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A great base for your holiday in the French Pyrenees

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview


Details
Property
cottage
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights

Description

Ayros-Arbouix Cottage Rental Photos and Description

A newly renovated gite at the foot of the Hautacam

Situated in the grounds of the resident English owner's property - they will be more than happy to point you in the right direction with their local knowledge. The accommodation sleeps 4-6 people, has an open plan ground floor, including a fully equipped kitchenette, sitting / dining area with a separate laundry room. The first floor has two good sized bedrooms. Bedroom one has a double bed and an en suite shower and WC. Bedroom two has two single beds but can accommodate a third and is served by a separate shower room and WC. All rooms are heated by electric radiators. There is a small terrace with barbecue and garden furniture. Use of a shared garden with the owners and plenty of parking.

Situated in the heart of south-west France, it is one of the largest regions in the country with a landscape of ancient towns, villages, castles, Romanesque churches and inexhaustible history.

The Pyrenees is an excellent all year round destination, so when you visit depends on what you would like to do. With four clearly defined seasons, the Midi-Pyrenees enjoys temperatures of 15-35 degrees from April to October. September and October often enjoy an Indian summer climate conducive to walking and cycling, whilst profiting from the more peaceful low to mid season. With a good snow cover usually by the beginning of December we enjoy a ski season up until April.

The Valley des Gaves is one of the largest valleys running through the Parc National des Pyrenees and is certainly an unspoilt part of the world. It is a gateway to many world renowned heritage sites such as Lourdes, Gavarnie, Pont d'Espagne and Pic du Midi de Bigorre - an observatory at 2,886m.

Come for:-

The cycling - this area is a 'Mecca' for both road and mountain bike enthusiasts. Many of the famous climbs of the Tour de France, including Hautacam, Ardiden, Soulor, Aubisque and Tourmalet are within easy striking distance and there are up to 1150km covering 73 marked off-road routes for the mountain biker. If you find the mountains a bit fierce you can roll back out of the valley, beyond Lourdes, and enjoy the flatter countryside. We are happy to arrange bike hire or you can do this directly - two reputable and reliable companies - www.cycles-vtt-pyrenees.com (based in Lourdes - 10 mins from us) or www.wandeo.fr (based in Toulouse but happy to arrange delivery to site).

The walking - possibilities are endless - there is something for all levels of fitness. Explore this spectacular mountain area on well marked paths, which could transport you on a nice gentle stroll or to the summit of the Vignemal at over 3,000 metres. Or for really serious mountain trekking there are expert guides.

The skiing - with the stations Domaine du Tourmalet, Cauterets and Luz-Ardiden within 30 minutes and the family-friendly station - Hautacam - on the doorstep, this is a great base for all your skiing requirements.

'Volets Verts' is easy to find - just a few minutes from the pretty town of Argeles-Gazost, about 10 minutes from Lourdes. We will of course forward exact directions on confirmation of your booking.

By Air: Stanstead - Lourdes (30 minutes drive) every Tuesday + Saturday. Gatwick to Toulouse and Stanstead to Biarritz (both 2 hours drive).

By Train: TGV links directly into Tarbes (30 minutes) or Lourdes (just 10 minutes) takes approximately 8 hours from Paris from which you can get the Eurostar from London Waterloo. If you are already in France our nearest SNCF station is Lourdes.

By Ferry: If you want to bring your own car without driving the entire distance Brittany Ferries sails from Plymouth to Santander or P&O Ferries sails between Portsmouth and Bilbao, but please note the drive from Northern Spain can take 3-4 hours.

Bike Bus: the 'European Bike Express' has many pick-up points throughout the UK and our nearest drop-off point is Lourdes - 30 min. by bike.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Tracey Simmons
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 3, 2016
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Reviews

5/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

A great base for your holiday in the French Pyrenees
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
5

Super holiday property!

  • 5 of 5

We were 2 couples who spent a fabulous week in early September 2016 in this lovely holiday gîte at the foot of Hautacam, surrounded by amazing scenery.

The property has been renovated to a very high standard with all modern conveniences, including good internet connection, whilst maintaining the character of the building. It was spotlessly clean, extremely well equipped and very comfortable.

Superbly situated for cyclists and walkers with a useful garage attached for storage of bikes, etc. There is a large Carrefour supermarket about 5 mins drive and a great market in Argèles Gazost which is also well serviced with shops, bars and restaurants.

The hosts, Tim and Tracey, were very welcoming and on hand to answer any questions without intruding.

