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'Le Pichet'for 2-4 pers. Charming home/garden in mountain hamlet, UK TV winner.

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1 bedroom
1 bathroom
4 guests
1 night minimum
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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 is the same house as advertised in home 210815, but this advert gives details of the reduced rates available for 2-4 pers with the use of one bedroom only and the lounge/extra bedroom, and the periods to which these rates apply . We also offer exclusive full board painting and sculpting holidays, and the area is superb for walking, ski-ing, as well as cycling, (touring and VTT) equitation, and canoe/kayak. Interior details Built, as are many houses in the region, partly into the hillside, 'Le Pichet' adjoins 'La Carrette', the former farmhouse which we now also have the privelege to own. Over the...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 is the same house as advertised in home 210815, but this advert gives details of the reduced rates available for 2-4 pers with the use of one bedroom only and the lounge/extra bedroom, and the periods to which these rates apply . We also offer exclusive full board painting and sculpting holidays, and the area is superb for walking, ski-ing, as well as cycling, (touring and VTT) equitation, and canoe/kayak. Interior details Built, as are many houses in the region, partly into the hillside, 'Le Pichet' adjoins 'La Carrette', the former farmhouse which we now also have the privelege to own. Over the past 20 years we have lovingly restored Le Pichet to retain as many of the original features as possible - the 'pas de oiseaux' originally built for thatching purposes, and the beams of the old roof structure. Tastefully and comfortably 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 benefits from superb light, particularly in the afternoons and evenings in the downstairs dining room and upstairs rooms. The ground floor consists of a spacious dining room, bathroom and well equipped kitchen; an oak stairway leads to the first floor consisting of a light, high-ceilinged and spacious living room which can also serve as an extra bedroom) and a delightful 'under -the-eaves' chalet bedroom. ( should you require the use of a second bedroom, which is in fact part of our adjoining house nextdoor) please refer to home 210815. Garden The lovely west-facing garden is an idyllic place to relax and enjoy the view, and offers stunning sunsets over the mountains. Planted with roses, honeysuckle and clematis, it is a magical spot in all seasons; you are most welcome to use its abundant herbs in your cooking, and help yourselves to raspberries, rhubarb and salad when available. A shaded paved area is ideal for preparing and enjoying your barbecue, and there is communal parking. Further notes Bedrooms The blue 'chalet' bedroom is a favourite with all our guests. It contains a double bed, cupboard, shelving. It is a cosy yet light room, with simple furnishings in blue and white which blend perfectly with the pine ceiling and white walls. It is reached by a small flight of stairs from the upstairs All the rooms look beyond the garden to the Col de la Core and the slopes of Mt.Valier - at dawn bathed pink in the early light of sunrise, with the smoke curling up from the chimneys of Arrous, and only the sound of birdsong, the stream gurgling below and cowbells. At night, the sky scattered with a million sparkling stars is pure enchantment. Bathroom. 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 and sheets are optional (£15/pers/week) Equipment The house is very well equipped so that you can enjoy your stay in comfort -Kitchen: oven, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine; small food-mixer; slow-cooker, raclette and fondue - the region boasts a huge number cheeses,in any combination of goat, sheep and cow- and superb choice raclette meats. The living room contains a well stocked bookcase (English/French) for wide- ranging interests; numerous maps/walking guides are available for your use. More
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About the Owner
Eleri M
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2010
Interaction with guests
This is your holiday, and we hope it will be everything you wish it to be. For some of the year, we live in the adjoining farmhouse nextdoor, and we hope to be there when you need us, but at the same time do not wish to impinge in any way on your privacy. ideally, we will be there to welcome you ourselves, but there are inevitably periods when this is not possible, and in these instances we have some very good friends who will welcome you in our stead. Many of our guests like to talk about the area, or learn a bit of the history of 'le Pichet', or ask for practical advice on walks and where to go, which can save valuable time. We are more than happy if this is the case, but if you want to keep yourselves to yourselves, that's fine too!
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A FlipKey verified reviewer
Hertfordshire
Reviewed April 19, 2010

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Date of stay: February 2010
A FlipKey verified reviewer
The Hague, Holland
Reviewed April 16, 2010

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Date of stay: March 2009
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Stove
Grill
Suitable For Children Under 5
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
Refrigerator
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Blender
Outdoor Dining Area
Freezer
Cycling Trips
Books
TV
Hiking Trips
Parking
Shared Yard
Microwave
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Mountain Views
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Wi-Fi
Internet Access
Toaster
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Does this vacation rental have a dining room?YesNoUnsure
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About the neighborhood
Miramont is situated in the Haut Couserans 18 valleys converging on St Girons. Bordering the Spanish frontier, it is one the most mountainous, and southerly parts of the department of Ariege (09) which itself is part of the geographically and culturally diverse region of Midi-Pyrenees, stretching from Ariege in the South to the department of Lot in the North.Miramont (mir- to look, amont- to the mountains) means “look up”, and you do- from our garden your eye is drawn to the proud ruins of Charlemagnes Chateau de Mirabat (itself meaning look below, mir + abatbas) as you would, from its heights to the valleys belowWith its majestic peaks soaring to the Spanish border, and the gentler beauty of its lower wooded valleys and slopes, the Haut-Couserans of the Ariege- Pyrenees remains argua...
Getting around
Despite its secluded location, we are only 30mins drive from St Girons and therefore all the major routes connecting with all the historical/cultural attractions that the Midi-Pyrenees has to offer. Leaving the the Garbet (valley of the Montreurs d'Ours) between Oust and Ercé, you follow a lane which twists and turns among woods and flowers, always climbing, to its end, and there is Miramont, a little paradise on earth overlooking the Bassin d'Oust. Formerly devoted to agriculture, the hamlet consists today of eleven pretty, well renovated barns and houses, where you will be sure of peace and quiet.
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