5-Bedroom Pyrenees Chalet to let - Sleeps 12
Ideal location for Skiing, Cycling, Walking Holidays with own Pool & Tennis Court
Villa Tamerza is an extensive, 5 bedroom chalet-style house - only 10 minutes from the start of routes to the Col du Tourmalet or the Col d'Aspin - right in the heart of the French Pyrenees. Its a fantastic location for cycling, skiing and activity holidays in the Pyrénées and sports club training camps. There is every possible sporting pursuit for people who enjoy active holidays including cycling, walking, fishing, climbing, skiing, horse-riding, touring and golf - or just a great place to relax with your family.
Villa Tamerza is a large, chalet-style house on three levels. It offers five bedrooms (four with super kingsize beds and one with four full-size bunk beds), three bathrooms with baths and/or showers, fully fitted kitchen with all-new appliances including fridge, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, kettle, toasters and dishwasher. There is a large dining room to seat 12 adults, big sitting room with two four-seater sofas, armchairs, cosy open-hearth log fire, hi-fi system, satellite TV, fast Wi-Fi broadband, large garage/cellar and laundry room with washing machine and dryer.
Located in the foothills of the Pyrenees, just 2 miles from the beautiful town of Bagneres de Bigorre and within easy riding distance of legendary Tour de France mountain stage climbs, including the Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aspin, Col d'Aubisque, Col de Peyresourdes and numerous other cycling meccas, this is any cyclist's paradise and is the ideal base for a family or club cycling holiday in the Pyrenees. If you are looking for a house to rent in the Pyrenees for a cycling holiday, Villa Tamerza is your dream location choice.
The Tour de France
Over the last few years the Tour de France has passed within 10km of the house virtually every year, with some stages either starting or finishing in Bagneres itself - just 5 minutes drive from Villa Tamerza, and in September 2003 the Vuelta came past the house also. Bagneres was a stage finish in 2007 and the TDF, the Etape du Tour came through the town in 2008. In 2013, the end of stage 9 was in Bagnères and saw Dan Martin win the day.
Accommodation at Villa Tamerza
The house also has its own private hard tennis court and a beautiful swimming pool for exclusive use of the guests all situated in circa 2 acres of grounds.
All the bedrooms have either a balcony or direct view/access onto the garden, with beautiful views all around. The garden has about 2 acres of lawns and some wooded and wilder parts. There are lots of lovely walks close by with the river Adour about 100m from the garden.
The sitting room is large and very cosy, with a big open-hearth fireplace, comfortable sofas and arm chair, Sky satellite TV, HiFi and DVD player. Four of the bedrooms have large, comfortable, super-kingsize, beds and beautiful views. The dining room seats 12 around two big wooden tables.
Bagneres de Bigorre - the nearest town
During the summer season, Bagnères is a lively spa town, steeped in history, with many good restaurants, bars and shops. In the winter skiers flock to this popular resort town. Normally we have consistent snow depths of around 2m during the winter at the top of La Mongie - the best snow conditions in France - but without the crowds. Find out more about the great skiing near Villa Tamerza at SkiCrazy.co.uk
There's every type of sporting activity in and around Bagneres, including horse riding, the thermal baths, canoeing, trout fishing, walking, hiking, tennis, road cycling, climbing, mountain biking, white-water rafting, as well as an excellent 6000 m, 18 hole golf course with awe-inspiring mountain views. If you're feeling lucky you could also try the casino - a spectacular old building right in the middle of Bagneres.
There are some fantastic walks around Bagneres. Try the hike to Lac Bleu. You drive or ride to Chiroulet - about ten minutes drive from Villa Tamerza - then hike with spectacular mountain views. Another good day trip is the Pyrenees National Park at Gavarnie.
The observatory at the top of the Pic du Midi is now open during winter and summer and offers spectacular views for hundreds of miles in all directions. In the observatory itself there are some fascinating exhibits and a wealth of material for astronomy buffs. It's also now possible to book an overnight stay at the Observatory on the summit of the Pic du Midi and do some serious star-gazing in one of the world's clearest night sky locations.
Villa Tamerza is only a few kilometres from the Spanish border so another possible day trip is Pamplona where they stage the famous bull running spectacle in the street each year. There are several nearby passes and tunnels which lead over into Spain. The Tunel de Bielsa is only about 40 minutes drive away.
Lourdes and other places to visit
Only 20 minutes drive from Villa Tamerza is Lourdes, the world famous centre for Christian pilgrims. Lourdes is important to Christians the world over after 11th Feb 1858, when the Virgin Mary first appeared to St Bernadette Soubirous in a cave by the Gave de Pau river. Visited each year by over 5 million people from all over the world, Lourdes gets busy during the Christian religious festivals of Easter and the Nativity - but is worth a trip just to marvel at the whole spectacle.