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La Bomba Is A Stunning Farmhouse With Private Pool Set In Glorious Countryside

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Property

Updated: 24-Sep-2016
Farmhouse in Saint Paulet, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Private Pool, Tranquil Rural Location, 15 Mins To Lakeside Beach, Sailing And Windsurfing

La Bomba is an exquisite farmhouse that has been lovingly restored and furnished to a very high standard. The house is enormous! Situated at the foot of the picturesque village of Saint Paulet in the region of Aude, La Bomba offers very spacious accommodation for 12/13 people, a private pool that can be heated, and wonderful views towards the Pyrenees. It boasts maxi-sized bedrooms, 4 generous bathrooms, a fab modern kitchen, a second kitchen (with second fridge and second dishwasher!), an enormous beamed double height Grand Salon sitting room with a traditional Lauragais fireplace, dining room, a cosy 'den' with satellite TV and DVD, and a library. The property has a delightful garden, nestling beneath the Chateau of St. Paulet, bordered by Italian Cypress and bounteous cherry and fig trees. There are also 2 outside dining terraces covered by ironwork pergola and climbing roses with seating for 12/14. Located an easy 50 min drive from both Carcassonne and Toulouse airports. BBQ, table tennis, and badminton.You can read and see much more of the house at www.labombafrance.com

  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Francophile and former TV executive-turned-chef, I first bought the house as a wreck back in 2001. After 4 fraught but rewarding years, La Bomba was finally habitable and fit for guests in the summer of 2005.

The following year my wife and I got married in the village church and we held the reception in the house and grounds. Without a doubt the happiest day of my life and you can see some photos on the website - details below.

After 15 years in London we now live in the bustling port city of Las Palms in the Canary Islands where we run a catering business.

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Speaks English, French, Spanish

7 Reviews

5
based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

5

Absolutely Delightful

  • 5 of 5

What can I say? We had a brilliant time at La Bomba. It was the best experience we’ve had in 10 years of booking villas across Europe. From first enquiry to our last day, Sam was on hand to help out and advise on everything. It’s a big house suitable for two or three families. We were 2 families with 8 children and they weren’t bored for a minute. The swimming pool is bigger than normal for villas like this, there is a table tennis table, a boules set and even a basketball hoop. The kitchen is excellent for preparing big meals in. There’s a side kitchen off the main kitchen with an extra dishwasher (complete lifesaver) and second fridge. Bedrooms were clean and tidy and a good size too. Possibly our favourite thing was the walking near the house. We found a path that runs along a stream all the way to a lake and a great restaurant where we ate 4 times! I would definitely recommend this property if you’re looking a for a villa suitable for big families.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We are so pleased you had a good time and would love to welcome you to La Bomba another year.
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5

La Bomba review.

  • 5 of 5

La Bomba is a beautiful property set in a very peaceful part of the French countryside. Our party was 7 adults and a Scottie dog ! and we all had a great time. Plenty of long walks to enjoy and the property has plenty of space to relax around the pool and outside areas.

Sam, the owner was really helpfull with lots of tips on places to visit and would defiantly recommend to friends.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The walking is really exceptional! Every day I am there I go for a stroll down the Rigole. Thank you for your kind words and we'd love to welcome you to La Bomba another year.
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5

Wonderful, relaxing stay in beautiful La Bomba

  • 5 of 5

We spent three terrific weeks at La Bomba this summer. There was plenty of room for us and our friends, with the extensive inside space a particular advantage in allowing everyone to have some peace. The pool and pool area was terrific, bigger than the average pool, and the gardens large enough for games. The patio area was lovely and had sunshine for almost the whole day. There is lots to do nearby and some beautiful towns especially St-Felix-Lauragais and Revel. We rented bikes which we loved cycling up and down the path by the stream next to the house to the nearby lake for ice cream. We have rented many places in France over the years and this was among the very best. Sam was also super helpful and easy to contact with anything we needed. We were very sad to leave....

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so delighted you had a great time. La Bomba would love to welcome you another year!
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5

Stunning property in glorious surroundings!

  • 5 of 5

What can I say?! We had high expectations from the images on the website yet the property managed to surpass all of our wishes and desires! It easily catered for all three generations of our family from aged 25 - 80 and is clearly well cared for and maintained by the owners.

