Bed & Breakfast with heated pool in the French Pyrenees
'Higher Pastures' is a family run Bed & Breakfast, consisting of a 18th Century large farmhouse, cottage, barn, garden and courtyard, all elegantly renovated to local tradition.
Accommodation is in our Bigourdane-style farmhouse or the family Cottage. We provide accommodation for all parties from twin- and double-rooms to family suites. All bedrooms, each with private bathroom, are decorated and furnished to ensure a high standard of comfort.
For your convenience, we have two large double rooms on the ground floor for people with reduced mobility (but not equipped for disabled persons)
For your peace of mind, we have two secluded spaces for family accommodation, each with a double room for the parents and a kids' room with two or three single beds.
A heated swimming pool is available for all the guests staying at Les Hauts Paturages during the summer season. Whatever time of the day, you will always find something to do at Higher Pastures - spending time with the kids on the swings or in the pool; long drawn-out French meals under the shade of the trees, a nice siesta in a secluded spot, a family game of Pétanque, aperitifs on the terrace, followed by a BBQ, and a quiet moment watching the sun go down to end the day.
An ideal way to relax with the family without getting in the car.
Whether you like walking, sightseeing, relaxing, hiking, cycling or visiting the Spa, there is always something for you in the Hautes Pyrénées.
Higher Pastures is an ideal starting point for hiking in the Pyrénées. From short scenic hikes suitable for everyone to longer more challenging treks and climbs, the choice is yours.
The Hautes Pyrenees offers some fantastic cycling including the famous Cols and climbs of the Tour de France as well as many less well known, but just as challenging rides. From early spring, the roads are buzzing with not only holiday-cyclists but also local adepts and professionals.
The French Pyrenees offers excellent skiing for all abilities, set in magnificent scenery, and yet remains largely undiscovered. The resorts are friendly, uncrowded and unpretentious. They also offer great value for money, particularly for families.
Tourism; The Sanctuary of Lourdes, with its beautiful monuments, churches, and the Grotto of Massabielle where the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, welcomes over 6 million visitors from all over the world every year. From March to October the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is a place of mass pilgrimage from Europe and other parts of the world. Especially impressive are candlelight and sacrament processions.
The Pic du Midi de Bigorre (altitude 2,877 m) is a very popular tourist spot, which can be reached on foot or by cable car, and from where you really feel the sensations of being high up in the mountains.
As well as the excellent view, it has been for the last two centuries an ideal site for observing the sky due to exceptional atmospheric conditions. Today it is famous for its astronomical observatory, the Observatoire du Pic du Midi de Bigorre, which contains numerous telescopes and a 2 meter telescope built on top of 28 meter column - the largest telescope in France.
Gavarnie (1365m) is the highest village in the Hautes Pyrénées, and is famous for its 'Cirque de montagnes'. From the outset, the Cirque of Gavarnie surprises by its colossal size: more than 2 miles in circumference at its base and nearly 9 miles in circumference at its highest point with a depth of 1800m from top to bottom. And as if to complete such a superb picture, its great 1,385 ft-high cascade (the highest in Europe) seems suspended in mid-air. Horses or donkeys can be rented to help you along this two-hour trip
A visit to Gavarnie can be extended by a trip to the 'Brèche de Roland' (one of the most popular in the Pyrénées). Although it is not particularly difficult, a good deal of care and the adequate equipment are however essential. From there, you have a magnificent view of the parc d'Ordesa and the canyons or Haut Aragon in Spain.
Gavarnie also has smaller neighbouring cirques such as 'Troumouse' and 'Estaubé', also worth a visit.
UNESCO made this a world heritage because 'its cultural landscape combines scenic beauty with a socio-economic structure that has its roots in the past and illustrates a mountain way of life that has become rare in Europe'.
Most classic excursions around Cauterets begin up at the Pont d'Espagne, where the Gave de Gaube and Gave du Marcadau join together before rushing down to Cauterets over a series of spectacular waterfalls. The walk up from Cauterets to the Pont d'Espagne upstream is called the Route des Cascades, and is a very attractive but rocky ascension
From Pont d'Espagne, a twp-hour walk up the Gave de Gaube valley will bring you to the beautiful Lac de Gaube, overlooked by the highest mountain in the French Pyrenees, the Vignemale (3298m). Alternatively the lake can be reached by cable car, which will bring you within 20mins of the lake.
Going up the Marcadau valley from the Pont d'Espagne brings you to the Plateau de Cayen, with its pleasant pastures and woodlands.
Grotte de Betharam On the banks of the Gave River, this beautiful 14th century fortress town offers some of the most stunning architecture in the region. The nearby cave systems are equally grandiose.
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This page was last updated: 14 March 2014