Lovely rustic barn conversion with internal stone walls and floor and lots of timber. Living room is a bit dark as the windows are very small, but would be very cosy in winter with the huge woodburner. The furniture was adequate for 4 people but more than that would struggle as there was one 3-seat sofa and an armchair. Additional seating consited of wooden bench or uncomfortable metal dining chairs. Cooking limited to small worktop oven/grill (very slow) and a ceramic hob. No microwave. Very limited worktop space and not enough crockery for 8 people.
2 upstairs bedrooms each with two double-beds and no wardrobes or dressers (one curtained hanging space at the head of the VERY steep open stairs. Superb views from the main bedroom through french doors (with unprotected drop).
The main problem is that the site is also operated as a tepee rental business, which uses the adjacent gite as a communal cooking and social area for the tents. There are 4 tepees each sleeping up to 6 people, so potentially 24 guests using the space immediately outside the living room. The gardens are shared and the play equipment is again right outside the lounge door. We had a couple of disturbed evenings during our stay. There is no mention of the tepee business on the gite website. However looking at the tepee website (www.tipis-indiens.com) it is apparent that the adjacent gite is block-booked for tepee use during the summer, and this site also shows the proximity of the tepees to the cottage. There is no shop or bar other than by a 10 minute steep drive down to Gredre.
Overall a beautiful setting with views up the valley to the cirque de gavarnie and other mountains, but could be greatly improved with better furniture and a more honest description of the shared site. Finally dog owners should be aware that dogs are not permitted in the heart of the national park, which means access in the area is very limited.
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