Close to the Pyrenees, the small village of Bonnefont can be found in the tranquil River Baïse valley and is surrounded by farmland and wooded hillsides. Our nearest towns are Trie-sur-Baïse (8kms) and Lannemezan (20kms). Tarbes is our nearest commercial town (30kms) but Lourdes(45kms) and Pau (55kms) are very accessible.
What is so good about living here?
Cycling: It is Mecca for the cycling fraternity for two reasons - cyclists are very respected by motorists. Most motorists using the roads here are cyclists. The main reason is the Tour de France - which regularly includes a local town as part of its route each July. (2005 Trie-sur-Baïse, 2008 Lannemezan) Some of the TdF's most famous challenges are readily accessible from here. The Col d'Aspin, Col du Tourmalet, Col de Peyresourde and the Col d'Aubisque are 'must do' climbs for some of our more energetic cycling guests.
Mountain biking is equally popular and there are few 'access restricted' areas to worry about. The hills are criss-crossed with quiet lanes and off road farm and forest tracks.
Running: terrain to suit all levels of fitness and so many different circuits to enjoy.
Walking: some of the mountain walks are spectacular. The Haute Pyrenees has for example 8 well documented mountain walks of varying difficulty that reward the walker with a spectacular mountain tarn views.
Birdlife: the variety of birds of is frequently commented on and is additional bonus to those who explore this wonderful countryside. There are red kites, buzzards, green woodpeckers, jays by the dozen, sometimes hoopoes, kingfishers, hen harriers, and if you are very lucky eagles and golden orioles. (Sandra I'm no twitcher but these are some of the birds I have been lucky enough to witness first hand)
Golf: we have access to several good clubs within an hours drive. The ability to be able to play virtually all year is one of the many diversions we can offer. The courses at Lannemezan, Tillac and Lourdes come highly recomended**
Skiing: being within an hours drive of our nearest resort and within 2hrs of several others - we do offer some skiing days out to those who want to variation their activities during their stay. (We are keen skiers but don't use skiing to promote the B&B business.)
Other activites in clude white water rafting, 2 water spas in 2 Spa towns which are fantastic, table tennis and other activities at the house and mountains bikes available. Through -out the summer there are plenty of fetes all around.The area is also very big for rugby
Lunching Auberges or local farms offer 4-5 courses eating experience of produce grown solely on the farm. Belt but not wallet bustin' value.
Other local activities available in the region include white water rafting, paragliding, hang gliding, places to sample and wines and spirits
By air. Most of our clients fly to Pau (1 hour), Toulouse (1 hour 20 mins)or Biarritz (2 hours) as the A64 motorway links are good and traffic free compared to UK motorways. Alternatively it is possible to fly into Carcassonne (2 hours 30mins approx) and Bergerac (2 hours 30mins approx)
By rail: TGV to Lourdes, Tarbes and Toulouse
We offer a collection service but recommend our clients hire a car for flexibility during their stay.
By coach: to Lourdes, Tarbes and Toulouse. (We have picked up cyclists who have travelled with their bikes to Lourdes from as far as Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Biarritz (2-hours) for the magnificent coastline, casino and wave watching with wet suited surfers sliding down impressive Atlantic rollers.
Auch very pretty old town.
Carcassonne spectacular and popular tourist attraction. A medieval double walled, turreted hill top fortification containing some good restaurants cafes and craft-shops
Lourdes (45 min) for the cure, the Basilica, and its castle which houses a museum dedicated all things culturally Pyrenean
Marciac (40 min) has a huge round the clock jazz jamboree for two weeks in August which draws in Jazz giants and big crowds. Side streets are lined with restaurants and stalls selling craft-work. Great buzz.
Mirande (25 min) has country'n'western music 2 week's in July Attracts big hats and big bikes. Big fun
Pau (1 hour) for shopping, sight-seeing, its English connections, (boasts first 18 hole golf club in continental Europe and the first French rugby club)
Toulouse (1 hour 20mins) is full of surprises. A must see historical centre, with university culture and connections to Concorde, Airbus and the Ariane space programme.
Spain 1-hour) For tapas, cheap cigarettes and Rioja