Cascaille | Self-catering in Ariège | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Cascaille - Self-catering in Ariège

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Cascaille, 90120 Dalou, Ariège
Midi - Pyrénées, France

Helen Martin

+33 (0)5 34 01 84 92(landline)

+33 (0)7 70 12 80 85(mobile)

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

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.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Helen Martin:

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.
Points of interest

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  • 1 House for 6
  • , 1 Apartment for 2
Price:(i) £630 to£1750 per week

Extra sofabed available £10 per person per night. Cleaning £20. Logs £10 per day.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 3 nights, 5 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.


Restaurants 4km.




Cascaille, 90120 Dalou, Ariège

Self-catering House (self-catering)
House ~ 1 double (en suite), 1 double, 1 twin; 1 bath/shower room
Price: (i) £ 1050 to £ 1750 per week
Self-catering Apartment (self-catering)
Apartment ~ sleeps 2-4: 1 double, 1 double sofabed; 1 shower room
Price: (i) £ 630 to £ 735 per week

Helen Martin

+33 (0)5 34 01 84 92(landline)

+33 (0)7 70 12 80 85(mobile)