Situated on the D933 between Sauveterre de Bearn and Saint Palais in the village of Guinarthe Parenties is a 400 year old house which had been in the same family until we purchased it in April 2017.
The nearest airport, Biarritz, is 45 minutes away but you can also travel to Pau, Bordeaux, Tarbes/Lourdes and Toulouse and we can help with transfers if necessary! We will need 24 hours notice if you would like help with transfers,
The Bearn des Gaves is a vast territory located halfway between Pau and Biarritz, not far from Spain, at the gates of the Basque country. It's privileged location, close to the sea and the mountains, and its temperate oceanic climate make it a small corner of paradise.
There is a natural magic to this enclosure of wooded hills and fertile fields traversed by the gaves, these wide streams which originate from the Pyrenees. In the course of the Bearn des Gaves, you will discover the water in all its states, a patrimonial richness of history, featuring great human destinies, a playground to be experienced on foot, by canoe, or on horseback. Here, you will hear the murmur of the springs and the fountains by taking the paths of Saint-Jaques-de-compostelle, the famous pilgrimage route.
From Naverrenx to Sauveterre-de-Bearn via Sallies-de-Bearn, the Bearn des Gaves will seduce you with its exceptional quality of life and surprising diversity.
In the south...
Naverrenx, classed as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France" is also the first bastioned city of France, capital of salmon fishing and a place for white water sports and treks along the way of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle.
In the center...
The superb medieval city of Sauveterre-de-Bearn. Its important vestiges testify to a privileged place of residence of the Princes of Bearn. They dominate the Gave d'Oloron, where you can practice fishing and white water sports, with the Pyrenees on the horizon.
To the north...
The salt city of Salies-de-Bearn is renowned for its thermal baths and fitness. A small town of character, with old houses on stilts and the beautiful mansions of the 17th and 18th centuries. It also conserves buildings of the Belle Epoque like the Hotel of the Park which houses the casino.
Maison Saffores was built around 1645 (we have parchment documents from that time) by the Saffores family and stayed in the same family until we bought it in April 2017. The house was passed down through the female line from Jeanne Saffores to her daughter Maguerrite Saffores and her husband Gustave Poey-Noguez, a doctor, and then to their daughter Suzanne Poet Noguez who never married and had no children. When Suzanne died her niece and nephew inherited the estate and we were very fortunate to be able to buy this large, characterful house with it’s beautiful barn and nearly an acre of grounds from them.
We are still researching the history but we do know that the house was requisitioned by the German High Command during the Second World War, although Jeanne who was then a widow, was allowed to continue to live in the house.
We are Mark and Katrin Cole and we will be your hosts during your stay with us. We consider ourselves to be a friendly, sociable couple and we love to meet new people! We are English, recently settled in France and we are endeavouring to improve our French, so please forgive us if we are slow to understand!
We both have grown up children who live away, but we still have our little cat, Billy, living with us. He loves people but not other animals, unfortunately.
Mark & Katrin