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Beautiful Chalet in the Foothills of the Pyrenees

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Chalet, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

Holiday home– Sleeps 1 to 7, 3 bedrooms.

In the beautiful foothills of the Pyrenees, France, in the hamlet of L'Escale, near Puivert, South West France - about 14km from the market town of Quillan and around 80km south of Carcassonne - is Le Chalet, our French holiday self catering chalet which enjoys panoramic views across the mountains of the Pyrenees and forests.

A wonderful base for your exploration of the Cathar Pyrenees, with its ancient castles, forests and spectacular mountain gorges and also excellent country for walking, cycling, horseriding, canoeing and hang-gliding. Puivert has a lake with beach for swimming in summer with stunning views only a few minutes from the chalet. Birdwatching is excellent with many species especially raptors not seen in the UK. You will definitely need your binoculars!

With an altitude of 630m, Puivert is only a one and a half hour drive to the Mediterranean or Andorra. Just half an hour from ski stations at Camurac and Chiula and one hour from Carcassonne.

Accommodation - sleeps up to 7 (extra foldaway bed)

The Chalet is equipped with new washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, oven cooker, 2 fridges, colour TV (no satellite), and DVD and PAL video player with library of tapes, Audio system for CD's and Audio tapes, Barbecue.

Ground floor - Conservatory, Dining room, Kitchen, Utility Room,

Bathroom 1. with bath, WC and Handbasin and shower, Bathroom 2 with walk in shower, WC and Handbasin, 2 Double bedrooms. Lounge with large Log burning fire and Electric heating throughout.

First floor - one double bedroom, single bedroom and small bedroom with two bunk beds. These rooms are interconnected. Bathroom with WC and Handbasin. The first floor has low ceilings.

There is plenty of space, with a very well maintained garden and a large section of a field opposite.

Where you can eat

Most of the local towns and villages have excellent restuarants when you want to eat out. We have included information about many of these in our in house handbook which is also updated with the experiences of our previous guests.

Alternatively, if you wish to eat at home, there are full facilities with cooker, fridge, microwave, all crockery and cutlery and a large outdoor barbecue.

On Wednesday evenings in the summer months there is a soirée in Puivert where our guests are very welcome.

Our surroundings

The Chalet is situated on the edge of the delightful hamlet of Lescale which is just 2.7 miles above Puivert with its local shops, bar, large bathing and boating lake and a restuarant.

Puivert rests towards one end of a stunningly beautiful valley which stretches for several miles with dramatic colours representing each of the four seasons and overlooked by its historic Chateau.

Behind Lescale is a road which winds its way up into the mountains towards the skiing resorts of Camurac and Ax Le Thermes with its ski lifts and hot spa waters.

Where to go and what to do

Wet snowy or dry there is always something to do and somewhere to go, winter or summer from Lescale. For the outdoor types there is swimming, walking cycling, horse riding, rafting, canoing and gliding. There is an abundance of a wide range of wild life with many species of birds, butterflies and wild flowers which are rare or non existant in the UK. Golden Eagles have frequently been seen and heard from the doors of the Chalet as have other raptors and a range of passerines. Also the Chateaux at Montsegur and Chalabre together with the walled City of Carcassonne so graphically described in Dan Brown's book's The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and others such as Kate Mosse's The Labyrinth and Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln's The Holy Grail are within easy reach.

This year Puivert is on one stage of the Tour de France, but there are frequently mountain finishes within a reasonable drive from the Chalet.

More Details

mike hutchins
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
15 May, 2017

About mike hutchins

I have owned and rented this beautiful property for over 10 years.

mike hutchins purchased this chalet in 2003

Why mike hutchins chose Limoux area

Stunning property set in the Pyrenees

Guestbook comments from the owner

The entire holiday went smothly from booking to our last day. The location was perfect for us, as we wanted peace, beauty and an unspoilt part of France to explore - Le Chalet gave us all of this. Only about 20 mins drive from a supermarket where you can stock up and then hunker down back in Puivert. Part we loved the most was exploring the pine forest trails as trodden by the heroic Macais during WWII. Next time we visit I will definely try the glider expereince through the valley, and we will be back!!!
May 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Puivert in Aude

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Large Upstairs bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , One double bed, one single.
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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(2 traveller reviews)

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Beautiful Chalet in the Foothills of the Pyrenees
average rating of 3.0 based on 7 reviews

Bad state of disrepair, unsafe in places and very unhygienic.

