Aquitaine, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Ogeu-les-Bains, France
- Hamlet property
- 50 km or less to airport
- Electricity on site
- Barns - outbuildings
- Private parking
- Good condition
- Character property
The farmhouse has been renovated and decorated in a warm, colourful style and the practical layout is ideal for a large family home/holiday home. In addition, many of the building’s original features have been restored and beautifully incorporated into the décor, such as exposed stone walls, exposed wooden beams and a lovely open fireplace in the dining area where a huge wood-fired range has been installed.
The ground floor of the farmhouse comprises a kitchen with a dining area and access to the terrace, a huge sitting room, a room which could be used as a ground-floor bedroom/office/study, a shower room and a WC. Wooden stairs lead up to the first floor and four bedrooms, a dressing/laundry room and a family bathroom. The second floor is currently one open-plan bedroom with a sitting area, but could easily be transformed into two separate bedrooms, if desired.
The unconverted barn adjoining the farmhouse has a small upper floor and could easily be used for extra accommodation in the main house, for transforming into B&B bedroom suites or for creating a gîte (permission required). The property also has a shelter for two horses, which could also generate paying guests! There is a marked European horse trail not far from the house and subsequently there is a growing market for overnight accommodation where horses are welcome as well!
This lovely farmhouse is close to Ogeu-les-Bains, which is famous for its bottled mineral water from springs discovered as far back as the Middle Ages. The town is also classed as AOC for Ossau-Iraty cheese and even produces cheese made from horse milk! If you have a family, you will be spoilt for choice for schools in the area – and if you enjoy visiting the coast and the mountains, the farmhouse could not be better placed for reaching coastal resorts and skiing resorts for fun days out!
- a south-facing terrace
- a huge sitting room (57m²) with an open fireplace and access to the terrace
- a kitchen
- a dining room with an Aga-style wood-burning range and a working bread oven
- a bedroom/office/study
- a shower room with a WC
- four bedrooms
- a dressing/laundry room
- a bathroom
- a WC
- an open-plan loft-style bedroom, which could be divided into two separate rooms
- a two-storey stone barn which adjoins the house
- a garage for two cars (40m²)
- a shelter for two horses
- a woodshed
GARDENS & GROUNDS
The property is set in 8,700m² (2.2 acres) of wooded grounds planted with exotic trees and shrubs, which include ginkgo, eucalyptus, palms, olive trees… There is a lovely south-facing terrace for outdoor dining next to the house and more than enough room for installing a swimming pool and a summer kitchen in the grounds.
Halfway down the sloping part of the land is a reed bed, which is used as an ecological alternative to a septic tank.
SERVICES & TECHNICAL
Telephone + ADSL
Aerothermic heating system with radiators + fireplace/woodburners
Waste water treatment using an ecological reed bed system
THE LOCAL AREA
Ogeu-les-Bains is in the Béarn 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.
If your interests are gastronomic, visit the daily markets throughout the Béarn and Basque Country to sample local delicacies, such as tasty Bayonne ham or fabulous brebis, which is a cheese made using milk from sheep. The famous Ossau-Iraty brebis can be bought direct from farms in the nearby Vallée d’Ossau, or you’ll find it at any of the farmers’ markets in the local towns and villages.
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 90 minutes away (Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Hendaye, Hossegor...)
Film buffs might be interested to know that the nearby town of Oloron-Ste-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!
DRIVING TIMES (from the centre of Ogeu-les-Bains)
Pau Airport 43m
Tarbes-Lourdes Airport 1h 05m
Biarritz Airport 1h 34m
Ogeu-les-Bains train station 03m
Long-distance coach (Flixbus) from Oloron-Sainte-Marie 14m
Ferry Bilbao 3h 15m
La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 03m
Candanchú (Spain) 1h 14m
Iraty 1h 19m
Val-d’Azun 1h 22m
Biarritz, Grande Plage 1h 42m
Tarnos, Metro Plage 1h 45m
Aventure Parc Aramits 36m
Aquabéarn (Goès) 21m
Parc’Ours (Borce) 52m
Zoo d’Asson 32m
Grottes de Bétharram 44m
Gorges de Kakuetta 59m
Passerelle d’Holzarte 1h 13m
Lourdes 1h 01m
Toulouse 2h 35m
Bayonne 1h 33m
Biarritz 1h 41m
Bordeaux 2h 35m
Carretera del Roncal via La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 11m
Puerto de Larrau 1h 20m
Tunnel de Somport 1h
San-Sebastián 2h 08m
Zaragoza (Saragossa) 3h 01m
Madrid 6h 05m
Aquitaine, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Ogeu-les-Bains, France
NEAREST AIRPORTSDistances are straight line measurements
- Pyrénées(International)15.0 miles
- Lourdes (Tarbes)(International)25.6 miles
- Parme(International)55.8 miles
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