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Country House With Private Pool plus Cottage if required

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Country House in Mayreville, between Mirepoix and Castelnaudary, Aude - Architect Designed Rural Refuge For Summer Leisure And Winter Skiing

Once a hilltop hamlet, the surviving farmhouse has recently been rebuilt and sleeps 7 comfortably in 3 double bedrooms with two bathrooms.

A cottage across the courtyard has recently been renovated, providing two extra double bedrooms and walk-in shower. The open plan area downstairs is 45 square metres with kitchen/dining and living room. The cottage can only be rented with the main house at an extra cost of £750 per week, thus allowing sole use of the swimming pool. The main house can still be rented on its own.

Located in rolling countryside with panoramic views of the Pyrenees. The timber and stone construction has an open plan ground floor with a large kitchen/dining area in a tall timbered lean-to barn. The terraced, heated pool and dining terrace provide the perfect setting for R&R. Situated between the medieval town of Mirepoix and the Canal du Midi basin in Castelnaudary, the area offers cultural and leisure activities: cycling down the shaded Canal du Midi towpaths; following the Cathar trail, visiting the citadels of Peyrepertuse, Queribus and the chateau at Carcassonne; sailing and windsurfing at Lac de la Ganguise - and the Mediterranean is 75 minutes away; the vineyards of the Malepere, Minervois and Corbiere; walking and riding in the Montagne Noire.

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Anita Hamilton
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Anita Hamilton

Having spent frequent holidays in the Languedoc Roussillion over a period of 20 years, we finally bought our own "hameau" in 2003. With the help of a french architect friend and my English architect husband we have created a wonderful second home - a complete contrast to a hectic London life.

Anita Hamilton purchased this house in 2003

Why Anita Hamilton chose Mayreville

Once we made the decision to buy in the area, the main criteria were to find somewhere with views of the Pyrenees (and we have those in spades at Gentesta!) and a swimming pool. A tennis court would be ideal, but...We love the convenience of Gentesta and often stay just for a weekend. With the mountains close by, my husband is able to spend the day skiing, invariably stopping off at the local Sports Bar to watch a 6 nations rugby match, whilst I enjoy a long lunch with friends! We have found the people here extremely friendly and, over the years, have made a lot of french friends. Our neighbours in the farm behind Gentesta are delightful and we always enjoy the summer fetes and other celebrations in Mayreville. We are sure that you will too!

What makes this house unique

Panoramic views of the Pyrenees. No light or noise pollution. Black, starry night skies and complete silence. Or playing music as loud as you want - the neighbours will never complain...Genuine p and q. Close proximity to local vineyards - we buy nearly all our wine from local producers. This is the heart of french rugby with major clubs in Toulouse, Perpignan, Beziers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Being a ‘veteran’ of holidaying in France, I think I should be a bit of an expert. But what you have both created there is a gem, one that many of us aspire to. The countryside is both beautiful and unspoilt dotted with many historic towns and villages that make it a great region to explore. Add to this the (for France) highly affordable quality wines and food and you have a winning formula. I am as you know a winter sports fan, so the nearness of the Pyrenees is also a fantastic feature, but in the Summer as well as in winter. Looking forward to the next visit."

Simon Pearson

“We had a wonderfully peaceful and relaxing time at Gentesta. The house was incredibly spacious and very comfortable. The views to the Pyrenees were awesome. Highly recommended”.

Tim & Francesca Glennie.

"We had a wonderful time at Gentesta, you have chosen a wonderful spot and created a beautiful holiday home."

