Archive for month: December, 2013

Walking in the south of France

The Pig Walk from the door of our holiday cottage

The Pig Walk from the door of our holiday cottage

The Pig Walk is one of the first hikes we did from our holiday cottage in the south of France and remains one of my favourites. The path from the Voie Verte, the greenway, towards Lake Montbel is steep, however, all the hard work is done in the first hour, you can then enjoy lovely, open views across wildflower meadows to the near Pyrenees. The pigs live in the woods, you can smell and hear them before you see them. Today there were 4 or 5 weaners, happily snuffling around the forest floor, previously we have met huge sows with their newborn litters.

Explore Lake Montbel on the Pig Walk

Explore Lake Montbel on the Pig Walk

You can descend to the edge of Lake Montbel and spend another happy half day exploring its perimeter and taking a dip, or, take a left turn through an ancient, seldom trod forest to Chalabre for a well earned treat from the boulangerie or a cold beer. From Chalabre it’s an easy stroll home or take the steep hill – lovely views – via the tiny Chappelle du Calvaire.

 

Loyalty rewards

Introducing a few extra goodies to say thank you to all our lovely guests who wish to return to our self catering holiday cottage or bed and breakfast in southern France:

* A bottle of local fizz, Blanquette de Limoux on arrival (cottage guests)

* Complimentary breakfast on your first morning (B&B guests)

* 1/3 off weekly prices Nov – April (excl Xmas & New Year)

* 2nd week half price Nov – April (excl Xmas & New Year)

Surrounded by fields of sunflowers in Languedoc

Surrounded by fields of sunflowers in southern France

Our 3 bedroom self catering cottage from only 495 euros per week,  elegantly appointed B&B rooms, from just €68 per night for 2 people – even better value just now at current £ exchange rates.