Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Surrounded by mountains - Volets Verts - is situated in the village of Ayros-Arbouix, close to the small town of Argeles-Gazost within the Parc National des Pyrenees. There is plenty to do if you like the outdoors; skiing, walking, cycling, paragliding, climbing, canyoning, rafting, canoeing, golf, tennis, horseriding. There are also many local places of interest, including the pilgrimage site in Lourdes. It is just a 10 minute drive to the grotto from Volets Verts, where you can stay peacefully away from the hustle and bustle of the town. Or if you prefer why not spend some time relaxing at the newly renovated Thermes in Argeles (see www.argeles-gazost.com).
Situated in the grounds of the resident English owner's property - they will be more than happy to point you in the right direction with their local knowledge. The accommodation sleeps 4-6 people, has an open plan ground floor, including a fully equipped kitchenette, sitting / dining area with a separate laundry room. The first floor has two good sized bedrooms. Bedroom one has a double bed and an en suite shower and wc. Bedroom two has two single beds but can accommodate a third and is served by a separate shower room and wc. All rooms are heated by electric radiators.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Biarritz 170 km|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lourdes 25 km, Nearest railway: Lourdes 14 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The sympathetic renovation was completed in March 2010, so the decor and contents are completely new. We hope we have created a pleasant and comfortable space for an ideal holiday base.
|Further details outdoors|
Enjoy your croissant and coffee on the sun-drenched terrace.
Enclosed garden for the younger children.
Welcome pack provided on arrival
Garden shared with owners
English speaking owners on site to answer any questions
Sports massage available by qualified sports massage therapist
The Midi-Pyrenees region
Situated in the heart of south-west France, it is one of the largest regions in the country with a landscape of ancient towns, villages, castles, Romanesque churches and inexhaustible history.
The Pyrenees is an excellent all year round destination, so when you visit depends on what you would like to do. With four clearly defined seasons, the Midi-Pyrenees enjoys temperatures of 15-35 degrees from April to October. September and October often enjoy an Indian summer climate conducive to walking and cycling, whilst profiting from the more peaceful low to mid season. With a good snow cover usually by the beginning of December we enjoy a ski season up until April.
The Valley des Gaves is one of the largest valleys running through the Parc National des Pyrenees and is certainly an unspoilt part of the world. It is a gateway to many world renowned heritage sites such as Lourdes, Gavarnie, Pont d'Espagne and Pic du Midi de Bigorre - an observatory where at 2,886m in altitude you have 360 degree views all year round - day and night.
The Pyrenees National Park offers stupendous landscapes and its exceptional biodiversity with species who only live in our mountains. The Pibeste nature reserve - the largest in France at over 2,600 hectares - is home to 25 of the 31 known species of birds of prey in mainland France.
Whether you come for:-
The cycling - this area is a 'Mecca' for both road and mountain bike enthusiasts. Many of the famous climbs of the Tour de France, including Hautacam, Ardiden, Soulor, Aubisque and Tourmalet are within easy striking distance and there are up to 1150km covering 73 marked off-road routes for the mountain biker. If you find the mountains a bit fierce you can roll back out of the valley, beyond Lourdes, and enjoy the flatter countryside.
The walking - possibilities are endless - there is something for all levels of fitness. Explore this spectacular mountain area on well marked paths, which could transport you on a nice gentle stroll or to the summit of the Vignemal at over 3,000 metres. Or for really serious mountain trekking there are expert guides.
The skiing - with the stations Domaine du Tourmalet, Cauterets and Luz-Ardiden within 30 minutes and the family-friendly station - Hautacam - on the doorstep, this is a great base for all your skiing requirements - piste (downhill), ski-de-fond (cross country), or rackets (snow shoes) - there is something for everyone. Season - December - April. Ryanair fly from Stanstead to Lourdes (less than 1/2 hours drive from Volets Vert). There are also Easyjet flights from Stanstead into Toulouse and Biarritz (2 hours drive). For information on skiing visit www.n-py.com.
Other outdoor activities include rafting, canoeing, climbing, canyoning, paragliding, golf, tennis, horseriding and swimming. For the younger members of the family there is an outdoor adventure park, a wild animal park, a wild bird reserve, and an aquarium all within 3km.
Why not browse round the weekly market at Argeles or completely relax at one of the many spa / thermes in the area? Or spend some time visiting the many local Artisans and sample some of the excellent regional produce - foix gras, pur brebis (local cheese), and the very palatable Jurancon and Madiran wines.
