Good Monday morning! A charming and cozy three bedroom stone house in the Pyrenean mountain village of Lescun, France, with dramatic views of surrounding peaks.
This village of Lescun is famous for its WWII history where inhabitants helped refugees escape across the border into Spain. It is now a beautiful village with a dramatic landscape, a producer of delicious cured meats and other products of the region, close to skiing!
From the listing on Leggett:
Although in need of some updating and refreshing, this traditional mountain village house of 130m² is absolutely perfect for a family home, a second home or a holiday home. The ground-floor accommodation comprises an entrance hall, an open-plan main room with a dining area and a large kitchen area with woodburning stove, a WC and a lower-ground-floor storage room.
On the first floor, there is a spacious landing leading to a sitting room with an open fireplace, a master bedroom and a bathroom. On the second floor are two attic-style bedrooms with fabulous mountain views, plumbing in place for a shower room and two small storage areas under the eaves.
The property has a walled garden (225m²) at the front of the house planted with mature trees. The views of the surrounding mountains from the garden and from the first and second floors of the house are stunning!
an entrance hall
an open-plan dining room/kitchen with a woodburning stove
a storage room/utility room on the lower-ground-floor
a spacious landing
a sitting room with an open fireplace
a master bedroom
two attic-style bedrooms
plumbing for a shower room
two small storage areas under the eaves
SERVICES AND TECHNICAL
Telephone with ADSL (not connected but available)
Heating: electric heaters + woodburning stove + open fireplace
THE LOCAL AREA
Situated at an altitude of 900 metres and with fabulous panoramic mountain views, Lescun is hugely popular with tourists all year round. There are shops and bars in the village; for larger supermarkets, the Medieval market town of Oloron-Ste-Marie is 35km away – and the historic city of Pau is 65km away.
The nearest ski resort is at Candanchú on the Spain border, which is a 30-minute drive away (25km); the closest French ski resort is at La-Pierre-St-Martin, which is about 30km away. Biarritz and the Atlantic beach resorts are 140km away. There are airports at Pau, Tarbes-Lourdes and Biarritz. From the valley below the village, it is possible to travel to Oloron-Ste-Marie and to Spain by bus; there are also trains to Oloron-Ste-Marie and Pau from the nearby town of Bedous.
The GR10 or “Pyrenean Way” passes through the village and the famous “Cirque de Lescun”, which is classed as a natural heritage site, is about an hour’s walk from the village. The Pic d’Anie can be seen from the village, as can several other mountain summits. There are also mountain lakes nearby, such as Lake Ansabère.
Culture vultures might like to know that the Michael Morpurgo book, “Waiting for Anya”, is based on the experiences of the villagers living in Lescun during the Second World War who helped children escape over the mountains to Spain. The recent film based on the book was filmed in and around Lescun and other picturesque villages in the Vallée d’Aspe.