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

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Sue Lawrence
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 June, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Rivel in Aude

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • 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
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • 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
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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(28 traveller reviews)


A lovely villa in a quiet village

  • 5 of 5

Really great place for a change of pace and a relaxing holiday. Good facilities and plenty of room for all the family.

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased you had a relaxing holiday and liked the house. It is peaceful sitting on the patio looking at the garden and pool, with the birds singing and the sound of cowbells in the distance. Possibly a glass of wine helps too! At this time of year the pool heating is great because without it, even with the warm weather you've had , the water would not have had time to warm up. The heating keeps it at 28 degrees C which is perfect, particularly if children want to stay a long time in the water. Hope to see you again.
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Rosny sous Bois

Un séjour très agréable

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé une semaine pour la fin de l'année 2016 dans la maison de Rivel. Une maison spacieuse très agréable à vivre même à plusieurs. La maison est très bien équipée. Nous avons grandement apprécié le poêle à bois qui nous a bien chauffé la maison. La vue sur la nature est incroyable en particulier depuis la véranda où se trouve le salon et le poêle. Sue est une hôte très agréable qui fait tout son possible pour que votre séjour se passe bien.

Nous reviendrons sans hésiter.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup pour vos aimables paroles. Je suis tres heureuse que vous avez passe un bon sejour. J'espere vous voir pour Noel cette annee.
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More than lovely!

  • 4 of 5

Perfect house, fully equipped and very happy to have stayed there! Sorry we had to go home...

Especially the pool and spacious porch were fantastic. Superb spot in the neighborhood with lots of things to do, see and experience. (all information in the house of course...). Beautifull landscape in the area and the communication with the owners of the house was kind and good. Will definately recommend and we will come back again!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and hope to see you again. Yes, the large porch overhanging the terrace is lovely when you're eating and shade is needed when it's it's very hot. The large table for eight people fits very nicely underneath, with plenty of room for everyone and a nice view of the pool and garden.
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A lovely villa in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We were a large group - 7 adults and 2 babies - and the villa was much appreciated by all. Very roomy, excellent facilities, clean, tidy and well maintained. Despite the autumnal weather, we made good use of the heated pool (large, clean and warm!) and Rivel is a lovely spot from which to explore the region. We were provided with lots of information on the operation of the villa's heating systems, the kitchen / laundry equipment etc and lots of useful info on local facilities and places to visit. We had a wonderful time!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for the lovely review. Even in autumn it's possible to enjoy the pool because it can be heated. Glad you mastered the woodburner which resembles a dalek and keeps the house really snug and warm. Lots to do in the region whatever the time of year. Hope to see you again.
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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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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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