The Little House, Orthez
Site de l'Office
de Tourisme, texte en Francais.
The Little House at Orthez is situated in Béarn, of which it was once the capital. This is a rural part of Gascony in France as yet not suffering from major international tourism. The market town of Orthez, with its fascinating history, lies on the Gave de Pau ("gave" is a Béarnaise word meaning "river"). The speaking of the Béarnaise language is now largely confined to the older generations, but the main street names remain dual signed.
Orthez provides an ideal base for
visiting a variety of the marvellous features of South West
France. Less than one hour from Pau, Lourdes and Biarritz
airports; 5 minutes from TGV station to Paris; and 5 minutes
from auotroute A64.
It lies on one of the four main routes for pilgrims walking to
Santiago de Compostella (Saint Jacques de Compostelle).
Within one hour’s travel are the coast, e.g. Bayonne and
Biarritz with their Basque history and language, the Pyrénnées,
the beautiful city of Pau with its historic connections with
Britain (e.g. some 300 nineteenth century English villas spread
round the city) and, of course, the pilgrimage centre of
The Little House offers spacious facilities for two persons,
more compact if more than two. It is fully-equipped with a
double bedroom and a bed settee in the large living room, but
expect all the modern comforts of a small home. For full
details of the facilities, go to about the little house.
Situated just 200 metres from the market, the church, and a
number of local shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. Yet we are
only a short distance from the stunning countryside, the
Jurançon wine appellation, and the site of the Battle of Orthez
- the last battle of the Peninsular War resulting in
Wellington's defeat of Napoleon's forces and the abdication of
Our guests are assured a warm welcome. Please explore our site and do contact us if you would like further information, +33 559 690668.