5 Bedroom (Sleeps 10) House in Salies-de-béarn

Spacious, renovated village house with 10.5 metre private pool equidistant from Beaches And Mountains.

At a glance: Child Friendly, Pet Friendly, Wifi, Parking, Private Pool.

House ref : P62159
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Owner : Debbie Lawrence-Wilson

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Overview
  • Property Type House
  • Location Salies-de-béarn
  • Bedrooms 5 Bedroom
  • Bathrooms 3
  • Minimum nights stay7
  • Low season price per week£900
  • High season price per week£1950
  • Average price per week£1117
  • Customer rating 5.0 / 5 ( 9 reviews )
  • Please contact the owner directly to confirm the price and availability
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Maison Mailhes is a spacious renovated house with an 10.5 metre private pool and enclosed garden. Easily sleeping 10 people in 2 double (both en suite) and 3 twin bedrooms and with space for cots, it is ideal for extended families, families holidaying together, and groups of friends. Inside and outside dining tables seat up to 12, and 2 comfortable sitting rooms mean there is no shortage of space to relax indoors.

Carresse is a flourishing village in the Béarn/Basque borders. People come from several miles around to the excellent bakery, just 200 metres from Maison Mailhes. There is also a bar/restaurant (Chez Camy) which serves food every lunchtime and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, a post office, an English-speaking doctor and a pharmacy all within 400 metres.

With easy access to the stylish resort of Biarritz and famous Atlantic surfing beaches, Maison Mailhes is an obvious summer destination, but with full central heating and double glazing it provides a comfortable base for a memorable holiday at any time of year. The countryside is perfect for walking and cycling, whilst a relaxing interlude at the thermal spa, a round of golf or a game of tennis in Salies-de-Béarn is just 10 mins away. There are numerous activities, sights and attractions nearby, and in winter skiing in the Pyrénées makes an outstanding day trip.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Any local taxes
Electricity
Gas (except for long stays which exclude the cost of gas)
Water
Wifi
BBQ charcoal
Bedding appropriate to the season
Bed linen
Bathroom towels
Tea towels and hand towels in the kitchen
Hand towels in the WC
Swimming pool towels in summer
Change of bed linen and towels for stays of more than 1 week
High chair and cot if required.

We are happy to accommodate 1 or 2 small dogs for a small extra charge of £20 per stay per dog to cover the cost of extra cleaning.

Many guests comment on the unexpected extras such as a cool box and picnic equipment, which make Maison Mailhes a real home from home and ensure a relaxing holiday.

THE HOUSE

Ground Floor:
Large sitting room – double aspect with 3 seat sofa, 2 seat sofa and 2 armchairs, other chairs and furnishings. Television with Freesat (UK channels) and DVD player
iPod Dock DVD Library.
Small sitting room – 3 comfy chairs, a variety of games, books and toys.
Cloakroom – WC and wash hand basin
Utility room – washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board,
Kitchen/dining room – well equipped and beautiful beamed kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite worktops containing electric oven, gas hob, microwave oven, dishwasher, fridge and freezer. There is a wide range of other equipment including food processor, electric kettle, milk frother, filter coffee machine, espresso pot, and plenty of glassware, crockery, cutlery, pots, pans and utensils. The hand-made solid oak dining tables were commissioned from a local craftsman, and have been especially designed to join together to seat up to 12 or be used separately to create a more intimate environment for a smaller group. The door opening on to the terrace makes al fresco dining effortless.

First Floor:
Bedroom 1 – double aspect with King size bed, ensuite bathroom with bath, separate shower, wc, bidet and washbasin.
Bedroom 2 – double aspect with double bed and ensuite bathroom with shower, wc, bidet, washbasin
Bedroom 3 – twin beds
Bedroom 4 – twin beds
Family bathroom with bath, separate shower, wc, bidet, washbasin.

Second Floor:
Bedroom 5 – twin beds under the original beams

THE GARDEN

Terrace with dining tables and chairs for 12 and large parasol.
10.5 x 6.5 metre private swimming pool with alarm
Sun loungers and parasols
Large BBQ (charcoal supplied)
Folding garden chairs
Shed with storage space for bicycles, surf boards and skis
Grassy areas where children can play.
Off-street parking for up to 4 cars

THE AREA

There are plenty of great activities nearby and the countryside is perfect for walking and cycling. There are numerous activities, sights and attractions nearby, and during the winter skiing in the Pyrénées is an option.

