John Bayne
and Sandrine Rousseau
09320 Aleu
Ariège-Pyrénées, France

Tél: +33 (0)5 61 96 48 17
& Mandarin Chinese spoken




Pinsou: Gîte rural au pied des Pyrénées, disponible ce printemps.


Nature is abundant at Pinsou in springtime whether this takes the form of myriad wild flowers in the fields, or fruit trees in blossom, or the chorus of bird song. Spring days are often warm and sunny, but they can also be damp and misty with veils of low clouds shrouding the valleys and mountain peaks – offering often spectacular atmospheric effects.


White Water Rafting/ Canoeing

Spring melt water results in a considerable increase in river water levels, making conditions ideal for white water adventuring. 20 mins drive from the gîte is the river adventure centre of Haut Salat – who will provide all the equipment and guidance necessary for a day out to remember.

Every year, during the first weekend in May, the « Mille Pagailles » Canoeing Festival offers canoe and kayaking initiations.

Mid-Summer Music Festival (June 23rd)

St. Girons is noted for the number and variety of musicians performing on this, a most memorable of evenings.

The ‘Transhumance’ Festival

Every year at the end of May/ beginning of June, farmers drive their flocks of sheep and goats, or herds of cattle up to the high mountain summer pastures (the transhumance). Animals and herders gather together in the villages of Massat or Seix before beginning the day-long walk up to the high pastures. These gatherings also provide a focus for the local communities – and an opportunity to enjoy the entertanment provided (folk dancing, singing traditional songs, and arts and crafts markets).
Everybody is welcome, not only to enjoy the entertainment but also to help out accompanying the animals to the summer pastures – where a meal and a congenial atmosphere awaits all those at the end of the day’s herding.

Back | Homepage