Built in 1906, l’Escolan is the old village school which was completely refurbished to become a large, comfortable and cosy holiday gite. and guest house. Situated in the small hamlet of Ustou, in Bidous, you are holidaying in the heart of a haven of peace surrounded by green and wilderness.

Outside, you can enjoy resting on deck chairs in the shady garden.
You can choose between our double, family or large bedrooms which are all en-suite, as in the hotel.

We supply sheets and duvets but not towels.

We offer traditional and generous family meals based on local produce

Our half board formula includes evening meals and Bed and Breakfast.

The gite has a room on the ground floor for wheelchair access.


½ board in large room: €41 per person per day

½ board in double bedroom: €45 per person per day

Payments accepted: cheques, cash, holiday vouchers.

To contact us:


+33 5 61 96 58 72

You can use the form below : Form

Gîte l’Escolan
09140 USTOU



Hiking and GR 10

Our gite is ideally situated on the GR 10. The area in the Ariege of the great hiking famous path, which joins the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea is famous for being the wildest in the Pyrenees.

At the Escolan you can stop for a break with all modern conveniences. In general, you come from Rouze and you leave the gite the next day heading towards Aulus.

In order to prepare your GR10,  here is a very thorough site to help you:

From Escolan, you can easily access the Cagateille circus, the Hillette and Alet ponds (1717 m and 1904 m) where fairytale landscapes await. Come hiking in the Ariege area!

You will find topos, IGN maps and hiking ideas at the gite.

Don’t hesitate to ask us about hiking in the area as we’d be more than happy to help.

NEW ! A new several-day cross-border circuit was created in 2013 with the help of our Catalan colleagues. It is a 4-day trekking roaming around the “Montagnes de la Liberté” (Mountains of Freedom)

* Bidous (l’Escolan) to Graus (Catalonia)

* Graus to the Certascan Refuge

* Certascan Refuge to Aulus les Bains

* Aulus to Bidous (l’Escolan)

Details on the site: Mountains of Freedom

Need a mountain guide?

Marc Chatonnay, a qualified guide, will take you safely on all the paths. For more details, check the site : Pyrenees Exploration

Cycle touring and Mountain biking

Nature reserve, paths accessible to mountain bikes, from a family circuit to a circuit for experienced mountain bikers.

For road bikers, relive the Tour de France stages in the Ariege area – Col de la Trappe Col, Col d’Agnes, Col de la Core.

A video here : video