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Maison Acanthe: spacious, character farmhouse with private pool, near Madiran

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Beautifully restored farmhouse near Madiran, Hautes-Pyrénées, 12m pool with steps, stunning views, beautiful garden with sweeping lawn, peaceful location

This is a 'get away from it all' holiday location. The house is on the edge of Quartier Bidos, a small hamlet of 8 houses. It is part of the commune of St. Lanne in the most northern region of the Hautes-Pyrénées. There is ample living space including a living room which has been converted from the adjoining Chai (wine store) and has a high, vaulted ceiling and original beams and a beautiful open plan kitchen which looks out onto the dining area by the large inglenook fireplace. There is a 12 metre x 5 metre pool with Roman steps at the bottom of the 3/4 acre garden which is visible from the house and the terraces with an electric pool cover to help keep the water temperature just right for you. Here you can sit, drink in hand at the end of the day and watch the sun go down and nothing will disturb your peace at night but the sounds of nature - a nocturnal chorus of owls, crickets and frogs. There is also a covered terrace for eating outside with uninterrupted views east of the vineyards and south of the mountains and a smaller terrace both overlooking the garden. This is a deeply rural area so expect to drive through acres of vineyards and sunflowers on your way to the shops. A car is essential.

Tracey Howes
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2018

About Tracey Howes

After spending an idyllic 3 week holiday in this beautiful house, we had the fantastic opportunity of realising a long term dream of actually buying a property in France...and not just any property, but this gem of a farmhouse.

We were bowled over, not just by the house and gardens, but with the beauty and tranquillity of the area and the friendliness of the local people. We still have to pinch ourselves sometimes!

This is our dream holiday home - we hope it is yours too.

Tracey Howes purchased this farmhouse in 2014

Why Tracey Howes chose Saint-Lanne

We first came to the Midi-Pyrénées several years ago for the combination of accessibility of both mountains and seaside. Over time, we have gravitated towards less touristy areas so that we can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside as well as go out cycling as a family in quiet country lanes away from the hustle and bustle.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Apart from the beautiful house, garden and 12m x 5m swimming pool, with electric pool cover to keep the pool warmer and to extend the swimming season, this area is perfect for a relaxing French experience. There are plenty of small market towns in the area, local events and an abundance of local vineyards for as much wine tasting as you can manage.

The area is perfect for cycling for adults and children alike - plenty of challenging hills if you want them or safe country lanes with not so many hills for the children. There is also canoeing not too far away, local restaurants and the seaside and mountains all within two hours drive.

Guestbook comments from the owner

You must be very proud to own such an idyllic place. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Jun 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Saint-Lanne in Hautes-Pyrénées

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 1 adjoins Bedroom 1 downstairs with walk-in shower and toilet Bathroom 2 first floor with bath/shower and toilet is between Bedrooms 3 and 4
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 9 (4 bedrooms) plus cot Notes on bedrooms: All bedrooms have bags of character: Ground floor Bedroom 1 kingsize bed with views Bedroom 2 double bed First floor Bedroom 3 kingsize bed with views south and east Bedroom 4 2 singles & 1 large single bed Plus Cot, Fan in each bedroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
The house and garden are ideal for family holidays. There are two wood-burning stoves in case of Spring/Autumn chilly evenings - one in the original inglenook fireplace in the dining area, the other in the living room. The large living room has a 40" HD satellite TV with access to Netflix, Youtube and Spotify and a DVD/Blu-ray player. The kitchen dining area has ipod/phone/tablet speakers (please bring your own USB cables). There are plenty of board games for guests to play. Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board, iron, large clothes horse. Rotary line in garden. Cleaning/Towels/Linen: Towels and bedlinen are included but not beach towels. The house is cleaned and towels/linen changed at changeover. House management team visits once or twice during your stay to mow lawn, clean pool and ensure you are comfortable and enjoying your stay. If all you want to do is sit in the sunshine and let the world pass you by, please help yourself to one of the many good reads in the bookcase in the study area, drink in the views and enjoy the total peace and quiet. Every effort has been made to make this feel like a home. Outside:The south facing garden, which is private and not overlooked, is 3/4 of an acre and mostly laid to lawn with mature trees and shrubs. The 12m private pool, with alarm, is at the bottom of the garden. It has steps that lead into it and a shallow end for children and a shallow slope round the edge of the pool. There are 6 sun-loungers pool side. The terrace runs around the house with a covered area for eating outside under the pergola (seating for 10) and a smaller covered terrace. There is also a barbecue for guests to use as they wish. The house is on its own up a no through lane so parents and children can safely enjoy plenty of privacy and peace and quiet.


