A typical rural gîte in the small village of Ercé, in the heart of the Pyrenees Regional Natural Park. 'Le reflet de la lune' (English: Under the Moonlight) is a former barn that I restored in its original style with stone walls and slate roof. The little house is situated in the middle of the village, but quietly behind my house in the second row. In the house and on the terraces one is on its own.
Ercé is situated 650 meters above sea level and has 350 inhabitants. The slopes, covered by green forests, and green meadows along the river dominate the picture. The people live modestly, mostly of raising cattle. The car is parked in front of my house on a private parking, a small lane leads to the gîte (50 m) for pedestrians only. My name is Marie-Noëlle, I was born here and I would like to acquaint you with the unique and beautiful aspects of my home country.
Description of the gîte
Exterior amenities: a large terrace with dining table in the front yard, a second where you can sit comfortably in the shade of my apple trees (or grill), above this, another terrace (solarium) with lounge chairs and views of the mountains.
Ground floor: living room with fireplace, sofa, TV, DVD player, WiFi, dining table, fully equipped kitchen and breakfast bar. Spiral staircase to
first floor offering: one spacious room with skylights, a double bed (140 x 200) and two single beds (90 x 190), bathroom with large bath, shower and toilet. Steep stairs to the two beds in
the attic: two single beds (90 x 140)
On my website www.lerefletdelalune.com you will find even more photos.
Ayurvedic massage on request (Shirodhra pot)
In Ercé you will find: a Bureau de Poste, an épicerie (with daily fresh bread) and (French) newspapers, a restaurant serving regional cuisine. Some pubs and the next doctor's office are in Oust (4 miles), the pharmacy in Seix, and small and large supermarkets. Some farmers sell cheese, honey, etc. from the farm.
Activities: marked trails start outside the front door of my gîte, for example to Cominac, a picturesque mountain village with a panoramic view of Mt Valier (3 miles). You can also fish for trout, go rafting or kayaking, pick berries and mushrooms, explore caves, visit the unique mountain strongholds of the Cathars, romanesque churches and monasteries (eg in St. Girons). There is a tennis court, a climbing garden and spa in Aulus (6 mls), and in the winter to ski shuttle connects Ercé with the station at Guzet (12 mls.).
At Ercé and In my cosy little gîte 'Le reflet de la lune' you may pass relaxing nature holidays, enjoy the view of tranquil & grassy areas: In well-preserved wild natural surroundings without too much tourism, Haut-Couserans and especially the village of Ercé are the ideal places for a change of scenery, with all sorts of leisure activities nearby, including visits and cultural ones. Ercé village has a rich history due to its tradition as home of bear tamers, and in the local museum you can see evidence of this. In the 19th century an astonishing number of locals emigrated to the USA, quite a few of them started restaurants in Manhattan... some of them still in existence!
Lots of mountain walks start from the gite and the mountain top is only 9 km away with numerous lakes, wild animals and beautiful wildlife. Our thermal spa : Aulus-Les-Bains is 9 km away (pool, sauna, jacuzzi).
Other Activities: St-Lizier city, grottoes, prehistory park, bear tamers exhibition