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Lovely Farmhouse bordering a river with a private beach area and beautiful views



Updated: 01-Dec-2016
Farmhouse in Autevielle, Nr. Sauveterre-de-Béarn, Pyrenees Atlantiques, Aquitaine, France - Beautiful Location With Local Restaurant 2 Minute Walk. Lots Of Amenities In The Area

Maison de la Riviére is in a beautiful location with 500 meters bordering the river saison, with private access to a natural stone beach, where you can spend lazy summer days relaxing, swimming and picnicking, kayaking or you can find your own private area to fish for Salmon, Trout or Barbel. The house is perfect for families, couples or friends. As the house is elevated it commands amazing views enjoyed from the private 53m2 terrace, overlooking the pool and river, where you can enjoy al fresco dining or an apero or two. The house is well equipped with every thing you need for a holiday and to keep the children happy. Located in the gated grounds there is an undercover games area with snooker, table tennis, boule, darts. There are also swings, slide, badminton,trampoline and a football pitch. If that's not enough then they can hand feed our lovely pygmy goats and collect fresh eggs from the hens and ducks. There are games and books supplied for all ages.

Beach towels provided.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We all moved to France Bernadette Ian son Ollie and dog Tara in 2005 after having stayed with friends near here for a holiday to explore the area, we decided immediately it was the place for us, for me the beaches and for Ian & Ollie the mountains.

We rented for a year to see if we liked the area, then bought the farmhouse with a huge barn to renovate. It was hard work but worth the end result.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

All had a great stay. Dont want to go home. House & place lovely & Bernadette Ian & Oliver really accomodating. We will all miss Tara. Thanks for a brilliant holiday.

Yet again another fantastic holiday in France. We all loved the gite and all that is on offer. The children loved the lakes nearby and having our own river to swim in was delightful. We agree 2 weeks only just touches whats on offer, we obviously have to come back again.

St Jean pied de Port took less than half an hour to get to and is a true gem of this region. A must. La Belle Auberge at Castegnede serves fantastic food and the staff are really friendly. St jean de Luz & Biarritz are great for spending a day at the beach and shops are great. Sauveterre de Bearn has alovely tea garden on the river. The children can paddle in the river whilst you enjoy the views. Salies de Bearn is very pretty with lots of interesting narrow roads to explore with lovely squares to sit in. Thanks for a great holiday.
Jan 2014
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14 Reviews

based on 14 holidaymaker reviews



  • 5 of 5

I had promised Ian to write a rubbish review to make sure that no-else booked for next year, but can't bring myself to do it! This is a lovely Gite, in a fabulous location. The beautiful river and acres of space make this a perfect location for a family or couple looking for some quiet time. The Gite is furnished beautifully, everything you need is there - a home from home! Swimming in the river and pool is a great way to avoid the hottest part of the day, and for the shade hugger - table tennis and pool provided. Ian and Bernadette are the perfect hosts - on hand for help or a recommendation for eating out and places to visit, but not intrusive. Very highly recomended - we loved our stay!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your amazing review, we really appreciate that you have taken the time. We look forward t seeing you again in the future. A Bientót Bernadette Ian & Tara
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  • 5 of 5

All the reviews I read prior to arriving were accurate - it is heaven! Lovely location, relaxing and comfortable house, very helpful owners. The children (10,8 & 6) were happy, we were happy - it was a fantastic 2 week holiday. It really worked!

