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Maison Monique - Farmhouse Holiday Rental in Mauvezin, Hautes-Pyrénées, France
Luxurious Farmhouse, Large Landscaped Garden & Breathtaking Panoramic Views
Maison Monique is a listed 280m2 former village farmhouse set at 600 metres in the shadow of the medieval Château with breathtaking panoramic views over the Baronnies and the main Pyrenean range (Pic de Midi) to the south and rolling foothills to the north.
Standing on 1800m2 of landscaped garden, this fully-equipped luxury accommodation comprises 2 substantial triple bedrooms, magnificent salon with satellite TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, ipod connection and scope for additional beds, large bath/shower and separate WC, spacious farmhouse kitchen with wood burner in open fireplace and beautiful shaded south east facing veranda for alfresco meals.
Superb skiing, cycling, hiking, rafting and fishing, shops 2km, restaurants/pool 4km, 10 minutes to supermarket, 15 minutes golf course, 1hr Spain and 1.5 hours Atlantic. Easy access from 3 airports.
Holiday Accommodation at Maison Monique
This delightful farmhouse comfortably accommodates 6 people and comprises:
Stone steps and double oak front doors opens onto:
- A tiled entrance hall with period staircase, leading to first floor.
- Large spacious bedroom with one large double and one single bed, antique wardrobe, occasional table, stone open fireplace, wooden floor and exposed beams.
- Imposing fully equipped farmhouse kitchen/dining room with oak dining table seating 8, stone open fireplace with woodburner, beams and wooden parquet floor.
- Tiled rear entrance hallway with coat-rack leading to:
- Separate WC.
- Bathroom with bath, separate shower, washbasin, concealed washing machine and dryer.
- Large (55m2) opulently furnished "Grand Salon" with TV, Satellite, DVD, purist high-end stereo, wooden parquet floor and plenty of space for additional beds, overlooking the village church and rolling countryside to the east.
- Large, spacious bedroom with one large double and one single bed, antique wardrobe, laptop desk/dressing table, imposing views through three windows, parquet floor.
Outside there is a gated entrance leading to the upper parking area, a courtyard with table and chairs, perfect for breakfast as the sun hits the courtyard in the morning. A large mature garden with extensive lawn, exotic plants and palms and of course the staggering views. There is a shady eating area to the side of the house draped with scented jasmine and climbers, equipped with dining table, eight chairs and BBQ for alfresco meals.
Garage storage facilities are available for motorbikers wanting to take advantage of what must be some of the best biking roads in Europe. We have lots of wonderful walks and trails right on the doorstep: you can stroll up to the chateau or walk through the woods to the cistercian Abbaye de L'Escaladieu and if you are here during the summer season there are many local festivals and fetes.
About Mauvezin in Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi Pyrenees
Our beautiful holiday farmhouse is located on the edge of the pretty village of Mauvezin in the French department of the Hautes Pyrenees (65), region of the Midi Pyrenees. Maison Monique sits 580 metres above sea level and is situated on the small road that leads up to the ancient medieval Chateau of Gaston Febus. 3km away is the friendly village of Capvern, which has a Bakery, Grocer shop, Chemist, Post office and a little further up the road is a supermarket, which sells everything; so all amenities are close by.
The small, pretty spa town of Capvern-les-Bains is a beautiful 5 minute drive (or if you're feeling up to it, a hike or cycle) up steep winding hills and over fabulous countryside. There are a handful of cafes and a pizzeria, outdoor swimming pool, Edenvik, the new spa for water thrapy, massages and treatments and even a small cinema, also a small street market every Tuesday during the Summer season. Within easy walking distance from the house, you will find the beautiful ancient cistercian Abbaye de L'Escaladieu, which is open to the public and often hosts music, film and art exhibitions as well as being the starting point for hot-air balloon trips.
It is around a fifteen minute drive to one of the oldest spa towns in France, Bagneres-de-Bigorre, which has a beautiful sense of faded grandeur and is not only famous for its health spa and waters but also for the fact that it often hosts the Tour de France. In Bagneres you will find many traditional outdoor cafes, restaurants, shops, a fabulous covered market, Aquensis, a beautiful modern spa which boasts a solarium, hammam, beauty salon and a state-of-the-art thermal swimming pool and if you fancy a flutter, Bagneres even has its own Casino. Bagneres is the gateway to the high pyrenees mountains with easy access to the Col de Tourmalet for fabulous walking, hiking, cycling, driving and taking in the scenery or in the winter for skiing and winter sports.
At La Mongie, (40 kms) the ski resort on the Col deTourmalet, you can take a cable car up to the Pic du Midi where there is an observatory (you can see it from the garden) with a space museum, cafe, and fantastic views.
