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House in BORCE , Pyrenees Atlantiques , Aquitaine

€220,000 €197,950 £179,155**
Ref: 92323CEL64
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6-BEDROOM VILLAGE HOUSE + GÎTE + GARAGE TO CONVERT: impressive 15th-century house in a Medieval village close to ski resorts and Spain. It has a gîte with an established holiday rental income, a garage of 100m² for conversion into a second gîte and great potential for creating a boutique Bed and Breakfast business…

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Price €197 950
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Reduction from €220,000 to €197,950
Ref 92323CEL64
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Dept Pyrenees Atlantiques
Surface 200 M2* Plot Size 676 M2
Bathroom 3 Bedrooms 7
  • 0-2KM to amenities
  • Village property
  • House
  • Family Home
  • Gite
  • Holiday Home
  • Land without CU
  • Business potential
  • Character property
  • Electricity on site
  • Garage
  • Guest house / gite
  • High speed internet
  • Mains Drains
  • Mountain view
  • Water on site
  • Woodburner(s)
  • Excellent condition
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This historic and well-maintained village house, is in an central location in the village, 50 metres from free public parking, the church and the bar/shop, making it ideal for gîtes or a boutique Bed and Breakfast. With six bedrooms, a one-bedroom gîte and a garage of 100m2 ripe for conversion, there is bags of potential to create a family home with a good income. With two pretty gardens, there is plenty of room to add a pool. Read more ...

Built in the traditional style of village houses in the Vallée d’Aspe, the house dates from the 15th century and was added to in the 17th century. This delightful six-bedroom house has many lovely features, such as an open-plan living area on the first floor with lovely views overlooking the two pretty gardens, the village and the Pyrénées. It is rare to find such a large house for sale in the village, so it could be a great opportunity for creating an up-market Bed and Breakfast business without needing much extra investment.

Many of the buildings in the gorgeous village of Borce have been carefully restored, creating both a great place for visiting tourists to explore and wonderful surroundings for residents to live in. The village is also a perfect base for holidaymakers wishing to visit the many attractions which this area has to offer. The Parc’Ours bear park is just a few minutes away, as are the historic sites the Chemin de Mâture and the impressive Fort du Portalet. Travelling further south are the Somport Tunnel and the train station at Canfranc, just the other side of the Pyrénées in Spain. During the winter months, the Pyrenean skiing resorts are easy to reach, both in France and in Spain.


Ground floor:
- a mature garden with sufficient space for a swimming pool (400m²)
- a large garage, separated from two smaller rooms by the original 15th-century entrance arch (100m² in total)

First floor:
- a large open-plan sitting room with a wood-burning stove, a dining area, a well-equipped kitchen area and lovely views of the gardens and the village (35m²)
- a library/study area
- six bedrooms
- two bathrooms, one with WC
- a further shower room
- two separate WCs

THE GITE (50m²)
- a terrace and a garden (200m²)
- an open-plan sitting room with a wood-burning stove, a dining area and a small, separate kitchenette(30m²)
- one bedroom
- bathroom with WC
- the gîte can be re-integrated into the house when required by opening a folding screen door


Whether you’re looking for a wonderful family house or a property large enough for creating a Bed and Breakfast and/or gîte business, this impressive building with its lovely gardens has so much to offer! As a family home or second home, there is plenty of room to accommodate three generations. Alternatively, if you’re hoping to offer gîte holidays or Bed and Breakfast, the garage could be used to create a second gîte and there are enough bedrooms in the house for converting some into Bed and Breakfast rooms.


Mains water
Gas tank (shared with neighbour)
Gas central heating
ADSL by Wi-Fi
Mains drainage


Famous for its bear park (Parc’Ours) as well as for being probably the prettiest village in the entire valley, the tiny village of Borce lies at the meeting of the GR10 hiking trail and the pilgrim route Le Chemin de St-Jacques de Compostelle (Voie d'Arles).

The village of Borce itself has just one shop - Le Communal - which doubles as a bar (specialising in beers from around the world), a dépôt de pain for your fresh baguettes and croissants, an internet café… A mobile butchery visits the village regularly.

Borce is in the Béarn, one of the ancient French provinces in the south-western Pyrénées. It is close to the Spanish border, Pau, Lourdes and close enough for a day visit to the picturesque Basque Country and the Atlantic coast. Toulouse, Bordeaux, San Sebastián and Bilbao are all within easy reach.

The faded glamour of the charming Spanish town of Canfranc, with its historic railway station, is just 24 minutes away at the other end of the Tunnel de Somport and offers a range of shops and restaurants at keen prices.

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,the nearest being at Candanchú in Spain (27 minutes) and La-Pierre-St-Martin in France (55 minutes). For those preferring beach-based activities (especially surfing) the famous resorts of the Atlantic coast are just a couple of hours away (Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Hendaye, 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!


Borce - Le Communal - bar, essential provisions (in small quantities for hikers!), internet… - mobile butchery
Accous (14 minutes) - Intermarché supermarket
Bedous (15 minutes) - pharmacy, medical centre, banks, restaurants, café-bars, tourist office, post office, grocery stores, boulangerie, hairdresser, garage, nursery/primary school (age 2-11), collège (age 11-15)
Canfranc (Spain, 24 minutes) - various small shops and supermarkets - because of tax differences, Spain is notably cheaper than France for petrol/diesel, alcohols and tobacco products.
Oloron-Sainte-Marie (43 minutes) - Leclerc and Intermarché hypermarkets, But, Darty, hospital, théâtre, cinema, swimming pool, various schools (age 2-16) and lycées (age 16-18)
Pau (1 hour 18 minutes) - everything you could possibly want!

DRIVING TIMES (from the centre of Borce)

Bus Etsaut 4m
Long-distance coach Oloron (43m)
Train Bedous 14m
Train Canfranc (Spain) 25m
Pau Airport 1h 26m
Tarbes-Lourdes Airport 1h 48m
Biarritz Airport 2h 6m
Ferry Bilbao (Spain) 3h 45m

Candanchú (Spain) 27m
La-Pierre-St-Martin 54m
Issarbe 1h 7m
Iraty 1h 32m
Val d’Azun 2h 15m
Gourette 2h 29m

Biarritz 2h 6m
Hossegor 2h 16m

Parc’Ours (Borce) 3m
Aventure Parc Aramits 51m
Aquabéarn (Goès) 53m

Zoo d’Asson 1h 16m
Grottes de Bétharram 1h 27m
Gorges de Kakuetta 1h 13m
Passerelle d’Holzarte 1h 13m

Major towns:
Oloron Sainte Marie 43m
Pau 1h 18m
Lourdes 1h 49m
Bayonne 2h
Biarritz 2h 12m
Toulouse 3h 16m
Bordeaux 3h 23m

Spanish Border:
Tunnel de Somport 14m

Spanish Towns:
Canfranc 24m
San Sebastián 2h 36m
Bilbao 3h 32m
Zaragoza (Saragossa) 2h 16m
Madrid 5h 6m

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