What people have said about us


Thank yo so much Andrea and Paul for your hospitality.  

We have enjoyed every moment at La Petite Tapovan.

Beautiful views, house and environment.

We hope to be able to come back soon.

Everything was perfect for relaxing.

Tati & Dan - January 2020

Thank you Paul and Andrea for a wonderful stay here at Tapovan.

Most beautiful giȋte we have stayed in, and we loved all the mod cons. 

Our evenings here have been blissful and we shall miss that wonderful view.


Linda & Neil - September 2019


We have had a wonderful stay here.  Andrea & Paul were so welcoming and the gîte had everything we needed & more.

We enjoyed it as a base to explore the mountains but also as a lovely place to return and relax.

What a view!

Alex & Rosie July 2019


Un grand merci à vous pour votre accueil et votre convivialité!

C'est toujours avec autant de plaisir que nous venons dans vos gîtes, profiter du calme, de la nature et de la magic des lieux!

Alexis & Marie


Merci Andrea and Paul pour ce sejour

Un endroit superb et magique pour notre 1er sejour en famille!

Un havre de paix, un petit cocon!!

A bientôt on espére. 

Gwen, Louis & Sophie


We really enjoyed our stay in your perfect mountain hide-away!

Thank youfor your hospitality - the food and drink provided on arrival was much appreciated, as were the raspberries and the jam to take home!

So glad we came here.

Chris & Jocquelyn 26.08.17


Fantastic few days spent in this beautiful place. 

Thoughtfully equipped with everything you could need.

Thank you Paul & Andrea

Cheryl & Graeme Casey, Kangaroo Island, Australia 02 - 05.07.2017

Aôut 2018

Quelles belles vacances nous avons passé dans cet endroit si joli!

Parfait pour se reposer et se ressourcer, je pense que Suzanne a bien apprecié la piscine aussi!

Nous adorons l'Ariège et particulièrement cette vallée, et nous espérons revenir bientöt, peut-ȇtre l'été prochain!

En tous cas, merci à vous pour votre formidable accueil et votre gentillesse, et encore bravo pour votre magnifique jardin!

Belles vacances et à bientöt, 


Camille, Violaine, Noemie, Mathilde, Suzanne, Claude, Laetitia & Matthieu

Emmanuelle, Sebastien, Daphne & Adam (Lyon)

Dear Andrea and Paul

We had a great christmas season in Tapovan.  The Pyrenees are a wonderful place to visit.  So many things to do.  So many wonderful places and views to see.

We felt like David when he wrote Psalm 19 "The heavens proclaim the glory of the God.  The Skies display his craftsmanship.  Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known."

Even if we could not drive to so many places near Massat, we would have the same feeling just staying in Tapovan  

Thanks for lightening up the fireplace every day so the house was warm when we got back at night.

Hope to see you again.

Marcio, Ruth & Juliana (Rio de Janeiro - Brazil)

A glorious and fun week at Tapovan.

Our second visit and won't be the last.

Really enjoyed scenic walks around the area - amazing views.  A photographer's paradise.

Thank you to Paul and Andrea for fun and great hospitality.

Also big thanks to Fleur and Fifi for hours of amusement.

What a fantastic place you have here.

Big thanks.  Rachel & Sarah

Rachel & Sarah (Bristol UK)

You have created a wonderful home for yourselves and your guests.  We felt at home here.

Thank you for your advice about trips and restaurants.  

The gite is lovely and well equipped.  Everything we needed is here.  Your garden is lovely.

We had a lovely stay here.

Best wishes.

Priscilla, Marc, Bas & Ella (Rotterdam the Netherlands)

Priscilla, Marc, Bas & Ella

Thank you for everything.  We had a wonderful time here in family (our new family!)

Alexandre has enjoyed the environment and cats.  Thank you for the baby chair ... it has been very useful!

Sorry for the magazine ... Alexandre has a tendancy to eat whatever comes in his hands.

Christine, Maxime & Alexandre


From the first minutes we felt like at home.  What a warm welcome in your little paradise?

We had a wonderful time in the cottage, in the pool and the great environment of Massat.

Thanks for your kind surprises, the good care and valuable advice.  Great walk to the Cascade; Paul, you couldn't have know we would be attacked by hundreds of horse flies ....!!

Thanks and good luck for the future.


Sytske, Rolf, Minke & Maaktje


We had a lovely week in your beautiful house.  What a comfort and what a lovely garden! We enjoyed the Ariege very much, saw beautiful old churches and travelled through the mountains.

This was our first stay in the Pyrenees and probably not the last one. 

Thank you for your warm hospitality.

Wish you good luck for the future!

Rob & Mieke (Holland)

6 - 13 June 2015 - Stunning!

Thoroughly enjoyed our Massat mountain Hideaway.  Very much enjoyed the comfort and cosyness of the house - it has everything you need.  Andrea and Paul are perfect hosts with such a passion and knowledge of the local area.  We were really appreciative of guidance on good walking routes as the area around is huge and maps are deceiving!

The nature and landscape are just breath taking.  As we have just settled in to mountain life it's time to travel onwards.  But we will be back.  We've loved it!

Oops nearly forgot to mention the 2 pussies Fifi and Fleur - dear little things - see you next year!

Thank you.  Rachel and Sarah (Bristol UK)

Rachel & Sarah

Thank you, Andrea and Paul, for your hospitality in our wonderful cottage.  We enjoyed the garden and pool very often and were hiking in the surroundings.

You have a wonderful place to relax and Tapovan is so comfortable.

