An impressive chateau with views over the beautiful countryside and the Pyrénées

Sleeps: 14
Bedrooms: 9
Weekly price guide: £3074-£4730
Pool: Yes
Type: Chateau
Property Ref: CHA2946


General Description

Arriving at this property is a joyous event in itself. As you wind your way through verdant, patchwork hills at the foot of the majestic Pyrénées mountains, your spirits are instantly lifted. Then curious anticipation sets in as you approach the small farming hamlet where a quaint country road rolls over a hill and leads to the entrance, where you start your way down the long, private drive. Here, you have already left the world behind, but nothing quite prepares you for your first sight of the château.

Sitting on a hill, surrounded by 360 degree views over beautiful countryside and the Pyrénées beyond, it is clear that this is a special place and a private retreat you will not want to leave.

The estate is made up of a superb 19th-century château, originally built as a shooting lodge, an adjoining 16th-century farm, two separate cottages and a splendid 12th-century chapel. Amongst the impressive six hectares of grounds, sublime statues by David William Ellis stand in silence and contemplate the views. Lawn gardens, flower pots and impressive trees adorn the extensive grounds with a private lake, which is often dressed in water-lilies.

Indoors the journey continues. Family portraits and memorabilia invite you to be part of this real family home, rich with warmth and joyous memories, which only a truly loved home could have. The elegant rooms are spacious and bright with beautiful views of the outdoors. There is plenty of room for friends and family to spend quality time together as well as lots of space to spread out. The new 'disco room' is the ultimate in family fun, with a bar, billiard table, dance floor and balcony with views of the Pyrénées.

This is the land of Cathars, an area full of beautiful hiking paths, ancient castles and market towns. A trip to the ruins of the Château de Montsegur, one of the last Cathar strongholds, should not be missed. Pamiers is only 10 minutes away and offers all amenities, whilst Foix, with its ancient castle and Mirepoix are a little further.

The Ariège is the flower garden of Europe offering 3000 species of flowers, 160 of which are unique to the area - a paradise for flower- and bird-watchers. Furthermore, the château is only 55 minutes from Ax Les-Thermes, a charming ski resort with a hot spring and hiking in the summer.

This is the perfect blend of refined and elegant accommodation, breathtaking scenery, history and rich family memories and it has generously opened its doors to new guests and their own memories.

Accommodation Facilities

The whole estate comprises of the main chateau with its adjoining farmhouse sleeping 10 guests and 2 separate cottages sleeping a further 2 guests each, for a total maximum capacity of 14 guests.

Chateau+ Farmhouse (10 guests):

Chateau Interior:

Ground Floor:
- Main entrance hall
- Dining room
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Large drawing room with bar
- Shower room with washbasin and WC
- Guest WC
- Billiard room/utility room (dividing the chateau from the farmhouse)

First Floor (accessed through main staircase off hall):
- 2 large master bedrooms with king-size beds, dressing rooms with walk-in wardrobes, en-suite bathrooms with showers, washbasins and WCs
- 1 small bedroom with queen size bed
- Bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC

First Floor (accessed through second staircase):
- Small library area
- Evening/Disco/Games room with balcony with tables and chairs (can also be accessed from the backstairs of the farmhouse)

Farmhouse Interior:

Ground Floor:
- Small kitchen (with backstairs leading up to disco/games room)
- Small sitting room with log-fire

First Floor (accessed through backstairs off kitchen):
- Double bedroom with king size bed, dressing room with walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom
- Double bedroom with king size bed and adjoining balcony (doors opening onto disco/games room)
- Bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC
- Double bedroom with king size bed, dressing room with walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC

Second Floor:
- Twin bedroom with 2 single beds and en-suite shower room with washbasin and WC

Pool Cottage Interior (2 guests):

Ground Floor:
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Drawing room
- Guest WC
- Terrace

Open Mezzanine:
- King-size bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC

Cottage in the Woods Interior (2 guests):
- Double bedroom
- Shower room
- Terrace

