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Holiday gite in Orus – Home 358326 Gite

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

Holiday gite in Orus – Home 358326

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  • Gite
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

Gite / 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

La Fontane can comfortably accommodate six people and is spacious for two, so you can relax with the family or go walking in the midst of nature as a couple.

Its very spacious (125M2) with a large family room with kitchen, dining, and sitting areas either around the stove or in front of the picture windows with their incomparable mountain views, dominated by the Pic of Montcalm (3000m) opposite. The kitchen area is well equipped including with a dishwasher, and there is a utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Above the family room there's a mezzanine where your can watch multi-channel TV or play pool. There's a stylish shower room, and three comfortable bedrooms with double bed, twin beds and twin bunks.

It has an incomparable view over the valley and the majestic mountains that surround it including the Montcalm peak (3000m). In the middle of the Parc Naturel Régional it faces due south, like the sunny village of Orus above. You can

La Fontane can comfortably accommodate six people and is spacious for two, so you can relax with the family or go walking in the midst of nature as a couple.

Its very spacious (125M2) with a large family room with kitchen, dining, and sitting areas either around the stove or in front of the picture windows with their incomparable mountain views, dominated by the Pic of Montcalm (3000m) opposite. The kitchen area is well equipped including with a dishwasher, and there is a utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Above the family room there's a mezzanine where your can watch multi-channel TV or play pool. There's a stylish shower room, and three comfortable bedrooms with double bed, twin beds and twin bunks.

It has an incomparable view over the valley and the majestic mountains that surround it including the Montcalm peak (3000m). In the middle of the Parc Naturel Régional it faces due south, like the sunny village of Orus above. You can enjoy the view either from the terrace in front or through the picture windows of the large living room. In the evening or during bad weather you can listen to music on the hi-fi in front of the fireplace, play pool, read, surf the net, or watch TV.

The children will love exploring the extensive wooded grounds and walking up the track to the village of Orus (5 minutes). You can get down to Vicdessos and its market on Thursdays where there is a well stocked Spar supermarket, a butcher, a good boulangerie, a pizzeria, bar-restaurant, pharmacy, post office with cash point.

In the valley there are good restaurants in Niaux (15 minutes) and Tarascon-sur-Ariège (20 minutes) where there also are supermarkets and a market twice a week

The valley is famous as a centre for mountain recreation and sports activities. These include walking - there are two beautiful marked footpaths which can be accessed directly from the house. These connect to the many well-marked trails in the valley including the GR 10 path that crosses the Pyrenees, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. In summer (July-August) there is an outdoor swimming pool in Auzat (10 minutes) surrounded by mountains. Ax les Thermes (40 minutes) offers a relaxing natural hot spa experience throughout the year.

We have rock climbing, including in Vicdessos a practice climbing wall. (5 minutes by car) We also have "via ferrata" (safe but spectacular climbing with fixed steel loops to attach to) and an "accrobranche" (adventure park with zip slides). There is trout fishing, caving, canoeing and canyoning (river rafting, abseiling and sliding down waterfalls). All of these activities are supervised by highly qualified guides who ensure your safety at all times.

For those interested in history and archeology not to be missed in the valley, the magnificent 14,000-year-old drawings of the Niaux cave, one of the few cave art sites still open to the public. This can be complemented by a visit to the Parc Pyrénéen de l'art préhistorique where the interior of the cave has been faithfully reproduced and where you and the children can learn about the life of our ancestors, for example how to throw spears and make fire the way our ancestors did.

We also have a fascinating local history. In the XIII century the region was a centre of the Cathar religion and we are not far (45 minutes) from the breathtaking castle of Montségur where the Cathars took their last stand against the forces of the King of France and the Pope.

Within living memory, the region was a centre of resistance to the occupation during World War 2. Many Allied aviators and other refugees were smuggled across the border across the mountains from here. The ancient Orus water mill was operated secretly during the night to grind corn to prevent seizures of food by the occupation troops.

We can also walk (or drive to) the village of Sem directly across the valley from La Fontane where iron was mined between Roman times until the 1930s. We can also follow the aluminium trail that commemorates a hundred years of the industry at Auzat until its demise in 2003 and whose main physical legacy are the giant mountain reservoirs now used to generate hydro-electricity.

We have cultural events as well as the popular blues festival in Vicdessos, which attracts hundreds to participate in class acts. The tourist offices of Auzat and Vicdessos offer up-to-date information about events in the area. Each village holds its fete in July or August to which visitors are welcome.

Or…relax on the patio beneath the cool of the shade sale and watch the wonderful butterflies, birds and lizards.

Location description from owner

The Occitanie region

La Fontane is in the newly-named Occitanie region, ranging from Pyrenean peaks reaching heights of 3 000 metres to the wine producing regions of the Languedoc and the Mediterranean coast. Its capital is Toulouse, (90 mins) with its museums, art galleries, shops and restaurants, its aerospace centre, and university is worth a day's visit. Outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, cycling, horse trekking, white water sports can be pursued at a much lower cost, (and in better weather!) than in the UK. Further afield there's also river tourism, cruising on the Canal du Midi, its spectacular locks constructed under Louis XlV, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. We try to "take the waters" at Ax les Thermes' fabulously relaxing thermal baths (30 mins) at least once a holiday. . The area is dripping with history, from the 14,000 year old cave paintings at Niaux in our valley, the breathtaking Chateau de Montségur (45 mins) where the Xll Century Cathars took their last stand and, also in our own valley, where within living memory, allied aviators were smuggled out of occupied France during World War 2.

Orus

La Fontane is situated in the Parc Naturel Régional in the Upper Ariege. After taking in the breathtaking views of the snow-capped 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, horse-riding, 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 14,000 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).

Access to Orus and La Fontane is by a fairly narrow, hairpin-bended road up the mountainside, followed by a 200m unmetalled track. The road is designed to take vehicles up to 12 tons (small lorries) and most people don't find it or the track a problem. However you may wish to think carefully about coming if heights are a concern to you.

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 3: Bunk Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 Toilet Only

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • Swing set
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Pool or snooker table
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking

Interaction with guest

Our local keyholders will meet and greet you, show you round the house and provide you will all necessary information about your stay and about the area and be available to answer your questions and deal with your needs during your stay.

Policies

Check in time:16:00, Check out time:11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
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
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Peter C
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated::
15 Jan 2017
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish


This Gite has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 17 Mar 2013. Located in Foix, it has 10 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £348 to £823.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 15 Jan 2017.

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“Lovely spacious house with a stunning view.”

Reviewed 30 Jun 2015

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 helpful and welcoming.

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