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Le Pichet, Miramont, Oust. Mountain paradise perfect for all outdoor activities

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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
7 guests
Minimum stay varies
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This house is also described in advert no 4289166. A winner of ITV's 'May the Best House Win' , Le Pichet is a lovingly renovated, tastefully furnished home in a tranquil mountain hamlet at 800m above sea-level, nestling on the slopes of a wooded ridge beneath the Chateau de Mirabat, built by Charlemagne for its commanding views south towards the Spanish border. Le Pichet and its garden are west-facing, offering stunning mountain views and fabulous sunsets. The house comfortably accommodates 7 people with reduced price options for 4 and 2 outside peak holiday periods (for these prices please see advert 4289166) The setting s superb for walking, cyclng ( we are n the middle of some of the Tour de France's most formidable cols, but there are plenty of gentler opportuntes!) ski-...This house is also described in advert no 4289166. A winner of ITV's 'May the Best House Win' , Le Pichet is a lovingly renovated, tastefully furnished home in a tranquil mountain hamlet at 800m above sea-level, nestling on the slopes of a wooded ridge beneath the Chateau de Mirabat, built by Charlemagne for its commanding views south towards the Spanish border. Le Pichet and its garden are west-facing, offering stunning mountain views and fabulous sunsets. The house comfortably accommodates 7 people with reduced price options for 4 and 2 outside peak holiday periods (for these prices please see advert 4289166) The setting s superb for walking, cyclng ( we are n the middle of some of the Tour de France's most formidable cols, but there are plenty of gentler opportuntes!) ski-ing at Guzet (25k away), canoe/kayak and riding, and is ideally placed for exploring the cultural and historical wealth of the Ariege and Midi Pyrenees in general. We also offer painting/sculpture tuition and exclusive full board painting/sculpting holidays. Leaving the Garbet (Valley of the Montreurs d'Ours) between Oust and Ercé, you follow a lane which twists and turns, 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. As Miramont is situated at the end of the lane, there is no through traffic except for the occasional car going to a couple of houses further up the hamlet. Almost all of the houses are French-owned “maisons secondaires”; Miramont is an incredibly friendly little community but this in no way impinges on the privacy of individual properties. It is impossible to do justice to this beautiful area, its changing seasons, and the wealth of activities and attractions it offers, within the photographs provided here; so please do contact us if you would like further ones relevent to any aspect of your stay. Please note that throughout most of the year our departure and arrival days are flexible and the length of stay can be variable. During school holidays arrival day is normally Saturday, although we can sometimes offer Sundays and other days. Please do ask if your required dates do not exactly fit in with those specified on this advert, we will do our best to accommodate you. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: 83218413900018More
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About the Owner
Eleri M
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:February 2012
Interaction with guests
For most of the year we live in 'La Carrette' nextdoor. Our aim during your stay is to be there to give you any advice and help you may need about the area (particularly for anyone who does not speak French) without in any way intruding on your holiday or your privacy. Before coming, please do not hesitate to ask for additional information so that you can make the most of your stay- regarding the house itself, how to get here,the surroundings,activities nearby,restauants and places of historical and cultural interest- we will be more than happy to help. If we are not able to be at Miramont during your chosen dates we have some very good friends who live locally and who will welcome you - and we can always be contacted by telephone.
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

My wife and I visited with 4 children ranging from 2-9. It has 2 proper bedrooms and 2 living spaces- the bigger and more pleasant being upstairs with the great views. This is an ideal rental for anyone looking for a holiday in the mountains...More

Date of stay: August 2016
1  Thank tayldn
Reviewed 23 July 2016

We just finished 3 weeks at Le Pichet. Our host, Eleri Munday, was fabulous. The gite is a little stone cottage high on a mountainside, with a garden with mountaintop views -- perfect for a late afternoon pastis or BBQ. The road up to Le...More

Date of stay: July 2016
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

We stayed at Eleri's beautiful house for two weeks and didn't want to leave. Superb walking in the surrounding hills, wonderful views, fantastic food in the local villages. Eleri's charming house is roomy and well equipped - ideal for one or two couples. In the...More

Date of stay: June 2016
Thank gemsbok12
Rodney M, VR Owner at Le Pichet, Miramont, Oust. Mountain paradise perfect for all outdoor activities, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2016

Thank you very much for your kind comments, also for your lovely words in our "livre d'or". It was such a pleasure to have you - our first guests from Australia- as our "neighbours", always smiling and so hugely appreciative of everything in the area....More

Reviewed 20 June 2016

Spent a lovely week in this pretty gite which had everything we needed for our stay. A great base for exploring this area of the Pyrenees, not far from Seix which has all facilities. The nearer village of Oust is a little quiet but still...More