Thank you so much for a fantastic break - I really feel like I've had a holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your amazing review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay here and you were a lovely family to have around. A Bientót Bernadette Ian & Tara
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London, United Kingdom

A beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful relaxing family holiday in this amazing setting. The farmhouse was charming and very comfortable with everything we needed for our stay. The goats and chickens on the land are a real delight and we enjoyed visiting them and collecting fresh eggs daily. The walk to the private beach is very pleasant and swimming in the river is a must! There are so many places to visit alongside exciting activities within the local area and you can do as much or as little as you like! Bernadette and Ian are the perfect hosts and made us feel very welcome on our arrival and throughout our stay. We highly recommend staying here and we hope to return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review and guest comments. It was a pleasure to have you and your family to stay and we would welcome you back in the future. A Bientót Bernadette Ian & Tara
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Bristol, United Kingdom

Wonderful holiday in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Our family (2 adults and 3 children) had a greeat stay of a week. The comfortable farmhouse has charm and is very well equipped. Washing machine, dishwasher, full range of kitchen utenslis, barbecue etc. There are a lot of games and such like (incl. Playstation, and TV) for children and adults, should the weather be poor, as well as a table-tennis table outside. (We had great weather and didn't need to stay indoors.) The house is set in a large area of meadows. The owners, who live immediately next door, keep goats and chickens and our children enjoyed feeding the goats and collecting the eggs. At the bottom of the meadow is a river. There is a pebbly beach with a picnic table. This is private to the house and is very pleasantly secluded. The deepest part of the river is deep enough for proper swimming. The area is very attractive—Sauveterre is the pretty local town. We should have explored the area more, but staying at the house and river was too enjoyable! Bernadette was very welcoming and helpful. We would certainly be very happy to return here.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review, it was a pleasure having you here to stay and we hope to see you again in the future. A Bientót Bernadette Ian & Tara
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A wonderful family holiday!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful place. Set in its own land, alongside a very private section of river, this was the perfect French holiday for us. Ian and Bernadette went out of their way to make us feel welcome, often going beyond the call of duty to help mend stuff, give brilliant advice, explain how things work (to an inquisitive 12-year old) and to lend their expertise and equipment, at times. The area is breathtakingly beautiful - we loved the visit to St Jean de Pied Port - also to San Sebastian. Rafting down the river (with a bunch of French teachers!) was also great fun. We loved the one-meal each day lunch at the Auberge at the end of the road - five courses for 13 euros!

The property was easy to use, felt private, well-equipped (including lots of children's books) and cool in the heat.

We would definitely recommend the property to others - we stayed an extra day as there was so much to do.

The Chapman Family

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello The chapman family, Thank you so much for taking the time to put this amazing review on, we really appreciate it. You were such a lovely family to have around and we hope to see you again. A Bientót The Packer family :)
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Beautifully located farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

Loved this place. The Villa was beautiful and in a very rural idyllic setting with plenty of grounds including a lovely river good for swimming in.

The house was spacious and spotlessly clean and there were so many toys for the kids we didn't need to take anything with us to entertain them (2ys and 4yrs old).

The location is good being about 1hr from the coast - Biarritz/St Jean de Luz and about 45 minutes from the mountains - Saint Jean Piet du Port.

The owners Bernadette and Ian were very welcoming and happy to help and provided us with some good recommendations of where to go and what to do in the local area. We would highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review, we are glad you enjoyed it was a pleasure to meet you all, and we hope to see you sometime in the future. A Bientót Bernadette Ian & Tara
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From the Owner

L'emplacement est incroyable pour de nombreuses raisons, la rivière, l'espace de 10 acres, les vues, l'accès à de nombreuses promenades, mais si proche de la belle ville de Sauveterre de Béarn qui a beaucoup d'équipements, etc. Nous aimons le fait que nous pouvons nous promener à notre très sympathique restaurant / bar qui sert la nourriture était délicieuse 4 cours pour € 13 y compris le vin et est juste au dessus de la route. Il ya aussi un autre restaurant à distance de marche à St Martin tout aussi bon et juste 10 minutes de marche. Nous aimons aussi que nous sommes si près des plages, l'Espagne et les montagnes, il ya tellement d'endroits à explorer si près de la maison, même si nous havent tous encore fait.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Fishing holidays can be provided with local guides


The famous cosmopolitan Beach of Biarritz is a 45 minute drive as are the beautiful beaches of St Jean de Luz and in the landes many stunning beaches and lakes are all 45 minutes to an hour driving.The lovely Spanish Seaside resort of San Sebastian is 1.5 hours away


Car recommended.

