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Character Cottage Magnificent Views Of The Pyrenees, 10x5m Pool, Self Catering

Bedrooms 2
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Gite, sleeps 2-4 comfortably, beautiful rural and peaceful location, ideal for cycling, walking, all outdoors activities or a relaxing holiday

Beautifully restored character cottage Le Fournil, stunning panoramic views of the Pyrenees, 10x5m pool, self contained high quality Gite for 2 - 4, all Mod Cons, free WiFi Internet. Tastefully appointed rooms that invite to relax. Tranquil retreat for a couple, but also a lovely spacious holiday home for a small family or two couples.

Easy access to Toulouse and Tarbes Lourdes airports, Spain only 45 minutes away.

Beautiful rural and peaceful location, ideal for cycling, walking, all outdoors activities, bird watching, star gazing or just for a relaxing holiday.

Le Fournil is a self contained cottage, full of character, its name reflecting its agricultural past, when it was the bakehouse and grain store to the main house Le Couloumé, built around 1850. We have lovingly transformed Le Fournil into a spacious self catering holiday cottage and Gite with all Mod Cons, including WiFi internet, whilst retaining most of the original features, with exposed beams in the bedrooms and the old bread oven still in place in the sitting room.

Le Couloumé is a traditional French farmhouse with several outbuildings sitting in over an hectare of land on a south facing slope in a commanding position in Loudet, a pretty village in a range of hills sometimes known as the Little Pyrenees, in the Haute Garonne region, just on the border to the Hautes Pyrenees.

Large 10 x 5 metre inground pool with stunning mountain views, paved beach area with plenty of sun loungers, two big parasols and solar shower - a gorgeous suntrap! Pool is shared with guests in our B&B.

Geographically we are in the Central Pyrenees, almost equidistance between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean coast. Nestling in an ideal position we have access to some of the most beautiful scenery that France has to offer. From lovely rolling hills, through to the World famous Tour de France Pyrenean Cols, like the Col de Tourmalet. We enjoy magical uninterrupted views of the Pyrenees across the valley - in fact we can see the mountains of three different departments, the Ariège in the east, the Haute Garonne in the south and the Hautes Pyrenees to the west, and even Spain!

Make your holidays with us extra special by booking one of the guided mountain and nature tours that we offer in partnership with a local qualified mountain guide.

Take a day of hiking and wildlife spotting in the high mountains or an adventurous afternoon of wild river walking or come in winter for a snowshoeing tour, then relax with a freshly prepared, locally sourced picnic lunch, set in the unspoilt wilderness!

Personal guided walks, wild river walking and wildlife experiences for all seasons, with options for groups or private tailormade family trips (children starting from 6 years), all at reasonable prices including equipment and lunch, you can have a truly unforgettable experience!

Our location in the Central Pyrenees is also ideal for house hunting and exploring the area, and we would be happy to share our experiences with you, recommend estate agents etc., contact us for longer lets in the low season.

More Details
Registration Number : Siret No. 75260680600012

Brian Willis and Marianne Muller
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 12, 2018

About Brian Willis and Marianne Muller

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 3 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 only 1 year 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.

Brian Willis and Marianne Muller purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Brian Willis and Marianne Muller 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful location to live in and holiday in. In our many travels around France we have never stayed in such a location that offers so much variety in scenery and landscape. The walks in the gite location are fabulous and offer wonderful views of the Pyrenees or you can escape to the Pyrenees and wander in the mountains and look back at the rolling hills. There is so much to see and do (though winter time there are limitations!), but still brilliant! The gite we found to be warm, cosy and very well equipped. I cooked every night with local produce in the kitchen with ease. Everything I needed was there. Marianne and Brian made our stay a pleasure. Their friendliness and advice made us feel at ease and like "old friends"!! Much appreciated, thank you! :-) Pic du Midi by cable car is a must. Maybe a bit ouch on cost but what an experience, especially a sunset ride and as we had in the snow. Grottes de Gargas - brilliant! Nistos - beautiful views and lovely walks. Col de Menté - I could go on! :-) We wish you, who follow, similar wonderful experiences! A beautiful area! All the best to you both
Dec 2014
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Loudet Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , Hairdryer supplied as well
  • Modern bathroom equipped with fully tiled shower unit, wc, bidet, sink and towel radiator, a hairdryer is also supplied.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , super kingsize bed, can be converted into two single beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 adults or family of 4 comfortably (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with super kingsize bed which can be converted into two single beds, ceiling fan, black out blinds and electric radiator Bedroom 2 with standard double bed, ceiling fan, black out blinds and electric radiator Baby Cot / Highchair available
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Please note that smoking is not allowed, we also cannot accept pets. Secure parking in our huge barn, we also offer secure storage for bikes. Bike hire available from a local company. Outside: The cottage kitchen has two sets of patio doors, one facing west towards our garden/courtyard with lovely views, and another leading onto a big covered patio, private and south facing with panoramic views of the Pyrenees. Table and chairs provided for outdoors dining, as well as sun loungers and BBQ. Access to private cottage garden from the lounge via back door. Guests are welcome to use seating areas in our own garden as well, south facing with spectacular views of the Pyrenees. Take a seat under the walnut tree and enjoy the view of the Pic du Midi, while away the hours on the sun terrace by the pool or lay in the hammock with a book, in the shade that our big Catalpa trees provide on hot days. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Our rates include all bed linen, towels, beach towels for the pool, tea towels, electricity, logs for woodburner in winter, Wifi internet, Taxe de Séjour (66 cents per person per night for guests over 18 years), final clean. Towels/linen changed weekly for stays of 2 weeks or more.


