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Large, spacious house with 4 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8 - 10 + cot
The upstairs bedrooms lead off a large galleried landing. Bedrooms 1 and 2 enjoy magnificent views of the mountains. Bedroom 1, the master bedroom, has its own access to the family bathroom and also has a large French window with views over the garden and on to the highest of the mountains to the east of the house. Bedroom 3 has a third pull-out bed. A cot is available and two inflatable single mattresses are available on request.
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 30 days before check-in.
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.
Max guests: 10
High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (e.g. countertops, light switches, handles and taps)
All towels and bedding washed in hot water that’s at least 60ºC
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
Cleaned with disinfectant
Ogeu-les-Bains is an attractive large village in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Many of its houses date back to medieval times and it is famous as the source of Ogeu water - the mineral water of the Pyrenees. From the house it is a ten-minute walk to the local supermarket, which sells all essentials and is also a very good baker's. The village also has a chemist, post office, DIY Store, cafe/bar, an excellent restaurant and a train station with regular trains to the fine and historical city of Pau or in the other direction to Oloron Ste Marie. Oloron is ten minutes by car or train and has plenty of other shops and restaurants. There are some beautiful walks around Ogeu and stunning walks in the nearby mountains. The area is a paradise for cyclists with many famous climbs in the local area. It is also an ideal base for exploring the Parc National des Pyrenees and the two magnificent valleys, the Vallee d'Aspe and Vallee d'Ossau. The picturesque Basque area is also close by.
Skiing: Gourette, the local ski resort, is a 40-minute drive away and is a first-rate resort for both the beginner and the expert.
The French Government invested 20 million euros in upgrading it recently and this has turned it into a first-rate resort. It is rarely crowded and much better value than most Alpine resorts. We tend to check snow conditions on a daily basis when in the house using broadband access to Gourette's webcams. This enables us to pick the very best days for skiing. La Pierre Saint-Martin and Artouste are each about 45 minutes away, Cauterets and La Mongie approximately one hour; and there are also a number of resorts specialising in cross-country and ski de fond within an hour of Ogeu.
Here are some comments from our Visitor's Book:
We have fallen in love with this beautiful area of France and your holiday home has made the perfect base from which to explore this region. There is much to see and do in this relatively unspoilt area and we hope to return in the not too distant future to sample more of the local cuisine, soak up the atmosphere and seek out further treasures. Thank you for a wonderful fortnight. LEVY-CHANCE FAMILY (HEREFORDSHIRE)
We all loved the pool and the fantastic views ; the area was great to discover – day trips to Oloron Ste Marie and Lourdes ; up to the Col de Marie-Blanque (great scenery !), Louvié-Juzon fête and Castet for a picnic. Local boulangerie is very good and the grown-up boys liked the local bar. WITHERS FAMILY (HAMPSHIRE)
We’ve had a fantastic fortnight ! Hours of swimming, table tennis, badminton and boules. A wonderful trip on ‘Le Petit Train’, breakfast picnics at Cromlech and Lescun – the latter is without a doubt one of the most beautiful bits of the Pyrenees. Views from the house sublime. KING FAMILY (IRELAND)
Thoroughly enjoyed our brief sojourn. Especially the outdoor dining overlooking the Pyrenees – just spectacular ! Great to return for a relaxing swim after some heavy walking in the hills. We found the house very well equipped – a great place to spread out and relax. Thank you so much ! JULIA PAULL (SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA)
We’ve had a wonderful holiday ! What a lovely place – very comfortable, magnificent views, splendid pool – it,s been a real joy. RAMSBOTHAM FAMILY (CAMBRIDGESHIRE)
We had a great holiday here. So happy to find so many home comforts – really well provided for. Our best find was the creperie on road to Rébénacq – on a beautiful night with the sun setting around the mountains and a few bottles of local cider ! Lots of cycling and hide and seek. GALLAGHER FAMILY (GLASGOW, SCOTLAND)
A wonderful time with the ever-changing sky and the mountains ! Delightful long lunches under the awning on the patio ! The pool was wonderful ! Very, very quiet and restful. Thanks for a terrific holiday ! (ODA AND ROBERT HODGE, TORONTO, Canada)
We enjoyed the location with the fine mountain view and did a lot of swimming in the perfect pool with its most welcome heating system. (it was the end of September). The weather appeared rather changeable and we noted that clouds frequently changed direction (pretty unusual for Dutchies). Our trips into the Hautes Pyrenees were magnificent. (VAN LEEUWEN FAMILY, UTRECHT, HOLLAND)
Great Christmas holiday. Wonderful scenery and places of interest. Sunny days made it a memorable stay. SING FAMILY (MID-WALES)
Lovely location, excellent views. Kids enjoyed day in the snow in the mountains. Really relaxing holiday. We travelled somewhere different everyday. Loved the house. O’SHEA FAMILY (IRELAND)
We have had a wonderful time. The weather has been perfect so the pool has been a godsend. The house is one of the best we have had for a number of years, and Lizzie was so friendly and helpful. And the views fantantastic. What a good week. (AITKEN FAMILY, LANCASHIRE)
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About Annabel Warburg
Annabel and Thane Warburg are English. They both studied languages at university where they first met. It was Thane's cherished dream - throughout his career - to own a house in the French Pyrenees. As a French teacher and Francophile - he teaches in an English boarding school - he fell in love with the area when visiting it as part of his university course. Annabel and Thane have two sons - James (20) and Angus (16). The whole family love France, mountains and the incredibly friendly local Bearnais.
Annabel Warburg purchased this house in 2004
Why Annabel Warburg chose Ogeu-Les-Bains
We simply fell in love with the house and its situation as soon as we saw it. The magnificent views of the mountains as far as the eye could see to East and West thrilled us - and we never tire of sitting on the terrace gazing at the mountains, the view changing imperceptibly minute by minute. The house's raised elevation above the village means there is always a cooling breeze on even the hottest summer day. We first saw the house on a blistering hot day but were delighted to find it was cool inside. The reverse is also true - we have put in central heating and a wood-burning stove so that it is very cosy in winter. Having a heated swimming pool is a huge luxury as far as we are concerned but we fully appreciate it. We also love the huge garden. The locals are incredibly friendly and the food at the local markets and served in the fine restaurants is delicious.
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