Modern, yet traditional basque style summer house set in generous grounds which are private, secure and fully enclosed*. The full size, heated pool, generous terrace, lawn, games area and meadow are all yours to enjoy and border onto open countryside with a wonderful view of the mountains. The living area is centred on a large 'sejour' with open fireplace and picture window facing South towards the Pyrenees. A fully equipped kitchen also overlooks the mountains. Of the two main bedrooms, one is double aspect facing South and East over the pool, the second faces South. The occasional 3rd bedroom is best suited for children and includes a single or double bed. The gite is ideal for 4 or 6 people. There is a traditional basque style shower and washroom with 2 hand basins. *Please note that this is a GITE, not a private villa and although the house is completely independent, Mike and Pam live in separate house, closeby in the same grounds. The pool is kept at a minimum 26 degrees, but for a small cost can be heated to 28 degrees. It is maintained on the guests behalf by Mike the 'pool boy' and opening hours are flexible depending on guests' preferences. Sorry -no dogs from 2019.
|Address: 13 Route de Tarbes, 65350 Souyeaux, France|
|Zip/Postal Code: 65350|
|Latitude/Longitude: 43.241474256529784 / 0.1684796983643082|
|Nearest airport||Tarbes Lourdes||25 km|
|Nearest bar / pub||Lake||6 km|
|Nearest beach||St Jean de Luz||170 km|
|Nearest boulangerie||Jean-Luc||6 km|
|Nearest doctor||Pouyastruc||6 km|
|Nearest restaurant||Le Mascaras||7 km|
|Nearest river||Adour||10 km|
|Nearest supermarket||Carrefour or Lidl||8 km|
|Nearest train station||Tarbes||10 km|
Take A64 'Pyreneean' autoroute from Toulouse or Biaritz and we are about 10kms from Junction 14 at Tournay. Then take D21 towards Tarbes, turn North onto D5 at the Auberge at Laslade. Turn left at centre of Souyeaux village - Route de Tarbes (D49). Gite is a few hundred metres up the hill on the left.
Department of the Hautes Pyrenees which is in the Region of Occitanie, South Western France.
|-||Nightly rate||Weekly rate||Monthly rate||Min. Stay||Change-over|
|Rate summary||£116.75 - £141.64||£815.52 - £987.21||-||7 Nights||-|
We stayed at Quelle Vue for 12 nights from 2/8/21 to 14/8/21. Mike and Pam were very accommodating remotely in relation to all the uncertainties about travelling to France from the UK this year prior to our trip. They were lovely hosts when we arrived and not only was the Gite very well equipped, way beyond the basics of many holiday lets. Champagne as well as red and white glasses (very important as we celebrated my 60th birthday while there) and a powerful hairdryer in the bathroom. In addition, there were provisions for tea, coffee and a simple breakfast as well as a welcome bottle of wine when we arrived. We cooked in lots, made very easy with a wide range of pots, pans etc and welcome diswasher. Quelle Vue has a spectacular location with its everchanging mountain views. We loved the saltwater pool, which was immaculately kept and the big terrace with electronic awning. It is easy to get into the Pyrenees and we loved all the walks we did (although some of the more obvious ones like the Cirque de Gavarnie and Pont d'Espagne were very busy in August). We preferred the less touristy ones we did without tourist facilities - picnic essential! We looked into going up to the observatory on the Pic du Midi - you can only get there by cable car and at 45 euros per person, expensive - but tickets were all sold out in La Mongie for that day. In in the end we were glad not to have spent the money as the drive up the Col de Tourmalet, to just 10km from the top, is spectacular (we did had a beautiful clear day). Watch out for random alpacas on the way up as well as innumerable cyclists! Pau is definitely worth a day visit - it is a very lovely city and I especially liked the Improbable Garden, created by nursery children at the foot of the Chateau (around the back not the front side facing the mountains). After busy days it was great to come back to the peace of Quelle Vue, have a dip in the pool and drinks on the terrace. In the summer we advise using bug repellent.
Pam and Mike were so helpful as well as excellent at joining in at times and being unobtrusive hosts. We loved our stay here with our grown up son and his girlfriend.
Gite: The Gite is perfect. It is separated enough from the main house to feel like you have your own place, but near enough if you have any requests. Inside it is equipped with everything you will need and more. Downstairs has a large living/dining room with a beautiful fireplace and a wonderful fully equipped kitchen. We cooked for ourselves every night. There is a large pantry and a full size oven and microwave along with a dishwasher and washing/drying machine. EVERYTHING you need! Upstairs were 2 very pretty good sized bedrooms with a further room off the landing with a really comfortable daybed, separated with some lovely screening (this was used by one of our party as a bedroom throughout). There is a separate shower room and toilet – both well equipped and perfectly adequate for our needs.
Outside Area: While the Gite itself is perfect, what’s even more fabulous is the large private pool. This was the highlight of the stay! Perfect size, lovely temperature and cleaned everyday by our hosts once we prized ourselves away for the night!!! There are lots of loungers and a shower to clean yourself down after a dip. There is a lovely picnic area away from the Gite, as well as a beautiful patio area with electric sun shade if needed, table and chairs, Bar-B-Q, loungers and a substantial hammock. The most practical things have been thought about including a drying frame for towels (supplied) and swimwear
View: This place is all about the view. The pièce de résistance. Wow, what a view. The Pyrenees. Every day, looking out over these breath-taking mountains and surrounding countryside. I found myself constantly, unwittingly drawn to the windows, just staring out. Awesome.
Surroundings: The Gite is close to Tarbes and Lourdes, both of which are interesting places to visit (Tarbes pleasantly surprised us!). However, it is also centrally located so that we could visit lots of cities around. We travelled west to Pau, Bayonne, Biarritz (must see beach) and near to San Sebastian (Spain) as well as Toulouse (Definitely going to visit for a short break). We could have visited Andorra too, but decided to keep that for the next trip that we are already planning for next year…..
Hospitality: The Gite owners are wonderful. They greeted us when we arrived and were on hand to help with anything we needed during the stay (although deliberately kept a distance unless asked). They provided exceptional instructions for use of the Gite and the surrounding areas and even supplied me with “Sans Gluten” food when I was struggling to find what I needed. They are fabulously kind and caring people and we could not have asked for any better hospitality than was provided.
All in all, this was one of my favourite holidays EVER and I travel lots! I am planning to go back next year, to experience exactly the same and to explore some new villages and towns drivable from the Gite. Thanks Mike and Pam for a most memorable stay. Please have us back next year? xx