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House in LUCQ DE BEARN , Pyrenees Atlantiques , Aquitaine

€485,000 €398,000 £340,927**
Ref: 92101CEL64
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Reduction from €485,000 to €398,000
HUGE MAISON-DE-MAITRE + APARTMENT + LOVELY GARDENS: a sumptuously renovated 15th-century “Béarnaise” of 400m² in perfect condition with a separate apartment, a barn suitable for a studio apartment and 140m² of convertible roof space, plus a superbly planted and maintained garden. Could be arranged as a spacious family home with B&B rooms and two apartments for rental.

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Price €398 000
agency fees to be paid by the seller

Reduction from €485,000 to €398,000
Ref 92101CEL64
Town LUCQ DE BEARN
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Dept Pyrenees Atlantiques
Surface 400 M2* Plot Size 2693 M2
Bathroom 4 Bedrooms 6
Location
  • 50km or less to airport
  • Village property
Type
  • House
  • Country House
  • Family Home
  • Holiday Home
  • Land without CU
  • Maison de Maitre
Features
  • Barns / outbuildings
  • Business potential
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Double glazing
  • Electricity on site
  • Garage
  • Guest house / gite
  • High speed internet
  • Water on site
Condition
  • Excellent condition
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Dating back to the 15th century, this magnificent residence of 400m² in an idyllic Béarnaise village is currently a wonderful family home - and it’s absolutely ideal for anyone wishing to set up a boutique Bed and Breakfast and holiday business. Part of the property is already arranged as a self-contained apartment with a separate entrance, which can be incorporated into the main house when desired. The garage/barn could be converted to provide a further small apartment and there is 140m² of convertible attic space suitable for further B&B bedrooms. Read more ...

Located in the centre of an idyllic Béarnaise village in the foothills of the Pyrénées, this impressive residence has a gorgeous, mature garden, as well as a stylish inner courtyard in the style of a Moroccan “riad”. The village of Lucq-de-Béarn is one of the prettiest villages in the area and attracts many visitors all year round, making it an ideal location for establishing an up-market Bed and Breakfast business or even running leisure activity holidays, such as painting, cooking or yoga retreats. In addition, there is already a self-contained, one-bedroom apartment with a separate entrance which is rented out for holidays, as well as barn/garage, which could easily be converted into a further small apartment.

This unique property was built in the 15th century and added to in the 18th century. Despite being in the centre of a village, the property’s shady landscaped garden makes you feel as if you are in the heart of the countryside. The large, mature garden (2693m²) is also perfect for installing a swimming pool. Both the interior and exterior of this lovely house have been very carefully maintained, ensuring that the new owners will be able to move in immediately without having to undertake any building works or refurbishment.

The property has many exquisite architectural features, such as exposed wooden beams, the original wooden staircase and a delightful, paved inner courtyard in the style of a Moroccan “riad”. There are also three open fireplaces, one of which has a listed 14th- or 15th-century lintel thought to be the oldest in the whole of France to be made from a single piece of stone.

The property has five lovely bedrooms (one downstairs and four upstairs), as well as a sixth bedroom in the self-contained holiday apartment. With a separate entrance at the end of the building, the apartment can be re-incorporated into the main living area of the house when required simply by opening two doors.

Situated a one-minute stroll away from the centre of Lucq-de-Béarn, the house is in an ideal location, with the Atlantic coastal resorts to the west and the Pyrénées skiing resorts to the south. Several Béarnaise market towns are close by – Oloron-Ste-Marie, Navarrenx and Sauveterre-de-Béarn – as well as the city of Pau (40 minutes), the verdant Basque Country and the Spanish border (65m).

