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“1 night was'nt enough” 5 of 5 stars
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Chalet le Chapeau Bleu
Quartier Les Espones, 31440 Saint-Beat, France   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Saint-Beat B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Barnsley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“1 night was'nt enough”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

Great food and hosts excellent rooms in a stunning location. Food was really nice and more than filling and got a fantastic nights sleep which is just what I needed after a 7 hour drive. Breakfast set me and family up for another long drive to next location.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ScooterJuly, Manager at Chalet le Chapeau Bleu, responded to this review, August 31, 2013
Thank you so much Darren for your lovely comments - we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay.

The storm was massive - it was amazing - it has been a long time since we had thunder and lightning like that.

Hope you had a fabulous holiday in Spain and you enjoyed the Dordogne on your way home.

Really appreciate you taking the time to write the review - thank you so much.

Ron and Carole xx
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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English first
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Stayed for 7 nights in July on our motorcycle tour.Ron & Carole were brilliant hosts and Rons cooking was first class, tried a couple of new items on his menu (treacle tart hit the spot :-) ). House is exactly what we were looking for,peaceful but within reach of all the best roads and Spain.Ron goes out of his way for you with advice on local attractions etc and routes if your biking / cycling.
After 7 nights we rode on to Barcelona but it was a bit of a wrench to leave such an idyllic setting and great hosts.
We will return in the future.
Tony & Janet.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ScooterJuly, Owner at Chalet le Chapeau Bleu, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Hiya

We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and got the chance to explore some of the routes in the region each day.

You were Ron's guinea pigs with the new Treacle Tart recipe and because you liked it, you are now to blame for it become a more regular dessert for others!!

It is always lovely to know that our guests have enjoyed their time, felt able to relax and at home during their stay so thank you for taking the time to feedback to us, it is really appreciated.

Best wishes.

Carole and Ron
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Leicester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I strongly suspect that if you look up the word "hospitable" in an encyclopedia, you will see a picture of Ron (the proprietor here) next to it!

On our recent trip around France, we were lucky enough to stay in some wonderful chambres d'hotes, enjoying superb service, food, accommodation and surroundings/scenery. These were all present in spades at the Chapeau Bleu, but it was the hospitality that shone through here quite spectacularly. Nowhere was this more apparent than at the wonderful dinners in the evening with all the guests sitting round the table; not only were we presented with a thoughtfully prepared, generously sized and very tasty selecion of courses, but as Ron prepared and served the food he was the catalyst (and interpreter when our french vocabulary reached its limit!) to the most enjoyable social evenings. We came away from the meals, and indeed the stay as a whole feeling that we had been welcomed almost as part of the family as much as paying guests.
The location of Saint Beat is superb. Nestled between many different Pyrenean peaks, the view is wonderful whichever direction you look in. The view from our room and its balcony were certainly spectacular, with beautiful mountains rising across the entire panorama. We were in the "mente" en-suite bedroom, which for us was just the right balance of spaciousness to move around and accommodate our luggage, but still small enough to have a really cosy ambiance. The balcony and views were the icing on the cake.

In short, we loved staying here and the next time we are going to be anywhere near this region at all, we will be making a point of returning.

Thank you Carole and Ron.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ScooterJuly, Owner at Chalet le Chapeau Bleu, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Gosh, thank you for taking the time to write your review and for your lovely comments - it means so much to learn that you felt relaxed and welcome during your stay.

We really do want our guests to feel that the chalet is their home during their stay so to hear that is how you felt means everything.

We are lucky to live in such a lovely area and it is great to be able to share that with others and to sit down at night and share the stories and adventures experienced during the day.

A genuine big thank you and it would be lovely to see you again one day in the future.

With our best wishes.

Carole and Ron
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Schuttrange, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Ron and Carole, the owners, are very nice people and it has been fantastic to take dinner and share some drinks with them. As a B&B in the Pirineos, just to spend some relaxing holidays reading books, as a "base point" for cycling routes, or as an "etape point" in a motorbike travel (as it was our case), is a perfect place!

