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Rural tranquility - private balcony, magical view – Home 426702 Gite

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 5 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Rural tranquility - private balcony, magical view – Home 426702

Excellent 5/5 Excellent – based on 12 reviews

  • Gite
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 5 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Gite / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 5

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 200 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

TRADUCTION FRANAISE SUIT

Escape to the tranquility of this lovingly restored home in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. Situated in a peaceful French hamlet, 600 m above sea level, in the heart of the 'Parc naturel rgional des Pyrnes Arigeoises' Leela makes for a perfect base from which to explore the wild and beautiful Ariege. Romantic, magical and calm, come, let go, unwind and relax.

Over a decade Leela has been sensitively restored using ecological building techniques and materials. The wood fired central heating and reed bed waste water system make for an ecologically friendly holiday choice.

Leela resonates a beautiful energy, full of light and warmth; cosy in winter and cool in summer. The old wood and natural stone are offset by the beautiful curves of the simple plastered stone walls.

Passing under the charming stone carving above the arched front door the entrance is paved in original stone slabs mined in the hills locally. Stop and rest on the ch

TRADUCTION FRANAISE SUIT

Escape to the tranquility of this lovingly restored home in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. Situated in a peaceful French hamlet, 600 m above sea level, in the heart of the 'Parc naturel rgional des Pyrnes Arigeoises' Leela makes for a perfect base from which to explore the wild and beautiful Ariege. Romantic, magical and calm, come, let go, unwind and relax.

Over a decade Leela has been sensitively restored using ecological building techniques and materials. The wood fired central heating and reed bed waste water system make for an ecologically friendly holiday choice.

Leela resonates a beautiful energy, full of light and warmth; cosy in winter and cool in summer. The old wood and natural stone are offset by the beautiful curves of the simple plastered stone walls.

Passing under the charming stone carving above the arched front door the entrance is paved in original stone slabs mined in the hills locally. Stop and rest on the chaise longue or continue down into the cosy living room, with a wood burning stove at its heart. From here either climb the original wooden stairs to the first floor or continue straight on into the open plan kitchen/dining area. There is a second woodburning stove in the dining area, which fires the central heating. French windows lead to the small courtyard garden.

The garden is surrounded by climbing scented roses, sweat peas, clematis, lavender and abundant herbs, to be used by all. A perfect place to relax in the hammock with the sound of trickling water falling into the pond. There is also a deck for outdoor eating and a BBQ.

Continuing past the dining area is a utility room/kitchen, with washing machine and dishwasher. Leela is well equipped with gas oven, 5 gas rings, toaster, kettle, microwave, rice maker, fondue, juicer, iron, ironing board, hairdryer and 12 complete place settings. Please enquire if anything else is needed.

First Floor: The master bedroom has a lovely private balcony, overlooking an enchanting, ever changing, wild, valley. The blue bedroom is full of light and the king sized bed can be transformed into a twin if preferred. There is also an additional single mattress suitable for a child. Two cots and high chairs are also available.

Whether you are looking for a romantic hideaway for two or a special family holiday, Leela offers much to delight your senses.

The cover photo is a view of me on the roof top, however this is for atmosphere and to show the scenery as I have no other suitable photos. The gite does not however have access to the roof top.

Wood used during the winter months is charged at the end of each stay, according to consumption, at cost price.

Reviews from previous clients:

Our stay have been peaceful and delightful. The "gite" is very, very charming. You can expect to sleep like a baby, the rooms exquisite. We enjoyed live in this "hameau" few days to meet neighbours and share daily life with us. Sarah is very dedicated and she restore the gite with real talent.

Thank you!

Lucie Luna, Pierre, Violaine juillet 2013

Nous avons pass un sjour vraiment agrable, l'accueil que nous a rserv Sarah a t trs chaleureux. Le gte est vraiment de toute beaut et respire le bien tre. Un grand merci Sarah.....

Patrick juin 2013

VERSION FRANAISE

Venez profiter de la tranquillit et du confort de cette maison situe 600 mtres d'altitude dans le piedmont arigeois. Superficie: 100 m.

Dix annes de restauration avec des techniques et des matriaux cologiques font de Leela un lieu calme et romantique pour vous relaxer et un point de dpart idal pour explorer l'Arige sauvage et magnifique.

De Leela mane une belle nergie de lumire et de chaleur : confortable en hiver grce ses poles bois et frache en t avec ses pais mrs.

En passant sous la charmante sculpture sur pierre au-dessus de la porte vote, de belles dalles de marbre, provenant des collines voisines, vous accueillent. Suit le confortable salon avec son pole bois et son ambiance cosy.

