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Farmhouse in Villenave pres Marsac, Hautes Pyrenees, Midi Pyrenees - In a Quiet Village, Close to the Mountains and Just South of the Vineyards
Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: All the bedrooms are light and airy: Bedroom 1 with double bed and en suite bathroom. Double aspect, south towards the mountains and north towards the hamlet of Villenave pres Marsac. Bedroom 2 with double bed. View to pool and mountains. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. The largest of the bedrooms, ideal for children sharing. Extra mattress available on request. Bedroom 4 with twin beds. Lovely double aspect corner room with "Juliet" balcony. Views south towards mountains and east over villa's park. Bedroom 5 with double bed and views over villa's park. Cot and baby paraphanalia available on request.
Pool / Spa
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
La Maison Rose is just 90 minutes by car from Biarritz and the Atlantic beach resorts of Capbreton, Hossegor, St Jean de Luz, for surfing and sunning!
A 3 hour journey the other way takes you to such Mediterranean resorts as Cap d'Agde.
Car is essential to get the best out of the area, taxis are few and far between.
Lourdes/Tarbes/Ossun - 25 mins (Ryanair from Stansted) A lot of names for a small airport! It is between Tarbes and Lourdes close to the village of Ossun.
Biarritz - 90 mins (Ryanair to Stansted)
Toulouse - 1 hr 45 mins (Easyjet to Gatwick, Flybe to Bristol, Aer Lingus, other major airlines)
Bergerac, Bordeaux - 2.5 hours - Ryanair and others
Nearest ports - Bibao, Santander - 4 - 5 hours drive
Other ports - all ports Calais and south, drive from 8 -12 hours.
Bakers in the next village - 5 minutes walk.
Tarbes - 15 minutes drive.
Pau - 45 minutes.
Madiran, St Mont vineyards and caves - 25 minutes.
Lourdes - 35 mins.
Bagneres de Bigorre - 35 mins.
Pyrénées - 50 mins.
Argeles Gazost - 1 hour.
Cycling. The Tour de France passes through one of the local villages every year on its way to or from the Col de Tourmalet. A good day out to enjoy the festival atmosphere building up to the arrival of the racers (don't blink)!
For the more active, La Maison Rose has provided a peaceful starting and finishing point to attempt the Pyrenean stages for themselves.
Tennis courts at Chis, 10 minutes drive.
Hiking, skiing, white water rafting in the Pyrénées, upward of 50 mins drive.
Horse riding - stables abound in the area, and the quality of the horses and the trekking is always high. Stables are within a 10 minute drive, but our favourite is in the hills north of Vic, 25 minutes drive!
Grottes (spectacular underground caves, with stalagmites and tites) within 45 minutes drive, Bettheram is wonderful!
Aerial tree walks, and other such activities all within 45 minutes drive.
Parc Walibi (theme park with scary rides, a smaller Disneyland without the queues) at Agen, with shaded picnic area, just under 2 hours drive.
Big supermarket 10 mins drive, loads of others in the area. Huge complex (clothes, electrical, massive supermarket) 20 mins drive
Tarbes has many nice shops, and a fantastic Thursday market (15 mins)
Markets - at least one for every day of the week, including a tiny one on Sunday, also watch out for the night markets, flea markets, and (very high quality) car boot sales.
The Gascony area is a gourmands delight, with a wide variety of dishes on offer, and international restaurants in Tarbes.
Try the local soup 'Garbure' - delicious! Eat duck in all its forms, local free range veal, seafood platters, a massive range of charcuterie and cheeses.
Restaurants range from 11 euros menus - four or five courses plus all the wine you can drink! through middle priced - 30 - 40 euros for two, to high gourmandise.
Banks and petrol at Vic en Bigorre (10 minute drive), Orleix for supermarket with hole in wall and good priced petrol (10 minutes).
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About Marion Cowie
My name is Marion and I live in London with my husband Simon and two children. La Maison Rose is a tranquil bolt hole which we enjoy as often as we can. In the photograph above, I have been picking plums which I store in rum to enjoy at Christmas and also make into chutney.
Marion Cowie purchased this Farmhouse in 2007
Why Marion Cowie chose Marsac
For some years our family holidays had been spent looking for a holiday home. We wanted somewhere near mountains so we could use it for skiing in the winter and somewhere warm enough, with a pool to be a great location for summer holidays. We also wanted a house big enough to accommodate friends and family. We didn't know this area of France at all, it felt 'undiscovered' and totally French. Marsac itself is a very small farming village. The only sounds are the church bells, cockerels in the morning, the occasional tractor, and the jingle of the van from the bakery in the next village on it's delivery round. However, drive south for ten minutes and there's E Leclerc supermarket and a further 5 minutes and you're in the bustling market town of Tarbes.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
I love the contrast between our busy London life and the peace of La Maison Rose. It may take a day or two, but everyone in the family relaxes and we enjoy quality time with each other. The Atlantic surfing beaches, Biarritz and the charming St. Jean de Luz are only a couple of hours away and well worth a day trip. The Pyrenees provide a spectacular view whatever the season! The largest ski resort in the Pyrenees, La Mongie, is an hour's drive. Walks, waterfalls and picnic places in the summer. Madiran wine from the gentle Madiran hills just north of La Maison Rose. As much as we enjoy days out, I love the fact that there's plenty to do (or not!) without leaving the property including table tennis, trampoline and salt water swimming pool (gentle on sensitive skin).