Llar de Vivre

Llar, Pyrénées-Orientales
Self-catering
+33 (0)6 72 49 70 06


An eyrie of an ingenious barn conversion in awe-inspiring mountain scenery. For lovers of the great outdoors and cosseting interiors

Bed

6 beds

Bedroom

3 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 8

Pets welcome

The Experience

If remote, dramatic settings are your thing, read on. 1400m up you come to a cluster of stone houses, clinging to the mountainside, sheltered by ash trees and serenaded by a stream, this is Llar. It’s home to a dozen or so people, and lucky you, for a memorable while.

The barn’s 3-storey glass wall is the star of the show, looking out through the original stone shell to the mountains beyond. Inside, there’s kit and comfort for all: walk-in showers, cosy bedrooms – one has space for six children on mezzanine floors under the eaves – a steam oven, massive fridge and freezer, lawned terraces with hammocks and a barbecue; no TV but loads of games and a piano.

There’s a good twice-weekly market and food shop in Prades and an excellent restaurant called La Mirabelle in Casteil, both 35km, so stock up for supplies when you’re out and about. Plan outings using the yellow train that winds its way 1000m down in the valley. Heaven for hikers, bikers and contemplators of immense scenery.

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We think you'll love

  • The spectacular setting
  • The equally impressive barn conversion - combining natural materials with state-of-the-art comforts
  • Waking up to the sounds of wild deer and mountain goats
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You should know

  • Restaurants are at least 45 minutes' drive
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Some might find the 15-minute drive from the main road challenging, though it's safely tarmacked

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3pm
Check out
11am
Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
Closed
November - February.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €110
Weekly price
from €795
Damage deposit
€400
1 House for 8
From €1106 beds3 bedrooms

Reviews

This is a truly inspiring location, perched up in this tiny terraced hamlet, at 1400m altitude overlooking the mountains opposite and the valley way down below. The position is matched by the drama of this barn conversion, with its huge 3-storey glass wall and its high-tech comforts. Boudewijn and Angela have gone out of their way to make this a truly enchanting experience. It was hard to leave.

Mark, Sawday's Inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

Staying here is not about handy amenities, it's all about the adventure of being in a magical mountain hideaway. Head out for great hiking - try the Chemin des Canon - and mountain biking such as the Col de Creu. The warm waters of St Thomas les Bains, the Gorges de Caranca and the yellow train at Villefranche de Conflent are a 15-minute drive. There's a bar in Olette, 18km away and for Spanish wines, ham and tapas drive 50 minutes to Puicerdà, or to Llivia for dinner at the wonderful restaurant Can Ventura.

Local points of interest from Angela & Boudewijn Durie

  • Disconnect... Reconnect... Relax... Imagine a hammock & good book for an afternoon in the shade of our trees... a glass of wine with your companions... or taking time to paint the scenery. No traffic, no noise, no constraints...
  • Abbey St Martin du Canigou is worth a visit. It takes 45minutes to walk up the steep winding road from the car park, but the views and tranquility of the abbey, dating from 1009, are fabulous. Guided tours by the resident community of the Beatitudes
  • If you want an adrenaline boost, we absolutely recommend throwing yourself into the water slide park at Err. They provide wetsuits and helmets. It's hungry work, so take a picnic!
  • The warm baths at St Thomas and Llo are both developed with a sauna, hamam, spas, as well as large outdoor baths in a spectacular setting. It's an indulgence, but unlike good wine and chocolate, but the baths are claimed to be good for your health ;-)
  • The "petit train jaune" (little yellow train) was built in the early 1900's, and completely changed the dynamic of the region. There's plenty of time to take in the spectacular views, bridges, viaducts and tunnels. There's a station close to Llar.
  • Hiking, Hiking, Hiking! There are plenty of little strolls directly from the barn, and a short drive connects you to the popular Carança gorge and the Canigou mountain. At higher altitudes there is the beautiful alpine area around lac des Bouillouses.

Introducing

Angela & Boudewijn Durie

Owners Angela, an Australian former aerospace material engineer, and Belgian company manager Boudewijn, came across a shell of a barn while hiking in the Pyrenees. They bought it in 2013 and have transformed it into this extraordinary retreat. They can't be there to greet guests but are available by phone, leave masses of info and their local friend Helleke is on hand if needed.