La Grange at Les Artigaux
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
La Grange is set in private grounds of 5 hectares with magnificant views over the Val d'Azun and towards the surrounding mountains. There is a lounge with an open fireplace, a separate dining room and a well equipped kitchen with a range style cooker. The games room has a table tennis table, a pool table, dart board and table football. Outside there is a Scandinavian style hot tub where you can relax after an active day in the mountains and there is also a sauna.
Summer or winter this is a great base for an active holiday in the mountains. Walking, road cycling, mountain biking, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, fishing, climbing, horse riding and bird watching are all available locally and in the winter it is just 10 minutes to the cross-country skiing and about 40 minutes to several downhill ski resorts. After any of these activities La Grange is an ideal place to relax and plan the next day.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Biarritz 200 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lourdes/Tarbes 30 km, Nearest railway: Lourdes 25 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
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
One of the double bedrooms can be set up with 2 singles if required.
There is an additional downstairs WC
Towels can be provided at a cost of 5 euros per person, if required.
The Midi-Pyrenees region
The Hautes-Pyrénées is the most southerly of the 8 departments that make up the Midi-Pyrénées region in the southwest of France. To the south of Lourdes are some of the highest mountains in the French Pyrénées, including the Vignemale and the Balaïtous, which are both over 3000 metres. The area known as Les Vallées des Gaves includes the valleys of Argelès-Gazost, Cauterets and the Val d'Azun. The area originally became a popular tourist destination at the end of the 19th century, when it became fashionable to visit the thermal spas in Luz St Sauveur, Cauterets and Barèges. The thermal baths remain popular today, but the area offers a huge variety of outdoor activities throughout the year. In the summer these include walking, road cycling, mountain biking, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, fishing, climbing, horse riding and bird watching. In the winter there are downhill ski resorts at Cauterets, Barèges, Luz-Ardiden, Gavarnie and Hautacam, all of which offer skiing and snowboarding for all standards at great value prices. There is also cross-country skiing in the Val d'Azun and at Pont d'Espagne, and snow-shoe walking is becoming increasingly popular.
The Tour de France visits the area every year with the iconic Col du Tourmalet usually included in the route and sometimes mountain top finishes at Hautacam or Luz Ardiden.
The Pyrenees National Park was created in 1967 to protect the environment of the local flora and fauna. The Park can be accessed from various points such as Pont d'Espagne, Lac d'Estaing and the village of Arrens and there are many hiking trails into the high mountains, some of which go up to the Spanish border. In the park you are likely to see a wide variety of mammals, birds and flowers including marmots, isards, griffon and Egyptian vultures and golden eagles. There are also a number of breeding pairs of the rare Lammergeier vulture. There is also a small population of bears, although they are rarely seen.
The spectacular Cirque de Gavarnie has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. It rises to over 3000 metres and has the largest waterfall in Europe cascading down its face. The observatory at the top of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre (2877m) is a landmark that can be seen for miles around and it can be visited via the cable car, which leaves from La Mongie. From the top there is a wonderful view and, on a clear day, it is possible to see one-fifth of France.
The town of Lourdes is one of the most visited tourist sites in France with nearly 6 million visitors a year. The shrine of St. Bernadette attracts pilgrims from around the world and the 150th anniversary in 2009 was marked by a visit from the Pope.
The village of Arrens-Marsous lies in the Val d'Azun below the Pic du Midi d'Arrens, which rises to about 2200m. The Val d'Azun translates as the Valley of Light and for good reason is also know as the Eden of the Pyrénées. The Val d'Azun actually consists of the 4 valleys of Arrens, Estaing, Ferrieres and the Bergons. It is an area renowned for the beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife and pretty villages. The area has traditionally been sustained by agriculture and it is possible to visit the local farms to taste and buy produce such as cheese, honey, confit de canard, paté and foie gras. In the summer several of the local villages have traditional markets selling a wide variety of local produce. There are also a number of local festivals such as the Transhumance at the start of the summer when the flocks of sheep move up to the high pastures. In September their return is celebrated by the “Foire aux Cotelettes”.
There are a huge number of hiking trails, for all standards of walkers, including the long distance GR10, which passes through the village of Arrens. The Tour de France regularly passes through the area usually over the Col du Soulor and the Col d'Aubisque. As a result many amateur cyclists stay in the area to tackle these climbs and also to go further a field to the Tourmalet, Hautacam and Luz-Ardiden. It also a fabulous area for mountain biking with over 1100km of marked trails some of them through the woods in the valley and others higher up around the cross-country ski area with far reaching views.
In the winter the cross-country skiing area, which can be accessed from both the Col de Couraduque offers over 100km of trails. At the Col de Couraduque there are tobogganing slopes and also a beginners slope for downhill skiing.
