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You arrive at Le Château d’Orion flabbergasted by the meadows and woods and the views of the Pyrenees in the distance. The house was built as a family home in the seventeenth century and has been extended over the years since. It is currently an imposing example of the traditional Béarnais style. Originally owned by the Casamayor family until the French revolution, it has been home to some larger-than-life people since, such as Mr Larrouey, who made his fortune selling Bayonne ham, or the Reclus brothers, one of whom helped to build the Panama Canal. In 2003, Mme Labbé, a descendant of the Reclus family, sold the house to the Bavarian Premauer family, with all its furniture, which enabled them to preserve its soul. Le Château d’Orion became a B&B, but also a venue for concerts and seminars. Elke Premauer, a career journalist, wanted to create a place for refection and meetings to promote Franco-German relations through twinning projects and other means. All the bedrooms are decorated with taste and they have all been renovated to blend modern comfort with respect for the building’s style. The rooms are huge and enjoy superb views of the mountains. The set-menu meals are prepared with fresh local produce whose flavours emerge in local recipes, all washed down with Jurançon, Madiran or Irouléguy wines. Located on the Camino di Santiago di Compostella, Le Château d’Orion is a timeless halt where calm and reflection are key words.