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Manor House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 9
A very warm welcome to Maison Magnolia. This house dates from 1823 and was commissioned by a wealthy vineyard owner to house his family and servants. Accommodation offers three double bedrooms, one twin bedroom and one grand single bedroom adjoining one of the doubles making an ideal family room. Two of the doubles have en-suite bathrooms, one with large corner bath. There are a further two bathrooms on this level servicing the other bedrooms. Each bedroom has been designed individually with its own unique character and theme in keeping with the style of the house and each with original fireplace. Electric fans are provided in all bedrooms. Please see photos. On the ground floor, you will find a recently fitted kitchen with a large island and solid granite worktops. There is a Lacanche range cooker running on gas with electric double ovens. There is a dishwasher, microwave, fridge plus separate freezer, cutlery and crockery, etc. Here there is are two pantries and a separate toilet. Next to the kitchen is a dining room with mahogany table that seats six. There is another dining area adjoining the kitchen with four round tables seating up to 8 people situated next to the library and also makes a pleasant and cool games area. Across the hall from the dining room you will find a cozy living room with comfortable sofa and chairs plus fire place. Here you will find a 42" plasma TV offering British TV channels (BBC, ITV), DVD and CD players. The library offers a wide variety of English books which guests are invited to borrow during their stay on a trust basis and kindly asked to return prior to departure. There is a fully equipped laundry with washing machine, dryer, iron and cleaning materials. The house is fully double glazed keeping it cooler in Summer and warmer in winter. Free WIFI high speed internet is provided to guests. We also provide a comprehensive welcome pack including details of interesting places to visit, local markets, restaurants and activities in the area.
The 2.5 acre landscaped garden, once full of vines, is now a relaxing and beautiful place to spend time whether you love to read beneath the palm trees or simply relax and soak up the sun. There is a large private 10m x 5m swimming pool surrounded by a lavender hedge and fitted with a pool alarm. Pool side seating and loungers are provided. A wonderful outdoor lounge seating area can be found to the side of the house with comfortable antique cushioned metal sofas and chairs and shaded by grapevines and perfect for sipping a chilled glass of wine on a warm summer evening. A full size outdoor dining table is provided in the terrace outside the kitchen along with sun shade umbrellas. There is full outdoor lighting. Table Tennis is provided along with a Table Air Hockey game and a good selection of board and card games. The house is situated only 30 minutes (40 kms) from Toulouse International Airport. Guests have access to off street parking for up to five cars via electric gates. We live on site in a separated apartment and always respect your privacy. The garden, pool and parking are not shared by us and we have a separate entrance. We are very friendly and here to help with any questions you may have. Maison Magnolia is valued at over 1 million euros. Enjoy!
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Narbonne 110 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||8 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse Blagnac, Nearest railway: Cintegabelle|
|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||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Midi-Pyrenees region
The High Pyrenees
The high Pyrenees-perfect for picnic and lovely photos!
Take the N20 towards Foix/Andorre. Go through the tunnel to by-pass Foix.
After Touarcon, you will see a sign saying 'Grotte de Niaux, Col de l'Hers' etc.
Take this road off to the right and eventually you will take a right turn just through the village of Vicdessos leading to the Col de l'Hers and l'Etang de l'Hers (where there is a very pleasant restaurant with a terrace). Spectacular scenery!
From there you can go to the Col d'Agnes and over to Aulus-les-Bains and down to St Gions. Take the road to Foix until you see signs to le Mas d'Azil. The main road leads through the huge cave (pottery and glass-blower on the left) go through the village, it's a beautiful place for a walk, you can also stop for a cup of coffee or a meal at Kiwi restaurant which is on the main street and is British owned. The ancient village of Sabarat is also worth a look. On leaving Mas d'Azil, att the cross-roads go straight across following signs to Carla-Bayle and from there follow signs for Le Fossat. Turn left onto the main road and follow signs for St Ybars and straight on to Gaillac-Toulza.
There is also a lovely drive into the Pyrenees Mountains from Ax-les-Thermes.
Follow the signs to le Col de Chioula.
A visit to Albi is suitable for a full-day trip. A lovely old town with many pedestrian streets full of shops and restaurants. It has a fortress-like cathedral dedicated to St.Cecilia, the patron saint of music. The interior is superb with lovely carvings. Nearby is the Bishop's Palace and a Museum showing the works of Toulouse Lautrec, an artist who lived in Albi and whose house you can visit.
This is a must! A very popular tourist attraction and busy all year round. It has mediaeval streets and square, excellent gifts shops and restaurants, cathedral and the most visited attraction-The Carcassonne Castle. Go though Mirepoix and follow the signs to Carcassonne, either along the motorway or following the RN which leads to though the lower town. In either case, follow signs to LA CITE. There are large (paid) car parks just outside the city walls.
Not far from Albi and worth a day in its own right, is the small town of Cordes- Sur-Ciel. As the name suggests it is set at the top of a steep hill. Lots of interesting shops and galleries and views of the surrounding countryside.
