Cintegabelle Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Large guest house in an exceptional setting
Ever been tempted to get away from the stress and hustle and bustle of the city? Fancy a trip to the heart of the countryside, with time to look around you and enjoy the calm and simplicity of a different style of life?
Imagine a large country house and its attendant guest house set in seven acres of garden with a view across the Ariège Valley to the Pyrénées beyond. Welcome to Quintalone.
Qunitalone, a property in the Lauragais hills, 35 km south of Toulouse,is a haven of peace and quiet, just 5 minutes from Auterive village with its local produce market, cinema, riverside café and open-air dancing, and the usual range of services and shops.
Entirely independent of the country house itself, which is the residence of the owners, I and D, who are on hand to attend to all your needs with both discernment and discretion, the guest house contains 230m2 of carefully planned and renovated space, with accommodation for 8. Two parking spaces, one a garage, are reserved for your convenience.
It has 3 large bedrooms with en suite bathroom facilities. The 56m2 main bedroom, located upstairs, has a 160X200 double bed, a small reading room, and an en suite bathroom with bath, double washbasin and wc. Ceiling beams divide the living space naturally into waking and sleeping quarters, with light filtering through numerous windows to create an atmosphere of warmth and intimacy.
The other upstairs bedroom contains 4 single beds, ideal for children. Between the 2 bedrooms there is a self-contained bathroom with shower, double washbasin and wc.
A third bedroom is situated on the ground floor. It has a 160X200 double bed and en suite bathroom with bath, double wc and laundry space.
The wc is separate. This is a sunlit room overlooking the gardens and swimming pool.
The kitchen/dining room is spacious and convivial with a central workspace and table for 10. The corner fireplace will be especially appreciated in winter, and the kitchen also has access to a sheltered patio, sunlit terrace and the gardens. The gardens contain lots of things for children to do.
The adjoining living-room, with its comfortable chairs and cosy, colourful cushions, is equipped with a flat screen TV, DVD player, hifi system and wi-fi connection. On the walls are a selection of sketches from the owner's erstwhile art gallery in Toulouse, whereas other rooms contain paintings and sculptures that create an original decorative style. All exhibited pieces are on sale.
Having most probably spent a busy day discovering this remarkable region, you will finally be able to relax in and around the swimming pool with its magnificent view over the valley and distant mountains. The pool is protected from the garden by a door, fencing around the pool itself and an alarm indicating any immersion. While the adults are drinking their apéritifs, children will find plenty of attractions in the gardens: swings, open air games... This is Quintalone !
As Jules Renard once wrote: 'The countryside is fertile soil for all sorts of dreams'.
Kitchen/dining room : restaurant quality cooker, espresso coffee machine, microwave, dishwasher, baby high-chair, kitchen linen, basic foods…
Laundry : washing machine, dryer, iron & ironing table, basic maintenance products, emergency first-aid kit
Living room : coffee table art books, cds & dvds, iphone and internet connections
Bedrooms : quality linen, beds made up before arrival, baby-bed available on request
Bathrooms : towels, hair dryer
Garden : garden table and chairs, barbecue, deck chairs, parasols,
Outdoor games : table tennis, volley-ball net, boules (for children),
swimming buoys, badminton, swings,garden hut.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- pets considered
- smoking allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Isabelle Le Ray
Quintalone is an atypical place, loved by all, I want you to discover it.
About me, I always loved the Art in general and the painting in particular, a priori nothing to see with my wish to cater travellers, although... after all I managed to reconcile the two things.
Create a convivial place with a holiday spirit, with great art pieces.
Quintalone being a timeless place, it was impossible for me to create a place without soul.
I should to talk you about me, about my desires, about my tastes, but I am inexorably linked to this place, and I always come back.
I could say that ma second passion is to travel around the word, Asia, Europe, America... Every new encounter is a source of inspiration and I never get tired of this!
And of course my family who is my support, that gives me the force to be what I am.
In few words, I exist thanks to the others and I love to be feeded from the encounters, share travel experiences. This may explain my wish to cater you in this place that I love so much. Then take your bags and see you soon!!!
Isabelle Le Ray purchased this cottage in 1996
Why Isabelle Le Ray chose Cintegabelle
Above all, what really makes the attraction of the site, it is the dominant situation at the top of a crest, opened on a very clear view on the valley of the Ariège and the chain of Pyrenees. This exceptional situation confers it a quite particular charm, we feel close to clouds, to Milan which overfly our panorama.
What makes this cottage unique
Activities and visits :
- canoe/kayak; fishing; swimming
- paths for hiking ; cycling
- accessible tow-paths
- a tourist circuit of Cathar Castles
- prehistoric caves at Niam, Mas d'Azil
- Carcassonne, fortified medieval city
- Astronomy at the Quintalone site
1hr drive : cross-country skiing at plateau de Beille
1h30 drive : alpine skiing at Bonascre, les Monts d'Olmes…
For children : tree walks, horse riding, farm visits, a wolf compound…