Stunning views from the garden of our cottage in France
View from the garden of the french farmhouse

Thank you for the stay in your lovely farmhouse. You have done a fantastic job renovating it. We had a great time and the skiing was fantastic. I'm amazed how quickly the kids picked it up. Also thanks for organising the food that was a godsend when we arrived.

Rachel and family, Surrey
February 2011

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We have just returned home this evening and it is great to hear from you. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Farmhouse – it was a brilliant base for exploring the area. The blue book was particularly useful and we took you up on many of your recommendations for day trips. The Petit Train D’Artouste and the little family beach under the Musee de la Mer in Biarritz we our extra special favourites. On the days when we chose not to wander too far, the little tractor and paddling pool came in very handy in keeping the little ones entertained. You have thought about everything and your personal touches really made us feel instantly at home – thank you.

Very best wishes,
Paul, Val and Archie
September 2009
February 2011

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The house is great and unbelievably well equipped. It is so nice to find phone chargers, tool kits, etc. Also, it makes a big difference to find the odd useful food item in the cupboards rather than completely bare as in many other self–catering properties. We stayed in Mallorca once and they didn’t even supply a sink cloth. Jack really appreciated all the ride–on toys and different books to read. When he asked for a paddling pool I thought I’d better check if there was one before dismissing it out of hand and lo and behold there was, as well as the sun tent to shade him while he was in it! He had a great time. The bike was great – he cycled all the way to the restaurant on it.

Tamsin and family, Kent
September 2010

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Mountains2Coast provided our young family with a truly bespoke holiday experience that struck the perfect balance between family fun and cultural escapism. The Farmhouse is a true delight, modified to contain every modern convenience whilst retaining the true essence of French country charm. The owners have clearly thought through the needs of a travelling family with great care and attention to detail. The level of support and advice provided, both before and during our holiday, was exceptional and served to make our holiday everything we dreamed it would be. Set in an area that combines tranquil rural surroundings with easy access to local amenities, the Farmhouse location catered for all our needs and allowed us to experience wonderful local cuisine, glorious beaches, stunning mountain scenery, picturesque villages, marvellous markets, fun filled waterparks and the feeling that you are experiencing the true nature of southern France. If you are looking to get away from a the trappings of a 'touristy' experience in France whilst maintaining a practical environment for a young family, then this holiday is exactly what you are looking for.
Paul and family,
Middlesex – August 2011

A quick e-mail to say how wonderful a trip we have just had to France. The weather was fantastic- clear crisp mornings, perfect for walking, with warm afternoons, perfect for relaxing! We must compliment you on the farmhouse, no detail has been overlooked. It was so well equipped, we wanted for nothing. We do travel quite a bit and have to say that this was the very best self catering accommodation that we have stayed in. We are impressed at how the farmhouse has been renovated so sympathetically - can’t wait to see what you do with the barn! The location of the farmhouse is excellent, with both the coast and the Pyrennes short drives away. For one of us it was a first trip to France, what a wonderful introduction! We will be recommending your farmhouse to friends and family! Thank you so much for the wine and the baguette, both welcome after a long trip from Cheshire.

Anna
September 2010

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What a lovely farmhouse you have. We absolutely enjoyed the 2 weeks we were there. We were lucky because Navarrenx had their 4 day festival whilst we were at Gurs and the firework display was brilliant. We spent a lot of time in Navarrenx at the Piscine and went to Artouste, twice! The train journey into the mountains was great and we saw some Marmots. On the journey back home we stayed at L’Abbey in Beaugancy. What a wonderful place this was. Would definitely come to Gurs again - hopefully next year and would like to stay again at the farmhouse, will contact you later in the year.

Meralin
August 2009

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Thanks, we had a wonderful holiday and definitely the Farmhouse was our favourite place - things we liked were:

The personal touches, the notes from yourself and Alison, all the info on hand seemed to have your voice and so when we left we felt that we wanted to say goodbye to you but you weren’t there! The toys for the kids – thanks a million. The DVDs for me and hubby. The fact that the kitchen was very well thought through and equipped. We had a truly wonderful dinner at L’hopital St Blaise. The petite train d’artouste was very memorable. We loved the markets in Navarrenx. The kids loved the walks around Gurs and the little playground. We had a couple of cool drizzly days, the perfect antidote for families coming from summer in the desert!