Hot in summer but worth at least one full day. The fastest way to get there is to leave your car at the Cintgabelle station ( 8 km away and with free parking) and take the train for only half and hour journey. There is a ticket machine but no ticket office. Auterive (12 mins from the house) might be an easier option as they have a bigger parking and a ticket office where you can get your return tickets and avoid queuing at Toulouse train station for your journey back. We can provide you with map of Toulouse so you'll find your way around the city easier plus there are all the sights which you can choose from. The cathedral of St.Sernin is magnificent and the main square Le Capitole is well worth seeing. There are many art galleries and the beautiful church of Les Jacobins where Thomas Aquina, the saint and theologian, is laid to rest. Known as the “the Rose City” because of the colour of its brick, Toulouse is a lovely place to wander around with plenty of shops and good restaurants. If you wish to go by car instead of train there is a lot of paid underground parking around the city centre.
St.Bertrand De Comminges
For centuries this has been a favourite shrine and stopping place for pilgrims on the route (Camino) to the shrine of Santiago de Compostella in Northern Spain. It has a magnificent basilica and next to it is an art gallery and a book shop. The restaurant Chez Simone serves simple food and is fairly cheap.
Before arriving at St.Bertrand go to see the lovely Romanesque church of St.Juste de Valcabrere. You can take a wonderful photograph of this lovely church with St.Bertrand on the hill above. St.Juste is now mainly used for concerts and recitals. About two and a half hours drive.
This is the world famous shrine to Our Lady.Very busy, with thousands of tourists particularly in the summer, but well worth a visit. Religious souvenir trade is highly developed along the rue de la Grotte and Boulevard de la Grotte in particular. Lourdes is famous because of the visions of the Virgin Mary believed to have been seen by the peasant girl Bernadette Soubiron. The Lac de Lourdes is nearby.
About an hour drive is the small town of Martres Tolosane which is famous for its pottery (faiancerie). There are at least a dozen workshops and shops selling this pottery. Also an interesting museum at the information bureau. There is an excellent restaurant with a shady terrace just opposite the station. On the way back, Exit 26 from the motorway, to Carbonne, Lezat-sur-Leze and back home through St.Ybars.
About 45 mins drive, mainly along the N 20 but take the road off to the right before reaching the tunnel. Foix is a historic town with lots of restaurants (Hotel Lons has a good, cheap restaurant with covered terrace overlooking the river Ariege). You should take a walk along the narrow, medieval streets and definitely visit the Foix Castle. Foix market is superb and is held on Friday mornings. Large car park right in the centre but also good parking at the station on the way into Foix on the right (signed SNCF).
About one and a half hours' drive through lovely scenery. A pretty town in the Pyrenees, ski resort, with spa where you can take the waters or bathe. Lots of restaurants (Le Roseraie is very good) There is a Wolf Park not far away from Ax-Les-Thermes which is interesting to visit.
If you want a delicious lunch on the outskirts of Lavelanet go to Les Sapins at Alzen. In this area you can also visit three Cathare Castles-Roquefixade, Puivert and Montsegur (the most famous one) A steep climb but worth the effort!
In less than an hour you can reach this outstandingly beautiful town. It has medieval arcades with many interesting shops and bars, restaurants and cafes. The cathedral,dedicated to St.Maurice,has the widest single nave in Europe.
The market, held on Monday mornings, is one of the best in the area with craft and pottery stalls as well as plants and food, clothing and shoes. Park on the road leading into Mirepoix if you can find a space as the centre is congested, especially on market day. The hotel, Le Commerce, in the centre has an excellent restaurant at very modest prices. Book a table as soon as you arrive before going round the market. There is a lovely shady terrace with tables under the trees. There are many interesting events in Mirepoix, concerts, exhibitions, and medieval processions, or it is just a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by.
Carla-Bayle (Village of Art)
The village is less than half an hour away and houses exhibitions of paintings and sculpture during the summer months. It is set on a hill with panoramic views all around. The most famous artist, whose house is in the village, is Tristan Ra. His house is unmistakable because of the blue paint. The restaurant, Auberge Pierre Bayle, serves excellent food at moderate prices and there is a terrace with magnificent views. There are lots of activities during July and August including open-air concerts and talks by artists and sculptors.
Le Mas d'Azil
The village itself is very pretty and worth a visit in its own right. There are some reasonable restaurants and it has a market on Wednesday mornings. In September is has an outstanding event, La Fete des Figues. However, Le Mas d'Azil is mainly known for its amazing cave structures from which the Azilianperiod takes its name. The main road actually goes through an enormous cave and the other caves are open for visits, with guided tours if wished. On the road between the village and the caves there are pottery and glass-blowing centres which are worth a visit.
This small village is on top of a hill just beyond the town of St.Girons. It is a very picturesque place with magnificent views all around. There is a 12th century cathedral with cloisters, an 18th century pharmacy, preserved exactly as it was, and up above is the Bishop's Palace which also houses museum of Ariegois life.
On the terrace in front of the Palace there is a wonderful restaurant, Le Carre de L'Ange, with outstanding food and ambience. There is a lovely indoor dining area also but the terrace is the place to be! Perfect place for special occasions!
