- english, We do speak some french
Kay and Neil are retired professionals from the North of England who moved to France in 2006.
Kay purchased this House in 2006
Why Kay chose Arrosès
We had been looking to buy property in SW France for several years and had visited other areas to view property mainly in the Tarn. None of the properties seemed to fit the profile, we were looking for somewhere with a gîte or potential for a gite. We discovered our home on a website whilst looking for properties to view on a trip to France and whilst it was 200 km from the Tarn we decided to view it and made arrangements with the immobilier to do so. The house was occupied by a Dutch couple at the time and we walked through the door and decided there and then this was the place. Although there was no gîte the house did have an atelier which could be converted. We bought the house and employed an architect and artisans who drew plans and completed the gîte in 2008. We had never been to the area, knew nothing about it and despite this we love it, the fact that within an hour and half we can be in the mountains or on the coast or in Spain. It is a lovely place to live.
What makes this House unique
Owners on site, private gardens and pool for sole use of clients during their stay. A unique property renovated from an original industrial wine farm.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Domaine Tournesol is ideally located to experience wonderful scenery in a tranquil but not isolated setting. Guests can visit the numerous wine producers in the area and sample the fantastic wine selection. Guided tours around some of the vineyards are available free of charge during the summer season.
Between April and October there are numerous local fetes for the Francophile to become immersed in local culture.
The discovery of Roman ruins in Maubourguet can now be viewed in a purpose built museum in the town. Further afield there is a preserved gallo- roman villa of seviac which has the largest piece of mosaic in France.
There are numerous historical chateaus to explore including Chateau de Mascaraas where you could be lucky enough to have a guided tour with the owner of his home with its display of 17th and 18th century furniture, books and works of art. This is must do for anyone interested in history and works of art.
There are further Chateau’s in the nearby city of Pau and Montaner and the castle perched high above the town of Lourdes. The castle tour at Lourdes represents good value for money and is well worth the visit.
Lourdes developed into a major place of Roman Catholic pilgrimage following reports that our lady of Lourdes had appeared to Berdette Soubirous on a number of occasions. The site of this miracle is free to enter and explore.
Take the opportunity to visit the art and Hussar museum at Tarbes which stands in the beautiful Jardin de Massey or the resistance museum in Tarbes.
Five minutes from Domaine Tournesol is the bird of prey park where visitors can view raptors from around the world and watch bird displays.
The Parc animalier des Pyrénées at Argeles Gazost a conservation zoo for animals and birdlife from the Pyrenees is close to Lourdes.
Guests can, with a pre booking sleep with wolfs within the zoo at certain times of the year. This is great day out for families.
For petrol heads there is the circuit de Aydie which regularly holds off road national racing events. The race circuits at Nogaro and Pau equally hold track events and details of these can be found on line.
The city of Pau hosts an annual touring and historic car racing event on its public roads around the casino and beneath the Boulevard des Pyrenees over successive weekends in May. The event attracts competitors from across Europe and is well worth a visit for any car enthusiast.
Take the family to the Grottes de Betharram, considered some of the most beautiful grottos in the world and definitely the most interesting to visit because of their large variety of formations. Travel on the train and boat through the illuminated spectacular grotto.
You may also want to consider the Le Train D’ Artouste, this narrow gauge railway used by workers during the construction of an hydro electric dam in the High Pyrenees is now a tourist attraction offering breathtaking views of the mountains.
For those railway enthusiasts amongst you feeling a little more energetic take a trip on the Voyage en Bas-Armagnac, a pedal powered railway carriage travelling through 10 km of beautiful countryside.
Visitors should take opportunity to visit the High Pyrenees with its wonderful scenery and walks. Take time out to explore Gavernie a UNESCO world hertitage site with its waterfall drop of over 400 meters.
The Pic du Midi and its Observatory despite its entrance fee is well worth the visit . The working observatory gives an insight into space with displays and its planetarium. The views are spectacular from the glass and steel bridge suspended 1000 meters above the ground and from cable car to and from the observatory. Visitors can pre book overnight stays to view the night skies online.
Both Gavernie and the Pic de Midi have live theatre and music throughout the summer.
Visit the international Jazz music festival at Marciac held annually in July and August. Acts such has Sting and Santana have headlined in recent years in the purpose built 10,000 capacity arena. The town centre hosts a further large stage surrounded by bars, restaurants, shops and stalls where visitors can enjoy free music throughout the day.
The Tour de France is a regular visitor to this area of SW France and on the 5th July 2020 there is mountain stage starting in Laurens and finishing in Pau. Don’t miss a great opportunity to cheer on your favourite rider.
The places of interest, attractions and festivals detailed above are just a flavour of what’s on offer in this part of SW France.
So whether you want to lounge by the pool in glorious gardens or visit just some of the attractions Domaine Tournesol offers à base to do both.