Pyrenees – Tourmalet
Catered Chalet business
Cycling and Ski chalet: two seasons
€ 375,000 * (ref 177)
When it comes to cycling in the Pyrenees there is only one famous pass that matters: the Tourmalet. Every amateur (or even pro) rider wants to test her or himself against the mythical col. When it comes to skiing in the French Pyrenees, there is only one place where you can be sure of finding snow and traffic-free pistes: the biggest resort of all at La Mongie/Tourmalet.
This property is in Sainte Marie de Campan, at the start of the climb up to Tourmalet towards the west and at the start of the climb up to the Col d’Aspin to the East. A perfect location in other words. There is a pub and a restaurant in the village and full supplies are to found in Bagnères-de-Bigorre just 7 minutes down the road.
Catered chalets are all the rage in the Alps but largely unknown in the Pyrenees. Clients are agreeably surprised to find that skiing in the Pyrenees is much cheaper, easier of access and of just as good quality as the Alps.
The chalet has four double/twin rooms, each with an en-suite bath or shower-room. Guests get their breakfast before leaving for a day’s cycling or skiing and a hearty meal in the evening at their return. There’s a hot-tub on the balcony/terrace to soak tired limbs and bodies.
The owners live in the fifth en-suite room. Heating is by oil-fired boiler with a fuel tank outside. There is a laundry room and cellar/pantry space as well as a well-equipped kichen. The main lounge and dining room is a spacious and bright area which can accommodate up to 12 guests.
Can’t get much nearer the mythical Tourmalet than this. It’s a no-brainer as a cycling chalet … although, strangely enough, it was first used exclusively by skiers. Luckily we still have seasons in France and winter is for skiers and the rest of the year for hikers, climbers and cyclists. The present owners sometimes let out the whole chalet as a self-catering gite so that they can get away for a few weeks: a good idea which could be developed. An excellent little business at a reasonable price.
* agency fees included reference n°: 177
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- Ref n°: 177
- Summary: There's not many 'catered chalets' in the Pyrenees (as opposed to the Alps) but this one works because of the location. At the foot of the famous climb up to the Tourmalet pass it is perfectly placed for cycling holidays and winter sports. Year-round activity.
- Address: Campan, Occitanie
- Price: €375,000
- Commission: 4% (included in asking price)
- Surface Area: 5000m²
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 5
South of Gascony, the area covered by the central Pyrenees is more or less the départements of Ariège, Haute Garonne and Hautes Pyrénées. This is where the Pyrenean range rises straight up like a wall with very little piedmont of foothill area, to a uniform height of over 3000 metres.
Seen from the plains below words like majestic and stunning are too feeble. The Pyrenees are everything one expects from a mountain range: impressive, high, easily accessible and covered in snow. Unlike the Alps they are home to a carpet of deciduous forest - beech, larch, elder - which make for real seasons as springtime green turns rich and dark in summer before fusing into reds and flame yellows in autumn.
The main cities in the region are Foix, Tarbes and Pau - all associated with ruling kings and dukes who protected their citizens from invaders and terrors both real and imaginary. Lourdes, the other big town of the region, is actually in the mountains, surrounded by towering peaks and steep valleys.
Obviously winter sports play a major role in local tourism with a number of resorts serving urbanites from Toulouse and Bordeaux as well as a smattering of foreigners. The other big attraction is spas, of which the region has many. Although some of these are 'medicalisé' (you need a prescription to take the waters), the trend is towards a more open approach with each spa town vying to provide well-being water products for the tourist.
Finally, we can't speak of the Pyrenees without mentioning cycling. The moment of truth in any Tour de France is when the riders attack mythical passes such as the Tourmalet, the Aubisque or the Port de Balès.
On your bikes!