Laissez l'escalier votre gauche pour l'instant et dcouvrez la salle manger donnant sur un petit jardin privatif entour de rosiers grimpants parfums, pois de senteur, clmatites, lavandes et autres herbes aromatiques prtes tre utilises Ici vous pourrez vous dtendre dans le hamac berc par le son de l'eau qui tombe dans le petit bassin. La terrasse en bois vous accueille pour vos repas d'extrieur.

La petite cuisine-buanderie, trs lumineuse et bien quipe vous suffira pour vos besoins.

l'tage la chambre principale, avec son grand lit de 160cm, dispose d'un joli balcon donnant sur un cadre enchant.

La chambre bleue sera trs lumineuse, reposante et modulable avec soit un grand lit, soit deux lits une place et peut accueillir un autre matelas une place. Entre les deux chambres il y a une jolie salle de bain avec douche et W.C.

quipement :

Four avec 5 feux a gaz, lave-vaisselle, lave linge, 12 couverts complets, grille-pain, bouilloire, micro-ondes, deux petits frigos, un avec conglateur, machine riz, service fondu, BBQ, table et fer repasser, sche-cheveux, lecture de CD ou ipod et WIFI si vous le dsirez, sinon c'est dsactiver.

Les draps, les serviettes, les savons et produits domestiques sont fournis.

Pendant les mois d'hiver le bois consomms est factur la fin du sjour, au prix, sinon c'est compris.

Location description from owner

The Midi-Pyrénées region

TRADUCTION FRANAISE SUIT

Wild and beautiful the Arige-- France's best kept secret. Situated in South-Western France it is the most untouched and magnificent part of the French Pyrenees and is home to a vast population of plant, insect, bird and animal life. The possibilities to dive into the natural environment are endless, from river and lake swimming, to walks for all levels of fitness, (including the Chemin de la Libert, the pilgrims route to Santiago Di Compostela and the well know GR routes) to horseback riding, canoeing, painting ....With the wealth of historic, archaeological and cultural interest found in the Arige it's so easy to feel transported to another age long ago. Prehistoric man left his mark in various grottos and caves, including Niaux and Le Maz D'Azil. Fantastic medieval settlements include Carcassonne, St Lizier and Mirepoix. There is a legacy of religious history seen in the cathedrals and churches throughout the area, not to forget the story left by the Cathar people, with castles including Monsegur open for viewing.

Various picturesque ski resorts can be reached within 90 minutes, including Ax Bon Ascre and Guzet Neige and the higher resorts found in Andorra are easily accessible. For winter holidays it is not unknown to be able to play golf in the morning in beautiful sunshine and ski in the afternoon. Fabulous!

L'Arige Midi-Pyrnes

Belle et sauvage, l'Arige est souvent dsigne comme le secret le mieux gard de France. Situe dans le Sud-Ouest de la France, elle est la partie la plus intacte et magnifique des Pyrnes franaises et abrite un grand nombre de varits de plantes, d'insectes, d'oiseaux et d'animaux. Les possibilits de plonger dans le milieu naturel sont infinies, de la rivire et lac de baignade, de promenades pour tous les niveaux, (y compris le chemin de la Libert, la route de Saint Jacques de Compostelle) l'quitation, cano-kayak, peinture ....Avec la richesse historique, archologique et culturelle de l'Arige il est facile de se sentir transport une autre poque. L'homme prhistorique a laiss sa marque dans plusieurs grottes et cavernes, y compris Niaux et Le Mas d'Azil . Visitez des cites mdivaux fantastiques comme Carcassonne, St Lizier et Mirepoix. Il y a un hritage de l'histoire religieuse vu dans les cathdrales et les glises dans toute la rgion, n'oubliant pas l'histoire des Cathares, avec leurs chteaux comme Montsgur.Diffrentes stations de ski pittoresques peuvent tre atteintes dans les 90 minutes, y compris Ax Bonascre et Guzet Neige et les plus hautes stations se trouvent en Andorre et sont facilement accessibles. Pour des vacances d'hiver, il n'est pas rare de pouvoir jouer au golf sous un soleil magnifique et aller skier le lendemain. Fabuleux !

Laborie

TRADUCTION FRANAISE SUIT

Laborie is a very peaceful hamlet set in the midst of forested hills, away from the sound of traffic and the bustle of modern life. There are a few horses, a small flock of goats, a couple of pigs and some chickens who add to the population of 12 inhabitants. There is fresh goats cheese for sale in the village for 8 months of the year and the possibility of taking part in milking, collecting the goats in the evening etc. It is rare to find such a quiet and relaxing environment to unwind and let go with the additional benefit that you can get away from WIFI if you wish, since there is no wifi from neighbours, just that used in the gite which is under your control.

The Immediate Area

Situated in the midst of the Sronais National Park, Leela lies between Foix and St Girons, conveniently placed close to some of the most spectacular views of the Pyrenees and to many of the attractions mentioned above.

