House - Pau (64000) - PYRENEES ATLANTIQUES € 1,100,000 € 990,000

Réf : A09834


Built in 1930, this unique Louisiana-style villa is situated in a highly sought-after hillside location just 10 minutes away from the centre of Pau. Built on four levels, the south-facing property is filled with sunlight all day long - and the huge terrace overlooking the garden and swimming pool is perfect for enjoying sunny breakfasts, long, lazy lunches and moonlit suppers against the panoramic backdrop of the Pyrénées... Whilst in need of redecoration to your taste, this luxurious home is ready to move into and much of the furniture is available to buy. Absolutely perfect for a family with children, the property is close to excellent schools, bus routes and Pau's many amenities; Total and the International School of Béarn are 10 minutes away. The villa's proximity to both Pyrenean ski resorts and Atlantic beach resorts also make it ideal to use as a spacious holiday home or for renting out to holidaymakers visiting the beautiful Béarn and Basque Country...

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Réf : A09834

Detailed description

This fabulous villa of 254m² is located in a tranquil residential area ten minutes from the centre of Pau. The design of the property was inspired by the original owner's frequent trips to Louisiana in the United States and it blends the typical double-balcony architectural style from America with chic French elegance.

The villa is located on a hillside with panoramic views of the beautiful Béarnaise countryside and to the Pyrénées beyond. The plot of 1,096m² includes a delightful south-facing garden at the back of the property, which slopes down to a swimming pool with a decked terrace.

At the front of the house, there is a paved courtyard, which is ideal for outdoor dining in the shade during the hotter months. From the courtyard, the front door opens into a beautiful central entrance hall with a superb wooden staircase. Doors from the hall open into two south-facing reception rooms - a sitting room and a formal dining room - each with two sets of French doors opening out to a huge south-facing terrace. At the far end of the sitting room is a beautiful east-facing morning room - perfect for sunny breakfasts - with a French door opening onto the terrace.

From the sitting room, a door opens into a cosy study/office, which has a door out to the garden and a path leading round to the paved courtyard. This room would be ideal to use as an office/consulting room for anyone who works from home. This room is also accessible via a cloakroom next to the entrance hall.

On the other side of the entrance hall is a lovely kitchen, which has a serving hatch opening into the formal dining room. Next to the kitchen is an informal dining room with French doors opening into the paved courtyard.

A staircase next to the kitchen leads down to the basement below the villa. The basement comprises a large utility room/storage room/cellar of about 70m², a renovated room of about 15m² (currently used as an office) and a triple garage of about 50m². The office has sliding glazed doors, which open into the garden, along with a doorway into the cellar and a door into the triple garage. The garage has three garage doors which are accessible by car from the road by driving across the garden.

The first floor of the villa is light and airy. A balcony, which is accessible from three of the four bedrooms, runs along the south and east-facing façades - and the views of the mountains from the balcony are stunning! The first floor comprises two large bedrooms, two smaller bedrooms, a family bathroom (bath and WC) and a family shower room (shower and WC). One of the larger bedrooms has three sets of French doors out to the balcony, the other bedroom has two. One of the smaller bedrooms has one set of French doors out to the balcony.

The second floor is a huge loft space with a floor area of about 90m². It is currently converted into several rooms with sloping roofs: four small children's bedrooms, a bathroom and a separate WC.

From the south-facing terrace at the back of the villa, steps lead down to the garden with its specimen trees and shrubs, including a mature olive tree. The swimming pool (12m x 4m), which uses a salt-based filtration system, is surrounded by a decked terrace with a pool shower in one corner.

As well as being hugely convenient for people working in and around Pau, this unique villa is in a perfect location for anyone who loves both the mountains and the sea. Several Pyrénées ski resorts are an hour away to the south - and the many Atlantic coastal resorts are just over an hour away to the west. There are also the nearby Gaves (rivers) for exciting white-water rafting, along with numerous swimming lakes with sandy beaches for picnics and sunbathing.


Ground floor:
- a huge south-facing terrace
- a paved courtyard
- a beautiful entrance hall with a traditional wooden staircase
- an east-facing morning room with a bay window and French doors opening on to the terrace
- a wonderful south-facing sitting room with two sets of French doors opening on to the terrace
- a formal dining room with two sets of French doors opening on to the terrace
- a study/office with access to the garden and paved courtyard
- a kitchen with a serving hatch into the formal dining room
- an informal dining room adjacent to the kitchen and with French doors opening on to the paved courtyard
- a cloakroom
- a separate WC

First floor:
- a balcony
- two very large bedrooms with two sets of French doors opening on to the balcony
- two smaller bedrooms, one with French doors opening on to the balcony
- a family bathroom with a WC
- a family shower room with a WC

Second floor:
- an attic space with floor area of about 90m² divided into four small children's bedrooms, a bathroom and a separate WC

Basement/garden level:
- a room (approx. 15m²) currently used as an office with sliding glazed doors out to the garden
- a huge utility room/storage room/cellar (approx. 70m²)
- triple garage (approx. 50m²)


Planted with mature trees and shrubs, the south-facing garden slopes down to a salt-water swimming pool (12m x 4m) with a decked terrace. At the front of the villa, there is a paved terrace, which is ideal for dining in the shade when the weather is very hot.


Close to the centre of Pau, the villa is conveniently located for easy commuting by car and by bus - so whether you’re looking for a family home, holiday home or a property to rent out, this spacious villa has everything you could possibly need.

For anyone who works from home, several of the rooms would be ideal to use as an office/consulting room, some with a private entrance. A home cinema, games room, gym or even a dance studio could be created in the basement. With some changes to the layout of the loft rooms, it would also be possible to create a couple of suites for Bed and Breakfast guests, if desired.


Telephone + cable internet
Solar panels (income of 2,000€/year generated by resale of electricity up until 2029)
Mains gas central heating
Mains drainage


Located to the east of Pau, the many shops and amenities of the city are easily accessible from the property and regular buses are a five-minute walk away. There are many excellent schools in Pau and throughout the Béarn with collège-lycées offering a range of studying options (some in English), along with the chance to specialise in theatre, dance, sports… and even horse riding! The International School of Béarn, which follows an English school curriculum, is just 10 minutes away.

The Béarn is extremely popular with tourists all year round for hiking, mountain-biking, white-water rafting and fishing. The region also offers a choice of winter sports, including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing and snowboarding, with ski-buses to the ski resorts running regularly from Pau during the winter months. For beach-based activities, the famous resorts on the Atlantic coast are about 70 minutes away, with family beaches at Hendaye and St-Jean-de-Luz, and surfing at Biarritz and Anglet.

Airports: Pau, Tarbes-Lourdes, Biarritz
Train: Pau
Long-distance buses: Pau
Ferry: Bilbao, Santander

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

Attractions: Aqua Béarn, Le Petit Train d’Artouste, Grottes de Bétharram, Parc'Ours, Gorges de Kakuetta, Passerelle d’Holzarte...

  • 990 000 € (HAI)
  • agency fees to be paid by seller
This property has ...
  • Mains Drains
  • Electricity on site
  • Garage
  • Private parking
  • Well
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Mountain view
  • High speed internet
  • Swimming Pool
  • Solar / Photovoltaic panels
  • Water on site
Property Type
  • Family Home
  • Villa
  • 0-2KM to amenities
  • 50km or less to airport
  • Close to golf course
  • City property
  • DPE - 388
  • GES - 12