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Our stay at Gites de Bernet was a very comfortable and agreeable part of our 2000 mile journey through the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. The location of the Gite just 2 km from Monein makes it an ideal base from which to explore the lovely Pays Basque and to enjoy the medieval charm of its ancient towns and villages, mountain trains, beautiful seaside, and also the bustling city of Pau just a few km away.
Many thanks to Ben and Rebecca for providing such a lovely venue for our adventure.
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.