“A beautiful house in a lovely area of France.” We had a fantastic time at La Maison du Jardin Secret which really does have a secret garden! We loved the garden and spent a lot of time there just relaxing, eating and drinking. The house is spacious,
Very helpful owner, very pleased with service and accommodation. Le Jardin Secret is an old townhouse in a traditional village with restaurants and summer gourmand street markets (great fun!). Nearby … More
Superb holiday apartment for rent in the oubuildings of the Chateau de Gudanes in the heart of the Ariège Pyrenees<br />If you require more space further apartments are available on the same site …see more
Whether you are looking for a retreat in nature, or a base for walks and experienced cycling, this is the perfect rental house. There are so many walks to choose from, straight from the front door and part of the Tour de France itinerary 2012 on the doorstep, as well a …see more
Located in the stunning Ariège Pyrénées Regional Nature Park in South Western France. Holiday Cottage Melanie is an ideal base to explore this wonderful region. Come and enjoy our beautiful scenery and wide range of outdoor activities! Holiday Cotta …see more
A lovely stone house set in rolling Langedoc countryside, with shared heated swimming pool and beautiful views of the Pyrenees. well located for markets, horse riding, walking and many historic sites. …see more
In an elevated position giving us great views of the surrounding countryside and the Pyrenees.
Floc ferme is an old stone farmhouse and barn with adjoining gite in a rural but not too remote area of tranquility just 10 minutes of the main N20 Toulouse to Andorra rout …see more
“Lovely quiet and time to reflect” I stayed here with mates and it was fab. I was looking to relax and have some down time. We did have kids with us and they loved the pool so much they hardly got out! Mirepoix is lovely and some nice places to eat.
We had a lovely holiday in this house. The owner and the local friend who grants access were both super-friendly and helpful. The house is in a hamlet (the neighbouring houses and gardens are very clo… More
“Our time at Le Pichet was without doubt the highlight of our “grand tour”” What an amazing week !! Not only did we improve our painting technique and develop our visual accuracy but also immersed ourselves in the beauty and variety of the countryside.
Thank you for a fantastic week. From the moment we arrived it felt like home ( but with more hills though!) Le Pichet is a wonderful base from which to explore this fabulous part of France. Rodney an… More
Thank you. It was such a pleasure to welcome you to this region and we are glad that you were able to make the most of your time here. We would also like to thank you for the wonderful meal you cooked for us!
“Very nice property in beautiful setting”
Reviewed 26 Jun 2012
Thank you very much for a lovely stay.We have really enjoyed being here, your help and valuable advice about walks, local points of interest, driving directions and so much more. We loved the place an… More
Many thanks. We are so glad that you liked “Le Pichet” and that any local information we were able to give was of help; it is always a real joy to share the place with people who like ourselves love mountains.
“Perfect location, fantastic views, lots to do.”
Reviewed 12 May 2012
We have stayed here several times over the last few years. There is plenty to do such as walking,riding,kayaking in the Spring, Summer and Autumn and skiing in the Winter. The owners of the property a… More
We are delighted that you continue to enjoy coming here, and making the most of all the outdoor opportunities the area has to offer - the excellent riding in particular. Congratulations to your husband for his walk on the “Freedom Trail”; a very difficult and hazardous walk today, even with modern equipment, as it was during the war. We look forward to your next visit, and may perhaps suggest a visit to the Museum of “Le Chemin de la Liberté”- an excellent exhibition and fitting memorial to the courage of all “Passeurs”.
This is a newly renovated 2 bed apt That Would comfortably sleep 8. The views are amazing and it is 5 mins to the tourist spa town of Ax les Thermes. My place is good for couples, families, big groups, and pets /
This is a 2 bedroom apartment, recently renovated, which …see more
“A wonderful place for a real rest” We had a great stay. The house is well equipped and whatever was lacking appeared almost immediately once we had mentioned it to our lovely host, Sarah, who was only next door. We arrived to a warm welcome and a sple
I stayed in Leela for the best part of a month, looking to have some respite from the daily grind(!) and have time to write in peace and solitude. I wasn't disappointed. A couple of miles and a few th… More
“A georgeous retreat/holiday gite for someone looking to get away and enjoy the quintissential south-of-francecountryside”
Reviewed 17 Mar 2014
Sarah could not be more accommodating and charming. She has transformed a little french countryside house into a beautiful and modern getaway for those looking to escape the big city rush and experie… More
“A delightful and charming little get away.”
