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House in Lembeye , Pyrénées-Atlantiques , Aquitaine

€429,000 €399,000 £341,017**
Ref: A04256
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OFFER ACCEPTED - DELIGHTFUL BÉARNAISE MANOR HOUSE + BARN + CHAI + FABULOUS MOUNTAIN VIEWS

Charlie ELLIS, your local Leggett agent, says :

Siret number: 400782488
Price €399 000
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Reduction from €429,000 to €399,000
Ref A04256
Town LEMBEYE
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Dept Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Surface 430 M2* Plot Size 4138 M2
Bathroom 2 Bedrooms 8
Location
  • 50km or less to airport
  • Village property
Type
  • House
Features
  • Electricity on site
  • Garage
  • Barns / outbuildings
  • Private parking
  • Well
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Mountain view
  • High speed internet
  • Business potential
  • Water on site
Condition
  • Habitable
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Located in a rural village on the Chemin-de-St-Jacques-de-Compostelle in the Béarn, this unique manor house is a wonderful family home with eight bedrooms, a two-storey chai and a vast two-storey barn to convert. The house and barns are set around a courtyard - and behind the barn is a wonderful south-facing garden with fantastic views of the Pyrénées. The main house has been partially renovated and retains many original architectural features from when it was built at the end of the 18th century. It is absolutely ideal for a huge family home or a luxurious second home. In addition, its proximity to the Chemin-de-St-Jacques-de-Compostelle pilgrim route, Pyrénées ski resorts, Atlantic beach resorts and Spain should easily attract paying guests all year round if the new owner wishes to create gîtes, a "gîte d'étape" for pilgrims, a Bed and Breakfast business or to host activity holidays for writing, painting, photography, cookery, wine-tasting, relaxing yoga/wellness retreats... Read more ...

Built in 1789 and added to in 1809, this typical “Enclos Béarnais” comprises an impressive manor house of 430m², a huge two-storey barn, a covered arcade adjoining the barn and a detached two-storey chai. Set around a courtyard, the property is surrounded by delightful gardens and grounds of 4,138m², some of which are south facing with stunning views of the Pyrénées.

The interior of this unique manor house has a cosy, welcoming atmosphere. The living space of 430m² has been partially renovated - and many of the building’s original 18th-century architectural features have been retained and restored, including a vast open fireplace in the sitting room and the main wooden staircase with beautifully wide, shallow steps.

The front door of the manor house opens into an entrance hall – to one side is a double-size dining room/reception room; to the other side is a huge double-size sitting room with a fabulous stone fireplace. Beyond these rooms is the kitchen which has an adjoining dining area, along with access to a large utility room and a separate WC.

The living space on the first floor comprises three large bedrooms, two smaller bedrooms, a dressing room, a family bathroom, a shower room and a WC. There is also two vast loft-style bedrooms above the covered arcade. At the far end of this room, there is a door which opens into the barn. On the second floor, there are two large bedrooms and a room set aside for transforming into a second shower room.

The two-storey barn, which forms an L-shape with the manor house, could be incorporated into the main house to create additional living accommodation, or it could be transformed into luxurious Bed and Breakfast suites, several gîtes, function rooms for hosting weddings and events, running leisure activity holidays or yoga retreats... or even for transforming into a “gîte d’étape” for ramblers, cyclists and pilgrims following the Chemin-de-St-Jacques-de-Compostelle into Spain. There is also a detached two-storey chai, which would also be perfect for creating more accommodation. NB: planning permission has been granted for creating chambres d’hôtes/Bed and Breakfast rooms in the barn.

Set in grounds of 4,138m², the manor house has beautiful views of the Béarnaise countryside and to the Pyrénées beyond. There is a garden at the front of the farmhouse shaded by mature trees and shrubs, along with a vegetable garden. There is also a large garden behind the barn, which would be ideal for installing a swimming pool, a sunny terrace for outdoor dining, a children’s play area...

Situated in a peaceful village, this delightful property is in a perfect location for anyone who loves skiing, watersports and the sea. Several Pyrénées ski resorts are about an hour away to the south - and the famous Atlantic beach resorts on the Côte-Basque, such as Biarritz and St-Jean-de-Luz, are about 90 minutes away to the west. There are swimming lakes - some with “beaches” - in the surrounding area, along with exciting white-water rafting and canoeing on the river that flows through Pau on its way to Bayonne!