Chris Grieveson, Hong Kong
Jul 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Mayreville in Arrondissement of Carcassonne

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Cottage Shower Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Master Bedroom with ensuite bathroom and WC Large shared bathroom with shower and WC for Bedrooms 2 and 3 Ground floor - WC Cottage - Walk in shower and WC
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
    Cottage Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Cottage Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Main house - sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master Bedroom - (4.5 x 4m / 15 x 13 ft) with ensuite bathroom and WC (3 x 3m / 10 x 10ft). Kingsize bed. Bedroom 2 (4.5 x 4m / 15 x 13 ft) with kingsize bed and single bed. Bedroom 3 (3.5 x 3.5m / 12 x 12 ft) with double bed. Cottage Bedrooms 4 and 5 with kingsize beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Fans are supplied in all bedrooms for the summer. In winter there is oil fired central heating and a woodburning stove. Outside: The house is set in grounds of 1.5 acres with 2 outhouses, one is a pool house with table tennis table, the other stores garden equipment. The private salt water pool (10m x 5m - heated) is surrounded by a paved terrace. Sun loungers are provided. A sheltered terrace outside the kitchen, with southerly views of the Pyrenees, provides the perfect setting for outdoor eating. Many an evening is spent watching the sun go down behind the rolling countryside. A large barbecue is also provided. Utility Room: An adjunct within the kitchen space with washing machine and double sink. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels are provided and will be changed on a weekly basis. Pool towels are also provided. The house will have been cleaned before your arrival and must be left in a similar state on your departure. Other: Pool room for pool equipment and furniture. Table tennis table.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Great house and location

  • 5 of 5

Spacious house and grounds renovated to high standard. Fabulous views and sunsets. Lovely pool. Peaceful. Everything well organised. Short drive to either Salles sur l'Hers or Belpech for bread, butcher & mini mart. Butcher in Belpech is brilliant. Mirepoix is lovely, loads of restaurants. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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peaceful country house

  • 5 of 5

I was very impressed with the property.It is very spacious with a huge kitchen and even a log fire.We didn't use the swimming pool as it was March but managed a day's skiing,a trip to Carcassonne and a vineyard visit to stock up on the excellent local wine.

We were very comfortable and the setting was so peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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My trip to Castelnaudary

  • 5 of 5

I went to Castelnaudry earlier this year with friends and to have a day's skiing. I have been there a number of times before and love it. The house itself is presented quite beautifully and is on such a wonderful scale - the size of the rooms and the height of the ceilings - and so creates quite an impression. There is everything you could want in the house as well in terms of facilities with British TV for those of us who might want to simply lounge on the sofa for an evening or two.

The views and surrounding countryside are terrific and it is so very easy to find somewhere wonderful to eat locally - with Mirepoix and Carcassonne only a relatively short drive away. I can't recommend it highly enough as it is a great place to stay if you want both a summer holiday or some time spent in the mountains.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Toulouse and Carcassonne
Nearest Barpub
9 Kilometres
Salles sur l'Hers
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
60 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
9 Kilometres
Salles sur l'Hers
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Car: necessary


We are 75 minutes from the Mediterranean beaches at Narbonne Plage.

Sailing and windsurfing at Lac de la Ganguise, only half an hour's drive -


Toulouse Blagnac Airport - 1 hour

Carcassonne Salvaza Airport - 40 minutes

Driving from Calais will take 10-12 hours

A car is essential.


9km to the nearest shops in Salles sur l'Hers and Belpech

18km to Castelnaudary, the centre of Cassoulet and the Canal du Midi

20km from the Medieval town of Mirepoix

56 km from the historic town of Carcassone and the Cathar route

40 km from the vineyards of the Malepere, Minervois and Corbieres

Further Details:

At Salles sur L'Hers and Belpech you will find local supermarkets, butcher, baker, chemist, post office, bank and the tabac sells English newspapers. Details of local cafes and restaurants will be made available for you on arrival, along with further information of the area.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Mayreville, Aude

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
17 Jun 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
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 £250

For additional accommodation, the two bedroom cottage is available for clients renting the main house at a cost of £750 per week.

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit (non-refundable) is required on confirmation of booking, with full payment 8 weeks prior to arrival. A £250 deposit (fully refundable) is also required for any damages.

Changeover Day:
Changeovers usually take place on Saturdays. Entry after 4pm and vacate by 10.30am. We will try to be as flexible as possible to meet your requirements.

A copy of our Terms and Conditions will be emailed to you, by the owner, with your booking confirmation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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