In the beautiful foothills of the Pyrenees, France, in the hamlet of L'Escale, near Puivert, South West France - about 14km from the market town of Quillan and around 80km south of Carcassonne - is Le Chalet, our French holiday self catering chalet which enjoys panoramic views across the mountains of the Pyrenees and forests.
Holiday home“ Sleeps 1 to 7 (we have a comfortable foldaway bed as well), 4 bedrooms £250 to £590 per week. We have free wi-fi.
A wonderful base for your exploration of the Cathar Pyrenees, with its ancient castles, forests and spectacular mountain gorges and also excellent country for walking, cycling, horseriding, canoeing and hang-gliding. Puivert has a lake with beach for swimming in summer with stunning views only a few minutes from the chalet. Birdwatching is excellent with many species especially raptors not seen in the UK. You will definitely need your binoculars.
With an altitude of 630m, Puivert is only a one and a half hour drive to the Mediterranean or Andorra. Just half an hour from ski stations at Camurac and Chiula and one hour from Carcassonne.
Accommodation - sleeps up to 7, 8 with foldaway bed. .
The Chalet is equipped with new washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, oven cooker, 2 fridges, colour TV with SKY (need to bring sky card with you for full range of programmes), and DVD and PAL video player with library of tapes, Audio system for CD's and Audio tapes, Barbecue.
Bathroom 1. with bath, WC and Handbasin and shower, Bathroom 2 with walk in shower, WC and Handbasin, 2 Double bedrooms. Lounge with large Log burning fire and Electric heating throughout.
First floor - one double bedroom, single bedroom and small bedroom. There is folding bed and a travel cot. These rooms are interconnected. Bathroom with WC and Handbasin. The first floor has low ceilings.
There is plenty of space, with a well maintained garden and a large section of a field opposite.
Most of the local towns and villages have excellent restuarants when you want to eat out. We have included information about many of these in our in house handbook which is also updated with the experiences of our previous guests.
Alternatively, if you wish to eat at home, there are full facilities with cooker, small and large fridge, microwave, all crockery and cutlery and a large outdoor barbecue.
The Chalet is situated on the edge of the delightful hamlet of Lescale which is just 2.7 miles above Puivert with its local shops, bar, large bathing and boating lake and a restuarant.
Puivert rests towards one end of a stunningly beautiful valley which stretches for several miles with dramatic colours representing each of the four seasons and overlooked by its historic Chateau.
Behind Lescale is a road which winds its way up into the mountains towards the skiing resorts of Camurac and Ax Le Thermes with its ski lifts and hot spa waters.
Where to go and what to do
Wet snowy or dry there is always something to do and somewhere to go, winter or summer from Lescale. For the outdoor types there is swimming, walking cycling, horse riding, rafting, canoing and gliding. There is an abundance of a wide range of wild life with many species of birds, butterflies and wild flowers which are rare or non existant in the UK. Golden Eagles have frequently been seen and heard from the doors of the Chalet as have other raptors and a range of passerines. Also the Chateaux at Montsegur and Chalabre together with the walled City of Carcassonne so graphically described in Dan Brown's book's The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and others such as Kate Mosse's The Labyrinth and Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln's The Holy Grail are within easy reach.
There are two stages of the Tour de France quite close to the chalet this year.
Making the booking
We have tried to keep our terms and conditions as simple as possible for our mutual benefit and all special conditions are designed to make sure that your stay and that of those who precede and follow you will be as pleasant as possible.
Whilst we have attempted to cover as much as we can in this description of the site, please contact us if you have any special requirements or if anything that we have included requires further clarification. If you join us, we very much hope that you will not only have the holiday of a lifetime but will want to come back again and again.
Fees for additional guests may apply.
For families greater than 4 a supplement of 20Euros per person per week.
From Nov-April there is a heating supplement of 40Euros per week...Read more
Left on 09/23/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 23, 2011Stayed Sep 2011
Having recently returned from a short break at Le Chalet I can honestly say it was one of the most relaxing holidays I've ever had. Its location is stunning, with lovely views that you never seem to get bored of and to put the icing on the cake the weather was amazing. If you want to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life this is the place to go to. As keen hikers we also found many exhilarating walks literally on our doorstep. The accommodation was also everything we had hoped for and it comfortably accommodated 5 adults. I also enjoyed very much a visit to Carcassonne and its historic citadel where the food we had for lunch was 5 star in quality and value. The nearby ax-les-Thermes is also worth a visit. My lasting memory of the trip? Siting outside on the deck at Le Chalet eating a lunch comprising of local cheeses, washed down with wine and enjoying the view of the mountain whilst an eagle soared across the sky. I am already planning our return trip for next year and can't wait to go back.
