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This fully furnished detached house, with integral garage, can comfortably accommodate six persons. The house is complete with cooking and washing/drying facilities. Towels and all linen are provided. Prices are from 580 Euros (£517) a week. The house is situated on the lower edge of the small bustling town of Barèges, in a quiet cul de sac called 'les Bergeries du Bastan', near to the gurgling glacial melt stream. The house looks westward down the valley with beautiful views in the late afternoon as the sun sets in the mountains. One of the last places in Barèges still to be bathed in sunlight as the winter day ebbs.
An ideal location for skiers, cyclists, and walkers as you will see below.

  BARÈGES, a town of south-western France, in the department of Hautes-Pyrénées, is in the valley of the Bastan, 25 m. S.S.W. of Bagneres-de-Bigorre by road. The town is situated at an altitude of 4040 ft. It is celebrated for its warm sulphurous springs (71 to 111 F.), which first became generally known in 1675 when they were visited by Madame de Maintenon and the duke of Maine, son of Louis XIV.

The water is highly sort after and has to be experienced by visitors to the 'Thermes'.

The light silk and wool fabric called barge takes its name from the place, where it was first made.

Above can be seen the regular village bus taking skiers up to the local ski lifts at Super Barèges.

In the background on the left can be seen the Barèges Tourist Office.

 
 

A 5 minute drive or short walk from the house will get to the heart of the town of Barèges where there is a selection of restaurants and bars. There is also a cinema, supermarket, an occasional open air traditional market, a tourist office, and some ski hire shops.

For skiers
Visit the Intersport shop run by Bruno & Bridgette who will make sure you will be well looked after for all your ski needs. In town you can also arrange your ski lift passes. The town is well provided with places to hire ski equipment, with ski professionals to help choose and fit the most suitable skis and boots.

For cyclists

Throughout the summer months cycling has an enthusiastic following. The house has proved to be a superb central residence for those who wish to cycle the famous Pyrenean mountain stages of the Tour de France. The house is within easy reach of climbs such as the Col du Tourmalet, Luz-Ardiden, Hautacam, Col d'Aspin, Col d'Aubisque, Col du Solour and many more.

The 102th edition of the Tour de France takes place from Saturday July 4th to Sunday July 26th 2015.

Barèges is an amazing centre for those watching or amateur cyclists tackling the same roads as this world-renowned cycling event.

After British cycling high's of the 2012 and 2013 event with Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome's consecutive Tour de France wins, the 2014 event added a first time winner of The Tour,Vincenzo Nibali. With Vincenzo Nibali winning the 2014 edition, the 2015 Tour de France provides an exciting prospect for the 2015 edition. As the defending champion Vincenzo Nibali will have stiff competition from former winners Chris Froome and Alberto Contador. We should not discount the runners up of the 2014 Tour in French riders Jean-Christophe Péraud and Thibaut Pinot which will lead to an intriguing and open Tour de France 2015. The house provides a perfect base for you to test your legs on the same Cols as the professionals will ride on the Tour de France or a scenic backdrop as an avid spectator while The Tour peleton tackles the route.

This years Tour travels to the Pyrenees on stages 10, 11 and 12 from Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th July 2015.

The best opportunity to watch the Tour will be on Wednesday 11 th July with stage 11 from Pau / Cauterets - Vallée de Saint-Savin. The stage will summit the Col du Tourmalet from the Eastern side and descends via Barèges to the finish in Cauterets. The stage will give you the opportunity to ride the challenging western summit of the Col du Tormalet and then soak up the atmosphere with other spectators prior to the professional peleton's ascent. Once the peleton has passed you have the easy, but steep, descent back to the accommodation in Barèges.

 

For further information on the Tour de France route Click here..

Mountain biking is also a very popular in the area for cross-country and downhill disciplines. Around Luz St Saveur and Argeles-Gazost there are 73 marked mountain bike (VTT) routes. There is a ski lift at Tournaboup with green and blue beginner down hill VTT trails, which is open during July and August. For the more experienced mountain biker there are downhill trails serviced by a ski lift at Cauterets. For experts a funiculaire railway at the Pic du Jer near Lourdes provides access to red and black trails.

Events in the area

Pedals de Foc Non Stop MTB Ultramarathon - 4th July 2015. This is a cross country mountain bike raid in Val d'Aran , Spain

Click to go to the "Pedals De Foc" site for more info.

L'Ariegeoise Cyclosportive 27th June 2015. A cyclosportive event with 3 different route distances of 168.5km(105 miles, 3574m ascent), 115km(71 miles, 2772m ascent) or 70km(43 miles, 803m ascent).

Click here for more info on "L'Ariegeoise"

La Pyreneenne Cyclosportive – 5th July 2015. Starting from Bagneres de Bigorre. Two routes to choose from, 4 valleys 185km(115 miles) with 4,450m of climbing or 2 valleys 115km(72 miles) with 2,950m of climbing. For the first time in 2015 there will also be a shorter route 46km (29 miles) for families and disabled participants.

Click here for more info on "La Pyreneenne"

 

 

 

 

 

For summer walkers
The area around Barèges has many scenic walking routes, from easy to challenging. Some start directly from the house to pretty local villages such as Viey, Betpouey & Viella.
Most of the local villages have an Auberge providing lunchtime refreshments and evening meals.

From the hills above Bareges forest walks rise to the green summer meadows. Some chairlifts are open for walkers and MTB riders, for whom there are dedicated downhill runs through the forest.

A little further afield there is a spectacular walk to Cirque de Gavarnie with the option to hire a horse or donkey for the journey.
Walking maps are available in the Barèges tourist office.

And of course the local therm and spa centre provides just the place to relax and ease any aching muscles after the day's actvities

 
       
 

There are 2 Thermes in Bareges. One is for general body relaxation and the second is more for medical treatment such as ENT etc.

The second spa is ' Thermes de Barzun' and is in easy walking distance of the accommodation

Click here for the Thermes web site.