Peace and seclusion yet close to village. Ideal for families, walkers, cyclists.
Alan & Barbara
- english, french
About Alan & Barbara
We are an active, outgoing retired couple enjoying life in this beautiful area of France. We speak basic French and are delighted to give advice on the best places to visit and how to make the most of your stay.
Why Alan & Barbara chose Chalabre
The people here are very friendly and welcoming to visitors. It is a rural community, far away from any big city, with a relaxed pace of life. People smile easily and whether they are serving you in a shop, restaurant or cafe they seem happy to be there and pleased to see you. We provide a welcome pack of essentials like milk, tea, coffee, croissants, jam, etc. During your first week we offer a free wine tasting. We are not experts or connoisseurs but will be happy to introduce you to some of the wines of the area.
What makes this Villa unique
The views from the balcony take in the fields and woods surrounding the property. You can swim in the pool or just relax poolside and drink in the views of the Pyrenean foothills. Looking up, you are likely to see buzzards, kites, eagles and vultures circling overhead. Fishing is available in the River Hers at the bottom of the garden. During your first week we offer a free wine tasting session, giving you an idea of the range of wines available in the are.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:25
No diving in the pool (1.5 metres depth throughout).
No food, glass or China in pool enclosure.
No smoking inside.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Lovely house with stunning views
We have had a fantastic holiday! A good balance of being able to just relax by the fantastic pool admiring the scenery plus beautiful places to visit close by.
The house was clean and tidy and offers everything we needed for our holiday and we would love to return.
Comfortable, spacious, well appointed with everything you need for an excellent holiday!
A spacious, well appointed property in a great location to explore the Cathar region of the Aude and Ariège with places like Mirepoix, Foix and Carcassonne within easy travelling distance, you’re never short of day visits. If you’re into cycling or walking, you’ll never be stuck for a glorious scenic route.
Alan and Barbara live on site and although we were their first visitors, they instinctively knew when to interact or leave us alone. We never felt that their presence was constraining or intrusive, rather, they assisted in making our stay much more enjoyable with their knowledge of the typically French events helping us to get the most out of the area. Their swimming pool was great on the frequent hot days. The accommodation has everything you need and we could not find fault with it.
As hesitant users of accommodation with the owners on site, Alan and Barbara unexpectedly enhanced our experience and we wouldn’t hesitate to revisit them when we return to this wonderful region of France.
The property is ideally situated, surrounded by fields and crops yet a short walk to the village with its amenities, cafes and restaurants. You can relax and children can play in the large garden, enjoy the pool, or explore the area with its many attractions.
The beautiful Lake Montbel is just a short drive away, offering swimming, walking, mountain biking, wind surfing and a small sailing club. An hour away is the spectacular Cite de Carcassonne (used as a set for the Hollywood movie 'Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves'). The dinosaur museum at Esperaza is just 20 minutes away. The area is rich in Cathar history, and the Cathar castle at Montsegur is close by.