It's official, we now have air-conditioning in the guest bedrooms. With temperatures already hitting 30°c+ it's a very welcome addition. Phew !
The fête season is well and truly underway. Local fêtes this weekend include St Lanne, Quartier St Pierre here in Viella, and Lazcassere. All within 10mins of us.
The route for the Tour de France has been published. Link to the map is here (hopefully it works!!) http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2014/1900/carte.pdf
After two summers of sweltering heat where temperatures regularly hit more than 40°C, we have decided that aircon was a must and so we will be installing air conditioning in the bedrooms in time for June. This is really good news for our summer guests. The units will also heat the rooms in the winter.
A few dates for your diary:
Fête du St Mont 14-16 March .
Fête des fleurs, Riscle : 8 May
Le Tour de France Stage 19 : The famous cycle race passes very close by. Starting in Maubourguet and finishing in Bergerac. Stages17&18 are also within an hour or so of here.
Jazz in Marciac: 27July - 17 August
The weather is still lovely and warm here. Above average temperatures are forecast for the rest of the week. It's an ideal time to visit the local vineyards as the main harvest is in and in the cuves. Most vineyards owners now have more time to show you around and the vines look magnificent as the leaves start to turn colour. We are looking forward to the annual Madiran Portes ouvert next month. This month it's taking place 16th &17 Nov. You can look up the programme here
Also, don't forget the annual New years' festival in Viella. Places are limited for evening gala so don't leave it too long before booking. Details of this years' events are here . Contact us for our accommodation offers over the festival.
August : Cool news !
Yes, we have finally taken the plunge (every pun intended !) and have installed a swimming pool. It is a 5m x 4m wooden pool is great for cooling off after a day in the sun.
We have installed it above ground, so Clara can't get to it. And anyway, she already has one of her own !! Temperatures are due to reach the early 30's this week and the pool should be ready just in time !!
Jul 2012 : Work in Progress
We are in the process of creating a hard terrace and doing some landscape work in the garden. The work is likely to be on going for a few weeks. Although the terrace is fully functioning, it doesn't look brilliant at the moment. Please bear with us.
Jul 2012 : Marciac 2012
We have some vacances for the two weeks of Marciac. (27 jul - 19 August). Contact us for the latest offers.
Dec 2011 : Viella prepares for the Festival de Saint Sylvestre 31 December.
The village population is traditionally swelled by several thousand with wine tasting traditional games, concerts finishing off with the Grand Réveillon. (Grand Ball) and the final grape picking of the year by candle light. Come join us for a truly memorable night !
What a night !
Well despite the pouring rain, the festival for 2011 went brilliantly. Numbers were slightly down due to the weather but a superb time was had by all. This year, the pastorial re-counted stories of some of roles many women have played in Pacherenc wine. This was followed by the traditional procession to the vines for the final harvest of the year by candle light and finishing off with a very welcome glass of vin chaud. Later the end of the year was celebrated in style with a grand dinner and dancing until the early hours .......
To see more : A new year's eve in Viella 2011