Inside the House
The moment you walk into the villa, across the tiled hallway and across the patio, you are presented with a view that sums up what this property is all about; the stunning, majestic and awe-inspiring Pyrenees.
Tearing yourself away from this magical vista and glancing to the left, the dining area with its three-metre solid mahogany dining table with space to seat up to fourteen people hints of cosy convivial dinners suitably supported by a bottle or two of a worthy cru.
The open-plan lounge with log fire and a large cosy sofa is big enough for everyone to cuddle up on those nights when the winter nights draw in. The villa pays homage to the old-school way of listening to music housing a record player with over 75 vinyls. Of course, for those born ‘post-vinyls’, there is also a couple of Bose docking stations, enough to keep any Spotify account happy.
During the summer months, living becomes more of an outdoor affair. Strolling through the double sliding doors to the terrace for a spot of covered or open alfresco dining at the large outdoor teak dining table which comfortably seats enough people to enjoy a lively lunch or to sit back and take in the stunning view.
Opposite the entrance hall, and on the same level, is the first of the five bedrooms. The ease of access makes it an ideal room for those who find it difficult to get around. A shower and WC is adjacent to this bedroom which boasts a 200cm bed along with with views over the patio to the valley and mountains beyond.
The first floor is accessed by a beautiful wooden staircase which leads to a mezzanine area which thoughtfully serves as a second lounge. From its balcony you can view, through the thoughtfully supplied telescope, the ski runs at Hautacam and the peaks beyond.
The master bedroom, The Japanese Room, is entered through sliding doors off the mezzanine. This bedroom boasts a generous en-suite bathroom, and like the other two bedrooms on this floor has access to a balcony with the obligatory views across the valley.
Of the other two double bedrooms on this floor, one is en-suite while the other has its own shower and WC adjacent.
Each stylish bedroom has been sympathetically decorated in muted, simple tones to blend in with the surrounding landscape and as with many French abodes, all of the bedrooms have shutters, some floor to ceiling, to shut out the sunlight. The difficulty will be closing them on such a beautiful vista!
Finally, on the top floor, there is the final bedroom featuring a 160cm bunk bed with en-suite shower and WC .
If you do wish for a change from the magnificent scenery or lounging by the pool then you will still find plenty to do inside.
One of the most popular places in the villa is the Cinema Room on the top floor. Kitted out with Cabesse speakers, a Harman amplifier and Pioneer projector you can choose from the villa’s DVD library to screen onto the ten-foot cinema wall. The villa’s DVD library carries about 200 classic movies dating from the 1930’s through to present day action offering something for everyone.
There are various settees, chairs and futons to seat ten cinema goers in comfort and to offer solace to those who want to take time out and relax amongst the great selection of about 400 books in the library area. Often used as a kids den, the cinema room can also be easily converted to a twin bedded room if required.
Words cannot describe the beauty of this region the hospitality it has been given from Hiroko and James is nothing short of Incredible. And the house…… WOW!!
We would love to come back to finish off seeing the Pyrenees and to visit our new friends.
Thank you so much.
Tom and Carol
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