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Secluded rural estate, 6 bedrooms, heated pool, lovely grounds, dining possible



Updated: 06-Oct-2016
Converted Barn for 6 to 12 guests, comfortable and generous, glorious views

Our 55 acre estate is a haven of exceptional peace and tranquility 1000 feet up into the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees. We offer generous and comfortable accommodation, memorable dining, and a luxurious sense of space and calm.

The Barn has a huge living room, lovely stone dining room, big well-equipped kitchen, and 6 en suite bedrooms. You can eat, rest, and play in the sheltered courtyard, or the big terrace with open views over our wheat and sunflowers and the rolling countryside. You will have exclusive use of the heated pool and all the gardens, orchards, and grounds of the estate. Large areas are left undisturbed as a haven for wildflower, bird, and other wildlife. We can arrange a variety of services, including dining on site, and we will talk you through the huge range of things to do and see in this beautiful region.

Detailed description

At the end of the drive you arrive at our open courtyard, built in the local golden stone. The Barn fills two sides of the courtyard. Double doors lead to a huge living room of 170 sq m, with big sofas and rug in front of the open fireplace and a second sitting area at the library end, near the pool table. More double doors and picture windows open on to the large terrace, set up for summer dining, which has lovely views over our own fields and the rolling hills and valleys of the area. There is a separate stone dining room with a second open fireplace. The wonderful and well equipped kitchen has oak work tops, a range cooker with double ovens, two dishwashers, an American style fridge/freezer, and double sinks. Upstairs are 6 en suite bedrooms, simple but comfortable, most with king size beds. They look out either onto the courtyard or the fields, and rise up about 4 metres to the exposed beams of the Barn. We provide good quality linen for everyone. The whole place combines our own more modern style with the best of French tradition - old floor tiles, stone wall, and lots of exposed timbers.

Outside, you will have exclusive use of our 11 x 5 m solar heated pool, which is in its own walled garden, and all the gardens and grounds of the Domaine. We also offer dining on site and additional housekeeping, and we can offer extra services like massages for a fully pampered experience. More photos and reviews are on the owners web site, where you can also see a floor plan.

There are exceptional views of the Pyrenees from our land, as well as our local 12th Century village. You can walk all day straight from the door, through the gentle hills and oak woods, and will rarely meet another person. Sweet Mirepoix, 15 minutes away, is one the most beautiful and complete early medieval market towns in France and where we go for shopping and eating out.

There is a vast range of sites and activities within easy reach in every direction. South are the Pyrenees, the Cather Castles, the ancient cave paintings of the Ariege region, and lakes and wildlife parks. East is Carcassonne, perhaps the finest medieval citadel in Europe, and beyond that hot hills of the wine land of the Corbiere and Roussillon, and of course the Mediterranean. North are the Montagne Noir, the Canal du Midi, and famous abbeys and churches. West is Toulouse, an ancient and sophisticated city. And everywhere there are the glorious views, ancient old market towns and villages, open countryside, and peace.

More Details

Details for holiday barn The Old Barn (Sleeps 12), 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, 6 Bathrooms

The old barn has been converted from a large stone barn. Approached via the gravelled stone courtyard, the front door leads into a huge living room with sofas and rugs in front of the library and the open fireplace. Picture windows and double doors lead out to the spacious secluded terrace which gets sun all day long and looks out over our own fields to the valley and woods beyond. The large separate stone dining room glitters in evening candle light and has its own big open fireplace. The semiprofessional kitchen is well equipped and looks out over the courtyard. Upstairs are 6 double or twin bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms. All bedrooms are similar in size - 20m - and are simple but comfortable, with windows looking out to the courtyard or the valley below. All bedrooms have exposed beams and ceilings that slope up from the low windows to the eaves, about 4 metres high, making them cool and airy in the heat of summer. There are large and lovely grounds, and a heated pool.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Janie is a coach and facilitator for individuals and organisations across the world. John was a senior public servant and consultant with academic and international experience. We are interested in people, books, music, history, society, and the world around us.

Le Puget is our way of expressing our love of France and the countryside, good food and living, and our pleasure in offering hospitality.

