La Maison Rêver
About the home
La Maison Rêver has breathtaking views of the Pyrenees and is the perfect retreat to enjoy all that this magnificent region has to offer. The historic property was completely renovated in 2009, has two double bedrooms and a large, open plan ground floor, ideal for friends and families.
It is located south of Foix, which offers all amenities, a bustling market every Friday and an abundance of fantastic, affordable French restaurants. If you're looking for more than fine wine and cuisine, La Maison Rêver is the perfect location for exploring the abundance of Cathar Castles, hiking, fishing, canoeing and cycling.
During the Winter months you can spend your days skiing at Bonascre and unwinding at the thermal spa in Ax-les-Thermes.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
Nearest amenities: 1km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|General:||Central heating, CD player|
|Standard:||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Linen provided, please check with the advertiser regarding towels|
|Outdoors:||Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
All bed linen is supplied, along with kitchen towels, dishcloths, scourers, oven gloves and bath mats.
Bathroom towels are not supplied.
Central heating and double glazing for cosy winter holidays and skiing.
Rental price includes heating, large wood store provided.
The Midi-Pyrenees / Ariege region
Situated in the heart of South-West France, Ariége is one of the largest regions in the country, with a landscape of ancient towns, villages, castles, Romanesque churches and an inexhaustible history. Its extensive agriculture makes it a region of farmers and peasants, producing a variety of crops.
The gastronomic excellence of the Ariége is unquestionable, whether you dine in a Chateau or in a local inn, you will taste wonderful foie gras, cassoulet, Roquefort and drink local wines such as Fronton, Gaillac, Cahors and of course, Armagnac.
For more information on the region, please visit: www.ariege.com & www.ariegelife.com
The Foix / Ferrieres-sur-Ariege area
Foix, France is a small city with a big personality. Surrounded by mountains and sliced with rivers, this is a true gateway to the Pyrenees. Situated about 30 miles from Toulouse or 40 miles from Andorra, it is also quite central.
The village’s striking medieval castle (“château”) is its most imposing monument, and it can be seen from all directions. Inside, climb the towers for splendid view of the city below and the mountains all around.
Foix is also capital of the picturesque Ariège department, one of France’s least populous areas. A prime allure of the territory is quite simply the vast diversity here and nearby. Either the Atlantic or Mediterranean coasts, while not mere minutes away by any stretch, are within reasonable distance.
Spain and Andorra lie nearby to the south. Major cities and attractions of southwest France are close by. The popular Cathar country, with its splendid castles, are within reach. Adventures, both for summer and winter, are rampant. And the scenery here is nothing short of spectacular.
Foix, France History and Geography
Foix’s unique position—both remote and close to crucial borders—has resulted in this small city seeing unusual power and influence over the years. The city has become embroiled in wars between counts and kings, between Aragon and Castille, Toulouse and Barcelona and even between England and France as well as Spain and France. Its unique location has also resulted in it serving as a refuge, for the Cathars as well as downed World War II pilots fleeing Nazis.
What to do in and around Foix
There is a blue box on the windowsill in our home which contains all of the leaflets and magazines from the Tourist Information office in Foix, however here is a list of some of places we have already visited and highly recommend:
• Foix Castle – for a small fee you can climb to the top of two of the three towers, which offer amazing views across Foix and the Pyrenees. www.ariege.com/chateaudefoix
• Montsegur Castle – a short drive to the East of Foix. You can climb to the top of the infamous Montsegur Castle and have a 360o view of the Ariege region. Perfect for a day out – we recommend sturdy footwear and a picnic. You need to pay a small fee to climb to the top which also gives you access to the museum in Montsegur Village. www.montsegur.org
• Carcassonne Castle – Approx. 1 hour drive North-East of Foix. Follow signs for ‘La Cité’ the breathtaking castle with visitors car park. A truly fantastic day out wandering through the lanes of shops, cafés and restaurants. Entry to La Cité is free, however there is a small fee to enter the ancient inner castle. www.carcassonne.org
• Mirapoix – Approx 30 minutes drive North-East of Foix. A beautiful medieval town, steeped in history. Full of shops and cafes, it is perfect for a long lunch, or an afternoon browsing.
• Ax-les-Thermes – Approx 30 minutes drive South of Foix. A thermal spa town, with public baths, shops, restaurants, casino, as well as a Winter ski resort – Ax is perfect for a relaxed day out. www.ax-ski.com and www.axlesthermes.free.fr
• Toulouse – Approx 1 hour drive North of Foix. The 5th largest City in France, Toulouse offers everything from an amazing central plaza, ancient churches and cathedrals, shops, restaurants, museums, trips on the Canal du Midi, etc….. Perfect for a day out if you like the hustle and bustle of City centres. www.ot-toulouse.fr
• Lordat – Approx 30 minutes South-East of Foix are the ruins of the Chateau de Lordat perched high above the Ariége Valley with views out to the St. Bathelemy mountains. It is now home to a bird sanctuary and truly spectacular flying displays.
• St Girons – Situated approx 45 minutes West of Foix, St Girons is a well worth a visit on a Saturday morning for it’s large weekly market. You can buy local produce - fruit, vegetables, breads, cheeses, meats, as well as gifts and artisan products. There are also numerous stalls where you can grab lunch and coffee. This is truly a slice of French life!
Please note that the property is located close to lakeside beaches rather than the seaside
How to get there
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Fly to either Toulouse or Carcassonne Airports in just over an hour - Both airports are equal distance from Foix, (50 minutes drive) so please check out the cheapest and most convenient route from the UK.
Cheap flights are available from Easyjet.co.uk from Bristol and London Gatwick to Toulouse Airport. (www.toulouse.aeroport.fr)
Cheap flights are also available from Ryanair.com - East Midlands, Glasgow, Dublin, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool and London Stansted all fly to Carcassonne Airport. (www.carcassonne.aeroport.fr)
Car hire companies at Toulouse Airport are: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National/Citer and Sixt. Please be aware that Easyjet have an affiliation with Europcar and offer discounts when you book your flights and car hire together.
Car hire companies at Carcassonne Airport are: ADA, Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Lov'Location.
There is also a train station in Foix which takes you into the heart of Toulouse, with regular buses to and from the airport.
Activities near Foix
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
A winter sun break
03 Sep 2012
found nthe house to be in the perfect location in the mounains great for seeing many places even went to andorra. neighbours are really freindly will certainly go and stay again its a shame i have... more
02 Sep 2012
It was what it said on the tin. Impeccably clean, well supplied. Travel directions and key code precise and worked a treat. A simple French home that had all mod cons but hadn't lost its old fashioned charm. We were lucky to enjoy intense Summer heat and the thick walls kept us cool, the garden was a sun-trap for the sun-worshippers, the views were so wonderfully Deep France that you felt lucky to be there. On a light note, the old-fashioned absence of sound proofing between floors, did mean that all sounds were clearly transmitted, fine for family, but could have been tricky if people weren't familiar with each other !
19 Nov 2011
Beautiful House,tastefully decorated.Peaceful location with fantastic views.
Our daughter 9 and son 7 enjoyed making friends with the local children and loved walking in the forest above the... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Summer||31 Mar 12||30 Sep 12||£ 450||£ 50||£ 50||Flexible|
|Winter||30 Sep 12||30 Mar 13||£ 350||£ 55||£ 55||4 Nights|
|Summer 2013||1 Apr 13||30 Sep 13||£ 450||£ 55||£ 55||4 Nights|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
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