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The Area

Warmth, historical heritage and authenticity are perfect words to describe this part of southern France. It will satisfy your expectations in every way; it boasts beautiful scenery: undulating landscapes, vineyards, beautiful coastlines, the impressive ‘Black Mountain’ with majestic forests and nature reserves. You do not have to travel very far from the farmhouse to enjoy the many attractions this region has to offer… if it is wine you interested in then you can explore the vineyards of Corbiere and Malepere.

For the culture vultures amongst you then the historic ruins of Cathar Castles adorn the craggy peaks where for almost 200 years the area endured sieges, massacres and the Inquisition. La Cite at Carcassonne is only a short drive away and is the second most visited attraction in France after the Eifel Tower. If it's outdoor adventure you are looking for then come no further… the area around Lac Montbel offers a wide variety of adventurous pursuits including; water sports, horse riding, cycling and walking.

Within a 45 minutes drive you can go extreme with white water rafting and skiing in the Pyrenees. Andora (Duty Free) is just a 2 hour drive away and, of course, hill walking and climbing. In our village of Plaigne – the church and bell tower dominate the village and cross (over one thousand years old), with the Cathar hand carved on the back, is a protected monument.




Horse Riding

The many "fermes equestres" and riding centres dotting Ariège attest to the popularity of this leisurely mode of sightseeing. Most of these centres offer riding lessons as well as guided outings and trips lasting from a few hours to over a week. The closest to us is at Loustalviel a 10min drive. For more information visit: www.ariege.com

Horse Riding


WalkingThis is a walker’s paradise. The snow-capped peaks, lush green valleys, forests dappled with sunlight, a region where it is easy to leave people behind and enjoy nature. Families will find that many routes are quite suitable for young children. An excellent guide in French is "Les Sentiers d'Emilie en Ariège: 50 promenades très faciles" by Janice Valls-Russell. The walks are not strenuous but have enough variation in terrain and natural features like waterfalls and outcroppings to interest both adults and children. Particularly recommended is the Cirque de Cagateille, which has been called a "little Gavarnie." We have left some books in the house for you to peruse.



CyclingThe area has much to offer as most of the interesting places to visit lie along the river valleys, where the slopes are gentle. Mountain-biking, or VTT (vélo tout-terrain), is also very popular here and many tracks have been created and adapted for all levels. With very little traffic on the roads, sleepy little villages, a converted old railway line, the Canal du Midi, the magnificent lac du Montbel and of course the cols made famous in Le Tour. What better way to explore this beautiful area during your stay...For your convenience have your bikes dropped off at Cagarot. They will arrive fully serviced and ready to go! Visit: www.velomondo.com



Go Karting

Go-Karting for all ages at the International track 25mins from the house South of Mirepoix towards Lac du Montbel.


There are over 400 km of rivers that have been classified as suitable for those interested in this sport with water courses ranging from the benign to the extreme.