La Ferme Loubetas at the foot of the Pyrenees
La Ferme Loubetas is a 200-year-old small farm in the delightful Baronnies region of the Hautes Pyrenees. The former barn has been simply and attractively restored to provide bedrooms for 2-4 people on the upper floor, and communal rooms on the ground floor, including a playroom with a ping-pong table and a piano. The accommodation faces onto a large grassed courtyard bordered by mature trees.
Delicious breakfasts and three-course dinners are served in our large kitchen/dining room, which has an open fireplace. Picnic lunches are also available. We fully cater for vegetarians.
The 3 Bed and Breakfast Bedrooms in the Farm consist of:
1 Family room with 4 single beds - 2 are placed together (25 m2)
2 Double rooms each with 2 single beds which can be put together or separated (14 m2, and 10 m2)
Each bedroom has a washbasin. All rooms have a private shower and WC, adjacent in the corridor (the Family Room has an en suite shower). There are other bedrooms in the Lodge, but these are never used when we have B&B guests.
There are also two Bed and Breakfast Apartments in the recently-built chalet-style Gîte set above the farmhouse (100 metres up the farm track). Each Gîte Apartment is suitable for 2-3 people. They have a double-bedroom (8m2), a shower and WC (2.8m2), and a sitting room with sofa-bed and wood stove (18m2). One apartment has a double-bed, and the other has two twin beds (which can only be slightly separated). There is also a central apartment with a kitchen, available for self-catering. The apartments are light and airy and have French windows onto a terrace, with wonderful views of the valley, forest, meadows and hills.
Bed & Breakfast Prices Per Night
Bedroom 5; 42 euros for 2 people, 32 euros for single use
Bedroom 3; 44 euros for 2 people, 32 euros for single use
Bedroom 1: 52 euros for 2 people, 60 for 3, 70 for 4 people
All prices include heating (there is central heating and electric radiators)
The Gîte Apartments:
58 euros for 2 people, 63 euros for 3 people, 45 euros for single use
Prices include electricity (for hot water and heating), and a starter allowance of logs for the wood stoves.
Brunch: 4 euros extra (on special request)
Evening Meal: 18 euros (13 euros for simpler dinners on Sundays)
The evening meals consist of an aperitif, starter, main dish, dessert, wine, and coffee/infusion.
Please note that we do not provide dinners on Wednesday evenings between 1st April and 31st October.
The little region of Les Baronnies has some 30 small and charming villages, a strong tradition of small-scale farming, mainly sheep and cows, and almost no main roads. With its dense forests of oak, cherry, ash and chestnuts, and lush, little-used pastures, it has kept a magical “world apart” feeling.
Less than 30 minutes’ walk from the farm is the “Gourgue of Asque”, where the river Arros emerges, and is known as the “Little Amazon” because of its lush vegetation and forests and the general feeling of being in a jungle.
Bagneres De Bigorre
The nearest main town is the market town of Bagnères de Bigorre, which has colourful houses, restaurants, bars, and the oldest (but recently renovated!) thermal baths in the Pyrenees (called Aquensis Baths after the Roman name for the town, “Vicus Aquensis”). A typical French market takes place on Saturdays where you can purchase local mountain cheeses and meats and have a glass of white wine while sampling a plate of Atlantic oysters in the old covered market hall!
What To See And Do
First, there are the fabulous Pyrenees, with their high lakes and peaks and wonderful flora and fauna (marmots, chamois, ibex, otters...). The variety of walks is enormous - starting right at the front door, where you will be surrounded by woodpeckers, buzzards and wild rabbits, you can climb the mountains across the valley to Le Casque du Lhéris (1595m) and Montagne de Billexe (1433m) to get panoramic views of the range, or walk the “Petite Amazon” valley of Gorgue d’Asque, or explore the valleys and foothills of Les Baronnies or, of course, sample the spectacular high routes of the main range (a car trip or backpack away).
Among the notable places to visit in the Pyrenees nearby are the Pic Du Midi (2877 metres) with its observatory, the very popular 'Cirque De Gavarnie' (one of the many UNESCO natural World Heritage Sites in the Pyrenees) with the “Brèche de Roland”- an impressive 100 m high natural gap at 2804 m; and the Nature Reserve of Neouvielle with over 60 lakes, including Lacs de Bastan. Much, much more information available on request!
Outdoor Activities in the Area include:
• Walking (all levels)
• Whitewater rafting and kayaking
• Rock Climbing
• Adventure Trails
• Cycling and Mountain Biking (latter not possible within the Pyrenees National Park)
• Horse Riding
• Skiing (all types)
The area has a great variety of Prehistoric Sites and Caves, including the 'Grottes de Médous', 'Grottes de Betharram' some of the most famous in Europe, and the the cave drawings of Maz d'azil and Niaux. The Prehistoric Park at Tarascon sur Ariège is a day trip away. The caves of Gargas are worth a visit: more than 200 mutilated hands are painted on the walls and still remain a mystery to researchers. Other caves are also worth visiting because of their dramatic stalagmite and stalactite formations - one will take you on a guided boat tour through them!
Apart from the many Castles in the area, there are numerous Chapels, Churches, Abbeys, and Cathedrals of interest. The nearest is the Cistercian Abbaye de l'Escaladieu (10 minute’s drive), founded in 1143 and set in glorious countryside, which attracts a lot of visitors and holds regular exhibitions and concerts.
About 1.5 hours away, there are the Cathedrals of the Comminges, Saint Bertrand and Saint Lizier. Saint Bertrand of the Comminges holds a high quality Classical Music Festival during the summer. Another very famous music festival is the International Jazz Festival in the little town of Marciac, popular for its narrow medieval streets as well as its music. Bagnères de Bigorre holds a “Festival of Voice' during the summer - a tribute to all kinds of song, from baroque to folk. The Piano-Pic Festival in July, organises concerts with international artists in the heart of the mountains, on sites where music, architecture and the beauty of the mountains combine.
The Pyrenees were as well the land of the Cathars (XI to XIV), a community based on a form of Christianity which was ferociously repressed by the Catholic authorities of the time. The Castles of Montségur and Foix, were the last strongholds of the Cathars and are a day trip away.
Historic Towns to visit include the lovely town of Carcassonne, with its famous 'Cité', surrounded by fortified walls, and Lourdes, an hour away. And there are, of course many Museums in the area. Finally, there are many Village Festivals
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This page was last updated: 22 October 2012