Located midway between the mountains and the sea, the magical Béarn and inland Basque Country are about an hour away from the surfing and family beaches on the Atlantic coast and much less than that from numerous ski resorts in the Pyrénées. Relatively undiscovered, this area has a huge variety of properties to choose from, whether you want to live near Navarrenx, Oloron-Sainte-Marie or Pau. From lush green valleys to more mountainous locations, living here is a real pleasure, especially with the mild climate most of the year and the friendliest and most helpful locals you could imagine. Come and join us!
Twenty-five years ago, we moved from a seaside town in Devon, England, to a tiny village near St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the Basque Country in search of an adventure before we had children… and certainly found it! We spent 12 months renovating an 18th-century Basque farmhouse and created three gîtes, which we ran for seven years. With one toddler and another baby on the way, we decided to head back to the coast and moved to St-Jean-de-Luz on the Côte Basque, where we set up a website design agency. Seventeen years later and with two children at university, the countryside has beckoned once more. We’re now living in an 18th-century watermill with a glorious riverside garden in Oloron-Sainte-Marie on the Béarn-Basque border. We’re back to doing what we originally moved to France for, which is doing up a dream property packed with “potential”! I’m really enjoying working in l’immobilier and find the huge variety of properties throughout the Béarn and inland Basque Country a constant delight. The huge variety in the people I come across is great, too - there’s seldom a dull moment! Having converted one French property and now starting another, setting up three businesses and putting two children through the French education system, I’d be delighted to share what we’ve learnt (often the hard way!) with anyone wishing to start a new life in the beautiful Béarn and Basque Country!View Aquitaine Information Homepage
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