The house is situated in the Bearn region of France, in the foot hills of the Pyrenees. The country side is green and rolling with the mountains as a back drop. Climate is very mild all the year around, sunny and hot in the summer. Gestas is a tiny hamlet very quiet and private near the wonderful Gave des Saisons. The house seats on it's own grounds with a few trees and hedges making it private. It has it's own swimming pool. It will take 55mn to go to Biarritz and the sandy beaches of Les Landes. Pau is also under one hour., San Sebastian in Spain is about one and a half hours. On the way you can stop at the lovely fishing village of Saint Jean de Luz. All the old features have been kept. They include the original stone fireplace, original staircase and wall made out of pebbles from the river and displayed in the furn pattern. It has garden furniture, a dining table and chairs, a BBQ and loungers. The nearest towns is Sauveterre de Bearn, medieval with a 12thc church and pretty Salies de Bearn is 10km away. We are on the edge of the Basque country with lovely walks and fantastic scenery. There is a wealth of Restaurants in the area selling local foods.
Farmhouse in Gestas, Nr. Sauveterre-de-Bearn, Pyrenees Atlantiques, Aquitaine, France - Situated In A Very Peaceful Hamlet, Just 55min Away From Pau And Biarritz Airport. Sea And Mountains
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About Vincent Dane
I am an interior designer and product consultant and have lived in London for a great many years. I own two houses that I let in this lovely hamlet of Gestas. I do spend most of July and the whole of August in the vicinity so I can keep an eye on the properties and be of assistance when needed.
Vincent Dane purchased this Farmhouse in 2004
Why Vincent Dane chose Gestas
I bought this property in 2004 and did massive work to it to bring it to 21st century standards. I also own the property next door called Quilhaut. This is a marvellous part of France, near the mountains and the sea and benefiting from a mild climate. The house is large, very comfortable, nicely decorated and furnished. It has all the mod coms required.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Peace and calm, beautiful scenery. Silence. Safety. There is a lot to do in the area for people who like a rural life. There is walking, white water rafting, cycling swimming, tennis, horse riding.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
We spent 4 weeks in Gestas and loved every minute.
Wonderful, comfortable house, very peaceful setting but close to rivers, mountains, sea and countless attractive towns and villages. Charming and helpful host who made our stay very enjoyable. Would return and recommend wholeheartedly.
Very special guests. Very charming, the best.
Special interest holidays:
Swimming in the summer, even in the river where there are deep pools. Fishing and skiing in the winter, white water rafting, riding and the Atlantic under an hour away. There is walking and bicycling in the mountains, golf a few minutes away. All the towns around us are pretty ancient and there is a lot to see architecturally. During the summer there is a wealth of festivals available. World surfing championship in August in Biarritz. You can also cross the border into Spain, San Sebastian is a very attractive town. On the way, why not stop in St Jean de Luz for a nice lunch. The food in the area is delicious and there is some very well priced restaurants in the vicinity.
55km to Biarritz which has numerous beaches and is well known for surfing. Very good shops and restaurants in the town and a lovely food market. St jean de luz is a very pretty town, has a marvellous church where Louis XIV married the infanta of Spain. Soccoa opposite the bay has lovely fish restaurants. It will take an hour and ten minutes to the sandy beaches of Les Landes, it stretches for 300 km.
Biarritz and Pau airport 55min away
Bordeaux airport two hours. Bus from airport to train station and train to Puyoo or Dax
Toulouse two and a half hours
Bilbao two and a half hours
Car hire available in all airports
The nearest village is half a mile away. It is called River-Haute and has a groceries shop and butcher, a chemist and a doctor.
Bread and croissants can be delivered to you door step.
Medium size supermarket in Sauveterre and Salies, large supermarket in St Palais (20mn) and two very large ones in Orthez (25mn)
Traditional markets are available in the main towns. Tuesday Orthez, Thursday Salies, Friday St Palais and Saturday Sauveterre.
Booking Notes: Having telephoned us or contacted via the internet and received confirmation that the dates on which you wish to rent the house are free, please sign the copy of the conditions of booking that we would have sent you and post it back with your deposit. 100% of the rental charge will be received greater than 45 days prior to arriving. Changeover Day: The change over day is on Saturday. Arrivals 3PM Departure 10AM. The house will have to be returned in the same state of cleanliness and repair as you have found it. Notes on prices: For rentals between October and the following June electricity will be charged on top