This Charming Béarnaise Ensemble sits in the middle of its 20 hectares of private land from which there are spectacular views of the Pyrenees mountains and surrounding countryside. Situated in the Parc National des Pyrénées, on the edge of the Vallée d’Ossau, an area rich in culture and natural beauty, this idyllic retreat offers a peaceful escape with the only sounds being of wildlife and cow bells. For someone searching total tranquillity and spectacular surrounding countryside, this is the perfect property …and yet it is just 5 minutes from its local village of Arudy and 25 minutes from the beautiful historic city of Pau.
The Ensemble includes the six bedroom Former Farmhouse; the three bedroom Converted Barn; a substantial former cattle Barn (171m2 foot-print) and an attractive former pig sty / hen house (18m2). The current owners purchased the ensemble in 2002 and have carried out extensive renovations to include re-roofing all three buildings in natural slate ; replacement double glazed windows and doors ; installing a gas fired central heating system ; compréhensive re-wiring ; full insulation and new plumbing to include a replacement septic tank. The Converted Barn serves as a main residence for the owners and offers a private stone walled garden, a productive orchard and a large vegetable garden. The Former Farmhouse operates as a successful rural gîte, accommodating up to 12 persons. This building could easily be transformed into two operational gites as there are two staircases, each accessing three bedrooms. The farmhouse has its own private garden and dining area under a large walnut tree in the courtyard.
With nearby touristic activities to include the Pic du Midi with its world renowned observatory at the top of the Col de Tourmalet ; the Grottes de Betharam with its cave network being reputed to be the largest in Western Europe and the UNESCO site Gavarnie all within an hours drive plus 5 local ski stations ; a family adventure park and easy access to all the sports within the Pyrenees, it’s easy to understand why the gîte is a very popular choice for tourists. In addition Le Tour de France pass its mountain stage closeby at Marie Blanque, Sodet & Aubisque.
Located 25 minutes from Pau ; 40 minutes from the ski slopes of the Pyrenees and the Spanish border and just one hour from Biarritz. Pau airport 45 minutes; Tarbes/Lourdes airport 50 minutes; Toulouse airport 2 1/2 hours