We stayed at Maison Rancesamy for the start of our honeymoon in July 2004. Arriving tired from an early flight we drove through stunning scenery and arrived bewildered in a paradise of roses, tranquillity, lush gardens, the most interesting and warm of host and hostess. The accommodation was faultless and the overall atmosphere so relaxing. Unlike other chambre d'hotes we've used, everything in the rooms was charming, quite quaint yet still practical. The beds (with vintage linen) feel as if the owners have actually tested them for comfort themselves and want their guests to have a wonderful sleep...like my Polish Grandma would make if we were coming to stay (this is a major compliment!). Lovely conversation over delicious dinner (with 3 languages being spoken). Our days passed in a haze of sunny breakfasts, swimming, a game of table tennis, siesta then dining outside until nightfall with the smell of the wonderful flowers. The perfect start to our honeymoon - no where else was as good afterwards.
We have dreamed of returning and made another visit in September 2012, for just one night accompanied by our 4 year old daughter. She fell in love with the place too and with Simon in particular who was very kind to her. Everything lived up to our very high standards, weather was lovely and we enjoyed another wonderful meal with gorgeous food and really fun company. Maison Rancesamy seems to attract like-minded people so although we were all very different, all different ages and backgrounds, it felt like an evening spent with friends.
I can't recommend it highly enough. Please go and enjoy every minute and pass our best wishes to Isabelle and Simon, the kindest of hosts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Formerly known as Maison Rancesamy, Secret Pyrenees is a boutique bed and breakfast adventure retreat, in the Jurancon wine region. Located at the head of the three valleys of Barretous, Aspe and Ossau, it's the perfect place from which to explore the beautiful Bean and Basque Pyrenees alongside the neighbouring Hautes Pyrenees. Your English and South African hosts are mad about sport and can advise you on where to cycle, trail run, mountain bike, climb, kayak or any other activity you can do in the Pyrenees. Only 1hr15 from Spain or Biarritz, less than one hour from 3 ski resorts, 30 minutes from the mountains and 20 minutes from Pau - Secret Pyrenees is ideally located. ... more less
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