"Great location to explore the rich diversity of Languedoc"
Left on 09/14/2011 for a stay in August 2010 | Al HillReviewed Sep 14, 2011Stayed Aug 2010
A great week at Le Chalet - excellent for chilling and hiking around Le Chalet in the hills of Lescale and historic Puivert, to taking a mid-week adventure to nearby stunning Carcassone and onto the hustle and bustle of Montpellier out near the Med. Le Chalet sits in an amazing location to explore the rich diversity of the Languedoc region, from the high pyrenees of nearby andorra, the Cathar castles, to the relaxing villages of the Corbieres wineries. Do not miss a meal out at Hotel de France in nearby Chalabre (20 mins) - the cuisine made for an excellent end to a fantastic week.
Left on 10/05/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 5, 2010Stayed Aug 2010
We stayed at the Chalet enjoying a serene and beautiful location. It was a perfect place to relax and enjoy the French countryside and mountains. The Maquis headquarters in Picasel was a favourite of ours.
The house was comfortable. We liked the living room and Simon Schama videos on the history of Britain. All the basics were covered in the kitchen. Fresh bread is available in the village. The bathrooms were a bit cramped but sufficient for a holiday place. The lake down at the camp site is more of a large pond but is an enjoyable place to hang out at in the evening for an al fresco meal.
Left on 04/25/2010 for a stay in July 2009 | AATReviewed Apr 25, 2010Stayed Jul 2009
– Chalet – surprisingly spacious for 4 adults and three children. Ideal quiet, peaceful location for us re walks, cycling, birdwatching and eating al fresco utilising the chalet bbq. Very comfortably furnished and with two bathrooms meant that no-one was having to hold on! Spacious garage handy for keeping the bikes overnight. A short drive to the beach/lake and village centre. Location handy to Toulouse airport.
2) – Beach/Lake – wonderful for children and felt like we were on the beach. We felt very safe with the children although they are all strong swimmers. However, the permanent lifeguard presence meant that we would recommended to families with younger children. We also enjoyed fishing the lake and having fun on the pedaloes. The cafe at the lake very handy for midday lunch, drinks and ice creams and also useful to have toilet facilities if spending the day there.
3) – Soiree – This was lovely and envious of this French village activity that brought the local folk together to eat, drink and be merry once a week.
4) – Area steeped in history – Carcassonne, Holy Grail, Montsegur, Cathars.
5) – Cycling – stunning mountain scenery with a number of Tour De France climbs within a 100 mile round trip. (Although I didn’t cycle it I think the Quillan climb is particularly good/scenic. Smooth tarmac roads that are a joy to cycle on through forests and corn fields with an occasional passing car. Would make it safe for a cycling group to use as a base.
6) – Bird watching – Benellis Eagles souring on the afternoon thermals – binoculars really useful to enjoy the variety of birds and wild life.
7) – Walks – peaceful and idyllic through forests and past streams without even having to go near the car.
8) – We ould like to return one winter and use Le Chalet as a base for a skiing holiday as only 45 minutes drive to the slopes.
We will definitely return as a family and maybe with some fellow cyclists.
Left on 03/15/2010 for a stay in July 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 15, 2010Stayed Jul 2009
The chalet was clean on arrival and we had a very comfortable stay. The location was ideal. We were in a beautiful mountainous region and a short distance from a lake which was great for swimming and boating. There was a large grassy area around the lake for sunbathing and picnics, and cafe nearby.The area is good for runners, walkers and cyclists, also great for wildlife. We found plenty of restaurants when we wanted to eat out. The kitchen at the chalet was well equipped and so we also had some enjoyable meals there. We went to a soiree one evening in Puivert, which they have every week, where you taste local produce and meet up with locals and other holidaymakers. We did quite a bit sightseeing. Went to Carcassonne, Montsegur, where there is an amazing climb up to the chateau, and Mirepoix. We had wonderful weather while we were there and at the end of our holiday said that we would make plans to stay there again.
