Swimming pool

An interior swimming pool is on the first floor of the barn – like an eagle’s nest! It has a stunning view over the Pyrenean chain whilst being hidden from outside gaze – “see without being seen”.

Apart from its originality, the heated swimming pool with counter-current facility, means that associated activities, whether sporting or simply in terms of well-being, can be enjoyed all-year-round.

The unusual setting means that it is both ensconced in the landscape and meets comfort and safety needs – weather conditions play no part …

The games room

equipped with a ping pong table, is a space combining relaxation and games – an ideal spot to occupy the children or perhaps a refuge for older members of the party!

The pétanque court

standard size, offers a convivial leisure activity.

The garden

with its large open spaces, terraces and trees officially listed as ‘remarkable’, provides moments of relaxation and ‘recharge’ in a natural setting, country walks and tasting the fruits of the orchard according to the season …

Nearby

On leaving the gite, there are numerous hiking or cycling trails where you can observe superb flora and fauna.

Montesquieu-Avantes village – listed for its remarkable landscapes – also contains several ancient water-troughs restored to their original condition.

Ten minutes away on foot, the farm of Cazalas welcomes you to meet its animals (cows, donkeys, lamas, sheep, poultry, rabbits …) as well as selling directly farm products: fresh eggs and seasonal vegetables.

The St Girons market (8 kms) is held on Saturday mornings and, apart from quality fruits and vegetables, provides local specialities –cheese, foie gras, cold meats, bread, baskets, knives, donkey milk …)

Several major Departmental historic sites are not far away. The Palais des Evêques and Notre Dame de la Sède at Saint-Lizier (8 kms) are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The famous cave of Mas d’Azil and its museum (17 kms) take you on a journey in time, in the footsteps of our prehistoric ancestors … if you want to learn more, visit  the Parc de la Préhistoire at Tarascon and, in particular, the extraordinary cave of Niaux.

Your stay means you could also find out more about Cathar castles such as that at Foix (40 kms).

The parks “Xploria” and “Pays des traces” as well as treetop adventure parks and canyoning sites in the area will certainly satisfy the most adventurous visitor.