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Sunny, secluded, spacious and comfortable mountain house, with sensational views

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Space 1,345 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Secluded house with 3 bedrooms, a large living room with a wood-burning stove

La Fontane can comfortably accommodate six people and is spacious for two, so you can relax with the family or couples can go walking in the midst of nature.

It's very spacious (125M2) with a large family room with kitchen, dining, and sitting areas either around the stove or in front of the picture windows with their incomparable mountain views, dominated by the Pic of Montcalm (3000m) opposite. The kitchen area is well equipped including with a dishwasher, and there is a utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Above the family room there's a mezzanine where your can watch multi-channel TV or play pool. There's a stylish shower room, and three comfortable bedrooms with double bed, twin beds and twin bunks.

In the middle of the Parc Naturel Régional it faces due south, like the sunny village of Orus above. You can enjoy the view either from the terrace in front or through the picture windows of the large living room. In the evening you can listen to music on the hi-fi in front of the fireplace, play pool, read, surf the wifi, or watch TV.

The children will love exploring the extensive wooded grounds and walk up the track to the village of Orus (5 minutes), where you can play table tennis or table football in the old village school or walk down the track to Vicdessos and its market on Thursdays. In Vicdessos, we have a well stocked Spar supermarket, a butcher, a good boulangerie, a pizzeria, bar-restaurant, pharmacy, post office with cash point.

In the valley there are good restaurants in Niaux (15 minutes) and Tarascon-sur-Ariège (20 minutes) where there also are supermarkets and a market twice a week

The valley is famous as a centre of mountain recreation and sports activities. These include walking - there are two beautiful marked footpaths which can be accessed directly from the house. These connect to the many well-marked trails in the valley including the GR 10 path that crosses the Pyrenees, connecting the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. In summer (July-August) there is an outdoor swimming pool in Auzat (10 minutes) surrounded by mountains. Ax les Thermes (40 minutes) offers a relaxing natural hot spa experience throughout the year.

We have climbing, including in Vicdessos a practice climbing wall. (5 minutes by car) We also have "via ferrata" (safe but spectacular climbing with fixed steel loops to attach to) and an "accrobranche" (adventure park with zip slides). There is trout fishing, caving, canoeing and canyoning (river rafting, abseiling and sliding down waterfalls). All of these activities can be supervised by highly qualified guides who ensure your safety at all times.

For those interested in history and archeology not to be missed in the valley, the magnificent 14,000-year-old drawings of the Niaux cave, one of the few cave art sites still open to the public. This can be complemented by a visit to the Parc Pyrénéen de l'art préhistorique where the interior of the cave has been faithfully reproduced and where you and the children can learn about the life of our ancestors, for example how to throw spears and make fire the way our ancestors did.

We also have a fascinating local history. In the XIII century the region was a centre of the Cathar religion and we are not far (45 minutes) from the breathtaking castle of Montségur where the Cathars took their last stand against the forces of the King of France and the Pope.

Within living memory, the region was a centre of resistance to the Nazi occupation. Many Allied aviators and other refugees were smuggled across the border across the mountains from here. The ancient Orus water mill was operated secretly during the night to grind corn to prevent seizures of food by the occupation troops.

We can also walk (or drive to) the village of Sem directly across the valley from La Fontane where iron was mined between Roman times until the 1930s. We can also follow the aluminum trail that commemorates a hundred yearsof the industry until 2003 at Auzat and whose main legacy are the giant reservoirs now used to generate hydro-electricity.

We have cultural events as well as the popular blues festival in Vicdessos, which attracts hundreds to participate in class acts. The tourist offices of Auzat and Vicdessos offer up-to-date information about events in the area. Each village holds its fete in July or August to which visitors are welcome.

Or…relax on the terrasse beneath the shade sale and watch the wonderful butterflies, birds and lizards.

More Details

Owner
Peter Cooper
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

About Peter Cooper

We are teachers who come her with our children as often as possible, far from London's noise and pollution. We feel ourselves relaxing the moment we arrive. We would like you to share this feeling of pleasure.