Left on 01/26/2010 for a stay in March 2009 | Marie P. CavanaughReviewed Jan 26, 2010Stayed Mar 2009
In March of 2009, I spent a delightful 5 days at
“Le Chalet” with several friends. The weather was
unusually warm and gorgeous for that time of the
year, so not only did we enjoy picnics by the lake
close by, but even ventured on a one day ski trip
to Ax-les-Thermes and a wonderful hike to the very
top of the castle of Montsegur! “Le Chalet” is
perfectly located in a scenic French village near
Puivert, complete with a lake, church and old
chateau nearby. Colette Gouvion summed up
perfectly the special atmosphere which pervades
Puivert when she wrote in “Chateaux et Sites du
Moyen Age”: “In the Languedoc, there are chateaux
that cry out, but Puivert sings”. For all of us,
time seemed to have come to a screeching halt
during our stay... we agreed that we felt that we
had jumped back in time. Our five days seemed
endless, while enjoying peace in the foothills of
the Pyrenees, rest in this very comfortable chalet,
and amazing French food and wine! The fond
memories of unforgettable serenity amidst the
surrounding countryside of Lescale will never leave
me. The numerous cows were my favorite, especially
when they wandered on your front lawn! “Le Chalet”
is definitely the place to relax, to enjoy winter
and summer sports, to appreciate fine French wine
and cuisine, to visit medieval towns and castles
and to "step back in time"!
Left on 01/19/2010 for a stay in March 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 19, 2010Stayed Mar 2009
We ( 6 buddies) stayed in the Chalet the second week in March last year. I don't know where to start!! The chalet is beautiful and very spacious. Two large bedrooms with baths on the first floor, 2 bedrooms with a third room with bunk beds and a toilet on the second floor. Big kitchen and dining room table with gathering room and fireplace filled with books and CD and DVD player. We cooked cozy dinners at the chalet 3 nights of five. Grocery shopping close.
Wonderful sight-seeing, skiing, hiking all close
to the chalet. Beautiful pond in town to have a romantic lunch beside. Fine, authentic French
dining close with such friendly people. Great
shopping. I went running in the morning--- BEAUTIFUL-- mist in the mountains in the distance, cows with big brown eyes, friendly farmers and Australian shepards and mutts minding the farms... hardly any cars to worry about!
Really, really peaceful and so condusive to visiting, reading, thinking. I loved this home and the town and the location.
Left on 01/17/2010 for a stay in October 2006 | AlyReviewed Jan 17, 2010Stayed Oct 2006
The entire holiday went smothly from booking to our last day. The location was perfect for us, as we wanted peace, beauty and an unspoilt part of France to explore - Le Chalet gave us all of this. Only about 20 mins drive from a supermarket where you can stock up and then hunker down back in Puivert. Part we loved the most was exploring the pine forest trails as trodden by the heroic Macais during WWII. Next time we visit I will definely try the glider expereince through the valley, and we will be back!!!
Left on 01/16/2010 for a stay in March 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 16, 2010Stayed Mar 2009
Great place to get away and relax. Charming building with all amenities you need. Beautiful surroundings with very interesting and historic places to visit within an hour drive. If you want to "recharge" this is the perfect place. Having a car is a must.
Left on 01/08/2010 for a stay in May 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 8, 2010Stayed May 2009
Le Chalet is situated in the small town of Puivert. Puivert has a wonderful lake, just a kilometre or so from the chalet. As we have a young family we spent many days swimming in the lake and sitting on the beach. The views from the chalet are unmatchable, with far reaching views of mountains and the countryside. The chalet is very well equipped and modern (as it's been newly refurbished). It was very clean and had all the mod cons that you need for a 2 week holiday. I would certainly recommend Le Chalet to friends.. we are planning our return trip for this summer.
Left on 01/01/2010 for a stay in July 2008 | erincava8383Reviewed Jan 1, 2010Stayed Jul 2008
I spent a week here last summer and it was such a
remarkable holiday house. It is walking distance to
a lake, that has a little beach and bbq area...the
views took my breath away. Sitting on the upstairs
balcony admiring the mountains and listening to
nature was very relaxing and pure bliss. The house
has new facilities and is very cozy inside, and it
was a great way to spend an evening having a bbq
and some nice local wine and cheese! There are
some exquisite french restaurants in the area and
the local pub is always full of action.
I highly recommend Le Chalet and have planned a
trip back this July.
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