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Quality Barn Conversion With Pool, Near Mirepoix In Ariege



Updated: 18-Sep-2016
Farmhouse near Mirepoix, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees - A Beautiful Rural Position With Fantastic Views Across Miles Of Countryside To The Pyrenees

The property is a recent barn conversion with original wood beams set in peaceful countryside within 5 minutes walk of the village of Manses. We have superb views across open countryside to the Pyrenees. The property is set in 95 acres of fields and woodland belonging to the owners. This ensures tranquillity as well as privacy. Guests are welcome to use our 12 metre by 6 metre pool. A large deck to the south allows outdoor dining with views to the Pyrenees. For those who enjoy walking, the ancient pilgrims route, Chemin du St Jacques de Compostelle, passes by the rear of Le Cazal. Days can be passed by the pool or enjoying nearby activities of walking, hiking, cycling, skydiving, parachuting, rafting, canoeing, horse riding, golf and skiing to name but a few. Market day in the medieval town of Mirepoix (5 miles) should not be missed. Within easy reach of Carcassonne (50 mins), Toulouse (80 mins), Mediterranean beaches (Narbonne 90 mins) and ski slopes (Ax les Thermes 40 mins).

  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

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We have had the most wonderful holiday here at Le Cazal. The property is first class, with all needs catered for. the rooms are spacious and airy; the views from the terrace are simply breathtaking an the pool is quite splendid.

We have stayed in the area before and enjoyed revisiting some favourite places as well as discovering new favourites. A trip to Castelnaudary gives you the opportunity for a glorious walk along the Canal du Midi, followed by a delicious Cassoulet in its' allegedly home town. We love Alet les Bains, south of Limoux, which is also a lovely town. The drive from Lavelanet, through Belesta and then on to Montsegur is incredible - if a little hairy if you don't like heights - and something that you'll never forget!

This has been an amazing 2 weeks and a huge 'thank-you' to Lorna, David, Rosie and Treacle for making us feel so welcome.

Adrienne and John
May 2015
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based on 14 holidaymaker reviews


Superb and deeply relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Le Cazal is a great spot to get away from things. The gîte was well appointed, very clean, generously proportioned and we wanted for nothing. The views are superb and the pool was a real treat. The walking directly from the property is fantastic. Owners David and Lorna made us feel very at home. We would definitely book to stay here again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic airy accomdation which happily fitted two families

  • 5 of 5

We had a brilliant time and loved the endless views of the Pyrenees, the gorgeous pool and the easy access to wonderful French towns and villages. We were wowed by the fields of sunflowers all around too!

The house is very well laid out and the owners have thought of lots of handy details to make it a breeze to live there for a week or two. Good washing machine and dish washer with bags for bins etc provided.

We enjoyed the local market at Mirepoix, visited Carcassonne and Foix. All lovely but the pool and view were definitely our favourite things!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peace, quiet, stunning views, base to explore from

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Le Cazal for a little under two weeks. Our hosts, David and Lorna were fantastic in many ways from making us feel welcome to advice on places to visit in the region. Our only disturbance during our stay was whilst sitting on the decking in the evening by the Cuckoo’s in the surrounding woods or the frogs in the old irrigation pond in the next field!

The property was lovely, a converted barn with stunning views across to the Pyrenees. It was well furnished and clean with all of the essentials required for a self-catering property. The fresh water pool was beautiful although we didn’t get to use it half as much as we would of liked due to an unfortunate run of weather! We stayed with our 10-month old daughter who is very mobile and into everything, this wasn’t an issue though as the Gîte is fairly baby friendly.

The Gîte is a 5 minute walk from the pretty little village of Manses or a 10 minute drive from Mirepoix. Mirepoix is the closest town for the supermarket and petrol station and has a beautiful cathedral and historic town square that must be visited. Also very close by and well worth a visit is the church at Vals which is built into a rocky outcrop on the side a hill. From the Gîte itself we enjoyed a couple of strolls up to the meadow on the ridge above the farm and enjoyed the magnificent views across to the Pyrenees. There is a short (3 mile ish) circular that takes you back through the village of Manses to the Gîte.

