Description: If you are looking for a great holiday in France then look no further thant Les Sorbiers in the village of Bareges in the French Pyrenees. Les Sorbiers is a fine period Napoleonic building in the heart of the village, which has been sympathetically restored and modernised to the level expected of high quality family run hotels throughout the Pyrenees.
Site visited: Summer 2008 and 2009.
As seen on the blog: Cycling in France
We have been staying elsewhere in Bareges, but have enjoyed the hospitality of Rob and Rachel at Les Sorbiers for two years in a row. We come down for dinner every night and an after dinner chat with the other guests. Simply because of the quality of the food and the great company
From what we hear from the horse’s mouth e.g. from the other guests at Les Sorbiers, we know that the rooms, service and breakfast are simply the best. The other guests can’t stop saying good things about this place, just like we can’t stop talking about the food. Always the right amount for a needy cyclist or walker, that is to say, lots. :)
With Les Sorbiers located in Bareges you are simply spoiled for choice when it comes to cycling, whether that be following le Tour de France or mountain biking. Quite a few ski lifts in the area have opened up for walkers and montain bikers doing the summer. Rob at Les Sorbiers will either take you out for a ride or tell you the best route to go, including great routes and classic Tour climbs such as the Col de Tourmalet, Col D’Aspin, Col D’Aubisque or Hautacam, or many more.
The same goes for walking, Bareges is a great place to base yourself for a range of stunning walks for all levels of walker, in beautiful scenery. Unspoilt valleys such as the Aygues Cluses are within easy reach, as are the three Cirques of Gavarnie, Troumouse and Estaube. For the more experienced mountaineer, the Neouvielle National Park is a couple of hours’ walk away with high mountain lakes and challenging ridges. Or if pootling is more your style, Rob and Rachel can suggest lower level walks, such as the rolling path to St Justin, or the Granges traversing walk up the valley.
And they have all the maps that is needed to plan your walk in the Pyrenees, being that along GR10 (Grand Randonnee 10) or other great walks.
We haven’t been at Les Sorbiers in the winter, but we have been told that this is the place to be if you are going skiing in the Pyrenees. With plenty of piste just around the corner. I’m sure that the wonderful hospitality and the brilliant food is still the same, even when the temperatures are (quite) a bit lower outside.
www : http://www.lessorbiers.co.uk/
phone : +33 562 92 86 68
Even though we have never stayed here, but only eaten the wonderful dinners and enjoyed the friendly atmosphere. Les Sorbiers still gets the full 5 oinks.