Catherine Cooper

Speaks french, english
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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Very peaceful yet close to amenities and attractions

These two newly-renovated gites are set in around two hectares of grounds in an extremely peaceful location with amazing panoramic views of the Pyrenees. They can be rented individually or together.

Domaine de Bertre comprises of two gites - Gite Vue des Montagnes and Gite de Bertre. Both benefit from generous sized bedrooms upstairs and a relaxed, open plan layout downstairs. Each has a with wood burning stove, English satellite TV and WiFi internet access. They are very family-friendly with a UV-treated pool (shared with the other gite, OR the owners) enclosed to French safety standards, swings, and a large, netted trampoline. Children's toys and books are provided.

Local attractions include the mediaeval towns of Mirepoix and Carcassonne, some of Europe's largest caves, several beautiful, supervised swimming lakes, animal parks where you can variously see eagles, wolves, bison and reptiles - there is also a safari park in Toulouse.

Nearby you can take part in kayaking, canoeing, horse or pony riding or a 'parcours dans les arbres' (zip wires, rope ladders, etc) suitable for children as young as three.

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Details for Gite Vue des Montagnes 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathrooms

Gite Vue des Montagnes is a recently renovated cottage which sleeps a maximum of 6 people. It has English / French TV and WIFI available.
  • children welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Catherine Cooper (Owner)
Advertiser since 2008
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About Catherine Cooper

Catherine is a freelance journalist and Alex is a TV director and photographer. They have two children, Toby, 10, and Olivia, 8. We moved to France in 2009 to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life, leisurely lunches, skiing in winter and of course, sun in summer. We have never looked back.

Catherine Cooper purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Catherine Cooper chose Escosse

Because the view of the Pyrenees is just incredible - it has to be seen to be believed. Also we have the perfect balance of feeling very rural while also being close to shops, schools and other facilities.

What makes this cottage unique

Our view. It really is something special. Also both houses have been carefully renovated by Alex and local builders to keep many original features (stone walls,wooden beams, Captain's beds and antique French furniture) while also offering all modern comforts.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was an excellent holiday that we all thoroughly enjoyed despite the unusually crummy weather. This was due to the beautiful location, the amazing accommodation and the great hosting skills of the owner, Catherine.

Before my two friends, my son and I had even left the UK for our nine day holiday in April at Gite Vue des Montagnes, Catherine had made us feel welcome by sending a detailed email that included ideas of things to do in the area that my one-year-old would enjoy. It was a lovely touch because, as anyone who has travelled with children who have mastered crawling at speed while maintaining the attention span of a flea will know, it can be a bit tricky trying to find enough places that will keep them happy.

The gite itself is just lovely. The bedrooms are spacious and with furniture that you'd expect in a luxury boutique hotel, and the bathroom... Well, if there was a way of nicking a bathroom and smuggling it on to EasyJet then I would have. The downstairs living area is open plan and again really well designed. Catherine and her husband have clearly spent a long time planning the decor and layout of the gite.

Everyone's favourite bit, however, was the outdoor area. My son fell in love with the trampoline and the swings (I'm not sure he fully appreciated the spectacular views across to the Pyrenees, but I certainly enjoyed them) and the garden itself is fabulous for both crawling and sunbathing (yep, we had three whole days of sunshine and it was blooming glorious). The swimming pool looks fab with a perspex wall to allow swimmers to look from the pool directly to the mountains – an unusual and clever idea.

The nearest town, Pamiers, is a short drive away, and there are plenty of activities and medieval towns to visit in the surrounding area. One of the things that we really enjoyed, however, was bumbling around the lanes and chatting to the cows and practising woefully bad French on the locals who had the misfortune to pass us. We also thoroughly enjoyed drinking wine in the outdoor dining area at night and would have enjoyed using the barbecue if the rain had allowed us.

We all want to go back there, and not just because the resident cats are just the soppiest and prettiest pair ever. The real reason is that we had a fabulous time, and really, there can't be many places deep in the countryside that you can visit in freakishly bad weather with a one-year-old and say that about it.
Apr 2013
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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Gite Vue des Montagnes
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
Gite Vue des Montagnes
+33 609035588
Escosse Ariege

Great holiday in a fantastic house/surrounding!

