Had a fantastic time in this charming cottage. We hired a car from the airport and the journey went without any hitches. Only 30 mins from the airport to the cottage. Owner had left us with essentials to make our stay comfortable. In fact the wine and cheese was greatly apprieciated, along with milk, bread, cereals,tea, coffee, juice and toiletaries.
The purpose of our trip was to ski, we visited La Mongie and St Lary, both are excellent skiing resorts. Whist at La Mongie we went up the Pic De Midi on the cable car. The views were breathtaking. Thoroughly enjoyed our break and have already made arrangement with the owner to return later in the year. Well worth a visit to this property and the surrounding areas.
The gîte was clean, quite well equipped including a generous welcome basket with all the essentials. It is situated in the heart of rural Gascony in a sunny orchard-like garden looking out over open countryside towards the distant Pyrénées. An extremely peaceful and tranquil setting.
However, we felt the property description omitted to mention that the gîte was semi-detached to the owner's property and the proximity of the 2 small terraces - less than a metre apart at one point - adversely affected our privacy while it was occupied. Also no mention is made of the extremely steep and narrow stairs to the upstairs bedrooms, which would be challenging to the very young or old let alone anyone with impaired mobility. Particularly for night-time trips to the only toilet on the ground floor. This toilet incidentally opens directly off the living area and is a bit off-putting for all the obvious reasons.
We had a lovely holiday in the French Pyrenees, Chelle-Debat was a great place for a base, we visitied Pau, Auch, Lourdes, Pic Du Midi, Pont d'espagne, Cirque de Gavarnie.
Les Arbes was very comfortable, well equipped and we had a warm welcome. i would thoroughly recommend a stay.
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We stayed at Les Arbes in Chelle Debat what a lovely place to stay with spectacular views of the Pyrenees. Great place to relax away from it all, but with everything still close by. We visited Pau, Tarbes and Lourdes and even managed to drive over to Spain which is only about an hour away. The Village has a lovely little pub/restaurant which is only 5 minutes walk away and a small shop to buy all your essentials. The Cottage is very well equipped to a very high standard and very clean . It was competitively priced considering the time of the year that we went.
Our first time in France and we wil definately be back next year.
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