Experience the best of France staying in this classic country mountain mansion.
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Max guests: 8
It is located just 5 minutes from Argeles-Gazost and 15 minutes from Lourdes and 20 minutes from Tarbes. Le Belvedere is located at the heart of the famous Pyrenees Tour de France circuit and is less than 30 minutes from the Col du Tourmalet mountain pass, making it the ideal family friendly cycling accommodation in the Pyrenees.
Col du Tourmalet (2193m), via Luz-Saint-Sauveur. As a ride from the house, via D921 and Soulom, it’s a steady gentle climb up the D921 to Luz, then on to the Tourmalet after a fortifying coffee stop. Don’t forget to stop for waffles (gauffre) at Chez Frank, at the ski station after Bareges! This a return, up and down the south side of the Tourmalet. Great descent! Watch out for sheep.
The Col d’Aubisque is on the northern slopes of the Pic de Ger (2,613m.) and connects the towns of Laruns, in the vallée d’Ossau to the west and Argelès-Gazost, in the vallée du Lavedan, via the Col du Soulor. The Aubisque is one of those hors catégorie cols that make the legend of the Tour. The climb is in three parts. The first is fairly easy. Then, at Eaux-Bonnes, you turn left and get to the real climb. Col d’Aubisque is the second most used climb in Le Tour de France. Col d’Aubisque is a must for every hardcore cyclist.
Hautacam, via A-G. Another famous TdF climb and a short day from the house via A-G. Cycle on past the ski station to the peak and enjoy a decent coffee and lunch at the café there. An enjoyable descent, but watch out for traffic as the roads through the villages are narrow. Note – take the second D100, to the left after the roundabout (ie. not the D100A). The first is scenic but longer.
Col du Soulor. A long and moderate climb from the house via the D918. If you have transport at the far end, continuing via D918 to Col d’Aubisque to a late lunch in Laruns, or Eaux-Bonnes, is an excellent ride. Aim for a clear day, as the continuing route is cold and tricky in the fog.
If you want a loop ride via Col du Soulor, then from the house via Gez and the Route du Spandelles is a good day out. In spring 2015, the road to Col de Spandelles was closed to cars but OK on a bike. Just watch out for nasty pot-holes during the climb. Not one to descend safely! An narrow descent from the col to the D126 and the town of Ferrieres follows, and then a long steady climb on D126 up to Col du Soulor for lunch. Return home via D918 – a long downhill run, enjoyable but not dramatic.
Everything from ski stations, restaurants, street markets, adventure parks and world famous events like Tour de France are all right on your doorstep. It really is an adventure playground for the whole family, with everything from downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoe hiking and sleigh dogs through to white water rafting or fishing, you can experience it all in the Vallees des Gaves. With no less than six ski stations, countless historic cathedrals and spectacular natural attractions close by.
Besides skiing, winter offers up an exciting range of activities like snow-shoe hiking, sleigh dog rides, snowmobile tours, heli skiing and cross country skiing. Cauterets and Hautacam are the two nearby ski stations with ski lifts and both are within a 30 minute drive. Both offer exhilirating ski slopes with instruction available for all levels, ranging from beginners blue runs through to advanced red and black runs.
Aside from offering comfortable accommodation close to Lourdes, LeBelvedere's location also offers range of incredible experiences in the spectacular Pyrenees. Everything from mountain luge in summer, white water rafting or fishing, restaurants, street markets, adventure parks and World Heritage Listed National Parks are all right on your doorstep. It really is an adventure playground. There are countless historic and cultural sites plus spectacular natural attractions close by. We’ve listed our guests top 10 mountain attractions ranging from a 10 minute to 2.5 hour drive from your base at Le Belvedere.
One of the most celebrated locations, 10 minutes from the house is Lourdes. Hundreds, sometimes thousands of people process, winding down the street, past the giant rosary and the crowned statue of the Virgin, to the top of the avenue, and then turn and process back to the Esplanade, where they line up in front of the sanctuaries. Regardless of faith, this is a true spectacle and you can’t help but be swept up in the positive energy.
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About Robynne McTaggart
“My favorite thing about our house and land is that the village of Salles has a particularly rich natural heritage, thanks to an environment that has remained very well preserved ... a small "sanctuary", a precious place which has preserved its authentic pastoral character, offering to the true lovers of nature all the pleasures offered by a space still wild, where the man has found his place in harmony with the landscape: random paths through which to discover the many barns that adorn this landscape and further accent the charm of the place and where everyone can take in the scenery, smells and warmth of this beautiful space. I have had the house since 2007 and am fortunate to have forged extremely strong relationship with the families of mountain guides and local residents. I am very passionate about the produce of the Valley and the natural way in which man and beast co-exist together and the absolutely joy of walking five minutes out my front door to be able to forage in the forest for Cepes (Porcini), Girolles and other mushrooms and wild berries.
Robynne McTaggart purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2007
Why Robynne McTaggart chose Salles
The construction of this house is estimated to be in the 18th Century, and unlike many other mansion houses or chateaux there is no date on the keystone and after a great deal of research Robynne discovered the history has been forever lost during the war. The mansion house for its part was linked to an economic function, with farm buildings and agricultural craft differentiating the mansion to that of a bourgeois pleasure mansion. This property was locked in the middle of its production buildings with a small garden but with original substantial land adjoining the property within a small village. It was probably inhabited by notables or nobility, people of the bourgeoisie, perhaps a wealthy landowner or business leader, as it is notably in the heart of the village situated next to the very small Chateau du Arzaas and overlooked its lands stretching to the valley below. As is the history of the house important, so too is the richness of the history of the village. From the 12th century the village of Salles was located within the Noble Fiefdom of Arzaas and was the most important of the 10 villages in the Valley. During this time each village was linked by the small paths, still in existence today, suitable only for walking and it was this foot traffic that led to the importance and name of the village. In the 14th century a new path constructed suitable for carts to Argeles Gazost where the farmers market had stood since the 12th century and consequently the well used paths in the Valley of Bergons were bypassed through Argeles. These paths to Salles became less used and more neglected in favour of the cart path through Argeles-Gazost which in time became the principle village in the valley. However as Salles was still the seat of the Nobles of Arzaas, their chateau and lands situated in the heart of the village, Salles still remained the second most important village in the Valley.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
The French Pyrenees are a mountain range unlike any other. Situated along the French-Spanish border, these mountains have a distinct medieval history. Although they are less famous than their eastern sisters the Alps, their relative obscurity gives the Pyrenees a distinct peace. In so many ways the Pyrenees are a truly individual mountain range – and in mountains unlike any other there are adventures unlike any other! To really appreciate the real Pyrenees, you need to get off the beaten track, the back-country trails, where accommodation is in tiny mountain villages like Salles, and the only sound comes from the tinkle of cowbells and the occasional thunder of melting snow tumbling from a distant ridge. Set in the Valley of Bergons, the village of Salles has a particularly rich natural heritage, thanks to an environment that has remained very well preserved. It is a small sanctuary and a precious place that has preserved its authentic pastoral character, offering to the true lovers of nature all the pleasures of a space still wild, where man has found his place in harmony with the landscape. Random paths, for which still hold its historic significance are still in existence through which to discover the many barns that adorn this landscape and further accent the charm of the place and where everyone can take in the scenery, smells and warmth of this beautiful space.