Within a radius of 30 minutes from Leela there is:

Foix, with its magnificent castle and various museums; St Lizier, a UNESCO site and host to a multitude of fabulous classical concerts which take place in its cathedral, St Girons with one of France's most colourful, vibrant markets; Le Golf de Arige, a challenging and beautiful golf course; Le Maz D'Azil with its impressive grotto and buzzing market; Labouiche, Europe's longest underground river trip; Le Merens Equestrian centre; the cycle path that runs between Foix and St Girons, which can be accessed 2.7 km from the front door; rivers and lakes to swim, many walks to explore, including the ancient tracks in the hills immediately around Laborie .............

Le Golf de l'Arige, only 20 minutes away, is a championship 18 hole golf course with magnificent views of the Pyrenees. It also has a fabulous compact 9 hole course for a more leisurely round, a driving range, putting green, club house and restaurant.

Castelnau Durban, situated at 2.8km from Leela, is as far as you need to go to enjoy the traditional French ambiance, sitting under the plane trees watching the petanque matches being fought out by all ages. Here you will also find two bars, an excellent traditional restaurant, Chez Victor, busy with local people, a small Tuesday market, a tiny post office, an antique tennis court, a small village store and a shop selling local produce.

Just 2.8km from the old railway line cycle path, which runs between Foix and St Girons, with horses nearby and nestled in beautiful walking countryside, Leela is the perfect location from which to explore by foot, horseback, bike or car.

The Midi-Pyrenees / Arige region

Wild and beautiful the Arige, 'France's best kept secret'. Situated in South-Western France it is the most untouched and magnificent part of the French Pyrenees and is home to a vast population of plant, insect, bird and animal life. The possibilities to dive into the natural environment are endless, from river and lake swimming, to walks for all levels of fitness, (including the Chemin de la Libert, the pilgrims route to Santiago Di Compostela and the well know GR routes) to horseback riding, canoeing, painting ....

With the wealth of historic, archaeological and cultural interest found in the Arige it's so easy to feel transported to another age long ago. Prehistoric man left his mark in various grottos and caves, including Niaux and Le Maz D'Azil. Fantastic medieval settlements include Carcassonne, St Lizier and Mirepoix. There is a legacy of religious history seen in the cathedrals and churches throughout the area, not to forget the story left by the Cathar people, with castles including Monsegur open for viewing.

Various picturesque ski resorts can be reached within 90 minutes, including Ax Bon Ascre and Guzet Neige and the higher resorts found in Andorra are easily accessible. For winter holidays it is not unknown to be able to play golf in the morning in beautiful sunshine and ski in the afternoon. Fabulous!

Laborie est un hameau trs calme , situ au milieu des collines boises , loin du bruit de la circulation et de l'agitation de la vie moderne . Il y a quelques chevaux, un petit troupeau de chvres , un couple de porcs et des poulets qui ajoutent la population de 12 habitants . Il est le fromage de chvre frais la vente dans le village pendant 8 mois de l'anne et la possibilit de prendre part la traite, la collecte des chvres dans la soire , etc. Il est rare de trouver un tel environnement calme et relaxant pour se dtendre et se laisser aller avec l'avantage supplmentaire que vous pouvez sortir de WIFI si vous le souhaitez , car il n'y a pas de wifi des voisins , juste celui utilis dans le gte qui est sous votre contrle .

La rgion immdiate

Situ au milieu du Parc Naturel du Sronais, Leela se trouve entre Foix et Saint-Girons, idalement plac proximit des vues les plus spectaculaires sur les Pyrnes et de la plupart des attractions mentionnes ci-dessus.

Dans un rayon de 30 kms de Leela :

Castelnau Durban, situe 2.8km de Laborie, possde deux bars, un excellent restaurant traditionnel (Chez Victor), un petit march le mardi, un bureau de poste, un court de tennis, une picerie et pendant lt une boutique des produits locaux.

A juste 3 kms de Laborie ce trouve la Voie Verte, la piste cyclable de l'ancienne ligne de chemin de fer qui reliait Foix Saint Girons.

Le Golf de l'Arige, seulement 20 minutes, est un golf de championnat de 18 trous avec une vue magnifique sur les Pyrnes. Il y a galement un compact 9 trous fabuleux pour un tour plus tranquille ; un practice et un restaurant.

Foix, avec son magnifique chteau et plusieurs muses ; St Lizier, un site de l'UNESCO qui accueille une multitude de concerts classiques fabuleux dans sa cathdrale, St Girons avec l'un des marchs les plus dynamiques de la France; Le Mas d'Azil avec sa grotte impressionnante et le march anim; Labouiche, la plus longue rivire souterraine d'Europe; Le Merens-Centre questre; les rivires et les lacs pour se baigner, de nombreuses promenades explorer, y compris les anciennes pistes dans les collines autour de Laborie. Niche dans les belles collines, Leela est l'endroit idal pour explorer pied, cheval, vlo ou en voiture.