We used Le Cazal as a base to explore the beautiful Ariège region and from here we visited Ax-les-Thermes, Vallée d’Orlu, Montbel, Foix, Roquefort-les-Cascades, Castelnaudary, Carcassonne, Gorges de Galamus, the magnificent Cathar castles of Quéribus, Peyrepertuse and Montségur, La Fontaine de Fontestorbes, Saint-Cyprien and finally Camon!

You get the gist. If you want a large, well equipped Gîte in a peaceful location with stunning views and positioned nicely to explore the region, then look no further!

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you had a great holiday here.
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A little piece of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

The description of Le Cazal regarding the location, layout and facilities is absolutely spot on. When you open the French doors and walk out on to the terrace for the first time, the views towards the Pyranees are simply breathtaking!

The property is spacious, spotless and very well equipped with everything that you need to have a relaxing holiday. The location is terrific, being within an hour and a half's drive from Carcassonne Airport and minutes away from the picturesque town of Mirepoix. It provided us with an excellent base to drive a little further afield to Foix and Montsegur. There are so many places to visit nearby - if you can tear yourself away from the fabulous pool!

Lorna and David are excellent hosts, with just the right amount of friendly interaction with their guests without being intrusive. We would thoroughly recommend Le Cazals although we would really like to keep it a secret because it is so special!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your lovely review. We are so pleased to know that you really enjoyed your holiday.
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Perfect for relaxation and/or activities

  • 5 of 5

Le Cazal is a perfect mixture. It's attractive, in a quiet setting, well maintained, well equipped (including superb pool), extremely spacious and with stunning views to the Pyrenees. The location is 5 mins or so to the very attractive town of Mirepoix (for varied eating, drinking, shopping) yet within easy reach of lots of other places and activities. The owners are helpful and knowledgeable. It's the sort of place where, as you leave, you say to yourself "I really want to return". Oh yes, Treacle and Rosie, the 2 dogs, are friendly and well behaved.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your lovely review. Your week here flew by. It was a pleasure to meet you - such interesting people! I am now looking for an excuse to pass by Lady Grey Tearoom when I am next in the UK.
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Back for more!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed last year at Le Cazal and loved it so much, we returned again this year.

Everything was exactly as we remembered it and the moment we stepped outside to the wonderful view across to the Pyrenees, we knew we had mad the right decision to return. The gite is fully equipped with everything we needed and this year we got to swim in the pool as the weather was glorious.

Lorna is such a wonderful host and makes us feel so welcome. We have already spoken about making it a hat trick and hope to return again next year. I think that shows just how much we love it!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you enjoyed your stay again this year. Thank you for sending those great photos. I'm going to put all of them onto our facebook page.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carcassonne at 35 Miles Nearest Barpub : Mirepoix at 5 Miles Nearest Golf : La Bastide de Serou at 26 Miles Nearest Train : Pamiers at 10 Miles Nearest Motorway : Pamiers at 10 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Mirepoix at 5 Miles Nearest Ski : Mont D'Olmes at 30 Miles Nearest Beach : Lac Montbel at 20 Miles Car: recommended


The Mediterranean beaches are within reach for a day out. Narbonne is approximately 90 minutes by car and offers beautiful sandy beaches with a calm sea. There are also opportunities for beach and sea fishing.

Some nearby lakes offer beaches, swimming and watersports. The nearest to us is the lovely Lac Montbel(20 miles), Puivert(25 miles), Lac de la Cavayere at Carcassonne(40 miles) and the Lac de Mondely(30 miles)


The nearest airports are Carcassonne, 35 miles - 50 minutes, and Toulouse Blagnac, 60 miles - 70 minutes. Car hire is recommended although bicycle hire can be arranged once at Le Cazal.


The village of Manses is a 5 minute stroll. Mirepoix, an ancient bastide town with its famous 'couverts' and market is 5 miles distant. Carcassonne offers a variety of shops and markets and of course the famous castle or cité is a 50 minute car ride. Montsegur, famed Cathar town and castle is 50 minutes to the south. The climb up to the castle is well worth the effort as the views on a clear day are spectacular.

