BEAUTIFUL RESTORED HOUSE WITH GARDEN AND JACUZZI

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BEAUTIFUL RESTORED HOUSE WITH GARDEN AND JACUZZI

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Beautifully decorated 3 bedroom French house let with garden and outdoor jacuzzi

A beautiful, charming 19th century stone house with traditional, original features renovated and equipped to a very high specification. La Maison Secrete (The Secret House) is situated in the historic and beautiful Ariege region of southern France on the edge of the charming village of Belesta, at the foothills of the spectacular Pyrenees and the beautiful Belesta Forest. This property offers outstanding views of the hills and mountains beyond and has a garden that backs onto the lush Belesta Forest. The house has its own website with additional photographs and further details- please email owner for website details.

Features: Fully furnished to a high specification, large, comfortable lounge, large fully equipped kitchen, spacious, separate dining room, utility room with washer/dryer, drying room for ski wear, traditional features: exposed beams, wooden shutters, wooden floors, large fireplace with log burner delightful, furnished south facing garden, furnished balcony with beautiful views of farming hillside, forest and mountains, small roof conversion, state of the art home cinema projector and music system, digital satellite with BBC TV and radio channels basement with large log storage, exterior luxury heated 6 seater jacuzzi.

Belesta is situated in Ariege (Languedoc-Roussillion/Midi Pyrenees region), South of France in the foothills of the Pyrennees. 1 ½ hrs from the Mediterranean coast and the beautiful sandy beach of Canet Plage; 30 miles from Andorra (fantastic skiing resorts) and the Spanish border.

Belesta is a traditional French village with traditional amenities: town square, mairie, market hall, church, excellent boulangerie, pattiserie, charcuterie, tabac, great local wine shop, two bars and two very good French restaurants, post office, cash machine. The village is set around the Sur L’Hers (river) where you can fish for trout. Nearby (5min walk) is the Fountain Fontestorbes- an intermittent fountain spring, one of only six in the world. The Fete de Citrouille (Pumpkin) in the Autumn is a rare event with colourful exhibitions and local gourmand and craft market.

The scenery around Belesta is spectacular: mountains, gorges, rivers, chateaus, ski resorts (Mont d’Olmes-9 miles away. 5 Euro bus journey from town square), prehistoric caves, fabulous vineyards, lakes, fantastic restaurants and markets. There is an abundance of activities. It is a walkers paradise with many trails straight out of the front door.

Ensure you hire a car to explore this facinating area of France.

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Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
The area is extremely quiet and beautiful with just enough in the way of amenities: for walking and cycling it is near perfect with something for all abilities. The House is comfortable and pleasant with friendly neighbours.



The Chateaux at Chalbre and Puivert are both worth visiting. Both have stunning locations - Chalabre is great for all ages with plenty to do: the jousting is worth seeing so check in advance what time it is on. Puivert is not for children and requires an interest in the history of the region to get the best from it. There are really no facilities beyond a small souvenir shop.



St Lizier is a longish trip but well worth it - go via the main road to St Girons but return via the Grotte de Mas D'Azil for a spectacular sight. Foix is pleasant and the castle is worth the climb
Jul 2012
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5
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Beautiful restored house with garden and jacuzzi
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
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Beautiful restored house with garden and jacuzzi
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p725292
+44 7779 111102
Bellesta Ariege
England
5

WOW

  • 5 of 5
Marc,
Wow! what a lovely place.
We would have e-mailed earlier but have been so busy since we got back. Thanks so much for the rental it was a great place and Belesta and all the surrounding area was stunning.
We will be recommending it to all our friends and perhaps we will even stay again sometime.

Thanks again

Phil & Janice Oliver
  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
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Beautiful restored house with garden and jacuzzi
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p725292
+44 7779 111102
Bellesta Ariege
England
5

BEST EQUIPPED AND MOST COMFORTABLE HOUSE

  • 5 of 5
Hello Marc,

We are now back in grey & cold Britain after a really enjoyable 2 weeks in your Belesta house, where we were blessed with lovely weather. We explored the area and enjoyed some amazing walks and were rewarded with some stunning views.

It was probably the best equipped and comfortable house that we have stayed in about 20 years experience.
  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
business
Beautiful restored house with garden and jacuzzi
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p725292
+44 7779 111102
Bellesta Ariege
England
5

THANK YOU!

  • 5 of 5
Hi Marc,
Thankyou, we had a wonderful time in Belesta and at La Maison Secrete, the boys really loved the Jacuzzi !
The wonderful house is in a perfect location to explore an abundance of places and the views from the back garden are pleasantly tranquil with nothing but the comforting sound of cow bells. The scenery through the Pyrenees will be etched in my mind forever. They are truly spectacular.
The Troubador Bar & Restaurant is very reasonable, with good food and wine served and within strolling distance, as is the wonderful Boulangerie, Pharmacy, Tabac and Butcher.
There was so much to do, the boys never got bored, with the zip-lining within walking distance at Fontestorbes and the go-karting in Mirepoix.
We managed to cram so much into our week, visiting Carcassonne, Limoux (buy a few bottles of Blanquette there), Andorra (fantastic duty free bargains), Foix, Toulouse the list could go on and on. I am so pleased we found "the secret house", we will count the days
until we return. We'll be back to see the places we missed, first time round. A great holiday, in a great village, with great people !! What more can I say ?