There is another restaurant at the foot of the hill just over the bridge from the main road. It has good food and a pleasant outlook over the river. It is necessary to book in advance at Le Carre L'Ange, especially for Sunday lunch. For a visit to the pharmacy contact the Information Office in the main square opposite the cathedral.
Zinc Bar-in the centre of the village, next to Boulangerie. Pizzas and traditional French.
Auberge Le Perisse (0561691842)
Route de St.Ybars ( 5 mins up the road)
Superior cuisine and presentation, lovely views to the mountains
Wonderful Vietnamese restaurant in the town of Le Fossat (15 mins away)
La Commanderie (0561973361)
It is in St.Sulpice (half an hour away).Continue through Lezat –straight on.
Pleasant garden terrace. Inside dining area has log fires in winter.
More expensive, but special.
Le Vietnam (0561695339)
Very good Vietnamese restaurant serving authentic Chinese and Vietnamese
food to eat in or takeaway. Situated in the close town of Saverdun (past the
Mairie on the left, 10 mins drive).
Nice French restaurant with good food at reasonable prices in the town of
Auterive (12 mins drive, on right as you go in on main road)
Le Moulin de Trebes(0468789757)
Situated in the town of Trebes(near Carcassonne). Very pleasant dining area on banks of Le Canal du Midi. Good, traditional food.
Auberge Les Sapins(0561030385)
Direction to Foix, after Nalzen, just before Lavelanet, there's a big sign for the restaurant. Wonderful French restaurant, excellent food. Busy on Sunday lunch so you should book in advance.
In the small town of Villefranche de Lauragais. French restaurant with wonderful food. Open air as well as indoor. Also cheaper cafeteria-type restaurant round the corner. Good for lunch after a walk along Le Canal du Midi at Gardouche.
Le Carre de L'Ange
In the town of St.Lizier. Restaurant with a big terrace outside Bishops' Palace with magnificent views. Very stylish with excellent food. Imaginative combinations for special occasions.
Just over the bridge before going into the town of St.Lizier. Good food at reasonable prices.
Le Bain Douche
Good French restaurant in the town of Pamier (half an hour drive). It has a terrace facing the Canal.
Le Temple du Ciel
Chinese buffet-style restaurant with great variety of starters, main courses and desserts at very reasonable prices. It is just on the left from the roundabout at the big shopping area when entering Pamiers.
Au Pere Canard
Lovely French restaurant in St.Jean du Falga (just after Pamier). It's near the church. Excellent value-lunch menu of 3 courses, a carafe of wine and coffee for only 12.50 euros! The restaurant gets quite busy so you should go at 12 to be able to find seats. For Sunday lunch a booking is necessary.
Restaurant with a covered terrace overlooking river Ariege in the town of Foix. Buffet starter plus two courses. Very good value.
Auberge de l'Hers
If you go for a drive in the Pyrenees it is a lovely place to have lunch with terrace with magnificent views to the mountains. The restaurant is situated at the top of Col de l'Hers. If you are there in the afternoon you can still enjoy the views over a cup of coffee and some nice dessert.
Monday – Mirepoix
Tuesday – Montesquieu
Wednesday – Mas d'Azil
Friday – Auterive and Foix (am), Jilleneuve du Latou – (pm)
Saturday – Lezat
Sunday – Carla Bayle, Montbrun Bocage
The house itself is in a small village on the border between the Haute-Garonne and the Ariege. It is set in glorious countryside with rolling hills and fields of sunflowers in the summer and a magnificent backdrop of the Pyrenees.
The house is almost equidistant from the three small towns of Auterive, Saverdun and Lezat-sur-Leze all offering restaurants, shops, hyper-markets and excellent facilities. The nearest train station with free parking is Cintegabelle only 8 kms away with a frequent service North to Toulouse and South to Pamiers, Foix and Ax-les-Thermes (Ski resort).
There are many places of interest involving a short trip from the house or a full day's excursion. This is a region of Cathar Castles, caves (some with prehistoric paintings), bastides (fortified villages), Romanesque churches, markets, pageants and festivals during the Summer.
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30 May 2014
"Maison Magnolia exceeded our expectaions and needs."
My family and I have traveled extensively and we were looking for something other than just seeing more castles and cathedrals. Mansion Magnolia is in a very small village but strategically located cl… More
3 Aug 2013
"Simply Fantastic - No Other Words Will Do !!!"
Having travelled all over France and stayed in some lovely properties not one could match the charm, location and "ambience" of this wonderful house. We were late arriving at the property ow… More
Thanks so much and it was our pleasure having you all here. Look forward to spending time with you next year!
28 May 2013
"absolutely fabulous- will return again"
beautiful house in beautiful grounds and a fantastic location. A really luxurious feel to this holiday staying in such a clean and splendid house. Stayed with friends for my birthday, but will be equally happy to stay for a more romantic holiday with my partner. Large immaculately clean pool- we wanted for nothing.
More than happy to return, as so much to explore in the area...
Many thanks for you kind comments...was lovely to have you and glad you enjoyed your time at Maison Magnolia and look forward to seeing you again soon
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