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Stylish villa with heated pool in small village in heart of Cathar country.



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
Spacious open plan house with large covered terrace overlooking pool and stream.

Stylish, beautifully decorated villa with pool and large garden, in small village set in the heart of spectacular Cathar country. Modern, open-plan kitchen leading onto dining area which in turn leads onto lounge, glazed on two sides with patio doors opening onto huge covered terrace overlooking the pool, 9m x 3.9m (Maximum depth 1.9m, minimum 1.1m ) and garden. There are plenty of sunloungers and 2 huge parasols for extra shade round the pool The covered patio also provides plenty of shade during day and gets late evening sun for relaxed dining. Teak patio furniture for 8 and plenty of room for the BBQ! Sunny, 2000m2 garden has a large grassy area to the rear of the house overlooking fields, which is ideal for childrens games. A small stream runs along the edge of the garden.

The house is on the edge of Rivel, a small quiet village of around 200 people with a medieval centre. It is 5 minutes drive from the small attractive town of Chalabre. Chalabre has several restaurants and bars, a pharmacy, bank (with cash point) small supermarkets, butchers and vegetable shops. Weekly market.

Mont Segur and several other famous Cathar strongholds are within easy reach. The ski station of Mont D'Olmes is 45 minutes away.

There is a nice restaurant with a safe childrens play area 10 minutes walk from the house. Tennis courts are available in village centre.

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  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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24 Reviews

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Beautiful villa, stunning gardens, pool & views

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from the most wonderful holiday in Rivel. Reached via a picture-perfect tree lined avenue, the villa is beautiful; very clean, homely and better equipped than our own home, Sue has thought of everything, which made for a very easy, stress free, idyllic holiday. The large garden is stunning and very private with spectacular hillside views (made even more lovely by visiting donkeys in the field next to the house and the sound of cow bells on the hillside!). The pool was fantastic, and being larger than average it was roomy enough to swim lengths, even when our 3 children plus inflatables were in the pool! This, combined with the extensive gardens and lovely patio area, well equipped with loungers, parasols, dining table etc meant we enjoyed several relaxing days "at home" . Lots to see and do in the immediate area, and within a short drive; our favourite place being the beautiful town of Mirepoix, around 20 minutes away (fantastic market on Mondays and look out for the vide grenier (attic sale/flea markets on certain Sundays). Lovely family friendly restaurant 10 minutes walk away. Sue made the booking process so easy and stress free, she maintained regular contact with us prior to the holiday, answered all of our questions and provided so much additional information on the house and surrounding area. Thank you Sue for a perfect holiday. We'll definitely be back !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! Glad you enjoyed the house and garden. I view it as my second home so have tried to make it as comfortable as possible. It's not just a holiday home for us. The view from the garden over the little stream and up the valley is lovely, particularly now the hedges have matured and made the garden very private. We love sitting on the terrace in the evening with a glass of wine listening to the tinkling of the cowbells as the cows wander home, as we watch the sun go down over the hill Thank you for your kind comments about ease of booking, it was a pleasure to have you stay. Hope to see you again soon.
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A wonderful setting for nature and scenery

  • 5 of 5

This villa is in a lovely rural setting on the edge of the small village of Rivel. We found it to be fully equipped to relax and to eat comfortably inside or outside on the large patio next to the pool. There are dramatic open views from the house up the valley and a stream winding round the end of the garden. We were there in the spring time and saw two woodpeckers, buzzards and an exotic colourful bird called a hoopoe. We could hear cuckoos all around although unsurprisingly did not see them. There are walking tracks in all directions from the house, with a choice of hill walks or flat paths to explore. We went on the dedicated walking and cycling path along the old railway track into Chalabre, a village 4k away, which has bakers, restaurants and a grocer.

