Taken from our Bed and Breakfast guest book......
29 - 31 October 2016
Reading the well written comments above, I can echo them. We came late in the season, and were the only guests in the main house (there was another couple in the gite). Brian and Marianne are the perfect hosts, helpful with local details, yet very respectful of our privacy and holiday routine. This time of the year is beautiful; calm and sunny the whole time we've been here - would do this time of year again if we could! My only complaint: I could not neat Brian's times on certain key Strava segments! I am younger than Brian by about three years; I am a keen cyclist; and I am Australian. To be beaten by an Englishman in these circumstances really hurts ;-)
Greg & Cherlene Robson Australia, but living in The Hague, Netherlands
Dear Marianne and Brian (Monty and Maddie too), I had no idea what to expect from this part of the world. Loudet? Where is that? Southern France? What do I do? As a woman from Minnesota, who doesn't speak French, I wondered if French people would be somewhat unkind. To my delight and surprise, meeting the two of you just might be the highlight of my two week adventure through London, France and Iceland. You are welcoming and relaxed and funny and helpful. I truly believe that we meet people for a reason. Whether it is to learn together, love together, experience new things. Thank you for making me feel cared for....this is a home away from home. Your energy is contagious :-)
xoxo Erin Kintop, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Le Couloumé is a marvelous destination with wonder around every corner. What made the visit truly exceptional for me, however, was the graciousness and kindness of our hosts, Brian and Marianne. Thank you many times over. Hopefully, we will one day meet again.
Thomas Culhane Saint Anthony, Minnesota, USA
Dear Marianne and Brian,
Thank you for for hosting us on this most wonderful short break in this beautiful part of the world. What a little gem you have - the perfect home away from home. You have managed our chaotic family of five and three little monkeys most gracefully - you have accommodated all of our needs for which we are very grateful. The children loved the pool, the familiar atmosphere and the dogs (well, most of the children did). We loved the friendly hospitality, the warm welcome, comfy beds, delicious breakfasts and the company. We will surely recommend Le Couloumà and might be back ourselves before you know it. Thank you and Danke.
The Ehlers family
Richard, Pia, Hugo, Mathilda and Amalia Johannesburg - Toulouse Aug 2016
11 August 2016
Dear Marianne and Brian (and also Monty and Maddie), We have had a wonderful 8 days with you. You made us feel so much at home. It worked very well with Helen and family in the gite. We will always remember your excellent breakfasts, especially the home made jams and different types of bread each morning. The pool area is such a beautiful spot. Thank you so much.
Phil and Sandra,
Cockermouth, Cumbria, UK
Dear Marianne and Brian, not forgetting those two meeters and greeters Monty and Maddie, Thank you for the superb holiday and rest you have given to us. The peace and happiness all around was uplifting and soothing. Every single small detail is just perfect, from the nightly chocolates, daily biscuits and brilliant supply of drinks. I'm heading home to start my sensible eating programme now! Your breakfasts were so scrumptious and thank you for the bowl (for my coffee). Very best wishes - no wonder our grandchildren love you all!
Le 2 Aout 2016
Un jour ici à Le Couloumè c'est comme quelques jours de plaisir: le calme, la vue, la chambre, la salle de bain, le petit dejeuner. Nous retournerons.
Inez et Simon NL/FR
Le 23 Juillet 2016
Très bel endroit, trs bon acceuil. Merci pour le pain sans gluten, une merveille!
A bientôt, Kathy et Frederic
22 July 2016
We stayed here on the recommendation, and in the company of, a friend who stayed here last year. Absolutely perfect! Wonderful old house, beautifully done and every wish catered for. A breakfast to feed the 5000 and great company. Thank you very much!
Bob and Noeline
29th June - 2nd July, 11th - 13th July 2016
We started our French holiday here and have returned before going home as we knew what a warm welcome we would receive and how comfortably we would sleep! Marianne and Brian have restored this beautiful farmhouse sympathetically, lovingly and with such attention to detail. The fabulous windows frame the setting perfectly out to the mountains and overlook the lovely pool which we were fortunate enough to be able to use. The bathroom was clean and beautifully presented with abundant hot water and far outweighed our expectations. Marianne's information about the local area was much appreciated as was Brian's musical talent to which we were treated to one evening. Breakfast certainly set us up for the day and the fresh fruit from the garden was a real pleasure. Thank you for hosting us in your home. Best wishes,
Kate & Ben Bournemouth, UK
Dear Brian and Marianne, We have had a wonderful stay here. The landscape is beautiful, the place is so peaceful! We really enjoyed the fresh swimmingpool and the spacious and comfortable room! But what makes the difference is your kindness! Hoping to see you soon again!
Susi e Aitor Italy & Spain
24 June 2016
Best B&B ever! Comfortable bed, fab bathroom, excellent breakfasts and wonderful hosts. Thoroughly enjoyed our week here. Superb views also. Thanks to Marianne and Brian, whose attention to detail was much appreciated and whose company was enjoyed.
Christine and Paul, Suffolk
Dear Marianne and Brian, We love how you've remodelled this wonderful farmhouse. The grounds and views are also marvelous. What a lovely area! It has been great talking with you. Thank you so much for your very gracious hospitality.
