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House in OGEU LES BAINS , Pyrenees Atlantiques , Aquitaine

€410,000 €389,000 £350,442**
Ref: 100887CEL64
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Reduction from €410,000 to €389,000
DELIGHTFUL 19th-CENTURY FARMHOUSE + STONE BARN + SHELTER FOR TWO HORSES + GARAGE FOR TWO CARS + WOODSHED + 2.2 ACRES OF GARDENS & GROUNDS: tastefully renovated and decorated, this traditional Béarnaise farmhouse is in a hillside setting with gorgeous countryside views.

Charlie Ellis , your local Leggett agent, says :

Price €389 000
agency fees to be paid by the seller

Reduction from €410,000 to €389,000
Ref 100887CEL64
Town OGEU LES BAINS
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Dept Pyrenees Atlantiques
Surface 220 M2* Plot Size 8733 M2
Bathroom 2 Bedrooms 5
Location
  • 50km or less to airport
  • Hamlet property
Type
  • House
  • Country House
  • Family Home
Features
  • Barns / outbuildings
  • Business potential
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Double glazing
  • Electricity on site
  • Garage
  • High speed internet
  • Mountain view
  • Private parking
  • Water on site
  • Woodburner(s)
Condition
  • Good condition
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Beautifully renovated over many years by the current owners, this very spacious farmhouse of 235m² has so much to offer! Perfect for a family home, a holiday home or for creating a boutique B&B business with a gîte, the property is set in extensive gardens and grounds, which have been planted with exotic trees and shrubs – and with no near neighbours, peace and tranquillity are guaranteed. Read more ...

Built in 1890, this characterful Béarnaise farmhouse is in a traditional L-shape, with a two-storey barn adjoining one side of the building and an attractive (working) bread oven built on the other. A paved, south-facing terrace in front of the farmhouse catches the sun all day long and is a wonderful spot for outdoor dining. Beyond the terrace, the verdant gardens and grounds have been planted with a huge variety of exotic flowers and shrubs - and huge, shady trees ensure complete privacy.

The farmhouse has been renovated and decorated in a warm, colourful style and the practical layout is ideal for a large family home/holiday home. In addition, many of the building’s original features have been restored and beautifully incorporated into the décor, such as exposed stone walls, exposed wooden beams and a lovely open fireplace in the dining area where a huge wood-fired range has been installed.

The ground floor of the farmhouse comprises a kitchen with a dining area and access to the terrace, a huge sitting room, a room which could be used as a ground-floor bedroom/office/study, a shower room and a WC. Wooden stairs lead up to the first floor and four bedrooms, a dressing/laundry room and a family bathroom. The second floor is currently one open-plan bedroom with a sitting area, but could easily be transformed into two separate bedrooms, if desired.

The unconverted barn adjoining the farmhouse has a small upper floor and could easily be used for extra accommodation in the main house, for transforming into B&B bedroom suites or for creating a gîte. The property also has a shelter for two horses, which could also generate paying guests! There is a marked European horse trail not far from the house and subsequently there is a growing market for overnight accommodation where horses are welcome as well!

This lovely farmhouse is close to Ogeu-les-Bains, which is famous for its bottled mineral water from springs discovered as far back as the Middle Ages. The town is also classed as AOC for Ossau-Iraty cheese and even produces cheese made from horse milk! If you have a family, you will be spoilt for choice for schools in the area – and if you enjoy visiting the coast and the mountains, the farmhouse could not be better placed for reaching coastal resorts and skiing resorts for fun days out!

THE FARMHOUSE

Ground floor:
- a south-facing terrace
- a huge sitting room (57m²) with an open fireplace and access to the terrace
- a kitchen
- a dining room with an Aga-style wood-burning range and a working bread oven
- a bedroom/office/study
- a shower room with a WC

First floor:
- four bedrooms
- a dressing/laundry room
- a bathroom
- a WC

Second floor:
- an open-plan loft-style bedroom, which could be divided into two separate rooms


OUTBUILDINGS
- a two-storey stone barn which adjoins the house
- a garage for two cars (40m²)
- a shelter for two horses
- a woodshed


GARDENS & GROUNDS

The property is set in 8,700m² (2.2 acres) of wooded grounds planted with exotic trees and shrubs, which include ginkgo, eucalyptus, palms, olive trees… There is a lovely south-facing terrace for outdoor dining next to the house and more than enough room for installing a swimming pool and a summer kitchen in the grounds.

