Which airports are near Lescun?
The airports at Toulouse, Pau, Lourdes, Biarritz, Bordeaux and Saragossa are between a 90 minute and a three hour drive from Lescun. Car hire companies rent vehicles at all the airports. Drivers of automatic cars may find the best availability to be at Toulouse.
What’s the best driving route to Lescun?
From France, head Oloron-Sainte-Marie. Then follow the signs for ‘Saragosse’ along the N134. Travel for about 29km before turning right at the small sign for Lescun. The villages before Lescun are Bedous and Accous, both of which can be bypassed on a new fast road.
From Spain, drive along the N134 from the Somport tunnel. Turn left at the sign for Lescun after passing signs for the medieval village of Borce.
The winding road to Lescun from the N134 climbs for about five kilometres before entering the village.
Note that French driving laws require a reflective vest to be stored inside the vehicle (not in the boot or trunk), as well as a warning triangle. The police issue on-the-spot fines for drivers who fail to produce these items. Vests and triangles are usually supplied by car rental companies but please check that your vehicle is equipped with these items before setting out.
How quiet is Lescun?
Lescun is a living mountain village. Unlike many rural hamlets which are no longer inhabited year-round, or dominated by holiday homes, Lescun has a vibrant community.
People live and work here, and consequently you are likely to hear morning church bells, farmers working distant fields, and occasional activity in the nearby menuiserie (carpentry yard). Flocks of sheep are driven along the lanes in the village in the summer months. We feel that these rural sounds add to the atmosphere of one of the most unspoilt mountain villages in Europe.
Staying in a friendly village means that you’re a five minute stroll from the local shop, bar and restaurant. You won’t need to drive anywhere to buy your breakfast croissants, lunchtime sheep’s cheese or evening soup after returning from a walk along a mountain trail, two of which begin at the front door of the house.
Where are the shops?
Lescun has a well-stocked shop in the centre of the village. You can buy almost everything you need during your stay including food, toiletry items and small gifts. We do our utmost to buy the majority of our supplies from the shop as its survival is vital to the village. We hope that you will choose to do the same. Fresh bread (including croissants and pain au chocolat) is delivered each morning.
The village shop sells a variety of cheese including sheep (brebis), cow (vaché) and a mix of the two (‘mixte’), all of which are made locally. Alternatively, you can buy cheeses, milk and eggs straight from the farm at a few of the houses in the village. The cheeses are fantastic and we hope you will try some. The post office can be found behind the shop. The library is located above the village shop.
If you need items above and beyond what is available in the village, head for Intermarché in Accous, Casino in Bedous or LeClerc in Oloron-Sainte-Mairie. In addition, there is a bijou and well-stocked organic greengrocer near the main square in Bedous that is open on Sundays when other stores are shut. Bedous is also home to a renowned charcuterie on its main street.
The Lindt chocolate factory in Oloron has a store . Follow your nose to find it! This is the only place in the world that produces the legendary ‘Pyrénéens’ chocolates in white, milk, dark and coffee flavours.
Does the house have Wi-Fi?
Maison Willert is equipped with complimentary internet access for your digital devices. Please note that a few PC owners have experienced difficulty connecting to the network. In this situation please connect using the supplied ethernet cable. Printing is not available.
Note that internet access at the house cannot be guaranteed and there is no-one in the village who is able to assist in the event that the connection is lost. There is an English-speaking helpline that you can call in case of difficulty.
If the internet connection is unexpectedly disabled, the closest reliable internet connection is in Oloron-Sainte-Mairie. An internet café is located in the Loisir Sports / Espace cultural centre on the outskirts of the town. Take your laptop and hook up to their Wi-Fi connection for a small charge, or use one of the provided computers. Printing is also available.
Is there an outdoor store nearby?
The village shop in Lescun sells socks, trekking poles and snowshoes. For a comprehensive selection of outdoor gear, head to Loisir Sports in Oloron.
Where are the nearest petrol stations?
The petrol stations at Intermarché in Accous and LeClerc supermarket in Oloron-Sainte-Mairie are competitively priced and we suggest that people fill up at one of these locations whenever possible. Other petrol stations in the Aspe valley between Oloron and Lescun are few and far between, with sporadic opening times. Alternatively, there is a petrol station on the other side of the border, just after passing through the Somport tunnel into Spain. The price of fuel in Spain is lower than in France.
Credit card, travellers’ cheques or cash: what’s best?
There is a small Crédit Agricole bank and cash machine in Bedous, and numerous banking facilities in Oloron-Sainte-Mairie. There are no cash machines in Lescun. Note that some village shops and restaurants either do not accept credit cards or have a relatively high minimum spend. Large supermarkets accept credit cards but cash remains king in this region.
Where are the nearest medical facilities?
The nearest hospital is in Oloron-Sainte-Mairie near the LeClerc supermarket. The emergency ambulance can be called on tel: 15 (or 112 from a mobile ’phone). For less serious conditions there are doctors and a dentist in Bedous. Pharmacies can be located in Bedous and Oloron-Sainte-Mairie.
Is there a BBQ?
A small BBQ is stored in the shed. Charcoal can be bought in most supermarkets.
What about a cot and high chair?
Maison Willert is equipped with one cot and one high chair. In addition there are four single beds, one of which is a pull-out bed at floor level.
Do the owners live in Lescun?
Sadly, we are not currently able to live in Lescun year-round. However, the wonderful Madame Lopez will welcome you to the village, and will be around to answer any questions that you might have about the house.
Any suggestions for places to stay in other mountain regions?
Absolutely! Here are some of our favourite places to stay around the world.
Karmi Farm (Darjeeling)
Run by Andrew Pulger-Frame this beautiful family home is set amongst cardamom groves, and has a stunning verandah over the Indian Himalaya. Andrew also runs a small medical clinic with the support of organisations such as Nomad Travel and The Deboché Initiative to help families in the local area who would otherwise not have access to medical facilities.
Oriental Hotel (Ladakh)
An eco-sensitive, family-run guesthouse. The best Tibetan momos and Italian pizzas in town. The hotel also operates a trekking and tourism service.
Shivapuri Heights (Kathmandu)
Escape the bustling streets of Kathmandu at this idyllic lodge overlooking the city. Set in the foothills of the Himalaya, Shivapuri Heights offers a personal chef who serves excellent western and Nepalese cuisine.
Rhododendron Lodge (Deboche)
Just down the hill from Tengboché, on the way to Pangboché, lies the secluded hamlet of Deboché, from which The Deboché Initiative takes its name. The rustic Rhododendron Lodge is owned by the wonderful Ang Kanchi, who is also the local medical assistant.
Los Niños Hotel (Cusco)
Run by Jolanda van den Berg, the profits from this delightful establishment are ploughed into a foundation to help street kids in the city.
Apartment Pauline (Zermatt)
The previous owners of Maison Willert, Pauline and John, own an apartment in the shadow of the Matterhorn in the Swiss resort of Zermatt, as well as an eclectic collection of beautiful rental properties on the enchanting Greek island of Zakynthos.
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