Welcome to Allez Pyrenees, a small but, we like to think, perfectly formed holiday venture in the Pyrénéen spa town of Bagnères de Bigorre. We cater for activity holidays - particularly cycling, walking and skiing and for holidays where you might just want to take it easy. We also provide accommodation on a straightforward chambres d'hôtes basis.
Our goal is to give you everything you need to ensure you have the best possible stay in this beautiful part of France, be it personally guided cycle rides, planned and graded route maps should you wish to guide yourself, tips on the best picnicking spots, information on the wildlife around, excellent breakfasts, restaurant information or the best place in the garden to read a book.
We’ll be honest, we didn’t start this business from scratch. We haven’t taken a crumbling hulk of a building and turned it into something fabulous. We have taken over the management of somewhere that was already great. In its previous life, our accommodation ‘Les Dix Arches’ was known as ‘Deezark’ and was already highly rated on Tripadvisor. We have been spending our time working on how to make something great even better. The chambres d’hôtes is a short walk into the centre of town, with its wide variety of shops, bars, restaurants and wonderful Saturday market.
All 5 bedrooms (triple, double and twin) are ensuite and have tea making facilities, hairdryer, stereo, safe for valuables and access to the veranda. The bathrooms are well-equipped and modern. Outside, the enclosed gardens to the front and back of the property are home to lizards, salamanders, a variety of birds and bats can often be found in the cave beside the BBQ area. There is a hot tub, petanque and a south facing sun deck.
Guests also have the use of a guest lounge - a spacious area with table tennis, darts, sofas, TV, DVDs, books and for cold evenings, a wood burning stove. In addition, there is a kitchenette with microwave, fridge, kettle, crockery and utensils.
Bikes will be well cared for in our secure garage. Each can be locked individually and there is a small workshop available for guest use. Outside there is a wash down area (for equipment and riders if necessary!) Off road garaging for motorbikes or a car is available with prior arrangement and subject to availability. We also have heated storage for winter sports equipment and any muddy gear in our ski and boot room.
As part of the standard B&B rates you can be assured that your day will start well with the choice of croissants, bread, jam, boiled eggs, cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit and porridge, washed down with coffee, a selection of teas, hot chocolate and fruit juice.
Should you fancy something a little extra, we also offering the French equivalent of a Full English (a Franglais?) for a small supplement. This will include sausage, bacon, eggs and beans with a French twist, alongside the usual continental breakfast options. Because it is all freshly prepared, all we ask is that you provide us with 24hrs notice when you order and that it is for a minimum of 2 people.
Although we are only 400m from the centre of Bagnères de Bigorre and a wide range of restaurants, we recognise that not everyone will want to eat out every night. This is why we have introduced ‘Supper Nights’, when you can join us, in traditional Tables d’Hôtes style, for dinner.
Monday, Wednesday and Fridays are Supper Nights (other evenings by exceptional request) and will feature a three course, freshly prepared meal. Whilst the menu on the day is fixed, we will discuss with you what you may prefer to eat ahead of time: a carb-load ahead of a Tourmalet ascent, a curry, typical French cuisine etc. Clearly, the needs of multiple guests must be catered for but we always try to ensure everyone is happy! Vegetarian food is a speciality at Les Dix Arches and other diets can also be gladly catered for.
As with the cooked breakfasts, we ask that you give us 24hrs notice that you wish to join us at our table for supper and provide us with any special dietary requirements.
Prices currently remain frozen at 2012 levels and include taxes and breakfast. For bookings of 5 nights or more, a 10% long stay discount is given.
Per room per night
Without doubt, the area is a cycling mecca. It’s known to Tour de France followers as the Circle of Death, with the legendary Cols on our doorstep. In addition, there are also 100’s of kms of MTB trails.
Bagnères has recently been at the heart of some the Pyreneen stages, hosting a stage arrival in 2013 and seeing the riders pass on their way to tackle the Col du Tourmalet in 2014. For 2015 we are very lucky that all 3 Pyreneen stages will at some point come within 26km or less of the town – stage 11 passes through the town.
Stage 10 14th July, Tarbes (22km) to La Pierre St Martin
Stage 11 15th July, Pau (57km) to Cauterets (50km) via Bagneres, Col d’Aspin (24km) St Marie de Campan (11km) and Col du Tourmalet (29km)
Stage 12 16th July, Lannemezan (26km) to Plateau Bielle
As well as the use of our secure bike storage and work shop, we also provide a wide variety of materials should you wish to guide yourself on routes in the area including elevations and coffee stops.
The walking is fantastic, with plenty of variety for all abilities. This is arguably the best way to see the smaller wonders of the Pyrénées, the animals, insects and plants. As with the cycling, we provide plenty of planned routes, should you wish to use them - all graded depending on how much time you’ve got, fitness levels and ease of walk, as well as some top tips on what you might expect to see along the way. Feel free discuss what you fancy doing with us – walking is one of our favourite pastimes and we’d love to help.
Bagnères is a short drive from La Mongie, part of the La Mongie/Barege ski area - the largest ski area in the French Pyrénées. With over 100km of pistes, it’s suitable for all levels of skier. The 2012/13 season runs until the end of March snow permitting (something that is more assured since the installation of a large number of snow canons in the resorts). For more information visit the region's ski website.
There are several good courses within easy reach. Bagnères’ own course 5km away has spectacular views both of the mountains, the Cieutat Plateau and into the Baronnies. If you’re interested in playing, let us know and we can arrange tee times for you or find out more at the Country Club de Bigorre website. As a guest with us, you are also entitled to specially discounted green fees.
Beyond cycling, walking and skiing, there is a wide range of other activities to suit all tastes, including horse riding, white water rafting, canyoning, fishing, gastro-visits, spa treatments, climbing, via ferrata, shopping or eating out – give us a call and we can advise – some of it is seasonal but all is easily accessible from Bagnères and your Allez Pyrenees base.
Fancy brushing up on your french whilst you're here? Oburo 65 is a great tuition college based only 5mins walk away from us, offering flexible teaching. One hour or ten - it's up to you. Contact Carol to arrange your session.
In addition to the list above, we are also in the process of developing photography courses with Alistair Jones at the UK based Ideal Imaging. You can see some examples of Alistair's work in our gallery. If you wish to register an interest in these courses please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also especially pleased to also be working with a local photographer, Jeff Holdgate in promoting some of the spectacular landscapes we have around us. Jeff’s work furnishes our guest accommodation and a wider range of images can be seen on his website www.gascony-photo.net.
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+33 (0) 5 62 91 21 98
2 Rue Emilien Frossard,
65200 Bagnères de Bigorre,