Philippa
July 2010

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We all had a great time - the house was lovely, and perfectly positioned for all our activities. L»etape was hard, hot and very long, but it was well organised (for the French!) though there were 8000 people squeezed onto Marie Blanque, so it was a little congested. The week of cycling that followed was wonderful. Sunshine and long hills. Thanks for the farmhouse - great fun. I would certainly like to return there, and will be in touch.

Adam
July 2010

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Great days out during your French farmhouse holiday, South West France

You really at spoilt for choice when it comes to what to do during your holiday at the French farmhouse. Listed below are some ideas for great days out but also check out our other activities pages on the website to find out more about water sports, skiing, and visiting the beautiful beaches of Biarritz to top up your tan and relax. There really is something to do for everyone all year round, whether you are a couple, with friends or you are on a family holiday.

Navarrenx
Rafting Eaux Vives
Rafting - trips can include BBQs on the beach etc
tel: 05 59 66 04 05

L'Hôpital-Saint-Blaise
(10 minutes drive from The Farmhouse)
L’Eglise de L'Hôpital-Saint-Blaise
12th century roman church (recommend a visit to the restaurant next door)
tel: 05 59 28 02 37

Moncayolle (Between Navarrenx and Mauleon)
À l’Oree du Bois
Deer park
tel: 05 59 28 20 87

Oloron-Ste-Marie
Aqua Bearn
Water park - swimming pools, slides, water activities, boat rides etc
tel: 05 59 39 20 75

Oloron-Ste-Marie
Centre Nautique de Soeix
Rafting, hydrospeed, hot dogs
tel: 05 59 39 61 00

Borce, Vallée d’Aspe
(N134 from Oloron-Ste-Marie)
Espace Animalier de Borce
Nature and animals of the Pyrenees
tel: 05 59 34 89 33

Bielle
(Below Oloron-Ste-Marie)
Espace Aatural - Lac de Castet
Canoes, kayaks, VTT, pony rides etc
tel: 05 59 82 64 54

Sauvetterre-De-Béarn
A Boste - Sports-Loisirs
Rafting, kayak, hydrospeed, hot dog, canyoning, mountain trekking
tel: 05 59 38 57 58 www.aboste.com

Sauvetterre-De-Béarn
Sauvetterre Médiéval
Miniature medieval village
tel: 05 59 38 58 65 or
06 70 36 79 05

Salies-De-Béarn
Thermes de Salies-De-Béarn
Complete relaxation - sauna, jacuzzi, massage and treatments etc
tel: 05 59 38 10 11 www.thermes-de-
salies.com

Aramits
Aventure Parc
Adventure park - many activities, lots not for the faint hearted!
tel: 05 59 34 64 79 www.aventure-
parc-aramits.com

Orthez
Lac d’Orthez
Volley ball, tennis, fishing etc
tel: 05 59 67 08 31

Orthez
Ski Nautique Club Sud Adjour
Water skiing
tel: 05 59 69 17 28

Biron (near Orthez)
La Saligue aux Oiseaux
Bird park
tel: 05 59 67 14 22 www.lasaligue
auxoiseaux.com

Hagetaubin
La pécherie d’Aurit
Fishing ground, animal park, horse rides
tel: 05 59 67 51 62

Arzacq
(Between Orthez and Garlin)
Musée de Faune Animalier
Animal park/museum
tel: 05 59 04 54 03

Accous
Air Attitude
School for paragliding
tel: 05 59 34 50 06
www.air-attitude.com

 

 

Bedous
Montagne and Nature
Mountaineering, climbing, ice waterfalls
tel: 05 59 34 75 77

Pau
Musèe National du Chateáu de Pau. Ancient feudal fortress, residence of the viscounts of Bèarn
tel: 05 59 82 38 19 www.musee-chateau-pau.fr

Pau
Musèe Bernadotte
18th century house, the birth place of Bernadotte
tel: 05 59 27 48 42