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We were due to stay at this property for 4 weeks as part of a European tour. We knew as soon as we got there that it was uninhabitable. The health and safety conditions were dangerous for us and our children - mould on the walls, a decking area that was very unsafe (but had to be used to reach the front door), mice droppings everywhere, grease and grime on the extractor fan, food under the sofa cushions, ripped sofas, broken oven, rotting food in the cupboards, even human excrement in the children's potty in one room. The smell was overwhelming at times, something to do with the sewers I think judging by the smell. On the really bad days we could not stay in the villa at all. We immediately started looking for alternative accommodation and found something available for 2 week's later - we managed 12 days and on the last night the rats appeared (rats, not mice) in our bedroom and we had to plug the hole with a bath towel. We managed to get a refund for half of our stay but no compensation over having to stay there while we waited for our alternative accommodation to be ready. VRBO/HomeAway could only pass on the details but could not help us get any compensation either (not sure what their guarantee is about...). The property only has 2 useable bedrooms, the space upstairs in the loft was too small even for our 4foot high son and, in the Summer, the temperature up there got above 100 degrees. It also states on the site that it is a pet-free holiday home - this is not the case and there were dog toys available in the lounge and pet hair on the sofas! Beware of you have an allergy. Absolutely devastated to have had this experience. Although the owner tries to assist from America, the only decent thing he could have done was return all of the money we paid, which he didn't. We showed him a video and photos of the property to alert him to the current state but I see that it is still available to rent out. I hope that the problems have been seen to, otherwise it will be a terrible experience for the next renters. VRBO have all of the up-to-date photos - not the same as what is advertised on the website - and I am happy to provide photos if anybody would like them. This property needs to be removed from all of the websites it uses until all of the problems have been fixed.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review does not in any way reflect the state of the property. You will notice this is completely inconsistent with all other review I have received from guests. We can provide a live walk through on Skype of the property, specifically addressing any of the points included in this review if you have concerns.
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A step back in time

  • 5 of 5

In March of 2009, I spent a delightful 5 days at

“Le Chalet” with several friends. The weather was

unusually warm and gorgeous for that time of the

year, so not only did we enjoy picnics by the lake

close by, but even ventured on a one day ski trip

to Ax-les-Thermes and a wonderful hike to the very

top of the castle of Montsegur! “Le Chalet” is

perfectly located in a scenic French village near

Puivert, complete with a lake, church and old

chateau nearby. Colette Gouvion summed up

perfectly the special atmosphere which pervades

Puivert when she wrote in “Chateaux et Sites du

Moyen Age”: “In the Languedoc, there are chateaux

that cry out, but Puivert sings”. For all of us,

time seemed to have come to a screeching halt

during our stay... we agreed that we felt that we

had jumped back in time. Our five days seemed

endless, while enjoying peace in the foothills of

the Pyrenees, rest in this very comfortable chalet,

and amazing French food and wine! The fond

memories of unforgettable serenity amidst the

surrounding countryside of Lescale will never leave

me. The numerous cows were my favorite, especially

when they wandered on your front lawn! “Le Chalet”

is definitely the place to relax, to enjoy winter

and summer sports, to appreciate fine French wine

and cuisine, to visit medieval towns and castles

and to "step back in time"!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Ferry
90 Miles
Nearest Beach
75 Miles
Car: necessary

Town Exploring, historic sights such as Cathars Rennes Les Chateaux, Montsegur, Carcassonne, Toulouse,


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chalet in Puivert, Aude

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
15 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Extra guests £5 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £150
Tax Rate 5.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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