|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Le Tourmalet is a spacious loft apartment on the 2nd floor, sleeping up to 7 people. There is a huge master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and two further bedrooms with either twin or double beds as required. The kitchen, lounge and dining area is open plan featuring a wood burning stove, comfortable seating including a sofa bed, a solid beech dining table seating up to 8 and a very well equipped kitchen. There is a separate WC and a second bathroom. Both bathrooms have electrically heated towel rails. Outside there is a private patio area with chairs, table, parasol and BBQ. The downstairs entrance hall has storage space for skis, walking boots etc. A Scandinavian hot tub and sauna have recently been installed in the grounds which provides an ideal way to relax after the day's activities.
Les Artigaux is situated in 5 hectares of wooded park, just outside the village of Arrens in the beautiful Val d’Azun in the French Pyrenees. In a beautiful mountain setting, it is ideally place for activity holidays such as walking, cycling, mountain biking, skiing, cross-country skiing and paragliding. All the accommodation is self-catering and has been furnished and equipped to a high standard. Le Soulor and Le Couraduque apartments sleep up to four people and L’Aubisque sleeps up to 6 with an additional cabin room suitable for two children. Le Tourmalet is a spacious loft apartment with 3 bedrooms including a huge master bedroom with en-suite bathroom. La Grange, a converted 18th Century barn, has three bedrooms and sleeps up to 7. A Scandinavian hot tub and a sauna have recently been installed for guests to relax in. The owners and their two children live on-site and are always happy to provide local knowledge or help you arrange your holiday activities.
Plenty to see: Arrens is about 12km from the pretty town of Argelès-Gazost, which is well known for its thermal baths and has an excellent weekly market. Lourdes, world famous for the shrine of St. Bernadette and attracting millions of pilgrims a year, is 25 km away. The historic and elegant town of Pau is within an hour’s drive. Otherwise, we are in the heart of some of the most spectacular scenery France has to offer, from famous Pyrenean sites – such as the observatory perched on the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, the cascades at the Pont d'Espagne or the World Heritage site of Gavarnie – to picturesque lakes and mountain villages with their age-old traditions.
Plenty to do: The area is a paradise for walkers and cyclists of all levels. Activities available locally in the summer season include horse riding, rafting, paragliding and fishing, and in the winter both downhill and cross-country skiing, snow shoe walking and husky sledge rides. The unspoilt natural environment offers the opportunity to observe a variety of mountain flora and fauna (including eagles, vultures and isards).
Annual events: The area hosts a number of annual festivals and events – the most famous being the Tour de France which, in 2008 will have a stage finish at Hautacam above Argelès. Also in 2008 this stage will be featured as the Etape du Tour when 9000 amateur cyclists ride the route the week before the main event. On a smaller scale, there are many traditional fêtes which offer great opportunities to absorb the local culture and traditions. In January a Nordic weekend is held at the Col de Couraduque enabling anyone to try out the various activities such as cross-country skiing and snow shoe walking. In September Arrens hosts the Cutlet Festival which celebrates the return of the flocks of sheep from the high mountain pastures. In October Aucun has a horse festival with displays featuring working horses of a variety of breeds. 2008 will also see special celebrations in Lourdes to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the apparition to St.Bernadette.
Yet another very enjoyable and action-packed stay at Les Artigaux. Not much more to say apart from “See you next year!” Great food, great company and very lucky with the best ever weather.
We have a great stay at Les Artigaux. We were a group of 6 cyclists wishing to explore the area. Simon was a knowledgeable host and gave us lots of pointers and advice. There is fantastic cycling in the area. We also welcomed his morning delivery of croissants and baguettes! The accommodation is great - very warm and friendly. The views are awesome. We also loved the hot hub. Highly recommended!
Simon et Suzanne Stay ont été disponible et à notre écoute tout au long du séjour, ce qui fait de cet endroit au calme et à la vue magnifique un petit coin de paradis.
Hard to fault...
The apartment was clean, spacious and well equipped - better than described.
Suzanne & Simon, the owners, went the extra mile to make us feel welcome, assist with local information and even arrange supplies from the village bakery throughout our stay!
The area is beautiful too.
We will be back!
Après une première visite à Simon et Suznann en 2013 et une pause alpine, nous n'avons pas hésité un instant cette année quant à norte lieu de séjour.
L'accueil est toujours aussi chaleureux et prévenant.
Les appartements (Tourmalet et Aubisque cette année) sont très confortables et spacieux. Les enfants veulent maintenant découvrir la grange et sa vaste salle de jeux !
Nous reviendrons sans aucun doute.
We were well received by Suzanne & Simon, who create a relaxing atmosphere in one of the most beautiful Valley of the Pyreneas. Our Kids could Play around the house and were mesmerized by the chickens (naturally couloured easter eggs). The place is ideally situated for skiing pleasures and a very good starting Point for biking, cycling and hiking trips.
Very nice Sauna and bathing tub with a scenic view over the valley. Fresh bred every morning and helpful tips for the vacation are self-evident Services of Simon.
Nous avons adoré cette location où nous logions à 5 dans le grand gîte de 100m²: très bien équipé, spacieux avec un accès à notre terrasse privative. Les enfants ont adoré les volailles en liberté (poules, cailles et coq de collection) et le bain nordique (une expérience inoubliable). Suzanne et Simon étaient toujours disponibles pour nous rendre service ou pour discuter. Cet ensemble de gîtes est situé dans un cadre magnifique au milieu des montagnes non loin d'un charmant petit village où l'on trouve tout ce qu'il faut et notamment un très joli marché à ne pas manquer!
The picturesque village of Arrens is at an altitude of 860m in the Val d'Azun in the French Pyrenees, surrounded by peaks rising to over 2000m. The amenities in the village include a small supermarket, two bakeries, a butcher, a shop selling regional produce, a newsagent and a pharmacy. There are also tennis courts, mini-golf and an open air heated swimming pool (open in July and August). There are several restaurants in the village and others in the surrounding villages. The spa town of Argeles-Gazost, which is 15 minutes drive away has a wider selection of shops and restaurants and has an excellent market every Tuesday as well as thermal baths and a casino. A further 15 minutes away is Lourdes with its famous shrine and a wider choice of shops and restaurants. Arrens is one of the entrance points for the Pyrenees National Park which has been created to protect the local flora and fauna and which is a great environment to see vultures, eagles and other birds of prey.
Ski: The largest cross-country skiing area in the Pyrenees at the Col du Soulor is just 10 minutes by car from Les Artigaux. This area links to the neighbouring Col du Couraduque and in all has about 110 km of prepared marked pistes. There is also an area set aside for children's tobogganing.
The nearest downhill skiing is at Hautacam, above Argeles-Gazost, about 30 minutes' drive away. This is a day station and has fairly limited skiing, but is a perfect opportunity to try the sport for a very modest cost. Within an hour's drive are the larger resorts of Cauterets, Luz-Ardiden and Bareges. Bareges links with La Mongie to form the largest downhill skiing area in the Pyrenees and has a total of 100km of pistes.
Equipment for both downhill and cross-country skiing can be hired locally and tuition is available at all the resorts. The cost of a day's cross-country skiing at the Col du Soulor is just 7€ and generally the cost of ski passes at the downhill resorts is cheaper than the Alps.