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2 Bedroom Mountain Cottage in Miramont, near Oust, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees, France

Miramont, Oust 09140, Midi-Pyrenees, France, Europe
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2 Bedroom Mountain Cottage in Miramont, near Oust, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees, France
Le Pichet exterior Beautiful walking The garden welcomes you Lac de Bethmale
Autumn colours View from Miramont in Spring Miramont from the Col de Caouthedegue Second bedroom
Dining room Towards the Col D`Agnes Double bedroom Riding in the mountains
Watersports Painting in the mountains Cascade dArs Living room upstairs
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Price: From £62 per night Minimum stay 2 nights
One Off Places rating: 71 reviews (71 reviews)
Property Info
Accommodation Type
  • House / Villa
  • Cottage
Property Setting
  • Mountainous
  • Village / Rural
Holiday Type
  • Relaxing
  • Family
  • Sports & activity
  • Culture
Exterior Facilities
Garden
Interior Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Log Fire
  • Television
  • Washing Machine
Activities
  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Courses Available
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Horse Riding
  • Skiing
  • Tennis
  • Therapies
  • Walking
Bedrooms
2
Conditions
  • Child Friendly
  • Short breaks available
Guests
7
Catering
self-catering
Please note that the map is to provide an indication of the area and may not be exact.
Special Offer

From 4th November 2019 to 20th December 2019

10% reduction if booked before 31/10/ 2019.
The colours are superb inthe Ariege-Pyrenees throughout autumn, lasting well into November; combined with balmy temperatures this makes it a glorious time for walking. Choice of arrival day, offer applies to min stay 1 week. Please enquire for prices on short stay rates. So why not forget November blues and look forward to a stay in the mountains- with a wood burning stove to welcome you home in the evennings

One-Off Feature

This lovely stone property in the the Ariege Pyrenées National Park, Midi-Pyrenées, offers wonderful views west with fabulous sunsets over the mountains. Situated in a tranquil hamlet at 800m altitude, not far from the Spanish border, it  is superb for walking and all outdoor activities.  It is well placed   for exploring the cultural and historical wealth of Ariege. Reduced price available for couples. Full board painting holidays offered.

General Info

Leaving  the Garbet valley (famous for its “Montreurs d`Ours”) between Oust and Ercé, 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.  Nestling on the slopes beneath the proud ruins of Charlemagne's Chateau de Mirabat  it consists today of eleven attractively renovated barns and houses."Le Pichet" is at the entrance of this pretty hamlet. Originally a barn, it  is built, like many others in the region, partly into the hillside, and  adjoins “La Carrette”, the original farmhouse which we are now also lucky enough to own.  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 a  very friendly little community but this in no way impinges on the privacy of individual properties.

The Area Surrounding The Property / Accommodation

 With its majestic peaks soaring to the Spanish border, and the gentler beauty of its lower wooded valleys and slopes, the Haut-Couserans  remains  one of France’s best-kept secrets - a little-discovered,  unspoilt gem tucked far away from the stresses of modern life.  It has a rich and varied history of which the locals are fiercely and justly proud.   Within the immediate vicinity- the valleys of the Garbet, Ustou and Salat-  are the starting points of a tremendous number of beautiful walks (see further information), as well as canoe/kayak/rafting, fishing, riding, ski-ing at  Guzet and an Accrobranch Tree Adventure Park.  For cyclists, we are  in the middle of some of “le Tour'”s most challenging cols; but there are many gentler routes, as well as  beautiful mountain biking trails, and a recently opened descent park at Guzet. You can relax afterwards in the Centre de Bien- Etre in the local spa town of Aulus-les Bains.

