An excellent painting holiday in a wonderful venue. It's difficult to know where to start - everything was just right. The accommodation has been beautifully converted and provides an ideal venue for such a holiday. The facilities could not have been better - lovely communal spaces with great character - comfortable and clean bedrooms - outdoor areas for dining and relaxation (including the swimming pool) and on top of all this a spectacular self-contained studio which served as a base for the painting activities. Above all, there is the view - across open countryside with the Pyrenees as a back-drop. The view was never the same, changing with the time of day and the weather conditions, so that you could happily just sit and watch it change in front of you - a free show! Sitting in a cold and grey Manchester my mind wanders back to memories of sitting outside under the trees with a pre-dinner drink watching the sunset over the mountains. Ah well, back to reality - I shall have to rely on photos and my water-colour sketches until my next visit. The reviews by Sally C and Westwinds 95, who were on the same holiday, cover the more practical aspects and I wholeheartedly endorse everything they have written.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to MANZAC D'EN BAS, traditional luxury self-catering holiday "gites" set in the truly spectacular, peaceful and relaxing countryside of the Ariège in South West France. It is half way between the City of Toulouse (1 hour's drive) and the Pyrenees Mountain Range, in the Arize valley between Foix and Carbonne. The three spacious, self-catering "gites", called "L'Écurie" (The Stable), "Le Logement" (The Dwelling), and " La Grange" (The Barn)after their original uses, combine traditional charm with comfort and modern amenities. ... more less