Gite, sleeps 2-4 comfortably, beautiful rural and peaceful location, ideal for cycling, walking, all outdoors activities or a relaxing holiday
Marianne Muller and Brian Willis
- english, french, german
About Marianne Muller and Brian Willis
We are Brian and Marianne, your hosts at Le Couloumé and Le Fournil, our beautifully refurbished Chambre d'Hotes and gite. In 2011 we decided to make a dream reality: quit the stresses of commuting to London and start a new life in the French Pyrenees. Now you can share our dream and spend some time in this wonderful part of France with its stunning panoramas and rich history. Brian is a passionate cyclist and found a cyclist's nirvana here. He also brews a variety of beers of excellent quality, as anyone who tries them will attest. I am a Berliner by birth, with an inborn wanderlust, and a natural linguist speaking three and a half languages: German, English, French and a bit of Spanish. I also enjoy cooking vegetarian meals, with many ingredients coming from our potager, the typical French kitchen garden, where we grow a lot of our own fruit and vegetables. Our dogs Monty and little Maddie are both rescues from a local dog refuge where I am doing volunteer work each week. Monty is around 7 years old, very friendly and he seems to love everybody especially when people make a fuss about him. He's also very good and gentle with children. Maddie is 4 years old, much smaller than Monty, very nice natured and she enjoys playing with Monty and with children. We love our new life here and look forward to introducing this region to you.
Marianne Muller and Brian Willis purchased this Cottage in 2012
Why Marianne Muller and Brian Willis chose Loudet
The grandeur of the mountains; the magnificent rivers and lakes; the beautiful, ever-changing landscape; the stunningly dark night skies with their canopy of luminous stars; the neat villages and the friendliness of the people totally won us over. The departmental capitals of Toulouse, Pau and Auch - rich in shopping and cultural attractions - are all within 1 hours drive by car; or by train from Montréjeau, just 8 miles down the road. Toulouse is well served by international airlines like BA, FlyBe, Easyjet and Ryanair from UK airports; Ryanair also flies to Lourdes Tarbes airpory from Stansted. We searched a long time for a property which would tick all our boxes and found the perfect place in Loudet. Close by you will find activities of all kinds; extreme sports; leisurely sports; wine festivals; country fairs; music festivals; pre-historic cave paintings; Roman villas and a history rich in drama, romance and tragedy.
What makes this Cottage unique
At first sight Le Couloumé seems modest; but drive through the huge wooden portal and prepare to have your breath taken away. The stunning view of the mountains is superb (unless it happens to be raining - which, sadly, can happen!). You have left your world behind and joined our world for instant relaxation. The character of the house and lovingly-renovated cottage will charm you. The beautiful setting can be enjoyed from your patio or from the garden. The mountains stretching from east to west seem so close you can almost touch them from the patio at Le Fournil. Totally private and secluded if you want to be; but open to the wide spaces, the pure, clean air, the birdsong and the high skies of deep France you will be perfectly situated to explore everything the Pyrenees have to offer.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:18
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Perfect Cottage in a stunning location
A perfect cottage in a stunning location. The property has been thoughtfully finished to a very high standard and is exceptionally well equipped, The beds are very comfortable with good quality linens etc. The property and outside areas were spotlessly clean. The hosts were so friendly and helpful with suggestions on things to do and places to visit. This is our 2nd visit to this property and it was a truely relaxing memorable holiday with stunning views. We look forward to returning again. I would have no hesitation in highly recommend this property
Thank you so much for your kind review, much appreciated. We thoroughly enjoyed having you stay with us for your second holiday and are looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Best wishes, Marianne and Brian
Perfect in every way! Great hosts and great holiday let.
It's remote, beautiful and peaceful. My husband enjoyed all the cycling and I enjoyed all the reading. Marianne & Brian make you feel very welcome and happy to share their knowledge of the area. The dogs Monty and Maddie provided lots of hugs too! The gite is immaculate and very well laid out and the welcome basket is a lovely surprise. Just an all round wonderful stay. A massive thank you the Marianne and Brian for having us. Love from the McAllisters xx
Thank you so much for your kind review. It was a real pleasure to have you as our guests and we are glad you enjoyed the cottage, the cycling and the peace and quiet. Plenty of things left to do and see here, we would love to welcome you again. Marianne and Brian, xx
Fantastic gite in wonderful, peaceful location
This gite was everything we had hoped- extremely comfortable, in an excellent,peaceful location.
The whole gite is in excellent condition- very clean and well maintained. All the equipment you need is provide.
The patio and pool areas have wonderful views towards the Pyrenees- we spent many hours just taking in the view - and appreciating the peaceful location.
The owners have great local knowledge and are friendly and welcoming.
The is so much to do in the area- walking,cycling, visiting markets. We only scratched the surface- so are so glad to be revisiting again next year.
We highly recommend this gite- one of the best we have stayed in.
