Miramont, Oust>20 km SE>St. Girons>Ariege>Midi-Pyrenees>France
floor area 120 sq m
Sleeps 5 + 1
Beautifully furnished mountain house in quiet hamlet. Superb views.
"Le Pichet" - lovingly restored and tastefully furnished, largely in oak, this lovely stone house and its beautiful garden offer wonderful views west with fabulous sunsets over the mountains. It accomodates 2-6 as below, with a reduced price for 2-4 and 2 persons (see charges). We also offer exclusive painting holidays tailored to your individual requirements, and full-board walking holidays.
Accommodation: Self Catering |
Rates: £575 - £800 per property per week
“Le Pichet” is a traditional mountain house built, as are many in the region, partly into the hillside. It adjoins “La Carrette”, the former farmhouse which we now also own, and which is our separate accommodation during your stay. Over the last 14 years we have lovingly restored Le Pichet to retain as much as the original stonework as possible (such as the “pas d’oiseaux” originally built for thatching purposes; in replacing the roof, we have kept and used wherever possible the beams of the old structure.) Tastefully furnished, and now hung with paintings by Rodney and embroideries by Eleri, we are proud to welcome you into this part of our home.
The house faces directly west, and benefits from superb light, particularly in the dining room and upstairs lounge during the afternoons and evenings.
The actual living space covers 120m2 and comprises, on the ground floor which is tiled throughout:
-A large dining-room / living area with oak table and seating for 6; wood burning stove, bibliotheque and sofa.
-Well equipped kitchen, with oven, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine.
-Bathroom, with wc, basin and bath (with shower attachment).
From the dining room, a beautiful oak stairway leads you to the first floor, comprising:
- Spacious, airy, high-ceilinged lounge (which can also serve as an extra bedroom should you wish) containing sofa, armchair, canapé cigogne (which converts to sleep 2) television and a well stocked bookcase (both English and French). A large number of maps, walking-guides, and tourist information is at your disposal.
- A charming, light, chalet-styled bedroom, with double bed, cupboards and shelving.
- A second, spacious bedroom with beamed ceiling, in calm colours of beige white and pink. This contains one double and one single bed, wardrobe and shelving.
Arrival at the end of the lane
View from house in summer
View from house in winter
The bedrooms are on either side of the lounge/extra bedroom. You can choose all three rooms, or for 2-4 persons at a reduced rate, the chalet bedroom (1) and the lounge. The lounge has in fact 2 extra beds allowing for flexibility in sleeping arrangements but the overall maximum gite capacity is 6.
At sunrise you see the mountain slopes bathed pink, with the smoke curling up from the chimneys of Arrous, and hear only birdsong, the stream gurgling below and cowbells. At night, the sky scattered with a million sparkling stars is pure enchantment.
Toilet, Basin, Bath
Small but functional, the bathroom contains everything you need: bath (with shower attachment), washbasin and w.c. The blue tiling is light and clear in summer, warm in winter. A big storage tank(situated out of sight under the stairs) ensures you have plentiful hot water.
Towels (along with sheets,) are available as an extra - €15 per person per week.
Kitchen, Dining Room, Lounge
Washing Machine, Drying Rack, Iron, Ironing Board
4 ring stove, Single Oven, Grill, Microwave, Food Processor, Coffee Maker, Fridge, Freezer
Dining room table seats 6, Garden table seats 6
Private Garden, BarBque, Sun Loungers 4, Parking, Garden Chairs 6
Inhouse Catering Option, Cleaning On Changeover
Children welcome, Non Smokers only
Notes on Facilities:
Catering:You also have a slow-cooker, and raclette and fondue - the region boasts an incredible number of local cheeses!
Exterior:Le Pichet and La Carrette share a beautiful west-facing garden, which is for your exclusive use during your stay. Planted with roses, clematis, honeysuckle and herbs, it is a truly magical setting for relaxing, painting, or dining outside. Garden furniture (Table, chairs, loungers) and barbeque are there for your use - and please help yourselves to herbs, salad, raspberries and rhubarb when available.
There is communal parking.