Reviewed 13 Jul 2013
A well thought through, well maintained, spacious, clean but above all slightly quirky little Gite. It really does have everything you need and more, especially in the kitchen. If you like reading yo… More
“Lovely spacious house with a stunning view.” We loved staying in this roomy, comfortable house with amazing views of the surrounding mountains. Peter was very responsive to our questions via email and the local contacts, Eric and Cecile were really he
Maison Esmeralda, Chambres D'Hôtes et Gîte, Biert, Ariège
La Maison Esmeralda est située à l’entrée du petit village de montagne de Biert, à 5 minutes de Massat et à 30 minutes de St Girons, capitale du C …see more
Lovingly restored accommodation, all rooms en-suite. Gardens and plunge pool. Peaceful setting; glimpses of the Pyrenees from the house and good views from nearby; great walking country. Visit prehistoric caves, Cathar castles, medieval towns, markets, swimming lakes. …see more
Cycling Holidays Complete package provided. Cooks can provide evening meals, Large wine selection Large Heated Swimming Pool Croquet Badminton Boules Table Tennis Pool Golf course nearby.Large Private Grounds with HotTub/Jacuzzi Sauna & Cold Plunge Pool & Wild S …see more
Situated in the gardens of Maison Esmeralda and on the banks of the River Arac, our gite has a well equipped kitchen, 2 pretty double bedrooms and a comfortable living room. French windows lead out to a private garden in peaceful and beautiful surroundings. A swimming …see more
A perfect base for exploring the Ariège Pyrénées this wonderful and little know region of France .A Splendidly rural, rugged, unspoilt , clean environment. Offering a range of outdoor activities along with historical sightseeing …see more
“Relaxing holiday in a great location” Good well appointed and well equipped house with views of stunning mountains and hills across the road. Although it was hot outside, the inside of the house was comfortably cooler due to the thick walls. Well mai
It was what it said on the tin. Impeccably clean, well supplied. Travel directions and key code precise and worked a treat. A simple French home that had all mod cons but hadn't lost its old fashioned… More
“Lovely holiday but property somewhat neglected”
Reviewed 2 Jul 2013
I too have owned (and loved) a holiday home in France (in the Auvergne) so am well aware of the problems associated with periods of absence in a semi-mountain climate: a couple of hours of airing with… More
Thank you for your review and feedback which we always treat as important and valuable to us. Our house is not just a business for us as we treat La Maison Rever as our personal second home. You are right that these old properties do need opening up and take a time to both air and warm up. The damp issue is now resolved, and wasn't a major issue but just the walls absorbing moisture which then needing to be warmed up and lived in. I am sorry to hear that you found La Maison Rever cold as we usually receive positive feedback about how cooling the house is when it's been hot and sunny outside. We installed a wood burning stove and always have a ready supply of wood for guests to use, whatever season it is.
The weather had been very wet for prolonged periods before your trip, followed by a hot and sunny few weeks which made the garden grow rapidly. Following your feedback ,we have resolved this matter going forward by increasing the amount of gardening hours completed by our house keepers.
The guest information/instructions has now been updated and clearly clarified for the use of the boiler and central heating system and I think the issue you had was due to a previous guest damaging the thermostat dial on the boiler. We wish you had contacted us at the beginning of your stay so that we could have resolved this, and your other concerns, immediately.
As for the local cats, I am pleased to tell you that most of them have left as we have had a change of neighbours. Our previous guests at La Maison Rever have informed us that their children had befriended the cats, therefore as a result of your feedback we have updated our guest information details to advise all guests that the cats are not to be encouraged to enter our property.
I would like to thank you again for your valuable feedback and we hope to welcome you back to the Ariege in the future.
Pete and Sasha
We have two gites. The balcony looks over the garden and the surrounding forest /mountain views. Ideal for walkers, cyclists or for those wanting to visit Southern France historic landmarks. Ideal for cycling road or off road, the lake 15km away has a beach , horse ridi …see more