Hope and Merril, New York
Feb 27-28 2016
Fabulous as ever! xxx
Alex & Dave Phipp
26th September 2015
We stayed only three days - wished we'd stayed much longer. The hosts couldn't have been more welcoming and hospitable - everything perfect - looking forward to returning in the near future.
Dave & Julia, USA
It's been a week of firsts! Having never been to this part of France we didn't know what to expect, but we are pleased with what we found. The area landscape is stunning and truly feels like a nicely preserved part of French culture and heritage. Although our last minute decision to travel only allowed us to stay for a short week, we packed in a lot! The Pic du Midi hike and mountain biking in Luchon were things we won't forget for a long time! Our bruises attest to the memories created! Marianne, Brian and Monty are great hosts and made our stay wonderful and pleasant. The pool is fantastic! They are extremely helpful in planning what to do and when, so don't hesitate to pick their brains for info! Was all in all great fun! Back to Paris and Brussels now.... Merci de nous avoir reçu! À la prochaine!
Matthew and Tanguy
Accueil trés chaleureux, chambre parfaite et petit déjeuner idéal. Merci à vous
Pascale et Yvette
1-2 Aout et 7-8 Aout 2015
Une belle étape reposante, un accueil chaleureux, merci à vous. Nous reviendrons faire du velo!
Marie-Pierre & Hubert
3-7 August 2015
By the time you read this you will know that your hosts are welcoming. The room is spotless, the bathroom shines, and, if you have tested it, the bed is firm. What you may not have discovered yet is the astounding countryside, the wonderful churches and marvellous concerts and other activities in this area. For all these things Marianne and Brian will provide excellent guidance.
Shara and Anthony Leonard
18/07/15 - 26/07/15
I wouldn't have thought to holiday in the Pyrenees, but my wife said a good childhood friend of hers had a hotel there and we should visit, and that's how we ended up here at Marianne's and Brian's place. Having no preconceptions or expectations, therefore, of a trip to this area, I think my impressions are reasonably objective and unbiased. The room is ideal, the atmosphere quiet and relaxing, the view magnificent, and the hosts very welcoming and caring. It has been a wonderful holiday.
Martin from Australia
Ich kam hierher, um meine Schulkameradin Marianne zu besuchen und um meinen Mann davon zu überzeugen, dass Frankreich nicht so schlecht ist, wie ihn sein englischer Vater hatte glauben lassen. Die Woche war ausgefüllt mit vielen alten Geschichten, die meist mit "weisst Du noch..." anfingen und Marianne und ich konnten in vielen schönen Erinnerungen schwelgen. Auf unseren täglichen Ausflügen in die nahe und etwas weitere Umgebung sagte Martin mehr als einmal: "Das ist es, was die Australier sehen wollen, wenn sie Europa besuchen" - er war offensichtlich sehr beeindruckt von den Schlössern, Burgen und Kirchen. Biarritz und Saint Jean de Luz erinnerten uns an Sydney und Brians Bier schmeckte hervorragend. - Ich hatte meine Mission erfüllt... Besonders der Abend auf dem Dorfplatz an der Kirche hat uns beeindruckt - wann kann man schon mal echtes französisches Dorfleben miterleben. Vielen Dank für die schöne Zeit!
Andrea aus Berlin
13-7-15 to 17-7-15
We've had a wonderful stay. Many thanks to Marianne, Brian and Monty the dog. Beautiful setting and stunning scenery. We'll be back! xx
Diane and Barry, Kent, UK
24/6/15 - 29/6/15
We enjoyed our stay in the Pyrénées: stunning view, great hospitality, friendly dog, outstanding pool and lovely breakfast with fresh fruit from the garden and homemade jams. All the best for the future
Karlien & Koen (Belgium)
12.06. - 15.06.15
What a marvellous view and suberb facilities, we look forward to the next couple of days! Lovely friendly hosts. A thoroughly enjoyable stay jusy a shame the weather let us down!
Sue and Tim
30.05. - 02.06.15
Our second visit to Brian and Marianne, we loved the Gite and now the B&B has proved just as wonderful. The recommendation to visit Ainsa (Spain) was excellent. If you don't mind steep stairs go up the tower for an amazing view, and enjoy a meal on the square. We look forward to seeing you when we return in August.
Alex & Dave x
26.5.15 - 30.5.15
Rose and Andrew Calderwood from West Sussex, UK
What a fantastic discovery! We have stayed in many hotels and B&Bs in France and Spain and this is by far the best! A peaceful and tranquil setting, warm welcome from friendly hosts and a room and bathroom finished to the highest standard. We will definitely return. Thank you for making us so welcome, Marianne, Brian and Monty of course.
Rose & Andrew
21 May 2015
Just and only for Marianne:
We loved to stay here, feeling at home, enjoying the landscape and a warmhearted hospitality. And we were the first - so, here is to more to come!
Thank you, Stephan
21 May 2015
First time in Pyrenees! Very good experience here, especially warm welcome and hospitality :-) Can't expect more!
Thank you, Jariya