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About Elizabeth Franklin
We moved to France 12 years ago and have never had any regrets. I was a Primary School Music and English Teacher and Colin a Heating Engineer. Having worked really hard for 25 years, we felt ready for a change. Having renovated the house we currently live in in 2005 we decided we would like another project to keep us inspired. So we bought a complete ruin in Camon, which everyone joked only a mad Englishman would buy! But 11 years later, after a lot of hard work and excitement and attention to detail, we have finally finished our project and it feels like a lovely, spacious, stylish home. Our wish is that you can just walk in and feel immediately at home - with all the comforts you require plus an added sense of luxury. Surrounded by beautiful views and charming places to visit you will have no trouble relaxing here and we will take great pleasure in helping you have a wonderful stay.
Why Elizabeth Franklin chose Camon
There was something about our house at Camon which seemed to speak to us the moment we saw it. Whilst it was completely ramshackle, (only partially roofed, walls tumbling in, no floors or glass in the windows) you could see what a pretty house it had once been and we felt it still had a heart at it's centre. We knew it would take a lot of dedication, imagination and money to restore it but we felt completely committed and have never stopped dreaming of the day when it would be lived in again. And here we are....
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A perfect stay
As previous reviewers have commented, everything about our stay was perfect. The property is spacious, extremely well furnished and, above all, incredibly well fitted out with so many thoughtful extras provided by Liz, that one would rarely, if ever, meet in a holiday house. Camon is such a beautiful village with so many walks from the front door, the Voie Vert in particular. Liz and Colin were such special hosts, always ready to assist with useful advice and guidance. Our meal at the Abbey was memorable and we had a great light lunch at the Camonnette. So much to do and see in the area. We can't recommend Liz and Colin's property highly enough.
Bob and Jan,
Thank you so much for such a lovely review, it is so easy to "look after" guests like you and your friends.You were great fun, enthusiastic and appreciative - and you left the house clean and tidy which is always a huge bonus! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay here at Camon and made the most of the beautiful area. Colin and I hope you really relax and enjoy the rest of your holiday before returning back to Australia. It's a long way to come back but you would be so welcome anytime xx
The pictures do not do this home justice. It is simply perfect! The location is amazingly central to everything that one would want to get to....Hopefully we will have a chance to come back!
Thank you, Serena and Ron. We're so pleased you had a great time and discovered some of the lovely places to visit around here. You were great fun and super guests to welcome. We'd love you to come back anytime.
Comfortable and roomy gite in Camon, a beautiful village in the Ariege district
The “ gite” in Camon is comfortable and roomy and Liz is a wonderful host. She has thought of everything you could need to make for a pleasant stay. She was always available to answer our questions and was happy to give good suggestions about places to visit.
During our stay in May, the rose bushes that adorn the village buildings were covered in buds. We could only imagine how, in another 10 days or so, Camon would live up to its description in the guide books as “ the most beautiful village in the south of a France”. But even without the flowers in bloom, this village offered traditional French charm and tranquility, and even a craft beer pub down the road in a neighbouring village. The restaurant at L’Abbaye de Camon is a must to visit for a special meal.
Thank you, Liz, for providing a wonderful base for us to enjoy an amazing experience in this beautiful part of France.
Thank you for that lovely review David. We really enjoyed having you all to stay.You were great fun and easy and very appreciative , which always makes it a such a pleasure for us. We're so glad you enjoyed your meal at the Abbaye Chateau - it is a special place. And the Brasserie de Quercorb is a great place to spend an evening, especially when they have musical events or Food Night -- so it's good to know you made the most of some of the great things on offer here.
Very comfortable gite in beautiful Camon
Spent a lovely few days in Camon with my husband and two sons. Liz & Colin have created a stunning, modern home, very light and airy, beautifully clean and well equipped. Lots to do in the area. We particularly enjoyed:
Walking and running on the voie verte from just outside the gite - would be great to cycle too.
Castle at Carcassone - very impressive, good on a Sunday when it’s very quiet.
Hiking up Mont D’Olme in the snow - stunning, shame the ski lifts had closed
The lake at Montbel for kayaking
Pretty Mirepoix and the bustling Monday market
We would recommend it 100% - thank you!
Thank you so much, Lisa. You were lovely guests. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Camon and were able to make the most of some of the great things to do near by. I'm ashamed to say I have never hiked up Monts D'Olmes ( although Colin has skied down it a few time!s) so I will make sure I take our dog up there for a run in the very near future! You're welcome back anytime.
Maison reposante et très confortable.
Un séjour très agréable dans une maison confortable, spacieuse et décorée avec goût. Elizabeth est aux petits soins avec ses hôtes et prodigue pleins de bons conseils et d'informations sur les visites de la région qui ne manque pas d'attraits. Nous revenons enchantés et ravis de notre séjour où tout était pour le mieux!
Merci beaucoup pour vos mots gentils, Laurence. Nous sommes très heureux que vous ayez passé un bon moment à Camon et que nous ayons trouvé notre maison confortable pour vos vacances. Nous apprécions vraiment avoir des locateurs amicaux comme vous et vos amis. Merci de laisser la maison propre et bien rangée aussi! Elizabeth
englische Gastfreundschaft am Fusse der Pyrenäen
Wir verbrachten 12 Tage in diesem wunderbar renovierten Haus . Die Ausstattung lässt keine Wünsche offen , die Einrichtung ist ist liebevoll, es ist an alles gedacht. Die Gastgeber sind ausserordentlich freundlich und hilfsbereit, stehen wenn nötig mit Rat und Tat zur Seite und tun alles, damit sich der Gast wohlfühlt.
Wir würden unsere Ferien jederzeit wieder dort verbringen und können dieses Haus wärmstens empfehlen.
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay - you were great guests and of course you are welcome anytime. It was a pleasure to meet you all. I am just sorry my German is so bad!
There are many opportunities for walking, cycling, wine-tasting, water sports, sightseeing, visiting local markets and beautiful drives from our house. You are in the middle of such a beautiful area, you will never be bored if you like the great outdoors. A visit to Andorra or the Mediterranean is possible on a day trip, or you can discover the many historical Cathar Castles in the area. If you come in the winter you could combine a holiday with ski-ing or visiting the Thermal Baths at Ax-les-Thermes or Rennes Les Bains.