This is Rimont, an attractive and peaceful bastide village built on a mound (le mont riant: laughing hill) in the foothills of the Pyrénées, surrounded by hills and farms. The village dates back to the thirteenth century. So, a mystery. Why do so few medieval houses remain?
Read on. It's a long and shocking story but an important one, and its legacy lives on in our village to this day.
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This site in French
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French Foothills: our walking site and blog
10 things to love about the Ariège
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This photoblog of the Ariège
The main tourism site site of Ariège-Pyrénées
The official site of the Ariège Parc Naturel
More English language information about the Ariège
Our favourite journey planner
AND OVER IN THE MEDITERRANEAN PYRENEES ...
Maison Grillou has a little Mediterranean sister, Maison Leela: an old stone terraced cottage in the French Catalan village of Villelongue-dels-Monts, at the foot of the Albères mountains - 15 minutes from the sea, and the same from Spain and Ceret. Leela is primarily our own Mediterranean retreat - but far too lovely to keep all to ourselves, so we open her up for just a few weeks a year to previous Maison Grillou guests only (and sometimes to those wanting to book a two-centre holiday with a week in each house). More >>