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Village House with Fireplace in the Foothills of the Pyrenees close to Skiing



Updated: 26-Oct-2016
House near Mirepoix and Carcassone, Languedoc vineyards, Lac du Montbel swimming, boating, fishing. Ruins, hiking, scenic drives and walks.

Our village house has been renovated and modernised as a comfortable home for entertaining and relaxing. With very thick walls, the house stays comfortable on even the hottest days and the fireplace in the living room provides a cosy gathering place on chilly evenings. The kitchen/dining room is the centre of activity and opens on to the terrace for alfresco dining and easy access to the barbecue corner. The garden is enclosed by tall crumbly stone walls giving it lots of character and privacy. The bedrooms are comfortable and quiet and lovely to wake to the sound of birds in the garden or the soft chiming of the village church bells. Leran is 10 minutes from Mirepoix, a charming medieval town, and about 30 minutes from Carcassonne which is one of the must sees in the area. There is a lot to do in the area from swimming, sailing, canoeing and horseback riding at Lac du Montbel; or hiking and exploring the Cathar ruins and towns - and white water rafting and skiing close by.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I live in London which I really enjoy, but when I need a break from my busy job I spend my holidays in France, where I have really fallen in love with the Ariege and Languedoc. I love to cook and entertain, so really enjoy it when my friends come down and we spend most of the time outside in the summer or around the cosy fire in the cold months, enjoying the food and wine of the area.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

From one of my guests:

Thank you Susan - we had a lovely time in your beautiful house and enjoyed outdoor breakfasts and dinners in the garden which you must have spent a lot of time in to make it such a haven of calm and beauty. We loved the village with its bakery and cafe. We went for walks and bicycled to the lake where we had a nice lunch at the cafe. We visited the "bastides" and since we are interested in

history it was fascinating to follow in the paths of the "cathars". We really enjoyed our stay and would like to come back some time."
Jan 2011
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  • 5 of 5

Hello Susan

We so much enjoyed your wonderful home, it was exactly what we were looking for. The fantastic kitchen and dining area leading onto the wonderful garden delight. We were so comfortable it felt like home. The area is delightful and we enjoyed many day trips to incredible sights. We hope to return again. Stayed September 2013 for one week.


  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

I discovered the Ariege almost by accident when visiting the Aude and Carcassonne. Once I did it was a clear winner with its soft rolling countryside with fields of golden wheat and sunflowers in the summer, and the snow-capped Pyrenees gracing every view in the winter and spring. Autumn sees the all the leaves turning including the Virginia Creeper in the garden and the vineyards in the fields just over the border near Limoux. The house is in a quiet village with the necessary boulangerie and cafe, but close enough to anything else you might want or need. Mirepoix's Monday market mustn't be missed. Foix and Carcassonne are must sees. Skiing in Mont D'Olmes is only 40 minutes away, and if you fancy a hike, Chateau Montsegur is 20 minutes away.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary


The Mediterranean beaches (Narbonne, Perpignan, Coulliere) are about 2 hours east of Leran and the Atlantic beaches (Biarritz, Arascon) are about 2 hours west of Leran.


Carcassone - about 30-40 minutes drive from Leran.

Toulouse Blagnac - about 60-75 minutes drive from Leran.

Palmiers or Foix - are the closest train station with connections to Toulouse, about 30 minutes drive from Leran.

You will definitely need a car and they can be rented from both airports and locally in Laroque D'Olmes.


Carcassone, 30 mins, a must see Cathar stronghold with much history.

The Corbieres/Limoux, 30 mins, a great drive with vineyards for wine tasting/buying. Andorra, a 90 min beautiful mountain drive to duty free shopping, with the ruin of Chateau Montsegur on the way.

Foix, the capital of the Ariege has a beautiful castle and a stunning light/music festival in July.

Further Details:

Leran is a small village 5 minutes from Lac du Montbel with swimming, sailing, horseback riding, bicycling, canoeing, and cafe available.