Date of stay: June 2016
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Rodney M, VR Owner at Le Pichet, Miramont, Oust. Mountain paradise perfect for all outdoor activities, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2016

We are so pleased that everything was to your liking and that you enjoyed your stay. Le Pichet is indeed a great location for exploring both on foot (and in retrospect, your week was one of the best for wild flowers this year) and further...More

Reviewed 1 September 2015

This is the second time I have submitted a review,and so memories of our time at Le Pichet are slowly fading as September is here. We all had a fantastic stay,the accommodation ticked all the boxes for our family; our hosts were so welcoming and...More

Date of stay: June 2015
Thank prefertodrive
Rodney M, VR Owner at Le Pichet, Miramont, Oust. Mountain paradise perfect for all outdoor activities, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2015

I am sorry it has taken so long for your review to be published, and thank you for your patience and perseverance in writing a second one some time after your stay after the first one got lost. It may be some months later, but...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
Grill
Suitable For Children Under 5
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Refrigerator
Washer
Outdoor Dining Area
Dishwasher
Freezer
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
Books
Iron
Hairdryer
TV
Hiking Trips
Parking
Microwave
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Mountain Views
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Internet Access
Watersports Nearby
Toaster
Fireplace
Additional amenities & feature info
Le Pichet is built, as are many houses in the region, partly into the hillside. It adjoins La Carrette, the former farmhouse which we now also own. Lovingly restored over the past 20 years it retains 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. It is tastefully and comfortably furnished, largely in oak, and Rodney's sculptures and paintings, together with Eleri's embroideries provide a personal and homely touch. 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; a lovely oak staircase leads to the first floor consisting of two charming bedrooms and a light, high-ceilinged and spacious living room which can also serve as a bedroom if you wish. Downstairs, a sofa, dresser, and log burner combine with the dining furniture to give a homely ambience to the dining room; the kitchen, in addition to its oven, microwave and fridge-freezer, has a food-mixer, juicer, raclette and fondue ( the region boasts an incredible number of wonderful cheeses.) The bathroom is a pleasant room for a relaxing bath -its attractive blue tiling is light and clear in summer, warm in winter. Upstairs, the lounge/extra bedroom contains sofa, armchair, canapé gigogne (which converts to 2 comfortable single beds-please note this is not a clic-clac but a traditional piece of French furniture) and a well stocked bookcase, both English and French. A large number of maps, walking guides and local information is also at your disposal. To one side of this, a delightful chalet style bedroom contains one double bed, cupboards and shelving; to the other a larger, beamed bedroom contains one double and one single bed, wardrobe and shelving. Up to 4 people can be accommodated at a reduced rate (generally £150-£250 less than the prices published here)in the chalet bedroom and living/bedroom, so please do ask if ths option is of interest..The second bedroom is in fact part of our adjoining house nextdoor, which we can offer or not depending on your requirements and budget... These rooms all look beyond the garden to the valley between Miramont and the pretty hamlet of Arrous, the wooded ridge of the Mirabat and beyond 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. On a clear night, the sky scattered with a million sparkling stars is pure enchantment. (Whilst being on several levels adds to the inherent charm of 'le Pichet', it does mean that the house is not suitable for wheelchairs- in addition to the main staircase, there are gentle steps leading from the dining room to the kitchen on the ground floor, and upstairs between the lounge and the chalet bedroom.) For further information about the property, the area, our painting/ sculpting courses, walking possibilities, please do contact us- we will be delighted to help.
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About the neighbourhood
Locally, the pretty villages of Oust and Seix supply all needs. Both have small but well-stocked supermarkets, and we can particularly recommend the butchers in Oust and the bakers in both places. For those wishing to eat out, there is an excellent selection of restaurants specialising in regional cuisine - among which the 'Bar du Garbet' in Oust is outstanding. The town of St.Girons, with a large selection of shops, supermarkets and restaurants, not to mention a gloriously colourful Saturday market, is 20k away. The region excels in local cheeses and meats- in summer you can visit cheese-making demonstrations in the beautiful Bethmale valley, and in the Salat Valley children can enjoy watching donkeys being milked to produce the soap 'lait d'anesse'. Donkey hire is also available above S...
Getting around
A car is essential not just for getting here but also for making the most of your stay.Limited public transport exists( a twice daily bus service along the valley to St Girons) but you will need your own steam to get to your chosen point of departure, whether a walk or another activity, or siteseeing in general -the beauty of Ariege lies in the fact that most of it is off the beaten track! In winter, unless you have a 4x4 you are strongly advised to carry chains . The period of snow cover at Miramont is usually very short, (and can never be predicted) but as with most of the roads round here chains are marked as obligatory at the foot of our lane for periods when snow does fall, so it is best to carry them just in case.
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