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Character Cottage Magnificent Views Of The Pyrenees, 10x5m Pool, Self Catering
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Perfect in every way! Great hosts and great holiday let.

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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Fantastic gite in wonderful, peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Idyllic Location!

  • 5 of 5

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 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.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Pyrenean Perfection

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Pyrenees holiday

  • 5 of 5

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)

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great week in the Pyrenees

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent week staying at Le Fournil.

The gite itself was perfect for our family (2 adults, 2 children) - very nicely decorated, very well-equipped and lots of space. The gite also had a very good selection of films. The garden and views out to the Pyrenees were also great. Also very much enjoyed use of woodburner.

Brian and Marianne were very hospitable and made us feel welcome not just during our stay but also in responding to questions as we prepared our trip. I'm a keen cyclist as is Brian - I was very pleased to have Brian's guidance in hiring a roadbike and also in taking me out on some excellent rides up into the hills.

Plenty of interesting things to do not so far from Loudet - Pyrenees Ho activity centre, Toulouse, Grottes de Gargas.

In conclusion - a great week!



  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, great to hear that you had such an enjoyable week with us. Brian is always happy to assist fellow cyclists, advising on routes and providing company if required. Located in the central Pyrenees on the border with the Hautes Pyrenees, we have access to some of the best cycling in France. Brian has plotted quiet picturesque routes, wherever possible avoiding main roads, a perfect warm up for the climbs in the mountains. Even the Tourmalet is rideable from here, a good 150km round trip which makes for a fantastic day in the saddle! There are also plenty of other activities and things to see and do for the non-cyclists, you have only just scratched the surface. We look forward to seeing you again. Brian and Marianne
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Lourdes Tarbes
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Kilometres
Saint Plancard
Nearest Ferry
266 Kilometres
Santander Bilbao
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
35 Kilometres
Le Mourtis
Nearest Beach
200 Kilometres
Car: necessary

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.

Further Details:

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $234.99

Booking Notes:
25% non-refundable deposit at time of booking, balance due 6 weeks prior to arrival. Full payment in advance for bookings less than 6 weeks before arrival.
Damage/loss deposit of 200 Euro due with final payment, it will be returned to you after your departure assuming no damage is found.
Bank transfer in Euro or Sterling, if in Sterling, exchange rate at the time of booking will be applied.
PayPal: will incur an additional administration fee of 3.5% of the total value of your booking.

Changeover Day:
Changeover in main season (July & August) usually on Saturdays, however, we can be flexible on this depending on availability, please just check with us. Outside main season we accept bookings from 3 nights onwards (price pro rata) and midweek bookings. Access from 16:00 on day of arrival, please vacate cottage by 10.30am on day of departure.

Notes on prices:
Reserve now to avoid disappointment, summer 2018 almost fully booked, spring and autumn breaks still available. If your preferred dates in the cottage are already taken, we also offer B&B accommodation, please contact us for more details.

All prices based on 2 - 4 people sharing.

Our location in the Central Pyrenees is ideal for house hunting and exploring the area, and we would be happy to share our experiences with you, recommend estate agents etc., contact us for longer lets in the low season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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