Escosse Cottage Rental Photos and Description
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.
Details for Gite Vue des Montagnes 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathrooms
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
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.