The Hunter family. Larne, Co. Antrim. Northern Ireland.
  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Beautiful restored house with garden and jacuzzi
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p725292
+44 7779 111102
Bellesta Ariege
England
5

WE MAY COME BACK!!!

  • 5 of 5
The standard of fittings and facilities was excellent and we felt 'at home' much more so than in any of the places we have rented over the year. We are seriously considering a return visit - dates permitting - and would recommend the house - indeed 3 of our children visited us during our stay so you may hear from them in future.

As a base for some cycling it is brilliant - Montsegur was so much fun I rode it 4 times, twice from each side! The Plateau de Sault too is splendid.

The Troubadour was good - if a little short of atmosphere and La Fermette at Lavalanet was splendid - good food, good service and good value. On the other hand Le Rendevous at Leran was so unwelcoming we left without ordering.

Elsewhere Mirepoix was lovely - though the service at La Maison du Consuls was so French you wanted to kill someone (an hour to get a sandwich)
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Beautiful restored house with garden and jacuzzi
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+44 7779 111102
Bellesta Ariege
Germany
5

WONDERFUL

  • 5 of 5
It was a wonderful holiday in Belesta. Yours Peter.
  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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Beautiful restored house with garden and jacuzzi
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p725292
+44 7779 111102
Bellesta Ariege
Kent
5

WE HAD A FANTASTIC HOLIDAY

  • 5 of 5
We had a fantastic holiday and the highlight of the whole trip was staying in your beautiful house in Belesta . After travelling around France and staying in various hotels it was great to stay at the house for the week and just relax .We loved it so much we wished we had booked it for 2 weeks ! The garden was a pleaseure to relax in although we vistited so many places we only had time to use it in the evenings and the whole place is just so homely..... the jacuzzi was a god send for the boys and made up for the pool that we didnt have and would normally have booked .The village is so quaint and had all the necessary shops etc.

The home cinema system was well appreciated and something that rounded off our busy days perfectly .... feet up , glass of wine in hand and the boys quiet and still for a couple of hours .

Lake Puivert was ideal and we spent a couple of days there , great for kids for swimming etc . The information that you provide at the house is also very useful and I think we more or less went everywhere suggested ... even Andorra .... plenty of bargains to be had there !

The scenery around Belesta is beautiful and very dramatic .... the boys even managed to go rafting down/ through the Gorges of st George one of the highlights of their trip !

Andy welcomed us and made sure that we settled in ok . No problems to report .... Oh yes just one ... our stay wasnt long enough .!!!!!

I will email bank details seperately as I am at work at moment .... we shall return most definately.
  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

Map

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Carcassonne, Perpignan, Toulouse, Girona (Spain)
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Foix
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Puivert Beach- man made
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Relais Montsegur Bar/restaurant, La Troubadour
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Relais Montsegur Bar/restaurant, La Troubador
Car: necessary

The list is endless! But key points to note: Mirepoix. Chateau Montsegur and other Cathar buildings. Carcassonne. Gorges, rafting, rambling, cycling (the Tour de France always passes through this mountainous area),prehistoric caves, fishing, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding.

An information pack is provided at the house to provide you with a comprehensive listing of activities and sightseeing opportunities. Walking maps can be purchased from the local village shops and supermarkets.

The Stunning Old City of Carcassonne: Located at the heart of the Toulouse-Montpellier-Barcelone triangle, at the crossroads of two major traffic roads dating back to the most ancient times, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, from the Cévennes to the Pyrénées mountain range where the Aude has its source, Carcassonne blooms in the plains of the lower valley, inviting you to walk in and out of its streets. Discover its history, its local cuisine, its wines, or simply enjoy the scenery.

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Notes

  • Flexible changeover time applies throughout most of the year so that you can obtain the cheapest flight options. This cannot be guaranteed during busy periods however. Contact us.

    A welcome pack is provided which includes information on the house, sightseeing opportunities, restaurants, bars etc. Milk,juice,water,tea and coffee will also be available.

    Please provide your own towels. A limited number of dvds/cds are present in the house; however, you may wish to bring your own. There is the facility to play your iPOD/mp3 player through the music system.

    Last minute discount!!10% discount if booking start date is less than 28 days away.
    Long stay discount!!£100 discount if booking length is more than 13 days.
    Long stay discount!!40% discount if booking length is for more than 3 mths.
    Early Bird stay discount!!15% discount if booking start date is greater than 6 mths away.
    £75 charge applies if jacuzzi is required during the mths of Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov,Dec.

Amenities

Bellesta House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Garage
  • Iron & Board
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Parking On Street
  • Linens Provided
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Wood Stove
  • Living Room
Kitchen:
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Plans in 2010 to add an additional shower room.
  • Spacious, luxury bathroom with bath, shower and WC. Separate wetroom with WC.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Large, fully furnished bedrooms.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Television
Outside:
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Wood Deck
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Deck / Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Golf
  • 9 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
Attractions:
  • museums
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • cinemas
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • fishing
  • golf
  • spelunking
  • whitewater rafting
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
Notes:
Please see owner house website: www.thesecrethouse.co.uk