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Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming Pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car essential
  • Nearest beach 100km

The house is over 200 years old and has been converted from farmhouse to family home. It has fine views, a garden, orchard and pool.

It is a quiet village with about 20 houses. There are no shops or cafes, but Mirepoix, only about 10 minutes away, offers all the essentials for living. It is a stunning 13C town built around a central square with ancient arcades, a cathedral and market.

The area is in Cathar country with many accessible hilltop castles ( Montsegur ), the famous cite of Carcassonne, fine provincial towns ( Foix, Limoux ), abbeys, and many pastimes and sports.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Narbonne 100 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Carcassonne 50 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne 50 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access
General CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

From the front door you enter a large living room which has dining and sitting areas and a large open fireplace.

Off this room is the fully equipped kitchen which also has a breakfast area with table and seating. To the rear are two bedrooms ( one double and one with a single bed and two bunk beds ) a bathroom and a separate loo.

On the first floor are two twin and one double bedrooms, plus two bathrooms.

Further details outdoors

The house is at a corner of a central village square. You enter the property through double gates into a courtyard which can hold 3 cars. On one side is an open barn ("hangar") with a table tennis table, spare chairs, BBQ, logs etc.

The house and garden are in the country. The land descends to the main lawn, surrounded by trees and shrubs.The 11m X 5m pool has gentle steps at one corner, and is protected by a poolside alarm which sounds when it senses anything entering the pool.. This can be turned off when the pool is in use but must be turned on when bathing is over. A cover is drawn over the pool in the evening to preserve the temperature. There are loungers and a swing seat by the pool.

There is a terrace, with a door from the living room, which has tables and chairs for 10 plus. From the terrace there are pretty views to the Pyrenees in the distance. Behind the terrace wall is an orchard with fruit trees.

Further details

Changeovers are on Saturdays. Guests leave by 10.00 am and arrive after 4.00 pm to allow for cleaning, mowing, pool maintenance etc.

The house is in the care of Alain and Aline Chaubet who see to the cleaning and maintenance. They live in the village and are very helpful.

The Aquitaine/Dordogne region

This is Cathar country and the region is the centre of those beliefs which threatened the authority of Rome and were declared a heresy by the Pope. This led to a crusade in the 13thC to stamp them out. Much destruction and suffering ensued but we are left with the mountain top castles that were the last refuges of the Cathars and remain accessible today.

There are abbeys, fine towns, churches, cathedrals, caves, underground rivers, glorious forests, the Pyrenees and, of course, Carcassonne with its extraordinary mediaeval city - and tourists!

June to September are the warmest months, of course, and temperatures can rise to 40C. But May and October can be marvellous and you can often eat out on the terrace in February!

Mirepoix

Mirepoix is a gem. It has unique, ancient arcades around its central square where a fine market takes place on Mondays. It was built in 1280 as a bastide, a fortified town to fend off the English. Here you can shop for all essentials and much more besides.

Within easy reach are the two great rivers, the Aude and the Ariege They are ideal for canoeing. There is tennis,

go-carting, golf, and sailing within 30 minutes. The great forests to the south are crisscrossed by footpaths and the walking is magnificent from the front door onwards.

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28 Aug 2012

5/5

"Best Ever"

Excellent house, brill pool and garden, village so quiet and peaceful. Wonderful holiday hope to visit again soon

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Nigel J.

  • 7 Years listed

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Based in United Kingdom

Languages spoken
  • English
  • French
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