There are two rooms available - One has a double bed with a private bathroom (shower over) & a sweet juliette balcony overlooking the courtyard. The other has a double bed and a single bed with a private shower room plus air conditioning.
La Camelia is a Manor House situated within minutes of an 11C Roman Church in the rural town of Maubourguet at the tip of the Haute-Pyrenees. One hour from Spain, Approx two hours from either Toulouse in the East or Biarritz in the West, 10 minutes from Marciac with it's famous Jazz Festival (world class artists),15 minutes from Madiran and it's wine domaines (check out the wine festival) and on the route of St. Jacques de Compostelle - you are close to so many places of interest. Two rooms are available - Madiran and Bordeaux. Bordeaux is a stunning 33sq metre room facing South with almost ceiling height windows opening onto the front garden (shutters for when you wish to sleep late). There is an en-suite bathroom offering the usual wc, hand sink and shower cabinet with jets. Marble fireplace, thick wool rugs and the most comfortable double bed (bateau lit) with fresh linen to keep you cool but comfortable. All bed sheets are either Egyptian cotton or french linen. Desk and chair if you need to do any work or write that postcard home and of course, complimentary tea & coffee making facilities. There is also a reversible heat pump offering heating in winter and cooling in Summer. Madiran is the North facing room with it's own sweet Juliette balcony overlooking the courtyard and the old stables. There is an en-suite bathroom with bath (shower over), wc and hand-wash basin. All bathrooms have heated towel rails. Breakfast is taken in the wood paneled dining room downstairs from 8am/9.30am to 10am (by agreement the previous evening). For breakfast there is always fresh croissants, local fresh bread, a selection of jams (some home made from our own fruit trees), ham, brie, fresh fruit supplemented with either freshly made fruit salad, chocolate cake, madelines, brioche, etc., You will not leave the table hungry unless it's by choice! Fresh coffee in a cafetiere (french press) or tea (selection available) is made when you come to the table.
Guests have access to the gardens which surround the property on 3 sides, the outdoor eating area with BBQ, the private well equipped gym and have use of the breakfast kitchen if they wish to prepare their own meals.
Interaction with Guests
Catherine is always present for guests arrival and departure times and is usually present throughout the day also. She is happy to provide you with any information that you may require such as tourist info, advice, restaurants etc., Having lived in France for the last 16 years she has a good idea of where to go and what to do.
La Camelia is on the main route to Bordeaux and is round the corner from the Town Square so is no more than 2 minutes walk but is also minutes from woods, fields and the towns amenities - tennis court, bull ring (they do not kill the bull here); swimming pool, rugby pitch, many woodland walks, fishing, ... The towns bars are all unique in their own way and most offer an excellent lunchtime meal for not much money. Chez Daubar for instance offers a main course for 8euro or a 4 course menu with a carafe of local wine for less than 13euro. The Bar de Centre (has it's own website) regularly puts on live music and other events such as wine tasting. The local chateaux and domains also regularly offer free wine tasting for visitors. The town has it's own duck factory (this is foie gras country) offering their products at below shop prices. You will be able to see the ducks walking around free in the their own fields. And see for yourself how they are fed in a safe way. The Tourist Office in the town has a huge selection of pamphlets and booklets suggesting what's on and where to go with current offers and events. From May onwards there is usually a 'fete' of some type each week and from July there are several 'fetes' each week covering all sorts of celebrations. Close by you have Roman churches, Classical music concerts, Theater, Cinema, Woods, Lakes, Fishing, Horse riding, the Pyrenees, ... the list is endless.
Other Things to Note
Please note that there are animals on the property. The dogs have their own fenced in kennels with run but are often allowed into the courtyard. In the house we have two cats who are friendly but are there because this is the country! Outside we have chickens and will offer you our free range eggs - often freshly laid that day! Catherine, although British, is a qualified french cook and if reserved in advance can offer to cook you an evening meal with local wine.
