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Tourné Cottage

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The house

A newly renovated stone cottage next to the main house in the at Tourné, very light and charming. Set in a peaceful forest valley next to the Artillac river in the Ariege Pyrenees national park.
Upstairs bedroom with two singles or one very large double bed.(180cm) Downstairs bedroom is a mezzanine with double bed (140cm) and en suite shower room, wc and sink. Below the mezzanine area is small lounge with sofa and writing desk, there is a possibility of a fifth single bed if required. A back door gives access to the private garden, windows with a view to gardens and direct access to forest footpath.
Kitchen with original stone sink, fully equipped for cooking and food preparation with full gas hob and separate electric oven. toaster , blender. Dishwasher, microwave ,washing machine. with access to outside line for drying. iron and ironing board. fridge with freezer. cd player and radio. views over the garden.
Bathroom with bath, shower wc and sink. hairdryer. Heated towel rail.
Main living room with individual entrance. South facing window. wood burning stove. two sofas. DVD player. Book shelves, guide books and maps. coffee tables.
Wireless internet.
fully double glazed for the cooler months.
The wood burning stove feeds radiators in all the rooms.
Access to river for bathing just a few metres from your door and use of substantial gardens of 3 hectares , as well as your own private garden with wooden garden furniture provided for outside eating and relaxing.
Children's play area (in the larger gardens) with trampoline swing and paddling pool in the summer months. The play area is shared with our son and guests in the main house
.The property has been renovated to a very good standard, clean and light. Its location is ideal for exploring the mountains, forest and local tourist attractions.
This Gite will provide you with a peaceful and quiet base for your holiday. only 2 kilometres from the nearest village.


  • Independent
  • No smoking
  • Local contact
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Playground
  • Table d'hôtes
  • Internet
  • Bicycles at the house
  • Fireplace
  • Hair dryer
  • Bath


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The cottage and main house at Tourné are situated in the forest valley of the River Artillac. The river is 20 metres from the cottage and there is access for dipping or paddling or plunging and a few swimming strokes .the local village of Castelnau Durban is 2km, it can be walked along the road that follows the river or it can be reached across an ancient footpath which gives views of the mountains and surrounding area. the village has a bakery and epicerie, a very good restaurant and a tabac as well as a local craft shop which is open in the summer months. The valley is an area of protected environment in the heart of the Parc naturel régional des Pyrénées ariégeoises. In the park there is virtually no industry (1%) , the population is sparse 1 person for every 2km and consequently traffic minimal, with very few cars passing the cottage.
The gardens adjoining the cottage are substantial. from the kitchen and lower bedroom there are views across the gardens-the vegetable garden, fruit trees and views towards the the forest. All rooms have natural views that are green in summer-these are the foothills of the pyrenees.
The GR10 can be accessed directly from the house-but it is about 6 hours on foot. There are many walks of astounding beauty that can be made directly from the house. Beautiful wild flowers in spring, stunning walks in summer cooled by the forest. The voie verte is a recently opened 42km route reserved for cyclists and walkers running from St Girons and Foix accessed at Castelnau Durban and is wonderful at all times of year. In the cottage you will find guides and maps with local attractions and walks.

With no pollution the River runs clear and the nights sky bright for star gazers.

The cottage at Tourné is fully in natural beauty. The forest of Bellissance is given its name after the Vicomte de Bellissance who built the main house in 1850. It is several hundred hectares and the main house is among one of the finest maison de maitres in the area.
Many local activities and historic sites are under 3O mins drive. There is lots to see and do in the area and the cottage provides a very calm and tranquil base from which to experience the different flavours of the region.

  • Rural
  • Mountainous
  • Hilly
  • Meadows and woodland
  • In or near a village
  • Near swimming water

Restaurants, food & wine

Chez Victor is the only restaurant in the Village of Castelnau Durban, 20 minutes walk. it is very well known by locals and is usually very busy, especially at lunchtime. a four course menu is available every day [not sunday] for 12 euros. the a la carte menu [obligatory on Sunday] has a wide choice of dishes. this restaurant provides increasingly rare home cooked food. the restaurant has been in the same family for 3 generations.

There are locally grown bio wines available.

The area is well know for foie gras and the local markets offer a very wide variety of fresh food, much of which is bio/organic.

The towns of Foix and St Girons have many restaurants-about 20-25 minutes drive.

Tables d'hotes can be provided in the main house by arrangement-mostly special diets catered for.. please see our web site at for sample menus

bio/organic vegetables can be purchased from our vegetable garden if required and the cottage has its own small herb garden.


Many varied activities for all ages and dispositions with in 30 minutes drive below are a few examples.
Climbing-there are many climbing schools in the area, the nearest is at St Girons, 25 minutes drive. some climbing faces within 40 minutes walk, many climbing faces can be accessed by car, usually 40 minutes drive will get you to some well used and challenging climbs.
Cross country skiing-we are 1hr from Guzet ski station but there are many other local snow walking sites. If there is enough snow, there is a a beginner's level toboggan slope 5 minutes from the cottage.

Local golf course-20 minutes drive at la bastide de serou.

Unlimited walks directly from the cottage.The valley is in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains. between 10 and 40 minutes drive you can access many splendid walks, for example to the Cathar castle at Roquefixade. The walking is particularly splendid in april with many wild flowers and in september when it is not too hot.

