Chalet Hay, Chalet to rent in the French Pyrenees
Chalet Hay is a beautiful chalet set in a quarter of an acre of south facing garden, secluded but not isolated. Chalet Hay is a traditional style French mountain grange, over 400 years old and lovingly restored to a superb mountain retreat with wonderful views.
It is perfectly located for all mountain holidays whatever the season. In the spring, summer and autumn the area is famous for fantastic walking and cycling, the pinnacle of which sees the Tour de France pass by the Chalet in July. Every mountain activity is available including canyoning, walking, golf, cycling, mountain biking, fishing, horse riding, rafting and paragliding. Families are well catered for, many activities are child friendly, the Chalet is extremely spacious and the garden secure.
For a more relaxed holiday the area is renowned for its slow pace of life, fantastic climate, luxury spa, great food and number of places of interest. In winter it is only 10 minutes drive from the largest ski area in the French Pyrenees.
Only 10 minutes drive there is the Tourmalet ski area, the largest ski area in the French Pyrenees; 120km of pistes made up of 69 runs and loads of off piste skiing. Beginners can learn at La Mongie’s purpose built ski school area and practise their skills on the local green slopes. Intermediates can ski all the way to the village of Bareges which is located over the famous Col de Tourmalet pass and represents roughly 20km of skiing from one side of the domain to the other.
For advanced intermediates there is plenty of challenging reds and blacks including moguls and heart-stoppingly steep blacks! For experts, free riders and tricksters the terrain park has all the kickers, half pipes and rails you need and pumps out some funky tunes! Off piste skiing is excellent and the Pic De Midi offers fantastic off-piste skiing opportunities. For the more leisurely skiers there are great restaurants in lovely sunny spots. There are also numerous other ski areas within easy reach.
Below is an list of just a few of the activities that this area of the Pyrenees has to offer right on the doorstep of Chalet Hay. Walking & Hiking - There are extensive marked routes in the area including the beautiful lakes of Payolle and Lac Blu and the stunning Lesponny Valley.
Laya - An adventure and assault course through the forest in the Lesponne Valley, a 30 min drive away. Tour cycling - Road routes include the famous Tour de France concore the Col du Tourmalet climb only 10 mins from the house. Mountain biking - 23 marked off road trails and 337 km of marked trails all within the surrounding area of the Chalet. Paragliding - available across the valley, tandem flights available from a number of local schools. Rafting and other white water sports. Canyoning. Tennis.
Spot the manikins in the Campan village from Spring onwards. A number of driving circuits have been written to take in the beauty of the area. Fishing (including trout & salmon fishing) roughly £5/day, rivers and lakes. Horse riding. Painting and photography. Golf at Bagneres and Tarbes. Sun bathing, the Pyrenees has as many sun days as the med coast does! Climbing in Beaudan. Strolling in the old town of Bagneres. And, a whole lot more!
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This page was last updated: 27 February 2009