Comfort: wood-burning stove in dining room. (logs included in price)
Services:There is an extra charge for towels and bedlinen. (€15 pp/pw)
We will if you wish do the final cleaning on your departure day - price €50 for 2 bedrooms+lounge/bedroom; €40 for 1 bedroom and lounge/bedroom.
We can provide continental breakfast, light lunch and 3 course evening meal on request. Please contact us with your requirements.
Services: The villages of Oust and Seix are 4 and 6k away supplying all needs, (including doctor and pharmacy.) We particularly recommend the butchers in Oust, and the family bakers in both places. Seix has a small but very well stocked supermarket. For those wishing to eat out, the Restaurant/Bar du Garbet in Oust is outstanding; several others are also excellent. St. Girons, with a wide variety of shops, supermarkets, restaurants and wonderful Saturday market, is about 20k away. For gourmet bargain–hunters, Andorra and Spain are within 3h and 2h drive.
Culture and History: The region is rich in historical associations, of which the Ariegeois are justly and fiercely proud. Beautiful Gallo-Roman St. Lizier adjoins St. Girons; mediaeval Foix and its chateau is 1h away; the numerous castles associated with the brutal 13th century period of the Cathar heresy are within 2 hours drive, as are the world famous prehistoric caves of Lombrives/Niaux and Tarascon's park of prehistoric art. Locally the valleys of the Garbet, Bethmale, Ustou and Salat are themselves steeped in tradition and folklore.
Walking: This is, quite simply, superb, whatever your level.(Please see Additional Information.)
Ski-ing: the small, but wonderfully family-orientated resort of Guzet-Neige is 1/2h away. Prices are very reasonable compared with the Alps, queueing for the lifts is rare, group sizes for lessons are small and the instructors of """"L’Ecole du Ski Francais” second to none.
Fishing: the rivers Garbet and Salat are excellent for trout; lakes are within 1h drive. Permits are again very reasonable.
Horse-riding: there is an excellent “Centre Equestre” near Oust, another at Erce; Donkey hire is available above Seix and at Aleu.
Canoeing and kayaking: in the upper and lower valleys of the Salat.
Golf : Golf de L’Ariege is about 45 mins drive away.
Painting: from here we also run exclusive painting holidays - see Additional Information.
Rural, Mountainous, Picturesque, Peaceful, Romantic,
Away from it all, Relaxed, Activity
Things to see and do:
Swimming, Paragliding, Rambling Routes, Cycling, Climbing,
Mountaineering, Golf, Sightseeing, Canoeing, Horse Riding, Tennis,
Coarse Fishing, Snow Skiing, Snowboarding, Painting, Theme Park,
Historic Buildings, Museum, Cinema, Disco, Night Club,
Restaurant 4km, Bar 4km, Cafe 4km, Lake 10km, Supermarket 4km,
Local Store 6km, Doctor 4km, Hospital 10km, Pharmacy 6km
Nearest Railway Station:
Nearest Ferry Port:
Nearest Motorway junction:
Nearest Coach terminus:
Local Bus Service:
Can be booked
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Bookings may start on any day of the week subject to availability.
To be Advised
Rates are per property
quoted in Pounds Sterling
5-Jan - 15-Feb2013
16-Feb - 15-Mar2013
16-Mar - 12-Apr2013
13-Apr - 10-May2013
11-May - 28-Jun2013
29-Jun - 30-Aug2013
31-Aug - 25-Oct2013
26-Oct - 8-Nov2013
9-Nov - 20-Dec2013
21-Dec2013 - 3-Jan2014
Other currencies accepted:
( EUR - Euro )
Prices quoted are per week* for parties of 2-6 to include the second bedroom.
For groups of up to 4, not requiring the second bedroom, prices/season are- Low: £425, Medium: £475, High: £525, peak £575.
*Sat3.30 pm - Sat 10.30am during high/v high season; other seasons by arrangement from any day.
2 persons only: special tarif during mid-season £425 and low-season £380.
For all rental options, other lengths of stay are also possible at pro rata pricesd during mid and low season.
Please contact us for prices of painting holidays.
Our painting holidays are tailored exclusively to your requirements. Designed for up to 6 participating artists, the small group size ensures both your individual attention and flexibility within your stay. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced, alone or with friends, our aim is to welcome you to an inspirational, creative yet relaxing holiday, at the same time giving you a taste of the rich cultural, historical and gastronomic heritage of this beautiful region.
