Dalou, Ariège

For glorious Pyrenean country, pure air and perfect peace, hiking, skiing, water sports and many medieval riches, here is the perfect house


5 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8


Spread your arms wide, breathe in the space, the clear, clean air and the snowy Pyrenees in the distance, and relax. Come here for absolute country-quiet in beautiful countryside with endless sports and fascinating history. The old farmhouse stands in 100 acres of fields and woods. Your hosts are the innately caring kind and happily share their wonderful space – and small gym. They spent years rescuing ‘distressed’ hotels and restaurants in England, have three very old retired horses, three young children, two magnificent Leonberger dogs bred for water rescue, and live nearby on the same property, ready to look after their guests. House and apartment are both attractively furnished with some handsome country antiques, oriental rugs and modern comforts. Living rooms and bedrooms are generous and light, kitchens fully equipped, including a fine big range in the farmhouse. Medieval riches surround you: Foix with its superb, imposing castle and the ruins of Montségur, both deeply part of Cathar history, the fortress town of Carcassonne, lovely, arcaded Mirepoix; there are lakes, caves, underground rivers to explore too.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights, 5 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Restaurants 4km.


Nightly price
from £90
Weekly price
from £630
Damage deposit
Extra sofabed available £10 per person per night. Cleaning £20. Logs £10 per day.
1 House for 6
From £1504 beds3 bedrooms
1 Apartment for 2
From £901 bed1 bedroom


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Helen Martin

  • Built on the site of a former monastery Cascaille offers unrivalled views of the snow covered peaks of the Pyrenees. The tranquillity and serenity of this idyllic location offers no hint that just minutes away are local boulangeries, shops and brasseries.
  • Enjoy hiking in the 100+ acres of private woodland and grassy trails overlooking the unspoiled alpine valleys below.
  • Short, easy drives to the market towns of Foix with its impressive 12th century medieval castle, stunning Mirepoix with its restaurants and colourful shops among the 13th century facades & St Girons with its impressive market overlooking the Salat river.
  • The ski slopes and historic thermal spas of Ax-les-Thermes and the prehistoric paintings of the Grottes de Niaux are both less than a 50 minute drive among stunning scenery.
  • Discover the wonderful greenways cycle paths stretching 42km from Foix to St Giron.