La Maison Paul is situated at the heart of a region where the tradition of delight and relish in food and wine goes back thousands of years. It’s also within easy reach of a dazzling variety of different gastronomic cultures, still vibrant and active today. On top of that, some of the most talented chefs in the world are innovating and developing those traditions in an incredible range of starred restaurants, all within striking distance of your residence.
The fine wines of Jurançon and Madiran are on your doorstep, as are many more local offerings, with a range of new producers challenging the supremacy of the historic European appellations.
Both Bordeaux, to the north, and Rioja, across the Pyrénées, are within 200kms of Maison Paul. You are at the centre of Béarnaise cuisine, yet within minutes of the wider Basque traditions; you have salmon fished in local rivers (or Gaves) – yet the seafood of the Atlantic and Mediterranean is a short drive away. The fertile land, orchards, rivers and forests produce exceptional ingredients for the kitchen. Cheese, mushrooms, figs, peppers, duck, hams – you’ll want to taste them all, in both markets and restaurants. It makes a holiday in La Maison Paul the perfect choice for food and wine enthusiast. Click here to find out more about the local cuisine.
We hope you’ll try some of our avourite recipes – either in the state-of-the-art kitchen in La Maison Paul, or in your own home. Our list ranges through dishes like garbure, the rich and hearty local soup (there’s a garbure festival in Oloron every September) through wild mushroom omelette, to irresistible almond macaroons. Click here to see them in full.
We also benefit from wonderful markets in nearby towns, offering a wide array of locally grown produce. There’s one for every day of the week. Please click here to read more.
Aquitaine offers a wide range of eating experiences from local, traditional rustic cuisine to the very best Michelin-starred restaurants. Have a look at our selection here.
Wine lovers will be spoilt for choice, with some outstanding local wines and world-renowned greats from neighbouring Bordeaux, the Navarre and Rioja regions in Northern Spain. We hope you’ll try the diverse and attention-grabbing vine varieties of Jurançon and Madiran. Tours of local wineries are a firm favourite with our guests, and of course come with tasting sessions. Click here to read more.