In Leran there is a boulangerie 5 doors down from the house, and a small bar/cafe, Le Rendezvous, with very good food and entertainment with both English and French spoken. Leran has a medieval festival in August and July through August every Friday night there is a fun street party with food, drink, music, and dancing attended by both french and expat locals and visitors. The Tour de France goes right by in July!

Mirepoix, 10 mins, is a beautiful medieval village with shops, cafes, supermarkets, petrol station, and a fabulous farmers market on Mondays and a smaller one on Thursdays.

Lavalanet, 10 mins, shops, cafes, petrol, a small hospital; and a big farmers market on Fridays.

No shops or supermarkets are open on Sundays except the occasional boulangerie, however, restaurants and cafes are open. Monday is variable, some places open, some don't.

Near Leran on the main road is a Go-karting place.

Brocante: there are several small brocante in Mirepoix, a large one on the way out of Mirepoix towards Palmiers; there is a large one past the hospital in Lavalanet; there is a large one in Palmiers past the Le Clerc supermarket.

Palmiers has a selection of shops at the roundabout where the MacDonalds is, and also in the centreville.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £169
Pet Fee £169

Booking Notes:
Change over days and length of stay can be flexible, so if you have special requirements, please ask.
50% of the booking is due at the time of booking, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival.
Payments can be made in Euros to Barclays Bank, Toulouse or in GB£ to Barclays, UK, or by Paypal.
If paying by cheque the total is due at the time of booking.
A security deposit of up to €200 per week is required and costs of extra cleaning, damages to the property or contents will be deducted.

Changeover Day:
Flexible but typically Saturdays. Arrivals should be around 5pm. Late arrivals can be arranged.
If you have special requirements for a short break or arrival on an other day, please ask and I will try to help.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are for a maximum of 7 nights, and for a maximum of 5 persons.
For more than 5 persons there is an additional €50 per person charge per week.
For shorter stays or less than 3 people please let me know your requirements and I will see what I can do to accommodate you at a reasonable rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 26-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

From my guests: "We had a lovely time in your beautiful house and enjoyed outdoor breakfasts and dinners in the garden which you must have spent a lot of time in to make it such a haven of calm and beauty." "Just to let you know we had a great time staying in your lovely house, and will not hesitate to recommend it to friends coming to France. It was a great base for exploring the surrounding area. (as well as having the best shower in 8 weeks!)" "The house was perfect and exceeded all our expectations - I would recommend it to anyone without hesitation and in fact you will be having my cousin in September." "We have just left Leran - what a lovely place and area. The house was perfect. We had a great week and feel like there are so many things that we didn't get a chance to do."

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • caving
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 2000 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Ground floor guest bathroom; 1st floor large family bathroom with roll top bath and large separate walk-in shower with amazing water pressure.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms), plus Sofa bed sleeps 2. Notes on bedrooms: Blue bedroom with super king bed. Twin bedroom with 2 single beds (accessed from Blue bedroom so perfect for small children). Rose bedroom with old-fashioned double bed (suitable for 1 adult, or 2 children). Yellow bedroom with queen size bed.


  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Smoking is not permitted inside the house. Pets are permitted as agreed with the owner, please specify type and number. Outside: The secluded garden has a terrace with dining table, a courtyard with sun loungers, and a pretty grassed and pebbled garden. There is a barbecue area with a Weber gas grill and a very old stone "table" or bench which is great for gathering around while someone cooks. There is a barn in the corner for storing the woodpile and 2 adult bicycles for your use. The garden is enclosed and safe for children. There is an exit gate too difficult for a child to open. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble dryer. 2 childrens bicycles are stored in the room next door along with the vacuum cleaner, electricity panel. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The house is cleaned each week and will be made up with fresh linens and towels for your use. The washing machine/dryer are available for your use. If you stay more than 1 week, additional cleaning and fresh linens can be arranged for €50.00. Other: Attic - has not been renovated and is off limits.

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