Peter Cooper purchased this house in 2002

Why Peter Cooper chose Ariege

This stay will give you the feeling of peace and relaxation, but will also provide you with unforgettable activities and and experiences as shown by many of our guest reviews.

What makes this house unique

The house is situated in the middle of a sensational mountain view offering peace, activities and pure mountain air. Its facilities make it spacious and comfortable.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Orus in Ariege

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1345 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mezzanine
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • American Kitchen
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • + Separate WC
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Chambre 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Chambre 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Chambre 3 - 2 Single Bed , superposés
  • Sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers and towels € 20 per bed (optional)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Hydrotherapy
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • Water sports
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski pass optional
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Large French windows overlooking the valley and Montcalm.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

Sunny, secluded, spacious and comfortable mountain house, with sensational views
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
5

Absolutely Breathtaking!!

  • 5 of 5

The situation of this property is fantastic, with views across the mountains at this high altitude is a paradise. The property is clean and has many facilities to help you relax during your stay. Communication was good between the owner, Peter and our connection at the property, Cecilia and Eric. I would highly recommend this property and hope to return again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. You are of course welcome to return at any time.
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5

Perfection in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at La Fontane was perfectly amazing and amazingly perfect. The house itself was spacious and very well equipped. The view from the patio is stunningly beautiful and we spent many happy hours watching the changing light and shadows over the mountains. We felt we were in a different world of beauty, peace and solitude and the stresses of everyday life seemed a million miles away. The village in the valley was handy and convenient for all our daily needs and we were impressed with the friendliness and helpfulness of the locals. La Fontane is well placed for visiting places of interest nearby. We visited Foix, Mirepoix, Andorra, Carcassonne, as well as enjoying road trips through spectacular mountain passes. We just can't wait to be able to go to La Fontane again!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What can I say?
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5

Séjour agréable

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé de merveilleuses vacances dans un gite et un environnement exceptionnels; La vue sur le Montcalm restera gravée dans notre mémoire.Encore merci à Monsieur Cooper pour sa gentillesse et ses recommandations. Nous reviendrons.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Nice house on a hill with Beautiful views!

  • 5 of 5

A quiet and small road brings you to this nice holliday house on the top of a hill. (about 3 KM up) The house is very complete and we had alot of fun with the pooltable! The terrace is big and the views are stunning. Really nice for relaxing in the sunshine. We went for a cycling holliday and had a great time. Also went to Ax Les Thermes for the beautyfull climb of port de pailhères and Les cabannes for Plateau the Beille. The climb of etang de soulcem, just out of Auzat is really beautiful for cycling or hiking! Ooh and before i forget, the caretaker is really friendly and helpfull, same for the owner of the house!

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

La pépite de l'Ariège

  • 5 of 5

C'est sans conteste l'un des plus beaux endroits où ma famille a pu séjourner. Les photos - bien que fidèles à la réalité - ne font pas encore assez honneur à la maison de Peter. La vue est à couper le souffle. Le jardin a sans conteste nécessité des heures de travail. Un petit chemin à travers les arbres mène jusqu'à Orus, juste au-dessus. A l'intérieur, l'espace est très propre et bien aménagé : il y a de quoi écouter la musique en cuisinant, un lave-linge, un lave-vaisselle, un bon four et de nombreux ustensiles de cuisine. Pour les enfants, les chambres sont simples et bien agencées. Il y a même de nombreux jeux pour eux, sans parler du bac à poissons rouges sur la terrasse. A noter également que la literie est confortable, ce qui est assez rare pour être souligné. Enfin, l'accueil a été des plus agréables. Les personnes qui nous ont reçu étaient très sympathiques et ont su répondre à toutes nos questions. Des vacances parfaites, merci !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Je vous remercie pour votre appreciation généreuse. J'essaierai d'améliorer les photos!
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5

Beeindruckende Unterkunft und Umgebung

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben in den Pyrenäen einen tollen Urlaub verbracht! Das Haus liegt ganz für sich alleine mit einem atemberaubenden Blick auf den Montcalm und andere Bergzüge. Im Haus ist alles vorhanden, was man/frau für einen gelungenen Urlaub benötigt. Der Wohn- und Essraum inkl. Küchenbereich ist klasse und bietet auch bei eventuell schlechtem Wetter schöne "Ausblicke". Auf einer Empore ist ein Fernseher (Englisch/Französich), DVD, ... und ein kleiner Poolbillardtisch. An der Sauberkeit in bestimmten Teilbereichen im Bad (Dusche) und einigen Küchenschränken könnte noch gearbeitet werden, war aber insgesamt ok.

