|Le Gite Blanc||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1||Double sofabed in lounge|
Nestled in a secluded valley in this beautiful part of the French Pyrenees, Le Gite Blanc is just the spot if you're looking for somewhere peaceful to unwind, as well as a base from which to explore the mountains, visit the shrine at Lourdes, or experience the vibrant city of Toulouse.
If you're after something different for your holiday, the owners of the farmhouse offer hands on heavy horse experience days with their French bred, English trained Percheron draft horse Nobel du Desir, and carriage driving taster sessions with their team of spotted ponies.
Le Gite Blanc is located between the bustling market town of Boulogne-sur-Gesse and its pretty neighbour, Castelnau-Magnoac, renowned for its history as a base for the French resistance. The White Cottage was built by a Colonel in the French Army for the guardian of his farmhouse.
If you want to read, paint or just relax, Le Gite Blanc provides the perfect environment. It is also an ideal base for more active pastimes and if you want to walk, run or cycle there are endless lanes, tracks and nearby golf courses. The mountains provide scope for more serious sport including hillwalking, trekking, white water rafting and, in the winter, skiing and snowboarding.
The gite offers 2 bedrooms, one double and one twin (with a double sofabed in the living room for extra guests or children - enquire for price). It has a fully-fitted kitchen for all your self-catering needs and a shower room and separate toilet. It sits in a large garden with its own private driveway in the grounds of the property. Covered parking can be supplied by arrangement for a small supplement.
The owners have 2 friendly Dalmatians. Well behaved pets are welcome - it's an ideal pace for dog-walking.
The Midi-Pyrenees is renowned for its beauty and tranquility. A region of contrasts, with the second city of France at beautiful Toulouse, many important historic sites such as the ancient bastide town Carcassonne; the pilgrims destination of Lourdes and many caves, chateaus and monuments.
Of course, it's dominated by the magnificent Pyreneean mountain range with the rural villages nestling in the rolling foothills and Spain just a short hop through one of the mountain passes.
Each village has its own character and they are easy to explore as walking is so easy on the empty lanes and footpaths.
The famous Marciac Jazz festival in July is just an hour's drive away.
The Magnoacs is an area renowned all over the world for its cuisine, wine and, of course, armagnac and the local markets are havens for food lovers. Local breads, cheeses and duck are all specialities.
Castelnau Magnoac and Boulogne-sur-Gesse are the closest market towns - each only 5 minutes drive away and each with their own character. The pretty market square at Castelnau Magnoac is transformed into a colourful bustling social meeting place on market days and there are several bars from which to watch the world go by. Boulogne is bigger and more business like, with a beautiful gothic church and a Tourist Information centre. Both have supermarkets, butchers and bakers. For more serious shopping, visit Lannemezan just 20 mins drive away. Other bigger markets are short hops at Samatan, Montrejeau and St Gaudens.
Visit the local caves, the famous cathedral of St Bertrand de Comminges, or relax in one of the numerous thermal spas.
Lovers of nature will see majestic birds of prey hanging over the fields, a myriad of colourful insects, and grazing deer; the lucky ones might catch a glimpse of wild boar.
New kitchen with breakfast table and chairs and everything you need for a self-catering holiday.
Comfortable living room with 2 sofas and a dining table and a view over the hills.
One flexible - twin or double.
A shower room and separate toilet.
Woodburner for winter heating.
Televison and dvd player.
Walled garden with table and chairs for outdoor eating.
Private secure parking and garage (by arrangement for an additional modest supplement).
Sorry - not suitable for wheelchair access.
Wi-fi internet access.
Dogs welcomed by arrangement for a supplement of €10 per dog per week.
Visit the local markets at Castelnau-Magnoac (Saturday mornings) and Boulogne sur Gesse (Wednesday mornings).
Visit the famous Roman Catholic shrine.
A must for wine lovers - the Madiran Vignobles.
Visit the well preserved ruined Roman village not far from Pouy.
Ascend the highest local peak in the Pyrenees, take in the views, visit the planetarium, dine at the peak top restaurant.
An interesting gite in a rural location. Helpful owners nearby.