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|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 toilet only|
|Nearest beach||Biarritz 200 km|
|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|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Fireplace, Internet access, 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||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Single Beds (3), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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.