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Joined: 25 May 2006, 14:11
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Hello Everyone

We are looking to relocate to the Gers or may be another part of the Pyrenees -

We are looking around the Mielan area, towards the Haute Pyrenees.

What is it like living in the area?

Although we have noticed a recent post about toxic Waste is that for this area, which sounds worrying

We looking at properties in the area from 21st June to 28th June

Any info will be greatly appreciated

Amanda x :)

09 Jun 2008, 12:19

Joined: 02 Aug 2003, 16:54
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Location: Luby Betmont, Hautes Pyrenees
We know the area well and it's lovely. We're over the border in Haute Pyrenees, but it's all the same.

09 Jun 2008, 15:36
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Joined: 27 May 2005, 14:50
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Hi Amanda.

The Gers is a very beautiful département.

I spoke to somebody from the Conseil Régional about the toxic waste rumour on Saturday - she said that no authorizations had been given and that there was no way that it could happen.


10 Jun 2008, 20:07

Joined: 15 Jul 2003, 09:35
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Location: 31 and by a lake in 16
Yes, the Gers really is lovely; we've just spent three months there after moving down from the Charente, and the scenery was beautiful. The problem we found was that the houses were so isolated, and you have to drive miles for anything - unless you are either very well organised or are are very close to a town.

We are now 40 mins nearer to the mountains in Haute-Garonne and much more to see and do, closer at hand. Suits us better.

Good luck.

10 Jun 2008, 20:26

Joined: 19 Jan 2005, 17:27
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Location: Lagarde Hachan
The Gers is a fabulous area, the scenery is fabulous and the life style very relaxing.
We live in a beautifully tranquil place on the edge of a lively village with a supermarket and most amenities ten minutes away.
We have the best of all worlds here ..we are away from it all but not isolated.
I am sure you will love the Gers...we live about a quarter of an hour from Mielan
Good luck.

10 Jun 2008, 22:05
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Joined: 21 May 2007, 16:22
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We've lived here for 9 months and it suits us perfectly. The people are so friendly and our location (near where you are looking) seems to put us within easy distance of most things. We prefer the Gers countryside to living in the mountains, but that's our choice. We visit the mountains quite often to ski and walk and they are in easy reach. Everywhere has it's own charm and I hope that you find a place that suits you.

You are more than welcome to pop in for coffee when you visit the area.


12 Jun 2008, 19:56

Joined: 25 May 2006, 14:11
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Thanks everyone for your help - we are coming to see the area from the 21st June to 28th June

Thanks for the Toxic Waste info also.

We are looking forward to coming to see the area and some properties too.

Many thanks

Amanda :D

13 Jun 2008, 08:51
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Joined: 26 May 2006, 08:34
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Location: Gers
Hi I live about 2km from mielan at AUX AUSSAT - nice Here -and there are some houses for sale locally - (NO AGENCY FEES!)

Don't go to Tillac - very nice village but overun with Brits!!!

If you have any Q's

fire away

13 Jun 2008, 11:31
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The whole of the Gers is over run with Brits now is it not!
If I'd known there were so many here, I'd have never come!
I was at a soiree yesterday evening, and all the French could talk about was the local British population - why is it that because someone is British, and lives 20 minutes away from you you should automatically know them!

19 Jun 2008, 22:34

Joined: 20 Jul 2003, 21:01
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Location: SW Gers
The Gers can easily absorb more people as it is one of the least densely populated departments of France, 6th lowest: ... 209&id=204
I wonder which part of the Gers you live, saffron? Maybe what is known as the Golden Triangle. Because we're certainly not flooded out with Brits down here.
Until recently the population of the Gers was declining rapidly and the local politicians are asking for people to move here to repopulate the shrinking communes. Maybe they would prefer local french, but the brits are better than nothing. :wink: T.

20 Jun 2008, 13:24

Joined: 09 Nov 2005, 07:46
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We did live in the Gers. Lovely countryside, very friendly but too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. Had to move because of the animals and piroplasmosis. Didn't know about it before we went there and wish we did because the ticks were a nightmare. Great if you don't have animals though.

07 Jul 2008, 07:07

Joined: 25 May 2006, 14:11
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Well we have been, and considering all the options, it is not the area for us. It has lovely countryside and scenery.

Cheers everyone


11 Jul 2008, 21:57
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Joined: 04 Jul 2005, 12:42
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Location: Mirande, Gers
lf was your piroplasmosis bovine, canin, or equine?

How far from the Pyrenees were you?


"I am not young enough to know everything."
O Wilde.

12 Oct 2008, 20:34

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Location: 31 and by a lake in 16
Hauxwell wrote:
lf was your piroplasmosis bovine, canin, or equine?

How far from the Pyrenees were you?


Our 3 year old border X had piryoplasmosis soon after we arrived in Haute-Garonne this spring but the brilliant vet in Aurignac dealt with it immediately.

The same thing happened two years ago when we were living in Charente so I really don't think it's just a problem for those living in the Midi-Pyrènèes. As long as folks are aware of the symptoms (severe lethagy, strong brownish urine, off food etc) and get the animal to the vets immediately, it can be treated and be right as rain within two or three days.

However, my dog is young, and although seems susceptible to the disease (but has regular treatment and wears an anti-tic collar), that may make a difference; older dogs may not be so lucky. My lurcher, who picks up more ticks than the border X, hasn't ever had a problem.

13 Oct 2008, 08:02

Joined: 26 Apr 2013, 14:05
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I think that the Gers is quite different from what you read in the brochures for tourists. Since we bought a house near Condom the rain has been outrageous, the wind has been really bad for the past 10 years at least and no site talks about it! If you hear it wistling around your house days and night for more than a week many times a year you really get fed up! And the local taxes... no one talks about that either! If you don't lie about the amount of bathrooms or only have one you pay through the nose. Although we tried to get informed no one ever told us those details! Yes, the winters can be very cold and... long, very muddy! Not to forget about the aoutas, the insects that sting you for a few months from August till it freezes. No one told us about that either.... well, not before we bought anyway! If you suffer from mosquito bites you will suffer a lot more from these ones as they bite in big clusters under your clothes. And yes, they are trying to repopulate the department meaning that many fields are being filled up with modern houses, if that is what you are after than this really is the department for you! On the positive side there is a lot to do and to see, so not all is bad but if I had known the truth I wouldn't have come here at all and therefore I am moving out of here!

28 Apr 2013, 23:22
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