MAISON GRILLOU, CHAMBRES D'HOTES AND HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION WITH A DIFFERENCE IN THE FRENCH PYRENEES
listen to the sound of silence ...
Grillou is a beautifully restored old stone farmhouse nestling in the woods on the slopes of the Pyrénées, in the department of Ariège (09) in south west France. Set in half a hectare of wooded grounds, almost at the end of a forest track with just one other (out of sight) house beyond, the silence here is broken only by birdsong and occasional cow bells in the valley below.
there are various garden areas with tables, chairs and sun loungers. Our acre-and-a-half grounds are shared between ourselves, our guests and the large numbers of birds, mammals, lizards, bats, butterflies, and other insects that live here with us.
There are barbecues, a fire pit for campfire evenings, a covered dining space in one of the barns and (new for 2013) a summer kitchen in another. Our land is hilly and unfenced and runs off into woodland all the way round; the whole environment is wild, natural and completely unspoiled. Don't come expecting manicured lawns and immaculate borders - we work organically and take much inspiration from permaculture, which means working with nature rather than trying to tame it. You'll find ancient oak and other trees, lots of fruit trees, natural paths and rockeries, and an organic potager where vegetables, flowers and beneficial insects happily cohabit.
There are no street lights anywhere near Grillou and the air is clear and unpolluted, so our night sky is breathtaking with the Milky Way clearly visible to the naked eye.
"We have had the most wonderful time here ... Thank you for your wonderful hospitality, for all the interesting cakes and jams and breads at breakfast, for the delicious dinners and entertaining chats. We will definitely be back!"