Les Glycines, sleeps 4, is a restored 19th century L-shaped stone farmhouse with a gated courtyard on 3500m2 in the quiet small village of Burg, in the Pyrenees foothills with a magnificent view of the mountains.
The location is well suited to making interesting excursions. We are an hour and a half from Biarritz on the Atlantic French-Spanish border; it's an hour and a half to the center of Toulouse; two hours to Andorra and it's 45 minutes to St Lary-Soulan, one of the largest ski resorts in the Pyrenees with lifts that operate in the summer. You can hike directly from the house or take advantage of one of the many opportunities in t...he area including in the beautiful Pyrenees National Park. An English guide lives nearby and organizes walking tours. There are also opportunities for fishing, tennis, golf and bicycle touring over the same course taken by the Tour de France. Several of the surrounding towns have weekly markets that make for interesting sightseeing and are great sources for fresh food. In addition to the town markets, many area farms sell their products directly including foie gras, conserves, honey and cheese. Food, of course, is one of the reasons to come to France in the first place. The only 'commerces' in the village are a cafe and the farm where the local baker has his operation. It's a 15-minute walk or a 3-minute drive from the house (either well worth it to get a loaf of freshly baked bread, some croissants or pastries).
The house has a gated courtyard bounded by the house/barn on two sides, a small dependence (storage) opposite and the connecting walls. The living quarters, about 120 m2 are on the ground floor, the upstairs is not living space. Access to the living quarters is by an entrance in the middle of the wing. To one side are the sitting/dining room and the kitchen. On the other side are two bedrooms. In the middle, is the entrance hall and, behind it, the bathroom with bath/shower/washing machine and the separate WC.
The kitchen is equipped with all the necessities: dishes, cutlery, cookware, toaster, coffee maker, tea kettle, microwave oven, gas cooker, dishwasher and linens. The house has central oil heating in the unlikely case that you get cool in the fall. Daytime temperatures at the end of October are typically still in the low 20'sC and overnight it may get down to 15C. Satellite TV on a 42" LCD HD TV/digital radio keeps you informed and entertained (BBC1, -2, -3, -4, -News 24, ITV1,2,3, various cable channels and French network TV). There is a DVD/MP3/CD player with a collection of music CDs and DVD movies. You can plug your iPod/MP3 player into the surround-sound entertainment system. Free wireless Internet service is available in the house (requires a laptop with standard WIFI access) and you can phone free to land lines in 60 countries including France, UK, US and Canada.
There is lawn furniture for sitting out in the courtyard or relaxing on the lawn and a barbeque for outdoor cooking.
The Pyrenees stretch 450km from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean coasts and form the border between France and Spain. The department of the Hautes Pyrenees sits about halfway across the chain with peaks in excess of 3000m. The region is relatively unspoiled by industry and is just being discovered as a tourist destination. Most of the attractions in the region can be accessed relatively easily.
The historic cities of Pau and Lourdes are about an hour's drive. The Boulevard des Pyrenees provides a superb window on the mountains. If you manage to be at Lourdes during one of the pilgrimages, the experience can be moving. The region has limestone plateaus where caves developed. Many of these caves provided shelter for the prehistoric inhabitants of the area. The caves at Gargas with many wall-paintings is one of a number of interesting such sites in the immediate area that are open for visits. The many castles, abbeys and monasteries include the nearby church and former monastery of St Bernard de Comminges which has been beautifully restored. The town is listed as one of the prettiest in France. For breathtaking views of the entire Pyrenees chain , take the cable car to the summit of the Pic Du Midi (2877m). We suggest a number of drives with optional hikes through the beautiful mountains where you will find hidden lakes, wildlife and glorious scenery. There will inevitably be festivals in various area towns in the summer that are interesting and fun.Read more
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