All guests who are happy with pets are welcome here. However, due to our own pets we regret that we cannot accept other peoples. The Conservatory, which is heated in cold weather and cooled in hot weather is reserved for smokers, there is ample seating and ashtray's provided.
This will have to take place in 2 parts:
Pt 1: the Manor House
For an incredibly reasonable price i was lodged in a massive bedroom with 2 beds, more towels, soap, pillows, and furniture than i could possibly avail myself of, a huge armoir, radio, and more comforts than are available in my own home. The windows open outwards to let in the air, the grounds are vast and delightful for walking and especially sitting and reading. Breakfast is a cornucopia of every local delicacy you may desire with delicious homemade yogurt and fruits picked fresh from the trees in the yard. Centrally located for a stroll into town over the river, past the church, to the main street over which hang majestic sycamore trees beneath which you can dine on mussels and cour de canard to the point of (website hidden) 2: A Clueless American in Gascony
When, after collecting me from the train station in Tarbes, Catherine realized i was completely ill-equipped to explore the region (doesn't know french, didn't arrange fir a car, cant drive stick even if he had), she and her husband George made every possible effort to get me functional, including a total of perhaps nine chauffeured visits to the Super M to secure a car rental, also including negotiation of the waiving of the requirement of a personal cheque for 1000€ as a deposit (the gentleman did not bring a checkbook from Chicago...) Having in the interim learned to drive stick, i was, upon obtaining the vehicle, able to drive to the Marciac jazz festival as a bird leaving the nest. I was also allowed to do laundry, hang my drawers out to dry on the line in back, and get a haircut with the family on haircut day.
I was overwhelmed with the generosity and good nature encountered during my one week stay and cannot speak highly enough of this residence and its true-hearted proprietress, Catherine, and profound thanks also to George.
Catherine a été une hôtesse prévenante, attentive à ce que notre séjour soit aussi agréable que possible. La maison a le charme un peu suranné des vieilles maisons bigourdanes. La touche "Bristish" de Catherine lui apporte un charme supplémentaire. Et que dire du festin du petit déjeuner ?
Merci à Catherine pour sa bonne humeur, son énergie et son sens de l'accueil.
The first surprise was the house: an amazing cross between Pipi Longstocking's villa and Fawlty Towers. The room and bathroom: romantic and with all the comfort one needs. And then the breakfast: with everything you could wish for. Hostess Catherine can be proud!
La première surprise a été la maison : un étonnant croisement entre Villa Villekulla de de Fifi Brindacier et Fawlty Towers. La chambre et la salle de bain : romantique et avec tout le confort dont on a besoin. Et puis le petit déjeuner : avec tout ce que vous pourriez souhaiter. Hôtesse Catherine peut être fier !
Robin & Ali Visser
We stayed with Catherine for one night> the en suite double room was very large and comfortable, and even had tea and coffee making facilities. When she first showed us the room she said to let her know if there was anything she had overlooked. Try as we might we could not think of a thing! Breakfast was delightful, including a selection of home made confitures. Catherine herself was a charming host and made us feel very welcome. She was a mine of information and was able to recommend a great restaurant in Maubourguet. We will definitely return! Thank you Catherine
It was a pleasure staying in this magnificent house for two nights. We loved the spot of luxury, the amazing breakfasts and the warm hospitality provided by Catherine. The bedrooms and bathrooms were well equipped, and it was a great location for us to explore the area.
Thanks very much for having us!
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Town centre location offering catered or self catering accomodation surrounded by stunning countryside. 15 mins drive from Marciac for the famous jazz festival held in August. 15 mins drive from the Madiran and St. Mont wine region with hundreds of domains to visit. Views of the Pyrenees and close to the route of the Tour de France (every now and then it passes in front of the house!). We are ideal for cyclists, hikers, music lovers, photographers, writers, everyone! My home is eclectic and a little quirky with mementos of my travels in the Middle East and elsewhere. It is very much 'me' and since I love meeting new people I find Airbnb the perfect opportunity to share my love of France, this region and my home.