A gîte d'étape is like a hostel but located in the mountains or rural areas that attract walkers, and often are located right near a hiking trail yet accessible by car. It usually has both private rooms and dormitory-style rooms sleeping several people and a shared bathroom. Many of them offer an evening meal prepared by the caretaker as well as access to kitchen facilities. Mountain refuges are similar but are generally reached by foot access only and located on waymarked hiking trails.
Gîte d'étape La Goulue in Aulus-les-Bains (COUSERANS)
Sleeps 20 in bedrooms
Located at 750m elevation in a grand old building that was once a casino in a thermal spa village. Open from 1st May to 1st November.
La Comté in Cominac (commune d'Ercé - Couserans)
8 rooms for 2-4 people, total capacity of 29 people / half-board or self-catering
Located at 750m elevation on a sunny plateau facing the Mont Valier. Cominac is a listed site famous for its stone barns and you have a wide choice of walking routes right from the gîte.
L'escolan in Ustou
sleeps 22 in dormitory and double rooms / half-board or self-catering depending on the period
Situatedin the Ustou valley near the Cirque de Cagateille and the Guzet ski resort.
Comfortable and cozy, with a large garden and located next to a river.
Gîte d'étape de Marc in Auzat (HIGH ARIEGE)
sleeps 18 in 5 bedrooms
Located 20 km from Tarascon at 1000m altitude at the foot of Montcalm. Access to an adjacent vacation village swimming pool.
Esbintz farm hostel on the GR10 (Seix, COUSERANS)
sleeps 8-10 in a dormitory / meals available for GR10 walkers only
A simple gîte at 860m on a farm in an isolated valley.
Rouze farm hostel on the GR10 (Couflens, COUSERANS)
sleeps 16 in 1 bedroom & dormitory / meals available
On a mountain farm at 1000 m altitude. Spectacular view of Mt Valier from gîte doorway. Lots of animals on site, including a herd of goats. The owners’ principal activity is cheesemaking.
Gîte d'Eylie on the GR10 (Sentein, COUSERANS)
sleeps 20 in 2 dormitories / meals available
A simple, convivial gîte at 1000m in an especially beautiful valley with excellent access to high mountain trails.
La Maison du Valier near Bordes-sur-Lez (COUSERANS)
Sleeps 40 in private rooms & dormitory with one room for a person of reduced mobility.
A gîte-inn situated at 933m elevation by a mountain stream on the Mont Valier natural reserve. It is the point of departure for ascending the Mont Valier on the GR10 transpyrenees hiking trail and is accessible by car. The restaurant is open to the public by reservation. From the gîte there is a 700m trail that has been adapted for people with reduced mobility.
Gîte La Colline Verte in St-Lizier (Ustou valley, COUSERANS)
sleeps 25 in private rooms & dormitory / meals available
Located on the edge of a very small village in the beautiful high Ustou valley, near the cirque de Cagateille and the GR10 transpyrenean walking trail.