Thanks also for the "welcome box" giving us a perfect start.

We wish you all the best.

Hanke and Henry (Berlin, Germany)

Fantastic hosts, Andrea and Paul are so helpful and generous - from advice on walks or where to shop.

Excellent accommodation, lovely garden, super pool and wonderful location.

In Massat there is a great butcher's and an excellent cheese shop.

Lots to do in the local area (e.g. walks from house) or drive 1/2 hour to 1 hour and there are so many wonderful walks, caves, bike rides (we were V.T.T.) and castles.

We will be back!

Wayne, Hazel, Adam & Jack

A wonderful, tranquil home, with the very best of hosts.

Enjoyed nature and history - Montsequr, Cirque de Cagateille, and plenty of challenging cycling and running ... and Le Tour came past the door, to top it all.

Thank you to Andrea and Paul for their hospitality and generosity, and great to meet you Jane.

Julian & Lucy

La gentillesse d'Andrea n'a d'égal que le charme de son gîte et son jardin.

La semaine fut trop courte et nous espérons bien revenir pour avoir aussi le plaisir de mieux connaitre Paul.

Bien amicalement

Brigitte & Jen Paul Dubs

28th Dec 2016 - 1st Jan 2017

Thank you so much, Andrea & Paul - we had a marvellous time in your lovely gîte, and hope to come back soon!!

.. and all the best for the new year!


19 - 25 November 2016

Lovely relaxing six days.  We didn't expect weather to be so nice and warm.  Enoyed our walks.  Lovely way to spend your birthday. Accomodation very comfortable.

Many thanks to you Andrea and Paul - and hope you have a wonderful Christmas and our very best wishes for 2017

Liz, Katie, Graham & James (Horsham, UK)

3 - 10 September 2016

Andrea & Paul - thank you once again for making us so welcome at Tapovan (our 3rd time!).  We've had a wonderfully relaxing week; fabulous walks, including Etang d'Abu, Pic les Trois Seigneurs, crest and Pic de Girantes, Port de Saleix, Saleix Valley; lovely weather, great food and scrumptious rosé!  The meal at the pizzeria in Massat was really enjoyable, as were the BBQ's (& thwarted BBQ!).  And, as ever, griffon vultures ....

We'll be back!  Enjoy your piece of France, your cycling and your adventures.

Mark & Paul

13 - 20.08.2016

Thank you - we loved our stay at Tapovan.  Magnificient mountain scenery, lovely fresh air, challenging walks, verges full of wildflowers and butterflies and always returning to the gorgeous pool!  Bliss.  Thank you too for the warm welcome, the extra thoughtful touches and provisions (especially the raspberry jam!)  The gîte is really comfortable and homely and the new house at the top looks like a super stylish addition!  

Enjoy the rugby season!  Take care and best wishes.

David & Belinda (Hambledon, UK)

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)

9 - 16th July 2016

It's been a wonderfully relaxing week up in the mountains, this place is a real gem.

Paul and Andrea were so welcoming and a font of local knowledge and excellent suggestions on how to spend our time here.

Best wishes.

Joanne & Ben


Thank you Paul and Andrea for two marvellous weeks spent with you at Tapovan.

It was everything we hoped it would be and much more.  As well as the lovely gîte we have particularly appreciated your beautiful garden and all of your efforts to make our stay a memorable one.  Your advice re. trips etc. was invaluable.  Every day was magical and different.

Thank you again and all the very best for your continuing projects.


Veronique & Ivan

30.07.2015  A beautiful spot in France.

The gîte is one of the nicest I have stayed in all my yars travelling to France.  it is so well thought out - we got great use out of the games!

Our girls loved the cats!

But our biggest thanks to Andrea and Pual who saved us in our car disaster.  Such lovely warm friendly hosts.  We can't thank you enough.

Claire, T.K., Katie & Anna

"Thank you for everything, this week in Tapovan was wonderful!

We hope to come back soon, to see you again and maybe spend a little more time with both of you: you are really nice host and awesome people too

Family Borne (Emma, Raphaël, Nathalie & Frederic)                                                                                    03/01/2015

We have had a really peaceful and relaxing stay and the cosy gîte with the wood burner blazing away made the damp days pass pleasantly.  The garden and surroundings are beautiful and we enjoyed Massat and especially "Maxils".

Mike was really excited to find nearly 70 species of moths in his trap.

We certainly hope to return.


Pat, Mike and Chris June 2013

"We've had a lovely relaxing week - thank you for making us so welcome and for the comfort of Tapovan - from swimming and sunning ourselves, to Led Zeppelin, to the log-burner and pouring rain!

We've done some stunning walks ... and enjoyed depleting your stocks of rosé and eating at "Maxil's".

Carry on enjoying your life here."

July 2010

Mark & Paul, UK

"Thank you both very much for a lovely, relaxing week.  The gîte is wonderful and the views are stunning!  Thanks for being excellent, friendly, helpful - especially when the shops were closed! - hosts.


We wish you the best of luck as you get more and more guests coming to enjoy beautiful Tapovan; we're sure it will be a great success - we'll be spreading the word!"


September 2010

Cathy & Nick

"Thank you Paul and Andrea for providing a truly wonderful place to relax and unwind.  

Tapovan is so comfortable and welcoming with so many thoughtful added extras.

The books and maps are fab and we loved your LP's!"

September 2011

Tina & Steve Davies, Pembrokeshire, Wales

"What a lovely cottage in the hills.  Loved our stay.  Congenial and hospitable hosts ... Sure your new enterprise will be a success."
June 2010


Linda and Glen