Not having enough money to buy the house and living there myself. Also not being able to eat such delicious food without gaining weight.
My wife and I stayed at the Villa Hortebise in Salies de Bearn for three nights at the end of August beginning of September and loved it. First, the location was superb, on a main avenue leading into the town coming from Sauveterre-de-Bearn and St Jean Pied de Port. Incredibly this avenue was extremely quiet with no noise from passing cars, which were very rare, disturbing the quiet of the beautiful house set back from the road. Walking normally one can reach the center in ten minutes. By car it is two or three minutes and there is parking everywhere in the town. The house is located on a large lot and the back garden is extensive with several types of fruit trees and vegetable gardens. Looking out from the back windows one can see a chapel on the hill and the town cemetery, which itself is worth a visit, having the tomb of Alexander Georgievich de Beauharnais 1912–1942, the Duke of Leuchtenberg, direct descendent of Josephine Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. There is nothing sinister about the cemetery as it looks like a pleasant garden and makes for a nice stroll. Even the children would love it.
As for the house itself, the two rooms rented to guests are located on the second floor, which is reached by a narrow staircase. Some people with physical disabilities might find this a drawback, but once you reach the rooms—there are two—the climb is worth it. We stayed in the suite (35 m2), which is beautifully decorated and looks out on the garden. Everything in the room was perfect—the bathroom, the bed, the television, and the space for working on your laptop. There were chocolates and Perrier water awaiting us next to our bed. For those who need their coffee fix there were instant coffee and tea on the table together with an electric kettle for heating water. This is an amenity which I think should be compulsory in all small hotels, just as Wifi has become de rigeur. Sadly some inn keepers don’t seem to understand this.