Lesley and Dave Olver offer guests a warm welcome at their traditional French farmhouse nestling in over 3 acres of beautiful grounds with a 10m x 5m swimming pool in the heart of the rolling Ariege countryside with superb views of the Pyrenees. We are 20 mins from Foix and 1 hour from Toulouse. Watercolour classes are available at La Maire by Lesley, your host and professional watercolour artist
Description of La Maire Bed & Breakfast:La Maire is a 200 year old farmhouse which has been tastefully renovated to provide spacious and bright accomodation. The 3 acres of grounds surrounding the house offer far-reaching views across the valley and towards the high peaks of the Pyrenees.
Breakfast and dinner are served either outside on the main terrace overlooking the garden and swimming pool, or in the large dining room. There is a bar corner with tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge which guests are welcome to use for drinks and preparation of picnics.
Wi-Fi is available.
There are 3 guest rooms at La Maire
A spacious suite on the ground floor with its own terrace. En-suite shower room, kitchenette, sitting area, king-sized double bed and single bed. A second single bed can be provided on request.
The Suite may also be booked for a minimum of 3 nights on a self-catering basis
A pretty king-sized double bedroom on the first floor with excellent views over the back garden and valley beyond. A private bath/shower room is next door.
A comfortable twin bedroom on the first floor overlooking the front garden with sole use of a large bathroom.
The Poplar and Chestnut rooms may also be booked as a family suite with one bathroom between them
Evening meals with your hosts (tables d'hotes) are available on request
Attractions:This beautiful, unspoilt and peaceful corner of the Ariege is excellent for both walking and cycling. The Chemin de St Jacques de Compostelle passes by the end of our lane and the Tour de France often passes close by in July. Nearby are the historic towns of Foix and Mirepoix with their excellent markets. Also within easy reach are ancient caves, the Cathar stronghold of Montsegur and many picturesque villages such as Carla Bayle with its artists studios. At La Maire itself, guest have full use of the 3 acres of gardens for relaxation or ball games, as well as the 10m x 5m swimming pool. Table tennis is also available. Lesley, your host, is a professional watercolour artist and offers watercolour painting classes at La Maire for both beginners and improvers.
Directions to La MaireYou have 2 options to get to Pamiers from Blagnac Airport.
The first is by the autoroutes A61 and A66. This will cost around 6 euros. It is further, but faster. From Blagnac airport, first follow signs to Toulouse centre, but then as soon as you see signs to Tarbes and Lourdes, follow those. This will take you south around the peripherique, then you pick up the blue autoroute signs to Foix. The toll motorway ends at Pamiers Nord. Leave the motorway here.
Alternatively, you can come down the N20 via Auterive. This is shorter and cheaper, but takes about 10 mins longer. We usually go this way. To get onto this road, follow the signs to Tarbes and Lourdes until you see green signs for Foix, the N20.
Both of these routes will bring you to a roundabout just north of Pamiers. Follow the D624 towards the town.
At the first traffic lights turn right towards Bezac and Escosse (D119). Follow this road all the way to the village of Escosse. Go through the village.
A km or so after the village, where the road bears right, take the left fork (straight on really) and follow the signs to St Victor R.
Drive straight through the village. Just after the village exit sign, where the road bends around to the left, turn right at the small farm of ‘Le Tarré’.Immediately after the farm turn right and follow the lane uphill. At the next fork turn right and La Maire is right at the end of the lane.
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