FAQ

QUALITY SLEEP – HOME-COOKED FOOD – EXERCISE AND BEING OUT IN THE FRESH AIR WILL REGENERATE YOUR BODY AND MIND

What do you ask us most and what do we answer most? So let’s get to it:

Because you want to open yourself up to new possibilities and places you’ve never been before. Maybe you want to visit a place where there is so much sun that the wine is sweet as honey, a place where there is so much water that the surroundings play beautifully with a myriad of shades of green. Spend your holiday in a place where the people are kind and cheerful. A place where it is quiet, where cows and sheep graze, horses run, and the yolks of eggs are as golden as dandelions. Here even the most demanding person will be satisfied, because his brain will be so oxygenated that he will only need to BE to live and be happy.

And when you have had enough of RELAXING, we will help you plan and take advantage of the possibilities that our position offers:

Within an hour’s drive from the house is:

  • Mountain hiking and skiing
  • Hiking
  • Cycling – road, mountain bikes, recreational, e-bikes
  • Rock climbing
  • Beaches and surfing
  • Swimming in natural lakes
  • Rafting, kayaking
  • Horse riding
  • Vineyards, wine tasting, walks in the vineyards
  • Lourdes pilgrimage site
  • Aquarium
  • ZOO
  • Waterpark
  • Cave complexes
  • Golf courses
  • Sightseeing train in the
  • Pyrenees
  • St. James Pilgrimage
  • Routes
  • Outdoor fun playgrounds in the mountains
  • Chocolate Factory
  • The historic town of Navarrenx
  • Castle of Henry IV and the town of Pau
  • Local markets

 

Within two hours by car:

  • Bordeaux Wine Museum (we can arrange a guide)
  • Observatory on the highest mountain Pic du Midi (you can spend the night there)
  • Airbus aircraft factory in Toulouse
  • Sand dune in Arcachon
  • Spain – San Sebastian
  • Golf courses by the ocean

A – by plane

Prague – Bordeaux direct flight with Ryanair 2x a week

Car rental (we recommend SIXT car rental) + drive 2 h 13 min.

Without car rental: we will arrange a transfer from the airport directly to us

Or by train: from Bordeaux-Merignac airport, take the new tram line A to Bordeaux station and then take the train to Pau or directly to Gan

Prague – Paris – Pau with AirFrance to Pau-Pyrennées airport (international airport sign: ” PUF “), flying 3-5 times a day

Car rental (we recommend SIXT car rental) + drive 25 min.

Without car rental: we can arrange a taxi or transfer from the airport directly to us

Krakow – Toulouse direct flight with Ryanair 1x weekly

Car rental (we recommend SIXT car rental) + drive 2 h

Without car rental: we can arrange a taxi or airport transfer directly to us

Krakow – Lourdes direct flight with Ryanair 2x weekly

Car rental (we recommend SIXT car rental) + drive 42 min.

Without car rental: we can arrange a taxi or transfer from the airport directly to us

 

B – by car

– some Czech clients drive directly to us 17 hours from Prague without stopping

– some Czech clients spread their trip over 2 days, staying overnight in a hotel along the border between France and Germany

– there are those who enjoy the journey and spread it over 3-4 days, enjoying the journey without motorways and wandering around the French countryside

C – by train

– the journey from the Czech Republic to the station in Pau takes up to 24h, suitable for the most adventurous characters who do not mind the frequent strikes on the French railways.

Not recommended.

D – on foot

– Be the first to join us on foot along the St James’ Way so we can share it with others. You can then continue on to Santiago de Compostela.

a) not only does the sun shine from spring to autumn, but people smile here all year round
(b) everything is as if in the palm of your hand
(c) home-cooked French cuisine
d) a guide to the mountains – safely
e) several days of trekking
f) cycling
g) rafting
h) surfing
i) walking
j) wine and cheese tasting
h) we speak Czech (and Slovak, French, English, Spanish and German)

When we have all the rooms full, we need space to set up the room for you. Our Sabine is like lightning and by 2pm the room is ready for you.

Anne-Sophie will wait until 8pm to welcome you.

So you can check in between 2 pm and 8 pm.

However, we understand that planes fly at other times, or cars can be unexpectedly delayed somewhere, or you might find a shortcut and arrive earlier, so if it’s just a little bit possible, we’ll be happy to accommodate you and make you stay earlier or wait longer. You just have to let us know in advance.

If the guesthouse is fully booked, you can wait with us downstairs in a comfortable chair or outside in the sun. With a glass of Jurançon, the time will pass like water.

Time moves slowly in south-west France and we’d love you to experience it for yourself. Have a leisurely breakfast, pack your bags, enjoy the view one last time and if you make it to 11:00-11:30, we’ll be glad.

Anne-Sophie will greet you on arrival. She will need your travel documents and will present you with your accommodation contract to sign, show you to your room and answer all your questions about meals, excursions, etc.

When booking a room we need a 30% deposit to make the reservation binding for both parties.
It is then possible to pay on the spot with cash or card. If you want to feel like a typical Frenchman, pay by cheque.

We use rainwater to wash our hands in the communal toilets downstairs in the guesthouse, as well as in the outdoor shower by the pool and in the garden hose. It’s environmentally friendly and the price for sewerage and water charges is very reasonable indeed. Only potable water runs everywhere in the rooms and kitchen.

Yes, each room is equipped with a private bathroom with shower and toilet, hairdryer, shower gel, shampoo, towels.

