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Village in Midi Pyrenees
Midi-Pyrenees is the largest region in France, and is bigger than Belgium. It stretches from the Massif Central to the Pyrenees, and includes most of Gascony. Apart from the area round the regional capital Toulouse, it is a very rural area. Among the most visited places in Midi-Pyrenees are the historic cities of Toulouse, Cahors, Albi and Rodez. The most popular holiday area is the high Pyrenees, which form the border between France and Spain.

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Small hotels in Midi-Pyrenees - Gascony

map of midi pyrenees reigonThe Midi-Pyrenees Area

Now part of the larger region of Occitanie, which also includes Languedoc to the southeast, Midi-Pyrenees is the region centred on the city of Toulouse. In the Middle Ages, this part of France was an autonomous state, and in many ways even today it seems a long way from Paris... which indeed it is.The north of Midi-Pyrenees includes the hill country of the Aveyron and the Lot; the middle of the region is the gently undulating plain of the Garonne, while on its southern fringe the region is  mountainous, including most of the French Pyrenees and their foothills. For more on this area see Midi Pyrenees on

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Hotels in Midi-Pyrenées / Gascony

Hotels in the Lot

  • Hotel in Souillac ( 46 Lot)
    the *** Pavillon Saint Martin is a charming independent hotel in a Renaissance building in the middle of Souillac, a quiet little town in the hill country of the Lot, close to the Dordogne. Souillac is beside the A20 Paris-Toulouse motorway. Hotel with plenty of character, and friendly helpful staff. Very good reviews.
  • Saint Cirq Lapopie (46 Lot)  
    Hôtel le Saint Cirq  Attractive *** hotel with swimming pool, and views to Saint Cirq Lapopie, which really merits its label as one of the "plus beaux villages de France". Very quiet location surrounded by vineyards. No restaurant, but a free minibus service over to the restaurants in Saint Cirq.

Hotels in Ariège and High Pyrenees

  • Near Lourdes (65 Hautes Pyrénées)
    The Domaine de Ramonjuan is a three star country-club style hotel located in a picturesque Pyrenean valley, in a calm and unspoilt natural environment.  Fifteen rooms, restaurant, tennis, outdoor pool - an ideal location for a rural break.
  •  €    Near Mirepoix (09 - Ariège)
    The Auberge du Balestié is located just off the D119 Mirepoix - Carcassonne road, near Malgoude some 5 miles east of Mirepoix. Delightful rural setting amidst fields and hills, a "dream location" according to more than one review. Good restaurant,  friendly helpful Anglo-French owners.
  •  €   Near Foix (09 - Ariège) - mountain inn
    Auberge near Saint Girons In a rural location in the Pyrenees, south of St. Girons, this is a small auberge well off the beaten track.  Restaurant, free wifi, a great base for rambling or cycling in the Ariège Pyrenees. Only nine rooms. Good value for money.

Hotels in the Aveyron

  • Bozouls, near Rodez, (12 - Aveyron)  Hotel Belvedère ** A delightful two star hotel in the small town of Bozouls, north of Rodez. The hotel is perched on the lip of a dramatic gorge, and rooms and the restaurant look out over it. The restaurant offers good food in an attractive environment.
  • Onet le Chateau, near Rodez   Hotel Chateau de Fontanges *** Hotel in a listed 16th century château. 48 rooms, quality restaurant, sauna, pool, mature garden. Hotel next to 18-hole golf course. Just outside Rodez, in the direction of Conques.

Hotels in the Tarn

  • Between Albi and Cordes-sur-Ciel (81 Tarn)
    Les vents bleus  is a small private hotel with five ensuite rooms, in a country house built in 1844. Quiet rural location, swimming pool, gardens, free bicycle hire, and a friendly and personal welcome from the owners. Evening meals possible if booked in advance.
  • Gaillac (81 - Tarn)
    .Hotel La Verrerie.  Attractive and well appointed two-star hotel in an old traditional building close to the old centre of this small town famous for its vineyards. The hotel stands in its own grounds, and offers a calm and pleasant environment. Careful. It is the only decent hotel in town, and may be full. Book in advance. 

Hotels in Haute Garonne

  • Just south of Saint Gaudens (31 Hte. Garonne)
    Hotel des Molles *** .With views to the Pyrenees, and pool, this hotel located in the quiet village of Sauveterre de Comminges is an ideal spot for a short break or a relaxing holiday. A warm welcome, a good restaurant. Not a cheap hotel, but reasonably priced for what it offers.
  • Rouffiac Tolosan (31 Haute Garonne) north of Toulouse
    Hôtel le Clos du Loup ** Small modern hotel with a good restaurant, about 10 km north of Toulouse. Quiet location, particularly at the back of the hotel, where the rooms look out over gardens and a park. 

Hotels in the Gers

  •  €  Laressingle, near Condom  (32 Gers)
    Auberge de Laressingle . Marvellous location just outside a mediaeval fortified village, this former farmhouse is now a small auberge with eight rooms. Restaurant, terrace. The rooms are simple but clean. Good reasonably priced restaurant; good value for money.
  •   Gascony near Auch (32 Gers)
    Hôtel le Domaine de Beaulieu *** In a rural location in the heart of Gascony, the Domaine de Beaulieu offers clean and comfortable contemporary accommodation in a former Gers farmhouse. Eleven rooms, pool, sauna and hot tub. Garden. Dinner available on request, otherwise good restaurants in Auch (2 miles).. 
  • Marsolin,near Condom  (32 Gers)
    €€€  Hotel Lous Grits .In a typical small Gers village, this is a small chateau-hotel located on the ancient pilgrimage route to Compostella. Decorated to a high standard with refinement and taste, this is a bijou location for anyone looking for a night or two of four-star quality in the heart of Gascony; but with only five rooms, advance reservation is essential.

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