**TOUR DE FRANCE 15th JULY 2015**
Wake up to the other side of France... Accommodation comprises living and dining rooms, kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms, and everything else you'd expect to feel comfortable...but you may not expect the view!
Based in the Pyrenean Mountains. "Terrafirma" is an authentic dwelling of the region and captures the real ambience of mountain life.
There is the added bonus of having a south facing terrace overlooking the mountains that form the Val d'Azun. Here you could have breakfast in the sun, and after a days exhilaration wind down in the evening with a glass of wine, perhaps a barbecue.
During the winter months you can warm up your evening infront of your own traditional open fire.
A garden in front of the terrace, will ensure those who have children will be able to keep a watchful eye over them, yet relax at the same time.
"Terrafirma" really is situated where you'd want to be! Overlooking the charming town of Argeles-Gazost. Within easy access to the world renowned town of Lourdes. Cauterets a happening place for skiing and walking.The breathtaking Cirque de Gavarnie. A gentle pace or an action packed holiday is waiting for you!
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Biarritz 170 km|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lourdes 25 km, Nearest railway: Lourdes 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Single beds (5), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
On entering the hallway to Terrafirma, you will find, on your right a 45m2 family dining room and kitchen.
On your left an equally spacious living room.
On the first floor to your right there is sleeping for 5 in the self contained space of kitchen, shower room and bedrooms. This space can allow for privacy between two large groups of people in the way of an independant apartment or simply as a place to sleep.
On the first floor to the left, you will find 3 separate bedrooms with a bathroom ideal for a family with children.
Terrafirma is ideal for 2 families or groups holidaying together. Terrafirma works well with its 2 large sleeping quarters, one of which is able to be used as a self contained apartment. Likewise Grandparents, Mums & Dads would altogether feel at home at Terrafirma. The option to have your own privacy or live as one big family or group is your choice.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside is located your garden and terrace complete with garden furniture, barbecue and swings.
An initial payment of 25% of the total cost for Terrafirma, if booking is made in excess of 8 weeks before arrival date.
An initial payment of 100% of the total cost for Terrafirma, if booking is made less than 8 weeks before arrival date.
Full payment for "Terrafirma" must be made eight weeks prior to your stay.
1000€/£ damage cheque or cash returned immediately on your departure, will be required on arrival.
In order to avoid negligence we require a cleaning cheque or cash of €/£100 on arrival, which will be returned to your home address when we are satisfied that the premises have been vacated in the same condition that you will have found them.
All gas, electric and linen is included in the price.
Although, between the months of October to April an extra 20€ per day will be added to the total rental price to supplement electricity, gas and firewood. Any excess usage of electric will be charged at 15 cents/kw.
Basic food essentials can be provided for your arrival, email your requirements, reimburse me upon your arrival.
If the booking is cancelled, the charges are as follows:
8 weeks or more before 25%
4 - 8 weeks before 50%
0 - 4 weeks before 100%
All cancellations must be made in writing.
Arrival : 4pm or after. Departure : By 10am.
The Midi-Pyrenees is the largest area of France. Home of Armagnac, Rugby and The Three Musketeers. Extending from the Dordogne in the north to the Spanish border. It is blessed by a fascinating range of scenery. Majestic peaks, high chalk plateaux, hidden valleys and fortified villages.
Cuisine and Wine of the Region:
Foie Gras-specially preserved livers of goose and duck.
Cassoulet-a hearty stew of duck,sausages and beans.
Confit de Canard or d'Oie-preserved duck or goose meat.
Magret de Canard-duck breast fillets.
Roquefort and Brebis (mountain goat) cheeses.
There are some excellent regional wines,such asfull-bodied red Cahors and of course, Armagnac to follow the meal. Try "Floc" a mixture of Armagnac and grape juice.
Major Festivals in The Midi-Pyrenees:
Festival Garonne (Toulouse, July)
Musique d'Ete (Toulouse, July/August)
Festival Albi-Jazz (Albi, June)
Carnaval (Albi during Lent)
Fete des 400 Coups (Montauban, September)
The department of the Hautes Pyrenees is covered two-thirds by mountains, it is just north of the French-Spanish border.
Our valley, The Val d'Azun is a wide valley dotted with typical Pyrenean villages made up of stone houses and
slate roofs. It's a walkers paradise. It meanders into the Pyrenees National Park, the area has numerous lakes and exceptional flora and fauna, spread at the foot of the Balaitous, one of the highest Pyrenean peaks at 3144m. There's loads of marked paths in the area, ranging from the GR10 walking route, to gentle family circuits. Locally based guides can take you on escourted walks-we can arrange this for you from "Terrafirma". There are over 200km of fabulous trails for Mountain Bikers-we can also arrange bike hire. Rafting is available at several locations nearby, with various itineraries suitable for young children as well as the adult adrenalin packed variety. Other summer activities include horseriding , fishing and of course, rock climbing. The increasing popular sport of paragliding is also possible. This can be found at the next village up from "Terrafirma". In winter the Col du Soulor and Couraduque are home to an impressive 110km of cross country skiing, snow shoe trails, husky sleigh rides and children's toboggan area. 20 minutes drive from "Terrafirma". We can organise all equipment hire.
Our local town, Argeles-Gazost is a thermal spa, it can be reached on foot by a "yellow marked" wooded walk, starting at Terrafirma taking about 20-30 minutes. It has a fantastic Tuesday market and night market during the summer months, plenty of tasty restaurants and busy bars (catering for all palates and pockets) A more sedate ski slope than Cauterets, Hautacam is nearby, that we have found perfect for families. The ski passes are extremely well priced. All equipment hire, passes and lessons can be arranged from Terrafirma.
Cauterets is a 30 minute drive from "Terrafirma", again on the border of the Pyrenean National Park, another thermal spa town. It's a fanatastic place for walking including the famous Pont d'Espagne and Lac Gaube. This is the place for downhill skiing. As mentioned previously, at "Terrafirma" we can organise all equipment hire, ski passes or lessons for first timers.