Chalet | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
In Les Monts d'Olmes Chalet Flory is just 150m from the four-man chair lift, the village shop, the ski hire shops and piste-facing restaurants. Our 72m² guest apartment is on two floors with three bedrooms and is set up especially for families and friends looking to enjoy this exceptionally family-friendly ski resort and this fascinating region of France. The outdoors life is wonderful here year round with skiing (both downhill and cross-country) and snowboarding in the winter then mountain biking, hiking, parcours, horse-riding, fishing, archery and paintball in the summer. And if the weather closes in we have satellite TV in the apartment, board games, cards and hundreds of DVDs to keep everyone entertained.
The chalet contains one ground floor apartment and two maisonette-style apartments on two floors which have three bedrooms each, a kitchen, sitting room / dining room, bathroom (with shower) and separate lavatory. The water comes from a natural spring on the mountain and each apartment's sitting room has an open fireplace.
We rent out our guest apartment for week-long rentals throughout the year. The apartment can sleep five in comfort and three more using the double sofa beds.
The apartment is laid out on two floors. As you walk in, there is shelving on the right for ski boots etc, the stairs leading to the upper floor and at the end of the corridor a WC. To the left is a bedroom with three single beds which works well for children. Straight ahead at the end of the corridor is a second bedroom with a double sofa bed and French doors leading out onto the balcony. Through the second bedroom is our master bedroom with two single beds which can be pushed together to make a double bed and French doors out onto the balcony. We also have a cot should you need one.
On the upper floor there is a kitchen at the top of the staircase which has French doors out onto our upper balcony. The kitchen has a gas cooker, oven, large old-fashioned sink, big fridge with a freezer section, raclette machine, microwave, toaster, kettle, cafetière and a range of pots and pans. There is cutlery and plates for 8 people and the basic food cupboard essentials for cooking such as oils, salt, pepper etc.
Our sitting room / dining room is the largest room in the apartment and it has wonderful views out over the plains towards Toulouse to the north, and across to Pic St Bartholemy to the southeast. We have an open fireplace (you can buy wood from the alimentation 200m up the road), satellite TV, DVD with over 180 DVDs to watch, a hifi and some books about the region. French doors open out onto the balcony. The dining room end has an extendable table which can seat 8 with 4 dining chairs and 4 folding chairs. We also have a high chair for infants. Both sofas in the sitting room are double sofa beds.
Our bathroom is the last room on the upper floor and has a heated towel rail, shower and basin.
The ski season here runs from December to the end of March. You will have the chalet to yourselves during your rental so come and explore this part of the Pyrenees!
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne, Nearest railway: Toulouse|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||3 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Midi-Pyrenees region
Monts d'Olmes is not just a ski resort; it lies in the Ariège, a fascinating region of France which can be explored year-round. The local area is steeped in Cathar history with the famous Château Montsegur on the drive up to Les Monts d'Olmes. Add the rich viticultural heritage of Corbieres, Minervois and Fitou nearby, the cities of Carcassonne, Toulouse, Lourdes and Perpignan and you can quickly see why this is such an excellent base to explore southern France, the Pyrenees, northern Spain and Andorra at any time of year. There are also plenty of sporting and cultural activities such as fishing in season, trekking, mountaineering, ski de fond, horse riding, thermal spas, mountain biking and that great French institute, the fête. Festivals and events fill the calendar from May to October celebrating everything from pumpkins to story-telling, the transmigration of cows to the high pastures to cycling legends of the Tour de France. The times given below are for travelling by car.
Château Montsegur - 25 mins - The stunning hilltop castle of Montsegur witnessed the final stand of the Cathar religion against invading crusaders sent by Pope Innocent III in the thirteenth century. After a 10 month siege, hundreds of Cathars were burnt to death for refusing to denounce their faith. There's a good climb up to the castle's atmospheric ruins.
Montferrier - 20 mins - This is the closest village as it lies at the bottom of the hill to Les Monts d'Olmes. You'll find a patisserie / boulangerie and salon de thé, a tabac / grocers, post office, Chez Patillos restaurant, a tourist information office and a museum. There is also a beautiful eleventh century church. In summer there is fresh trout fishing and, when it gets really hot, swimming in the snowmelt river.
Lavelanet - 35 mins - This is the nearest town to Les Mont d'Olmes. You'll find two supermarkets, two estate agents, several boulangeries, cafés, bars, bistros and restaurants, a cinema, an excellent tourist information office and plenty of shops. There is also a local weekly market and many fêtes throughout the year.
Lac Montbel - 35 mins – This beautiful lake offers opportunities for windsurfing, canoeing, swimming, fishing and pottering about in pedaloes. It is fringed by a man-made sandy beach where there's a bar and restaurant.
Mirepoix - 40 mins - This charming medieval city with a stunning cathedral is centred around the market square which is surrounded by timber-framed houses that have perched upon their timber supports for hundreds of years. There are many attractive bars and restaurants as well as antique shops to browse in. Market day is on Monday, where you can buy locally grown produce and handmade arts and crafts. For those looking to invest in a property there are several estate agents.
Foix - 40 mins - This historic town is dominated by the famous "Chateau de Foix" which looms over a maze of cobbled streets packed with interesting little restaurants, cafes and shops. The busy market is twice a week. There is an excellent golf course nearby and for the adventurous there is also hang gliding.