The Atlantic beaches are 45 minutes away and offer a wide choice including the stylish resort Biarritz, the enchanting Basque village Bidart, the surfers’ paradise Hossegor, and the beautiful and popular St-Jean-de-Luz. Even closer (18 km) is Lac de Sames with a sandy beach, water slides and pedalos. Lac d'Orthez (24 km) has all this plus bumper boats. Base de Pop in Guiche is a lovely lake with free swimming, and paddle boards, boats and canoes to hire, but the main attraction is the enormous (and terrifying!) water jump which teenagers love, as well as an 'Aqua Park' for younger children and the less adventurous. Or try Aqua Béarn, a charming water park in Estialescq, great fun and suitable for all ages. San Sebastián in Spain, with a strong Basque character and fabulous beach, is less than 1 hour away.

The area has many excellent restaurants. As well as Chez Camy in Carresse, L'Escale on the banks of the Gave d'Oloron is within walking distance at just 800 metres away. There are a number of popular restaurants in Salies-de-Béarn but a firm favourite with the locals and visitors alike is La Belle Auberge, 4 km away in the small village of Castagnède.

Maison Mailhes is situated 6 km east of Sorde l'Abbaye, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Chemin de St Jacques (Way of St James), an ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella which is still followed today. The Abbey retains some of the original (11th Century) mosaics and panels. Travelling 6 km in the opposite direction will bring you to the with its thermal baths, shops, restaurants and sporting facilities including golf and tennis.

The Gave (river) d’Oloron is within 10 minutes walk. It is one of only 2 rivers in France where the salmon still return naturally to their spawning grounds each year, and is reputedly one of the best fishing rivers in France. Our managers can organise fishing permits for our guests. The Gave is also good for swimming and kayaking, and there is white water rafting upstream.

Just 6 km away is the beautiful and historic spa town of Salies-de-Béarn and there are other fascinating medieval towns to explore close by, including Sauveterre-de-Béarn, Orthez, Navarrenx and St Jean Pied de Port. A 25 minute drive south brings you to Saint-Palais, a market town in the Basque region and so with a very different style and culture.

This region of France is known for its gastronomy and each nearby town has its weekly market selling local produce as well as gift items and souvenirs. There are a number of supermarkets within a 10 or 15 minute drive for more routine shopping.

The only independent wine producer in the Béarn, Pascal Lapeyre, is just a few minutes away in Salies-de-Béarn. The Lapeyre family has been making wine here since 1909, and it is generally agreed that they produce the best wines in the Béarn. Look out for them – Domain Guilhemas and Domaine Lapeyre – in local restaurants and shops. Better still, call in and taste them and have a look at the huge oak barrels containing the aging wine before buying a few bottles to drink at Maison Mailhes or to take home as souvenirs.

For those who like to be active there’s an enormous choice, but many of our summer guests find it hard to tear themselves away from the lovely pool.

GETTING THERE

Biarritz and Pau airports are just ¾ hr drive from Maison Mailhes, Tarbes-Ossun-Lourdes 1 hr, Bordeaux 1¾ hrs, Toulouse 2¼ hrs. All are served by scheduled and lost-cost airlines from the UK and Ireland, are close to a motorway and have car hire available.

Bilbao ferry port is 131 miles, Santander 185 miles, St Malo 445 miles and Caen 490 miles. We can offer guests up to 10% discount on Brittany Ferries sailings between the UK and France or Spain.

TGVs from Paris stop at Puyoo (15 min drive) and Orthez (25 min drive). Car hire is available in Orthez close to the station.

Reviews

Maison Mailhes


By Pettitt on 11-Jul-2020

This lovely house is perfect for a large family holiday. It is situated in a small village which unlike many others has a thriving restaurant/ bar/ cafe, a bakery and a pharmacy. A short walk or bike ride takes you to the riverside where you can swim, the countryside is perfect for cycling and walking and there are lovely small French towns in every direction. Spain is less than an hour away as is the Atlantic coast- there are so many things to do! That said, you will find it hard to tear yourself away from the beautiful pool which is perfectly situated in full view of the outside eating area. The bedrooms are spacious, there are plenty of bathrooms and the kitchen is fantastic with plenty of room for a family of 12 to dine. It is extremely well equipped, not only with good quality china for dining but also with unbreakable crockery for picnicking or for use by the pool. My husband used the small study to work and there is a lounge should you ever have time to watch the television!.There is a large garden for the children to play in and a shed to store games and bikes. The owners are highly responsive and keen to ensure that you have a problem-free stay.