4 rooms for two people – either in double or twin configuration

1 apartment for 2-4 people – in either a double or twin configuration and two full-size extra beds in the second room

1 family apartment for 2-5 persons

All rooms are equipped with shutters. The family apartment is equipped with air conditioning. Linen and towels are fragrant and soft. Pool towels are also available at reception, as are shatterproof glasses.

There is a fully equipped shared spacious kitchen with a kettle, microwave, oven, gas stove and all kitchen accessories.

A rich French breakfast is included in the room rate.

Lunch will be prepared in the form of a picnic package.

We will lovingly prepare a home-cooked dinner using local ingredients and taking into account your allergies.

Yes, however, the French breakfast is included in the price and cannot be deducted from the price, but of course it is not compulsory and you can prepare your own breakfast. Homemade French dinners are optional. One day you can cook your own and the next day we will be happy to cook for you, for example a three-course menu.

Yes. We can prepare delicious French dishes for breakfast and dinner without gluten, nuts or milk. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please contact us, we will certainly work something out.

We don’t have much experience with accommodating pets yet. It’s better if you leave them in good hands at home. If you have to take them with you, please contact us in advance to see if this is possible and under what conditions.

Yes, children are people too, so we have facilities for them to feel comfortable with us. There are two swings in the garden, a children’s corner with books, toys, puzzles, building blocks in the main room, where a table football is waiting for them. And they can frolic in the heated swimming pool. And we have a small cinema for cartoons and children’s films.
Down below the garden is a small but pretty dense forest where they can build wood houses, see a small waterfall and play Indian.

Yes, there is a foldable portable cot as well as an extra bed.For those arriving by plane or with no space left in the car, there is also a baby stroller.

Yes, our washing machine can be used if necessary, and our dryer in wet weather.

Yes, you can park in our car park right next to the guest house. Parking is safe day and night.

If you walk or drive from the guest house to Gan Town Square, you can shop along the way:

Wine – 800 meters from the guesthouse
Bakery – 800 metres from the guesthouse
Carrefour Contact Food – 950 metres from the guesthouse
Tobacco – 1000 meters from the guesthouse

Opposite the grocery across the crossroads is a local butcher shop with fresh ham, foie gras, salami, and various savoury treats.

Yes, on a French gas grill right on the patio.

Sure, we are ready for it, we will be happy to prepare an interesting offer for you.

The guesthouse is 600 m2, and the garden 5000 m2 so we could fit quite a lot of equipment:

Inside the guesthouse:

  • Spacious modern kitchen with dining table and bar stools
  • Communal areas with seating and table football
  • Sitting area by the wood-burning stove with a small library
  • Spacious dining room
  • Small cinema – large screen projection available
  • Conference room for 12 people
  • Exercise room with instructor – yoga, pilates, crossfit, weight training
  • Massage room
  • Laundry room
  • Bicycle storage

Outdoor facilities:

  • Spacious garden and park
  • Terrace 100m2 with seating and evening lighting
  • Heated swimming pool with seating around
  • Parking for 8-10 vehicles
  • Outdoor exercise area
  • Picnic area
  • Swings

Accommodation
Room cleaning
Preparation of home-made breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Massages
Pilates
Yoga – restorative and relaxing
Mountain guides
Organisation of sports trips + equipment hire
– Hiking with spectacular views
– hiking in the mountains
– cycling
– surfing
– rock climbing and climbing walls
– rafting
– kayak

The organisation of trips can be adapted for families with children
The organisation of trips can also be adapted to the needs of lazy people
Wine and local food tasting – visits to local vineyards
Preparation of brunches, celebrations, weddings, banquets
Team building events

It’s just easier with a car. The French countryside is well suited to car travel.

I’m sure it’s fine without a car. For adventure lovers who want to move around without a car, here are the following options:

– The public bus stop is 10 minutes by foot from the guesthouse. The bus will take you to the centre of Pau and the Pau train station, as well as in the opposite direction to the nearest mountain valley. In winter, a ski bus runs to the slopes.

– The train station is also an even closer walk than the bus from the guest house. You can also take the train from Gan train station to Pau train station, as well as to the second nearest mountain valley. From Pau train station there are trains to Bordeaux, Biarritz, Toulouse, Tarbes, Lourdes…

– You can use the UBER taxi service.

– Pau can also be reached comfortably by bike or by walking, but that will be quite a trip.

Although our guesthouse is domestic, our team is international. We are fluent in Czech/Slovak, English, French, German and Spanish, and can also communicate in Polish and Russian. We can help with everything, don’t be afraid to ask.

No, unfortunately the design of the former several hundred year old farm does not allow it.

Our guesthouse is in a beautiful quiet location, on the edge of the woods, but a taxi or Uber taxi will arrive to take you away. Don’t hesitate to ask us to help you book a reliable driver.

Wireless internet access is available in all rooms as well as in the main rooms and outside on the terrace. For those who need quiet for work or online entertainment, there are plenty of places to hide away in privacy. However, from our own experience, we recommend you try to put the electronics away for a while and fully embrace nature, French wine and yourself.

The guest house is non-smoking inside (including electronic cigarettes), but smoking is allowed outside on the terrace outside breakfast and dinner times.

Right in the guesthouse awaits you: table football, books, cinema with interesting French films.
Outside the guesthouse, if you don’t want to get wet, we recommend a visit to the caves, wine tasting, ocean aquarium, local markets in Pau, chocolate shop.
Or just dress well and go hiking, golfing or rafting, then dry off in the evening.

It depends on what you want to experience. Actually, we’re still working on the answer to that question. We think it’s beautiful 12 months of the year, which is why we moved here permanently.

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