Start the day with breakfast – a feast of local produce. End it with a last lazy lap in the pool, watching the sun set behind the Pyrenees.
Rachel and Xavier have taken over the running of this exceptional B&B, started by Rachel’s parents in 2004. They could not be warmer or more gracious, and open their arms to all ages. As for the 18th-century manor, flanked by a winery, it is charming both outside and in, full of light and elegant proportions.
Explore the mountains and the foothills – by electric bike if you prefer! Or venture into Pau, 6km. Once the wintering spot of expats, it’s a grand little city poised between the mountains and the sea. For smaller shops and a weekly market, the wine-making town of Jurançon is a hop in the car.