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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


An inspiring place to stay

  • 5 of 5

I've been to Le Puget twice now with a group of friends, and intend to keep coming back! It's an inspiring place to stay - the sense of space is fantastic, with the wonderful large dining and lounging spaces (perfect for groups) and the glorious views over rolling countryside. Walking to the nearby village and driving around offers a taste of the real France, but on cooler days, it was hard to drag ourselves away from the roaring log fires and massive sofas. Janie and John are amazing hosts - friendly, warm, knowledgeable and interesting, but never intrusive. There is a sense of generosity about this place which is very special. The bedrooms are simple and it's great to have your own ensuite in such an historic building. Each time I've been, I feel re-energised!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous hospitality

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 fantastic nights at Le Puget in late March.

John and Janie were fabulous hosts and made this a memorable family break in a beautiful and peaceful location.

The time spent and skill displayed in the preparation of meals using the best quality local produce and matched with fine Languedoc wines exceeded all expectations. We also greatly appreciated the guidance provided in planning our day trips.

We greatly look forward to a return visit in the very near future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! What a lovely review to receive. We are very grateful. John
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From the Owner

This is an area of great tranquility and beauty, but easy to get to and with easy access to the sea, cities, and the rest of France. We love the warmth of the people and the warmth of the weather, the quiet roads and pretty market towns, and the spectacular sights of the Pyrenees mountains like the Cathar Castles, the caves and rivers, the Canal du Midi, elegant cities like Toulouse and Narbonne, the vast range of Languedoc wines, and Andorra. We also like to walk for miles from our door through the rolling fields and oak woods that surround us.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : carcassonne at 45 Kilometres Nearest Train : castelnaudary at 18 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : a6 at 15 Kilometres Nearest Beach : narbonne plage at 120 Kilometres Car: recommended

There is a huge range of things to see and do within an hour or less in every direction.

Magnificent Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi are two World Heritage sites, both close to us. To the south are the Pyrenees for walking and climbing, the Cathar Castles, lovely Abbeys and churches, and great caves and lakes. Closer still there are local beauty spots, lakes, and rivers for swimming, boating, kayaking, horse-riding, and fishing all within 30 minutes drive.

The cities of Toulouse, Beziers and Narbonne and all easily reachable, and the long beaches and coastal fishing towns of the Mediterranean start just over an hour's drive away. And of course there are beautiful medieval villages and towns all around, many with their own markets.


Toulouse airport is about an hour away, Carcassonne (Ryanair) about 30 minutes and Montpellier or Perpignan within two hours. There are major TGV stations at Toulouse and Bezier, both within an hour and a station at Castelnaudary about 20 minutes away. Car hire is recommended as there is no rural public transport other than taxis.


Shops and restaurants start at Fanjeaux, about 10 minutes drive, and at Mirepoix, 15 mins, which is one of the most lovely small market towns in France.

Further Details:

More information on our website.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
autumn 2016
2 Sep 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
winter 2017
6 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
high summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
autumn 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 16 Dec 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
Refundable Damage Deposit £446

Booking Notes:
Rental includes linen and towels (small fee for beach towels). Pool is open from May to September. 25% deposit on booking; balance due 6 weeks before start of holiday by bank transfer or cheque. Discuss other payment options with us directly.
We offer partial or full catering, and additional housekeeping, so you can be pampered to the full if you like. Costs on request.

Changeover Day:
Friday in July and August. Flexible in other months.

Notes on prices:
Prices include everything except heating and extra cleaning, which are at cost. Talk to us direct about special events, long winter lets, out of season accommodation for groups and additional en-suite garden bedrooms for larger parties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Le Puget used to be a well known and very popular country restaurant, known for many miles around for its charm. Its played an important part in many people's lives, as a venue for parties and celebrations over the years. We enjoy that history, and want our guests to feel the same sense of peace and relaxation - and pleasure - that many people have found here over the years.

Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


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


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


  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

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

Floor Area

  • 450 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 6 - Toilet, Bath with Shower


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, simple en suite bathroom
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, simple en suite bathroom
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed, simple en suite bathroom
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed, simple en suite bathroom
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed, simple en suite bathroom
  • Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed, simple en suite bathroom


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: When you arrive, your beds will be made for you (all linen is provided), we will usually meet you and show you round, and are happy to talk to you about the area and the lovely thing to see and do. Our prices are all inclusive except for heating, any additional housekeeping you ask for, and dining.

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