Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Newly-renovated Gite Vue des Montagnes is set in around two hectares of grounds in an extremely peaceful location with amazing panoramic views of the Pyrenees.
It has three, generously-sized bedrooms and a comfortable open-plan kitchen, dining, living area with woodburning stove, English satellite TV and wifi internet access. It is very family-friendly with a UV-treated pool enclosed to French safety standards, swings, and a large, netted trampoline. Childrens' toys and books are provided.
Local attractions include the mediaeval towns of Mirepoix and Carcassonne, some of Europes largest caves, several beautiful, supervised swimming lakes, animal parks where you can variously see eagles, wolves, bison and reptiles - there is also a safari park in Toulouse.
Nearby you can take part in kayaking, canoeing, horse or pony riding or a "parcours dans les arbres" (zip wires, rope ladders etc) suitable for children as young as three. The Ariege is also well know for its golf courses and fishing and both are within easy reach.
It is also a great place for enjoying nature on foot or by bike or swimming at one of the nearby lakes. You may choose to take a day trip to the Mediterranean beaches - 1.5 hours' drive away - or the local ski resort for mountain biking and hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter - under one hour away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Narbonne 150 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse 80 km, Nearest railway: Pamiers 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
The gite is furnished to a high standard with a mixture of antique French furniture bought locally and modern pieces added for additional comfort. We have taken care during the renovation of the property to preserve as many original features as possible which include exposed beams and stonework and beautiful large windows with wooden shutters. The bathroom includes a freestanding bath, separate shower and WC and there is also an additional upstairs toilet.
We have provided a bookshelf crammed with books for both adults and children to enjoy during your stay as well as adults' and childrens' DVDs and children's toys.
|Further details outdoors|
The gite has its own private shaded terrace with table, chairs and BBQ. The pool is enclosed partly by a wall and partly by a perspex barrier so as to be safe without obstructing the view. There are ample loungers and umbrellas for shade around the pool as well as loads of inflatable toys. Please note the pool is shared with the owners. Occasionally during July or August we may also rent out our own house, in which case the pool will be shared with another small group of holidaymakers (4 to 6.)
The ground also offer two swings and a large, netted trampoline as well as plenty of room to find your own space should you wish to - as well as the garden, the property has two fields.
The large garden and pool are shared with the owners, although the gite has its own private terrace. Occasionally during July or August we may also rent out our own house, in which case the pool and large garden will be shared with another small group of holidaymakers (4 to 6.)
Apart from during July and August, electricity used will be charged at cost. During July and August, electricity is included in the price.
The Midi-Pyrenees region
The Ariege is one of the least populated areas of France and an area of outstanding natural beauty. It has historic villages and towns, Cathar castles and caves as well as outdoor activites such as kayaking, cycling and walking and skiing in the winter. You can also easily take a day trip to the beach or mountains from the gite. The Ariege is also well-known for its fishing and golf and both can be enjoyed nearby.
Throughout the summer there are many local outdoor festivals and fetes to enjoy.
There are loads of great, inexpensive restaurants very close by and vineyards to visit within an hour's drive.
Toulouse, one hour's drive or train ride away, is France's fourth biggest city and has everything from quirky boutiques to department stores as well as beautiful historic buildings and museums and art galleries.
As well as great walking and cycling from the door, kayaking and a "parcours dans les arbes" are just 10 minutes away.
There is a market three times a week in Pamiers and Mirepoix's Monday market is also well worth a visit.
Within ten minutes' drive there is an animal park for children and within half an hour, several more devoted separately to eagles, reptiles, wolves and more. Riding and pony rides are available in Escosse.
Lac du Mondely is around 20 minutes away where you can swim in a natural lake with beach and a dedicated children's paddling area. Slightly further away you can enjoy Lac Puivert or Lac Montbel which also have children's play areas and sailing at Lac Montbel.
There is a simple cafe in the village of Escosse and the local town of Pamiers, 10 minutes away has several fantastic, inexpensive restaurants where you can get a great three-course lunch for about 17 euros - specific recommendations will be provided..