Hope to have the opportunity to visit them again... there are some other nice hotels or B&B... but at the end, is people what invite you to come back again!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ScooterJuly, Owner at Chalet le Chapeau Bleu, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Many thanks for taking the time to write your review and for your lovely comments. It is genuinely pleasing to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that the chalet is a friendly and relaxing place to stay as that is what we try to achieve, a home from home.

It would be lovely to see you again in the future. With our best wishes and thanks.

Carole and Ron
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Dukinfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We had a fantastic holiday at Chapeau Bleu in spite of the flood which occurred during the night of our first day. We were really well looked after by Carole and Ron especially as we all could not get around the area and were effectively locked in. Then after a couple of days we could move and things could get back to normalish.
Food was very good, tried some new things (for me) and it was all tasty. The variety and standard was high and four courses as well. The area is good and being so near to Spain almost makes it like a two centre holiday. Even tried out the paragliding in the area!!

Ken & Pam

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ScooterJuly, Owner at Chalet le Chapeau Bleu, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Hiya

Well the start of the holiday wasn't quite what you expected with the flood water coming and you getting stranded for 4 days and having to collect spring water!!!

But, afterwards we are really pleased you enjoyed exploring the region and getting a chance to go to Spain (on some alternative roads!!).

It was so lovely to see you both and we really enjoyed your friendship and company. A memorable holiday for a variety of reasons.

Thanks for writing such lovely comments - pleased you enjoyed the food (and not too many tomatoes.

Love Carole and Ron xx
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Cheltenham
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Stayed here whilst overnighting during a trip to see the Tour De France. A wonderful welcome after a very long journey, and inspite of our late arrival a very cheerful Ron provided a brief overview of the accommodation. Breakfast was a very lovely relaxed affair unlike a number of other similar places to stay. Ron gave us expert local knowledge on where best to watch the Tour that day.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ScooterJuly, Owner at Chalet le Chapeau Bleu, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and the Tour passing through the village and delighted you enjoyed your breakfast.

It was an important event for Saint Beat this year after all the flooding so it was lovely that we had people staying and supporting the tour as it passed by.

We love the view from the kitchen too - it was the reason we bought the chalet originally. The Pic du Gar is a wonderful mountain.

Thanks again for your lovely comments, we appreciate the time you have taken to do this.

Best wishes.

Carole and Ron
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Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

I spent a couple of weeks at Chalet le Chapeau Bleu in September 2010. The Chalet is very popular with cyclists, but it's well placed for walkers as well - I had my pick of mountains to climb. And my room was airy and lovely and comfortable. The food was delicious and plentiful; and I can't recommend booking for dinner too much - it is wonderful. What's more, Ron and Carole love what they are doing here and it shows. Theirs is a rare brand of hospitality. They went above and beyond in more ways than I can enumerate here. Now if you're looking for a pretentious place to stay, this might not be for you, but if you want a down-to-earth holiday staying at a beautiful chalet in a beautiful corner of the Pyrenees, you will adore Chalet le Chapeau Bleu.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ScooterJuly, Owner at Chalet le Chapeau Bleu, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Comments like yours make everything worthwhile. We do love what we do, meeting great people and never two nights the same.

Thanks so much for coming back to stay with us again, it means a lot as do your lovely comments - especially for Ron as he does all the hard physical work, I get the easier bit.

Great spending time with you again - still have guests trying out your favourite route too - they are never disappointed. Best wishes. Carole and Ron xxx
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Address: Quartier Les Espones, 31440 Saint-Beat, France
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Location: France > Midi-Pyrenees > Haute-Garonne > Saint-Beat
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Saint-Beat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pretty bed and breakfast in the heart of the pyrenees. Ideal for skiing, cycling, rambling, biking, fishing and other outdoor activities. We are only 7km from the border of Spain on the Val d'Aran and 20km from Bagneres de Luchon. Magnificent views of the mountains and local countryside from the house and gardens. Secure parking in the garden for guests. Free wifi. 4 Course evening meals with wine and coffee (reservation only) We can accommodate from 1 to 13 guests in our 5 bedrooms. Please just ask if you wish to bring your pet. ... more   less 
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