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“Idyllic forest retreat”
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charming stone cottage next to a clear mountain stream in the heart of nature.
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charming stone cottage next to a clear mountain stream in the heart of nature.
river running in the main house gardens living room
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10 reviews
charming stone cottage next to a clear mountain stream in the heart of nature.
river running in the main house gardens
living room
stone bridge on the property
fully equipped kitchen
upper bedroom, 2 singles or one large double( 180cm)
view of the cottage private garden from riverside
another view of the main living room
corridor leading through the kitchen to other rooms
activities for children
2nd smaller living room with door directly onto the private garden
kitchen another view
mezzanine bed (140cm)
children's play area (shared with main house)
forest garden (shared with main house)
The local 50 hectare swimming lake - 20 mins drive
spring garden mimosa
views on a walk from the back door of the cottage
The town of St Girons - 20 mins drive
Historic Foix - 25 mins drive
summer fun in the garden river
views on a local walk
investigating local ruins
garden spring blossom
winter sun and frost in the gardens
private cottage garden  - another view
The large forest garden next to the cottage with our son and dog enjoying winter
you may see our siamese cats from time to time. They live next door to the cottage with our family
Tourné manor house next door to the cottage
autumn walks
gardens shared with main house
special occasions, table d'hotes
winter mini  football in one  of our forest gardens - children and adults!
winter. or summer activities for the children- soft archery
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Castelnau-Durban, Ariege, Occitanie

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Very good - based on 10 reviews
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Sarah R
uk
2 reviews
“Idyllic forest retreat”
Reviewed 24 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We enjoyed a week in the cottage and the beautiful surrounding forest. It was great having our own garden, a stream to dip in when it was too hot and a wood burner for when it was too cold.

Everything we needed was there and the delightful Paula and Ram happily provided anything else we asked for. Their home cooked dinners that we enjoyed a number of times were more than good and they had no problems with accommodating my dietary needs.

Overall a great place to rest and re-charge.

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Liked best: Location and charm of the place.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Ben T
Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Cosy cottage attached to beautiful house and gardens in Ariege”
Reviewed 8 July 2015 for a stay in April 2015

My wife and I spent eight days staying in this lovely cottage in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The cottage is attached to the magnificent old house and gardens, known as Tourne, in the hamlet of the same name. It was clean and tidy, and the kitchen had all the things we needed, plus the woodburner kept us cosy in the cooler evenings. The owners were very helpful and kind, and provided us with lovely meals in the main house: the Persian lamb stew and the chicken curry were particularly memorable! There are many lovely walks in the forest that can be accessed straight from the garden, but it was very tempting to just stay in the garden, reading books and listening to the sounds of the river and the birds. Also many local attractions including stunning Cathar castles, and of course, the mighty Pyrenees.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Ian M
Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A great spot for the right guests.”
Reviewed 26 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Very nice owners and a really quiet-&-green location. Good facilities and clean. We travelled as 2 couples and probably had developed an idealized expectation. The small bedrooms are both up narrow ladder stairways and my wife and I decided not to risk the stairs to ours and instead we slept on the sofa-bed down below - respect for brittle 65+ y/old bones. Kids and young adults will probably love the place - it's quite idyllic - but the bedroom set-ups are a bit of an ask for seniors. We apologized to Ram & Paula and left early.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
27 Jun 2015
Hello Ian
so sorry you found the stairs a problem. I do say in the information that the cottage is not suitable for those with limited mobility. You are right younger adults and children do adore the cottage for the very reasons you found it difficult .' cosy and quaint' are the qualities often used to describe the cottage. I am sorry it was not right for you. Hope you enjoy the rest of your time traveling in europe
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bendykate
Exeter, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lovely quaint cottage in gorgeous setting”
Reviewed 5 January 2015 for a stay in September 2014

This is a sweet little cottage in an amazing valley, ideal for those who enjoy being in nature. There are beautiful gardens, many woodland walks (bring boots if you want to go off the road) and the sound of the river running through the garden is wonderfully soothing, with bathing spots for the summer months. There is a beautiful fresh-water lake a short drive away, a café/restaurant 20 mins walk away in the nearby village, and many local markets and castles to visit locally. Ram and Paula, who own the cottage and live next door, are very friendly and welcoming hosts but also happy to give you your own space if you have come for some quiet time - it would be the perfect place to do a retreat. The cottage itself is well equipped, meticulously clean and comfortable for four, with two small bathrooms (one with bath, one with shower). The only drawback is that there is limited headroom on the stairs up to one of the two bedrooms which would make it difficult to access for the less able-bodied.

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Liked best: The location and generous hosts
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
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Reviewed 28 September 2017 for a stay in September 2017
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Management Response
4 Jul 2018
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