Located in the Ariège department of Southern France, Zero Neuf is surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty and an incredible variety of flora and fauna. It’s an enormous playground for the outdoor community but we want to ensure it’s respected and protected so our aim is simple; engage and educate our community via our crafted experiences and adventures.
We have incredible cycling, walking, trail running, fishing and kayaking on our doorstep; you’ll find yourself on blissfully quiet routes and incredibly varied terrain. You can ride, run or ramble in the high Pyrénées, over rolling foothills and along flat river valleys. You can fish and kayak on pristine mountain streams and rivers.
Spend time here and you’ll find it’s relaxed, rule free and uncomplicated; you can do as much or as little as you please. We understand everyone is different so we will work with you to ensure your stay with us is on your terms. How you experience Zero Neuf is up to you.
We welcome everyone and we adopt a strict no ‘rules’ policy. If you’re just passing through you are welcome to pitch a tent, hang a hammock or put down a bivy. You can lounge around the pool, wild swim in the passing river l’Hers or swing in a hammock amongst the trees.
We live on site and we’re here to ensure you get the very best from your stay. Our two boys, very friendly dogs, mischievous cats and numerous laying hens ensure there is never a dull moment. We want to show you the other side.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Mike and Joss
Zero Neuf is situated in Gaudiès (09700), a picturesque hamlet on the banks of L’Hers. Our south-facing garden has uninterrupted views to the Pyrénées and we are surrounded by pasture, woodland and wildlife. It’s the perfect place to switch off and immerse yourself in nature.
We are strong supporters of ‘shop local’ and the village of Belpech is a short bike ride away, a lovely walk or a five-minute drive and here you will find a fantastic epicerie (deli) which stocks mainly local produce (the fresh cheese counter is superb), an excellent boulangerie, a very good butcher, a small Casino mini market, a bar, a pharmacy, a bank, a doctor and a post office.
Should you need it, a little further away is Pamiers and it has several larger supermarkets, bars, restaurants and an excellent bike shop as well as many other large town amenities.
BY TRAIN AND BIKE
Toulouse is 9 hours from London, with a quick change in Paris and there are up to 4 trains per day as well as the ‘Intercites de Nuit’ (overnight sleeper train). For more information, please visit http://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/train/france/toulouse. We are just over a 2.5 hour ride from the main Toulouse Matabiau station.
If you use France’s excellent autoroute network we are between 9 – 11 hours drive from the main French ferry ports and EuroTunnel terminal. In our experience, the driving in France is generally straightforward and you can break the journey with plenty of stops as you pass many wonderful towns, cities and villages along the way! Take your time is our advice.
If you’re driving down from any of the northern French ports and you’re looking for a place to stop overnight, this place is terrific and pretty much bang on half way:
La Pause, Val de Loire
We are an hour’s drive from both Toulouse Blagnac and Carcassonne airport. British Airways (http://www.britishairways.com) and Easyjet (http://www.easyjet.com) fly regularly to and from Toulouse and Ryanair (http://www.ryanair.com) serves Carcassonne.
If you are arriving by train or plane, most of the major car hire companies are represented at both airports and the train station in Toulouse. You can visit https://www.holidayautos.com for more information and prices.
Mike and Joss Tucker left the UK in 2014 to pursue a long held dream of living and running a business in France. Joss is half French and has spent large parts of her life in France visiting family and teaching at Pau University. She speaks the language fluently. Mike is a very proud Welshman but now considers himself a true ‘francophile’. – his ability to speak French improves considerably when he’s had a drink.
Joss has a passion for art & design and her amazing talents are on display all over Zero Neuf – all of our interiors are designed by her. An excellent cook, Joss also takes responsibility for our catering and wine choices. Mike’s world revolves around cycling and the natural world and to say he’s passionate about them is an understatement. He’ll be your main point of contact for anything outdoor related during your stay. He’s also very fond of coffee and adventure.
Mike and Joss now live full-time in France with their sons Max (17) and Manny (15), their very friendly dogs Alfie, Lola and puppy Luna, plus four very mischievous cats, Sid, Dave, Molly and Lyra as well as seven extremely free range laying hens.