THE MAIN HOUSE

Ground floor:
- entrance hall (15m²)
- huge sitting room with a dining area (75m²)
- a second sitting room (35m²)
- a third sitting room (30m²)
- kitchen (21m²)
- utility room/pantry (8m²)
- bedroom (20m²)
- shower room (15m²)
- WC (1.5m²)

First floor:
- four more bedrooms (23m², 14m², 13m², 10m²)
- a family bathroom (10m²)
- a second bathroom (6m²)
- WC (1.5m²)

Second floor:
- attic space of 140m², which could be easily converted into additional accommodation


THE SELF-CONTAINED APARTMENT

- an open-plan sitting room and kitchen (with plenty of room for one or two additional beds, 42m²)
- a large bedroom (27m²)
- bathroom with WC (11m²)


THE GARDEN & GROUNDS

- a walled back garden of 2693m² (including the house)
- a terrace
- a barn (48m²) currently used as a garage with space for two or three cars


THE POTENTIAL!

This huge property of 400m² has incredible potential! It would easily accommodate three generations of one family, if you’re looking for a large family house. Alternatively, the house is ideal for creating up-market Bed and Breakfast rooms without needing much extra investment. The property’s three large reception rooms would be ideal for serving breakfast - and perhaps also tables d’hôtes evening meals - as would the inner courtyard and the garden.

The current owners have established a successful holiday rental income by creating a self-contained holiday apartment on one side of the house and the barn could also be converted into rental accommodation or Bed and Breakfast suites. The barn would also make an ideal space for activities such as painting, cooking, yoga…


SERVICES & TECHNICAL

Electricity
Double glazed throughout
Insulated throughout
Oil-fired heating
Telephone & ADSL
Septic tank - possibility of connection to mains drainage
Water


THE LOCAL AREA

Lucq-de-Béarn is renowned for its delightful architecture and still has the ruins of an abbey which was destroyed during the Reformation in the 16th century. Prior to that, as one of the most important villages in the Béarn, Edward I, the King of England, visited the village several times between 1287 and 1289 in order to help settle differences between the King of France and the King of Aragon.

Lucq-de-Béarn, as its name suggests, is in the Béarn, one of the ancient French provinces in the south-western Pyrénées and at the gateway to the Soule, one of the three provinces of the picturesque French Basque Country. It is close to the Spanish border, Pau, Lourdes and an easy drive from the famous beach resorts of the Atlantic coast, such as Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Toulouse, Bordeaux, San-Sebastián and Bilbao are all within easy reach.

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 less than two hours away (Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Hossegor...)

Film buffs might be interested to know that the town of Oloron-Sainte-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!


SHOPS & SERVICES

Lucq-de-Béarn itself does not have any shops but it does have a garage, a café and a very popular (and reservation-only) restaurant, La Taverne de l'Ange Oliver. The nearest boulangerie for your morning baguette and croissants is at Geüs-d'Oloron (13 minutes’ drive).
Oloron-Ste-Marie (18 minutes) - Leclerc and Intermarché hypermarkets, But, Darty, hospital, all services, théâtre, cinema, bars, restaurants, swimming pool...
Pau (41m) - everything you could possibly want!


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

Travel:
Pau Airport 34m
Tarbes-Lourdes Airport 58m
Biarritz Airport 1h 15m
Train Oloron 16m
Long-distance coach (Flixbus) from Oloron 16m
Ferry Bilbao 2h 56m

Ski:
Issarbe 1h 05m
La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 08m
Candanchú (Spain) 1h 20m
Iraty 1h 22m
Val d’Azun 1h 43m
Gourette 1h 10m

Beaches:
Biarritz 1h 23m
Hossegor 1h 30m

Attractions:
Aventure Parc Aramits 38m
Aquabéarn (Goès) 18m
Parc’Ours (Borce) 57m
Zoo d’Asson 54m
Grottes de Bétharram 1h 06m
Gorges de Kakuetta 1h 03m
Passerelle d’Holzarte 1h 17m

Major towns:
Oloron Sainte Marie 18m
Pau 41m
Lourdes 1h 08m
Toulouse 2h 26m
Bayonne 1h 13m
Biarritz 1h 22m
Bordeaux 2h 25m

Spanish Border:
Carretera del Roncal via La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 10m
Puerto de Larrau 1h 28m
Tunnel de Somport 1h 07m

Spanish Towns:
San Sebastián 1h 49m
Bilbao 2h 42m
Zaragoza (Saragossa) 3h 07m
Madrid 6h 05m


ADDITIONAL PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

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