  • 5 of 5
What a fantastic house and surrounding. Wij hebben hier 1 week doorgebracht met kinderen van 12 t/m 17, die normaal gesproken gewend zijn te kamperen, een hele uitdaging! We hadden de eerste helft vd week super warm weer, 2e helft iets minder. Heerlijk gezwommen in een fijn schoon zwembad met een fantastisch uitzicht. We genoten van de rust en het feit dat je per dag max 10 auto's voorbij zag/hoorde komen, dit is echt vakantie vieren! Het huis zelf is werkelijk met heel veel oog voor detail gerenoveerd en ziet er uit om door een ringetje te halen, complimenten voor de gastheer/vrouw! We genoten vooral van de lange momenten buiten, zowel in de vroege ochtend als avond, waar we ook heerlijk overdekt konden zitten met een goede bbq en eethoek. Het spotten van wilde zwijnen (gelukt), een das en herten was een mooie beloning. De jongens waren druk met pingpongen, zwemmen en steppen vanaf de heuvels. Ook dagtochtje gemaakt naar de 'bergen', iets minder spectaculair dan verwacht, was wel anderhalf uur rijden (tot max 2000 meter hoogte), en het allerleukste uitje vonden de kinderen de kanotocht van 9 km onder begeleiding in een klein groepje! Er is veel informatie in het huis te vinden over de omgeving. Over het huis niets anders dan lof! 1 kanttekening: de bedden zijn niet al te lang/breed. De slaapkamers daarentegen zijn werkelijk zo imponerend groot, heerlijk! Ook de badkamer met apart bad/douche en mooi gestyled verdient een pluim! Dank, we zullen met plezier mensen dit huis aanbevelen.
  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Gite Vue des Montagnes
+33 609035588
Escosse Ariege

Best Gite in the Area by Far

  • 5 of 5
We were fortunate to be able to spend a lot of time at this gite over the last year; we kept booking more time there because we could not bear to leave!

The gite is, honestly, of an exceptional standard for this part of France. For a start, everything in it is new and recently done (except of course for the lovely antique furniture). It's been converted with great empathy for the original building but with a stylish and modern finish. The kitchen is modern and well equipped with everything you need for your holiday catering, and the open plan layout is really sociable. The bedrooms are extremely light and spacious with polished wood floors and high ceilings and new, very comfortable mattresses! The bathroom would look at home in any boutique hotel and the shower is large and powerful with great water flow. Needless to say it's maintained to a high standard and is very clean!

The interior is truly lovely but really a stay here is about the exterior of the property. I challenge anyone to tire of gazing at the magnificent chain of the Pyrenees, not to mention the miles of rolling green countryside running up to it. I have yet to visit another property with a view like this.

The grounds of the gite encourage the grown-ups to relax and forget it all while the children burn off steam running free or on the trampoline. The pool and surrounding area are done to a very high standard and lying back in the cool water while gazing at the the Pyrenees is a real treat. The pool is also a good size, larger than many of the properties we've viewed out here.

For nature lovers there is plenty to see in or around the grounds: from deer and pine martins to hen harriers, kestrels and owls.

Idyllic and out of the way this gite is, you're not far from civilisation! You can get bread within a ten minute walk to the village (baked by a man in his garden bakery on certain days!) or the nearby town offers everything (12 minutes pretty drive to a supermarket). Crucially, you can get provisions in the town up to 1230 on a Sunday - a bonus for France! You can also dine out REALLY well around here, superb locally sourced food for all budgets and tastes.

There are some great sites to explore all within an hour's drive and you can do some wonderful outdoor activities at a fraction of the price of the UK.

To top it all off, Catherine and Alex are extremely conscientious owners and hosts, they will make every effort to make your stay perfect for you.
  • Submitted: May 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Ax les Thermes
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Car: necessary

A newly-renovated, family-friendly gite in quiet, rural location between Carcassonne and Toulouse with amazing panoramic views of the Pyrenees.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates


Escosse Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 1
Nov 1 - Jun 27
7 nights
Rate 2
Jun 28 - Jul 5
7 nights
Special offer
Jul 6 - Jul 18
7 nights
Rate 3
Jul 19 - Aug 30
7 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes Outside of July and August, electricity used is charged at cost as metered. During July and August,electricity is included in the price.
Prices include one set of sheets and towels per person per stay. If you wish your sheets and/or towels to be changed during your stay, an extra charge will be made.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Escosse Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 106 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Historic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Activities Guide
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Firewood
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Oven ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • The bathroom is very large. It features a freestanding bath, large, separate shower enclosure, sink and toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • All bedrooms except the twin can accommodate a cot. The two double rooms are both very large and furnished with captain's beds.
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Child's Swing
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • spelunking
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
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