LArige Midi-Pyrnes

Belle et sauvage, l'Arige est souvent dsigne comme le secret le mieux gard de France. Situe dans le Sud-Ouest de la France, elle est la partie la plus intacte et magnifique des Pyrnes franaises et abrite un grand nombre de varits de plantes, d'insectes, d'oiseaux et danimaux. Les possibilits de plonger dans le milieu naturel sont infinies, de la rivire et lac de baignade, de promenades pour tous les niveaux, (y compris le chemin de la Libert, la route de Saint Jacques de Compostelle) l'quitation, cano-kayak, peinture ....

Avec la richesse historique, archologique et culturelle de l'Arige il est facile de se sentir transport une autre poque. L'homme prhistorique a laiss sa marque dans plusieurs grottes et cavernes, y compris Niaux et Le Mas d'Azil . Visitez des cites mdivaux fantastiques comme Carcassonne, St Lizier et Mirepoix. Il y a un hritage de l'histoire religieuse vu dans les cathdrales et les glises dans toute la rgion, noubliant pas l'histoire des Cathares, avec leurs chteaux comme Montsgur.

Diffrentes stations de ski pittoresques peuvent tre atteintes dans les 90 minutes, y compris Ax Bonascre et Guzet Neige et les plus hautes stations se trouvent en Andorre et sont facilement accessibles. Pour des vacances d'hiver, il n'est pas rare de pouvoir jouer au golf sous un soleil magnifique et aller skier le lendemain. Fabuleux !

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: 3 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
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About the owner

Sarah D
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated:
29 Sep 2016
Based in:
France

Languages spoken: English, French


This Gite has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 5. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 01 May 2013. Located in Ariege, it has 12 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £285 to £634.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 29 Sep 2016.

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“A wonderful place for a real rest”

Reviewed 6 Oct 2014

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 splendid bottle of wine awaiting us. The lack of TV and mobile phone enhanced our stay encouraging us to read and paint! it would have been nice to have a CD player ( we do not have iplayers etc). The hamlet is very quiet -excellent goats cheese on hand! However go with lots of groceries and food! Good walks in the area too.

“FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD IN ARIEGE”

Reviewed 13 Jun 2014

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 thousand feet up a one track road beside an almost 'Alpine' valley, from the balcony the view over steep wooded hills - especially when the mist threads through the trees in the early morning - is a Werner Herzog Peruvian landscape. The silence is deafening, only the occasional car passing through and the local cockerel. Leela itself - as the photographs suggest - one suspects has been renovated by Sarah the owner, almost as an art project, beautifully and tastefully done. For anyone likely to miss the delights of consumerism, this is probably not the place to stay - although the neighbouring small town of St. Girons is a great place with about four supermarches lurking... Sarah was really helpful and we hope to enjoy some wine in her company again !

“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 experience rythms that still have their charm. The countryside around it is one litte french town after another, separated with beautiful undulating hills. A really pretty rustic hidden gem. I highly recomend.

“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 you'll need to book for longer, there are lots and lots of books, for all tastes and of all genres. The bedrooms are light and airy; the master has a balcony to admire the mountain view and to watch the changing weather. There is a private little bijou garden enclosed by rambling roses, with a pond and herb garden. The whole place is full of charm, and is warm and welcoming. The owner is friendly and helpful, attentive but unobtrusive. The gite is situated in a tiny little community where everyone similes and says 'hello' - a little place full of character and where time is mellow. The nearby town of St Girons (20-25 Minutes) has a huge; mainly food producers market on Saturday and there is another in Foix on Friday. Some of the ‘off the beaten track’ roads take courage, especially when meeting a local familiar with passing on a single track. There is no etiquette to this just go at any cost and never mind the lack of space or shear drop. If you prefer to go walking and/or cycling and to do a little 'medieval' exploring this is a good base, it really has everything you need for a decent short break. Oh and don't forget to try the delicious local goats cheese. You can lie in bed and hear the goats’ bells ringing from the fields and valleys, and the cheese really is made right next door. Would I recommend it? Most certainly and intend to return again too.

“Fabulous- Stylish decor, comfortable, a beautiful environment”

Reviewed 23 May 2013

This is really picture postcard rural France. The inside of the the gite is spacious and light, and has been beautifully decorated.

“Charming, rustic idyll in hamlet, tucked away in foothills of Pyrenees.”

Reviewed 22 May 2013

A lovely 'get away from it all' retreat. I've been twice and used it as a base for resting / contemplation / heading off for long walks and visiting French markets. Laid back, with an attention to detail making for a comfortable stay. There's been a great deal of thought into how the property has been done up - with lots of eco touches, it has a great atmosphere. View out of the back of the house, and from balcony, looks over a valley - which is really peaceful. Sarah is very helpful, if you need any advise etc.

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