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Idyllic cottage in Ercé, Ariège, Pyrenees mountains

Bedrooms 1
Space 914 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights


About the property

Gite, 4 – 6 persons, in mountain village 650 m above sea level

A typical rural gîte in the small village of Ercé, in the heart of the Pyrenees Regional Natural Park. 'Le reflet de la lune' (English: Under the Moonlight) is a former barn that I restored in its original style with stone walls and slate roof. The little house is situated in the middle of the village, but quietly behind my house in the second row. In the house and on the terraces one is on its own.

Ercé is situated 650 meters above sea level and has 350 inhabitants. The slopes, covered by green forests, and green meadows along the river dominate the picture. The people live modestly, mostly of raising cattle. The car is parked in front of my house on a private parking, a small lane leads to the gîte (50 m) for pedestrians only. My name is Marie-Noëlle, I was born here and I would like to acquaint you with the unique and beautiful aspects of my home country.

Description of the gîte

Exterior amenities: a large terrace with dining table in the front yard, a second where you can sit comfortably in the shade of my apple trees (or grill), above this, another terrace (solarium) with lounge chairs and views of the mountains.

Ground floor: living room with fireplace, sofa, TV, DVD player, WiFi, dining table, fully equipped kitchen and breakfast bar. Spiral staircase to

first floor offering: one spacious room with skylights, a double bed (140 x 200) and two single beds (90 x 190), bathroom with large bath, shower and toilet. Steep stairs to the two beds in

the attic: two single beds (90 x 140)

On my website you will find even more photos.

Ayurvedic massage on request (Shirodhra pot)

In Ercé you will find: a Bureau de Poste, an épicerie (with daily fresh bread) and (French) newspapers, a restaurant serving regional cuisine. Some pubs and the next doctor's office are in Oust (4 miles), the pharmacy in Seix, and small and large supermarkets. Some farmers sell cheese, honey, etc. from the farm.

Activities: marked trails start outside the front door of my gîte, for example to Cominac, a picturesque mountain village with a panoramic view of Mt Valier (3 miles). You can also fish for trout, go rafting or kayaking, pick berries and mushrooms, explore caves, visit the unique mountain strongholds of the Cathars, romanesque churches and monasteries (eg in St. Girons). There is a tennis court, a climbing garden and spa in Aulus (6 mls), and in the winter to ski shuttle connects Ercé with the station at Guzet (12 mls.).

At Ercé and In my cosy little gîte 'Le reflet de la lune' you may pass relaxing nature holidays, enjoy the view of tranquil & grassy areas: In well-preserved wild natural surroundings without too much tourism, Haut-Couserans and especially the village of Ercé are the ideal places for a change of scenery, with all sorts of leisure activities nearby, including visits and cultural ones. Ercé village has a rich history due to its tradition as home of bear tamers, and in the local museum you can see evidence of this. In the 19th century an astonishing number of locals emigrated to the USA, quite a few of them started restaurants in Manhattan... some of them still in existence!

Lots of mountain walks start from the gite and the mountain top is only 9 km away with numerous lakes, wild animals and beautiful wildlife. Our thermal spa : Aulus-Les-Bains is 9 km away (pool, sauna, jacuzzi).

More Details

Artaud Marie-Noëlle
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2017


Ercé House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 914 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • smoking allowed
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom with very large bathtub
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , mezzanine
  • On first floor, a 200 cm wide double bed plus two 90 cm wide twin beds at the far end of the same room, Above, mezzanine with one 140cm bed for two persons.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Heating by wood fire and electricity. Mobile telephone networks, no problem Wireless highspeed internet access Freezer shelf in fridge.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Idyllic cottage in Ercé, Ariège, Pyrenees mountains
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Lovely cottage in a beautiful surrounding

  • 5 of 5

we stayed in this lovely stone cottage for a week. The house itself is lovingly furnished and very neat. The surrounding garden is shaped in terraces, offers sunny and shady places and is lovingly kept. It invites you to spend your time in a lazy manner, but if you like to hike in beautiful landscapes this is also your place. Marie-Noelle, the property owner, has a tip for every weather and every level. We went hiking every day, and every hike was different even though the distance to drive was never more than 20 minutes. Marie-Noelle lives next door and helps you whenever you need it. She knows where to buy the best croissants, delicious cheese and where to eat...

