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Ideally located between the Pyrenean Ski Slopes and the Atlantic Beaches

French Character Homes is based in Pau, in the Pyrenees Atlantic region of South West France, just one hour from both the ski slopes of the Pyrenees and the sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast. Winter snow sports and summer beach activities make the region an ideal lifestyle choice for an all-year-round holiday home or a main residence.

France has always been a popular holiday destination due to its close proximity to the UK, its great climate, its gastronomic delights, its accompanying wines and its endless culture. Despite these obvious attractions of France as a country, the far southwest tip remains comparatively little known to the foreign visitors. Most people have heard of Biarritz, the town with its exquisitely restored ancient façades, famous for its world class surfing but Pau, as a city, remains little known and yet it is just one hour inland.

Apart from its historical and picturesque city centre, Pau also boasts a significant number of key business sectors from aeronautics; geosciences and oil & gas; IT process and communication and equine sector. Pau is also a university town, home to 9,000 or so students, which give a youthful buzz to the historic city.

Pau airport serves daily flights to Paris plus regular flights to Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Strasbourg, Lille and Ajaccio in Corsica. The neighbouring airports of Biarritz, Lourdes, Toulouse and Bordeaux serve the UK directly.

TGV to Paris (4 hrs). Road Network Links : A65 to Bordeaux in 2hrs; A64 to Biarritz under 1hr; A64 to Toulouse within 2hrs