Cottage - sleeps 4 (2 bedrooms)
The cottage has been renovated with simplicity and light in mind. All rooms have views of the mountains. There is an open plan kitchen / diner / sitting room on the ground floor. The kitchen has a gas oven, microwave,kettle toaster, fridge freezer and washing machine.There is a drop leaf dinning table that seats 4, 1 sofa, beanbags, comfy chair and side table. The house is heated by a wood burning stove in the ground floor sitting area. Through the front door you look out to the Pyrenees.
There are 2 bedrooms; a double on the first floor and a twin in the attic room. The shower room is on the first floor .
The front door leads out on to a decked area which has views over the Pyrenees for all those Al fresco meals.
Peaceful mountain retreat
The properties are situated at the top of the pretty village of Lesparrou. We are just off the beaten track, nestled in a forested valley yet in the centre of many activities and amazing places to visit such as Montsegur chateau.
The region is well know for its weekly markets which sell fantastic fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices and local produce. Lavelanet and Foix markets are on a Friday morning and Mirepoix on a Monday.
Renovated with thought and care using as many natural materials such as chalk paint, linseed oil and lime washes as possible. It has been a labour of love getting them to their current state and we have enjoyed living in each space so hopefully have created that home from home feel that we look for when we are travelling.
The views from the south facing windows are superb and you can sit and watch the sun rise and set over the Frau in the heart of the Pyrenees. Natural light plays an important part in the feel of our retreats, often flooding in at different times of the day.
There are several walks on the door step, along the river in both directions and up over the hill behind the property. Ideal for people who love the outdoors.There is a climbing crag 10 min walk away and many more with in 3/4 hr drive. Also canoeing on the Ariege, Aude rivers and on lac Mont Bel(the owners offer guided day trips in canoes on the lake please enquire to book).You can also hire canoes from Lac Mont Bel at Regate near Leran. We also offer guided day walks to suit all levels with Dave, a qualified international mountain leader, again please enquire for prices and to book.
This area also suits those who want a quiet base to discover the region with its Cathar castles, historic villages and more. There are many great places to eat and sample some of the local gastronomic delights!
This is an ideal region to discover on foot, on your bike or in winter. There are several different ski slopes that are within a 1hr drive. Our local slope at "mont D'Olme" is an easy 35 min drive.
Bikes can be hired locally and dropped at the property from "Velomondo " . Craig, the owner, speaks French and English , knows where we are and is extremely helpful. Please deal directly with him or let us know your requirements and we can contact him for you.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
About Louise Chandler
Louise and Dave have owned these properties in Lesparrou for 8 years . They love the area and are out door enthusiasts and instructors. They have one son, Jake,who also loves the house and local woods and rivers.They are very happy to share their local knowledge of the climbing crags, walks and rivers.
Dave is an International Mountain Leader and British Canoe Union coach and offers guided walks and canoe trips as optional extras to your holiday.
Louise Chandler purchased this cottage in 2007
Why Louise Chandler chose Ariege
We love the views, the peacefulness and friendly people of Lesparrou. Everything we like to do is vey accessible, lakes, rivers, walks, mountains and climbing. Our Gites area sanctuary to return to after a busy day out in the country side or exploring the towns ,chateaus and markets of the surrounding area.
What makes this cottage unique
The properties are at the top of the village and back onto acres of oak woodland. There are fantastic mountain views from different positions in and around the properties. We thoroughly reccomend watching the sun go down with a glass of wine. Each space has its own charm and individual features, with stone walls, large windows and soft fabrics used through out.
Fresh bread can be bought every day except Monday 09.00-12.00 from the post office just opposite.
The properties are well equipped and the focus is on natural simplicity and beauty.
(1 traveller reviews)
We had a long holiday here in May/June 2014, with our dogs, and it suited us perfectly. There are beautiful walks in all directions from the house and the dogs were in heaven. The house felt cosy and homely and we were able to totally relax. The open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room is great for convivial mealtimes, but we made the most of the sun-trap terraces and had most of our meals in the garden looking at the mountains. We are not so much into climbing mountains, but more into enjoying the local food and wine, and restaurants in Mirepoix and Leran became firm favourites. We will be back in summer 2015!
From the Owner
“We love the views, the peacefulness and friendly people of Lesparrou. Everything we like to do is vey accessible, lakes, rivers, walks, mountains and climbing. Our Gites area sanctuary to return to after a busy day out in the country side or exploring the towns ,chateaus and markets of the surrounding area.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
The owners can offer biking,canoeing and guided summer and winter walks as part of your holiday. This can be full instruction with equipment provided or just sharing local knowledge of crags rivers and walks. Please enquire for more details and prices.
Lac Montbel is a large lake about 10 mins drive away, with a nice sandy beach at Regate and a restaurant and a quieter pebble beach at Montbel. In summer, you can also hire pedal boats and canoes. Puivert Lake is only a 10 min drive with a safe beach for young children and lovely lake side restaurant. In July and August there is a weekly night market every wednesday. The Mediterranean is only 1½ hour by car. 2 minutes walk from the house is a clear flowing river with great swimming holes.
Carcassonne airport at 1 hour. Perpignan and Toulouse airport at 1 hour 20 mins.
Nice places to visit in the area are Mirepoix 20 mins. Foix 30 mins. Cathar castles (eg Montsegur at 20 mins). There are many things to see and do in the area, such as caves, markets, chateaus, spas,please check the folder provided in the house.
If you are in to out door activities, there are numerous adventures to be had either self guided or with organised companies. Please contact us for further information on: climbing, canyoning, ropes courses, road and mountain biking, sailing, canoeing.
There are several walks on the door step, along the river in both directions and up over the hill behind the property. There is a post office in the village which sells bread every morning and an epecerie 2.5km walk or bike ride along the pretty river path in Bastide sur L'Hers.And a butchers van on Weds. Lavelanet town is only 5 mins away by car and has a Carrefour and SuperU supermarket, and some boutiques and other shops. Here, you can also find banks, garages, pharmacies, doctors and such. La Bastide sur L'Hers is 2.5km away and has a butchers, 2 small shops(which also sell bread), play park, open air pool, a bar, restaurant and even hairdressers. There are also several Fetes and night markets through out the summer in the surrounding villages.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
** This rate is subject to a per person/per night fee. The displayed price reflects one guest.
Additional pricing information
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For bookings, please send email via this website. Payment: 50% deposit to confirm reservation, the balance 1 calendar month before arrival plus a breakages deposit: 100 euros (covers for breakages around the house and cleaning if required).
Or you can pay by credit card using the credit card facility.
Changeover day is flexible. Arrival after 3pm and departure before 10am, but can be flexible (please contact us for your specific questions!).
Notes on prices:
Linen is available (bed linen + towels) for 2 euros per person per night .
Please leave the properties as you find them,cleaning equipment is provided. If you require we can arrange for cleaning for 30 euros from your deposit.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The properties are at the top of the village and back onto acres of oak woodland. There are fantastic mountain views from different positions in and around the properties. We thoroughly reccomend watching the sun go down with a glass of wine. Each space has its own charm and individual features, with stone walls, large windows and soft fabrics used through out. Fresh bread can be bought every day except Monday 09.00-12.00 from the post office just opposite. The properties are well equipped and the focus is on natural simplicity and beauty.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Heating ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Dining Area
- Toys ...
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- naturist beach
- recreation centre
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- freshwater fishing
- ice skating
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- ski lift pass
- whitewater rafting
- 25 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- A large shower enclosure with plenty of hot water, sink and toilet.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, This bedroom is in the attic with a velux window
- Bicycles ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- All the rooms are light and bright with many original features.