French Pyrenees, skiing and mountains (#850)
Gripp, France
Bedrooms:4 Sleeps:8
Bathrooms:1 Handicapped:No
Pet Friendly:No Smoking:No
Pool:No Term:1-30 days
Specials: Discounts: May be available for stays longer
than 14 nights.

Chalet Hay is a beautiful chalet set in a
quarter of an acre of south facing garden,
secluded but not isolated. Chalet Hay is a
traditional style French mountain grange,
over 400 years old and lovingly restored
to a superb mountain retreat with
wonderful views.It is perfectly located
for all mountain holidays whatever the
season. In the spring, summer and autumn
the area is famous for fantastic walking
and cycling, the pinnacle of which sees
the Tour de France pass by the Chalet in
July. Every mountain activity is available
including canyoning, walking, golf,
cycling, mountain biking, fishing, horse
riding, rafting and paragliding. Families
are well catered for, many activities are
child friendly, the Chalet is extremely
spacious and the garden secure. For a more
relaxed holiday the area is renowned for
its slow pace of life, fantastic climate,
luxury spa, great food and number of
places of interest. In winter it is only
10 minutes drive from the largest ski area
in the French Pyrenees.

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Deposit Requirements

�200 is required at the time of
reservation to secure the booking together
with a completed booking form. Full
payment is due 2 months before departure
together with a refundable �200 security

Rental Policies

Changeover day is a Saturday, however
depending on availability we may be able to
be flexible.

Refund Policies

Cancellation: The �200 deposit is non
refundable. In case of cancellation and if
between 4 and 8 weeks before departure 50%
of the total rental is payable. If less
than 4 weeks to departure, the full amount
is payable.

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The fantastic snow conditions continue!!
210cm at the top and 180cm at resort.
Chalet Hay

Chalet Hay is located in the small quiet
village of Gripp on the route from
Bagneres-de-Bigorre to the La Mongie ski
station in the Tourmalet ski area. Gripp
is the last traditional village before
reaching La Mongie which makes it ideal
for the quick drive up the mountain for
keen skiers, all-season mountain sports
enthusiasts and those just wanting to
appreciate time in the Mountains. Thus
its a perfect place to holiday in the

Chalet Hay was originally built in the mid
1600s and until 30 years ago its main use
was a Bergerie or sheep shed!

The Bergerie was converted into its
current use as a holiday home in 1978. We
fell in love with the Bergerie in February
2007 and enjoyed further modernising it.
Original features from the buildings
former use are still very present, for
example the original beams, the various
rocks poking through the walls and the
ladder which separates the dining area
from the bar area. When the previous
owners converted the Bergerie they also
found paintings by shepherds on the walls
upstairs, copies of which we are hoping to

The livestock were housed downstairs and
the shepherds slept in the hayloft at the
upper back half of the grange. The trough
the sheep used to drink out of has been
retained in the building and is located by
the lounge door. This currently serves as
a great place to keep wine cool!

Chalet Hay Amenities

* Fully fitted and equipped kitchen
including washing machine and dishwasher
* Bar area
* Dining area
* Lounge
* Large flat screen television, DVD
player and stereo (iPod compatible)
* Log fire
* 4 bedrooms (3 double bedrooms and 1
bedroom with twin beds)
* Central heating throughout
* Bathroom
* Separate WC
* Parking for several cars
* Large private south facing enclosed
* BBQ & seating area
* Terrace & seating area
* Ski & bike store room
The Atlantic coast is approximately a 2.5
hours drive and the Mediterranean coast is
approximately 3.5 hours drive.
Biarritz is the closest resort on the
Atlantic coast, it has fantastic sandy
beaches which are renowned for their
cleanliness. This is a beautiful part of
France great for relaxing and for water

There are 5 18 hole courses within an
hours drive. The closest is in Bagneres-
de-Bigorre which is only 20 minutes away.
This course is an 18 hole course with
stunning panoramic views of the Pyrenees.
It also has a driving range, clubhouse and
English speaking lessons are available.

Only 10 minutes drive there is the
Tourmalet ski area, the largest ski area
in the French Pyrenees; 120km of pistes
made up of 69 runs and loads of off piste
skiing. Beginners can learn at La Mongie�s
purpose built ski school area and practise
their skills on the local green slopes.
Intermediates can ski all the way to the
village of Bareges which is located over
the famous Col de Tourmalet pass and
represents roughly 20km of skiing from one
side of the domain to the other. For
advanced intermediates there is plenty of
challenging reds and blacks including
moguls and heart-stoppingly steep blacks!
For experts, free riders and tricksters
the terrain park has all the kickers, half
pipes and rails you need and pumps out
some funky tunes! Off piste skiing is
excellent and the Pic De Midi offers
fantastic off-piste skiing opportunities.
For the more leisurely skiers there are
great restaurants in lovely sunny spots.
There are also numerous other ski areas
within easy reach.

Further details
Below is an list of just a few of the
activities that this area of the Pyrenees
has to offer right on the doorstep of
Chalet Hay. Walking & Hiking - There are
extensive marked routes in the area
including the beautiful lakes of Payolle
and Lac Blu and the stunning Lesponny
Valley. Laya - An adventure and assault
course through the forest in the Lesponne
Valley, a 30 min drive away. Tour cycling
- Road routes include the famous Tour de
France concore the Col du Tourmalet climb
only 10 mins from the house. Mountain
biking - 23 marked off road trails and 337
km of marked trails all within the
surrounding area of the Chalet.
Paragliding - available across the valley,
tandem flights available from a number of
local schools. Rafting and other white
water sports. Canyoning. Tennis. Spot the
manikins in the Campan village from Spring
onwards. A number of driving circuits have
been written to take in the beauty of the
area. Fishing (including trout & salmon
fishing) roughly �5/day, rivers and lakes.
Horse riding. Painting and photography.
Golf at Bagneres and Tarbes. Sun bathing,
the Pyrenees has as many sun days as the
med coast does! Climbing in Beaudan.
Strolling in the old town of Bagneres.
And, a whole lot more!

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