: Tarbes-Lourdes (35 kilometers) OR Pau OR Toulouse
The nearest town is Castelnau-Magnoac, about five miles away, with its market square – and very good Saturday market with local produce – stone and colombage architecture, one traditional french restaurant, two pizzerias, bank, super- market, boulangeries and patisseries, boucherie, three bars and a lake that has a beautiful pathed walk with a childrens assault course . A little further in the other direction is the much larger town of Lannemezan.
For skiers (November-March), and from this year snow scooters, the Val de Louron resorts such as Saint Lary-Soulan are easily accessible in around 50 minutes. If you would like a day out to the coast, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean coasts are a two-hour drive away.
There are many restaurants and auberges in the local area serving fresh produce using only ingredients produced on the farm – especially ‘confit’ and ‘magret de canard’, foie gras and cassoulet – at prices from the past in the UK. The food and fresh produce is wonderful.
Golf: Lannemezan golf club, an 18 hole course open all year round, with a restaurant, a pro shop, beginner and advanced lessons from the resident pro Monsieur S. Imbertie (15 mins away).
Ski: • In the winter months, of course, the ski resort of Saint Lary-Soulan offers superb skiing and great apès-ski! (45 mins away).