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House in OLORON STE MARIE , Pyrenees Atlantiques , Aquitaine

€299,000 £263,808**
Ref: 93423CEL64
french property for sale
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AMAZING 5-BEDROOM ART-DECO VILLA WITH AN APARTMENT - IDEAL FOR BED & BREAKFAST: this charming asymmetric villa was designed in the 1930s by an architect of the Biarritz School - 5 bedrooms, a separate apartment plus another 50m²+ convertible into additional accommodation.

Charlie Ellis , your local Leggett agent, says :

Price €299 000
agency fees to be paid by the seller
Ref 93423CEL64
Town OLORON STE MARIE
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Dept Pyrenees Atlantiques
Surface 177 M2* Plot Size 1341 M2
Bathroom 2 Bedrooms 5
Location
  • 0-2KM to amenities
  • 50km or less to airport
  • Town property
Type
  • House
  • Family Home
Features
  • Business potential
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Electricity on site
  • Guest house / gite
  • High speed internet
  • Mains Drains
  • Private parking
  • Water on site
  • Woodburner(s)
Condition
  • Good condition
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Located in the centre of Oloron-Ste-Marie, this unique property is ideal for anyone hoping to set up a Bed and Breakfast to attract business clients all year round and holidaymakers during both the summer and winter seasons – with the railway station and buses to local ski resorts just a two-minute walk away! Read more ...

Built in 1930, this unique property has been lived in as a lovely family home, benefiting greatly from being within walking distance of all the town’s amenities, especially local schools and shops. If, however, you are interested in setting up a tourism-related business, there is already an independent one-bedroom apartment and it would be easy to transform the four further bedrooms into Bed and Breakfast rooms with bathrooms. There is also 50m² further space to convert on the ground floor.

From the road, the property’s Spanish-style gate is perfectly in keeping with the villa’s style. Steps lead up to the front door, which is set back from the main façade. You’ll also immediately notice the asymmetric design of the large windows either side of the front door – one is arched, the other is rectangular.

Inside the house, the living areas catch the sun from midday onwards and the bedrooms are kept cool by being on the opposite side of the building. Interestingly, the architect has made a separate entrance at the back of the villa so that the staff could access the kitchen directly without entering through the front door!

The enclosed garden of 1,350m² is planted with mature shrubs and trees, with shady areas for dining outside. There is also more than enough room to install a pool, if desired. Although the property is in the town, the garden is very peaceful and is a verdant haven for butterflies and birds.

Located in Oloron-Ste-Marie, the villa is ideally situated for reaching 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 public park and the two rivers flowing through the town offer ample opportunities for fishing and water sports. Oloron-Ste-Marie is also known for its two cathedrals and the picturesque panoramic views from the Medieval hilltop area of the town.

THE VILLA

First floor (entry level):
- an entrance hall
- a living room with a fireplace
- a fully-equipped kitchen
- four bedrooms, one with its own bathroom and separate toilet
- a bathroom shared by two of the bedrooms
- another separate WC

Garden level:
- a studio with kitchen, separate WC, bedroom with shower
- a big landing
- laundry / boiler room
- a wine cellar
- a large room (32m²) convertible into additional accommodation
- a storeroom (20m²) under the entrance staircase which could be converted into a studio


THE POTENTIAL!

This characterful villa is currently a lovely family home in a very convenient location in the centre of town. If you decide to transform it into a Bed and Breakfast business, however, your guests will love the fact that all local amenities, including the train station, are within easy walking distance of the property. It would also be possible to create a lovely gîte on the lower level floor of the house, or to create more bedrooms with en suite bathrooms for Bed and Breakfast guests. There is ample free parking close to the house, or for visitors without a car, a free shuttle bus circulates throughout the town six days of the week.


SERVICES & TECHNICAL

Electricity
Gas
Telephone + ADSL
Mains water
Source water
Mains drainage


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 Saint Marie - Leclerc and Intermarché hypermarkets, But, Darty, hospital, théâtre, cinema, 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 2m
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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