5 bedroom villa for sale with 0.65 hectares of land, Orthez, Pyrenees-Atlantique , Gascony
830,000 EUR 747,000 GBP 979,400 USD
REF: 231181 Show Map
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 4
- Floor Size: 355 m2
- Plot Size: 0.65 hectares / 1.61 acres
- Swimming Pool
- Air Conditioning
- Infinity Pool
- Parking space(s)
Stunning, 5 storey, 5 bedroom architect-designed and built villa with separate suite of offices, nestling in over 1.5 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with amazing infinity pool, enjoying panoramic views from its peaceful location near Orthez.
Built in 1989 for the present owners, this magnificent property of 355m2 is currently a wonderful family home - and its separate suite of offices of 60m2 makes it perfect for anyone wishing to run a business from the property.
Situated in a tiny "hamlet" of three houses at the end of a narrow lane, the villa is set on a hilltop overlooking Orthez and the mountains, yet is within easy walking/cycling distance of the town centre, schools, local shops and other amenities.
It comprises of five levels: a basement, a lower-ground floor, a ground floor, a lower-first floor and a first floor. The bedrooms on the lower-first-floor level open onto a wonderful south-facing balcony; the main rooms on the ground floor and lower-ground floor levels have sliding doors out to the fabulous infinity pool (14m x 7m) and the covered terraces.
Wide stone steps lead up to the villa's front door from a private drive. The drive has room for outdoor parking for 6 - 8 cars or there is access to a triple garage. Halfway up the stone steps, there is a small door into the office suite, which adjoins the garage, or the offices can be entered from the far side of the building via sliding doors.
The office suite comprises a large office, a small office, a smaller computer room and a WC, they also have an air-conditioning system. Subject to permission, the office suite could be transformed into a guest cottage for accommodating friends and family or a gite, Bed and Breakfast suites, an art or yoga studio.
The front door opens into a vast formal living room with a triple-height ceiling. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the room with sunlight and give fabulous panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and to the Pyrenees beyond. At the centre of the living room is a huge hearth open on all four sides for wonderful open fires during the cooler months.
Adjacent to the living room is a dining area with direct access to the swimming pool and dining terraces. A super open-plan kitchen adjoins the dining area and sliding doors in the kitchen open out to the dining terraces and to a barbecue area. Behind the kitchen is a utility room with a pantry and a food preparation area. Also on this floor is a small office and a guest WC.
Steps from the formal living room lead down to the lower-ground-floor level where there is a second living room with a library area, a door to the office suite and a master bedroom suite, which has sliding doors out to the terraces and swimming pool. The master bedroom has an adjoining bathroom with a spa bath and an Italian-style shower, a separate WC and a walk in wardrobe.
The lower-first-floor level has a small mezzanine area which overlooks the formal living room and leads out to a south-facing balcony with superb views. The lower-first-floor comprises a bedroom with an en suite bathroom, a second bedroom and a separate bathroom. Both bedrooms have access to the balcony.
The first floor has two further bedrooms and a shared shower room with an Italian-style shower.
Exterior steps lead down to the basement, which comprises a walk-in wine cellar, a utility room/workshop and an unconverted area of 50m2, which could be transformed into a games room, a dance/yoga studio, a gym, a sauna, a home cinema.
Situated in the beautiful Bearn, the property is close to surfing and family beaches on the Atlantic coast (50 minutes), ski resorts in the Pyrenees (90 minutes) and several rivers for exciting watersports. The nearby Medieval market town of Orthez has numerous shops, amenities and even a leisure lake with a beach (La Base de Loisirs d'Orthez-Biron), where you can swim, sunbathe and picnic as if you are by the sea.
THE OFFICE SUITE - two private entrances from the grounds - a large office - a smaller office - a small computer room - a WC with a hand basin
The villa is set in delightful grounds of 6,420m2 planted with mature trees, shrubs and flowers. Next to the villa, there are east-facing and south-facing covered terraces, and a barbecue area with a barbecue and sink is conveniently located near the kitchen.
The garden, terraces and swimming pool are accessible from all the ground floor rooms, including the lower ground floor master bedroom suite. The villa has a gorgeous infinity swimming pool (14m x 7m) and a small spa-size pool.
A decked sun terrace encloses the pool on all four sides, cleverly hiding the steep drop on the "infinity" side where the water is recuperated. At the entrance to the property, there is a garage for up to three cars. Adjoining the garage is the independent office suite, which has two private entrances from the grounds. Also accessible from the grounds is an exterior storage room for garden furniture, tools.
In absolutely perfect condition, this beautiful property can be moved into straight away. For families with children, there is a good choice of schools locally, along with the International School in Pau, which actually uses the English school curriculum. Many of the secondary schools in the Bearn offer options where pupils can specialise in theatre, horse-riding and various sports.
The independent office suite of 60m2 is ideal for anyone who works from home or who needs professional consulting rooms/meeting rooms. Subject to permission, the suite could also be transformed into a guest cottage for accommodating friends and family, or a gite to rent out to holidaymakers. There is also 50m2 of unconverted space in the basement of the villa, which could be turned into a games room, a dance/yoga studio, a gym, a sauna, a home cinema.
If you would like to offer luxurious Bed and Breakfast to guests, it would be possible to use one or several of the existing bedrooms - or you could transform the office suite into two or three bedrooms with en suite shower rooms (subject to permission).
Services and Technical : Telephone + ADSL + fibre expected this year,electricity, double glazing throughout, automated electric shutters, air-conditioning in the office suite, town gas for underfloor heating system, open fireplace, mains water, septic tank.
This beautiful villa is located on the hills above Orthez in the beautiful Bearn region in South West France. It is not far from Pau, Lourdes, the Atlantic coast and the picturesque Basque Country. The cities of Toulouse, Bordeaux, San-Sebastian and Bilbao are all within easy reach.
Popular with tourists all year round for hiking, mountain-biking, white-water rafting and fishing, the region has numerous ski resorts just 90 minutes away, which offer a range of winter sports: downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snow-shoeing.
For those who prefer beach-based activities, the Atlantic coast is about 50 minutes away, where you can swim and surf at Biarritz, St-Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye, Hossegor.
If your interests are gastronomic, visit the daily markets throughout the Bearn and Basque Country to sample the locally produced Jurancon wines, tasty Bayonne ham and fabulous brebis, which is a cheese made using milk from sheep. The famous "Ossau-Iraty" brebis can be bought direct from farms in the Vallee d'Ossau to the south of the property, or you'll find it at any of the farmers' markets in the local towns and villages. Airports: Biarritz, Pau, Tarbes-Lourdes Train: Orthez, Puyoo Ferry: Bilbao, Santander Ski: Issarbe, La-Pierre-St-Martin, Iraty, Val-d'Azun, Gourette, Candanchu (Spain). Beaches: Biarritz, St-Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye, Hossegor. Attractions: Base de Loisirs d'Orthez-Biron, Aqua Bearn, Parc'Ours, Grottes de Betharram, Gorges de Kakuetta, Passerelle d'Holzarte,
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