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Charming 2 bed stone cottage in tranquil hamlet with mountain views
Cherry Cottage is perfectly situated in a peaceful and rural mountain hamlet, only 5 minutes walk from a larger village with all its convenient facilities (bakery, pharmacy, pub, restaurant, outdoor pool etc).
The fully equipped cottage comfortably sleeps 5 (1 double, 1 triple) and is family friendly with highchair, cot etc. There is a garden with stunning views of the mountains and easy access to the mountains for activities and sightseeing
Accommodation: Self Catering |
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Full of rural charm, Cherry Cottage offers you a 'home away from home' from where you can explore the little know area of the Ariege, in the Midi Pyrenees.
The cottage is ideal for 2 couples or for a family of 4/5 and has been recently renovated by its owners, James and Cathy Thompson, who live in the same village and will give you a friendly welcome to both the cottage and the area. .
Whilst being in a sleepy corner of the village (the aptly named Quartier Serene!) and therefore providing a true break from the hustle and bustle, it is only a few minutes walk from the larger village of Les Cabannes, and so benefits from all those facilities which make your holiday easier and more pleasant.
James and Cathy live and work locally and are often available to give you advice on the best places to visit, and in particular, the best outdoor activities for you to take part in while you are away. They run a locally based activity holiday company called Marmot Tours, and James is an International Mountain Leader and so is sure to give you some top tips on walking, road cycling or mountain biking, if that is your interest.
The cottage is ideal for all seasons, having a lovely living room with wood burning stove for use in the winter, or the garden with BBQ and swing seat for the spring and summer. The climate of the area is wonderfully seasonal, being cold and crisp in the winter (but being at 530m high, it generally is below the snow line), and warm and sunny in the summer (but cooler than the valleys and towns!)
1 Cot available
Situated on the top floor, the bedrooms are recently renovated and provide you with comfortable sleeping accomodation. The rooms are carpeted and the beds are ready made on your arrival. There are bedside lights, bedside tables and fans for use in the summer.
Toilet, Basin, Shower
The ground floor bathroom is light and airy and has plenty of room for storing your toiletries during your holiday. It has a washing machine and tumble dryer and electric towel heater.
Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Drying Rack, Iron, Ironing Board
4 ring stove, Single Oven, Grill, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Fridge, Freezer, Dishwasher
KitchenDiner table seats 6, Garden table seats 6, High Chair
TV, Video, CD Player, Radio
Private Garden, BarBque
Central Heating, Open Fire
Cleaning Weekly, Towels provided, Linen provided
Children welcome, Non Smokers only
Not Suitable for:
Elderly or Infirm
Notes on Facilities:
The cottage is well equipped with added extras such as stair gates, microwave steriliser, food blender, potty, travel cot etc to make it family friendly. As the bathroom is on the ground floor and the bedrooms are on the top floor (living room and kitchen on the middle floor), it is not felt to be suitable for anyone who has difficulty managing the stairs.
The bathroom is equipped with laundry facilities, wc, electric towel rail and shower. One large and one small are provided per person staying.
The beds are fully made up with sheet, duvet and optional blanket, on your arrival.
The kitchen has been thoughtfully equipped so you can easily self cater during your week should you choose to eat in daily. Alternatively there are 2 local restaurants within a 10 minute walk of the cottage.
The hamlet of Pech is situated 5 minutes walk from the larger village of Les Cabannes, at the base of the Plateau de Beille, infamous with road cyclists and cross coutnry skiers alike. Nestled in the mountains, in the valley of Ax, the cottage location is perfect for those wanting to take part in a huge variety of mountain activities from walking to cycling to skiing, as well as for those wanting to use it as a base to explore the area for its history and sightseeing.
In the winter there is downhill skiing 20 mins away at Ax Bonascre and Ascou Pailheres, plus the wonderful cross country ski stations of Chioula and Beille. Snowshoeing is also a great option for exploring the mountains. During the spring and summer, the walking is exceptional - and you are very likely to have the mountains to yourself as this is an un developed area of the Pyrenees. With many species of wild flower and birds of prey, no walk is likely to be insignificant.
With a choice of airports, Toulouse and Carcassonne, being both only 90minutes drive, the cottage is easily accesible from many European destinations. It is advisable to hire a car for your stay in order to allow you to truyly explore the quieter corners of the area. Places of interest locally are the medieval towns of Foix, Mirepoix and Carcassonne, plus the many Cathar castles that extend from this area into the neighbouring Aude, and include Montsegur. Other local towns of Tarascon and Ax are also worth a visit
For a dip into deeper history, the area is famous for its grottes, and only 20 minutes drive away is the famous Grotte de Niaux with its prehistoric cave paintings. Also, the Grotte de Labouiche with its navigable underground river.
On the doorstep, in Les Cabannes, and also in the neighbouring village of Aston, there are outdoor swimming pools, one with slides and a 'beach' area for chilling out, plus crazy golf and tennis courts. There is also a childrens playground and trout fishing pond.
Rural, Village, Mountainous, Picturesque, Peaceful, Romantic, Historic, Away from it all, Relaxed, Activity,
Young Children, Teenagers, 18 to 30s
Things to see and do:
Swimming, Paragliding, Rambling Routes, Cycling, Climbing, Mountaineering, Sightseeing, Canoeing,
Horse Riding, Tennis, Snow Skiing, Snowboarding, Historic Buildings, Cinema, Grottes, Chateaux,
Birds of Prey
Restaurant <1km, Bar <1km, Supermarket 9km, Local Store <1km, Doctor <1km, Hospital 10km,
Pharmacy <1km, Outdoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Crazy Golf, Bakery, Local Shops
Toulouse or Carcassonne
Nearest Railway Station:
Local Bus Service:
Normally available on a Sunday to Sunday basis although may vary depending on season & short notice bookings
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No Charges have been entered. Please contact owner.
Preferred charging currency is Pounds Sterling.
Other currencies accepted:
( EUR - Euro )
Normally available Sunday to Sunday
Please note that changeover day is on a Sunday (check out midday, and check in 4pm). If you are interested in mid week or weekend rates, please make an enquiry and we will try and be flexible.
Winter trips have an additional heating fee of £25/week which includes logs for the wood burning stove.
Mrs Cathy Thompson
Tel: +33 (0)6 84101435 between 9am and 6pm
Fax: +33 (0)5 61028043 between 9am and 6pm
Generally email is the best way to contact us regarding further information or bookings
Advertiser since: Jul 2008
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