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L'Ancienne Poste Avajan
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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“These people are brilliant!”
Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

We were met by our very smiley and charming host James at Toulouse airport who surprised us with champagne and nibbles for the swift transfer to his gorgeous lodge in the very idyllic resort of Peyragudes. The lodge is simply divine, full of home comforts and nice touches. Olivia and Eddie looked after us every morning and night with delicious food and drinks. My favourite hours were spent chatting and laughing in front of the warm stove which James kept topped up as he did our glasses! The ski resort is lovely and small, friendly and incredibly good value. I would love return to this snowy haven and would recommend this gorgeous lodge to families and groups of friends alike. James, Olivia and Eddie really make the stay exceptional
Well done guys!

  • Stayed March 2014
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

This was our second trip to the Pyrenees, having come last year. Our first trip was so good we re-booked for 2014 hoping to have as good a time and L’Ancienne Poste and James and his team didn’t disappoint. The chalet is in a beautiful position in the village, affording stunning mountain views. It’s beautifully clean with comfortable rooms and a really lovely sitting room with a blazing wood burner. You can spend hours relaxing in front of it on the big sofas after a great day of skiing. We were quite a big party but the chalet accommodated us perfectly. Olivia looks after you beautifully and is great with the children. She also helped with child-care so we could carry on skiing, retrieving from ski-school and looking after our 4 year old – he thinks she is lovely. Eddie’s cooking is really exciting and absolutely delicious both for the kids and adults. Being the only vegetarian in our party he made such an effort to keep me happy too, he is an amazing chef. James is a wonderful host, so friendly, great fun and v knowledgeable. Nothing is too much trouble for him and his team, they are very good at what they do which really contributes to making a perfect holiday. Peyraguade was great family skiing for us, all the children and adults loved it. It is an attractive resort and the snow has been good both years. James is a fantastic guide and instructor whatever age or level you’re at.
This place truly is a little piece of heaven, the only bad thing throughout our whole time was having to leave!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

This was our second visit to L'Ancienne Poste so our expectations were high after having such a fantastic time last year, and I can honestly say we were not disappointed. James, Liv and Eddie are such amazing hosts. The food was exquisite, the chalet cosy and Liv's massage's were the perfect way to end the day along with one of James' gin and tonic's. The kids had a ball lounging around in their onesie's in front of the fire and were treated to wholesome kid friendly food ahead of adult dinner time. The chalet is absolutely spotless and we all felt very at home (maybe too at home!) This place really is a secret gem.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

From the moment we arrived we felt at home. Liv, Eddie and James are warm and inviting and ensured that we were relaxed and comfortable at throughout our stay.
They embraced our little ones with affection and ensured that they were very well fed! Eddie always had time for a dance with our little son, whilst cooking his trademark exquisite delicacies!
Liv engaged the children throughout the stay, with visits to the local animals. The children were extremely happy!
James ensured that we got the most out of our skiing experience and took the time to show us the surrounding villages and resorts. His wealth of experience and knowledge about the mountains and the ski conditions is unsurpassed. Most importantly, James is wonderful company!
Every space within l'ancienne poste is beautifully decorated, in particular the lounge area where we spent much time by the roaring fire, sharing great laughs.
This is a unique experience. I have never felt so at home whilst on holidays and would return again and again. I'd be very keen to visit during the summer season also.
If you want to have a holiday filled with adventure, outstanding cuisine and wonderful atmosphere, then look no further.
Thanks you, James, Liv and Eddie.

Stayed January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

L’Ancienne Poste is a truly beautiful, luxurious lodge set in stunning surroundings. From the minute you arrive James and his team make you extremely welcome. Their attention to detail is second to none and everything at the lodge is finished to an exceptional standard.

As we arrived we were greeted by a huge roaring fire in the charming main lounge. Large leather sofas, cosy throws, canapés and drinks welcomed us and marked the start of our fantastic week at L’Ancienne Poste.

The rooms are beautifully designed, spacious and have breath taking views of the mountains and valley. It is impossible not to switch off and relax. It really is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor life, the amazing mountains, magnificent scenery…….and, of course, to ski!

James is a fantastic and intuitive ski instructor. He sees immediately what is required to improve technique and he is incredibly patient. He is an excellent instructor.

The food throughout the week was better quality than that found in top rated restaurants. As a vegetarian I was blown away by the delicious, nutritious, exciting and varied meals that Eddie prepared especially. Every meal was out of this world and both the meat eaters and vegetarians alike raved about every meal.

When we weren’t skiing we explored the area and nearby ski resorts. We enjoyed going running along the stunning river that runs near the lodge – crystal clear, icy blue water and tons of fresh mountain air! We also loved the nearby beautiful lakes which have great paths to run around. This has to be the perfect mountain location.

We had the most amazing time. We enjoyed every minute of our stay at L’Ancienne Poste…….and are super keen to return

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

We have just recently returned from this holiday and still cannot get over how perfect the time was.
From the minute you arrive you relax in the very comfortable and superbly renovated house. James is on hand to cater for anything you would ever need, Eddie prepares the most amazing food straight to your plate and Olivia is the perfect host.
The whole time there was everything we needed to recharge and forget about the day to day chores. This mountain region is stunning and never runs out of activities to keep both young and slightly older busy.
We cannot rate James and his team highly enough and are already counting down the weeks to return in the winter for some quality skiing with our own personal ski guide!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

I've been to L'Ancienne Poste in the summer with my family and on my own in the winter for some solo skiing time. Both trips have been brilliant and were exactly what the doctor ordered. James is an extraordinarily attentive host - everything is done to perfection but also with great good humour and fun. He's an excellent skiing coach so the winter trip was a joy - three days of intensive but fun skiing, gently pushing me beyond my comfort zone and getting me to do stuff I swore I would never do! And the place lends itself perfectly to crashing out - blazing log fires, great food and unending supplies of fine wine all help at the end of a tiring day! It's the perfect antidote to modern life! Happily the summer trip with the family was equally as good - the landscape offers a completely different round of possibilities and James is great at wrangling the kids (of all ages) off the couch and out into the great outdoors. We were all tired but very happy at the end of it, and both my wife and I remarked on the fact that there was no bickering for nearly a week! Highly recommended and we'll definitely be going back!

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Property: L'Ancienne Poste Avajan
Address: Village Avajan, 65240 Avajan, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Hautes-Pyrenees > Avajan
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Avajan
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to l'Ancienne Poste AvajanLocated in the tranquil village of Avajan and the stunning Louron Valley of the Pyrenees, you will find our lovingly restored old village post lodge. The perfect base from which to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of modern life and enjoy the vast array of outdoor activities immediately available in the surrounding peaks and valleys.Our concept at l’Ancienne Poste is very simple; we organise tailor made holidays to suit you and your needs so you can do as much or as little as you like whilst staying in our beautifully restored, luxurious lodge.All your requirements will be taken care of by James Dealtry, your British host and French-qualified mountain guide and ski instructor, who will organise every last detail of your entire stay leaving you to just simply relax and enjoy your Pyrenean adventure. ... more   less 

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