: Carcassonne & Toulouse
The Domaine de Montagnac is a remarkable place. Situated in a quiet and beautiful (but not remote) part of the Ariege in southwest France, with rolling hills all around, it is an ideal base for a relaxing rural holiday. As well as the local village (St Felix de Tournegat) being classified as a National Monument, there are amazing panoramic views of the Pyrenees mountain range – close enough for skiing or high altitude walks. With tourism and cultural attractions all over the region, and civilization (and, so, shops!) just a 15 minute drive away, there are very few holiday locations that can compare. Delights such as Mirepoix and Limoux are on the doorstep, as are the Cathar castles including Foix and Montsegur. For those wanting the sea, the Mediterranean and the famous town of Collioure are just 2 hours away.
Ski: There are several ski resorts within easy driving distance. While not as grand (or expensive!) as the Alps, all local ski resorts in the Pyrenees have a good variety of skiing in lovely surroundings.
The nearest ski resort, les Monts D'Olmes, is a 45 minute drive away. The larger resort of Ax-les-Thermes (also has thermal baths & a casino, is 90 minutes drive away.
Downhill « Ski de Piste » resorts:
Les Mont d’Olmes (1500- 2115 m / 18,5 kms of pistes)
Ax les 3 Domaines (1400 - 2400 m / 75 kms of pistes)
Guzet (1100 -2100 m / 40 kms of pistes)
Ascou Pailhères (1500 - 2000 m / 20 kms of pistes)
Mijanes Donezan (1530 - 2000 m / 9 kms of pistes)
Goulier Neige (1500 - 2000 m / 5 kms of pistes)
Cross-country « Ski de Fond » resorts:
Plateau de Beille (1800 -2000 m / 75 kms of pistes)
Domaine du Chioula (1240 - 1650 m / 60 kms of pistes)
Etang de Lers (1300 - 1615 m / 30 kms of pistes)
La Tour Lafont (1250 - 1500m / 15 kms of pistes)