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We spent a month in France and travelled over 4000km.
Our travels took us far and wide and we had an amazing time with many special and outstanding experiences of diverse and varied interest.
This beautiful old cottage in the hills at the end of a long winding road was without doubt the highlight for me and an experience that took me right back to my childhood when I ran wild in Africa and enjoyed wide open spaces, limitless freedom and abundant peace- all surrounded of course with the beauty of nature and the joy of animals nearby.
The hosts were perfect - friendly and helpful and generous with time and extra treats ( must try the mushrooms) but unobtrusive and respectful of our space at the same time.
The cottage was well fitted and very homely- special items of artistic and historical interest made us feel immediately at home and not in a "rented" property where cheap things are bought new just to equip the place.
Little family treasures and the crystal chandelier sparkling in the firelight in the evenings while listening to gentle old music transported us to another world of complete relaxation.
The old fire is well worth mastering and using even if it is not too cold because it gives such an atmosphere and has a life all of its own - like the warm heart of this cottage.
My favourite of all was meeting Neige and Peepo the darling donkeys- the dogs, cats and of course the ponies next door.
It was very hard to leave and I shall treasure the memories of this very special time for always.
In fact I have been inspired to change my life because of the joy I felt here.
This is the REAL thing- simple, wholesome, beautiful and peaceful.
A wonderful retreat to refresh the soul.
A romantic hideaway.
A family adventure in nature.
So many things.
May this beautiful place be blessed and safe for always and all that reside or visit.
I so hope we can return one day.
A lovely quiet, location in the foothills of the Pyrenese. Stunning views from the house. Denis and Martine, our hosts, were very welcoming and hospitable. They provided us with a lot of information about the area. Ariege is a very beautiful department well worth exploring. The house was clean, basic but reasonably comfortable. We had a very pleasant two weeks stay and fell in love with the area.