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Maison Acanthe: spacious, character farmhouse with private pool, near Madiran
average rating of 4.888889 based on 13 reviews

Second Excellent Stay

  • 5 of 5

Our second year running here which is very positive in itself.

We had another great fortnight.

The house was immaculate again and had all the facilities described. Wow, do I like their fridge.

Good cooking facilities, washing machine etc. Pleasantly furnished and two nice bath rooms.

Lovely pool with great views of the mountains when the weather was good

Lovely quite garden surrounded by fields. Green Wood Peckers, Hoopoe, Red Squirrels, Black Shouldered Kite, Golden Orioles – wonderful for nature without being too insect ridden.

There are some good restaurants 20-30 mins away and 2 even had vegetarian menus.

Weather wasn’t as good this time but c’est la vie.

Tracey the owner is very contactable before and during the stay which is very reassuring.

Make sure this is the area you want to stay in, well recommended stay, although that means more people will book it! Damn!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your fantastic review and so glad you had a great stay for the second year running. We were also delighted to have you back again, you are perfect guests! Tracey and Mark
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Amazing place

  • 5 of 5

The house was beyond our expectations : large, beautiful and peaceful view with a securised swimming pool. The place was perfect for our kids who could run in the big garden. The house is fully furnished, convenient and clean (thank you again Sue!). Everything was well described and we had a lot of information from the hosts Tracey and Mark.

From there, we have visited the villages surrounding (Bassoues, Lupiac, madiran, marciac...) and Tarbes. We enjoyed a lot the quietness of Maison Acanthe and recommend this adress warmly.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad the house was even better than you had expected and that you had a fabulous week. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Tracey and Mark
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A large and fully equiped house. Nice pool.

  • 5 of 5

An amazing and large house with a view you can only dream about. Fully equiped kitchen, large rooms and a big pool. Everything was clean and everything you needed was available. The owners are really friendly and very helpfull. All the info you want is available and a lot of possibilities to visit (Lourdes, San Sebastian, Pau,...). The region is also knowed for his wine. We will visit again!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your wonderful review. You have been a pleasure to deal with and we are delighted that you wish to visit again! Tracey and Mark
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A great property in a stunning setting

  • 5 of 5

grandparents, parents +12 week-old baby, had a terrific weeks holiday in this lovely property. The setting couldn't be bettered for its stunning view and peaceful surroundings, and with its lovely private garden and pool. The house was well-equipped and everything worked. The local restaurant was excellent and great value for money. this is a lovely rural area but lots of nice places to explore such as Marciac.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure to have you as guests and we are delighted that you appreciated the view as much as we do! You are welcome back any time. Tracey and Mark
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Wonderful views and pool

  • 5 of 5

We booked the house for its fantastic view and pool - both of which turned out to be even better than in the photos. House is well thought out, very clean, with great internet, BBC on the TV and a fridge that makes ice (something for everyone!) Fantastic area for cycling - wonderful views at every turn and absolutely no traffic. Could not have been better. Thank you Tracey and Mark.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review - it was a pleasure to have you stay in our house too, you have been such lovely guests. We hope you come back for a return visit some time soon. Tracey and Mark
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Very Good place to stay

  • 4 of 5

Pretty immaculate facilities

Good sized rooms with everything you want

Lovely gardens and great pool with genuine mountain views

Quiet area, hardly any noise at night

Plenty of wildlife (non insect) which can be noisy at night

The best , medium priced, restaurant we have ever eaten in in UK or France in Madiran - fantastic local wines

Some lovely villages 30-45mins away

Minor Gripes - Intermittent TV reception (seems common in France ) and we didn't get on with the electric pool cover so left it open

A recommended stay

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your helpful review. We very much appreciate your comments for future guests. So glad you enjoyed your stay. Tracey and Mark
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Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
180 Kilometres
Santander, Bilbao
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Eugenie les Bains
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Madiran, Aydie
Nearest Ski
120 Kilometres
Tourmalet, la Mongie, Saint-Lary Soulan
Nearest Beach
160 Kilometres
St Jean de Luz/Biarritz/Anglet/Hendaye
Car: necessary


St. Jean de Luz and Biarritz are on the Atlantic coast. Anglet is the resort to visit if surfing is your passion and Hendaye is a lovely safe family-friendly beach for children. Or, if you fancy going across the border to Spain, St Sebastian is easy to get to. All are about 2 hours drive away and well worth the trip.


