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Valerie's
Reviewed February 27, 2012

We were lucky enough to stay with Valerie over Christmas in December 2011 and to say we had a wonderful stay would be an understatement. We were collected from the airport in Lourdes by a smiley Valerie who instantly put the group at ease and. Upon arrival at the B&B we were very impressed with the lovingly restored French townhouse and the facilites available to those who stay at there. The rooms are clean and comfortable with nice views across the square (particluraly of the tower which is beautifully lit at night).
One major plus point about staying with Valerie is the food! For a small fee we had tasty packed lunches, complete with delicious French bread, to keep us fueled on our days skiing, the breakfasts were delicious with a wide range of pastries and more of the delicious bread (Valerie's jams are amazing). Dinners in the evening were equally impressive and she was very flexible with regard to any dietary requirements, plus everything was washed down with wonderful local wines.
If you get the chance while there take Valerie up on a massage, she has a great little set up and it is perfect for easing the aches and pains of a hard day's skiing or walking.
Overall I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Valerie's to any travellers going to the area, you will be taken care of to the highest degree - and I, for one, can't wait to go back!
Marc

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 13, 2011

We took a leap of faith and landed safely in Valerie's lap. Let me explain. From 7,000 miles away, I was looking for a place to stay as a base for some hiking in the French Pyrenees. I am generally not a fan of B&Bs (too cloying), but the reviews of Valerie's intrigued me because they were so consistently good. I made reservations for three nights for my husband and myself, as well as for our daughter and her boyfriend.

The door was open when we arrived at Valerie's in Bagneres-de-Bigorre, a beautiful town in the Midi-Pyrenees, and I knew immediately that this was the right place...she made us a pot of strong tea, which she served with a homemade nut bread. The days went like this: Valerie cooked us breakfast, we shopped for lunch (fresh baguettes, fresh fruit, local cheeses and cookies), went on long beautiful hikes, had a late afternoon spot of tea when we arrived back, and a shower and a rest before sitting down to Valerie's spectacular dinners.

The rooms and bathrooms were clean and comfortable and the 300 to 400 year old house is fully restored. Don't miss having dinner at Valerie's (20 Euro per person, a bit more for a special birthday dinner). She is a fantastic cook. Here's a sample: caramelized onion tart as a starter, pasta with smoked salmon and broccoli in a cream sauce, salad, bread, a cheese course featuring several local cheeses, apple crumble for dessert and all this washed down with three different local wines. Oh la la!

I couldn't agree more with the general sentiment expressed in the other reviews--although I would like to keep Valerie's a secret, it wouldn't be fair to do so. Most of the other reviewers are British so I want to add an American perspective. Three things that Americans sometimes expect: a lift (elevator), air conditioning, and a bathroom in the room. None of these are available at Valerie's (or the majority of accommodations in France). If you are looking for these, then look for an American style hotel. To me, the # 2 rule of travel is, "when in Rome, do as the Romans do" (#1 rule is don't pack more than you are willing to carry 10 city blocks). So be prepared to climb the stairs, use the bathroom off the hall, and enjoy the incredible place/person that is Valerie's. Bonne journee.

Room Tip: Contact Valerie early to book a room.
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2011

As others have said, we'd really like to keep Valerie's a secret but we owe it to her to spread the word!

We had a really relaxing time staying in Bagneres de Bigorre as a base for skiing/boarding in the Pyrenees. The trip between Bagneres and La Mongie only takes about 30 mins, and after a day on the slopes we were able to fully relax and wind down in an authentic French town.

Valerie is an amazing chef and went out of her way to cook tasty, traditional French food (don't come here expecting curry and pizza!) which was out of this world. She's also great company and was very helpful in pointing out various attractions in Bagneres - and even showed us round the ski slopes.

When our stay was up we didn't want to leave.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 9, 2011

I have just had 5 days in Bagneres De Bigorre at Valerie's who is an absolute delight, she made everything so warm and welcoming. The food was all fresh and outstanding. The house fits perfectly in the location, is clean and comfortable.

Valerie always went that extra mile to ensure we had everything we needed and to ensure we got to the places we wanted to go.

Thank you for a wonderful time I hope to return soon!!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Lucyfalle
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Reviewed February 21, 2011

A third time visit to Valerie’s in BdB and because the value for money is so excellent. We have seen no increase in price for the 3 years we’ve been coming and the house is as charming and warm as ever. The food is still as excellent with freshly squeezed oranges for breakfast and the largest and most delicious boiled eggs you have ever seen. We eat in every night because the food is delicious and wine is provided in the price of the meal. The ski was good and only after our third year, do we feel that we have skied all that is within our capability. Perhaps Val will move to the Alps for our next years ski trip.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 15, 2011

I posted a review 2 years ago, and have happily returned a few times and at different times of the year, both for the ski and alpine walking scenes; my opinion is unchanged and reflects all the other recent reviews. The town of Bagneres is slowly being done-up and facilities generally improved and is a most attractive and jolly destination. The purpose of this review is to report that Valerie's does now accept credit and debit cards via PayPal from this year.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled solo
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Thank PeterHarvey
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Reviewed July 28, 2010

During our recent tour of the Pyrenees we stayed with Valerie in her typical french town house. We were greeted with cold beer and hot tea- most welcome after a long journey through the mountains. Our room was very comfortable and Valerie was an excellent host telling us about things to do in the area including the amazing spa at Aquensis which soothed away the aches of a long car journey. The town was very busy and lively as the Tour De France was passing through. The night life continued until late which was a bit noisy for us early to bed oldies but I imagine that normally the square would be tranquil. Breakfasts were delicious and featured free range eggs and delicious pastries. This stop on our travels had great character- very different to bland hotels.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Valerie's

Address: 1 Place Jeanne D Albret, 65200 Bagneres-de-Bigorre, France
Location: France > Occitanie > Hautes-Pyrenees > Bagneres-de-Bigorre
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Bagneres-de-Bigorre
Price Range: $36 - $72 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bed, Breakfast and optional evening meal (booked in advance). Renovated traditional town house on 3 floors situated in a quiet square in the old town close to all amenities. I can accommodate up to 8 guests. Please visit my own website for more details ... more   less 
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Valerie's Bagneres-De-Bigorre, France - Midi-Pyrenees

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