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Sleeps:
8
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
4
Bathrooms:
2
Type:
Farmhouse
Property #:
16570
Nearest Town:
Caixon
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Midi-Pyrenees Vacation Rental Villa

Maison en Pierre

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About The Experience
"Away from it all-- but near everything." Is this what you want? Think it's impossible? Not with this Midi-Pyrenees vacation rental villa. On the border between Aquitaine and the Midi-Pyrenees, this villa in France puts you in a tiny village surrounded by gorgeous French countryside, scattered with little villages, and yet within easy day trip distance of Tarbes, Lourdes, and Toulouse, among other destinations. Spend time exploring the countryside around your own villa to rent in France, wander historic French cities, go hiking in the mountains, or even spend a day in Spain!
Location Description

Welcome to Gascony, birthplace of foie gras, Armagnac brandy, and the three musketeers! Caixon is a delightful village situated in the Hautes-Pyrenees region, comprised of only a few dozen houses featuring attractively colored stone exteriors. The view to the south of the village is dominated by the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains, snow-capped for most of the year. In the immediate vicinity of Caixon there are quiet country lanes, pretty villages, and rolling hills and woodlands – perfect for a gentle stroll or bike ride. Less than 5 minutes away by car is the bustling market town of Vic-en-Bigorre. In Vic the full range of amenities can be found, including supermarkets, boulangeries, cafes, restaurants, and a post office. Also within reach are the historical towns of Tarbes, Pau, Lourdes, and Auch, all great places for wandering around for an afternoon or a day. The historical capital of Gascony, Auch is known for its architecture, particularly the Renaissance-era Cathedrale Sainte-Marie and La Tour d'Armagnac, a 14th century prison. Tarbes is known as one of the most difficult sections of the Tour de France, and the autoroute A64 passes through here on its way to Biarritz and the Spanish border, about 2 hours away. Lourdes is the famous pilgrimage town wherein you will find the shrine of St. Bernadette. The entire area boasts over 2,000 hours of sunshine per year, topped only by the Mediterranean coast and Provence. This villa has both easy access to mountain activities, but is far enough to evade the clouds and rain. Not only is the landscape gorgeous, it is also scattered with little villages and towns just waiting to be explored.

Nearby Attractions: Skiing (La Mongie, 1 hr), hiking, cycling, vineyards, caves, chateaux, golf, rock climbing, horseback riding, Vic-en-Bigorre (supermarkets, restaurants), Tarbes, Lourdes, Pau, Toulouse.

Auch: 67 km/42 mi
Toulouse: 53 km/33 mi
Lourdes: 47 km/29 mi
Pau: 46 km/28.5 mi
Tarbes (Train Station): 25 km/15.5 mi
Vic-En-Bigorre: 5 km/3 mi
Exterior Description
(2,000 m2) This detached farmhouse dates back to about 1830, but has recently been modernized in keeping with the traditional style. It boasts original features such as exposed beams, walls of river stones, and even a bread oven. It is set in private and secluded grounds including extensive lawns, a covered patio, barbeque, and an orchard with many fruit trees: cherry, fig, plum, apple, pear, and quince. A terrace runs along the south-facing front of the house and has sun for most of the day. On the west side of the house there is a large covered patio, perfect for sunset dining. Next to the patio there is a small courtyard with a barbeque and storage space. There is space for parking about six cars.
Interior Description

(200 m2)
Ground Floor: Enter into an open-plan living/dining room with a sofa-bed (suitable for one) in front of a huge open fireplace, along with an LED HD TV (local French and British channels only), CD player, and WiFi broadband wireless internet connection for visitors with a laptop. The dining area features solid oak furniture, all locally made, including a table with seating for ten. The kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher, microwave, gas cook-top, electric oven, and toaster. There is also an original bread oven and a kitchen table made from a cart wheel! An adjacent utility room has a washing machine and a small bathroom with a shower and toilet. One bedroom on the ground floor features a queen-size solid oak bed (160 cm).

First Floor: Upstairs you will find 3 bedrooms. The first and second rooms each have a standard double bed (140 cm), while the third room contains two single beds (90 cm). There is one bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower.

Features Description

Please Note:

  • There is no AC, but the thick stone walls keep the house cool in the summer.
  • While common in France, 140 cm standard double beds are considered small by many Americans.

Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Independent Villa
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Dining
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Internet
  • Internet - Wireless
  • American Coffee Maker
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Firewood Available - Extra Cost
  • Heating - Whole House
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly         Min
Stay
Sep-02-2017 - Dec-16-2017 $708 1 wk
Dec-16-2017 - Jan-06-2018 $973 1 wk
Jan-06-2018 - Mar-24-2018 $708 1 wk
Mar-24-2018 - Apr-07-2018 $973 1 wk
Apr-07-2018 - Jun-09-2018 $708 1 wk
Jun-09-2018 - Jul-07-2018 $973 1 wk
Jul-07-2018 - Sep-01-2018 $1,333 1 wk
Sep-01-2018 - Dec-15-2018 $708 1 wk
Dec-15-2018 - Jan-05-2019 $973 1 wk

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sat 4:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash or by credit card. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus any extra charges or accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 500 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Heating: According to consumption
  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption

Other Notes

  • Housekeeping available upon request at an extra charge
  • Arrival Fee (Outside Posted Times): Payable upon arrival
  • Departure Time: 10:00 am
  • Cook Services (If Available): must be arranged at least 2 months prior to arrival
  • UPON ARRIVAL, RENTERS MUST PROVIDE A PHOTOCOPY OF EACH TRAVELER’S PASSPORT AND SIGN A FORM FOR THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES. IF ARRIVING AT DIFFERENT TIMES GUESTS HAVE 24 HOURS TO COMPLETE THIS PROCEDURE OR OWNERS WILL BE FINED BY THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
  • Extra Services (cook, housekeeping, etc) may be arranged for a non-refundable fee payable to Rentvillas.com. Last minute requests (less than 2 weeks prior to arrival) will be an extra charge. Please inquire for pricing.

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Customer Ratings

  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 2 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Overall:
Lovely place. Very well-equipped. Nice caretakers.
Enjoyed Most:
Good location, nice yard, good kitchen, and washing machine.
Enjoyed Least:
Not enough towels and no real area for reading.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Vic en Bigorre--not within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Loved Marciac. Really, there is no need to bring anything. The place is very well-equipped. Lourdes is very interesting and Espelette was an unexpected treat.

susan, August

Overall:
The villa is just as we expected. The pictures posted on rentvillas.com were very accurate! Definitely should speak French to get around. Very helpful. I'm the only French-speaking person in the family, so we did OK. A car with GPS is a "must" The English couple, the local managers, are very nice and helpful with nice suggestions for restaurants and places to visit We had a wonderful time driving around visiting chateaux, Lourdes, Toulouse, and San Sebastian in Spain. Went to the town Pau, a 45 min drive, to watch the Tour de France going by, very exciting! Plenty of things to do in 2 weeks! Brochures of places to visit are available at the villa, very handy.
Enjoyed Most:
1. Clean bathrooms and nice bedrooms, mattresses were in good shape plenty of towels. 2. Kitchen is sufficient Tupperwares are available for packing food for picnic or leftovers. Plenty of different size dishes, cups and glasses. 3. Hair dryer and iron are provided, so less things to pack. 4. TV has English Cable so you don't have to watch French TV. 5. Phone calls within France are free.
Enjoyed Least:
TV is very small. But it's better than none. Having a laundry dryer would be nice. Editor's Note: A large flat screen TV and dryer have been installed. September, 2013
Surrounding Area:
The front yard is well kept and nice looking. A bit inconvenient to get out of the car to open/close the front gate. But no big deal.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Vic en Bigorre is the nearest town (15-minute drive), with 3 grocery stores, Intermarche, Leader Price, and Carrefour. They close earlier than U.S. stores, 7:00 pm Mon-Fri, and 1:00 pm on Sat-Sun.
Tips or Restaurants:
1. Must have a car with GPS and unlimited mlieage. We used AVIS, and got a Ford Focus using Diesel. Decent car. 2. Reusable grocery bags for grocery. They charge for bags. 3. Bring/buy laundry detergent, shampoo, etc. 4. More restaurants to choose from in Tarbes - 30 min drive. In small town, most restaurants are only open for dinner, but there are always sandwich shops. 5. Rent a car with Diesel instead of regular gas, since it is less expensive. 6. Bring umbrellas and/or raincoats! It rained quite a bit in July. 7. Most American credit/debit cards don't work at Gas Station, stores. However, you can get cash from Some ATMs. It's easier that way.
Directions:
GPS works. The given directions from the voucher is from Toulouse, and we drove from Paris.

Thuy, July