House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
A beautiful, charming 19th century stone house traditional, original features renovated and equipped to a very high specification. La Maison Secrete (The Secret House) is situated in the historic and beautiful Ariege region of southern France on the edge of the charming village of Belesta, at the foothills of the spectacular Pyrenees and the beautiful Belesta Forest. This property offers outstanding views of the hills and mountains beyond and has a garden that backs onto the lush Belesta Forest.
Features: Fully furnished to a high specification, large, comfortable lounge, large fully equipped kitchen, spacious, separate dining room, utility room with washer/dryer, drying room for ski wear, traditional features: exposed beams, wooden shutters, wooden floors, large fireplace with log burner delightful, furnished south facing garden, furnished balcony with beautiful views of farming hillside, forest and mountains, small roof conversion, state of the art home cinema projector and music system, digital satellite with BBC TV and radio channels basement with large log storage, exterior luxury heated 6 seater jacuzzi.
The house has its own website providing further details, photographs and features; click on the link at the bottom of the page.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Puivert Lake - man made beach 5 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 50 km, Nearest railway: Foix 25 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The property has a bathroom with WC and a separate wetroom with WC.
Flexible changeover time applies throughout most of the year so that you can obtain the cheapest flight options. This cannot be guaranteed during very busy periods however. Contact us to check.
A welcome pack is provided which includes information on the house, sightseeing opportunities, restaurants, bars etc. Milk, juice, bottled water, tea and coffee will also be at your dispense.
Please provide your own towels. A limited number of dvds and cds are present in the house; however, you may wish to bring your own. There is the facility to play your iPOD/mp3 player through the music system.
Last minute discount!! 10% discount if booking start date is less than 28 days away.
Long stay discount!! £100 (GBP) discount if booking length is more than 13 days.
Long stay discount!! 40% discount if booking length is for more than 3 months.
Early Bird stay discount!! 15% discount if booking start date is greater than 6 months away.
The Midi-Pyrenees region
Belesta is situated in Ariege (Languedoc-Roussillion/Midi Pyrenees region), South of France in the foothills of the Pyrennees. 1 ½ hrs from the Mediterranean coast and the beautiful sandy beach of Canet Plage; 30 miles from Andorra (fantastic skiing resorts) and the Spanish border.
Belesta is a traditional French village with traditional amenities: town square, mairie, market hall, church, excellent boulangerie, pattiserie, charcuterie, tabac, great local wine shop, two bars and two very good French restaurants, post office, cash machine. The village is set around the Sur L’Hers (river) where you can fish for trout. Nearby (5min walk) is the Fountain Fontestorbes- an intermittent fountain spring, one of only six in the world. The Fete de Citrouille (Pumpkin) in the Autumn is a rare event with colourful exhibitions and local gourmand and craft market.
The scenery around Belesta is spectacular: mountains, gorges, rivers, chateaus, ski resorts (Mont d’Olmes-9 miles away. 5 Euro bus journey from town square), prehistoric caves, fabulous vineyards, lakes, fantastic restaurants and markets. There is an abundance of activities. It is a walkers paradise with many trails straight out of the front door. Ensure you hire a car to explore this facinating area of France.
The list is endless! But key points to note: Mirepoix. Chateau Montsegur and other Cathar buildings. Carcassonne. Gorges, rafting, rambling, cycling (the Tour de France always passes through this mountainous area),prehistoric caves, fishing, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding.
An information pack is provided at the house to provide you with a comprehensive listing of activities and sightseeing opportunities. Walking maps can be purchased from the local village shops and supermarkets.
The Stunning Old City of Carcassonne
Discover its history, its local cuisine, its wines, or simply enjoy the scenery. From the Bastide Saint-Louis to the medieval Walled City, Carcassonne offers a wealth of monuments to visit and discover !
The County of Foix was an independent medieval fief in southern France, and later a province of France, whose territory corresponded roughly the eastern part of the modern département of Ariège (the western part of Ariège being Couserans).
Skiing & Boarding
Ax Les Thermes
Skiing & Boarding
Mont D'Olmes (9 miles away)
Skiing & Boarding
Andorra (1hr 30mins). Also bargains on duty free alcohol and cigarettes.
Rennes Le Chateau
January 24, 1917: A few people are standing in the small churchyard in Rennes-le-Chateau, watching silently as the coffin of Berenger Sauniere is lowered into his grave. Of these people, how many truly know the secret that is being buried with this charismatic priest ?
Mirepoix- Medieval Town
The character of Mirepoix is quite distinctive and the town oozes charm. Half timbered houses line the central square, with their upper storeys overhanging the walkways below. During its long history, Mirepoix was nearly destroyed twice, by both floods and fire, but has been rebuilt and is now considered to be one of France’s prettiest towns.
City of Toulouse
France’s fourth-largest metropolis not only has a rich architectural heritage, but the intellectual verve that comes from being at the heart of Europe’s aerospace industry and space programme. Add to this a vibrant student population and some high-profile modern art and it comes as no surprise that the Toulousains are feeling good about their town.
City of Perpignan
The last major town in Languedoc before the Spanish border, it’s easy to see why the flavour of Perpignan is essentially Catalan.
Cathar Castle Montsegur
The place however remains haunted by a painful past: more than 200 Cathar priests found death in this mythical place, burnt at the stake as heretics for their alternative Christian faith in a huge inferno. Eight centuries after, the flames from this past age still fuel speculation and rumour.
Gorges of Galamus
3 miles north of Saint Paul, the awe-inspired site of the Gorges of Galamus is an imposing, protected place .