Halfway down the sloping part of the land is a reed bed, which is used as an ecological alternative to a septic tank.


THE POTENTIAL!

This super property is ready to move into today, yet offers the new owners lots of potential for creating more living accommodation in the main house and guest accommodation in the adjoining barn or garage. The farmhouse and barn combined would also be ideal for creating a boutique Bed and Breakfast business and is an ideal location for hosting retreats and specialist activity holidays for painting, wine-tasting, cookery…


SERVICES & TECHNICAL

Telephone + ADSL
Mains electricity
Aerothermic heating system with radiators + fireplace/woodburners
Gas cistern
Mains water
Waste water treatment using an ecological reed bed system


THE LOCAL AREA

Ogeu-les-Bains is in the Béarn in the south-western Pyrénées. It is close to the Spanish border, Pau, Lourdes, the picturesque Basque Country and the Atlantic coast. Toulouse, Bordeaux, San-Sebastián and Bilbao are all within easy reach.

If your interests are gastronomic, visit the daily markets throughout the Béarn and Basque Country to sample local delicacies, such as tasty Bayonne ham or fabulous brebis, which is a cheese made using milk from sheep. The famous Ossau-Iraty brebis can be bought direct from farms in the nearby Vallée d’Ossau, or you’ll find it at any of the farmers’ markets in the local towns and villages.

Popular with tourists all the year round for hiking, mountain-biking, white-water rafting and fishing, the region also offers a range of winter sports (downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing) with easy access to numerous ski stations. For those preferring beach-based activities (especially surfing) the famous resorts of the Atlantic coast are just 90 minutes away (Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Hendaye, Hossegor...)

Film buffs might be interested to know that the nearby town of Oloron-Ste-Marie and several of the picturesque villages of the Vallée d’Aspe have recently been chosen as film locations, most notably for two French films starring the Oscar winner, Jean Dujardin, and an English film, "Waiting for Anya" based on the Michael Morpurgo book set in France in the Second World War. Not only is the stunning, unspoilt countryside of the Béarn perfect for filmmakers, but enthusiastic locals are often encouraged to volunteer as extras to appear alongside the international film stars - next time, that could be you!


DRIVING TIMES (from the centre of Ogeu-les-Bains)

Travel:
Pau Airport 43m
Tarbes-Lourdes Airport 1h 05m
Biarritz Airport 1h 34m
Ogeu-les-Bains train station 03m
Long-distance coach (Flixbus) from Oloron-Sainte-Marie 14m
Ferry Bilbao 3h 15m

Ski:
Issarbe 41m
Gourette 45m
La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 03m
Candanchú (Spain) 1h 14m
Iraty 1h 19m
Val-d’Azun 1h 22m

Beaches:
Biarritz, Grande Plage 1h 42m
Tarnos, Metro Plage 1h 45m

Attractions:
Aventure Parc Aramits 36m
Aquabéarn (Goès) 21m
Parc’Ours (Borce) 52m
Zoo d’Asson 32m
Grottes de Bétharram 44m
Gorges de Kakuetta 59m
Passerelle d’Holzarte 1h 13m

Major Towns:
Pau 33m
Oloron-Sainte-Marie 12m
Lourdes 1h 01m
Toulouse 2h 35m
Bayonne 1h 33m
Biarritz 1h 41m
Bordeaux 2h 35m

Spanish Border:
Carretera del Roncal via La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 11m
Puerto de Larrau 1h 20m
Tunnel de Somport 1h

Spanish Towns:
San-Sebastián 2h 08m
Bilbao 3h
Zaragoza (Saragossa) 3h 01m
Madrid 6h 05m



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