With good access to surrounding villages and towns, and with superb customer service from initial queries onwards we cannot recommend La Bomba highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Absolutely delighted you had a great holiday and enjoyed the house. We've just had our family summer holiday there and were so sad to leave! You'd be welcome back anytime.
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5

A lovely house in a lovely part of France

  • 5 of 5

We were an extended family with 3 little ones and the two wings of this spacious house worked very well for us. The pool which is lovely, great size, is very close to the house but at a different level so little ones could play safely outside on the terrace without the attraction of the water under their noses. We loved the rigole walk - shady for most of the day and ideal for getting little ones to sleep apart from the chance to see fish, butterflies, otters and hoopoe birds. Lots to see in the area from St Felix Lauragais to Castres, Revel and Albi only an hour and a quarter's drive away.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review! Wonderful to hear about the hoopoe birds. I will watch out for them when I am there myself in a couple of weeks. The otters are old friends and the red squirrels too.
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5

Even better than it looks

  • 5 of 5

The villa and the garden is beautiful. We ate breakfast outside each morning with lovely jasmine and roses climbing up the pergola. The pool is a huge bonus and we managed to keep two teenagers and two young children entertained for the whole week. La Bomba is very well appointed so that all the necessary utensils are available in the kitchen. The house works well as the flagstone floor means that you don't mind if kids walk in from outside. There are all the usual things you would need for storage, kid's toys, washing machine, iron, tin-opener. After a very stressful year and a tiring journey from the North East of Scotland we needed a great place. We found it. This is the perfect house to relax in. We also appreciated that the owners had good notes on how to use the heating, the pool etc and that we were able to contact them anytime. We did contact them to say a "Huge Thank You". I did not want to leave!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Annice for your lovely review. Yes, it really is the perfect place for a stress-free holiday. I just wish I could spend more time there myself! Glad you had a lovely time. Regards, Sam and Emma.
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Location

From the Owner

I fell in love with the area when visiting my sister who was living there for a few months on an exchange back in 2001. The area is known locally as the Lauragais and it is a truly undiscovered gem of a region. Fantastically fertile, in the summer it is a riot of colour with wonderful vistas of sunflowers, wheat, and poppies in every direction. Though there's masses of good wine produced locally (Minervois, Corbieres, Fitou) the soil of the Lauragais is far too good for grapes! If there's one thing lacking it is immediate proximity to the sea but there's a fantastic pool at the property and there's even a beach just 15 minutes away at Lac Saint Ferreol. Once you've come once you will want to come again and again. It is one of the most delightful spots on earth.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Toulouse or Carcassonne at 60 Kilometres Nearest Train : Castelnaudary at 15 Kilometres Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

15 mins to lakeside beach, sailing and windsurfing.

Travel:

50 mins drive from both Toulouse and Carcassonne airports.

Further Details:

La Bomba is situated at the foot of the village of Saint Paulet in the heart of the Lauragais region. It is a ten minute drive from three towns - Revel which has a fantastic market every Saturday, certainly one of the best in France. Castelnaudary which is the main town of the Canal Du Midi and is internationally famous as the home of 'cassoulet' and Villefranche-Lauragais which has great restaurants, a cinema, and excellent transport links.

A little further afield are the cities of Carcassonne and Toulouse. Both are about a 45 minute drive. Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting an incredibly well preserved medieval castle. Toulouse is one of the most fashionable of French cities with superb dining, excellent shopping and fun nightlife. Both have international airports with regular flights from London and the rest of Europe.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Autumn 2016
3 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,450
for 7 nights
£1,450
 
 
Winter 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£995
for 7 nights
£995
 
 
Spring 2017
2 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,450
for 7 nights
£1,450
 
 
Early Summer 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,995
for 7 nights
£1,995
 
 
Peak Summer 2017
8 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,995
for 7 nights
£2,995
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£2,995
for 7 nights
£2,995
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Deposit is £500 per week booked and secures the booking. The outstanding balance is due 8 weeks before the commencement of the holiday.

Changeover Day:
Saturdays during Summer season, flexible in Spring and Autumn.

At the time of booking we require a £500 "per week booked" deposit and then the final balance is due 8 weeks before the beginning of the holiday. At that stage we also request a fully refundable £500 inventory deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

Property Type

  • farmhouse

General

  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - en-suite bedroom 1. Bathroom 2 - en-suite bedroom 2. Both are also accessible (or not if you so choose by locking them) from the kids bedroom, bedroom 3, with the 2 single beds. Bathroom 3 - shower room. Bathroom 4 - en-suite to bed 6.

Bedrooms

  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12/13 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - double bed. Bedroom 2 - double bed. Bedroom 3 - 2 singles. Bedroom 4 - double bed and private sink. Bedroom 5 - double bed and private sink. Bedroom 6 - double bed. There are 2 cots as well.

Outside

  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

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

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: This is a really substantial house offering very spacious accommodation. It's ideal for two families or a large group of friends and yet everyone can still find their own 'special' place. The beamed grand salon is the focus point where everyone can relax and eat as a group. There's also alfresco dining for 12 on the terrace and a further dining room where 8 can eat comfortably. Every bedroom is generously sized and no guest would ever feel they have got the duff room! The house sleeps 12 adults and there are two cots. Outside: The pool is 12m x 6m and has Roman tonic steps. There is a traditional Lauragais barbecue and the crunchy drive is perfect for a game of petanque. The garden is large and has been home to many a fiercely-fought badminton tournament. The new outside dining terrace with seating for 12 is an outstanding feature. It is shaded by an ironwork pergola, now home to climbing roses and fragrant jasmine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included in the price - but do bring your own beach towels. The house is cleaned before your arrival and linen is changed at 'half-time' for those staying for a fortnight.

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