Michael Redmonds
Route des Pyrenees


Situated at 600m altitude in the traditional mountain village of Biert, 5 minutes from Massat, and just 30 minutes from both St Girons and the beautiful historic town of Foix, Maison Esmeralda offers spacious rooms with beautiful views of the Massat valley. Standing on the bank of the river Arac, Esmeralda is an ideal location from which to explore the many activities and sights popular in the region.

We are open all year round and speak English French & German

Description of Chambres D'Hotes:

Each season in Biert has its own charm…spring brings the wild flowers and sunny days; summer is glorious and hot; in autumn the colours are wonderful and the days still warm; winter, with its crisp clear days, makes this the perfect base for skiing or to admire or walk in the glorious snowy mountains.

There are numerous well marked walks or cycle rides (bike hire can be arranged) just a step out of our door...there's no need to take the car. Fishing, horse riding, climbing are just a few of the other immediate activities. The lively village of Massat is just 5 minutes away, with shops, bars, restaurants, etc. During summer there are many local fetes, events etc and the wonderful town of St Girons offers music festivals, craft fairs etc,

Kayaking, donkey treks and many other activities are a short walk away and places of interest, such as bat caves, huge markets, wonderful old towns and mountain villages are all available nearby.

For the lovers of skiing, Guzet Neige Ski Station is 20 minutes from us and cross-country skiing is even closer

Further afield we have Toulouse, Carcassone and Andorra; Spain is just a stone's throw away.

Our Maison de Maitre is set in pretty gardens leading to our riverfront where you can picnic, paddle, fish or just enjoy this glorious river. Alernatively, relax with a cool drink and enjoy our own child safe swimming pool

We offer two types of accommodation:

Bed and breakfast in lovely, large bedrooms with wonderful views and comfortable beds. All bedrooms have private, or ensuite bathrooms. Two bedrooms have double beds and the third has a double bed and a single. Our fourth bedroom offers 3 single beds and is ideal for groups of friends. Further beds can be made available for children. Our comfortable lounge is at your disposal, with satellite television, DVDs and a large choice of books.

We strive to use local and seasonal produce and our great breakfast consists of homemade muesli & preserves, croissants, delicious bread, fruit, coffee etc. Table D'Hote is also available. Our home-cooked menu is influenced from across the world; from Indian cuisine such as Onion Bhaji and Prawn Bhuna, to Thai chicken red curry with Sweet corn fritters and sweet chili sauce starter, or Italian: Spaghetti, linguine or risotto.

Our comfortable Gite is suitable for 4/6 people and consists of a fully equipped kitchen/diner, lounge (with a convertible canapé), shower, WC, The Gite offers 2 further bedrooms- one with a double the other 2 singles. A private terrace with furniture, bar-b-que is also available for your use. Table d'hote is available on request.

Clothes washing facilities and Internet access are also available.


See or our activities page for detailed descriptions of local attractions and activities


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You can fly into either Carcassonne or Toulouse airports. From Toulouse head for St Girons and then Massat on the D618. £ Kms before Massat you will find Maison Esmeralda on your right as soon as you enter Biert. from Carcassone head past Foix on the N20 and when you reach the roundabout follow the signs for Massat over the Col de Port. 3 kms from Massat, towards St Girons, you'll come to Biert, Maison Esmeralda is the last house on the left.

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