This is our 18th year offering gite accommodation, We sleep up to 10 people in 5 double bedrooms. Pool 10x5 sqms. We are sited on 8 acres, including 5 acres of woods, with a covered courtyard, gardens and orchard, on the edge of Manses (pop 68), the Pyrenees as a permanent backdrop. Linen provided and all mod cons. Free childsitting by prior arrangement. The main house is dated from Napoleonic times C1797, and formed the dependencies of the Comte de Manses till the 1920's. His Chateau has gone but leaves a very pretty view across the valley. A new family park has been created near the house with BBQ, Boules courts, Table tennis table and childrens play structures. Across the courtyard is a separate lounge area with wood fire, over 1100 books to read, music and television including DVD and Videotape facilities and a full size dartboard outside.. The courtyard is covered at the back end providing an excellent retreat from the hot sun and a great place to eat al fresco . Holidaymakers eat about 80% of their meals outdoors as a result. Yvonne and Dan live in an apartment off the courtyard. Our job is to clean the pool, make repairs and give useful advice. We will gladly ring up to make bookings on your behalf for activities and restaurants
We were community workers in Bristol. Dan is a Bristolian and Yvonne is from Slough. Our 38 year old boy Jo is a care worker in Edinburgh. Came south largely because of Yvonne needing a different climate for her health. Worked 100%
Mr Daniel Lloyd purchased this house in 1995
Wanted to be in France but near Spain and near to mountains and sea. Discovered Mirepoix and fell in love with area. Looked at over 50 places in 1994. Got fantastic value for our money at that time.
We value privacy for our guests but also offer great hospitality for those who want it. Have met many lovely people over 18 years. Great place to chill out.in the courtyard or by the pool. Lots of easy walks, and everything you could want within 30 minutes drive. 8 minutes to the wonderful Mirepoix and all facilities
We are 20 minutes from magnificent rivers ,gorges and mountains at 7000ft., an hour from the Mediterranean beaches, 2 hours from Spain. The area has now become famous for its Cathar history, thanks to such as the Da Vinci Code.The Holy Grail is believed to be at nearby Rennes Les Chateau(our Glastonbury). Cathar Castles abound. The area is excellent for sports and leisure with watersports and walking/trekking a speciality. The Tour de France comes through in July, and the area is a rugby hotbed.The local cuisine is famous for Cassoulet, seafood, and wild boar. The wine areas of Pays D'oc, Corbieres, Fitou and Minervois are nearby and wine tasting available. We are 8 minutes from the beautiful medieval town of Mirepoix, the nearest shopping. It has several excellent restaurants and bars, a beautiful Cathedral and a famous Monday market. Toulouse is a wonderful,lively city only an hour away. 40 minutes away Carcassonne is a perfectly preserved medieval castle and a 'must see'