“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.”
― John Muir


Self-catering properties in the French Pyrenees.

The Loft - Boutique Self-catering accommodation for couples.

THE LOFT - Sleeps 2

A boutique romantic get away for two that has all the comforts needed to truly unwind. French vintage meets contemporary design with a woodburning stove, luxury en-suite  bathroom and a private sun terrace. The Loft is a blissful hideaway in the hills. Read more…

The Atelier - Self-catering farmhouse accommodation for families and groups.

THE ATELIER - Sleeps 4-9

A five bedroom converted stone farmhouse perfect for families and groups of friends. Double, single & triple bedrooms.  Baby-friendly with a large fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine.  Open fire and comfy living space with private sun terrace and gardens.  Read more…

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”
― Henry David Thoreau


Explore South West France Languedoc-Rousillon.


The House & the Hill is in the heart of the Languedoc-Rousillon in the South-West corner of France.  With both ski resorts and sandy beaches on the coast only an hours drive away, we think this region has a unique atmosphere, feeling and sense of identity.   That’s why we made it our home.


Surrounded by vineyards and ancient olive groves, between the majestic mountains of the French Pyrenees and the Corbières, this wild landscape of rolling hills, dense forest and views of the Mediterranean is a nature-lovers paradise. More information can be found on the Sud de France website.

Things to do.




  • Michelin-starred restaurants modern cuisine
  • Local French food and drink markets
  • Food festivals for wild mushrooms, truffles and more
  • Fresh seafood and oysters from Leucate
  • Catalan-inspired Mediterranean cuisine


  • Tour de France cycling in the Pyrenees
  • Hiking and walking the GR36 route
  • Canyoning, rafting and climbing holidays
  • Wild swimming in outdoor lakes and rivers
  • Skiing at Les Angles, Font Romeu, Pyrenees 2000


  • Organic and biodynamic French wine producers
  • Notable AOCs Limoux, Fitou and Corbières
  • Sweet wines AOC Maury, Rivesaltes, Banyuls
  • Local olive oil tasting and tours
  • One day wine tours and wine tasting


  • Palais de Rois de Majorque in Perpignan
  • Military architecture of Vauban at Villefranche (UNESCO)
  • Romanesque religious art and the Via Domitia
  • Route of Santiago de Compostela
  • The prehistoric caves of Niaux

Our approach to life.


Nature is at the heart of what we do.  One of the principal aims of The House & The Hill is to promote a closer and deeper connection with nature.  Wild nature in particular.  We support the mission of the Deep Ecology Foundation and recognise that life on Earth has entered its most precarious phase in history.  The sacredness of the natural world and the promotion of education and understanding of traditional knowledge, ethics and practices to preserve it are key to our future.


We believe in going slow.  At the right pace and taking the time to be present in all that we do.  Slow Philosophy is key to the way things are done at The House & The Hill and we aspire to quality over quantity in all things.  With the pace of life as fast as it is today, we think it’s important to take your time and do what you choose to do well.

So your time here won’t be hurried.  It’ll be just right.


We care about really good design. Paying careful attention to detail, our contemporary and original features come together to compliment a sympathetic French vintage theme. Our approach to creating intimate and beautiful spaces combines practical, functional design with boutique luxury. It’s the little things that count and we try hard to make sure your stay with us leaves you feeling rested and inspired.


Living a creative life takes courage.  We believe that being out in the thick of it helps us to be bold and brave.  Reconnecting with our sensitive, sensory side reminds us of our connectedness to the Earth and each other.  Our own creative nature is set free when we become less afraid of the unknown and tolerate the doubt, uncertainty, and tentativeness that often comes with new and unfamiliar territory.


We are a small and independent business working in a remote rural area.  Putting money and love back into the local economy is important to us.  We work with our neighbours, our friends and local artisans to keep it local, keep it sustainable and keep it unspoilt.  When you stay with us we encourage you to do the same.  Please think before you buy and ask us for our recommendations.


