This is a 'get away from it all' holiday location. The house is on the edge of Quartier Bidos, a small hamlet of 8 houses. It is part of the commune of St. Lanne in the most northern region of the Hautes-Pyrénées. There is ample living space including a living room which has been converted from the adjoining Chai (wine store) and has a high, vaulted ceiling and original beams and a beautiful open plan kitchen which looks out onto the dining area by the large inglenook fireplace. There is a 12 metre x 5 metre pool with Roman steps at the bottom of the 3/4 acre garden which is visible from the house and the terraces with an electric pool cover to help keep the water temperature just right for you. Here you can sit, drink in hand at the end of the day and watch the sun go down and nothing will disturb your peace at night but the sounds of nature - a nocturnal chorus of owls, crickets and frogs. There is also a covered terrace for eating outside with uninterrupted views east of the vineyards and south of the mountains and a smaller terrace both overlooking the garden. This is a deeply rural area so expect to drive through acres of vineyards and sunflowers on your way to the shops. A car is essential.
Beautifully restored farmhouse near Madiran, Hautes-Pyrénées, 12m pool with steps, stunning views, beautiful garden with sweeping lawn, peaceful location
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- Calendar last updated:
- 10 Dec 2018
About Tracey Howes
After spending an idyllic 3 week holiday in this beautiful house, we had the fantastic opportunity of realising a long term dream of actually buying a property in France...and not just any property, but this gem of a farmhouse. We were bowled over, not just by the house and gardens, but with the beauty and tranquillity of the area and the friendliness of the local people. We still have to pinch ourselves sometimes! This is our dream holiday home - we hope it is yours too.
Tracey Howes purchased this Farmhouse in 2014
Why Tracey Howes chose Saint-Lanne
We first came to the Midi-Pyrénées several years ago for the combination of accessibility of both mountains and seaside. Over time, we have gravitated towards less touristy areas so that we can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside as well as go out cycling as a family in quiet country lanes away from the hustle and bustle.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Apart from the beautiful house, garden and 12m x 5m swimming pool, with electric pool cover to keep the pool warmer and to extend the swimming season, this area is perfect for a relaxing French experience. There are plenty of small market towns in the area, local events and an abundance of local vineyards for as much wine tasting as you can manage. The area is perfect for cycling for adults and children alike - plenty of challenging hills if you want them or safe country lanes with not so many hills for the children. There is also canoeing not too far away, local restaurants and the seaside and mountains all within two hours drive.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Beautiful House in perfect location
We spend a very relaxing week at the end of September in this beautifully restored and well equipped farmhouse. Absolutely georgous view of the mountains across the beautiful garden. Quite location, but still well connected to towns, restaurants, and the must-see locations in the area. The house has everything you could think of, perfectly equipped kitchen, nice sitting areas and well appointed bedrooms, everything at a very high standard. Best of all is the absolute silence and the stunning view of a million stars at night. We will certainly return!
Thank you so much for your wonderful review of our house. We are so glad that you enjoyed it as much as we do, and especially the million stars. You were perfect guests and we look forward very much to welcoming you again.
Tracey and Mark
Paradise found in the foothills of the Pyrenees
Quite honestly we would have been happy just to pitch our tent in the garden on arrival and take in the stunning views offered by the Pyrenees. Instead we felt obliged to take up residence in quite simply a most beautiful home. Maison Acanthe was immaculately presented throughout and equipped to a very high standard. Everything you could want was either available at the residence or within a short drive - from the fabulous pool, and sizeable, private, well maintained garden, to the local bars and restaurants in the surrounding villages and towns. We will definitely be returning to Maison Acanthe, but will travel further afield next time as there is clearly so much more to explore in the area.
Dear Darrel and Angela
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you again to Maison Acanthe in the future.
Tracey and Mark
Georgeous house, garden and THAT VIEW!
Our second stay (it would have been our third but I left the booking too late last year.) The h ouse is perfect in every way - beautiful, well equipped house, wonderful garden with flowers and mountain views, and huge pool. Great cycling all around in traffic free lanes, and lovely walking on tracks in the fields. Very quiet and private, but walkable to the boulangerie (2 miles each way). Thank you Tracey and Mark!
Thank you indeed for your lovely review, we were so glad to welcome you and hope to see you again.
Tracey and Mark
Georgeous house, gorgeous view
Fantastic in every way. Wonderfully comfortable house, beautiful garden with view of the Pyrennees, huge pool. Great cycling on quiet lanes for miles around, lovely footpath walks through vineyards, village boulangerie is walkable (2 miles). No close neighbours; very peaceful. Good wifi, good TV etc for those that want them. Easily the best house we have ever stayed in. Thank you Tracey and Mark.
