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House in Orthez , Pyrénées-Atlantiques , Aquitaine

€195,000 £165,892**
Ref: A09775
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Siret number: 400782488
Price €195 000
agency fees to be paid by the seller
Ref A09775
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Dept Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Surface 157 M2* Plot Size 72493 M2
Bathroom 1 Bedrooms 4
  • 0-2KM to amenities
  • Hamlet property
  • 50km or less to airport
  • House
  • Electricity on site
  • Garage
  • Barns / outbuildings
  • Private parking
  • Woodburner(s)
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Suitable for horses
  • Business potential
  • Water on site
  • Habitable
  • To be renovated
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This traditional Béarnaise farm is fantastic value for money! Very conveniently located on the main road between Orthez and Pau, the farmhouse would be perfect for a small B&B business, a crèche/playgroup, a doctor’s surgery, a teashop... and the outbuildings and land are ideal for a riding school, a dog-training school or an agricultural/horticultural farming business. The three-storey farmhouse has more than 150m² of living space, including five bedrooms - and the numerous outbuildings which are set around a grassy courtyard include a small stable and a huge two-storey barn with a workshop. The land comprises a field of 1.8 hectares next to the farmhouse and over 5,000m² of gardens surrounding the farmhouse, including an ancient fronton and tennis court to restore! Beyond this land, there are 3.9 hectares of forest and woodland, which slope down to a meadow of 9,000m², which is also ideal for cultivation and could even be used for growing vines... Read more ...

Built in 1930, this unique farmhouse offers the new owners a multitude of opportunities once restored… to use as a family home, a holiday home, business premises, a B&B, a small hotel, a teashop… and the surrounding land is perfect for anyone wishing to set up an agricultural or horticultural business, a riding stables, a dog-training school...

The farmhouse and its outbuildings were built by a previous owner of the neighbouring maison-de-maître as part of a large country property. The farmhouse shares a courtyard between the two properties with parking for several cars (the maison-de-maître is set back from the courtyard) and access to a garage adjoining the farmhouse, along with a huge two-storey barn. From the courtyard, a path between the farmhouse and the barn leads up to the front door and around to a grassy courtyard, which is enclosed by more outbuildings.

The front door opens into a hallway with a traditional wooden staircase to the upper floors. The ground floor comprises a kitchen with direct access into the garage and a sitting room/dining room with an open fireplace and south-east-facing French doors opening out into the garden.

There is a mezzanine level between the first floor and ground floor (above the garage) with a bedroom, a bathroom and a WC - and on the first floor, there are three more bedrooms. The second floor is currently an open-plan loft space, but it would be possible to convert it into further bedrooms with en suite shower rooms, for example.

Outside, the grassy courtyard is enclosed by several outbuildings of about 467m². It is unlikely that permission would be given to convert these into gîtes, but it is possible that you may be able to use them for transforming into additional facilities for Bed and Breakfast guests, such as a summer kitchen, a covered terrace for outdoor dining, a gym, dance or art studio... Although located on a main road, this could be a huge advantage if you are hoping to set up a Bed and Breakfast business – you will undoubtedly attract guests all year round from people driving past - both tourists and business people. There is also an ever-growing market of holidaymakers touring on motorbikes, who would love this property.

If you are hoping to find a property to use for an agricultural/horticultural/hobby vineyard business, the flat fields and meadows are ideal, as are the various outbuildings. The property is also perfect for horses, donkeys and goats who will love the extensive forest and woodland. The property would also be perfect for setting up a riding school, livery stables or a dog-training school. Please see below for further details of the outbuildings and the land...

The house is close to several rivers for exciting watersports, numerous ski resorts in the French and Spanish Pyrénées, along with surfing and family beaches on the Atlantic coast. The Medieval market town of Orthez is under 10 minutes away, where you will find numerous shops and other amenities. Also under 10 minutes away is the “Base de Loisirs d’Orthez-Biron”, which is a leisure lake with a beach, so you can swim, sunbathe and picnic as if you are by the sea!


Ground floor:
- a large garage
- a courtyard
- an entrance hall
- a sitting room/dining room with an open fireplace and access to the courtyard
- a kitchen with access to the garage

Mezzanine floor:
- a bedroom
- a bathroom
- a WC

First floor:
- three bedrooms

Second floor:
- a loft with sloping ceilings, which could be used for bedrooms


The outbuildings of 467m² comprise:
- a two-storey barn with two rooms (103m² + 52m² on the ground floor)
- an adjoining one-storey workshop with two rooms (53m² + 39m²)
- three open-sided hangars (50m² + 47m² + 30m²)
- two agricultural stores (51m² + 36m²)


The land of 72,493m² (17.9 acres) comprises:
- land around the farmhouse: 5,969m² (1.5 acres), which includes a grassy courtyard enclosed by outbuildings and an old fronton and tennis court to restore
- farmland next to the farmhouse: 1.84 hectares (4.5 acres)
- forest and woodland: 3.9 hectares (9.6 acres)
- farmland/meadow beyond the hillside forest and woodland: 9000m² (2.2 acres)


Although the farmhouse is on a road, the excellent outbuildings and 7.2 hectares of land are absolutely ideal for an agricultural/horticultural business, a horse-riding school, livery stables or even a dog-training school. The farmhouse and outbuildings are set around a grassy courtyard, which is deal for use as a paddock or an area for dog-training. The land around the farmhouse is flat, and includes an agricultural field of 1.8 hectares. The land then slopes down through extensive forest and woodland to an open meadow at the bottom of the hill, which could also be farmed or even planted with vines.

The potential for creating some B&B rooms in the farmhouse is huge, attracting both holidaymakers and business people en route for Biarritz, its airport and for beach holidays on the Atlantic coast in the one direction... and Pau, its airport and for skiing holidays in the Pyrénées in the other direction! It may even be possible to get permission to use the barn and workshop as a covered dining area for B&B guests or to transform into a gym, an art or dance studio or a summer kitchen for gastronomy and wine-tasting workshops...

NB: there is currently a shortage of good-quality guest accommodation in the Béarn, so tourist offices are actively encouraging the creation of B&B businesses throughout the area. This demand is year-round, from both tourists and from corporate clients, due to the Béarn's excellent location not far from the Atlantic coast, the Pyrénées, numerous ski resorts and Pau.


Double glazing throughout
Roof in good condition on the house but needs to be replaced on the outbuildings
Heating : oil-fired with radiators + open fireplace
Mains water
Septic tank (needs replacing)


The property is located under 10 minutes away from Orthez in the beautiful Béarn region in south-west France. It is not far from Pau, Lourdes, the picturesque Basque Country and the Atlantic coast; Toulouse, Bordeaux, San-Sebastián and Bilbao are all within easy reach.

Popular with tourists all year round for hiking, mountain-biking, white-water rafting and fishing, the region also has numerous ski resorts (80 - 90 minutes away) offering 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 50 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 and Basque Country 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: Orthez
Ferry: Bilbao, Santander

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

Attractions: Base de Loisirs d’Orthez-Biron, Aquabéarn, Parc’Ours, Grottes de Bétharram, Gorges de Kakuetta, Passerelle d’Holzarte, Le Train de La Rhune...


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