 

Getting There & Local Amenities

Getting There:
Despite its apparent seclusion,the Haut-Couserans is easily accessible.  Miramont is 1h from the A64 (Toulouse-Bayonne Autoroute); 1h30 from Toulouse-Blagnac (Easyjet, Ryanair,British Airways and Flybe) and 2h from Lourdes/Tarbes and  Carcassonne airports(Ryanair) Detailed road directions are sent on reservation. The characterful local villages of Oust and Seix  have small but well-stocked supermarkets, excellent butchers'  and  bakers', and a good selection of restaurants specialising in regional cuisine among which the "Restaurant/Bar du Garbet" in Oust is outstanding. You may also like to visit  the charming Jardin du Curé and Chateau in Seix, the Musée des Colporteurs, and the Gallo -Roman church of Vic d'Oust.  Seix has a small market on Wednesdays.  St.Girons, with a large selection of shops, supermarkets and restaurants, and a wonderful Saturday market, is 20k away. Medieval Foix has another delightful market on Fridays, and Toulouse, Carcassonne and Lourdes are all within 2h drive. For further shopping opportunities, Andorra is 3h away.

Nearest Airport:
Toulouse 125 km; Carcassonne 138km; Tarbes-Lourdes 142km. 

Nearest Restaurant:
5k

Nearest Shop:
6km

Nearest Market:
20km

Car Hire:
Available at airports

Accommodation Details

Interior Details
We have lovingly restored “le Pichet” over many years to retain as many of its original features as possible - the "pas d'oiseaux" originally built for thatching purposes, and the beams of the old roof structure. It is tastefully and comfortably furnished, and hung with our own paintings and embroideries. Rodney is a professional sculptor, and his works (when not being exhibited elsewhere) provide the finishing personal touches. The ground floor consists of a comfortable dining room with a welcoming wood-burning stove, bathroom and well -equipped kitchen; a lovely oak staircase leads to the high-ceilinged lounge on the first floor (where the canapé gigogne  can also be used as 2 single beds if wished.) On either side of this are situated the two delightful bedrooms- a chalet- style room with a double bed and a second larger room with one single and one double bed. The house benefits from superb light, particularly in the afternoons and evenings.

Exterior Details
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 to help yourselves to raspberries, rhubarb and salad when available. There is a shaded paved area ideal for preparing your barbecue or enjoying an aperitif 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.

Further Details
Walking here is simply superb, whatever your level - from gentle  family strolls to those requiring “Randonneur Experimenté” status  (such as the wartime escape route Le Chemin de la Liberté). You can walk  directly from Miramont, locally in the stunningly beautiful   Garbet, Ustou and Salat valleys or head for  the challenging frontier peaks and cols whose starting points are within an hour's drive away. The area is extremely well served by waymarked trails- the GR10 which runs the full length of the Pyrenées, passes at several points within a few miles of Le Pichet and is easily accessible.  Please do ask for details. Slightly further afield, in the Bethmale Valley (famed for  its  lake, clog-dancers and cheeses); and in the  Haut -Ariege above Foix you  can enjoy canyoning, climbing and waterskiing. St Girons houses le Musée du Chemin de la Liberté; Medieval Foix, with its impressive chateau fort, the  Grottes de Niaux/Lombrives with their prehistoric paintings,  the underground River of Labouiche, (a boat ride through amazing stalactite and stalagmite formations), the Grotte du Mas d'Azil and the talc mines at Trimoulins are within easy reach and the Observatory of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, now open to the public via  a stunning cable car journey) is within 2 hours drive.

Conditions of Rental
Outside the main holiday periods a reduced price is offered for couples requiring the use of one bedroom only. (see prices).  Sheets & towels, (£15 per person per week) and final cleaning (£70 or £60 depending on bedrooms) ) 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. A caution of £300 (€350) is required on arrival. Outside school holidays, “Le Pichet” is available for weekends and short breaks. Changeover day is Saturday in high/very high season, flexible at other times. A contract and conditions of letting will be sent on reservation. We accept cheques or cash in euros or sterling but regret that we do not take credit cards. Please do contact us for any further information about the house and area, or for information about our painting holidays. We very much look forward to welcoming you!

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