French Pyrenees Gite accommodation in Bareges

No Snow?
We are open for skiing from mid December (usually Christmas week) to mid April when the natural snowfall is usually very reliable. On average the Pyrenees get more snow than the Alps due to the maritime climate, while the temperatures do fluctuate more for the same reason. Alternative activities to skiing such as ski touring are also available. Our Summer season runs from the end of May through the beginning of October.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Our vacations are based from our own traditional house in a high mountain village. We spent two years restoring the house to its former glory, maintaining the original features and using local craftsmen whilst taking steps to improve the energy-efficiency of the house. Our work has encouraged a general "facelift" of the village. Our house is gas centrally heated, by a very efficient, modern, on-demand boiler. Heating is supplemented with a wood-stove burning wood from managed, sustainable forest (with zero carbon debt). We encourage our guests to close their shutters at night to conserve heating energy. Our roof and all of our walls are fully-insulated. Our washrooms are fitted with showers rather than baths, and our toilets have an eco-flush option to reduce water consumption. We use eco-friendly A-rated appliances, wash our own bedding and line-dry our linen outside in the mountain air whenever possible.

We have a company minibus and offer transfers to reduce the need for guests to hire multiple vehicles at the airport. We also encourage the use of public transport for travelers. Our publicity is internet based. We do not have a paper brochure and do not send out an information pack to our clients, as all of our information can be found in detail on our website. We recycle glass, paper & cardboard, metal cans and plastic bottles.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our aim is to provide active vacations and promote awareness of the mountain environment, mountain people and their traditional way of life. We believe in supporting the local community and allowing other people to discover the beauty of the Pyrenees without upsetting their delicate natural balance. Our vacations are mainly about enjoyment and having fun, but they are also a learning experience and our guests take home with them a wealth of knowledge about the environment, geology and geography, flora and fauna, history, culture, language and way of life in the Pyrenees and of mountains in general.

We live and work in the Pyrenees year round and we are dedicated to supporting our village community. We use local guides and instructors, local craftsmen and tradesmen. We encourage our guests to shop in the village and support the small traders. We serve locally-produced meats purchased from our village butcher. This includes the Bareges-Gavarnie AOC lamb which never leaves our valley. We introduce our guests to local honey, mountain sheeps' cheeses, cured mountain sausages and hams, confit duck and Tarbais beans produced in the SW of France. We promote local wines and spirits on our house bar. Our guests are encouraged to try local dishes at a mountain restaurant on our night off.


1 Reviews of French Pyrenees Gite accommodation in Bareges

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 07 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Scenery and wildlife seen during walks in and around Bareges.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Stay with Rob and Emma at Les Cailloux, great accommodation and food, very friendly atmosphere and engagement with their guests, advice freely given, worked much better than our original plan of staying in a local hotel.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, Rob and Emma are closely engaged with the local community and all our food and wine was bought locally. As I speak French well I could also engage with the locals and we used local cafes. Travel was mainly on foot with minimal car use, helped by advice from Rob. Recycling was done at Les Cailloux.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was exceptional. OK, we were lucky with the weather.

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