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Rural tranquility - private balcony, magical view

View from the roof in summer
12 reviews
View from the roof in summer
Stone carving and date above the front door
Roses and hostas around the arched front doorway
Master bedroom
Detail in master bedroom
Hand made ceramic washbasin in master bedroom
Cascade of scented roses on balcony from below
Balcony with scented roses
Blue room as twin
Master bedroom door from the corridor, with bookshelves
Bathroom washbasin and corridor beyond
Chaise longue in cool entrance, with original stone slabs
Salon up to entrance
Salon, cool in summer and warm in winter with woodburning stove
Dining room down to kitchen
Dining room and kitchen through archway
Well equipped kitchen
Well equipped kitchen
Patio door, scented roses and pond
Courtyard garden from deck
Garden with hamack, garden door and masterbedroom window above
Cascade of roses above the deck
Pond detail
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Laborie, Ariege, Occitanie

Escape to the tranquility of this lovingly restored home in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. Situated in a peaceful French hamlet, 600 m above sea level, in the heart of the 'Parc naturel régional des Pyrénées Ariégeoises' Leela makes for a perfect base from which to explore the wild and beautiful Ariege. Romantic, magical and calm, come, let go, unwind and relax.

Over a decade Leela has been sensitively restored using ecological building techniques and materials. Leela resonates a beautiful energy, full of light and warmth; cosy in winter and cool in summer. The origional wood beams and natural stone are offset by the beautiful curves of the simple plastered stone walls.

Passing under the charming stone carving above the arched front door the entrance is paved in original marble stone slab...
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About the Owner, Sarah D
Languages spoken: English, French
Response Rate: 95 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: 1 day ago
Listed since : Apr 2013
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 17 reviews and 3 properties
Interaction with guests
I am always happy to help with any requests but otherwise remain discrete. I am easy to get in touch with during guests stay.
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Listing #HL426702
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Excellent - based on 12 reviews
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Mr and Mr...
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 1, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

A lovely property and considerate host. Great walking and a relaxing, comfortable home to return to at the end of the day.

Stephen S
Kent, England
Level 6 Contributor
453 reviews
91 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

This really does become your home in the Pyrenees while staying here. Sarah is a perfect host, friendly and helpful without being intrusive - she popped by on our first night and lit a log fire for us as it was a bit chilly. No need to repeat the description of the gite except confirm it really is as described.

SW England
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2016 for a stay in September 2015

We booked a stay at Leela for 10 days in September. We really enjoyed our time there despite a mix up which meant that it was double booked. However Sarah went out of her way to ensure that the mistake was rectified a week before we were due to arrive and instead we stayed for half the time at her...

  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Blender
  • Books
  • Central Heating
  • Cots:(1)
  • Deck
  • Dining Seats (6)
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Housekeeping Optional
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (6)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Parking
  • Private Yard
  • Queen Beds:(1)
  • Refrigerator
  • Single Beds:(3)
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Stereo System
  • Stove
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets allowed
    Smoking not allowed
Please take care to keep wooden surfaces dry, particularly in the kitchen after washing up. Please smoke on the balcony or in the garden. Please remove shoes before climbing...
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Oct 1, 2017 -
Oct 31, 2017
3 nights
Nov 1, 2017 -
Nov 30, 2017
3 nights
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  • Cleaning and Laundry: $41 / stay - Fee
Additional Rate and Availability Information
If you are bringing an animal with you there is a weekly fee of 15 euros off peak and 25 euros for the summer period, payable on arrival. I request a damage deposit of 200 pounds/euros also on arrival, which will be returned in full at the end of your stay providing no damage has been done to the property or its contents.The prices include taxes, linen, towels, soaps and bathroom products, kitchen products, internet, wood, electricity and gas.
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About the neighborhood
Laborie is a very peaceful hamlet set in the midst of forested hills, away from the sound of traffic and the bustle of modern life. There are a few horses, a small flock of goats, a couple of pigs and some chickens who add to the population of 12 inhabitants. There is fresh goats cheese for sale in the village for 8 months of the year and the possibility of taking part in milking, collecting the goats in the evening etc. It is rare to find such a quiet and relaxing environment to unwind and let go with the additional benefit that you can get away from WIFI if you wish, since there is no wifi from neighbours, just that used in the gite which is under your control.

The Immediate Area
Situated in the midst of the Séronais National Park, Leela lies between Foi...
Getting around
We have 4 bikes available for rent at 10 euros a day. We are 3 km from the cycle path which runs between Foix and St Girons. This was the old railway line and offers gentle excercise, but of course there are many steep hills and mountains for a more challenging ride.
Car recommended
How to get there
Airport: Toulouse and Carcassonne: 55.9 mi
Railway: Foix: 16.2 mi
Entering Castelnau Durban from St Girons, turn right over the bridge towards Esplas de Serou, just after tennis court and before the big car park with plane trees.
Entering Castelnau Durban from Foix turn left over the bridge, after the large car parks under the plane trees, before the tennis court.
Laborie is marked as 2.8 km from the war memorial straight ahead as you cross the bridge. Facing the war memorial turn left and continue along this road until you reach the obvious centre of a hamlet, this is Laborie. ( Almost immediately there is a right turn up past the cemetery which you can take if you like and then sharp left at the top but I recommend sticking to the road for your first trip up.)
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, There Are Tennis Courts Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 124.3 mi.
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