House - Orthez (64300) - PYRENEES ATLANTIQUES € 830,000

Réf : A08228


Ready for you to move into today, this superb architect-designed villa could not be more perfect! Conveniently located between the Atlantic coast and the Pyrénées, the property is a sumptuous family home with five bedrooms and an independent office suite of 60m², so ideal if you work from home (it would also make a guest suite). The villa is in a little hillside hamlet and overlooks the medieval Béarnaise town of Orthez, which has shops, hypermarkets, schools, a hospital... As well as fabulous panoramic views of the Béarnaise countryside and the mountains beyond, the villa has wonderful terraces for dining alfresco, a huge infinity swimming pool and beautifully maintained grounds. In addition, the property's proximity to ski resorts and beach resorts make it ideal for a luxurious holiday home or to offer upmarket B&B accommodation.

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Réf : A08228

Detailed description

Architect-designed and built in 1989 for the present owners, this magnificent villa 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.

The villa comprises 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 you can enter the offices 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. The offices 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 gîte, Bed and Breakfast suites, an art or yoga studio...

The front door of the villa opens into a vast formal sitting room with a triple-height ceiling. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the room with sunlight and give you fabulous panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and to the Pyrénées beyond. At the centre of the sitting room is a huge hearth open on all four sides for wonderful open fires during the cooler months.

Adjacent to the sitting 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 sitting room lead down to the lower-ground-floor level where there is a second sitting 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 dressing room.

The lower-first-floor level has a small mezzanine area which overlooks the formal sitting 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 Béarn, the property is close to surfing and family beaches on the Atlantic coast (50 minutes), ski resorts in the Pyrénées (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!


Ground floor:
- east-facing and south-facing covered terraces with fantastic views of the swimming pool, grounds and Pyrénées
- a formal sitting room with a vast open fireplace and amazing panoramic views of the mountains and surrounding countryside
- a dining area with sliding doors out to the terraces and swimming pool
- a kitchen with sliding doors out to the covered dining terraces, swimming pool and barbecue area
- a large utility room with a pantry
- a small office
- a WC with a handbasin

Lower-ground-floor (garden and pool level):
- a cosy second sitting room with a library area
- a master bedroom with sliding doors out to the terraces and swimming pool, a dressing room, an en suite bathroom (spa bath, Italian-style shower) and a separate WC

- a small mezzanine area with access to a south-facing balcony
- a bedroom with an en suite bathroom and access to the balcony
- a bedroom with access to the balcony
- a bathroom

First floor:
- a large mezzanine
- two bedrooms
- a shower room with an Italian-style shower
- a WC

- a wine cellar
- a utility room
- a pump room for the swimming pool/workshop
- an unconverted space of 50m², which could be transformed into a games room, a gym, a sauna, a dance/yoga studio, a home cinema...

- two private entrances from the grounds
- a large office
- a smaller office
- a small computer room
- a WC with a handbasin


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 where you can enjoy breakfast in the morning sunshine, long lazy lunches in the shade and romantic suppers overlooking the pool as you watch the sun set over the mountains. 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 there is even a small spa-size pool where you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine and admire the views! 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 villa 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 Béarn 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 gîte 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).


Telephone + ADSL + fibre expected this year
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 Béarn 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-Sebastián 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 Béarn and Basque Country to sample the locally produced Jurançon 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 Vallée 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, Puyoô
Ferry: Bilbao, Santander

Ski: Issarbe, La-Pierre-St-Martin, Iraty, Val-d’Azun, Gourette, Candanchú (Spain)...
Beaches: Biarritz, St-Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye, Hossegor...

Attractions: Base de Loisirs d’Orthez-Biron, Aqua Béarn, Parc’Ours, Grottes de Bétharram, Gorges de Kakuetta, Passerelle d’Holzarte, Le Train de La Rhune...

  • 830 000 € (HAI)
  • agency fees to be paid by seller
This property has ...
  • Electricity on site
  • Garage
  • Private parking
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Mountain view
  • Double glazing
  • Guest house / gite
  • High speed internet
  • Swimming Pool
  • Business potential
Property Type
  • Villa
  • 0-2KM to amenities
  • Hamlet property
  • 50km or less to airport
  • DPE - 100
  • GES - 15