Biarritz, Pau airport 45 minutes Drive

Bordeaux, Toulouse 2 hours

Lourdes 1.25 hours

Ferry ports LD lines from Poole to Gijon (Spain) 4 hours Caen, St Malo 7.5/8 hours

Train TGV Paris to Biarritz/ Dax 4/6 hours or Paris to Orthez 7 hours


Local restaurant in village 2 minutes to walk.

Sauveterre de Bearn 5 minutes drive or walk 30 minutes

Salies de Bearn 10 minutes drive

Orthez 25 minutes drive

Pau 45 minutes

Bayonne 45 minutes

Lourdes 1.25 hours

Spain 40 minutes

San Sebastian 1.5 hours

Further Details:

In the local town 5 minutes away by car, you can find banks, supermarkets, boulangeries, markets, doctors, tourist office, restaurants, riverside cafe bar. There is also tennis, kayaking, pelote,

There are body boards and buckets and spades provided.

Other activities close by Golf, outside swimming pools, spa baths, squash, hiking, surfing, bike hire, horse riding, Swimming lakes, fishing.

Aqua park 1 hour

Aramits adventure park ( climbing activities through the trees) all levels 1 hour

Situated in the forested foothills of the Pyrenees, a holiday rental in Autevielle is also a magnificent base for walking, mountain biking and horse riding holidays. The Pyrenees are awash with trails, both ancient and modern which stretch up towards the skyline, taking those agile enough to make it up to the finest viewpoints and most interesting little historic ruins that remind us of the turbulent past experienced in the region.

Skiing/Sledging/ Snow shoeing 1 hour away with 3 resorts to choose from, open from December to April.

We the owners live on site, but far enough away so that you have your own privacy, but we are available to help you in any way.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
30 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
24 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Cleaning fee £50

Booking Notes:
25% is required to reserve the property, the 6 weeks before arrival the balance needs to be paid. A contract will be sent to you at time of booking giving you all the information required

Changeover Day:
Saturday is preferred during peak summer months, but outside of these times we are happy to be flexible.
If you need to arrive earlier or stay later please contact us and we will try and accommodate you.
An exit clean is available on departure the cost will be €70

Notes on prices:
During winter months there will be a surcharge for the heating

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund for cancellations more than 0 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

It has to be the river, Oliie and I look forward to our first swim of the year, its a competition to see who is first in the water as it can be a bit chilly in April, but Oh so refreshing in the summer months. We have had amazing beach parties with friends lasting into the night, with bbques and camp fires. We have also bought a dinghy boat to go on the river, we can go from home down the river for an amazing adventure seeing lots of wildlife on the way, and a few rapids, we get some funny looks from the French when they see Tara at the front of the boat. We also love having the goats, they are very friendly especially Flop who Ian hand raised as her mother abandoned her, he fed her with a teat on an old beer bottle, she still thinks he is her mum. Also having fresh eggs

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • river
  • rural
  • village


  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 100 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Downstairs toilet Upstairs large family bathroom with bath/shower and toilet


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Child Bed, 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with 1 double bed, wardrobe, Bedroom 2 with 3 single beds, wardrobe and 1 cot, Bedroom 3 with 1 double bed and wardrobe.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The property is suitable and equipped for children of all ages Outside: Private Above ground 5 m pool ideal for children. 53m2 private secure terrace with BBQ, table and loungers. 10 acres of gardens with a secure gated access, bordering the river with a private natural stone beach for swimming, fishing, kayaking etc. Swings, slide, badminton, football pitch. Pygmy goats who love being had fed. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Beach towels are also included but must be washed ready for the next guests. The cleaning on departure can be supplied on request €70 otherwise the property is to be left as found.

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