5 of of 5

Family of 4


By Darren on 09-Aug-2019

We stayed at Maison Mailhes for 10 nights in August; family of 4 plus our dog. This is a fantastic property - the pictures really don't do it justice. Spacious, well laid out, and nice blend of traditional simplicity with the modern bits you need. Lots of small things like having ample good quality crockery and glassware, BBQ things, everything you need in the kitchen make a big different. It really wants for nothing and makes for a relaxing experience.
Lovely pool and big garden so we spent a lot of time just playing and relaxing at the house
We loved the surrounding area for walking, cycling and river swimming and most of the time didn't need to venture too far from the local villages and small towns with fantastic markets.
We took 1 day trip to San Sebastian which is well worth a visit.
The owner was fantastic and very prompt and helpful in communications, as was their property manager out there.
Highly recommended!


5 of of 5

Fabulous house, huge enclosed garden, stunning pool


By The Short Family on 26-Jul-2018

The property is so spacious, the garden was completely secure for my little dog. The pool was a lot bigger than it looks but has a shallow end with steps down into water. The pool is secured by an alarm if a child or a dog fell in.The house is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need. It has a massive kitchen. A TV with British channels. The house is a two minute walk from a bakery and a short ride from main town. It was centrally located to the sites that we wanted to visit ie Biaritz, Loardes, San Sebastian etc


5 of of 5

What more could you ask for?


By Susan O. on 14-Aug-2016

We (grandparents, children, grandchildren - ranging from 2 to 76) have just spent a fantastic time in this wonderful house. It is so well equipped and everything to make our stay perfect had been thought of. Both the inside and outside eating areas were superb. The pool was, of course, the biggest hit with the younger generation. The children loved going to the village boulangerie every morning to practise their French. The supermarket in Salies-de Bearn and the local markets had everything we needed. I couldn't believe that there were even fresh herbs in the garden. The owners have been helpful from the day we booked and were accommodating throughout to any special wishes. I would highly recommend Maison Mailhes, especially for families.


5 of of 5

Perfect family holiday house


By Hilary H on 06-Jan-2016

Our holiday in this really lovely house was everything we'd hoped for and more. The attention to detail was amazing and everything we needed had been thought of, even to the point of having two coffee machines - one for filter and one for espresso (not forgetting the milk frother if we fancied a Cappuccino!). Everything is really good quality. The beds and the sun loungers round the pool are really comfy, towels are fluffy and the owners seem to have thought of everything so that it feels like a real home from home. We really couldn't fault anything. It was hard to tear ourselves away from the house but we did have some great days out in this lovely area and ate at some great restaurants. Salies is just 10 minutes away and is incredibly pretty and has an authentic market. The atlantic beaches are close by and we went there a couple of times, but with the lovely pool we found it hard to tear ourselves away. We really appreciated the owner's help beforehand answering all our questions, and we were grateful for the clear driving directions and the advice to avoid the coast road south from Bordeaux which we were told is always extremely busy on summer Saturdays.


5 of of 5

A really super property, lovely location


By Paul H on 24-Sep-2015

We stayed here for a week in early September 2015. It's a really super property - it dates from the 19th century and has a historic feel about it (oak beams, original staircase etc) but it is totally modernised. It's very tasteful, but more to the point, everything is done to a high standard and everything works, including the wifi; and the owners have provided useful things like a pack of information about the village and the local area, maps of the region etc. It is amply big enough for the advertised 10 people and it's genuinely set up to accommodate 10 people - enough plates and cutlery, enough table space and chairs, enough sun-loungers round the pool. Nice garden too; there are even fresh herbs (including a huge bay tree)! It would be difficult to be more positive about the property. The region is rural and scenic, with lovely picturesque and historic towns. The nearest town (Salies-de Bearn) has a good supermarket, as well as shops, a genuine local market and a spa! Also excellent restaurants. It's also within striking distance of the Pyrenees - and apparently there is skiing in the winter though obviously that's not something we sampled.


