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Les Chambres Chouettes

Chambres d'Hôtes  ~ Villefranche de Conflent  ~ Guest House

Breathtaking medieval & mountain surroundings.
Les Chambres Chouettes offers traditional accommodation in our characterful chambres d'hôtes, just outside the walls of the medieval fortified village of Villefranche de Conflent, with its fine collection of bars, restaurants, craft shops and signposted walks. One hour's drive from the ski resorts in one direction and the seaside in the other. The railway station is 15 minutes level walk and has a mainline to Perpignan as well as the wonderful narrow-gauge Train Jaune, to the ski resorts, the Spanish border, and beyond.

 

About Les Chambres Chouettes

Mountain ambience ~ Catalan warmth.

Our traditional French village house has been meticulously converted to offer traditional French Chambre d'Hôtes Guest House accommodation in characterful surroundings. 
Formerly the home of one of the drivers of the Train Jaune - the famous narrow gauge railway that snakes its way from Villefranche de Conflent across the Pyrenees to the Spanish border at La Tour de Carol - this spacious 3 storey building lends itself to relaxed living, with stunning views, sunny balconies and of course the invigorating mountain air of the Pyrenees.
You can walk to Fort Liberia (or take the landrover), Chapelle Notre-Dame de vie, the Vauban fortifications and Vernet-les-Bains from our doorstep.
The restaurants, cafes and shops in the village offer something for everyone.

There is free parking close by on our quiet little street.
Getting around
It is possible to get a 1 euro bus or train to Perpignan and onwards to the coast for another euro.
The wonderful Train Jaune will take you up into the mountains; prices vary. The 1 euro bus follows a similar route to the Spanish border.
The train station is about 1100 metres flat walk from our front door, suitable for most wheeled luggage. 
Lots more information from the Tourisme Conflent-Canigou tourist office or the Villefranche de Conflent village website.

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Our Guest Rooms

All with linen & air-conditioning, plus complimentary breakfast in the BnB rooms.

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Fort Liberia

A luxurious apartment with disabled-friendly features.

This apartment is on the ground floor, within the thick stone walls of the original, medieval part of the house, so it is naturally cool in summer, but there is reverse air conditioning, just in case! We have designed it to be suitable for people with reduced mobility, so the doorways are all wide enough for wheelchairs and it is possible to travel all the way into the village by wheelchair, with a little bit of help up and down a couple of curbs. There is a raised toilet seat and shower seat, if needed.
You will find in your welcome pack;  fresh eggs from our chickens (subject to availability), breakfast cereals, milk, butter, homemade yoghurts and jam, plus the ingredients to make a simple evening meal.
The apartment has a superb compact kitchen, offering hob, microwave, fridge, kettle, espresso and filter coffee machines and a full complement of cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils.

Canigou

A delightful ensuite room with a sunny balcony.

This is a lovely sunny room, at the front of the house, with double patio doors onto the traditional balcony, where you can eat your breakfast, on an elegant bistro set, listen to the birds and watch the hikers setting off for the hills. The windows are fitted with original wooden shutters, to keep things cool, dark and quiet, when you want to.
Your bedroom is furnished with retro 60s French furniture, plus a modern, ensuite walk-in shower, basin and toilet. The bedding is cotton and there are plenty of feather pillows.
With the environment in mind, all rooms have reverse air conditioning/heating and the hot water comes via an air source heat pump.
Breakfast is plentiful, with lots of fresh fruit, bread, pastries and homemade jams and yoghurt.
There is a coffee machine on the shared landing, where you collect your breakfast, but you also have tea and coffee-making facilities in your room.

Train Jaune

A spacious ensuite room with stunning views.

A crag-facing double room on the top floor of our characterful house, just outside the walls of the Medieval village of Villefranche de Conflent, with its fine collection of bars, restaurants, craft shops and signposted walks. We are an hour's drive from the ski resorts, in one direction and the seaside in the other. The railway station is 15 minutes walk and has a mainline to Perpignan as well as the wonderful narrow-gauge Train Jaune, to the ski resorts and beyond.