Lourdes (Ryanair from Stansted) is 50 minutes away. Toulouse (BA, EasyJet) is 2.5 hours and Bordeaux (BA, Easyjet) is 2.0 hours. EasyJet also fly to Biarritz from Gatwick, 1hr 40 mins away. TGV goes to Bordeaux from Paris and takes 3 hours. Change there for local train service to Mont de Marsan where you can hire a car. From there it's an hour's drive to the house.


Madiran is 3 km away and has a baker, post office and restaurants. For shopping, Maubourguet is 13km, Riscle 11k, Aire sur l'Adour 15km. There are market days in all the local towns, particularly special are Saturday markets at Vic en Bigorre and Aire sur L'Adour. There's a local restaurant at Aydie (3km) where the Ceps Omelettes are legendary. In Madiran there's Le Prieuré, also very good. World famous chef, Michel Guérard has 3 restaurants at the spa town of Eugénie Les Bains (45 mins drive).

Further Details:

Marciac holds its annual International Jazz Festival during the first two weeks in August when the whole town is taken over by music. There's waterskiing at Cahuzac, a frozen in time 16th Century Chateau de Mascaras at Garlin, canoeing at Aire sur l'Adour and for wine enthusiasts there are many chateaux literally on the doorstep to visit for local wine-tastings where you will be warmly welcomed by the locals. There is a falconry and animal centre nearby as well as an exhibition centre which has regular exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and photography from all over France.The Haras Anglo-Arab stud is at Tarbes and has regular open days and displays. A trip to Lourdes in the Pyrenees is only an hour away and a fascinating experience with mountains all around. There are flower festivals during the Spring. The village of Madiran is at the centre of this famous wine making region and holds its annual Fête in mid August. This is when all the local wine producers gather to show off their stock and there's plenty of opportunity both to taste and, more importantly, to buy.

For cycling enthusiasts, the area is great for both serious cyclists and children alike with sufficiently challenging hills for those who want them. Traffic in the area is light so cycling through the countryside is a real pleasure. And for followers of the Tour de France, the Tour passes every year in and around Pau and up in the Pyrénées nearby as well as passing through many local routes, towns and villages.

There are many wonderful local restaurants, not forgetting those at the spa town of Eugénie les Bains (45 minutes drive) where world famous chef Michel Guérard produces food to die for. On the doorstep in Madrian is fine-dining le Prieuré and for more traditional French fare l'Estanquet. A few minutes drive in the opposite direction is le Relais d'Aydie - people travel miles for their cêpes omelette.

In terms of climate, June to the end of August is very hot indeed and this is the time when the pool comes into its own. April and May are delightful months when spring flowers are at their best, the landscape is bursting with new life and the temperature is absolutely perfect. The months of September and October also have lovely balmy weather when you can still enjoy meals outside.

For maps of the local area for cycling and walking you need IGN maps 1634 E Riscle, 1734 O Plaisance and 1644 E Lembeye.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
At the time of booking clients will be asked for 25% of the rental fee. Eight weeks before their stay the remainder will be due plus £500 against loss or damage. Should no loss or damage occur, this amount will be returned. If clients cancel more than 8 weeks before their visit the booking fee will be retained as cancellation fee unless we are able to relet the property. If clients cancel less than 8 weeks before their visit, any rental paid will be retained unless the property is relet.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Outgoing guests are asked to leave the property no later than 09.30. Incoming guests should not arrive before 16.00 please. This will allow time to clean the house and prepare for new guests. Your co-operation is appreciated.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. Should you wish to rent the house outside the dates listed, we will be happy to discuss this with you with a view to agreeing a reasonable rental price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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