We loved the mediaeval market town of Mirepoix about 20k away, with its impressive church and a busy market every Monday. We had lunch at a restaurant popular with the local inhabitants called St Maurice, located in the central town square and we can highly recommend it. For our special birthday celebration four of us dined at the Chateau de Camon, our second visit there - it is about 20 minutes from Rivel in a very reasonably priced taxi.The food and the ambience are high-end and ideal for a special event.

We had a fantastic week and in spite of mixed weather, the conditions were good for walking and cycling. The nights were cool and we really enjoyed the cosy warmth of the huge and effective log burner in the evenings. We will without doubt be returning to stay in this villa again.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Spring is a fantastic time to visit the area. The fields are full of flowers, and everywhere is lush and green, perfect for walking. The bird life in the area always surprises me. I don't think I've ever heard so many cuckoos! Everyone enjoys the market in Mirepoix, just wandering around looking at all the various types of mushrooms, sausages and cheeses, very different to a market in the UK, followed by a light lunch under the mediaeval covered walkways! The Chateau de Camon is a real treat for a special meal though there are lots of restaurants of varying prices round the area, one nice one just a short walk down the road Le Moulin de L' Eveque. Glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon.
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Perfectly equipped holiday home.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely villa in a beautiful part of France.

The owner was incredibly helpful and provided us with lots of information so that we could explore the area fully. Lots to do locally for children of all ages.

The house itself was equipped with everything we might need. The grounds and pool were very well maintained and meant we had a wonderful base to return to after a day busy with exploring!

Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed yourselves and found the house well equipped. New for this year was a proper coffee maker, great if you're into espresso's, and a large new kettle style BBQ which I used for the first time this week! Nice to know I was able to give you some useful information which hopefully helped you explore and find things you may have otherwise missed in your two weeks holiday. Just left Rivel today, blue skies and the pool still 28 degrees. Not bad for October 10th!
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Lovely private house with pool

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely place to stay in a peaceful setting .We were a family of 5 with 3 adult children. The house is very well equipped with washing machine, dishwasher and everything else you might need and is located at the end of the village and not overlooked. Lac du Montbel is close by and we hired bikes for an afternoon to look around the locality. We also visited the market at Mirepoix and the coast at Perpignan, which is a 90 minute drive away. There is a restaurant a short walk away which provides good food at reasonable prices but you might need to book in advance. A car is essential but there is plenty to do and lots of places to visit nearby.The house is spacious and clean and the pool is larger than average and heated if required. There is a lovely covered area with a BBQ next to the pool and plenty of space in the garden. There is no wifi and the TV is not connected to a signal (plays DVDs) but this was not a problem for us as it was nice to get away from all the usual chaos of modern life, even the kids did not complain as there was plenty of other stuff to do and they could rediscover the art of entertaining themselves without the use of a screen. ! . The UK owner Sue was very helpful and accessible should there be any problems. (we didn't have any). If you are looking for a peaceful retreat in a lovely house with the use of a large private heated pool, this property will certainly fit the bill.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you all enjoyed your stay and liked the house. I've tried my best to equip it with everything needed, a home rather than a holiday house.New for this year is the espresso/ coffee machine. I think the area is stunning, with beautiful scenery and we always find new things to see and do, even after several years. A car is necessary but driving is easy, very little traffic and good roads. We always enjoy the food in the many different restaurants in the area , but having a good one only 10 minutes walk away is a bonus. Thank you for you lovely review, hope to see you again soon. Regards, Sue
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Lovely spot

  • 4 of 5

This is a lovely place to stay and very peaceful. The village is small with not much happening but you are close to Lac de Montibel for watersports and many of the Cathar castles are within an hours drive. Limoux is also not too far away and Mirepoix is closer. There is a restaurant within a shortish walk towards Chalabre and others within a short drive. A car is a must as the nearest shops are a few miles away.

The villa is lovely and spacious with a large living/dining/kitchen, at the end of this is a wall of windows/doors to the patio which has plenty of shade and then you have the pool which comes complete with obligatory safety cover and is lovely and sunny. The kitchen is well equipped with everthing you could reasonably need.

