Gite Tapovan (for 4) and La Petite Tapovan (for 2)

On the edge of the village of Massat, in the French Pyrénées, "Tapovan" is found high on the mountainside, at 750 metres altitude. Approached from our steep driveway, from a "no through" lane which leads to the hamlet of Eycherboul, the house is perfectly secluded. Set in woodland with fabulous, panoramic views across the valley towards the south, this holiday home is a wonderful haven, a place of peace and solitude. Here we can offer accommodation in "Gîte Tapovan" (for 4 people) and "La Petite Tapovan" (for 2 people).  We usually let on a self-catering basis, but bed and breakfast may be available by arrangement. As our house adjoins the gîte, we are close by to assist with requirements and queries should they arise.

"Tapovan" is an ideal base to explore the beautiful area of the Ariège. This part, the Couserans, is popular with walkers and cyclists (including the Tour de France) and enjoys good summer temperatures. In the winter, alpine skiing is available at resorts an hour or so drive away, Guzet-Neige and Ax-Les-Thermes for example. Nordic skiing and snow shoe (raquette) walking can be enjoyed a mere fifteen minutes drive away at the Etang de Lers.


Since 2014, we have had a sauna available for use by our guests (15 euro/2 hour session)

Swimming pool

We have a pool available for shared use

No animals

We do not allow pets or other animals

No smoking

No smoking in the accommodation

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Friday 12th August 2016

A fantastic holiday in a superb location.  Two weeks too short to do it all ...

Wild Swimming in the Artigue, cave paintings at Niaux, trout fishing at Etang de Lers, drawing cows and painting in the mountains, eating at Maxils (Massat) and Carré d'Ange (St Lizier), buying tyres in St Giorns and stretching muscles in places we didn't know we had, while ascending the peaks of Col Dret and Etang d'Arbu.

Tapovan has been a wonderful base to explore the Ariège.  Thank you Andrea and Paul for geing generous hosts and providing such comfortable accomodation and warm welcome.

We hope to return.

Minnie & Reece (Truro, UK)
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