A village house in French rural style with an inspirational and tranquil setting, transformed into quaint but modern accommodation on 3 floors with mezzanine, spiral staircase, and many special features. Undisturbed outside space and eating area and off-road parking on the edge of a hamlet.
The gîte is ideal for a family or two couples. The sleeping arrangements are flexible and the whole adds up to an experience of a traditional French village house but with modern comforts and in a very peaceful location.
We also cater for writers and others who want an ambience of tranquillity for their special work, whether that is finishing a novel, writing up a project, composing an important work. We will tailor arrangements to suit needs and can offer self-catering or various board options. Please contact us to discuss what will work for you.
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L'Oustalet @ le Sentier Tranquille is a traditional village house, completely self-contained and standing at the end of a lane in the hamlet of Dardé. There is private parking. Alongside is le Sentier Tranquille, a therapeutic retreat centre, where Simon, a longstanding counsellor, offers therapy and teaches meditation and mindfulness.
Access to your accommodation is via the middle of three floors from its own path. Outside there is substantial private space with a terrace and barbecue area equipped with necessary furnishings.
I am a counsellor, writer and meditation teacher and with my wife, Janet, I run 'Le Sentier Tranquille', a therapeutic retreat centre in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. Your accommodation is adjacent and entirely self-contained, but we are able to offer to our Airbnb guests a quiet and peaceful ambience with substantial private outside space, as well as the sort of personal attention which is our hallmark for all our guests.
Our setting means that by arrangement I can provide teaching or experience in mindfulness and meditation following the path set out in my book 'Stillness in Mind' (published by Changemakers Books 2014). I call my therapy approach "a counselling of mindfulness and nature" and so I have an extensive knowledge of the natural amenity of the area. I am pleased to offer accompanied walks in our surrounding hills and the ancient forests of Ariège, or advise you on routes in the area according to ability.
Janet, with her experience of providing for residential centre guests, will offer evening meals (on request) using the cuisine and ingredients of southern France and northern Spain and in the style of French table d'hôte - 'at the table of the host': a range of her imaginative recipes can be found by searching for "le sentier tranquille recipes".
Our tariff is inclusive of linen, towels, electricity and gas.
The accommodation is a self-contained gîte with a fully-equiped kitchen for your use. For Airbnb guests Janet provides breakfast materials for your stay, including her own muesli and a range of bread and pastries, yogurts and homemade confitures. Tea, coffee and infusions will all be available.
The number of guests can be up to the number agreed at the time of booking. We do not accept pets or other animals. Guests are requested not to smoke inside the building.
I've been a counsellor for longer than I care to remember, working in the NHS in the UK, and also a trainer and meditation teacher. We (my wife Janet and myself) came to France in 2007 and this part in particular, because I have always felt a romantic pull to the Pyrenees, and also because, while I was looking for a shack halfway up a mountain, I stumbled upon this place where we now live. Not a shack and in the foothills, but it fitted a vision I had of the ideal place to do therapy on a residential basis. So here we are and that's what we do.
Along the way, Janet runs an English conversation group in the nearby town and finds new culinary delights for our guests and I walk in the mountains, teach meditation and write... books and online articles, mostly to do with therapy or meditation or philosophy. (If you want to look them up - "Stillness in Mind" and "Themed Meditations... along the quiet path" are on Amazon and "Pathways" is on the way.)
We're always delighted to welcome people to our secluded corner of Ariège and to 'le Sentier Tranquille' (the quiet path), and we look to help our guests to get the most out of their stay in this glorious setting.