The garden is large and quite private at the back of the house, the pool is visible from the road but not too overlooked. There is a stream running along one side of the garden with steep banks which could be a concern for anyone with toddlers.

This was our second visit and we would recommend it

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to have you back a second time. The house does have a lovely light and spacious feel with the big windows overlooking the pool and rear garden and trees. I've tried to equip the house and kitchen with everthing that's needed.It's fitted out like a proper home not just a holiday house with the bare essentials. There's also going to be a new coffee machine for next year! Hope to see you again....
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Lovely House with beautiful pool and garden

  • 5 of 5

The house is situated in a very quiet town Rivel. The house is spacious with 4 great bedrooms. The kitchen is very well equipped so you can cook lovely in the house there is also a BBQ and a great butcher in Chalabre. The house is good situated so you can sit whole day long in the shade (if you want it). It is nice to site near the pool and drink a glass of wine. The heated pool is a pleasure for us and the children. With a temperature of 27 °C could you swim for long time. The river nearby the house was fun for the children, they build several waterfalls. The region is also worth to explore, we have made several walking trips. There is a beautiful but heavy hike tour in L'escale - Puivert "Sentier du Maquis de Picaussel". The restaurant Le Moulin de l'Evece is nice with good food and friendly owners. Whe have enjoyed our stay in Rivel. We will go back!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good time and enjoyed your stay. The heated pool is lovely with lots of shade if you want or sun if you don't. All the children who've stayed have enjoyed playing in the the little stream that runs round the garden and the hammock that hangs next to it. There are lots of different walks in the area from gentle strolls from the house to the long distance Sentier Cathar that runs not far from the house through the mountains nearby. Lots of lovely little places to eat too in the surrounding villages. Hope to see you again soon.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Restaurant : Rivel at 0.8 Kilometres Car: necessary

Other Activities: Ski station, Mont D'Olmes 45 minutes drive.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £400

During the winter months shorter stays may be possible, for example, long weekends for skiing. Prices negotiable. A refundable damages deposit of £400 must be paid at time of booking. Price shown includes cleaning at end of stay. Pool heating if requested will have an additional charge.The balance must be paid not less than 8 weeks before date booked.
Arrival day normally Saturday.
Out of season I can offer a special couples only price of £100 per night when only one bedroom is occupied. Minimum 7 days- flexible arrival day possible.

Payment in full is due not later than 8 weeks before departure.

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Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • 2 Ring Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower, Separate downstairs WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure, Separate 1st floor WC
  • Two separate toilets, one on ground floor with wash basin, and one on 1st floor.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot, 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Child Bed, Beds are 2 bunk beds+chair bed suitable for small child
  • Travel cot available. Normally in very large first floor bedroom but can be moved. Also fold out chair bed in downstairs bunk bedroom suitable for younger child up to about 4'6' tall(1.35m ) Comfortable Sofa bed in large upstairs bedroom, approximately 3/4 double size House will sleep 8 comfortably + 2 extra children and baby if required.


  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs


  • Self-catering

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  • Not suitable for very small children unless carefully supervised as small unfenced stream runs along garden. This can be seen on the photo of the hammock. Wood burning stove in lounge, electric heating in other rooms.TV in lounge suitable for DVD's- not connected for television. Heating for pool by arrangement, with extra charge. There is a wooden spiral staircase to 1st floor bedroom and shower room, and 3 steps from kitchen/diner down to lounge area. Teak patio furniture for 8 people. 4 loungers for sunbathing by pool and 2 large hanging parasols . Large separate gazebo if required and 4 fold-out picnic type chairs. Tennis courts 300m in village centre. Lac du Montbel with swimming/watersports/riding 15 minutes drive . Ski-ing at Mont D'Olmes 45 minutes .Other ski stations such as Ax Les Thermes, Guzet, Camurac just over an hour. Nearest restaurant 10 mins walk.Nearest small supermarket 5 minutes by car in Chalabre.

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