This is something altogether different from the typical B&B scene. This is for the adventurous, the alternative, the back to basic traveller who values a fellow traveller's hospitality, natural beauty and an off grid lifestyle above conformity and comfort.
The Pilgrims' Nest is situated 35km of Carcassonne in a natural and mountainous surrounding in the heart of the green Corbières Mountains at an altitude of 712m between cedar and beech forests. The air is clean and pure and radiates peacefulness. The place is fed by clear spring water. Electricity is provided by solar and wind power, and nature grows a wealth of herbs everywhere. This is the place to be if you like a quiet, pure and natural environment, far away from the noise of roads and towns.
However, don’t expect a typical luxurious B&B out here, it's an alternative off grid place, a place to fall in love with, if you have the right taste for it... You are invited to stay in a unique 80m² large space of the attic of a renovated barn, where the energy of creativity, music, dance, and meditation lingers from a diversity of activities that are regularly organized here: full moon gatherings, music concerts, workshops... There is a double bed, a few single beds, and a number of mattresses with which you can create your own little sleeping corner, dormitory style. Bedding is provided. The bathroom is adjacent to the main house, the shower is outdoors, the water heated by solar power. There is also a kitchen in the main house which you can use to do your own cooking, but there’s no electric fridge. Breakfast with home made bread is included, and a vegetarian lunch or dinner can be ordered. Wi-fi internet is available but limited and only accessible in the main house, not in the barn. Mobile phone network connection may also be limited to certain spots on the property. Note that the nearest shops are in Limoux, 22km down hill. There is no public transport except one bus back and forth on Fridays, and another one on Wednesdays but only on schooldays.
Other options include camping in your own tent or in a family tent provided by us.
Apart from a place to stay the "Pilgrims' Nest" is also a place of inner transformation, exchange and sharing, open to all pilgrims, travellers, wanderers, backpackers and soul seekers on the road, and to all who travel consciously their inner path of evolution. It also welcomes everyone who needs a few days or weeks of rest, reflection or energy recharging. The energy of the place is introspective and highly transformative. It leaves no one untouched.
Attractions in the area are the Cité of Carcassonne, one of the most preserved medieval fortified cities in Europe, Rennes-le-Château from the Da Vinci Code, the hot springs at Rennes-les-Bains, the numerous Cathar castle ruins, a beautiful lake for swimming at nearby Arques, the interesting villages of Lagrasse, Alet-les-Bains, and Saint Hilaire, the natural beauty of the Corbières Mountains and the Pyrenees, and the Mediterranean Sea not too far away.
Smoking only allowed outside
Merci Eddy pour cette déconnexion totale avec notre quotidien : un accueil agréable et un lieu en pleine nature qui permet un véritable retour aux sources...
Eddie est tres sympatique et discret, il nous a bien accueuilli et sa description du logement correspond tres bien aux lieux.
Le Pilgrims Nest est tout a fait charmant, un vrai havre de paix dans les hauteurs, avec un joli Jardin, un tres bel espace ouvert et une chambre spacieuse amenagés dans une ancienne grange.
Les petites promenades au dessus des habitations sont tres agreables et on aurait bien aimé y passer un peu plus de temps, ce sera pour une prochaine fois!
The most beautiful and peaceful place at the end of an amazing drive through the hills. We set up our own tent in a perfect spot in a clearing amongst the trees. Eddy and his partner were the most gracious hosts who made us feel welcome and comfortable straight away. We wished we could have stayed longer! Highly recommended!
Nous avons été très bien accueillis par Eddy même si nous sommes arrivés un peu tard. C'est un endroit très reculé dans les Basses-Pyrénées, paisible et surtout qui permet à un voyageur de se reposer et de se ressourcer.
Famille Corbeil-Richer, St-Lazare, Québec
This is a house I never ever lived and forgot. It's so nature! Eddy is so nice! As many people said it was just a magic, live for a while, it will change your life! Eddy has a guest book which records all the guests lived in his house for 5 years, it's just so warm!He made bread by himself. The only thing which is not so easy is the toilette is a little far from the house, I was a little scard to go out at night~
Eddy was more than a host. He was a friend and support for the space and needs that I had during the visit. Either if it was calm that I needed or company, Eddy is sensitive for ones needs treating you with respect & love . Merci
For me it was great. I had been in the city for 4 days, and this was the perfect antidote. It's very remote, and you feel like a circuit racer driving the roads.
Eddy is an interesting guy to talk to also. And his English is perfect.
Also, the outdoor shower was really nice.
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My name is Eddy. I'm 57 and from Flemish origin, but I live in southern France since 9 years now. I'm basically an eternal pilgrim. My occupation (in the sense of the things I occupy my time with) is a mixture of pilgrim/photographer/musician/nature lover, I like to bring people together, and I'm regularly on the road myself, preferably on my travel bicycle.