St Lary Soulan (42 kms) is our other local ski resort or in the Summer caters for walking, mountain biking and other outdoor pursuits. Close by you will find the Grotte de Medous, a famous cave discovered in 1948, with beautiful stalagmites and stalagtites.
It will take you about 30 minutes to reach the lovely medieval village of St Bertrand de Comminges, where you can amble through narrow cobbled streets, browse in the craft shops, visit the famous fortress-like cathedral, explore Roman ruins and perhaps have a spot of lunch at one of the many restaurants.
There is so much sightseeing in this area that the list is almost endless but here are some suggestions: visit the beautiful town of Pau (45 minute drive) which is steeped in history with its ancient chateau, the birthplace of Henri IV. It also has sophisticated shops and an excellent selection of restaurants and cafes. Known as "La Ville Anglaise" due to the fact that Wellington brought his troops to Pau for some rest and relaxation, finding the mild climate agreeable, many of them later returned and settled there with their families. They established the first golf course on the continent, a cricket team and a foxhunt, Pau is still very much an equestrian town hosting many international equine events. In May, Pau also plays host to a Historic grand prix: one of the few events where cars can still race round a street circuit.
Lourdes is only 38 minutes away with its beautiful basilica and interesting religious history. Pony trek or walk to the Cirque de Gavarnie, which is a world heritage site (1.2 hour drive over the pyrenees mountain passes). Visit Bagneres de Luchon (55 minutes) with its very elegant buildings and a gondola ride up to Superbagneres, which was the first ski resort in France.
Visit the lovely city of Toulouse for the day (1 hour) for top gourmet food and wine, shopping and sightseeing. The Atlantic coast towns of Biarritz, St Jean de Luz and St Sebastien/Donostia in the Basque country are charming and only two hours away, great if you fancy a day at the beach. If you fancy a change of scene, you can visit Spain only an hour away over the Pyrenees. Head for Ainsa, one of the jewels of the Pyrenees; sitting high on a hill, this beautiful ancient walled city has wonderful medieval architecture and boasts many restaurants all serving lunch until 4pm. Just off the road to Ainsa is a route taking you through the Valle de Anisclo. You will pass amazing scenery, gorges, and rock formations and if you look carefully you will be able to watch the wildlife including eagles circling.
See Local guide and map for information on nearby towns and facilities.
How To Get To Mauvezin in Hautes-Pyrénées, South West France
Maison Monique is in the village of Mauvezin, which is the Hautes Pyrenees department 65; (be sure to get the right one as there are six villages named Mauvezin all in southern France) and we are well served with nearby airports, trains, ferries and motorways.
Nearby airports include, Toulouse 135km, Tarbes/Lourdes Pyrenees 46km and Pau Pyrenees 78km.
Nearby access to the A64 motorway.
Brittany Ferries offer two sailings a week from Plymouth to Santander in Spain and P&O also offer two sailings a week from Portsmouth to Bilbao. Distance from Santander is 420 kms and takes approx 3.5 hours, distance from Bilbao is 300kms and this journey takes approx 2.5 hour, 98% of which is motorway.
Our nearest train station is Capvern but the service is limited; other nearby stations include Tarbes, Lannemezan (closest to us) and Montrejeau which all have services to and from Toulouse.
See Local guide and map for information on nearby towns and airports.
Facilities at Maison Monique
|Living Area||280 m²|
|Suitability||Pets welcomed, Suitable for children over 14 only, Touring motorcyclists welcome|
|Linen||Per Single £10, Per Double/King size £15, Set of Bath and Hand Towels £5. Bookings by single couples only, the linen and towels free of charge.|
|Internal facilities||Board Games, CD player, DVD player, Electric heaters, English satellite TV, Exclusive rental, Hi-fi system, Wi-Fi Broadband Internet, Owner on site, Radio, TV, VCR, Wood burning fire or stove|
|Kitchen facilities||Cooker, Dishwasher, Electric hob, Fridge-Freezer, Gas oven, Ironing facilities, Tumble dryer, Washing machine|
|External features on site||Barbecue, Garden, Scenic views|
Availability at Maison Monique
Availability last updated on: - Saturday, May 18, 2013
- Booked / Unavailable
|Accommodation rental period||Tariff|
|15 May 2013 - 18 May 2013||
£425.00 per property per week
|25 May 2013 - 1 June 2013||
£475.00 per property per week
|8 June 2013 - 15 June 2013||
£500.00 per property per week
|22 June 2013 - 20 July 2013||
£550.00 per property per week
|27 July 2013 - 24 August 2013||
£600.00 per property per week
|31 August 2013 - 24 September 2013||
£550.00 per property per week
|28 September 2013 - 26 October 2013||
£425.00 per property per week
Additional price information
Cleaning service on departure £40.00
We offer 5% discount for two weeks booking and 7.5% discount for 3 weeks booking.
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