• Cottage La Fontaine
  • Canoe sur Gave d'Oloron
  • Gave d'Oloron
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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 Saleys river.

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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