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Simply Gascony works with a variety of other local Gascon businesses to provide our guests with a customised personal service and a wide range of holiday opportunities and experiences.
Our relationship with our ‘Working Partners’ is based on ‘mutual benefit’. We introduce our SG holiday clients to one or more of our partners and the commercial arrangements are then made direct between our guest and the service provider. SG doesn’t seek commission or any other payment.
These relationships add value to what we can offer to our holiday rental guests, they increase the general appeal of Gascony as a holiday destination, and they increase the online visibility of each of our businesses. Our guests benefit, Simply Gascony benefits and our partners benefit.
Simply Gascony is delighted that Pyrenees Mountains2Med are going to work with us from August 2022 onwards.
Richard & Yvett Prime run Pyrenees Mountains2Med (M2M) and have lived in the wonderful, diverse Pyrenees for 16 years. Their home is in a beautiful, hidden valley near the village of Fenouillet in the Pyrénées Orientales. They offer their own self-catering accommodation and can recommend other rental properties for larger parties.
Close by their home are two ruined castles perched on rocky outcrops, a deep gorge with crystal clear pools, an ancient forest with a spectacular mix of tree types & micro-climates. In the adjacent main valley, there are multiple wine producers with much to taste, the Cathar story, deep gorges and rich natural beauty. This is an opportunity to explore with Richard & Yvett the extraordinary diversity & natural riches to be found in an ever-changing landscape as the Pyrenees march majestically towards the crystal-clear blue waters of the Mediterranean.
Richard & Yvett have specific expertise in birdwatching, especially raptors, WW2 escape routes and resistance history, mountain refuges & wild camping. They will advise of bird watching locations & walking routes. They support through recommendations local businesses that they have personally researched, that provide a genuine, authentic, positive experience and are sensitive to local traditions, customs and are environment aware. They take great care to share responsibly nature information and to preserve undisturbed the wonderful wildlife that is found throughout this remarkable area. They are very conscious of the trust placed in them by the naturalist organisations they support. The locations of specific breeding or sensitive sites will not be divulged.
Simply Gascony comments:
The central section of the French Pyrenees was historically part of the Duchy of Gascony. Living in Gascony today we are always aware of this majestic mountain range stretching across our southern horizon. Because we have so little air pollution in Gascony, on a clear day it feels as though the jagged snow-capped peaks are within touching distance – and in fact they are only about two hours’ drive from most of our rental properties. Although we talk a lot about the Pyrenees in the context of winter skiing, there is a lot more to be enjoyed throughout the year in this beautiful landscape.
So, how about a ‘best of both’ holiday? You could rent a country house with Simply Gascony and during your time here make a planned trip up into the Pyrenees, just for the day or perhaps for a couple of days and a night. Or come to Gascony for a week and then continue with a week in the Pyrenees…
You will deal direct with M2M – we will simply provide you with the introduction.
Richard & Yvett Prime
00 33 6 16 22 66 53 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are renting a Simply Gascony country house for a special holiday such as a family birthday or a friends’ reunion, how about having a local, friendly, talented, professional photographer/videographer record the experience for you?
Fran Corbett of Littlewing Photos & Film lives at La Sauvetat, about in the middle of Le Gers. She takes on a wide variety of photo opportunities, including some of our Simply Gascony holiday properties (e.g. Chateau Pélat, Chateau Puissentut and Castelnau des Fieumarcon) but her main work is to do with weddings and family events. Look at Fran’s website www.littlewingphotos.com and you will see how original and appealing her work is.
You will deal direct with Littlewing – we will simply provide you with the introduction.
Fran Corbett email@example.com +33 786 10 49 13
How about making biking part of your holiday in Gascony? Gascony is perfect biking country. You will find a deeply rural and very attractive undulating countryside of fields, woods, ‘bastide’ villages and market towns. There is very little traffic, lots to see and do, and you can choose your own pace. And to help you organise this…
Dave & Tracey Jones have been living and cycling in Gascony for 20 years. As Gascogne Bike Hire (‘GBH’) they offer guests staying in Simply Gascony rental properties a variety of bicycle based additional services, including:
Bike Hire: Affordable Bike Hire so you can explore this beautiful area on your own. Bikes include - Trek Fx1 VTC bikes, VTT bikes, e-bikes and children's bikes and Trailers. You can also hire pannier bags, phone holders, and child seats. With prior booking, these can be delivered to your rental property whenever you want.
Self-Guided Day Tours. Day Tours with different Points of Interest . A day tour usually starts at their depot at 9am. Your Tour can then be downloaded to your phone for full GPS guidance. Tour options include the Historical tour, the Wine & Armagnac Tour and the Gastronomic Tour. GBH can also provide you with a gourmet Picnic lunch (vegetarian/vegan options available) so you can stop when you choose and go at your own pace. You can also choose the distance for your day tour, e.g. 20km 30km etc.
You will deal direct with GBH – we will simply provide you with the introduction.
David & Tracey Jones 0033 627722894 firstname.lastname@example.org
We expect future Working Partners to include:
From September, Atelier Cuisine – Cooking in France which is run by Laura Washburn, who will offer cooking courses specialising in French and Gascon cuisine, either in your Simply Gascony rental property or in her training kitchen.
And we are talking to two Gascony wine tasting businesses. Other potential partners include:
Riding, both trekking and teaching; Pyrenees skiing; Atlantic surfing; Canal boating; freshwater fishing; white water rafting.