Ariege is a landscape painter’s paradise in all its glorious seasons – spectacular mountains, lakes and waterfalls, or gentler valleys of woodland and pasture. Gallo-Roman St. Lizier, medieval Foix and the villages of the Bethmale present enticing architectural possibilities.
The courses mainly run from May-Nov; however if you wish to paint the Pyrenees in winter we will be delighted to accommodate you. The mountains under snow are superb!
Your holiday can be whatever you wish it to be: from an all- inclusive stay with as much tuition as you like to self-catering gite rental with a few hours of tuition in the garden or studio - or anything in-between. Non-artist friends or partners are welcome.
For example, an all inclusive 7 night includes:
-All meals including one at one of the many excellent local restaurants; picnics and beverages.
-Daily transport by Land Rover Discovery to a variety of stunning painting locations (including if wished, one painting-free excursion).
-Friendly tuition which can be as intrusive or unintrusive as you wish, in your choice of media, for as long as required each day.
Price (based on 6 participants) - £750pp.
Please visit http://www.rodneymunday-sculptor.co.uk/paintingholidays.htm for other possibilities or contact us with your requirements and numbers for an individual quote.
A little about us
Your tutor is Rodney, an artist with an international reputation, exhibiting in both London and Paris. Winner of the gold medal for sculpture at the prestigious Salon d’Art du Colombier at St. Arnoult-en-Yvelines, Rodney has in the Pyrenees returned to his love of 2D work in a variety of media, inspired by the extraordinary beauty of the scenery and exceptional quality of the light. His relaxed and friendly approach brings out the best in all his pupils, beginner and accomplished alike. Further information about Rodney and his work can be seen on our website.
His wife Eleri is there to ensure that your stay is everything you could wish for. A dedicated and enthusiastic hostess, she delights in producing delicious meals from local produce, and has developed a considerable repertoire of French and Ariegeoise cuisine, not to mention picnics! Special dietary requirements are naturally catered for.
The Ariege-Couserans (18 valleys converging on St Girons) contains some of the wildest, most remote and most spectacular scenery in the Pyrenees, as well as the gentler beauty of its lower valleys and slopes. You can walk for miles even in high season with only the sound of birds, the rustling of leaves and the sound of running water for company.
The choice is superb, whether you go directly from Miramont, locally in the stunningly beautiful valleys of the Garbet, Ustou and Salat or to the more challenging peaks reachable from within an hours drive. There are walks of all lengths to suit all capabilities - from gentle family strolls to those requiring "Randonneur Experimente" status. The GR(Grande Randonnee)10 passes at several points within 15k of Le Pichet and is easily accessible. A number of walks lead to the Spanish border, such as the wartime escape route, “Le Chemin de la Liberte,” and those to the Ports de Salau, Couillac and Marterat. You can also arrange longer treks staying in refuges, such as the ascent of the region's most magnificent peak -le Mont Valier.
Le Pichet has an extensive range of guide books and maps for your use - most of the texts available are in French but nevertheless fairly easy to follow. Please contact us should you require a list in advance.
We are happy to help if you wish with any aspect of your walking holiday; to suggest suitable walks, to accompany you on those with which we are familiar, or to help with transport for any which require the use of two cars, such as the descent (or ascent) of the GR10 from the Col de la Core into Seix, or from Guzet into Aulus. We make a nominal charge for accompanying you (we originally bought Le Pichet as a base for our own walking holidays and consider it a joy and a privelege to share our knowledge of this beautiful region with others) and if you need a second vehicle we charge at cost for petrol.
Please note that we are not mountain guides; for those requiring professional “accompagnateurs de montagne” we will put you in touch with their office in Seix, or our Dutch friends at www.bergtoppers.nl.
Mrs Eleri Munday
Tel: +44 (0)1279 843652 between 8am and 10pm
or: +33 (0)561 964672 between 8am and 10pm
As we frequently travel between the UK and France it is best to contact us by email or on our English number where you can leave a message. We regularly access this and will respond as soon as possible.
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