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House in SALIES DE BEARN , Pyrenees Atlantiques , Aquitaine

€255,000 £212,951**
Ref: 101194CEL64
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UNIQUE 19th-CENTURY MAISON-DE-MAÎTRE + LARGE BARN + PRETTY GARDENS OF 0.45 ACRES: located in a peaceful village close to Salies-de-Béarn, this property is ideal for a wonderful family home, holiday home or a superb boutique Bed and Breakfast business, with ample room for more accommodation in the barn or hosting activity holidays. Lovely river views from the first floor of the house...

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Price €255 000
agency fees to be paid by the seller
Ref 101194CEL64
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Dept Pyrenees Atlantiques
Surface 260 M2* Plot Size 1850 M2
Bathroom 3 Bedrooms 6
  • 50km or less to airport
  • Village property
  • House
  • Country House
  • Family Home
  • Holiday Home
  • Manoir
  • Barns / outbuildings
  • Business potential
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Electricity on site
  • High speed internet
  • Private parking
  • Water on site
  • Woodburner(s)
  • Habitable
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Although in need of some renovation and modernisation, this delightful maison de maître is fantastic value for money! The property has seven bedrooms, a huge two-storey barn and beautiful gardens of nearly half an acre, with lots of space to install a swimming pool and summer kitchen. Whether you’re looking for a family home, a holiday home or a great location to set up a boutique Bed and Breakfast business, this architecturally unique house will charm you from the moment you walk in! Read more ...

Built in 1880, this elegant maison-de-maître has many lovely architectural features both inside and outside, including portholes on the façade, a beautiful wooden staircase and floors, marble fireplaces and Gaudi-inspired tiles in the bathroom! From its upper floors, the property has views of the nearby river - and it is possible to go all the way down to the riverside via a woodland path opposite the house. With no passing traffic, the village is exceptionally quiet, yet the large towns of Salies-de-Béarn and Sauveterre-de-Béarn are easily accessible in under 15 minutes.

From the garden path at the front of the house, a lovely wooden front door opens into the maison-de-maître’s elegant entrance hall, with a huge sitting room/dining room on one side of the hall and a kitchen on the other. Beyond the kitchen is a large bedroom, which has a dressing room, an adjacent bathroom and French doors opening out to the front terrace and garden. Upstairs, there are two very large bedrooms – one with an en suite shower room and the other with a dressing room and access to a family bathroom. There is also a third smaller bedroom on this floor. On the top floor, there are three characterful attic bedrooms with porthole-style windows to peek out from!

Outside, the garden is shaded by mature trees and shrubs. There are sunny terraces at the front and side of the house for outdoor dining, with room to extend them. The flat lawn behind the house is absolutely ideal for installing a swimming pool, a summer kitchen and a children’s play area. Were the barn to be used for creating a gîte (or even two), there would be plenty of room for them to have a private terrace and a garden area in front of the barn.

Located between the mountains and the sea, the property is close to the riverside town of Salies-de-Béarn, which is famous for its healing thermal spas and annual salt festival. The house is midway between the lively cities of Bayonne and Pau and about two hours away from Bordeaux and Toulouse. If you fancy a day skiing, several Pyrénées ski resorts and the Spanish border are just over an hour away to the south of the house, or if a day on the beach in Biarritz or St-Jean-de-Luz is more your style, the Atlantic coastal resorts are just under an hour away. St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and pretty Basque farming villages are about 20 minutes away.


Ground floor:
- an elegant entrance hall
- a sunny, double-size sitting room/dining room with a fireplace and access to the garden
- a kitchen with a dining area and a lovely open fireplace
- a utility room
- a large bedroom with a dressing room and access to the garden and to the adjacent family bathroom
- a family bathroom with wall tiles inspired by Gaudi
- an adjacent dressing room/extra bedroom with access to the garden
- a WC

First floor:
- a master bedroom with a dressing room and an en suite bathroom, which is also accessible from the landing
- a large bedroom with built-in wardrobes and an en suite shower room
- a music room/study/small bedroom

Second floor:
- three bedrooms


The two-storey barn (144m² x 2) has separate entrances from the road and from the garden, making it ideal for converting into a gîte or even luxurious Bed and Breakfast suites… It would also be ideal for an artist’s studio or for hosting activity holidays, yoga retreats wine-tasting or cookery courses…


The delightful garden extends right around the house and is planted with many mature trees and shrubs. There are two terraces for outdoor dining – one at the front of the house and one at the side of the house. The flat lawn at the back of the house is not overlooked and would be perfect for installing a swimming pool, a sun terrace, a summer kitchen, a children’s play area…

The property’s two-storey barn is set well away from the house and is accessible from the garden and the road. A parking area has been created on the other side of the garden and adjoins the house on the far side of the property.


This delightful maison-de-maître has great potential – and its good-value price should leave plenty in the budget for a renovation with the highest quality materials! Very conveniently located between the Pyrénées and the Atlantic coast, the house is perfect for anyone looking for a chic family home/holiday home close to ski resorts, beach resorts and Spain.

This proximity to both the mountains and the seaside also makes it a perfect location for a boutique Bed and Breakfast business, with tourists being able to reach both the Pyrénées and the Atlantic coast in around 60 minutes. The layout of the house is absolutely perfect for creating luxurious B&B bedrooms with en suite shower rooms – and the downstairs bedroom and bathroom could be kept entirely private for the owners. The huge barn is ideal for converting into more accommodation, but could also be used for yoga, art workshops, theatre courses…


Telephone + ADSL
Gas central heating
Gas tank
Mains water
Septic tank


The house is located in a village near the spa town of Salies-de-Béarn, which is situated between the Gave de Pau to the north and the Gave d’Oloron to the south. You can enjoy picnics overlooking the river at Sauveterre-de-Béarn, as well as walk down to the river to go swimming or white-water rafting. If you enjoy rambling, it is possible to join the Chemin de St-Jacques-de-Compostelle as it heads south to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

Salies-de-Béarn has a good choice of supermarkets, bars and at least five good restaurants in the town. There is a twice-weekly market, along with a golf club, a tennis court and many cultural events throughout the year. For a much bigger choice of shops and amenities, the cities of Pau and Bayonne are not far. The area has many excellent schools, including an International School in Pau, which uses the UK curriculum, and universities at both Pau and Bayonne.

DRIVING TIMES (from the centre of Salies-de-Béarn)

Pau airport 40m
Tarbes Lourdes airport 1h 01m
Biarritz airport 46m
Gare Orthez 22m
Long-distance coach (Flixbus) from Orthez 22m
Ferry Bilbao 2h 31m

Issarbe 1h 24m
La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 33m
Candanchú (Spain) 1h 49m
Iraty 1h 20m
Val-d’Azun 1h 50m
Gourette 1h 41m

Biarritz grande plage 53m
Tarnos, Metro plage 51m

Aventure Parc Aramits 1h
Aquabéarn (Goès) 55m
Parc’Ours (Borce) 1h 23m
Zoo d’Asson 1h 13m
Grottes de Bétharram 1h 14m
Gorges de Kakuetta 1h 07m
Passerelle d’Holzarte 1h 21m

Major Towns:
Pau 51m
Oloron-Sainte-Marie 48m
Lourdes 1h 11m
Toulouse 2h 30m
Bayonne 45m
Biarritz 52m
Bordeaux 2h 22m

Spanish Border:
Carretera del Roncal via La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 41m
Puerto de Larrau 1h 35m
Tunnel de Somport 1h 31m

Spanish Towns:
San-Sebastián 1h 19m
Bilbao 2h 17m
Zaragoza (Saragossa) 3h 31m
Madrid 5h 30m

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