The Val d'Azun has excellent conditions for paragliding. The main launch site is at the Col de Couraduque and there several schools that offer both tandem flights and individual tuition.
There are public tennis courts, mini-golf and a climbing wall in Arrens and during July and August the heated swimming pool is open.
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24 Aug 2014
"Wonderful house with a spectacular view"
This holiday house is beautifully located just outside Arrens-Marsous on the base of the Col du Soulor with a spectacular view over the surrounding mountains of the Haute-Pyrenees. It is a perfect spot with many hiking and cycling opportunities in the neighborhood.
The house is fully equipped, including washing machine and dish washer. Our children loved the game room and the hot tub. We have highly appreciated the hospitality and the services provided by the property owners. The nearby villages of Arrens and Marsous provide all basic amenities. Larger supermarkets are nearby in Argeles-Gazost.
A highly recommended place with lots of privacy.
10 Aug 2014
"Beautiful setting, lovely owners, great farmhouse"
We booked a week at the end of July and had a great holiday. We have an 11 and 14 year old and there was plenty nearby to keep them entertained.
We had a few fantastic walks in the mountains (Simon the owner lend us some books) and the kids loved the zip wire at the top of the Solour (the gite is situated near the bottom of this climb and it's an easy 15 minute drive to the top) and the luge over at the top of the Hautacam, which is about 45 minutes away by car. We also drove over to the next valley to the little yellow train which was a long drive but amazing views and very enjoyable.
There are a few shops in the village (bakery, butcher etc.) and lots of shops and a large supermarket at Argeles Gazost about 20 minutes away (you can stock up on the way through).
The accommodation has all you need, very rustic complete with squeaky floorboards upstairs! We had a small problem with the fridge when we moved in but we sorted it out. The drain was blocked causing a smell.
When we were there the UK satellite TV was not working - this was a bit of a nuisance as we had planned to watch the end of the tour de france and commonwealth games on TV. Check it's working before booking if this is important to you.
Wi-fi coverage is patchy in the house, works fine in the games room, and adjacent rooms but not the other rooms.
The kids loved the pool table and table tennis. We all loved the outdoor hot tub with fantastic views of the mountains, Didn't use the sauna but it looked nice.
Fresh eggs from Suzanne's hens and fresh bread and croissants delivered daily was a real bonus.
Very friendly owners, made us feel very welcome.
All in all, we enjoyed our stay here and found it a great base for exploring the local area.
5 Aug 2014
"Experience of a lifetime at La Grange!"
My family(3 adults and 2 children under 4) stayed at La Grange for two weeks this past July '14 and we can't say enough great things about the property and especially its hosts Simon and Suzanne. Everything was as advertised from listing, although the scenery is best left to the pictures as opposed to words. La Grange was more than big enough for our family of 5 and the additional grounds both in front and behind gave the kids plenty of room to spread out and enjoy themselves, the two swing sets in back helped out as well. We arrived in Arrens-Marsous very late(nearly 8pm) and Simon and Suzanne were there to greet us and give us the customary tour of the property and make sure we had everything we needed(including a dozen fresh eggs direct from the hens on the property!) and since we arrived so late and on Bastille Day(virtually all stores were closed) so Simon had made sure that we had given him a grocery list prior to our arrival so that we would have a well stocked fridge for dinner and breakfast the next morning. The daily bread/croissant delivery is something we miss to this day and is a very nice touch. We had come to Arrens for both the 2014 L'Etape du Tour & the Tour de France and since it was a cycling focused vacation La Grange could not have been a better fit. La Grange is perfectly suited for access to all the iconic climbs of the Pyrenees, La Grange literally sits at the base of the Col du Solour and the Col d'Aubisque and the Tourmalet, Luz Ardiden and the Hautacam are just one valley over…cyclists dreams will be made at La Grange! For those not coming for the cycling the tranquility and beautiful scenery of La Grange will inspire you to get outdoors and at the very least enjoy the Tuesday market in Argeles-Gazost or perhaps many of the hiking trails that are on offer within the Val d'Azun. A final note about your hosts Simons and Suzanne, when I arrived at La Grange my plans for getting to the start of L'Etape had fallen through and Simon and Suzanne took it upon themselves to find a solution to get me to Pau the night before the race. In the end they not only personally drove me to Pau but also escorted my family to the base of the Hautacam to see me finish the L'Etape. I cannot say enough nice an wonderful things about them as they truly made our stay at La Grange the experience of a lifetime.
26 Jun 2014
"Spectacular and (way) better than advertised"
I booked the grange online from California within just a few days of arrival and Simon/Suzanne could not have been nicer. Their property is gorgeous, and they are spectacularly attentive both on ema… More
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