2 Bedroom Mountain Cottage in France, Midi-Pyrenees, Miramont, Oust
- House / Villa
- Village / Rural
- Sports & activity
- Internet Access
- Log Fire
- Washing Machine
- Courses Available
- Horse Riding
- Child Friendly
- Short breaks available
From 1st May 2017 to 6th July 2017
SPRING IN THE PYRENEES
Week and short stays available from May - July 6th .10% reduction on remaining dates, flexible arrival day. Watch the arrival of spring and summer in our beautiful mountains!
From 1st July 2017 to 15th July 2017
TOUR DE FRANCE WEEK! 14th July stage 13 -"100% Ariege" 100k passing through fabulous mountain scenery and 3 of our nearby Cols including the Mur de Peguere. Now booked- see aboe offer.
Special price for couples/groups of <4.
From 2nd September 2017 to 5th November 2017
Week and short breaks available Sept-Nov. 10% reduction if booked before 30th June. The woodlands here are deciduous and a riot of colour, and coupled with superb visibility and balmy temperatures, this makes autumn often the best time of year for walking. (Min stay 1 week applies to Oct half tem only.)
A winner of ITV's "May the Best House Win" this lovely stone property offers wonderful views west with fabulous sunsets over the mountains. Situated in a tranquil hamlet at 800m above sea level, it accommodates 2-7 with reduced price options for 2-4. Superb for walking/outdoor activities, ski-ing 20k. Full board painting/walking holidays offered. Ideal for exploring the cultural and historical wealth of the Couserans.
Leaving the the Garbet (valley of the Montreurs dOurs) between Oust and Erce, you follow a lane which twists and turns among woods and flowers, always climbing, to its end and there is Miramont, a little paradise on earth overlooking the Bassin d Oust. Formerly devoted to agriculture, the hamlet consists today of eleven pretty, well renovated barns and houses, where you will be sure of peace and quiet. As Miramont is situted at the end of the lane, there is no through traffic except for the occasional car going to a couple of houses further up the hamlet. Almost all the houses are French- owned "maisons secondaires"; Miramont is an incredibly friendly community but this in no way impinges on the privacy of individual properties. "Le Pichet" itself is a traditional mountain house built, as are many in the region, partly into the hillside. It adjoins "La Carrette", the former farmhouse which we now also have the privelege to own.
Miramont means “look up”, and you do - from our garden your eye is irresistably drawn to the proud ruins of Charlemagne's Chateau de Mirabat (itself meaning "look down") as you would, from its heights to the valleys far below through which came the invading Moors….With its majestic peaks soaring to the Spanish border, and the gentler beauty of its lower wooded valleys and slopes, the Haut-Couserans of the Ariege- Pyrenees remains arguably one of France’s best-kept secrets- a little-discovered, unspoilt gem tucked away from the stresses of modern-day life. Here you will find Miramont, a tiny hamlet nestling on the slopes overlooking the beautiful Garbet Valley, underneath the proud ruins of Charlemagne’s Chateau du Mirabat, with its commanding views towards the valleys of the Spanish frontier. And here a warm welcome at “le Pichet” awaits you – built, partly into the hillside, this beautifully renovated stone home, once a barn, comfortably accommodates up to 7 people with a reduced price option at certain periods for up to 4 people. A winner in 2011 of “May the Best House Win”, both house and garden benefit from wonderful views over the mountains, and being west-facing, fabulous sunsets. Le Pichet is ideally situated for all outdoor activities. Walking in the area is quite simply superb, whatever your level; canoe/kayak/rafting/fishing and horseriding in the beautiful Garbet, Salat and Ustou Valleys, and ski-ing at nearby Guzet Neige. Despite its unspoilt nature, the area is nevertheless very accessible at 1h30 from Toulouse, and 2h from Lourdes and Carcassonne airports; and at 20k from St Girons it is within easy reach of the major road networks and the wealth of historic and cultural diversity of Ariege and Midi-Pyrenees in general. We hope this will tempt you to visit this beautiful area, and look forward to welcoming you!
Miramont is 1h from the A64 (Toulouse-Bayonne Autoroute); 1h30 from Toulouse-Blagnac (Easyjet/British Airways from Gatwick) and 2h from Pau/Carcassonne (Ryanair from Stanstead, Bristol, Liverpool, E. Midlands and Dublin.) Detailed road directions will be sent on reservation. Locally, the villages of Oust and Seix supply all needs, (including doctor and pharmacy). Both have small but well-stocked supermarkets, and we can particularly recommend the butchers' in Oust and the bakers' in both places. For those wishing to eat out, there is a good selection of restaurants specialising in regional cuisine (see Google section) among which the "Restaurant/Bar du Garbet" in Oust is outstanding. The town of St.Girons, with a large selection of shops, supermarkets and restaurants, not to mention a wonderful Saturday market, is 20k away. Toulouse, "La Ville Rose" is also within easy reach.