The views from your windows are pretty dramatic, but there are original wooden shutters, to keep things cool, dark and quiet, when you want to.
Your bedroom is furnished with retro 60s French furniture, plus a modern, ensuite walk-in shower, basin and toilet. The bedding is cotton and there are plenty of feather pillows.
With the environment in mind, all rooms have reverse air conditioning/heating and the hot water comes via an air source heat pump.
Breakfast is plentiful, with lots of fresh fruit, bread, pastries and homemade jams and yoghurt.
There is a coffee machine on the shared landing, where you collect your breakfast, but you also have tea and coffee-making facilities in your room.

Fort Liberia Gallery

 
 

Canigou Gallery

 
 

Train Jaune Gallery

 
 
 

Villefranche de Conflent Gallery

 
 
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Walks and Hikes.

On your doorstep and a short journey away.  Get out in the wild and take in the breathtaking views.

 

Tourism Canigou official walking maps.

50 excellent walks in detail with downloadable guides and maps

RandoGPS user uploaded walks and maps.

Input 'Villefranche de Conflent' into the search engine to generate a wealth of tested walks and hikes.

Useful maps and guides

A collection of maps and guides that may be useful.

Komoot

A selection of hikes and walks downloadable straight to your smartphone.

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Things to do and see within 1500 metres!

Right here in Villefranche de Conflent - a wealth of activities.

 

Les Ramparts

Tour the ramparts of Villefranche - hidden inside the walls the huge network of defensive ramparts include some huge hidden spaces.  Visit at night by torchlight for an extra special experience.

Fort Liberia

Towering over the village - Vauban designed the Fort to defend us from above. A sunny walk or Landrover up - a stroll back - or 1000 steps down carved through the mountain for the brave.

Cova Bastera

‘The Cova Bastera’ or ‘Fortified Grotto’ has survived many eras, from Ice Age to Prehistory, to Vauban’s times to now. It offers an unusual visit and is testimony of Conflent’s exceptional natural heritage.

Les Grottes des Canalettes

10Km of caves have been discovered extending from the impressive entrance 300m from the gates of Villefranche de Conflent.  Explore the caves - lit beautifully. Cool off in the constant temperature.

La Chapelle de Notre Dame de Vie

A steep walk up to a beautiful ancient chapel.  The experienced walker may venture above in good weather to the huge cave with stunning views.

Aventure Grotte & Canyon

Explore further underground with the aid of a professional guide.

Le Train Jaune

Starting from our town from the same station as the main line train - this magnificent century old 1m gauge train is the enduring symbol of Catalan France, travelling across the Pyrenees to the Spanish border and back.  Prebook online & arrive 1 hour early for Train Jaune to ensure a good seat!
Most days (closed Wednesdays) there is a lovely bistrot at Latour de Carol Envietig to fill up at before your return train.

Train & Bus

Our station is 'Villefranche Vernet les Bains' on the timetables, even though it is beside Villefranche and 6Km away from Vernet!   Trains to/from Perpignan and the Train Jaune can both be booked via the SNCF/TER website. Trains on the Perpignan line and local busses are only €1 for most destinations. Frequent deals for the Train Jaune too. 

Don't miss the Tuesday market in Prades.
Special low fares mean there's never been a better time to take a trip!

Explore our village!

With eclectic shops and a great selection of restaurants, bars and takeaways, you can relax and explore the ancient alleys, cooled in summer by the water that flows down the sides of the streets - chilled straight off the mountains.

Viaferrata-Souterrata

500 meters of continuous aerial safety-cabled route for the whole family.
Explore the pink marble gorge above the river then in the caves. Supervised and unsupervised excursions.

This Month's Events

A diary of monthly events from the Tourisme Canigou tourist office.  There's always something to look forward to!

Eat!

Here is a list of the 14 restaurants in Villefranche de Conflent.  Opening times and days vary throughout the year so please do contact the establishment direct to check opening times and/or reserve a table.

Contact

You can find us to book instantly here on

Booking.com and AirBnB .

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Address:

Rue du Faubourg, 66500 Villefranche-de-Conflent, France

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