What's it really like to live here?


Get a flavour of life here by dipping into some blogs. We've listed some active ones here, but if you know of others, or perhaps write one yourself, please contact us with the details.


  • Richard and Michelle's Ariège adventure began in December 2013 with a spontaneous decision to visit the Chateau de Montségur while visiting family in France. Blown away by the beauty of the surrounding countryside, very different from their native Australia, they bought a house in La Bastide sur l'Hers. Read about their project at Ariege Adventure.
  • Lee Sharp splits his time between a village in the Couserans and Totnes in Devon and talks about his Pyrenees Adventure here
  • Nadia shares some personal views on living, working, and bringing up family in her blog Foothills of France and shares some personal and professional thoughts and tips on finding and buying the perfect property in the Ariège and Haute Garonne regions.
  • Karina took on the mother of all projects, becoming the new chatelaine of the magnificent but derelict Chateau de Gudanes near Les Cabannes at the end of 2013. Follow the restoration story on the Chateau website where Karina also shares her Captain's log 
  • Nickie shares her passion for all things vintage, as well as her life in the Ariege at Now What? Life in Rural Ariege
  • Alun and Breezy talk about their eco-friendly restoration project at Mont Rouch, near Salau here
  • Jenna and Ben are dreaming of making a new life here in the Ariege within the next year or two and share their thoughts and plans at Building the Jam Jar dream
  • Peter and Lola spend part of their lives in Bardies where, as well as researching the history and culture of Ariege and the Couserans, they run the 'Blues at Bardies' music festival.  They write about life at Blog at Bardies 
  • A couple of French sites, natureariege.over-blog.com and photosariege.com  offers some wonderful views of the majestic scenery and flora and fauna of the region.    
  • Margaret returned to Yorkshire in March 2014 but spent 6½ years in Laroque d'Olmes and wrote extensively about it in her blog, now renamed From Pyrenees to Pennines but search for "Ariege" in categories for some older posts