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Hideaway breaks - relaxing in comfort

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


I have just returned from a week of relaxation and over-indulgence in the French Pyrenees at Hideaway. It's tucked into an idyllic location high in the mountains with log cabin style rooms and a roaring log fire. Jo cooks you fantastic meals and Mike escorts you into the mountains either walking (in the summer) or snow-shoeing (in the winter) which is great fun and very easy to learn. There is something very special about escaping to a wilderness break whether it is to off-the-beaten track in Africa, or Europe or indeed to remote parts of the UK. Being the only guests there was a little bit of luxury worth that extra cost. No traffic noise, no TV, no ringing mobiles - all these replaced by the barking of deer, the hoot of owls in the valley, or the ringing call of a black woodpecker - and possibly a badger making a territorial call as he woke from his winter slumber? I was able to keep up my bird-watching skills getting some breathtaking views of Golden Eagle, Lammergeier and Griffon Vulture. Pleased to say that despite the red wine, the French cheeses and that lovely French cooking I haven't put on any weight for which Volter - my horse - is very grateful. He was pleased to see me home again! Now it's back to answering those holiday enquiries... sorry for any delay.