We had planned a hiking holiday in the Pyrenees and had a few days to spare. We wanted to spend these following the Tour de France. No better place to watch than along the Tourmalet ascent of course! We arrived late due to awful TdF traffic but Caroly and Stephan made us feel at ease right away. Two super friendly hosts with lots of great stories to tell. They kept finding ways to make our stay even better. Carolyn lent me her bike to ride up to the Col du Tourmalet, Stephan drove us up to where we wanted to watch the Tour de France pass by,.. He even made me drink all his trappist beers!
The food was great too! On beforehand, we decided to take diner there the first night and go out the second. After diner the first night, we quickly asked if we could stay for diner on our second night as well.
Usually I'm not a big fan of the B&B-concept as I feel like I'm intruding people's privacy but I felt really comfortable staying with this lovely couple. If you're in doubt, doubt no longer and spend your holiday here!
We stayed with Carolyn and Stephan whilst Denis cycled the Tourmalet and Aspin. They catered for our every need and were so helpful with all our planning. THE FOOD!!! What a cook, Carolyn!! Didn't want to eat out at all! And so reasonable. The ambience, the care you put into your special place and the great conversation! We will be back! Thank you both for your expertise and a great place to stay!
By far the best holiday I’ve ever had!
Carolyn & Stef were such incredible hosts, both extremely friendly and ready to bend over backwards to ensure a fantastic stay!
Carolyn’s cooking was just perfect, delicious home cooked meals that left us all in love with every single meal. The Chalet was beautiful too, Especially the living/dining room with the log fire where we often fell asleep after a long day of skiing.
Stef was great too, every morning ready to drop us off wherever we were going in the mountain, giving us all the tips of where was great to go on the mountains which runs were best for everyone in their abilities, and again picking us up with just a phone call with the condition we had “a half pint ready for him at the bar”.
Both were great company and definitely made the holiday what it was. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great homely feel surrounded by fantastic people.
Thanks for such a great holiday both!!
my good friend Mark and myself planned the trip to the Pyrenees to enjoy the many local iconic cycling and tour de France routes. We were not disappointed. we were over 8 hrs late to arriving due to BA flying us in without our bikes and I was worried that we would not eat that night. I needn't have, arriving at 10 pm Carolyn and Stef' we there waiting for us, and after seeing us in, introduced us to the fantastic cooking we were to receive for the rest of our 4 night stay. I can truly say that we were left wanting for nothing. Highlights were the substantial cyclists breakfasts, and evening meals, great conversations hospitality and fantastic scenery. There are two very good cycle shops within easy distance and if you want to eat out plenty of local restaurants. highly recommended
Another great holiday with Carolyn & Stef. Great host ad great friends.
We normally stay for skiing but decided to see what it was like with no snow on the ground. Wasn't dissapointed, the county side is beautiful and the mountains still dramatic even if you have to drive over instead of ski down them.
As always the food at Chalet Tourmalet was beautiful and we were made very welcome. Looking forward to returning now in January.