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Large house With Pool And Lovely Views Across The Valley



Updated: 13-Oct-2016
6 bedrooms, bathroom, 3 shower rooms, games room with large garden and pool

3 double bedrooms(One of which has a shower and washbasin), 3 twin bedded rooms(one of which has a shower and washbasin), bathroom with WC,one other shower room with WC, 2 other WCs, large kitchen, dining room, living room with French windows leading to large east and south facing balcony with dining table and chairs for 12 and lovely views, games/television room, the kitchen leads to outside BBQ/dining area next to gated pool 12m x 6m. Guests have private use of pool. There is a large garden.

Caretakers live on the property in order to maintain the pool and garden and there are 2 cats.

This lovely house is situated on the borders of the Aude and Ariege and therefore on the cusp of the Languedoc and Midi-Pyrenees, ideally placed for visiting the Cathar castles of Montsegur, Puilaurens, Queribus and Puivert. Other nearby activities include white water rafting and kayaking,try pyrenees adventure.com, visting famous caves such as those at Niaux with its ancient cave paintings, exploring the French markets such as that at the medieval bastide town of Mirepoix with their fantastic locally produced meats and cheeses, tasting the wine of the Aude including the area's speciality, Blanquette de Limoux, hiking through the stunning and dramatic countryside, taking a trip to the Med (1.5 hours drive), exploring the ancient city of Carcassonne, watersports or swimming in the Lac de Montbel (a beautiful large lake 10 mins away), sampling local cuisine at one of the many nearby restaurants.]

  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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Guestbook comments from the owner

This property is top notch in every way: spotless, immaculately presented, lovely decor, best quality linen and beds (how rare is that?), comfy sofas and chairs. Everything you could possibly need to cook and eat: inside or al fresco - be sure to take breakfast on the sunny terrace with its breathtaking views and pick some wild herbs for your barbecue.

Plenty for all ages (we spanned &&-76 years and 4 generations) but probably too cut off for teenagers unless they are happy to crash on the loungers by the superb pool, reading from the vast selection of books; or just squabble over board games or table tennis;.

If you can drag yourselg away from the house there's wonderful walking country, lakes, mountains and rural villages to explore; whilst the rivers provide excitement in the shape of kayaking and white water rafting.

Take a trip to Mirepoix market, Limoux and Carcassone of course, buy your bread and meat in the village, treat yourself to a meal at Gayda, not forgetting to taste and buy some Cremant and Blanquette de Limoux - our favourite is from Domaine Laurens (in village of la Digne d'Aval, just on the right off road when heading to Limoux)!

Petra and Jeremy are the charming owners of the exceptional property, maintaining a low profile but quietly keeping everything in order (early morning, daily pool cleaning); but do take time to chat to this lovely, interesting couple, who are sharing their beautiful home with you.

Would we recommend? absolutely!!!!
Jun 2012
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2 holidaymaker reviews


Outstanding, just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We were warmly greeted by the owners and felt from the outset that nothing was too much trouble. The master bedroom is huge with an awesome view from the balcony. The château/house is as described but so much more with the hottest water anywhere we've been ( and we're well travelled!). If you want to get away from it all this is the place however, if you want a group holiday it's also ideal as it sleeps so many. We are thinking of returning for a group walking holiday. Lots of lovely French villages to potter around, not too far from.Carcassonne and for us, the spectacular views were what made it!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We loved it!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with friends and had a great time and i will be coming back again with the children and grandchildren. The property is lovely, on a hillisde with fabulous views of very pretty countryside. The main rooms are large and comfortable, the bedrooms are big and handsome over 2 floors with bathrooms on each floor. Outside is fabulous - a large al fresco dining area, plenty of loungers and room around the pool, and a large beautiful pool. There is room to roam around the large grass lawn, and there are walks nearby.

In the area, there are lakes, caves, medieval towns, Cathar castles, cute villages

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

This lovely Maison de Maitre is situated on the borders of the Aude and Ariege and therefore on the cusp of the Languedoc and Midi-Pyrenees, ideally placed for visiting the Cathar castles of Montsegur, Puilaurens, Queribus and Puivert. The local caves of interest are Niaux, with its' hand prints and cave paintings (all genuine), Lombrives and the large drive through cave of Mas d'Azil which has been inhabited for thousands of years. If you want the feel of French markets you can visit the mediaeval bastide town of Mirepoix on a Monday as well as those of Limoux, Lavelanet and Esperaza and there is always the wine-tasting...... The largest lake in the Ariege is close by (10 mins), the Lac de Montbel and if you want to experience white water rafting, kayaking etc. that is also nearby at Axat or Alet.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
7 Jan 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
29 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer,early autumn
2 Sep 2017 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £268

A security deposit of 300 euros is required on entry and returned within a week of leaving. We do not charge for minor breakages such as the odd glass or plate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 13-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • chateau / country house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Thermos Flask
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 300 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Washbasin
  • Bathroom 4 - Shower Enclosure, with washbasin
  • Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure, Washbasin
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 6 - Toilet
  • There is 1 bathroom with WC, 1 shower room with WC, 2 ensuite shower rooms with no WC, 2 other separate WCs


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot, 2 cots are available
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • There are two cots available which can be placed wherever convenient. Although there is also a sofa bed and put up bed in the house, together with various mattresses, we only take 12 people excluding 2 babies as there is only seating for 12 in the living room and around the dining table.


  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 32 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs


  • Self-catering


  • Smoking allowed outside property - pets must be easily controlled and not the type to 'run off' as there is a great possibility that they would never been seen again because they can get very easily disorientated in the hills around. Being 'elderly ourselves, we do not consider elderly as being 'infirm'.

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