CONTEMPORARY BARN CONVERSION & SPECTACULAR VIEWS IN CATHAR COUNTRY NR MIREPOIX

Lisa Hope

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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CONTEMPORARY BARN CONVERSION & SPECTACULAR VIEWS IN CATHAR COUNTRY NR MIREPOIX

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Belloc House Rental Photos and Description

Loft-style Living Area with Modern Kitchen & Huge Balcony, sleeps 4/5.

Set in a tiny hamlet with stunning views in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the Ariege, SW France,The Barn at Bentefarine offers the ultimate escape-from-it-all rural retreat.

Oozing barn charm, the recently renovated property has comfortable accommodation for up to 5 people,although it is equally suitable as an idyllic romantic retreat for two.There are two bedrooms, one double, the other a twin which can have an extra child's bed or cot as necessary.We are 'baby-friendly' with loads of equipment to lend.

The accommodation is arranged with the bedrooms, large bathroom (with shower and bath) and separate wc on the ground floor. A wide beech staircase leads up to the beautiful light first floor where there is a well-equipped kitchen,farmhouse dining table and chairs, living area with sofa, log-burning stove and original A-frame beams. Go through oak French windows to the huge south-facing decked balcony where you can sunbathe and dine al fresco overlooking the wooded hills and mountains beyond.

Visitors to the barn are invited to share the owner's 8x5m pool which is securely fenced and not heated.

The Area: With views of Montsegur, Bentefarine lies in the heart of the Cathar Region. Other ruins such as Lagarde, Puivert and Roquefixade are all close by. The hamlet of Bentefarine consists of 7 dwellings, the majority of the inhabitants are resident year-round with only the Barn itself and one other house built as holiday homes. We all consider ourselves very priviledged to live in such a beautiful location.

The beauty of the hamlet is that it feels very out-of-the-way despite there being many amenities within close proximity; the nearest depot de pain and grocery shop is in Camon, one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' and just a five minute drive away. There is also a superb restaurant in the Abbaye Chateau de Camon. Supermarkets can be found near Aigues Vives, just 8 kms away and in Mirepoix, 12kms away .

Mirepoix: The ancient city of Mirepoix, a medieval bastide town the centre of which seems almost unchanged since the early 1400s, is home to a weekly market on Mondays where local produce can be bought direct from the producers. There are also supermarkets,gift shops, chemists, tabacs, bars and many restaurants.The city plays host to a ream of weekend festivals and events. Please visit the local Office deTourisme website for details.

The beautiful Lac Montbel just 7 minutes drive away has a sandy beach, restaurant, plenty of shade and a lifeguard in July and August and has always been our favourite place to cool off in summer. Near the village of Montbel, there is a second pebbly beach with stunning views of the mountains and a beach bar. Both places have pedalos for hire.The lake is home to an organic trout farm and the local sailing club.

Just a 20 minute drive away is another lovely lake at Puivert. It is very popular with families with small children and has a playground and cafe.

In the Spring months we can offer wildflower walks ; the area is home to many rare wild orchids.

In the Autumn we like to forage for mushrooms and are happy to offer guided walks followed by cooking lessons!

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Lisa Hope (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
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About Lisa Hope

We are a family of five who moved to France from SW London in 2005 in search of a calmer existence and somewhere beautiful to bring up our children..we found it here in the hamlet of Bentefarine.

Lisa Hope purchased this house in 2005

Why Lisa Hope chose Belloc

My husband is a keen fisherman and I love to ski and ride horses; we were looking for a rural location with proximity to both mountains and the Mediterranean.We had originally thought we would go to Northern Catalunya but when we came over the border and looked around at this little corner of France we knew it would be our home.

What makes this house unique

The views of the mountains, the peace and quiet, starry nights and long Summer days make this place very special.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Had almost 3 weeks at the Barn-a wonderful,relaxing and peaceful holiday.

Highlights include:

-evenings on the balcony, dinner and watching the sunsets.The ever changing shades and colours, the cows, sheep, hares and beautiful skies were just captivating.

-star-gazing after dark, simply amazing on a clear night.

-cycling for 30 miles and not having one car pass you through the beautiful French villages.

-fresh fruit, veg, cheese and honey at any of the markets.