If we return to this area we would definitely stay at Les Volets Verts!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very many thanks for your review. It's always great to have a positive response and know that our guests have been happy here. We hope to see you all again in the very near future.
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5

Beau gite à recommander

  • 5 of 5

Nous y avons passé un petit séjour en famille à 4. Très bon accueil. Gite très confortable, propre, très bien équipé, très bonne literie. La fourniture du linge de toilette et literie est un plus très appréciable. Bien situé pour profiter de Lourdes et de la montagne.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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5

Gîte charmant pour un bon NOËL

  • 5 of 5

super week-end de Noël inoubliable,

gîte très bien équipé, chaleureux, confortable, entretien remarquable,

terrasse très appréciée sous un soleil radieux à noël, bien situé entre ville et montagne.

super accueil des propriétaires, indicatifs pour tous les loisirs. Félicitations à recommander en famille

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Sehr schönes Ferienhaus am Fuße der Pyrenäen

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben als Familie mit zwei Teenager-Kindern eine wunderschöne Woche in diesem schönen Haus verbracht. Die englischen Vermieter und ihr lieber Hund Eddy (sehr gut erzogen, kommt nicht ins Haus) haben uns sehr freundlich empfangen. Das "Welcome-Paket" war so üppig, dass wir uns den ersten Einkauf fast sparen konnten. Das Haus ist sehr sauber und wie neu, großzügig mit allem eingerichtet, was man braucht. Für uns war es der ideale Ausgangspunkt für tolle Wanderungen in den Pyrenäen. Wir können es nur weiterempfehlen und wünschen Tracy und Tim noch viele nette Gäste.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Lourdes
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Argeles
Nearest Ferry
410 Kilometres
Santander
Nearest Golf
14 Kilometres
Lourdes
Nearest Train
14 Kilometres
Lourdes
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
A64 (junc.12)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Ayros-Arbouix
Nearest Ski
12 Kilometres
Hautacam
Nearest Beach
170 Kilometres
Biarritz
Car: necessary

Surrounded by mountains - Volets Verts - is situated close to the small town of Argeles-Gazost within the Parc National Pyrenees. There is plenty to do if you like the outdoors; skiing (with the Tourmalet, Cauterets and Luz Ardiden with 30 minutes drive and the Hautacam on the doorstep), walking (explore this spectacular mountain area on well marked paths transporting you on a gentle stroll or to the summit of the Vignemal at over 3,000 metres), cycling (the famous Tour de France cols - Tourmalet, Hautacam, Luz Ardiden, Soulor, Aubisque), paragliding, climbing and much more. There are also many local places of interest, including the pilgrimage site in Lourdes. It's just a 10 minute drive to the grotto from Volets Verts, where you can stay peacefully away from the hustle and bustle of the town. Or if you prefer why not spend some time relaxing at the newly renovated Spa Thermes in Argeles.

Golf: Nearest golf course is an 18 hole course at Lourdes - 10 minutes drive.

Ski: Great skiing for all levels. Hautacam is just 15 minutes drive. Cauterets, Luz-Ardiden and Grand Tourmalet all within 30 minutes drive and Gavarnie within 50 minutes drive.

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Rates & Availability

Ayros-Arbouix Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 16 2016
2 night minimum stay
$137
$632
 
 
High Season
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
$137
$843
 
 
Low Season
Jan 7 2017 - Feb 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
$137
$632
 
 
Mid Season
Feb 4 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
$137
$738
 
 
High Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
$137
$843
 
 
Mid Season
Sep 2 2017 - Nov 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
$137
$738
 
 
Low Season
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
$137
$632
 
 
High Season
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
5 night minimum stay
$137
$843
 
 
Low Season
Jan 6 2018 - Feb 9 2018
2 night minimum stay
$137
$632
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
$105
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $263

We can accept payment by sterling or euro cheque (exchange rate confirmed on day of booking) or cash in Euro or Paypal.
Receipt of 25% deposit cheque secures booking.
Refundable damages cheque of £250
End of stay cleaning charge £50 - optional
Please note during July - August minimum stay is 7 nights.
Electricity chargeable at 10cents/kW between 15th October and 15th April.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Ayros-Arbouix Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • There is also a king-size sofa bed on the ground floor (living area) and there is a cot bed available for bedroom 2.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Television
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
The sympathetic renovation was completed in March 2010, so the décor and contents are completely new. We hope we have created a pleasant and comfortable space for an ideal holiday base.

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