The principality of Andorra is a beautiful 80 mile car journey through the Pyrenees

Further Details:

You may never have stumbled upon Ariège-Pyrénées; most people haven't. It's a hidden gem: the ‘other’ south of France: a rural and sparsely populated area of outstanding natural beauty, laid back charm and good living. Explore green foothills and majestic Pyrenean peaks; potter round local markets and medieval towns; walk on peaceful paths and drive on quiet roads; marvel at the sheer variety of flora and fauna and stand and stare at breathtaking views. The Ariège is just about as far south as you can go and still be in France - we’re farther south than Nice - and is bordered by Spain and Andorra. There are just six main towns, the largest of which has a population of just over 15,000, many small villages and hamlets, and some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country. The Pyrenees are rarely out of sight and form a stunning backdrop all over the department, with the highest peaks rising to around 3000 metres. Medieval cités, Cathar castles, lovely Romanesque churches and authentic bastide towns and villages are all on your doorstep. There are lots of prehistoric sites, including some of the most extensive caves in Europe. You can climb or ski in the high mountains, go canoeing, gliding or paragliding, spend a couple of hours in a thermal spa or dance the night away at one of our many festivals. And it’s all totally unspoilt, totally uncommercial. Okay, we’re biased … but this really is a magical area!

Ariège is perfect for walking with well marked paths at all levels including the St Jacques de Compostelle pilgrim path,la voie piemont GR78, which passes just behind Le Cazal. Within an easy walk through beautiful countryside with panoramic views, is the Merovingian Necropolis (5-8 century), at Teilhet. A Voie Verte (green road) has been created from an old railway track and now links Mirepoix with Lavelanet and offers easy walking or cycling with lovely views.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
17 Sep 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Jan 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer
24 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £400
Pet Fee £10

Booking Notes:
Prices are per week in pounds. A non refundable deposit of 25% is payable upon booking. The balance should be paid 60 days prior to the holiday. A damage deposit of £400 is also required 60 days prior to the holiday. The damage deposit will be refunded (provided there is no damage) within 1 day of departure.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the preferred change over day. Arrival should be from 4pm and departure by 10am.

Notes on prices:
In the summer and Christmas periods, prices are for up to 7 people in 3 bedrooms. Outside of these periods, the price is for one person or a couple sharing one bedroom. Each additional person/room £50 per week. We now accept online payments as well as direct bank transfers. Due to fees charged to us, we will ask for an additional 3% of the rental cost for those guests who wish to use the online payments facility. There is no additional fee for those guests who make a transfer directly to our bank.
There is an efficient wood stove to heat the property in the cooler months. Wood can be supplied at a cost of 65 euros per stere. Please enquire about longer lets outside of the main summer period.

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Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, and washbasin
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, and washbasin
  • There are 2 newly fitted bathrooms complete with shower, wc and basin. Bathroom 1 can be accessed from bedrooms 1 and/or 2 with the second bathroom accessible to all from the hall. There is also a downstairs cloakroom.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, Uk kingsize bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, Uk kingsize bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed, 2 single beds plus one single trundle
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: All bedrooms have ceiling fans to aid a comfortable nights sleep in the summer months. Bedroom 1 - king sized bed Bedroom 2 - king sized bed Bedroom 3 - 2 single and 1 trundle bed


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The property has thick stone walls keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. A cot and high chair are available upon request. We ask guests not to smoke inside the property. Find us on Facebook - GiteLeCazal Outside: The property has French patio doors to the south which open onto a large deck with a grassy field beyond and views across open countryside to the beautiful mountains of the Pyrenees. Guests are welcome to share the owners pool 12metres x 6metres. There are plenty of loungers for those who would like to top up their tan or have a snooze in the sun. The pool is open for as long as weather allows, (normally May to September), and is heated. The pool has a UV sterilisation system so is just like swimming in fresh water. No chlorine or salt. There is outdoor table tennis. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is included. Bathroom and poolside towels are also included. Other: Large private deck with beautiful long wooden table and chairs for eating al fresco. Large parasol. Barbecue. Views from the deck across rolling countryside to the fantastic Pyrenees. Perfect for an evenings relaxation after a day exploring or in the pool

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