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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Jacqueline's villa. We were a large group with three couples and four children. The big pool in particular got a lot of use, along with the many options Jacqueline had available, including petanque, badminton, the trampoline, etc. The property has obviously been enjoyed by kids for many years and ours took full advantage of that.
The house is huge, which was good for our party as we used up all of the available bedrooms. It is an old place, although with some more modern features. You could say the house has "character" with a few odd quirks but none which caused us any issues. We ate outside much of the time but the big table in dining room would also happily accommodate 10 (or more).
All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and found it a great place to return to after a sunny day out during a hot summer.
André is a really lovely host, very helpful and warm, a delight.
The building was originally a grand hotel in the last part of the 19 and early 20 centuries and the apartment reflects this, high ceilings and spaciousness giving it character. An interesting feature is that one window in the large kitchen/ dining room looks over a small street, an impasse, enjoyable to see a bit of street life, people enjoying a meal at the restaurant situated there.
Pau is a lovely town, I would describe it as sophisticated but with a friendly atmosphere; as the main attraction is the Château, there are relatively few tourists, it is definitely a town which has not been spoilt.
A free little bus that goes on a circular route stops outside the large church of Ste Martin two minutes away, goes to ‘ les Halles’, the indoor market, a good place to buy local produce, excellent cheese, goats and ‘fromage de brebis’ from ewes. Also Bayonne ham a good buy.
Trains from Pau station go to interesting places, Bayonne, OleronSte Marie, Lourdes.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and will be returning in October.