Toulouse 1.5 hours drive
Over the past 18 years we have lovingly restored Le Pichet to retain as many of the original features as possible - the "pas de oiseaux" originally built for thatching purposes, and the beams of the old roof structure. Tastefully and comfortably furnished, and now hung with paintings by Rodney and embroideries by Eleri, we are proud to welcome you into this part of our home.Rodney's sculptures provide the finishing personal touches. The house benefits from superb light, particularly in the afternoons and evenings in the downstairs dining room and upstairs rooms. The ground floor consists of a spacious and comfortable dining room where the wood-burning stove provides a welcoming ambience , bathroom and well equipped kitchen; a lovely oak staircase leads to the high-ceilinged lounge on the first floor. On either side of this are situated the two delightful bedrooms- a cosy chalet- style room with a double bed and a second larger room with 1 single and 1 double bed. T
The lovely west-facing garden is an idyllic place to relax and enjoy the view, and offers stunning sunsets over the mountains. Planted with roses, honeysuckle and clematis, it is a magical spot in all seasons; you are most welcome to use its abundant herbs in your cooking,and help yourselves to raspberries, rhubarb and salad when available. There is a shaded paved area ideal for preparing your barbecue or enjoying an aperatif in the warm evening light. Please note, if you are coming with children, that the garden is not enclosed but as Miramont is at the end of a lane with very little traffic, children can also play in security in the meadow, woods and lane nearby. Neither can we boast a manicured lawn- this is a mountain hamlet and the surface is, inevitably, a little uneven. Miramont has communal parking.
The house is very well equipped so that you can enjoy your stay in comfort. Downstairs, a sofa, bibliotheque and log burner combine with the dining furniture to give a homely ambience to the dining room; the kitchen, in addition to its oven, microwave and fridge-freezer, has a food-mixer, juicer, slow-cooker, raclette and fondue ( the region boasts an incredible number of wonderful cheeses!) The bathroom is small but functional, containing everything you need: bath (with shower attachment), washbasin and w.c. -the blue tiling is light and clear in summer, warm in winter. Upstairs, the lounge/extra bedroom contains sofa, armchair, canape gigogne (which converts to 2 single beds- please note this is not a clic clac but a traditional piece of French furniture!) and a well stocked bookcase, both English and French. A large number of maps, walking guides and local information is also at your disposal. To one side of this, a delightful chalet style bedroom contains one double bed, cupboards and shelving; to the other a larger, beamed bedroom contains one double and one single bed, wardrobe and shelving. There are 2 options for letting: 2-4 people can be comfortably accomodated in the chalet bedroom and the lounge/extra bedroom; 2-7 people in both bedrooms and the lounge/extra bedroom.(see prices). These rooms all look beyond the garden to the valley between Miramont and the pretty hamlet of Arrous, the wooded ridge of the Mirabat (where there is a chateau built by Charlegmagne) and beyond to the Col de la Core and the slopes of Mt.Valier - at dawn bathed pink in the early light of sunrise, with the smoke curling up from the chimneys of Arrous, and only the sound of birdsong, the stream gurgling below and cowbells. At night, the sky scattered with a million sparkling stars is pure enchantment. For further information about the property, the area, our painting/ sculpting courses, walking possibilities, please see our website or telephone- we will be delighted to help. It is impossible to include everything that this lovely area has to offer in the photographs shown here, so please do ask if you would like more, whether of the house, activites in the area or different seasons -we will send them with pleasure.
Conditions of Rental
Wood, electicity, taxe de sejour are included; sheets & towels, (£15 per person per week) and final cleaning (£50 for 2-7 pers, £40 for 2-4 ) are an optional extra. A deposit of 25-30% (depending on the total) will be charged on reservation, the balance to be paid 6 weeks before arrival. During medium and low season, the house is available for weekends; durations other than a week are also possible at pro-rata prices. Changeover day is Saturday in high/very high season; other by arrangement. A contract and conditions of letting will be sent automatically on reservation, setting out the terms of payment, the caution, and conditions of cancellation. We accept cheques or cash in euros or sterling. Please do contact us for further information and rates for shorter stays.