We were delighted to welcome you again and so glad you enjoyed your stay. Tracey and Mark
3rd consecutive stay
I think the title sums it all up
The best property we have stayed in within France and the owners are extremely helpful
Lovely lay out , kitchen and bathrooms, everything provided - dont want for anything
Lovely gardens , pool and mountain views and bags of animal and bird life
Pyrennes very accessible - take ya bicycle and do the Tourmalet!
Thank you so much Greg for your lovely review. We're so glad that your 3rd year running didn't disappoint!
Tracey and Mark
The house was beyond our expectations : large, beautiful and peaceful view with a securised swimming pool. The place was perfect for our kids who could run in the big garden. The house is fully furnished, convenient and clean (thank you again Sue!). Everything was well described and we had a lot of information from the hosts Tracey and Mark.
From there, we have visited the villages surrounding (Bassoues, Lupiac, madiran, marciac...) and Tarbes. We enjoyed a lot the quietness of Maison Acanthe and recommend this adress warmly.
We are so glad the house was even better than you had expected and that you had a fabulous week. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
Tracey and Mark
St. Jean de Luz and Biarritz are on the Atlantic coast. Anglet is the resort to visit if surfing is your passion and Hendaye is a lovely safe family-friendly beach for children. Or, if you fancy going across the border to Spain, St Sebastian is easy to get to. All are about 2 hours drive away and well worth the trip.
Lourdes (Ryanair from Stansted) is 50 minutes away. Toulouse (BA, EasyJet) is 2.5 hours and Bordeaux (BA, Easyjet) is 2.0 hours. EasyJet also fly to Biarritz from Gatwick, 1hr 40 mins away. TGV goes to Bordeaux from Paris and takes 3 hours. Change there for local train service to Mont de Marsan where you can hire a car. From there it's an hour's drive to the house.
Madiran is 3 km away and has a baker, post office and restaurants. For shopping, Maubourguet is 13km, Riscle 11k, Aire sur l'Adour 15km. There are market days in all the local towns, particularly special are Saturday markets at Vic en Bigorre and Aire sur L'Adour. There's a local restaurant at Aydie (3km) where the Ceps Omelettes are legendary. In Madiran there's Le Prieuré, also very good. World famous chef, Michel Guérard has 3 restaurants at the spa town of Eugénie Les Bains (45 mins drive).
Marciac holds its annual International Jazz Festival during the first two weeks in August when the whole town is taken over by music. There's waterskiing at Cahuzac, a frozen in time 16th Century Chateau de Mascaras at Garlin, canoeing at Aire sur l'Adour and for wine enthusiasts there are many chateaux literally on the doorstep to visit for local wine-tastings where you will be warmly welcomed by the locals. There is a falconry and animal centre nearby as well as an exhibition centre which has regular exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and photography from all over France.The Haras Anglo-Arab stud is at Tarbes and has regular open days and displays. A trip to Lourdes in the Pyrenees is only an hour away and a fascinating experience with mountains all around. There are flower festivals during the Spring. The village of Madiran is at the centre of this famous wine making region and holds its annual Fête in mid August. This is when all the local wine producers gather to show off their stock and there's plenty of opportunity both to taste and, more importantly, to buy.
For cycling enthusiasts, the area is great for both serious cyclists and children alike with sufficiently challenging hills for those who want them. Traffic in the area is light so cycling through the countryside is a real pleasure. And for followers of the Tour de France, the Tour passes every year in and around Pau and up in the Pyrénées nearby as well as passing through many local routes, towns and villages.
There are many wonderful local restaurants, not forgetting those at the spa town of Eugénie les Bains (45 minutes drive) where world famous chef Michel Guérard produces food to die for. On the doorstep in Madrian is fine-dining le Prieuré and for more traditional French fare l'Estanquet. A few minutes drive in the opposite direction is le Relais d'Aydie - people travel miles for their cêpes omelette.
In terms of climate, June to the end of August is very hot indeed and this is the time when the pool comes into its own. April and May are delightful months when spring flowers are at their best, the landscape is bursting with new life and the temperature is absolutely perfect. The months of September and October also have lovely balmy weather when you can still enjoy meals outside.
For maps of the local area for cycling and walking you need IGN maps 1634 E Riscle, 1734 O Plaisance and 1644 E Lembeye.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: At the time of booking clients will be asked for 25% of the rental fee. Eight weeks before their stay the remainder will be due plus £500 against loss or damage. Should no loss or damage occur, this amount will be returned. If clients cancel more than 8 weeks before their visit the booking fee will be retained as cancellation fee unless we are able to relet the property. If clients cancel less than 8 weeks before their visit, any rental paid will be retained unless the property is relet. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Saturday. Outgoing guests are asked to leave the property no later than 09.30. Incoming guests should not arrive before 16.00 please. This will allow time to clean the house and prepare for new guests. Your co-operation is appreciated. Notes on prices: Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. Should you wish to rent the house outside the dates listed, we will be happy to discuss this with you with a view to agreeing a reasonable rental price.