Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
La Fontane, a secluded house surrounded by the Pyrenees in the Haute Ariège Natural Regional Park, is named after the stream that flows through its grounds. Its picture windows opening onto a patio and our beautiful rock garden, face full south offering magnificent views of the Vicdessos Valley and of the snow capped Montcalm mountain. La Fontane is situated just below Orus "le village ensoleillé", a pretty and sunny cobblestoned village with magnificent views over the valley, and much visited by walkers. It is ideal for people who want to engage in all sorts of outdoor activities including walking, fishing, horse-riding, mountaineering, caving, and swimming, or for those who simply want to sit in the sun or by a log fire with a good book.
La Fontane boasts a spacious living room with picture windows offering magnicent mountain views and a wood burning stove.
There is a dining area and a large open plan and well equipped kitchen. All amenities are provided, including a freezer, washing machine and a tumble dryer. There are 3 double bedrooms, a bathroom with shower and toilet, and an additional separate WC. There is a mezzanine above the kitchen and dining area with a large terrestrial digital LCD TV, a DVD player, and a pool table. There is thermostatically controlled electric heating throughout. We provide a free wifi internet connection and baby equipment (high chair and cot). We also have a goldfish pond on the patio. There's a free table tennis table and table football in the old village school (5 minutes walk).
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne (Ryanair). Toulouse Blagnac, (BA, Easy 112 km, Nearest railway: Tarascon-sur-Ariege (1.5 hours fromToulouse) 17 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Midi-Pyrenees region
The Midi Pyrénées is a land of vibrant contrast, ranging from Pyrenean peaks reaching heights of 3 000 metres, to the Italianate elegance of the valleys of Gascony, the land of D'Artagnan the musketeer; nature parks full of rare treasures; and the bustling city life of Toulouse, with its museums, art galleries, shops and restaurants, its aerospace centre, and university.
With its 26,000km of signposted trails, the Pyrenees National Park and four regional nature parks in one of which the house is situated, Midi-Pyrénées is a destination that revolves around nature and discovery, lending itself to a wide range of activities such as walking, hiking, cycling, horse trekking, white water sports. There's also river tourism, cruising on the Canal du Midi, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Ax les Thermes (30 mins) is famous for its fabulously relaxing thermal baths.
La Fontane is situated in the Parc Naturel Régional in the Upper Ariege. After taking in the breathtaking views of the snowcapped mountains, you can engage in a whole host of outdoor activities. These include walking ( the coast to coast GR10 passes through the valley), all sorts of outdoor sports including fishing, mountaineering, caving, kayaking, swimming, paragliding, whitewater rafting, tennis, horseriding, pony trekking and yet more things to do. Wildlife abounds all around, including wild boar, roe deer, smaller animals such black squirrels and salamanders, and spectacular insects such as praying mantises and thousands of butterflies.
For cultural activities there are the must-see 12,000 year old Niaux cave paintings, the ancient ruined chateau de Sos, and first class local museums including the Parc de la Préhistoire, and the Forges des Pyrénées. In the summer every village has its fete, to which visitors are welcome, and lots of concerts including the popular blues festival at the village of Sem opposite us. There are also many local markets and vides greniers (car boot sales) at which you can pick up artefacts ancient and modern. There's a child friendly and good local restaurant La Table d'Arconac in the neighbouring village of Arconac (5 mins).