Pau
Musèe des Beaux-Arts
Art museum
tel: 05 59 27 33 02 www.musee.ville-pau.fr

Pau
Musèe des Parachutistes
Museum displaying army traditions and paratrooper memorabilia
tel: 05 59 40 50 27 www.museedesparas.com

Pau
Les Amis du Haras, Gelos
Stud farm with 100 stallions, mares and foals to be seen, 18th century chateáu etc
tel: 05 59 35 06 52

Saint-Pé-de Bigorre (D937 between Pau and Lourdes)
Les Grottes de Betharram
Train journey/boat rides through caverns
tel: 05 62 41 80 04 www.grottes-de-
betharram.com

Asson
(D937 between Pau and Lourdes)
Zoo d’Asson
Zoo - 500 mammals and rare species
tel: 05 59 71 03 34

Lescar (near Pau)
Ice karting
Skating rink - with go karts!
tel: 05 59 81 02 52

Bidarray
UR BIZIA
Water adventure - Rafting, kayak etc
tel: 05 59 37 72 37
www.ur-bizia.com

Itxassou
Evasion Eaux Vives
Water adventure - rafting, canoeing, hydrospeed, hot-dog, airyak etc
tel: 05 59 29 31 69 or
06 16 74 78 93
www.evasion64.fr

Bayonne
Musèe Basque
Largest ethnological museum in Basque country
tel: 05 59 46 61 90 www.musee-basque.com

Bayonne
Musèe Bonnat
Art gallery ranked highly among French museums
tel: 05 59 59 08 52 www.musee-bonnat.com

Biarritz
Musèe de la Mer
Aquariums, seal tank, sharks’ cave etc
tel: 05 59 22 75 40 www.museedelamer.com

Biarritz
Le Musèe du Chocolat
Chocolate museum
tel: 05 59 41 54 64 www.lemuseeduchocolat.com

St-Jean de Luz
Musèe Grèvin
Waxwork museum
tel: 05 59 51 24 88
 

 

St-Jean de Luz,
Urrugne Parc Florenia
18 hectare estate of nature
tel: 05 59 48 02 51
www.florenia.com

Bidart
Parc Itzuli
Leisure park - mini golf, adventure, animals etc
tel: 05 59 47 75 24
www.itzuli-loisirs.com

Hendaye
Le Chateáu d’Abbadia
Designed and constructed by Viollet-le-Duc between 1860 and 1870
tel: 05 59 20 04 51
www.academies-
sciences.fr/abbadia.htm

Sare/Col de Saint Ignace/Côte Basque (10km from St-Jean de Luz)
Le Petit Train de la Rhune
Small train ride to the summit of the Rhune
tel: 05 59 54 20 26
www.rhune.com

Sare/Sara
Grottes de Sare
A unique natural site of prehistoric caves, 20km from the coast
tel: 05 59 54 21 88

Sainte-Engrace
Gorges de Kakuetta
A voyage into the valley of canyons
tel: 05 59 28 60 83

Lestelle-Bétharram
Aventure Chlorophylle
Acrobatic circuit in forest
tel: 05 59 71 96 90
www.aventure-
chlorophylle@libertysurf.fr

Lourdes
La Petit Train
45 minute journey on small train visiting over 7.5km of Lourdes
tel: 06 11 40 25 16

Lourdes
Funiculaire du Pic du Jer
Cable car to 1000 metres for a 360 degree view of Lourdes
tel: 05 62 94 00 41

Lourdes
Musée Grevin
More then 100 full size characters will make you discover the story of Christ
tel: 05 62 94 33 74

Lourdes
Le Petit Lourdes
Minature village of Lourdes in 1858
tel: 05 62 94 24 36

Lourdes
Musée de Lourdes
Lourdes museum
tel: 05 62 94 28 00

Beaucens
Le Donjon des Aigles
A prestigious collection of birds of prey from throughout the world
tel: 05 62 97 19 59 www.donjondesaigles.com

Vallée d'ossau - Aste-Béon
La Falaise aux Vautours
Nature reserve - birds
tel: 05 59 82 65 49
www.falaise-aux-
vautours.com

Pyrenees National Park
tel: 05 62 44 36 00
www.parc-pyrenees.com

Information correct as of August 2004. Pease check opening times etc before setting off on your day out to avoid disappointment.