Location details of cottage "La Fontaine" in Sauveterre de Béarn/Barraute-Camu
A bit of history
Bordered along the whole of its
west coast by the Atlantic Ocean, the "département Pyrénées Atlantiques"
is bathed in a mild oceanic climate with the influence of the Gulf
Stream and consists of Béarn and Pays Basque. Renowned for the
combination of beautiful rolling landscapes, a deeply rooted culture and
a history it can be proud of as well as an outstanding gastronomy. From
ocean-swept beaches to the fierce foothills of the great mountain range,
this region is in tune with the elements. When the constituent parts of
the Basque Country went their separate ways, on the French side was left
a pocket handkerchief country known as Béarn. It remained fiercely
independent until 1620. The capital of Béarn is Pau
which was the birthplace of the first Bourbon king of France, Henry IV,
and spawned the Three Musketeers. Athos, Aramis and Porthos were not
figments of Alexandre Dumas’s imagination but real-life members of the
royal bodyguard, who came from villages in the foothills and went to
Paris to seek their fortune.A bit of geography The Béarnaise Pyrenees
reach a height of 2,885 m at the Pic du Midi d'Ossau, which offers a
safe ascent in good summer weather with one experienced climber in the
party, provided that all are roped together and wearing helmets.
The breathtaking view from the top includes the three Béarnaise valleys of Aspe, Barétous and Ossau, and its capital, Pau.
In the 19th century, one third of the inhabitants of this elegant summer and winter resort were British, attracted by its pure air.
Close to King Henry’s castle and palace lies the boulevard des Pyrénées, a lovely paved and balustraded terrace looking back at the mountains.
A bit of geography
Many of the surrounding towns
and villages are rewarding places to visit. Sauveterre-de-Béarn
has an imposing medieval drawbridge; Navarrenx
and its fortifications dominate the fierce Gave d’Oloron; Orthez
has the best-preserved inns and dovecotes in the region and the spa
town of Salies-de-Béarn,
loveliest of all, is proud of its steep-gabled houses built above the
Sauveterre de Béarn/ Barraute-Camu
This charming 18th century fully detached cottage called "La Fontaine" is ideally located by the river Gave d'Oloron at the south-eastern edge of the medieval village Sauveterre-de-Béarn.It is situated in the quiet hamlet of Camu, a stones' throw from the mountain river Gave d'Oloron which offers a great variety of water sports and just outside the old medieval town of Sauveterre de Béarn, nestling in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The relaxing sound of the water can be heard from the garden and the majestic Pyrenees can be seen from the house.The area is renowned for it's walking and cycling trails. Sauveterre-de-Béarn is almost equidistant between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees which permits rentals for summer and winter breaks. The cottage "La Fontaine" offers a high quality, self catering holiday accommodation all year long. It is a wonderful environment in which to relax and unwind while exploring this diverse Béarn region with its fascinating history and outstanding natural beauty.
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