Present and correct.  We’re all for a mindful and considered approach to life.  Enthusiastic amateurs in mindfulness practice we’ve been raising our awareness of the present moment as part of this journey.  Our personal practice to take it steady and pay attention on purpose finds its way into most of what we do.

Meet the people.







Everywhere, people are discovering that doing things more slowly often means doing them better and enjoying them more. It means living life instead of rushing through it."
– Carl Honore


How to find us.


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Flight & Travel Options.

Ryanair and Easyjet fly from several major UK airports including London Stansted, London Luton, London Gatwick, Bristol, Newcastle, Manchester, Dublin and Belfast.  The fastest and most regular flights are London Gatwick to Toulouse with EasyJet.  Transfer times are: Perpignan (40 mins), Carcassonne (1hr30), Barcelona Girona (2hrs), Toulouse (2-2hrs30) and Barcelona (2-3hrs).


Regular flights from the UK to Perpignan, Carcassonne, Beziers and Barcelona Girona with Ryanair.

Regular flights from the UK to Toulouse, Barcelona and Barcelona Girona with Easyjet.

For an easy way to see all flights try searching online with Skyscanner.

High-speed TGV train link from Barcelona and Paris to Perpignan with SNCF or Seat61.


Keep up to date with The House & The Hill.

The Start of something new

The Start of something new

We’re running our first event on Saturday.  Its a day-long goal mapping course called into the seasons.  It is about how time changes through the seasons, and every season brings its own needs – summer is a time for relaxing, celebrating the hard work of the year, being outside and drinking in the vitamin D. …

Lost in a maze of flowers

Lost in a maze of flowers

One Sunday at the end of August we found ourselves in quite an extraordinary place quite by accident.  The Jardin Extraordinaire at Lieurac in the Ariege is about two hours drive from home and our friend Joelle thought it might be a nice day out.  So we set off in the direction of the mountains,…

Parlo català – Adventures in Catalan

Parlo català – Adventures in Catalan

“Parlo català” or “I speak Catalan” is a pretty bold statement for a beginner. It’s also a *slight* over estimation of my ability after one lesson but I am pleased to say that I’ve started to learn Catalan.

Catalan Lesson 1

Lesson 1 was spent at Michel and Marise’s kitchen table with a cup of coffee and a five year old who sat next to me tracing the lines of my tattoo with her fingers while we learnt about the days of the week.  We drank coffee and  we covered some basic things then put them…

Herb Jellies with a Bag of Scrumped Apples

Herb Jellies with a Bag of Scrumped Apples

I got given a mighty sack of wind-fallen and scrumped green apples the other day by our neighbour Collette. The valley at this time of year is normally scorched yellow and brown after a succession of long, hot days.  It’s quite rare to get a decent hoard of apples.  Thirsty and dusty, the earth is usually…

Autumn and Winter Events at The House & The Hill

Autumn and Winter Events at The House & The Hill

An overview of our Autumn and Winter programme.

Tiny Sounds of Fosse

Tiny Sounds of Fosse

Put your headphones on and disappear into the Tiny Sounds of Fosse. This is a special selection of library field recordings in and around the village of Las Cabanes in Fosse, France (www.goo.gl/maps/hAjoM). Located 40 km west of Perpignan and south of Carcassone, Fosse (“ditch” in English) is a simple, rural and quiet place, full…

Cake always tastes better with a borrowed ingredient

Cake always tastes better with a borrowed ingredient

Stuff Worth Doing #489: Borrow an egg and make cake for your neighbour. Turning cake into conversation and a trip out in the cold.


Ways to get in touch.


Please send us an enquiry using the form.

All the tariffs are on the website. Please note that we do not book more than one year ahead.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you.

Telephone: +33 4 68 84 79 12

Email: thehouseandthehill@gmail.com

The House & The Hill, Maison Blanche, FOSSE, 66220 PYRENEES-ORIENTALES

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