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

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Property

Updated: 02-Dec-2016
Gite, sleeps 2-4 comfortably, beautiful rural and peaceful location, idea for cycling, walking, all outdoors activities or just 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 Lourdes airports, Spain 22 miles.

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 sun loungers and solar shower - a gorgeous suntrap! Pool is only shared with the owners and guests in the B&B room (no more than 2 people).

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!

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.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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.

Speaks English, French, German

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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13 Reviews

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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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 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 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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

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)

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: 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!

Tim

Tim

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 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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Pyrenees escape

  • 5 of 5

The moment I arrived and stepped from the car I was instantly relaxed looking over at the mountains which frame the horizon and the birds of prey calling in the sky. Beautiful surroundings for a much needed holiday.

Our hosts Brian and Marianne had left a welcome hamper, which had the best home made jam I have ever tasted, along with a speciality Pyrenees cake!! Went down a treat :0)

The cottage has been restored to an exceptional standard, and sympathetically so. It has all the mod cons and appliances needed to prepare a master culinary piece. If you don't want to cook I have to highly recommend the pizza van man, they taste divine; so much so we had them two nights in a row!!

The internet was stable and fast- was high on our 14 year olds agenda. If you wanted a quiet night in there is an interactive internet television system so you can watch great films!

Again our daughter was a fan of the pool- even better when you swim gazing out over the mountain tops. :0)

The area around Loudet is stunning in every sense; the scenery is breathtaking, the pace of life is slow and relaxing, the air is clean and refreshing, and the people are warm and welcoming.

Thankyou for having us Marianne and Brian.

We'll be back in 2017. :0)

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, it always gives us great pleasure when guests enjoyed their stay so much that they want to come back. We look forward to having you back in 2017. It is easy to spend more than one holiday here and not get bored, there is just so much to do and see in this area. Our cottage makes such a cosy and comfortable base, so much so that some guests don't feel like going out that much, but just sit and relax in our peaceful surroundings instead.
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Location

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Lourdes Tarbes at 70 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Saint Plancard at 3.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Santander Bilbao at 266 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Montréjeau at 10 Kilometres Nearest Train : Montréjeau at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A64 at 8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Montréjeau at 10 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Le Mourtis at 35 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Biarritz at 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.

Coast/Beach:

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.

Travel:

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.

Distances:

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.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low season
1 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£164
for 3 nights
From
£55
£383
 
 
Christmas New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
£286
for 5 nights
From
£57
£399
 
 
Low season winter
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£164
for 3 nights
From
£55
£383
 
 
Easter Spring season
1 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£179
for 3 nights
From
£60
£416
 
 
Early summer
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£214
for 3 nights
From
£71
£500
 
 
High season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£668
for 7 nights
£668
 
 
Late summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£202
for 3 nights
From
£67
£471
 
 
Low season
30 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£164
for 3 nights
From
£55
£383
 
 
Christmas New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
£299
for 5 nights
From
£60
£416
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £168

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 for 2017 to avoid disappointment, summer is already fully booked, but spring and autumn breaks still available. Why not treat yourself to a romantic Christmas break in our cosy cottage? 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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

General

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse 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

Floor Area

  • 90 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Hairdryer supplied as well
  • Modern bathroom equipped with fully tiled shower unit, wc, bidet, sink and towel radiator, a hairdryer is also supplied.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot, super kingsize bed, can be converted into two single beds
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • 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

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • 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 (20 cents per person per night for guests over 13 years), final clean. Towels/linen changed weekly for stays of 2 weeks or more.

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