La région

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Bordeneuve is located in the Ariège department of France – commonly known as the 09. The village of Betchat is 70km south of Toulouse and about the same from the Spanish border. The Atlantic and Mediterranean are both a 3-hour drive away.

For an in-depth look at the region please see Nadia Jordan’s excellent Foothills of France page.

In the immediate vicinity, we have:

Betchat – the very sleepy village of Betchat is about 3km from the house. The village has a small country restaurant and a post office. The hilltop church boasts some of the most splendid views of the Pyrenees and surrounding countryside in the area.

Salies du Salat – a small, picturesque spa town of 2,000 that is 6km from Betchat (a 12-minute drive or a half-hour bike ride) that has nearly all amenities. Butchers, bakers, cafés, restaurants, banks and two supermarkets are in town, plus a big weekly market. Salies is also home to a golf driving range, a trout-fishing lake and a casino.

St. Girons – the hub of our little region, is 25km from Betchat and is home to a fabulous Saturday farmers market as well as numerous shops, boutiques, restaurants and just about anything else you could need. The town is a major portal into the Pyrenees and many of its high mountain villages, trailheads and lakes.

Toulouse – the fourth largest city in France, is an hour train-ride or car drive. Home to excellent museums, orchestras, and restaurants, the city is a culturally rich resource with beautiful architecture.