Ein Haus, absolut einzigarzig für Menschen, die gerne für sich sind, Wanderungen in der Höhe lieben (Kondition erforderlich :-)), gerne mit dem Rennrad oder (E)-Bike unterwegs sind. Fantastische Ausblicke in teilweise absoluter "Einsamkeit", entschädigen jegliche Anstrengungen!

Drei Sterne für die Unterkunft sind absolut berechtigt!

Selbst der kleine Ort (ca. 4 km entfernt) ist nett und hat alle Annehmlichkeiten (Restaurant, Bäckerei, kleinen Supermarkt, Fleischerei und Gemüseladen). Auch das Besichtigen von Höhlen, Kajaktouren und andere Aktivitäten (z.B. Klettergarten) sind in der näheren Umgebung sehenswert bzw. einfach zu organisieren.

Absolut empfehlenswert!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
111 Kilometres
Carcassonne; Toulouse Blagnac
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Vicdessos
Nearest Ferry
237 Kilometres
Barcelona
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Golf Club de l'Ariège, Unjat, near Foix
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Tarascon-sur-Ariège
Nearest Motorway
18.5 Kilometres
Tarascon-sur-Ariège
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Arconac
Nearest Ski
9 Kilometres
Station Goulier Neige, Goulier
Nearest Beach
173 Kilometres
Le Barcarès
Car: necessary

La Fontane a secluded 125m2 house in the Haute Ariege Regional Natural Park in the Pyrenees is named after the stream that flows through its large grounds. Awarded a 3 star rating by the préfecture départementale, the house faces full south just below the pretty, cobbled and sunny village of Orus. Its large French windows offer magnificent views of the Vicdessos Valley and of the 3000m Montcalm.peak and open onto a patio and a beautiful rock garden. It boasts a big living room with a sitting area in front of a glass-fronted wood burning stove, a dining area and a large well equipped kitchen area . As a family home it has all amenities, including microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. There's a mezzanine with a large LCD multi-channel TV, DVD player and pool table. It has 3 bedrooms, bathroom with shower, 2 toilets, Baby equipment includes a cot and a high chair. There are goldfish in the terrasse pond.

There is a good restaurant nearby and food shops in Vicdessos (5 mins) and in Tarascon-sur-Ariege (20 mins). The amazing cave paintings in Niaux are 11km away. La Fontane is Ideal for nature lovers, hikers, walkers and for all varieties of outdoor activities, or by contrast for those who just like to relax on the terrace with a good book and a drink.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Orus, Midi-Pyrenees

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Printemps 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£379
for 7 nights
£379
£1,517
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
 
Début d'été
20 May 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£379
for 7 nights
£379
£1,517
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
Plein été
8 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£632
for 7 nights
£632
£2,529
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Automne 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£421
for 7 nights
£421
£1,517
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £168.58

Locations uniquement en unités hebdomadaires du samedi au samedi. Pour les demandes pour d'autres périodes svp contacter le propriétaire.
Enfants de moins de 2 ans gratuit. Linge de lit (1 drap+1 housse de couette+oreillers), serviettes et ménage a la fin du séjour inclus dans l'offre. Les premiers 125kwh d'électricité par semaine louée sont offertes ainsi que le bois de chauffage. Consommation d'électricité au dessus de 125kwh par semaine louée sera facturée 0.15€ par kwh.

Bed linen and towels and end of stay cleaning are included in the price. The first 125kwh of electricity per week rented is free as is wood fuel for the stove. Electricity consumption over 125kwh per week rented is chargeable at 0.15€ per kwh. This will deducted from the damage deposit after the end of your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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