What makes la Joliette a great holiday rental
Very few holiday properties can match the character of la Joliette. It's a beautiful yet very informal home, tastefully renovated by its English owners. La Joliette oozes French charm with its many character features including wooden floors, original staircase and elegant 'maison de maitre' architecture.
La Joliette delivers a great villa 'package': attractive & spacious accommodation; all bedrooms en-suite; large, heated private pool; total seclusion and superb views.
Francophiles who will appreciate the style and decor of La Joliette and the authenticity of the Béarn region of south west France.
The property and region work well for families for whom the beach is not important but who do want access to activities, wonderful scenery and good French living.
Outside the summer school holidays, La Joliette is a popular choice for hikers in the spring and autumn. It's also classic territory and an ideal base for road cycling enthusiastis.
Anything to watch out for?
No WC at ground floor level. Separate WC downstairs.
Why Oloron-Ste-Marie & The Pyrenees?
Oloron is one of the Bearn's principal market towns. It is also an excellent base from which to explore the stunning Pyrenees with its incredible scenery, activities and nature. For a little bit of city culture visit nearby charming Pau, a city with strong historical links to Great Britain.
Beautiful maison de maitre with heated pool and games room, set in secluded & generous grounds
From the moment we arrived at the entrance gates to la Joliette, we had a good feeling about this property. The long, gravel driveway leads to an imposing, beautifully presented property and one which can be seen from many parts of the town.
In fact, La Joliette is well-known in the town and has quite a colourful history too. Built in the mid 1800s for the Bishop of Oloron, it was owned by the Church until the 1920s and by one family since. From the 1960s until the mid-1980s it was a small hotel and restaurant and by all accounts it had "a bit of a reputation". For what, we can only speculate but it adds to La Joliette's appeal!
In 2005 an English family purchased the property and it subsequently underwent an extensive renovation. Happily it has been in our collection ever since and remains one of our most loved villas.
The accommodation is spread over four levels.
Basement Floor | Floorplan - basement floor
Ground Floor | Floorplan - ground floor
The main entrance, via the stone staircase, leads into a spacious entrance hall. To the right is a dining area with table and to the left is the kitchen. Generously equipped, the kitchen has access to a south-facing decked terrace looking directly to the mountains.
The hallway leads to the spacious living room. This is the principal room of the house and is tastefully furnished yet the owners are very keen to keep an informal ambience and for guests to feel relaxed.
There are lots of DVDs available for guests' use. Only French TV channels are available.
A wonderful, original carved wooden staircase leads from the hallway to the first and second floors.
First Floor | Floorplan - first floor
The four bedrooms are all on the first floor. Each enjoys pleasant views and original wood flooring.
At the top of the staircase there is an additional bedroom which is closed off for personal use/storage.
The house lies in a generous plot of land, about 1.5 ha in total. The gravel driveway alone is some 100 metres.
There is plenty of space front and back for kids to play.
The breakfast terrace is south-facing whilst the rear pool terrace faces south and west towards the mountains and afternoon/evening sun.
There is plenty of room for dining outside on the patio terrace accessed directly from the living room and basement.
The large (12 x 6 m) heated pool is accessed via Roman steps at one end and is protected by a cover (also helpful for retaining heat in the water) and a fence. The pool is heated from May through September.
6 x sun-chairs and 4 x sun-loungers are provided.
Parking for several cars on the gravel area in front of the house.
2x doubles (150cm & 140cm) & 2x twins (90cm singles)
4x en-suite shower rooms / bathrooms plus basement shower. 5x WCs in total
Large, heated pool 12x6m. Depth range 1.0 - 2.0m. Roman steps. Protected by fence & cover. Pool in use May through September.
No pets & no smoking please
The villa enjoys a very private hill-top location on the southern outskirts of the town. Its elevated situation affords a stunning panorama of the Pyrenees. The property feels tucked away thanks to its long driveway and there is no passing traffic. Oloron-Ste-Marie centre is 2 km whilst the city of Pau is a 40 min drive - and worth a visit too. The main draw is of course the stunning beauty and natural attractions of the Pyrenees.
Nearest village / town: Oloron Ste Marie (2 kms)
Nearest beach: Biarritz or Hossegor coastlines are c. 1hr 30 mins
Boulangerie: In the local square 1km or Oloron-Ste-Marie 2 km
Restaurant: Oloron-Ste-Marie 2 km
Market: Oloron-Ste-Marie 2 km
Product: The house, swimmingpool and garden are lovely! One point of suggestion is that we thought there were too many things/there was too much stuf in the house. Less is more. For example it was hardly possible to use the kitchencupboards, because they were all full.
Product Comment: Thanks very much for your feedback, delighted that you enjoyed the house. We will visit the house next month and see if any items can be removed to free up some space!
Service: Very responsive at all times to queries. Great service.
Product: The perfect holiday home. Private, well equipped, amazing views. We loved our time here and hope to go again
Service Comment: I love La Joliette and thrilled to read that you did too. We hope to see you back there! Justin
Service: Very efficient.
Product: Another wonderful stay at beautiful La Joliette!
Service Comment: We're very happy to hear you have enjoyed another successful holiday at La Joliette - will you be returning again next year? :) Bethan
Service: Very helpful and efficient! The complementary map of Aquitaine was a really nice touch!
Product: Wow - what a truly fantastic house in a beautiful location. We are planning a return trip next year!
Service Comment: Delighted you enjoyed your stay and are thinking of returning to La Joliette next year - it really is somewhere special isn't it. And thanks for the kind comments about our service. Alex
Service: This was the first time we have used this site to book accommodation in France. We found it easy to use and the choices of regions and houses very wide.
Product: The house was very comfortable and well appointed. The swimming pool was large and heated. Bed linen was changed weekly and we had the added assistance of Nathalie who spoke very good English who met us at the house and ahowed us how everything worked. Great views of the snow capped mountains and surrounding countryside.
Service Comment: Thank you very much for you writing about your experience of La Joliette. It's a beautiful home in a very scenic and authentic corner of France. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes Justin Justin
Service: Very efficient, la Joiliette was just as described. Good website and the information about things to do during our stay was very helpful.
Product: Wonderful property, great views, peaceful, dark at night. Well provided kitchen. So often we stay at self catering properties where nothing is provided save1 bin liner and 1 dishwasher tablet. The concept of a replace-what-you-use worked so well here, and just creates a lovely feel to staying. The children loved the pool.
Service Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely review. Justin
Service: Service was very good and professional.
Service: The holiday fitted us like a glove the house was everything they said it would be and more.They are very honest on their website if a road could be the slightest bit noisy they will tell you about it.
Product: The best holiday we have had for years,the weather was stunning 14 days out of 14; makes a change from dodging the showers in Cornwall in August .The house had everything you could need, this had obviously been thought about when the house was laid out .The BBQ and pool area made our holiday.
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