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House in OLORON STE MARIE , Pyrenees Atlantiques , Aquitaine

€246,100 €145,000 £125,331**
Ref: 92240CEL64
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Reduction from €246,100 to €145,000
STUNNING HISTORIC TOWNHOUSE IDEAL FOR A B&B, GÎTE D'ÉTAPE OR CHIC FAMILY HOME: currently three apartments which could be rented out or transformed into a very elegant family home in the peaceful Medieval hilltop area of Oloron-Ste-Marie. Without doubt, this is the prettiest and most frequently photographed house in the historic hilltop area of St-Croix.

Charlie Ellis , your local Leggett agent, says :

Price €145 000
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Reduction from €246,100 to €145,000
Ref 92240CEL64
Town OLORON STE MARIE
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Dept Pyrenees Atlantiques
Surface 150 M2* Plot Size 72 M2
Bathroom 3 Bedrooms 3
Location
  • 0-2KM to amenities
  • 50km or less to airport
  • Town property
Type
  • House
  • Family Home
  • Holiday Home
Features
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Double glazing
  • Electricity on site
  • Guest house / gite
  • High speed internet
  • Mains Drains
  • Mountain view
  • Water on site
Condition
  • Good condition
  • To be renovated
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If you love the mountains and the sea, this historic 15th-century house in Oloron-Sainte-Marie is perfect for you! Located opposite the listed 11th-century romanesque church of St-Croix and surrounded by ancient Medieval buildings, this 15th-century brick-faced colombage house on "stilts" would be ideal as a boutique B&B, a gîte d'étape, holiday apartments, a chic family home, to rent out all year... This is your chance to own and celebrate Oloron’s Medieval history! Read more ...

Classed as a “bâti ancien intéressant d'un point de vue architectural” (architecturally interesting building) in the local planning scheme, this three-storey, brick-faced colombage building dates back to at least the 15th century. With its façade set on "stilts", the house overlooks the entrance porch of the 11th-century romanesque church of St-Croix and has lovely views of the Pyrénées beyond.

Currently divided into three independent apartments, the building could easily be reconverted into one dwelling, if desired. The current monthly rental income is approximately 1,250€, although with some modernisation and refurbishment, a higher amount could be envisaged.

The three apartments, which are connected by an ancient wooden staircase, are as follows:

Ground floor: a studio apartment of 27m² with a mezzanine level

First floor: a light and airy loft-style apartment of 58m² with a parquet floor and exposed beams

Second floor: a light and airy loft-style apartment of 62m²

The house is situated in Oloron’s historic hilltop area of St-Croix and is ideally situated for reaching the Pyrenean ski resorts to the south and Atlantic coastal resorts to the west. All local amenities, including excellent schools, can be reached on foot, bicycle or using the town's free shuttle bus. There are also regular buses and trains to the surrounding towns and villages and a long-distance bus service (Flixbus) to Toulouse, Lyon and Spain. Local fêtes, markets and outdoor entertainments often take place in the nearby square and the two rivers flowing through the town offer ample opportunities for fishing and water sports.


THE POTENTIAL!

If you're looking for a property to rent out to holidaymakers, this historic property will undoubtedly attract tourists looking for accommodation in Oloron Sainte Marie. Visitors will be charmed not only by the architectural features of the house but also the surrounding Medieval buildings, picturesque lanes and enchanting panoramic views of the Pyrénées.


SERVICES & TECHNICAL

Electricity
Mains gas
Telephone
High-speed internet
Water
Mains drainage
Electric heating
Double glazing


THE LOCAL AREA

Oloron-Sainte-Marie is in the Béarn, one of the ancient French provinces 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. Founded by the Romans, the town lies on the pilgrim route the Chemin de St-Jacques de Compostelle.

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 an hour and a half away (Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Hendaye, Hossegor...). There is also an Aeroclub for small planes and gliders in nearby Herrère.

The mairie and the two weekly markets of the medieval town of Oloron Sainte Marie are just a short walk away, as are local shops, restaurants and pretty riverside walks along the Gave d’Oloron. The town has recently been officially classified by the French government as a “ville active et sportive” and has many sporting facilities and cycle routes. There is also a free shuttle bus service for getting about.

Despite its relatively small size (population 10,000), Oloron offers an unusual number of cultural events and activities, both amateur and professional and its excellent and well-stocked modern médiathèque, set glamorously where the Gave d’Ossau and the Gave d’Aspe join to become the Gave d’Oloron, won its architect the prestigious Equerre d'Argent prize.

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 ("Le Daim" and "I Feel Good") 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

Oloron-Sainte-Marie - Leclerc and Intermarché hypermarkets, But, Darty, hospital, theatre, cinema, bars, restaurants, swimming pool...
Pau (40 minutes) - everything you could possibly want!


DRIVING TIMES (from the centre of Oloron)

Travel:
Pau Airport 47m
Tarbes-Lourdes Airport 1h 10m
Biarritz Airport 1h 33m
Train Oloron 05m
Long-distance coach Oloron 5m
Ferry Bilbao 3h 11m

Ski:
Issarbe 52m
La-Pierre-St-Martin 55m
Candanchú (Spain) 1h 04m
Iraty 1h 11m
Val d’Azun 1h 40m
Gourette 1h 55m

Beaches:
Biarritz 1h 31m
Hossegor 1h 43m

Attractions:
Aventure Parc Aramits 26m
Aquabéarn (Goès) 14m
Parc’Ours (Borce) 44m
Zoo d’Asson 42m
Grottes de Bétharram 54m
Gorges de Kakuetta 50m
Passerelle d’Holzarte 51m

Major towns:
Pau 40m
Lourdes 1h 15m
Toulouse 2h 37m
Bayonne 1h 27m
Biarritz 1h 40m
Bordeaux 2h 46m

Spanish Border:
Carretera del Roncal via La-Pierre-St-Martin 57m
Puerto de Larrau 1h 17m
Tunnel de Somport 53m

Spanish Towns:
San Sebastián 2h 03m
Bilbao 2h 58m
Zaragoza (Saragossa) 2h 53m
Madrid 5h 42m

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