|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
Visit the spectacular Pyrenees for a skiing break, or just to enjoy the winter sunshine. Long winter lets now available at reduced rates. Contact us for details.
This spacious and lovingly restored former farmhouse is located in the quiet village of Caixon in the Hautes Pyrenées. It is the perfect base for a multi-activity holiday or just to get away from it all and soak up the sunshine. The house has 4 bedrooms and can sleep up to 8. Whether your holiday plans include hiking in the Pyrenees, visiting the historic towns of Pau, Lourdes, Tarbes and Auch, gourmet dining, or just relaxing in the 2000+ hours of sunshine a year that this region is famous for, it’s the perfect place to be.
The house dates back to around 1830 and boasts original and character features such as exposed beams and even the original bread oven. It is set in private and secluded grounds. There is a terrace running along the entire length of the front of the house which, having a southerly aspect, catches the sun for most of the day. On the west side of the house there is a large covered patio, perfect for escaping the sun during the heat of the day, or catching the last rays in the evening. Next to the patio is also a small courtyard with a barbecue. There is plenty of storage space for bikes, canoes etc.
There are also extensive lawns and an orchard with many fruit trees: cherry, fig, plum, apple, pear, and quince. Plenty of places to sit in the sun, or in the shade! The accommodation is very flexible.
The ground floor on its own would make an ideal apartment for a couple, comprising huge open plan living/dining room, kitchen, utility (with small shower room) and bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
Upstairs there is a WC and shower room and a further 3 bedrooms, two with double beds and one with two single beds. There is a gas-fired central heating system and huge open fire to keep the house warm in winter, and massive thick stone walls which keep it cool in summer. Unlike much of the self catering accommodation available in France, Au Palouque is a not an annex to another house, or one of several rental units, but is detached farmhouse situated in its own secluded grounds. If you decide to stay at Au Palouque, then the house and grounds of about half an acre, will be yours and yours alone for the duration of your stay. No fighting for parking spaces or to get the best chairs on the patio!
Well presented and well equipped gite with easy access to both the Pyrenees and historical sites. Lovely part of the country.
What an awesome week we spent in this amazing house. From the first impressions of cherry trees in the walled garden, to the secluded courtyard perfect for drinking wine in the afternoon, and the comfortable bedrooms and english television, the house was perfect for a week (or more) in the midi-pyrenees. Easy riding distance to many famous cols of the Tour de France (including the awesome Tourmalet) and easy visiting distance to the sights of Lourdes. Ian was full of helpful information, and the house was equipped with every convenience desired. Free wifi was available, and the many wine glasses certainly give clues to the regions wonderful wines! A five star experience, and I will certainly be back.
Being home again already for one week, after we had a short stay at Caixon, we want to let you know that we had a wonderful time and an enjoy full stay at your holiday home in Caixon. What a nice and well organised and neatly home you have their.
As specially my mother in law, who had a special wish to visit Lourdes one more time at here 91 age, enjoyed the stay very much, which was possible because of the level floor facilities.
We all enjoyed a fabulous stay in the farmhouse in Caixon. The house is set in large grounds of its own giving a very relaxed and spacious feel to the place. The semi covered seating area and table outside were perfect for evening meals and due to the roof extending over half the courtyard we were even able to eat outside on the one occasion when it rained.
The lounge was extremely comfortable and the kitchen very well equipped, while all 4 bedrooms were comfortable and spacious.
This is the perfect house for a quiet retreat - Caixon is a very small and peaceful village. However the towns of Vic and Mauborget are not very far away if you need shops, restaurants and bars.
We were lucky that the house was close to two stages of the Tour de France in 2014, but as it's only around 40 miles from the Col du Tormalet, the tour will pass close by most years.
During our stay we were able to visit Pau, Lourdes, Carcassonne and even Pamplona in Spain, easily on day trips.
Finally, the owner is extremely helpful, providing lots of useful documents about the house, directions and local amenities and he was more than happy to field one or two e-mail queries I had about hiring bikes.
We would certainly recommend the place very highly and have in fact already booked for next year.
Wonderful part of the South of France if you're looking for a quiet relaxing break near the beautiful Pyrenees. We were visiting friends in the area and fortunately also found time to visit Lourdes, Pau and take the cable car and chair lift from pont d'espagne, cauterets to walk to the amazing lake and waterfalls in the Pyrenees. You definitely need a car to fully enjoy this area, particularly as Caixon is a pretty traditional French village, but has no shops - and a part of any French experience has to be daily freshly baked baguettes and croissants, just 5 minutes drive away! The farmhouse has bags of space and charm and contains everything you need to feel at home. You will also find plenty of reasonably priced restaurants only a short drive away. The orchard and courtyard are perfect for relaxing in the shade or sun. We would recommend a stay here, and hope to return.
We were really surprised to find such a lovely place not far from Lourdes and in the middle of a small village. I will recommend the villa to anyone. Just go once, you would want to return again.
Beautiful countryside location allows a respite from travelling while listening to roosters, ducks and town bells in the background. Very large, well kept home has all the modern comforts with the charm of a well kept, hundreds of years old building. Au Paloque is centrally located in south west France, making day trips to vineyards, beachside coast, mountains & major cities possible, not to mention the Spanish border.
Life in Caixon goes on at a very relaxed pace, and it is tempting just to sit in the sun, listen to the birds, and let it wash over you. However, it would be a pity not to explore further afield with so much to see and do nearby. The list below (which is far from exhaustive) gives you a flavour of what is available in the area. The Pyrenées - activities: hiking, rock climbing, rafting/canoeing, paragliding, caving, road cycling, mountain biking, horse riding.
Golf: Courses at Lannemezan/ Tarbes/ Pau/ Bagnères-de-Bigorre. Winter sports: skiing & snowboarding (nearest resort La Mongie – Barèges, is the biggest in the French Pyrenées), snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice climbing. Tour de France: passing through Tarbes and the Pyrenées in July. Wildlife and nature: bird watching, wild flowers, butterflies. Historical towns: Tarbes, Lourdes, Pau, Auch. Châteaux: E.g. Château de Laas, Château de Pau, Château d'Arricau Bordes, Château de Mauvezin, Château de Tostat
Golf: Courses at Lannemezan/ Tarbes/ Pau/ Bagnères-de-Bigorre.
Ski: The nearest resort La Mongie - Barèges, is the biggest in the French Pyrenées. Cauterets is also easily accessible.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.