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The Secret of Southern France: Eco Pioneers Basecamp Explorer Open Restored Medieval Lodge in the Pyrenees

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Perched 840 metres above sea level on the remote slopes of the Eastern Pyrenees, Mas Can Rigall is hidden away in a forgotten corner of Southern France, off a private track, with dramatic views across to the Catalan Holy peak, Canigou.  Cosy interiors, ivy-clad stone walls and beamed ceilings reveal traces of the lodge’s medieval past, while cutting edge hybrid eco technology looks to the future.

Home cooked four-course Catalan dinners are prepared by the Chatelaine using fresh vegetables from Mas Can Rigall’s organic kitchen garden and abundant fruit trees, accompanied by local honey, cheeses and wine. Guests are invited to dine communally at the kitchen table, followed by a post-prandial digestif by the lounge’s 300 year old fireplace with a board game or book from the library.

Basecamp Explorer’s ethos of sustainable tourism, protecting cultural heritage while embracing eco technology, is at the forefront of Mas Can Rigall. Looking to the future, the estate sources much of its energy from renewable sources, combining solar panels, biodiesel and a wind farm alongside a reforestation plan set to re-introduce Cork Oak trees to the region, which have all but vanished.

An inspiring, uplifting rustic retreat, Mas Can Rigall provides a bucolic base from which to explore this tranquil corner of Southern France, filled with lush valleys, snow-capped peaks, Cathar castles and seductive medieval towns.


Mas Can Rigall is available to rent on an exclusive use basis during July and August from £675.00 per person per week on a b&b basis, based on 22 sharing the house.

From September – June rooms at Mas Can Rigall are available to rent on a b&b or full board basis from  £75.00 per person per night, based on two sharing. Book through Basecamp Explorer ( / +33 6 29 85 64 40)


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