- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 1
- Property size: 65 sqm
- Year built: 1800
Rustic Charm and Features
Airy and Spacious
Lock Up and Leave
Central, Quiet and Secure
Walk In Condition - Fully Furnished
Quality Finish and Furnishings
Ample Local Ameneties
Winter Sports, Cycling and Outdoor Activities
Year Round Holiday / Rental Potential
Duplex apartment in the town of Laruns (Coordinates: 42°58′59″N 0°24′58″W), spectacular unhindered views of the Vallee D’Ossau in the Pyrenees Bearn area of the South West of France. 15-25 mins to the local winter sports resorts of Gourette, Artouste and Formigal with Cauterets and Pierre St Martin 1 hour. Within the famous walking, hiking and mountaineering region of Parc National Des Pyrenees, and Spain only 30 mins drive to the sublime mountain area of Col Du Portalet. With world class road and mountain biking directly from the apartment, fantastic outdoor leisure activities, this region of Pyrenees-Atlantiques is a playground of adventure. Laruns is a buzzing town with ample amenities including 10+ restaurants, 2 bars, hotel, 3 bakeries, 2 butchers, a supermarket and a number of other outlets including a Tourist Information, cinema, salons, tabac, post office, swimming pool, nearby spas and of course the Saturday farmers market. Within easy drive to the airport to Pau, or Lourdes Tarbes, and further afield with a relatively easy commute is Bordeaux (2.5 hours) to the West and Toulouse (2.5 hours) to the East. Seaside towns of Biarritz, Bayonne and across the border to San Sebastian are all commutable for day trips within the Basque country. The Valllee D'Ossau with Laruns as the main town, is dominated by the iconic 2884m Pic Du Midi D'Ossau where hikers, climbers, and Nordic skiers enjoy spectacular views.
The building is a converted seminary which consists of 6 apartments, and is managed by the residents via a “copropriete”, a legally set up contract to manage the services for cleaning, repairs, insurance, internet (WiFi included) and communal area projects. As an example, the building roof was profesionally redone in slate in 2014. Residents are all very friendly and accommodating, with desire to keep the building to a high standard. The main square, Centre Ville of Laruns is a short 2 minute walk.
The very well presented top floor apartment with internal area of 86m2, (habitable at 64m2), is split over two levels, freshly painted throughout and has a mixture of traditional and modern features. All original beans are exposed making for a lovely feature throughout the apartment. An artisan custom made staircase accesses the upper mezzanine floor. The lower floor comprises the master bedroom, kitchen with dining table, open plan lounge and bathroom. Electrics and plumbing are modern with electric heating throughout. The entire apartment benefits from generous natural light and views from all directions.
The communal hallway is well maintained, apartments are accessible via an ornate original staircase. The basement of the building houses the “caves”, the private locking door has power and lighting and is currently used to store 4 bikes, winter sports equipment and tools. The building known as ‘Les Gentianes” has private parking to the rear.
The apartment offers a walk in lifestyle, lock and leave concept sleeping up to 6 persons with the potential to rent for year round income. As a regular feature on the Tour De France route, Pau and the surrounding region is perfectly placed to ride and take in Le Tour as well as walking the famous GR10 which criss-crosses the Bearn region.
The master bedroom compromises a king size metal framed French style bed, dressing table, chair and large wardrobe with a double glazed West facing window overlooking the park, pelote court and mountains in the background. It is very well presented with ample electrical points and tiled floor.
The open plan sitting room comprises a 3 seater sofa which converts to a comfortable double bed, 2 seater sofa, swivel reclining chair, footstool, oval table, antique dresser housing TV and Audio and a further dormer window with the same aspect as the master bedroom, tiled floor. A further two large original French shutter style windows look North.
The kitchen has plentiful base cupboard and overhead units, an exposed feature stonewall wall, full size integrated fridge freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, electric oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, induction hob with extractor, and a 6 seater French oak dining table. A further large (new 2014) 1m2 VELUX with gorgeous views from the dining table over the South facing mountains. Laminated wooden floor. Kitchen, dining equipment including butchers block, table/glassware and cooking accessories can be included in the sale.
The tiled floor bathroom is fresh and modern with a large 90 x 60 cm shower area which is fully tiled, fitted Grohe overhead power and flexible shower heads with a large 4 shelf storage cupboard. Freestanding oak bathroom console with counter top sink, integrated Grohe toilet system and heated towel rail with modern lighting, mirror and extraction fan.
Mezzanine Bedroom and Office:-
The wooden floored mezzanine is open plan style with a double bed and dressing table, an office with wooden desk and swivel chair. A large walk in cupboard is used as a store and wardrobe. Two large fully opening and rotating (new 2014) 1 m2 VELUX permit unhindered views of the mountains. The VELUX are fitted with blackout blinds.