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'The Old Forge' sleeps 10, 5 bedrooms, games room, balcony, courtyard, parking



Updated: 15-Oct-2016
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Washing machine

About the property

Large family house with courtyard & games room, Mountains,castles,rivers,

Spacious 18century family house that sleeps from 2 to 10 people easily, Located in Le Vivier a small wine growing village in foothills of Pyrenees. 5 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sitting/dining room with kitchen, 2nd sitting room off courtyard, small balcony, playroom, flowery courtyard, parking.

Le Vivier has tennis courts, mini golf, bowls and a church. The town of St Paul is only 15 minutes away and has an outdoor activity centre,swimming pool, shopping, supermarket & restaurants. This region lends itself to the possibility of every kind of outdoor activity: potholing, climbing, rafting, riding, walking, bird watching, in surrounding magnificent country side. Magnificent Cathar castles, Gorge de Galamus and many other tourist attractions close by; (Perpignan(1hr;); Airport with frequent cheap flights. Wonderful flea market Sundays, every kind of restaurant (see google) and lots of things to see. Beaches nearby. Collioure and Ceret (art gallery). The haunt of the impressionists and painters to this day and you will understand why when you visit.

All prices include bed linen & towels, made up for your arrival.

Discounts available for smaller groups or couples wishing to stay - just ask!

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About the Owner

mark vidal-hall
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
15 October, 2016

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Mark,

I should have dropped you a line earlier to say how much we

enjoyed our stay at The Old Forge--the house has so much character, and the surroundings are so beautiful. The Via Ferrata on the road to St Paul de Fenouillet is really good fun if you have a head for heights.
Aug 2010
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Mark,

I should have dropped you a line earlier to say how much we

enjoyed our stay at The Old Forge--the house has so much character, and the surroundings are so beautiful. The Via Ferrata on the road to St Paul de Fenouillet is really good fun if you have a head for heights.
Aug 2010
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3 Reviews

4.7/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


Peaceful getaway

  • 4 of 5

The Old Forge is a charming and quirky house which is furnished with real character. Our four children made good use of the ping pong table, and we enjoyed walking and cycling in the beautiful countryside. Walk to the restaurant in St Martin for a nice lunch.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Holiday Home

  • 5 of 5

Dear Mark & Paddy

What a wonderful holiday we had at your house, it was so peaceful, and the surroundings were just idealic..The house was so clean and well furnished and so well equiped everything that one needed (it made you feel that you were in your own home)..And what also ade our holiday was that the neigbours were so friendly to us, they agve us directions to the many place's of interest to visit.onc again thank you for the use of your wonderful holiday home.

Barry & Victor

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2010
  • Date of Stay: May 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Pyrenees Adventure

  • 5 of 5

The details were correct. The village is beautiful up a few z bends on a mountainside. The house is well equipped and comfortable. There are lovely walks around the village and the surrounding area is full of interest. I would recommend this property to people who like to explore new places

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2005
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Perpignan at 50 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Port Vendres (Afrique du nord) at 80 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Ille sur Tet (Golf de Marcevol) at 27 Kilometres Nearest Train : Perpignan .car hire or bus to st paul de fenouille at 55 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Rivesaltes at 50 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : St Paul de Fenouillet, Caudies de f at 9 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Mosset at 27 Kilometres Nearest Beach : St Cyprian, Argeles, at 60 Kilometres Car: necessary

Le Vivier is a small wine growing village dominated by the ruins of the castle and with many signs of its medieval origins. Not far from the village of Rennes le chateau famed for its connection to Dan Browns Da Vinci code it is surrounded by magnificent countryside with cathar castles and Romanesque buildings to visit and every kind of outdoor activity catered for nearby. The city of Perpignan is less than an hour away and the famous port of Collioure (where most of the impressionist painter came to paint) a little further down the coast.

St Paul de Fenouillet is 15Ks away with supermarket and all the shops you need although you should make one visit to Auchan the grand supermarket outside Perpignan.

This is a mountainous and wild and rugged countryside and you can just wander the many country paths and enjoy the smells of wild herbs and the magnificent birds and butterflies.

If you like peace and quiet and want to escape your cold climate, come in the spring or the autumn.

Other Activities: Whitewater rafting, canoeing, potholing, mountaineering, paragliding, horse riding, climbing, bird watching,

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid season
1 Apr 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High season
2 Jul 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Prices include all linen & towels, beds will be made up ready to welcome you.

Rental rates are negotiable for couples and groups of four or less wishing to stay in low and medium periods, depending on availability.

Changeover day is flexible

Extra Heating costs during the Winter months

Non smoking
A 50% deposit will secure your booking. The balance, plus a damage deposit of 200Euros is payable six weeks before the start of the rental period. The damage deposit can be made out in a 'cheque' that I will not cash and return to you on your departure.

Please contact me for any further information - Installant options also possible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Updated: 15-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • house


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


  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • town
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 160 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Both bathrooms have been modernised recently and have convector heaters and are tiled


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, french double 4ft
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, french double 4ft
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, french double 4ft
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed, 1 Child Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • This is an old house in parts dating from the16C. We have tried to keep the character of the original with mainly. French double beds (120 cms) and furniture and bits and pieces bought from local markets. However the two bathrooms are new with all modern fixtures. On the top floor the bathroom includes a shower while the first floor bathroom has bath and separate shower cubicle. (If you want to see more pictures, please, do not hesitate to contact the owner).


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome


  • If you are considering coming with children or the elderly or infirm, please talk to me about the actual situation. It very much depends on actual age and infirmity. The balcony is small but with lovely views over the village to the castle and the countryside beyond, and is ideal for an evening drink soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the roses and passion flowers covering the courtyard walls. For larger gatherings you can sit out on the terrace in the sheltered courtyard. There is a second sitting room opening onto the courtyard (The old forge room) and an attic play room for the younger people, with dartboard and table tennis table (bring your on ping pong balls and darts). We try to keep a stock but they always disappear as the season progresses. There are a number of electric fan heaters and both bathrooms have very efficient convector heaters. Not a place to stay in midwinter but lovely in the autumn and spring.

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