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useful links for an enjoyable holiday

  The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception


The world famous town of Lourdes is about 1 hours drive from the house, and is well worth a visit. Combine it with a visit to the caves or a drive over the stunning Col de Solour and Col d’Aubisque.

  River Garonne - Toulouse  


Toulouse is an hour away by train or car, and is well worth a visit for the shopping and architecture; a university city with numerous bars and cafes in the old district. Plane enthusiasts can visit the Airbus factory at nearby Blagnac. The area is well known for rugby, and some of the World Cup games in 2007 will be played at Toulouse.

  Pic du Midi  

Pic du Midi

The Pic du Midi, at 2887 metres can be seen from the garden and most of the rooms. It has a weather station on top and can be visited by cable car from the ski resort of La Mongie. There is a restaurant and bar at the top, with outstanding 360 degree views including the 3,000+ metre peaks of Spain.



Why not take a day out and visit Biarritz. Less than two hours drive, ideal for a day out and lunch. Biarritz is a vibrant cosmopolitan town with magnificent beaches, golf courses and numerous sporting facilities, not forgetting the surf. Surfing started in France here in Biarritz and surfers come from all over the world to ride the waves. The Biarritz Surf Festival brings together surfers from Hawaii, California and Australia every year to celebrate the birth of surfing in Biarritz.

  Grottes de Betharram  


There are several caves to visit in the area, including the prehistoric Grottes de Gargas, 10k from the house and the Grottes de Betharram, near Lourdes, where you explore the huge subterranean caverns by boat and train.



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