The origin of the name “Mayson de Horrida”, which inventory was made in 1538, has not been clarified to date. It has been modernized as D’Orride as time went by and the name was then transmitted to the patronym of its inhabitants over many generations. Typical of Bearnese old farms’ architecture, located between the city of Pau and Oloron Sainte-Marie, the construction of today’s buildings dates back to the 17th century through to the 19th century. Then preserved from modern arrangements of the 20th century, it was chosen in 1965 as a shooting spot for the movie “The Game is Over”, featuring Jane Fonda !
At the end of its private path, D’Orride House presides on the side of a hill, in the very heart of a protected nature, made of meadows and woods. Silence prevails, and the panoramic view on the Bearnese and Basque Pyrenees assure a new performance every day.
The reparations on the current building have been done with the help of local and passionate craftsmen. They used traditional raw materials : wall in stone and cobbles, old and sculpted slate, primer in whitewash, framework made of oak tree,…As for interior design, we used what was already there, as much as possible and ecological raw materials: wooden partitions, wooden cladding, floor made of sweet chestnut, natural insulating material, distemper, flour paint of exterior carpentry,…, and to warm it all up, a water heater, wood pellets. Do not hesitate to ask more precisions to Didier if you have similar plans !