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24 Feb 2014
"Superb gite, wonderful location - would highly recommend"
Easy to find the gite and on arrival it was very clean and impressed straight away. It is well equipped, very well presented and had everything we needed - including an amazing shower and very comfy … More
12 Sep 2013
"Friendly owners, perfect location"
The house is in a good location with easy access to walking from Cauteret, Tourmalet, Gavarnie and also close to Lourdes. There are some scenic walks departing from a few miles up the road, where the … More
18 Jun 2013
"Perfect mountain holiday home in an ideal location."
The owners were extremely helpful and made us feel very welcome as soon as we arrived. When we left they felt like old friends. The gite was furnished to a high standard and was lovely and light, airy… More
16 May 2013
This cottage is centrally located for easy access to lots of walks in the Pyrenees. The scenery in the surrounding mountains and valleys is superb. Its a short distance from Argeles where there is a … More
22 Oct 2012
"Very comfortable stay in a convenient and scenic location"
We stayed at the Volets Verts while on a cycling holiday in France and were very happy with our choice of accommodation. Despite my reservations about sending money internationally before I see a property this process turned out to be quite simple and I had nothing to worry about, the accommodation was as advertised and very well kept.
On our arrival Tracey and Tim met us and were extremely hospitable and helpful answering questions about the local area and providing thorough information on nearby services and food. They included local tourism information collected from various businesses but also had excellent local knowledge. Tim was particularly helpful answering questions about the various mountain peaks in the area which is what we needed.
The property had a large living area (incl. full kitchen & separate laundry) on the ground level and a second level with 2 well sized bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (one ensuite). Everything was well looked after, clean and tidy with a nice balance of new (e.g. kitchen) and homely (e.g. bedrooms).
The location is quite close to some famous and spectacular cycling peaks such as the Hautacam (it's actually on the road where this climb begins), the Col du Tourmalet, the Col du Soulor & Col D'Aubisque and many others. The nearby town is within walking distance (10mins?) and is worth exploring, but I'd also recommend looking at the surrounding towns which are all unique.
Tracey and TIm were very obliging with any questions we had and were genuinely lovely.
I would certainly recommend this accommodation to anyone wanting something simple at a good price in a spectacular area of the world.
23 Sep 2012
Cannot fault the property, it's location or the owners! Argolese Gazost was a great place to be based for walking, mountain biking and road cycling in the Pyrenees. The gite was a good size for a family of 4 and was very well equiped. The owners were helpful without being obtrusive.Would definitely return.
22 Sep 2012
"A fantastic base for cycling and walking"
At the foot of the Hautcam an ideal spot for a riding or walking holiday.
Landlords on site and very helpful.
10 Jun 2012
"Excellent clean, well equipped gite well positioned for cycling skiing touring some of the world's most stunning scenery"
GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND LOCATIONThis is a a very tidy, well equipped gite about 10k from Lourdes. It lies just outside Argeles-Gazost, which has a Carrefour supermarket within 2 minutes drive of the g… More
19 Dec 2011
"Location, location, location!"
This comfortable and functional rental is ideally located for access to hiking trails and cycling routes. Despite the adjacent road, it was quiet with a pleasant ambience inside and out, including distant views. We were able to cycle from here without going through any busy towns or major roads. Many of the famous cols are within easy reach without having to do more than a 50 mile round trip; Hautacam, Col de Soulor, Col d'Aubisque, Luz Ardiden, Tourmalet, and Pont d'Espagne as well as many other delightful cycle routes especially up towards Lourdes.
There's at least one good restaurant within walking distance, and numerous others a short drive or cycle away.
The wifi signal was very poor, and needs a booster or perhaps just not to be advertised as otherwise some may be disappointed. We would have liked a dishwasher, but it wasn't the end of the world!
The weather was warm and rather cloudy at times, and we had a bit of rain, but my friend in Pau tells me it wasn't a typical summer!
27 Nov 2011
Everything was great about the house-nicely stocked kitchen for cooking and house was very clean! Great location for cyclists as well as hikers. Also, great base for taking day trips to other areas of interest. My only negative is no cable television and wi-fi was very spotty-had to go outside to access internet. Owners on premises were very accommodating and eager to help with reservations, sightseeing, etc.
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