Chez Arran sits right at the heart of the Ariège; one of the most beautiful, varied and fascinating departments in France. Such charm and diversity is also reflected inside, offering you a great choice of apartments and rooms, all equipped and maintained to the same high quality.
A former farmhouse dating from over two hundred years ago, the front of the Chez Arran house looks over the Barry d'En Bas village square while the extensive gardens at the rear back onto an open, craggy hillside with great views of the craggy Ariège valley.
The large garden and outdoor areas include lawn and decking for relaxing in the sun or in the shade, table tennis, petanque and other games, barbecue facilities, and a 7.3m swimming pool with water sometimes as warm as 30oC during the summer months (available approximately June to September.)
If you need catering it is only usually possible for large groups and needs to be booked in advance - we can offer tasty menus for 15 euros.
Bread in the morning can be collected by taking a short walk (7 minutes) down to Ussat les Bains and the cafe on a track leading from the right hand side of the village square. There is also a Hotel restaurant as part of the Thermal Spa serving croissants and other meals. Within 10 minutes cycle or 5 minutes drive you can find supermarkets, an extensive bakery, fantastic pizzeria le Mandoline and traditional French restaurants as well as other shops in Tarascon Sur Ariège. You will receive an information sheet before arrival.
Maison La Montagne - sleeps 8-10
NOTE: Maison La Montagne will no longer be available for rent from December 2014 onwards. We hope to have a newly-converted 3- or 4-bedroom gîte available sometime in 2015 but as yet no availability date is known.
The centrepiece of the old farm property is now a three-bedroom house, sleeping up to ten people and with dining space for ten or more. It has been renovated to retain the traditional charm of the stone, wood and ironwork while offering all modern facilities and convenience.
Appartement Lézard - sleeps 2-4
This one-bedroom ground floor apartment has been recently converted to a high standard and is centrally heated throughout.
Appartement Sommet - sleeps 4-6
A two-bedroom apartment, sleeping up to six people. It has been renovated to retain the
traditional charm of the stone and wood with traditional French "chaux" and stone feature walls in the bedrooms. It offers all modern facilities and convenience.
Appartement Mezzanine Le Cheval - sleeps 2-5
This one-bedroom mezzanine apartment has been recently converted to a high standard and is centrally heated throughout. Characterised by ancient large attic beams and an origional colombage wall, Cheval embraces the local culture and traditional artisan work.
Chambre Le Chat - sleeps 2
Chambre Le Chat is a recently upgraded studio apartment above Appartement Lézard, connected by
stairs but also with independent access.
With its own well-equipped kitchenette it provides all you need for an enjoyable stay. Alternatively it can be rented in combination with either Appartement Lézard or Maison La Montagne if you need more space.
Pool & Gardens
We now have a new wooden 8.5m pool, decked Thai cushion area and lounging platform, plus 1,500m2 of gardens. Dining outdoors with a glass of wine is a pleasure. We have table tennis, indoor climbing wall, trampoline and badminton net plus communal farmhouse space.
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