THE MANOR HOUSE

Ground floor:
- an entrance hall
- a double-size sitting room with a huge open fireplace
- a double-size dining room/reception room
- a kitchen with a dining area
- a large utility room
- a WC

First floor:
- two huge loft-style bedrooms above the arcades, with access to the barn
- three large bedrooms, one with a large dressing room
- two smaller interconnecting bedrooms
- a family bathroom
- a shower room
- a separate WC

Second floor:
- two bedrooms
- a room to convert into a shower room


THE OUTBUILDINGS

The outbuildings of about 700m² comprise...
- an unconverted two-storey chai with a barbecue area
- a partially converted two-storey barn
- an arcade area ideal for using as a covered dining terrace, a summer kitchen, parking...

The two-storey barn adjoins the manor house and is accessible via a door in one of the bedrooms. The roof of the barn was renewed in 2003 and is in very good condition. The barn and the chai would be ideal for converting into gîtes or luxurious Bed and Breakfast suites – and there is more than enough room to create a studio for art, dance, cookery, wine-tasting or yoga workshops... or if you plan to open a “gîte d’étape”, you could transform the outbuildings into dormitories for ramblers, cyclists, horse riders and, of course, pilgrims walking the Chemin-de-St-Jacques-de-Compostelle, along with a reception area, a communal kitchen, a dining room, a cosy sitting room...


THE GARDENS AND GROUNDS

The gardens and grounds of 4,138m² comprise...
- a courtyard of about 1,000m²
- a garden of about 1,000m² adjoining the courtyard, which includes a vegetable garden and a delightful outdoor dining area shaded by mature trees
- a garden behind the barn of about 2,000m² with fantastic views of the Pyrénées


THE POTENTIAL!

Although in need of some renovation works, this huge manor house is perfectly habitable as a family home and has plenty of room for friends and family to stay! The property comprises 430m² of living space in the manor house – and you could create up to 700m² of additional accommodation if you convert the adjoining two-storey barn and the detached chai.

The manor house and outbuildings are perfect for creating a gîte business or a boutique Bed and Breakfast business (initial plans have been approved). The peaceful village location is ideal if you wish to host relaxing yoga and wellness retreats, leisure activity holidays (painting, photography, writing cookery, wine-tasting…), small corporate events - or even a tearoom for passing walkers, cyclists and pilgrims who are following the Chemin-de-St-Jacques-de-Compostelle!

The pilgrim route passes directly through the village, so you might like to consider creating an official “Gîte d’étape”, which is a place where pilgrims know that they can book good-value accommodation en route to Santiago-de-Compostela in Spain. If you are tempted to offer more than just breakfast and supper to your guests, pub-style lunches or afternoon tea for arriving pilgrims and ramblers are bound to be a hit – and departing guests would be thrilled to leave with a tasty packed lunch or even a gourmet picnic hamper!


SERVICES & TECHNICAL

Telephone + ADSL (fibre expected late 2021)
Some double glazing
Electricity
Heating: open fireplace and oil-fired heating with radiators
Mains water
Septic tank
Well for watering the garden


THE LOCAL AREA

The manoir is located in the beautiful Béarn region in south-west France, not far from Pau (25 minutes to the ring road) and Lourdes (40 minutes). Toulouse, Bordeaux and San-Sebastián in Spain are all about two hours away; Bilbao is three hours away.

The region is popular with tourists all year round for hiking, mountain-biking, white-water rafting and fishing. There are also several ski resorts (about 70 minutes away) which offer 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 about 90 minutes away where you can swim and surf at Biarritz, St-Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye, Hossegor...

If your interests are gastronomic, visit the daily markets throughout the Béarn to sample the locally produced Jurançon wines, tasty Bayonne ham and fabulous Brebis, which is a cheese made using milk from sheep. The famous “Ossau-Iraty” brebis can be bought direct from farms in the Vallée d’Ossau to the south of the property, or you’ll find it at any of the farmers’ markets in the local towns and villages.

Airports: Pau, Tarbes-Lourdes, Biarritz
Train: Pau, Tarbes
Ferry: Bilbao, Santander

Ski: Val-d’Azun, Gourette, Issarbe, La-Pierre-St-Martin, Candanchú (Spain)...
Beaches: Biarritz, St-Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye, Hossegor...

Attractions: Grottes de Bétharram, Parc’Ours, Le Petit Train d‘Artouste, Marciac Jazz Festival...

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