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The Couserans

pays couseransThe Couserans is part of the region of the southwest that was called Gascony before the French Revolution. It covers the western third of Ariège, presenting several faces:

- The High Couserans - the mountainous part with hike peaks, verdant valleys, high altitude summer pastures, waterfalls, forests of beech and firs, rushing streams and numerous little mountain villages. It is dominated by the emblematic Mont Valier, 2838 m high. It comprises the areas south of Saint Girons.

- The foothills with its rolling hills and bucolic prairies with the snow-capped peaks in the background. It comprises St Girons-St Lizier and the valleys to the north.

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Gîte Quélébu in Aleu
Sleeps 4-5 / 1 bedroom + mezzanine
This beautiful gîte/retreat is located near the village of Aleu at 800m elevation in a converted stone and thatch barn, renovated with ecological materials. The gîte is nestled in between meadows and forest. There are the most incredible views to the frontier mountains and Mont Valier. Your hosts live 150m away so are on hand if you require any help or information, but the gîte is situated away from other habitation and the road, so peace and tranquillity are assured.


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« La Chouette Parenthèse » in Lescure
sleeps 4 / 2 bedrooms
A typical Ariège country house facing the Pyrenees, completely renovated, situated between St Girons and Foix. 


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Gîtes du Haras Picard du Sant in Lasserre
2 gîtes sleeping 8-13 and 4-8
Two well-appointed gîtes on a Mérens horse farm that offers themed week-ends throughout the year.


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Les Estivades in Fabas
sleeps 9 in 5 bedrooms / pool
Situated in a tiny hamlet with a panoramic view of the mountains. This rental property with a pool comprises two houses, one for sleeping and the other for living. The owner lives in the first two floors of the sleepinghouse. There are 5 bedrooms but prices are according to the number of people in your party. Functions as a bed and breakfast from October to April.


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Gîte de l'Esclopier in Mercenac
sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms
An independent house in a quiet village. Possibility of taking an evening meal with the owners who live next door.



Gîte fermier in St Lizier
sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms
A first floor, renovated gîte on a farmstead on the edge of the historic old town center with a view of the mountains and overlooking the Salat River. This gîte will especially interest families because of the nature theme park on site, Au Pays des Traces, which is dedicated to the science of traces left behind by living things.



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Gîte du Pic Vert in Riverenert
sleeps 8-12 / 2 bedrooms
An eco-friendly renovated barn in a quiet spot with a panoramic view on a farm raising Galloway cows. Located 700m elevation and 13 kms from Saint Girons.


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Gîte de la Croix in Riverenert
sleeps 4-6 / 2 bedrooms + mezzanine
Located at 750 m in a quiet, sunny spot with a panoramic view of the mountains, 11 km from St Girons.


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La grange d'Arlette in Sentein
sleeps 4 / 2 bedrooms
A renovated barn on the GR10 transpyreneen hiking trail at 1000m elevation


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Gîte Hount Juliane in Aleu
sleeps 6 / 2 bedrooms + mezzanine
An isolated house at 1000 m altitude with a superb view of the Pyrenean chain. The owners, who live on the property, have 2 donkeys who like to take walks with the gîte occupants.


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Las Trinquades in Boussenac
sleeps 2-5 / 1 bedroom + mezzanine
A log cabin gîte near the Col de Port with a magnificent view over the valley and the mountain chain.


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The little gîte at Pinsou in Aleu
sleeps 2-4 + baby / mezzanine
A studio-gîte in a large farmhouse situated in a secluded hamlet at 800m elevation facing the Mont Valier.


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The barn at Pinsou in Aleu
sleeps 2-6 / large mezzanine
A recently renovated barn just uphill from the farmhouse in a quiet hamlet at 800m elevation, surrounded by woods and meadows with a splendid view of the Mont Valier.


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La fermette de Bauch in Aleu
sleeps 5-6 / 3 bedrooms
An isolated mountain house surrounded by woods and meadows.


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Le Presbytère in Massat
sleeps 8 / 3 bedrooms
A gîte in the former presbytery next to a church (the bells do not ring) in a small mountain hamlet at 900 m elevation with a magnificent view of the mountains. Located 6 km from Massat.


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Les Glycines in Oust
sleeps 6 / 3 bedrooms
Gîte full of character in a hamlet at 800 m elevation, surrounded by woods and meadows and a large flower garden. Magnificent panoramic view of the Mont Valier.


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Gîte Chèvrefeuille in Oust
sleeps 4 / 2 bedrooms
A gîte full of character in a hamlet at 800 m elevation, surrounded by woods and meadows and a large flower garden. Magnificent panoramic view of the Mont Valier.


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Gîte de la Souleilo in Ercé
sleeps 4-5 / 2 bedrooms
A renovated barn with a very beautiful view of the Pyrenees, located on the listed site of Cominac.


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Gîte du Pélioou in Ercé
sleeps 6-8 / 3 bedrooms
A renovated barn with a very beautiful view of the Pyrenees, located on the listed site of Cominac.

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Les 3 Césars in Aulus-les-Bains
studios and apts sleeping 2 to 6
A residence of studios and apartments in a thermal spa village. A raised walkway links the residence to the spa facilities.

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Gîte La Pause in Ercé
sleeps 6 / 2 bedrooms
A traditional stone house at 800m altitude on the listed site of Cominac. Surrounded by meadows, it enjoys a splendid view of the Mont Valier.


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Chalets "Au Songe du Valier" in Seix
sleep 2-4 & 5-7
Chalets and duplexes + camping in a verdant setting 700m from the village of Seix (15 min on foot).


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Gîte "Le nid d'aigle" in Seix
sleeps 6 / 2 bedroooms + mezzanine
A veritable eagle's nest of a house in a mountain hamlet overlooking one of the wilder valleys of the Couserans. Farm animals, a zipline, a fountain... delightful distractions for children.


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Les gîtes communaux in Couflens and Salau
sleep 5 / x bedrooms & 8 / x bedrooms
2 gîtes in a large house on the banks of the high Salat river.


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Gîte Les Bouriès in Seix (Couflens)
sleeps 5 / 2 bedrooms
A renovated barn on a little farm facing the high mountains.

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