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Conveniently located on the outskirts of a touristy riverside town in the Béarn, this delightful maison de maitre has so much to offer its new owners! Even though the house is huge, the atmosphere inside is welcoming and cosy, with many of the original 19th-century architectural features beautifully incorporated into property’s elegant décor. The current owners use the house as a family home/holiday home, but its business potential is enormous if you intend to offer rental accommodation and/or to host events, as well. You are recommended to visit quickly to avoid disappointment! Read more ...
Built in 1885, this super property is ready to move into today, albeit with a couple of rooms still to finish to your taste. The front of the house has entrance gates on either side of it - one opening into a small courtyard in front of a self-contained two-storey apartment (to finish), the other directly into the gardens and grounds to the side and back of the house. A large pool, terrace and barbecue area are conveniently located next to the house and extensive single-storey outbuildings, which extend along one side of the grounds almost to the end.
The ground floor of the main house has a wonderful open plan sitting room/dining room/kitchen area, along with two additional reception rooms, an office/study and a WC. Most of the rooms have open fireplaces as well as French doors which open onto a dining terrace overlooking the pool and grounds.
Upstairs, the first floor comprises a bedroom suite with an en suite shower room, a fireplace and access to an outside gallery with views of the pool and grounds. There are four further bedrooms on this floor and two bathrooms, one of which is shared by two of the bedrooms. There is also a separate terrace on this floor with plumbing in place for a jacuzzi and a sauna. On the second floor, there is a dance studio/gym with a dance bar and floor-to-ceiling mirror, yet another bedroom and two more rooms which have been partially renovated.
Completing the accommodation is a two-storey, four-room apartment which adjoins the main house at the front of the building and which has a private entrance from the road via a courtyard. The apartment has two reception rooms on the ground floor and two bedrooms on the first floor. Some renovating and decorating is still required, but once complete, the apartment would be ideal to use as a guest cottage for short-term or long-term lets.
The outbuildings at the back of the house include three enormous open-plan rooms. One room is used as a function room and has a professional dance floor; the other two rooms are currently being used as workshops, for storage and as a garage. There is also a splendid climate-controlled wine cellar. Beyond the workshops, there are three horse boxes. Also in the garden are a garden shed and a greenhouse.
This maison de maître is on the outskirts of the delightful bastide town of Navarrenx, which overlooks a river for exciting watersports and is midway between several ski resorts in the French and Spanish Pyrénées and surfing and family beaches on the Atlantic coast. The verdant Basque Country is a short drive away – and the Medieval market town of Oloron-Ste-Marie is just 20 minutes away, where you will find numerous shops, a theatre and a twice-weekly farmers’ market. If you have a family, the excellent schools in the area will leave you spoilt for choice…
THE MAISON DE MAÎTRE
- an entrance hall
- a vast double-size sitting room/dining room/kitchen
- a cellier/back kitchen
- a laundry room
- a double-size reception room
- a second reception room
- an office/library/study
- a WC
- an outside gallery overlooking the pool and grounds
- a terrace with plumbing for a jacuzzi and a sauna
- a bedroom suite with an en suite shower room and access to the outside gallery
- two bedrooms with a shared bathroom
- two more bedrooms
- a family bathroom
- a dance studio/gym with a dance bar and floor-to-ceiling mirror
- a bedroom
- two partially renovated rooms
THE TWO-STOREY APARTMENT (TO FINISH)
- a private entrance and courtyard
- two large ground-floor reception rooms
- two large first-floor bedrooms, with room to create one or two bathrooms
- a function room with a professional dance floor
- two massive workshops
- climate-controlled wine cellar
- boxes for three horses
THE GARDENS & GROUNDS
Shaded by mature trees and palm trees, the property is set in enclosed grounds of 2,954m² with a gorgeous swimming pool (12m x 6m), a barbecue area, a functioning well, a garden shed and a greenhouse.
The many wonderful features of this house make this property ideal for you! It is ready to move into straight away, which is ideal for a family hoping to live within easy commuting distance of Pau or Mourenx - it would also be easy to use some of the rooms for B&B guests immediately, if desired. The adjacent two-bedroom apartment could also be used as a gîte or for B&B guests once decorated and furnished, or let as a home on a long-term let.
The outbuildings are a blank slate, and could be transformed into luxurious gîtes or Bed and Breakfast suites; the main house is large enough to use as a boutique hotel. The whole space is ideal for hosting weddings, corporate events or leisure activity holidays, and it is definitely a bonus if you can offer accommodation on site for wedding guests and for holidaymakers participating in leisure activities, such as painting workshops, yoga retreats, wine-tasting courses, cookery courses…
SERVICES & TECHNICAL
Telephone + ADSL
Mains gas available
Heating: aerothermic with heat exchanger + oil-fired (useable together or independently) + electric
THE LOCAL AREA
The Béarn 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.
Popular with tourists all year round for hiking, mountain-biking, white-water rafting and fishing, the region also has numerous ski resorts offering a range of winter sports, including downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snow-shoeing. For those who prefer beach-based activities, the Atlantic coast is just 90 minutes away where you can swim and surf at Biarritz, St-Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye, Hossegor... Nearby in Herrère, there is a flying club for small planes and gliders.
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.
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 Navarrenx)
Pau Airport 41m
Tarbes-Lourdes Airport 1h 04m
Biarritz Airport 1h 09m
Gare Oloron 24m
Long-distance coach (Flixbus) from Oloron 24m
Ferry Bilbao 2h 51m
Issarbe 1h 06m
La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 12m
Candanchú (Spain) 1h 23m
Iraty 1h 19m
Val-d’Azun 1h 48m
Gourette 1h 18m
Biarritz, grande plage 1h 21m
Tarnos, Metro plage 1h 16m
Aventure Parc Aramits 42m
Aquabéarn (Goès) 32m
Parc’Ours (Borce) 1h 02m
Zoo d’Asson 1h 04m
Grottes de Bétharram 1h 11m
Gorges de Kakuetta 58m
Passerelle d’Holzarte 1h 12m
Lourdes 1h 11m
Toulouse 2h 29m
Bayonne 1h 07m
Biarritz 1h 15m
Bordeaux 2h 29m
Carretera del Roncal via La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 21m
Puerto de Larrau 1h 26m
Tunnel de Somport 1h 09m
San-Sebastián 1h 41m
Bilbao 2h 37m
Zaragoza (Saragossa) 3h 09m
Madrid 6h 03m
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**The currency conversion is for convenience of reference only.
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