5 of of 5

Perfect time in the real south of France


By Marion on 26-Mar-2015

We (2 families with kids) had a wonderful holiday in this house. There is plenty of space and as well as sleeping ten the downstairs accommodates 10 too. We've stayed in places with enough beds but dining chairs for only half that number so you have to eat in shifts! The owners really have thought of everything from supplying pool towels to providing very clear instructions for how all the appliances work, and we have never had such a well equipped kitchen. Everyone was happy. There are lots of activities around for teenagers and much to their relief the wifi worked. The little ones had a wonderful time in the garden and the pool, and the adults had lots of lazy lunches and dinners. There are several markets nearby to get delicious local produce and it's a pleasure to prepare it in the lovely kitchen. We sampled some of the local restaurants too and enjoyed them all. A really perfect place to stay and a true flavour of real France.


5 of of 5

Superb house and superb holiday


By Julia P on 20-Mar-2015

Please accept a big 'thankyou' for the use of your idyllic property and its wonderful facilities. When we arrived everything was very clean and everything is well-maintained. We really appreciated all the space and the village location is convenient for the baker and cafe as well as sightseeing and activity trips. We thought your house file and area information were fantastic. Having a 'quick reference' for all appliances, etc means you settle in really quickly and the area information enabled us to have some great days out eg kayaking, etc. The youngsters loved practising their French on the baker at the corner, and we all loved the scrummy bread and croissants as well as all his delicious cakes and tarts. We over indulged in all the delicious local produce from the nearby markets too. Your house is a superb place to stay and we all had such a relaxing holiday. Our only regret was only booking for one week instead of longer.


5 of of 5

Outstanding House


By Anonymous on 07-Sep-2014

We have been visiting France as a group for 10 years now and this is by far the most fantastic house that we have stayed in. 10 of us shared this house and in no way did it disappoint. A beautiful, open plan, fully equipped kitchen and laundry room, combined with reading room and separate sitting room (with Wi-Fi and television) made the downstairs space perfect. The kitchen opens onto a lovely terrace where many happy meals were consumed. Also you had a great view of the alarmed pool which was perfect for our children to swim for hours. The garden is enclosed and safe. The bedrooms were lovely, all spacious with ample hanging and storage space. Our girls loved sharing the second floor loft space. The beds and linen were all great quality - something that everyone commented on. The location is super a small village with one of the best bakeries a few hundred yards from the house - gorgeous bread and cakes. We also enjoyed some great trips - a day trip to San Sebastian (where we had some of the best tapas I have ever tasted), water rafting and kayaking, a trip to Biarritz, Lourdes, as well as visits to local fetes and towns. Our son has learning difficulties and this house was perfect - an enclosed garden and the most lovely pool - safe and visible from the house. We loved this area of France and this house. Debbie was lovely to deal with and from the moment of enquiry was incredibly helpful. We cannot wait to return to the area and hopefully to this lovely house


5 of of 5
Prices
26/9/20 to 29/5/21 Long Stay - min 3 consecutive months
1100 € per calendar month
2/1/21 to 29/5/21 Low Season 7 to 10 guests
£1100 per week
2/1/21 to 29/5/21 Low Season 6 guests or fewer
£900 per week
29/5/21 to 17/7/21 Mid Season 7 to 10 guests
£1350 per week
29/5/21 to 17/7/21 Mid Season 6 guests of fewer
£1150 per week
17/7/21 to 4/9/21 High Season
£1950 per week
4/9/21 to 2/10/21 Mid Season 7 to 10 guests
£1300 per week
4/9/21 to 2/10/21 Mid Season 6 guests or fewer
£1150 per week
2/10/21 to 18/12/21 Low Season 7 to 10 guests
£1100 per week
2/10/21 to 18/12/21 Low Season 6 guests of fewer
£900 per week
Location
Suitability
Children Welcome Pets Welcome
Facilities
Refrigerator Hob Oven
Microwave Dishwasher Pantry item
Coffee maker Dining seats Dining room
Internet Heating Linens provided
Washing machine Tumble dryer Parking
Living room Hairdryer Ironing board
Television Satellite/cable Dvds
Games Books Private pool
Garden
Theme
Adventure Away from it all Family
Sports activities Tourist attractions
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