Enso de Noel is a pair of houses set around a courtyard on the edge of the village of Nestier in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
Toulouse airport is an hour and a quarter down the motorway. Tarbes-Lourdes-Ossun about forty minutes in the other direction, and Pau airport is a further half an hour. SNCF stations are at Lannemezan and Montrejeau with services from Toulouse and Pau.
The setting is great for hiking and cycling in the summer, and in the winter, a number of skiing resorts are within an hour’s drive. A variety of other activities such as rafting, horse riding and adventure playgrounds are close by. There is a heated outdoor swimming pool and table tennis in the barn. A number of tourist sites – prehistoric caves, mountain passes, castles, cathedrals lie within easy reach.
A village shop and Tabac can be found in the neighbouring village of St Laurent (one mile), with supermarkets at Montrejeau or Lannemezan (both about fifteen minutes by car). In Nestier itself (pop 148), there are two good restaurants – one comes highly recommended by our visitors.
Enso de Noel has accomodation for up to twenty people.
The Main House, sleeps fourteen Accessible from the main courtyard, the ground floor comprises sitting room, family room, both with open fireplaces and TV. The dining room leads off from the family room and can seat fourteen – twenty at a squeeze. The kitchen is fitted with a Smeg stove and the pantry has fridge, microwave, washing machine and dishwasher. The outdoor dining area looks onto the main courtyard and the lawn, and has an open fireplace suitable for barbecues and space to seat twenty.
First floor: two double bedrooms with open fireplaces, family bathroom; one further double bedroom with lavatory / shower ensuite.
Second floor: two double bedrooms both ensuite; one further bedroom, also ensuite, can sleep up to four.
The main courtyard has space for five cars and two cars in the barn.
The Other House, sleeps six
Accessible from the main courtyard and also from its own separate courtyard (parking for three cars), the ground floor has an open plan kitchen / family room with standard equipment and wood burner; one double bedroom with open fireplace and lavatory / shower ensuite, ideal for those with difficulties with stairs.
On the first floor, there are two double bedrooms and a family bathroom.
In addition to the two courtyards, there are two patios and a lawn, and access down steps to the heated swimming pool (8m x 4m) and further patio area.
The barn contains two parking spaces if required, a table tennis table, laundry room and shower / changing room for the swimming pool.