest large town is a 20min drive. Thursday morning market.

Pau - 30min drive. A fantastic City.

Biarritz - 1.5hr. Beautiful beach, shops, restaurants.

Lourdes - 1.10hr. The Holy City famous for the apparition of our Lady of Lourdes to Bernadette.

Pont d'Espagne - 1.45. A long drive but worth it to see the wonderful waterfalls and lake at the top. A super day out.

Further Details:

Le Tour de France 2016 - 2nd July to 24th July:

The Tour starts in Manche (Cherbourg) and finishes in Paris.

JAZZ in Marciac - 27th July to 16th August - 45 min drive.

A musical event that has been held under the stars in August since 1978. Over 200,000 visitors meet every year in the small village of Marciac to enjoy this gathering with famous jazzmen, jazzwomen and young musicians.

For over 2 weeks, concerts take place under a giant marquee or at the Astrada. A fringe festival also takes place in the main square of Marciac which still has it’s own medieval arcades. Smaller ‘Jazz in Marciac’ sessions also take place at other times of the year.

Caves at Betherram - 45min drive:

If you love caves you will certainly love these. It takes approx 1.40 minutes to walk around on a guided tour complete with a boat ride and train!

Closer to me:

There is so much to see and do that it is impossible to list everything. There are the usual Chateau's to stroll around and of course the famous Vineyards. The most local to me is 'Madiran', a truly magnificent Red Wine is produced here. There are many more but why not come and see for yourself!


Rental rates

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
I am very flexible on dates and will consider short breaks of less than 1 week Please use the contact form for this.

When booking I require a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total cost transferred into our bank. The balance to be paid 4 weeks before your arrival. Included with this final payment I require a Security Deposit of £150 which will be refunded to you when you depart. Of course I would not charge you for any small accidental breakages.

Changeover Day:
My owners are very flexible with regard to changeover days as I am the only Gite they have!

Notes on prices:
A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total is payable on confirmation of booking please in pounds sterling transferred into our bank. We are sorry but we do not have the facilities for credit card payments. The balance is required 4 weeks before your arrival. There are absolutely NO hidden extras in our prices and Electricity is included in the price. Included in your final balance payment we require a 'Refundable' £150 Security Deposit. We will not charge you for any small accidental breakage

To secure your booking we require a 50% non-refundable payment of the total price. The balance, including the refundable Security Deposit of £150, to be paid one month before your arrival.

Our bank details will be given to you via email once you have agreed your booking.

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From the Owner

Our Gite is very well situated for access to the A65 and A64. The country roads are very well maintained which makes it easy to get around. There is so much to do and see within a short distance away and you can get there with no traffic jams! Our Gite is extremely stylish and comfortable and because there are very little properties nearby, the nights are very dark which is fantastic for star gazing and also for getting a good nights sleep!

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided


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


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 40 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • My fabulous bathroom is next, complete with a two-headed walk-in shower (one overhead and one hand), a tulip sink with a funky tap and there is also a few shelves and a heated towel rail.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: My Bedroom has a double bed with a memory foam mattress which is extremely comfortable, dressing table, hanging space and side tables with lamps. There is also a very pretty view across rolling hills.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: You enter my pool from a raised deck area which is a great place to sunbathe as it is in the sun all day. If you are not someone who sunbathes then my owners have installed a Wall Gazebo outside my private entrance giving you plenty of shade if you need it. Outside: I have very pretty views across the rolling Bearn countryside and am surrounded by woodland which brings in many amazing birds. My owners will also let you share their pool. My Pool is approximately 5 metres long and 3 metres wide and is 1.2 metres deep so is very safe to use and is a godsend on those very hot days. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: My owners change your towels every 4 days. The bed will be changed once per week and they do have swimming towels for you to use if you need them. They also provide T-Towels. All you need to do is enjoy your stay with me. Other: I have a long private drive for you to use. My outside seating area is also very private and ideal for those warm evenings gazing at the stars. It is quite a romantic and peaceful place to sit and chat and enjoy a lovely glass of French Wine.

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