Outside Grounds:
- 6 hectares of private grounds
- Lawned gardens with flowers and trees
- Private heated swimming pool (size: 14mx6m/shape: rectangular) with automatic security hard cover
- Poolside terrace
- Outdoor dining area
- Covered terrace
- Tennis court
- Private chapel
- Private small lake with boat (not suitable for swimming)
- Barbecue
- Zip wire
- Boules pitch
- Covered parking space

Additional Notes:
Baby and Toddler Equipment: 2 highchairs and 2 travel cots are provided.
Chef/Cook Available.
Daily maid Service available.
Fridge-stocking/shopping service.
Bike rental and delivery.
Arrival time: 4.00 p.m.
Heating costs included.
Linen and towels included, including pool towels.
No pool heating charge. The pool is open and heated approximately 1st May to end-October. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Pets not allowed.

Local Area / Activities

The property sits in the middle of the Cathars land, a stunning area full of beautiful hiking paths, ancient castles and market towns. A trip to the ruins of the Château de Montsegur, one of the last Cathar strongholds, should not be missed.

Pamiers is only 15 minutes away and offers all amenities, such as cafés, bars, a supermarket, bakeries and restaurants, not to mention its lively Saturday market.

Foix, with its medieval castle located on a rocky hill overlooking the Ariège and Arge rivers, is just 30 minutes away. Take a stroll in the old town, exploring its narrow streets, pretty squares with ancient abbeys, local restaurants and authentic shops. There is a also a superb market every Friday.

The bastide town of Mirepoix is also within easy reach: a vibrant gem, with one of the best markets in France on a Monday and hosting plenty of festivals and events throughout the year.

The Ariège department is considered the flower garden of Europe offering 3000 species of flowers, 160 of which are unique to the area - a paradise for flower- and bird-watchers.

Furthermore, the château is only 55 minutes from Ax Les-Thermes, a charming ski resort with a hot spring and hiking in the summer.

The fortified city of Carcassonne is located about one hour south from the chateau and is a must see. Its famous summer festival, brings together over 100 performances, including opera, dance, theatre and music, most of which you can watch free of charge.

A bit further afield, the town of Albi boasting formidable architectural features, is well worth a day trip out.

Finally, bear in mind that the Tour de France runs close by, Andorra is just one hour and a half away and the Spanish border is not too far either!

Local Amenities:
Nearest Airport: Toulouse-Blagnac/Carcassonne (90km-1h/115km-1h 10mins)
Nearest Town/City: Pamiers/Foix/Mirepoix/Toulouse (9km-10mins/27km-20mins/30km-30mins/80km-50mins)
Nearest Supermarket: Vahriles/Pamiers (8km-10mins/9km-10mins)
Nearest Piste: Ax Les-Thermes (70km-55mins)
Nearest Restaurant: Vahriles/Pamiers/Foix (8km-10mins/9km-10mins/27km-20mins)
Nearest Bar/Pub: Vahriles/Pamiers (8km-10mins/9km-10mins)
Nearest Train Station: Pamiers (9km-10mins)
Nearest Golf: Golf Club de Ariege (25km-30mins)
Nearest Beach: Lac de Mondeley /Gruissan (Côte Vermeille) (29km-30mins/180km-1h 40mins)

Kids Activities Close-by:
Watersports
Canoeing/Kayaking
Tennis Nearby
Cycling
Horse Riding
Go-Karting
Fishing
Tourist Towns & Villages
Historical Sites

Price Guide

These prices are a guideline only, please use the calendar at the top of the page to search availability and prices for specific weeks. Then you have the option to book the property online.

Low Season: £3074
High Season: £4730

Security deposit: €1000 paid to the owner by bank transfer one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure subject to inspection

Key Features

  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court on site
  • Washing machine
  • TV
  • English satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Internet access
  • Fire / Stove
  • BBQ
  • Cot available
  • Near sea beach
  • Tennis nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Watersports nearby

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