Pyrenees House

A Pyrenees House in a field near the Centre of Town

The Pyrenees House – (the Pink House) – as local people call our house, has been here since about 1890. Originally it was built as part of a farm small-holding. It stands between the Gave du Bastan and a little stream that runs down and under what was the main mill for the town. The town has developed a lot since then  but the house is still basically an old farmhouse set in a field between two rivers. However although it is  very hidden away and private, it’s still only three minutes walk from the boulangerie, butcher and Carrefour supermarket. Whether you are in the house, or sitting under the shade of the big cherry tree in the garden, it still feels as if you are in the county side.

The house is accessed via a little earth path that runs from the town of Esquieze Sere/Luz Saint Sauveur through fields. It takes under a minute to leave the tarmac behind and arrive at the house. None the less even many local people do not know there is a house here. The post arrives by motorbike once a day but no cars can pass. This makes for a peaceful stay!

The house has a bit of a chequered history:  it housed refugees from the Spanish Civil war (there was a huge refugee camp in Luz) and was turned into a temporary police station during World War II. The house passed down through several generations of the same local family that built it who turned into three separate apartments in the 1970s.We have owned it for 10 years and  completely renovated and re-fitted it without, we hope, spoiling its Pyrenean features. Now we use it for ourselves, for friends and family and for people seeking to rent a holiday base.  It probably feels more of a home than a classic holiday rental.

You can rent a flat, just two floors or the whole house depending on the numbers of your party. If you just want a flat, we can usually make sure we leave the rest of the house unoccupied if you want sole access to the garden for example. Just ask.

 

What’s What at the Pyrenees House

The Garden is delightful. It gets the sun from early morning right through to late evening in the summer. It can be hot (34 degrees) but there is always somewhere that’s still in shade. January and February usually see the house covered in snow – it’s a short 12 minute drive to the ski slopes.

The First Floor is a stand-alone self contained very large (60 sq.m) studio flat. It has French doors that open onto a large balcony, a separate new SMEG integrated kitchen, nice bathroom and a James Bond style fold down bed near the wood burning stove. It’s reasonably high tech too – Sony TV and sound system, WiFi, an Apple Mac, a playstation, books, DVDs and CDs. It’s a good flat for two people.

The original 1800s staircase is still there and leads you up to the Second Floor with two double bedrooms, a large study area with a collection of travel books and maps and a walk in shower room with toilet. French windows open from both bedrooms on to big views across the mountains (no balconies on this floor though). There is plenty of room up here to sleep four people.

Head up the Ladder to the Attic and you’ll find a double room with its own basin and WC, four velux roof windows and a window that opens out to the South. Shut the trap door and you can escape the sounds of whoever else you have staying in the house – and even block out the ever present sound of the river. Or you can use the blow up matresses and sleep a gang of teenagers up here. Access is not for the faint hearted (or tipsy!) though. It’s up a vertical ladder.

We have designed the house so that you can either rent the First Floor on its own or add the Second Floor and the Attic if there are more of you.

This house is available in both Summer and Winter – great for hiking and family activities in the summer and good base from which to get to four local ski resorts for the best skiing (and off piste and ski touring) in the Pyrenees in winter.

We have  a sliding scale of Booking rates depending on the time of year you visit and the number of people in your group. The House is also available as a ‘house-swap’ through Love Home Swap.

 

Where is the Pyrenees House ?

The Pink House is in Luz St Sauveur in the Pays Toy region of the French Hautes Pyrenees. A short drive from Lourdes (45 mins), Pau (an hour and a half) and Toulouse or Biarritz airports (both two and a half hours away). -You can fly directly to these airports from the UK. If you’re coming from Australia, South Africa or the United States (or anywhere else for that matter) you will need to fly to Paris and pick up an Air France connection from there to Luz St Sauveur. Read more about how to get to the Pyrenees

How to Find the Pyrenees House

The Pyrenees House is in the village of Esquieze Sere (one minute’s walk from Luz Sain Sauveur) on the D921 heading South from the Lourdes. The house is a little tricky to find because although it is more or less in town you can only get to it by a short, hidden footpath along a little stream. We’ll send you the details when you book. If you have any problems you can contact our House Managers for help. Use the Google Map below for general directions.

 

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