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Welcome to Chez Arran


Chez Arran lies on a sunny hillside in a deep and impressive mountain valley right in the heart of the Pyrenees.

We'd like to invite you here, to stay in one of our beautiful rooms or apartments, while indulging yourself in some of the most spectacular and diverse mountain terrain in Europe. We are just 7 minutes walk from the Thermes of Ussat les Bains for curists and welcome 2 night to 3 week stays. 


Our converted farmhouse is easy to reach, by plane, train and car, and easy to get around, by train, car, bike, on foot or even on skis. It's a fantastic base from which to explore some of Europe's best climbing, cycling or hiking, as well as plenty of other activities such as skiing, boarding, snowshoeing, kayaking, rafting, fishing, parapenting and caving. And you won't spend all your day driving either, since almost none of these top sites are more than 20 minutes drive away, most are within 5 or 10 minutes, and quite a few don't need a car at all. If you're keen you could easily do several activities on the same day! For relaxation there are plentiful show caves, historic Cathar monuments and chateaux, thermal baths and wildlife farms such as the Llamas of Ariège and the Wolves' House in Orlu. Alternatively you could just take it easy and relax in village cafes or catch some sun in our extensive gardens.


Chez Arran lies at a height of 550 m so usually snow on the roads is not a problem, but the ski resorts remain easily accessible within 20 minutes drive. We can offer a welcoming space for groups on retreats or here for work, families, cyclists, climbers, skiers and anyone who loves the mountains who would love a fantastic holiday!


The property itself is a fine old farmhouse with traditional features such as ancient stone walls and exposed wooden beams. It lies in the commune of Ornolac-Ussat-les-Bains, which comprises several historic hamlets, all now connected. One of these hamlets - "Ussat-les-Bains" - is home to a popular thermal spa, while a few minutes up the path the centre of the Ornolac commune is a square, often identified on maps as "Barry d'en Bas". The front of chez Arran looks onto this village square, while the gardens open onto unspoilt open country. We have extensive gardens with a pool, boulder wall, trampoline, table tennis, slack line, badminton, Thai cushion relaxation area and barbecue facilities.

 Come and join us. Find out - like we did - what a beautiful corner of Europe this really is.

Now it's Ski time :) 





























Looking for a trekking, climbing, trail running or snowshoeing holiday or present to give? 

Check out or dates and calendar here 

For winter experiences click on the below image. Relax, explore and pamper! 


We are currently open but ask you to read our house rules here:

/ Ariège 

Coming from the UK? Here's what you need whilst in France & to return home


If you are coming from the UK imminantly we can send you information on how to add your vaccination certificate or PCR test result to the TousAntiCovid App to get your Pass Sanitaire for accessing tourist attractions and restaurants. To prepare in advance it is best to get the NHS app on your phone to acccess your vaccination certificate. 


For the most up to date information about travel betweek the UK and France you can find it here:

From Saturday 12 February 2022 onwards, vaccinated people do not need to take any COVID-19 travel tests before they travel to France from the UK.

Prior to departure, vaccinated people authorized to enter France from the UK will have to present to the transport company (depending on their situation):

1. Proof of vaccination

⚠️ Since 1 February 2022, in order for their vaccination schedule to continue to be recognised as complete, persons aged 18 years or older wishing to enter French territory must have received a booster dose of messenger RNA vaccine no later than nine months after receiving the last mandatory dose.

2. A sworn statement

sworn statement certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to their crossing.


We've stayed several times at Chez Arran, which is brilliant, and should be able to accommodate you all across mutliple apartments. Anywhere near Tarascon makes a good base, but you will need cars to get to the crags. The standout crags for low-grade stuff (say F4 - F6a+) are Auzat and Calames, both with several days worth of climbing, but there's plenty other decent venues including Appy, Ax Piscine and Sinsat. Above F6a+ you have even more choice. The Rockfax guide is pretty good and comprehensive. If you need to give your fingers a rest, there are lots of lovely non-technical peaks in the area that can be done as day walks. Mark Bull

 A second recommendation for Chez Arran, and the climbing nearby. There are some routes within walking distance, but having your own transport would massively expand your options. We found hitching an easy way to get round, but it probably wouldn't be practical if there were 15 of you all heading to the same crag! Sam W


 Le logement était conforme à sa description avec plein de petites attentions ( savon liquide, café, torchon, serviettes de douche, beaucoup d ustensiles de cuisine...). L appartement a beaucoup de cachet et se trouve dans un village très calme. Anne et sa famille sont très accueillants et nous ont laissé disposer pour les enfants et nous mêmes de leur très grand jardin, de leur piscine, de la table de ping long et de leur salle d escalade. Tout cela dans un cadre magnifique et sauvage, un vrai petit coin de paradis... nous avons eu plaisir à passer du temps avec leurs chats tout aussi sympathiques que leurs maîtres... nous avons apprécié les jours de pluie d avoir à disposition un lecteur dvd pour les enfants. Une expérience très positive et un endroit à recommander!


 Emilie Buttet (Avec Airbnb)























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