Two mountain bikes are available at the cottage.For serious mountain bikers, the terrain is perfect with many climbs and off road pistes. . There is a new cycle path close by that runs from St Girons to Foix for beautiful flat and safe off road . Also bike hire shops at St girons and the village of la Bastide de serou

Horse riding schools are available in the area. The valley provides many off road paths for horses. We have 2 friendly donkeys in the fields around the main house.
Mont Vallier, the tallest mountain in the Ariege Pyrenees can be accessed in under an hour by car providing a challenging 8 hour walk to the top. The whole range of mountains can be accessed either by foot [minimum 6 hours walk] or by car.

In St Girons, 20 minutes drive, there is a hand gliding/parapente school. the owner's mother lives in the local village.
Swimming lake - the lac de Mondely, about 150 hectares, is a beautiful lake suitable for swimming. it is 25 minutes drive from the house. It has a snack bar [during july and august] and has safe swimming areas with life guards for children.
There are large markets with various goods and local produce at the towns of st. Girons on Saturday and Foix on Fridays.
Many Cathar castles and historic sites are with in easy driving distance.

Guides books and maps provided

  • Bicycle
  • Near hiking trails
  • Near ATB trails
  • Near riding
  • Fishing
  • Mountain sports
  • Flying and gliding
  • Yoga
  • Other courses
  • Cross-country skiing

Further remarks

The stairs in the cottage are not suitable for people who have difficulty walking as they are steep. the central heating is wood fired-there are radiators in each room. wood is supplied and if necessary we will light the fire for you if asked. for longer winter stays we may ask a small fee for wood-or we can provide the materials for you to collect your own!

There is space for parking several cars, across the bridge-only 25 metres from the cottage. for unloading you can drive to the front door and then park your car.

we try and keep the kitchen in the cottage stocked with basic food supplies. there is no charge for this. we have a good stock of organic grains and foods should you wish to buy what you cannot find locally.

The water supply of the cottage is from a mountain source and has no additives or chlorine. it is excellent for drinking and washing.
The Main house has two large studios that can be used by arrangement-They are suitable for yoga, tai chi, dancing, painting or music practice.

children are very welcome, we have our own. the river is unguarded so please be aware of this. there is a play area with trampoline, swings and paddling pool (in the summer months)

the house has music . there is a dvd player with a library of dvd's that you may use. it is avery wide selection of movies and television series.

the music centre can accept usb or ipod.

Additional price info and offers

In cooler times the wood for the wood burner heating is provided free of charge.
For stays longer than a week we change your towels and bed linen. ( if you wish )

Price includes

  • Towels, Bed linen

Price exclusive

  • Cleaning fee (optional) € 30.00

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paula chatlani has last updated the calendar on 17 Jan 2019

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Visitors of Tourné Cottage evaluate this property in the past 4 years with an average of:

Visited in August 2018

Hele knusse gite met alles erop en eraan. Hele lieve gastvrouw en haar partner. Wij hebben hier genoten na 2weken Spaanse costa was dit een heerlijke afsluiting. Top!

Visited in August 2014
Inge, Christoph und Lucie

Eine charmante Ferienwohnung, gut ausgestattet, alles kompakt und sehr gepflegt. Davor herrlich grüner Rasen zum barfuß laufen mit einem kühlen, frischen Bach. Direkt hinter dem Haus geht es mit dem hauseigenen Mountainbike auf Waldwegen über 1000 Höhenmeter das Tal hoch. Die Umgebung ist mittelgebirgig, schön verschlafen. Vor allem die Natur bietet sagenhafte Sehenswürdigkeiten, in direkter Nähe die riesige, sogar mit dem Auto durchfahrbare Höhle von Mas d'Azil und die fantastische Aussicht vom Sommet de Portel. Die Vermieter sind für alle Fragen ansprechbar und total entspannt. Große Empfehlung an alle, die einfach nur das schöne Land und die Abgeschiedenheit genießen wollen! Abends am Grill, tagsüber kleine Ausflüge oder Lesen im Garten, das Handy kann man getrost ausschalten, der Empfang ist minimal, was uns absolut nicht gestört hat. Gerne wieder!!!

Visited in July 2014

Net terug uit Frankrijk. Ontzettend genoten van dit mooie huis. Alles erop en eraan. Heel veel sfeer in het huis. Een ontzettend sympathieke en lieve gastvrouw. Fantastische omgeving!
Kortom kon niet beter. Een echte aanrader!!!

Comment from paula chatlani

hello Dank je wel much.It was erg leuk om u en uw familie te ontmoeten vriendelijke groet Paula

Visited in August 2013

Na een lange autorit kwamen we na aankomst al snel tot rust in de prachtige omgeving van het huis. Onze kinderen hadden alle vrijheid om in de tuin en het aangrenzende riviertje te spelen.
De eigenaren zijn open en zeer gastvrij; dit geldt ook voor hun zoontje en honden. Ze hebben het huisje en de hoofdlocatie mooi opgeknapt naar de huidige maatstaven, maar hebben de oorspronkelijke uitstraling weten te behouden. Bovendien hebben ze een sfeer weten te creëren die één en al rust uitstraalt. Als je de deur uit stapt zit je midden in de natuur, hoor je het riviertje stromen, etcetera.

Naast het genieten van de natuur is er in de omgeving (binnen 30 minuten rijden) genoeg te ondernemen: stadjes en kastelen bezoeken, grotten bezoeken, klimmen, zwemmen. Noem maar op, voor iedereen is er wel wat.

Het enige nadeel dat we kunnen bedenken, is dat als je weer terugkomt in je eigen omgeving de overgang van rust naar de huidige hectiek je doet verlangen naar die mooie plek.


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