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Saint Meinrad,Indiana USA

pretty house and garden

  • 5 of 5

Our vacation was to be a family re-union with individuals coming from England,U.S.A. and Abu Dhabi. We wanted a quiet place from which to hike and we did not want to drive. Marie -Noelle's cottage seemed perfect, a lovely garden where we could enjoy meals together, a near-by grocery store and beautiful countryside to explore.

Marie -Noelle was a very gracious host and made our vacation special. She not only picked us up on arrival in Saint Girons but she drove us to a variety of places to begin our walks. She also took us to local markets and was full of information about the area.

Thank-you Marie-Noelle.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful place to spend your vacation

  • 5 of 5

Marie-Noelle's gîte "Le Reflet de la Lune" is a lovely, well-equipped, traditional 2-floor stone cottage located in the heart of Ercé, a picturesque village in the Midi-Pyrénées, about 130 km south of Toulouse. It's ideally located and an idyllic place from where you can explore the magnificent mountains, villages, and towns of the pristine Ariège region.

Throughout our vacation, Marie-Noelle was very hospitable and helpful. She gave us maps of the region and provided us with very useful recommendations. It's mainly thanks to her that we saw breathtakingly beautiful places on our hikes in the mountains. Both her gîte and beautiful garden with three terraces in front of it offer wonderful repose.

The cottage's kitchen is fully equipped. There are beds on each floor and one well-equipped bathroom. There is nothing to bring, linen and towels are provided.

Marie-Noelle's place and the Ariège region are definitely worth more than one visit, and we fully recommend both to all those who enjoy an unforgettable vacation in stunning nature.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Entspannend, doch nicht langweilig

  • 5 of 5

Für mich ist Ercé das Gegenteil von Côte d'Azur: fernab von allem, was lärmt und stresst. Und dennoch war mir hier kein Tag langweilig! Um Ercé herum gibt es nicht nur jede Menge Berge, Seen, Wasserfälle, Höhlen usw., sondern vor allem weite Ausblicke, totale Ruhe und nette Menschen ... allen voran die charmante Wirtin, Marie-Noelle. In ihrem kleinen Ferienhaus ist alles von ihr selbst und mit Liebe ausgesucht: die Antiquitäten, die Exotika aus aller Herren Länder, die kleinen nichtsnutzigen Dinge ... höchstens die Nachttischlampen könnten von IKEA sein. Jetzt sitze ich wieder in meiner funktionalen Arbeitsumgebung und träume von meinem nächsten Urlaub im "reflet de la lune" in Ercé. A bientôt!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Erholung pur

  • 5 of 5

Das Haus ist nicht nur wunderbar gelegen, sondern auch sehr gemütlich eingerichtet. Im Haus fehlt nichts, es gibt einen großen, sehr bunten Garten und man kann zu jeder Zeit auf der Terasse die Ruhe geniessen. Besonders positiv überrascht haben uns die zahlreichen kleinen Geschenke (Käse, Wein, Kuchen etc.) der wirklich sehr liebenswürdigen Hauseigentümerin, Marie-Noélle. Der Ort ist hervorragend geeignet für zahlreiche kleine und größere Wanderungen sowohl in mittleren als auch in höheren Lagen. Wer sich bewegen und gleichzeitig erholen will, ist hier genau richtig.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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the reflection of the Moon

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this lovely charming cottage for 7 days. We were made extremely welcome by Mairie and nothing was too much trouble. The cottage is very comfortable and caters for every need. The mountains can be viewed from the property and there are lovely walks in the area. We will certainly look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Toulouse or Carcassonne or Pau
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
La Bastide de Serou
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Le Picou
Nearest Ski
15 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Other Activities: St-Lizier city, grottoes, prehistory park, bear tamers exhibition


Rates & Availability

Ercé House Rental Rates


  • Payment by cheque, wire or IBAN.,Paypal
    for all other periods of the year the weekly rate is 370 €, for week-ends 170 €
  • charges included are: firewood, electricity, bedcloth, basic cooking starter set

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