An extremely comfortable, stylish and very well-equipped gite in a superb location. Every conceivable utensil provided, as well as many thoughtful touches. We were very impressed by the welcome tray...in particular the fresh fruit and homemade jam! Fantastic views of the Pyrenees, and the swimming pool was a bonus. Brian and Marianne are splendid hosts with a wealth of knowledge about the local area and are happy to share it! Following their advice we had a lovely walk up from the Col de Mente to the Pic de L'Escalette, which was just the sort of walk we were looking for. We also enjoyed the Roman Villa at nearby Montmaurin. Lovely walks also to be had from the property itself, especially along the delightfully shaded irrigation channel conveniently located at the bottom of the garden. Monty and Maddie, the friendly dogs, were a big hit with our two sons! We all enjoyed our stay immensely and would return without hesitation.
We had a lovely week in Marianne and Brian's lovely Pyrenean Gite. The place exceeded our expectations and is the nicest Gite we have stayed in.
From the first contact, communication with Marianne or Brian was prompt, clear and helpful. Marianne was particularly helpful with some recommendations for stopovers on the drive down as well - so worth tapping into their advice.
The setting for the Gite was perfect for us - secluded, but with a Mairie, church and other properties nearby - so not isolated. Pool was great and was prepared for us everyday by Brian - very nice poolside equipment and parasols.
The gite itself is very spacious and cool and has been finished to a very high standard. TV set up is great - with a library of films to watch if required. Kitchen has everything we needed - everything worked perfectly and all consumables like cloths, dishwasher tablets, foil, etc were provided - perfect.
The jewel in the crown is the view of the mountains and this was worth the trip alone. Really stunning and one of the really nice features of the gite is the private covered terrace which allows you to eat, drink, read and take in the view without being overlooked in any way.
There is an irrigation canal running along the bottom of the property and this is ideal of shady flat walks.
Marianne and Brian were very friendly and struck the perfect balance of being there to help us but also leaving us to get on with our break.
Totally recommended - you won't be disappointed!
Perfect Pyrenees holiday
We had seen the accommodation on the web but were happily surprised to find that it was much more than we had expected. The owners had gone to a great deal of trouble to think of everything that one would, or might, need whilst on holidays. Everything was in "as new" condition and everything actually worked (which is great to find when you have rented houses/gites all over France). The view was magnificent from the lovely garden and also from the pool. Our hosts, Marianne and Brian, were very welcoming and had all the answers to our questions regarding the area and the Pyrenees. We would love to stay there again.
Gwen Atkins (Newcastle, Australia)
Special interest holidays:
With being keen road cyclists ourselves, we are always happy to welcome fellow cyclists here. We can advise on some great cycling routes to some of the well known Cols of the Tour de France as well as other routes of varying terrain, we also provide some company if required. Secure bike storage in lockable workshop.
Bike hire available from a local company. We can supply maps and route information, we also offer basic maintenance and repair tools.
We are a 2 hrs drive from the Atlantic coast, worth a day trip to visit the elegant seaside resort of Biarritz with its grand hotels lining the seafront, and to enjoy a good lunch in one of the many restaurants. Or spend the day at St. Jean de Luz, a picturesque seaside village with a pretty centre with strong Basque influences, lovely beach. There is a basque festival in summer, with street music and a great atmosphere!
Closest Mediterranean resort is Narbonne plage, 3 hours drive.
Lourdes airport (45 mins by car), direct flights from London Stansted with Ryanair. Toulouse airport (a good hours drive), services from London Gatwick and Heathrow on Easyjet and BA. Pau airport 1 hr. Carcassonne and Biarritz airports 2 hrs.
Due to our rural location car hire is recommended.
11-12 hour drive from Calais. We are 10 minutes from exit no. 17 of the A64 (Biarritz to Toulouse). Ferries from Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander and Bilbao, 4-5 hours drive from there to get to us.
Saint Bertrand de Comminges, 12 miles, one of the most imposing sites in the area in an exceptional setting, with its medieval cathedral Sainte Marie surrounded by the old town
Montmaurin, Gallo Roman villa, only 6 miles
Lourdes, 1 hour
The town of Montréjeau is ca. 10 minutes by car: two supermarkets, a variety of bakeries, shops, restaurants, tourist office, weekly market etc.
Towns of St. Gaudens and Lannemezan are both 10 miles away, with more shops, restaurants and facilities on offer.
Loudet is a very small village without any shops. There is a small supermarket (with bread depot), a post office and a bar just 3,5 km away in the next village, Saint Plancard. Whatever the season, you can enjoy a huge variety of activities in this part of the Pyrenees: cycling, skiing, walking, hiking, paragliding, rafting, climbing, golf, tennis, and many more. The Tour de France makes its way through the Pyrenees every year, so why not join us on the bike for some of the best cycling available in Europe, follow in the footsteps of the tour heroes to tackle some of the great Cols. There are excellent walking opportunities for all levels, some lovely walks can be done straight from our house. Our land is bordered by the Canal de Franquevielle, we have a gate leading onto a footpath running along the canal, a wonderful walk where the canal meanders through meadows, fields and forests, it would also be ideal if you fancied a morning jog. The long distance hiking trail GR86 (from Aurignac to Bagnères de Luchon, 154km) passes through LeCuing, a village ca. 2,5km from us. Lots of local walks, maps and routes provided. Canoeing, rafting and kayaking on the river Garonne.