If you are after a tranquil, serene and charming holiday then this is the place to come.
Aug 2013
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

Contemporary Barn Conversion & Spectacular Views in Cathar Country nr Mirepoix
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
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Lovely stay

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at Bentefarine for 18 nights in May 2013 and had a fantastic stay. We travelled with our 8 month-old son and really appreciated the baby facilities provided - it made life so much easier to not have to bring buggy, travel cot etc. The toys and books were a nice touch, as well. Our son also loved being able to watch the chickens, and was really excited by Jelly, the friendly dog.
The accommodation was exactly as described and a really easy place to spend time with a baby as it was open plan. The balcony was a real bonus for the occasional bits of sunshine that turned up. Cooking equipment etc was all provided and perfectly adequate. The washing machine was well used! We had only a couple of small maintenance issues while we were there, and Lisa and Sebastian were quick to sort these for us. Great to have a proper bathroom as well - often rental places seem only to have showers, so this was really appreciated. We didn't use the pool much, but it was in a lovely private spot and not overlooked by the family house so you didn't feel like you were imposing by using it.
Sadly the weather didn't really live up to our hopes for the South of France in May (!) but there was still plenty to do in the surrounding area. We went out nearly every day, and spent time walking in the hills as well as in nearby towns. We didn't eat out much but by the end of our stay were well-acquainted with the local supermarkets and boulangerie.
All-in-all we wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Barn at Bentefarine. Lisa and Sebastian were gracious and welcoming hosts, and provided all we needed for our first foreign holiday en famille.
  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Leran
Nearest Golf
55 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Train
36 Kilometres
Pamiers
Nearest Motorway
36 Kilometres
Pamiers/Foix
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Camon
Nearest Ski
36 Kilometres
Les Monts D'Olmes
Nearest Beach
135 Kilometres
Narbonne Plage
Car: necessary

In The Autumn we can organise mushroom foraging walks in the forests nearby.

We offer guided wild orchid walks in the Spring.

Montsegur , Roquefixade & Puivert are 3 ruined castles within 30 minutes of the barn. Carcassonne is just 50 minutes drive.

Cycling:The area is very popular amongst cyclists and the Tour de France passes through the Ariege almost every year.

Golf: Golf course at Carcassonne.

Ski: The nearest ski resort can be seen from the balcony. Les Monts D'Olmes is a typical small Pyrenean resort which is suitable for all levels of skier with affordable ski hire and ski passes. Only 45 minutes from the Barn, it's a great day out in the winter months and an ideal resort for learning to ski.

If you're looking for something more challenging there is Ax-Les-Thermes just 1hr 15 away or even Andorra

at about 1hr 45.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Belloc House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Autumn
Aug 31 2014 - Dec 20 2014
4 night minimum stay
€150
€725
 
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 21 2014 - Jan 10 2015
5 night minimum stay
€795
 
 
Winter-Early Spring
Jan 11 2015 - Apr 4 2015
5 night minimum stay
€650
 
 
Early Summer
Apr 5 2015 - Jun 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
€725
 
 
High Summer
Jun 27 2015 - Aug 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,095
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
€150
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee €40
Refundable damage deposit €200
Notes Shorter stays are considered with a rate of €150 per night subject to availability.

Non-refundable deposit of 25% required to secure booking.
Confirmation of booking sent via email once a booking form and deposit have been received.
The balance is payable no less than 8 weeks before arrival.
Cash deposit of €200 on arrival
Long and short lets considered in Low Season only.
A reservation is secured on receipt of a 25% deposit. The remainder is payable up to 8 weeks prior to arrival.

A refundable security deposit of €200 is required on arrival.
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Amenities

Amenities

Belloc House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • A lovely large bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle, heater and heated towel rail.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib
  • The two good-sized bedrooms can accommodate a family of up to five.There is room for an extra child's bed or a cot according to your needs. The twin room has a blackout blind. Both rooms are south facing.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
We have recently completed construction of a swimming pool which we invite guests to share with us,we have 3 children from 11y/o-4 y/o. It is securely fenced and not heated as we have not found it necessary; the pool has a grey liner which attracts and holds the heat most efficiently. We have plenty of baby equipment, if you need it; cot,stairgate,baby bouncer, steriliser, to name just a few.Please contact us if you have any specific requirements.
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