Come for a fantastic holiday with family or friends to this fully-renovated farmhouse in a peaceful, rural location in a pretty, typically-French village. It's the perfect location for a cycling holiday as a group, in couples or for families with children. The local roads are smooth and quiet. The mountain-biking tracks are fun or challenging and, with a huge range of Tour de France mountains a ride (or short drive) away, there is something for all levels of cyclist or non cyclists alike.... Even if only a few of you are going to be cycling, everybody else can enjoy the great facilities at the house, the swimming pool, the huge garden and the masses of other activities nearby to have a brilliant holiday....
The house has 5 spacious bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, one with a spa bath. Four bedrooms are upstairs and one downstairs. They all come with sheets and towels plus tea and coffee making facilities. Two of the rooms also have balconies.
The villa has a huge living room (with British & French satellite TV and a piano), a games room (with pool table, darts, table-football, dvds, games, books and a wii console), a very large kitchen-diner, gym and bike storeroom. There is also wifi internet access.
Outside is a swimming pool, covered eating area with two barbecues, sun terrace and courtyard, as well as large grassy areas and swings for children.
During your holiday you can remain completely self-catered using the main kitchen-diner plus two smaller kitchenettes, or choose some of the many catered meal options that are available - picnics, evening buffets or even a celebration banquet... There is of course a range of excellent local restaurants to chose from too.
The house is on the edge of the Hautes-Pyrenean village of Galan and is within 5 minutes walking distance of a restaurant, bakery, grocer's shop/newsagent, pharmacy, delicatessen, bar/café, hairdresser's and post-office.
The surrounding region has masses to offer for full- or half-day visits - tree-climbing, a mountain luge, animal parks, water parks, caves, castles, museums, spa-towns and vineyards (to name but a few).
Galan is 1 hour's drive from numerous ski stations in the winter (for down-hill or cross country skiing, plus dog-sledging or raquette-walking).
In the summer our local lanes and the iconic Pyrenean mountains are perfect for cyclists and walkers alike. The villa is owned by a British Cycling coach who can provide guided cycling trips, coaching sessions or simply lots of advice on the best places to ride.
Some favourite nearby towns and villages include Arreau, Argeles-Gazost, Bagnère de Luchon, Lourdes and Tarbes. With the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts both just a 2 hour drive away, you will also be well-placed for day trips to the beach, whilst being able to stay in a rural location in a very unspoiled part of France.
The villa is 45 minutes from Tarbes-Lourdes, an hour from Pau, 1.5hour's drive from Toulouse and 2 hours from Biarritz & Carcassonne airports - so plenty of choice for flights. By train you are 15 minutes from Lannemezan station. If coming by car, the ferries into the north of Spain, or the relatively easy drive through the length of France, are also popular options.