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Barn owls & cuckoos-lovely family farmhouse large pool, gardens and wood

Bedrooms 7
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Saint-Martin-d'Oydes Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

7 bedroom, 3 bathroom, sleeps 14. Pool, shaded outdoor eating,grand piano, wifi.

Beautiful old farmhouse covered in roses, clematis, honeysuckle and jasmine, surrounded by accessible farmland. 7 bedrooms (3 doubles, two twins, one triple, one single downstairs (wheelchair accessible), 3 bathrooms.

14x7 m swimming pool (fenced). Magnificent open barn providing shaded area for eating, listening to the frogs, cicadas and cowbells, golden orioles, woodpeckers, owls, hoopooes and buzzards, watching horses and llamas across the field.

Plus, a grand piano, WIFI, Table Tennis, Table Football, Badminton, and a large library of books for all tastes.

Huge garden with rolling lawns ideal for games and 4 acre wood for adventures, mostly towering oaks, with shy deer. Walk up the hill for views of the Pyrenees; cook with herbs from the garden, paint your pictures or play your quartets. It has all been done in this idyllic spot.

The house is within an hour of the Pyrenees, the Cathar Fortress of Montsegur, Carcassonne, the Caves of Niaux and Toulouse Airport.

Water skiing on lakes south of Foix, Climbing from Ax-Les-Thermes, fishing and canoeing on the Ariege.

Riding on nearby farms, concerts in the churches, fetes and markets in the villages. Sheer bliss!

There is a discreet resident couple living in an adjacent cottage, managing the house and pool.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Penny Ravenscroft
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
November 14, 2016

About Penny Ravenscroft

We bought this old farmhouse as a ruin and the whole family, children and grandchildren, have spent over 20 years doing it up and loving it. Floors creek and bats might fly in, just as they do in our old farmhouse in Hampshire where we have lived for nearly 50 years. I spend at least 3 months of the year enjoying Lissac and gardening, mending, painting to make it even more enjoyable for us and visitors.

Penny Ravenscroft purchased this farmhouse in 1989

Why Penny Ravenscroft chose Ariege

It is a comfortable, spacious country idyll, not a modern villa. You hear the cows and sheep and sometimes the distant drone of a tractor,and watch the buzzards, hoopooes, woodpeckers and llamas across the fields. Life moves at a very leisurely pace and a hare or deer may come wandering by. The nearest house is at least 200 metres away, the views are of rolling hills, yet there are plenty of lovely places to visit and things to do. Most people fall in love with it and the area, as we did.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Space, peace and quiet, natural wild life. No neighbours to worry about. A huge swimming pool and a park-like garden and a wood to get lost in and have adventures - a freedom that too few children can ever experience. Large, covered outdoor area for leisurely meals and shade.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is our second visit and we will return again. We love the house and as a small choir, we enjoy singing around the grand piano
Jul 2016
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Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Barn owls & cuckoos-lovely family farmhouse large pool, gardens and wood
average rating of 4.5 based on 18 reviews

Shooting stars, pool frolics and total relaxation!

  • 5 of 5

We were three families with children ageing from 7 to 11 and had the most fabulous time in Lissac. Staying up late to watch the shooting stars, having epic water pistol fights in the pool, enjoying long and very relaxing meals outside all contributed to a fabulous time. Jean-Claude, the caretaker, was wonderful and a real help with the many activities in the local area. There is so much to do that we could have done three different things every day but sometimes the call of the pool was just too strong...! The children adored exploring the forest, looking at nature (they found gheckos, owls and hedgehogs) and one night an owl flew out right in front of us. We all agreed that it was a perfect holiday!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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A wonderful homely vacation

  • 4 of 5

We booked Le Fossat as the second week to our summer vacation in Spain & France, for our family of 4 which included two teenage children.

The first week was spent in the north of Spain in a lovely villa, quite modern and very 'normal' when it comes to Villa rentals ie...quite prescribed in terms of inventory and 'rules' etc. We had a great time and would happily return.

Le Fossat was very different, in a good way!

When we received the holiday 'pack' the first few lines described it as more of a family home to have holidays in than a holiday home. And, as we discovered, there is a difference.

The Gites is perfectly situated, a 10 minute drive from superb restaurants and supermarkets and 15 minutes from lovely Bastide villages and 30 minutes from larger towns such as Foix. The countryside is stunning so much so that even our kids were impressed.

The house itself was superb because it was a real home, with all the feeling of a place that was well loved and contained good and bad taste in terms of artwork, ornaments, books and furniture. It was just like our house! (as the holiday pack advised!)

There were no rules as such and we felt under no pressure to behave in a certain way, or to follow certain was totally relaxing.

There were only 4 of us and we had space 'a' plenty, I can imagine that two families here would be idyllic with the size of the grounds and swimming pool, and the interior was 'shabby chic' and large.

If you are slightly OCD, then Le Fossat may not be your cup of tea but our Spanish villa would be a good choice, but if you want a truly relaxing carefree holiday in a real home then this place is great.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Perfect holiday with a geoup of friends

  • 4 of 5

This is a lovely house with gorgeous large grounds and a big pool. The open barn veranda is a wonderful spot to laze away your days admiring the beautiful views over open countryside. It is also a great place for large groups to eat together in all weather. We were a group of 16 friends and enjoyed the pool, the open fires and made a lot of use of the piano! It is ideal if you want to really get away from it all. Best if you have a couple of keen cooks as it is a great spot to eat together, and restaurants are a bit of a drive. That suited us perfectly.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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A French home from home

  • 5 of 5

On behalf of the 13 of us, thank you so much for such a wonderful holiday at Lissac. We all had such a great time - what a beautiful house, exactly what we were after and what beautiful scenery and setting. We couldn't have asked for anywhere that was more perfect for our needs: great house, great pool, great garden and great outdoor area which we spent many hours in. The house had everything we needed, and we wouldn't think twice about coming back.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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A wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved the Lissac. Our group of 12 people (plus a few more for the last 3 nights) had plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the gorgeous garden, spacious pool, and the piece de resistance - the 'abri' or outdoor dining area. So even when it rained on a couple of occasions, we could still eat outside. The house oozed warmth and charm, and the view from the abri was beautiful. We saw buzzards, kites, herons and hares. Our group's ages ranged from 18 months to 66, and everyone had a fantastic time. Our family rarely get to be together all under one roof for any length of time, so this was a special time for us and hopefully we will return to Lissac one day. The booking process was also straightforward and lots of helpful information provided. Can't recommend enough.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Beautiful, relaxed place for a group

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday with friends and family at Lissac. We enjoyed the relexed and peaceful atmosphere in a charming rural setting with birds and wildlife and wonderful views from the beutiful terrace. The houss, pool and outside area are excellent - and there is enough space for peace and quiet even with a large group. We really enjoyed the piano too. Finally there are lots of places of interest in beutioful countryside in the vicinity for all tastes: food, history, adventure and nature.

The photos and description were accurate. The property was in good working order and reasonably clean. There was on site support for cleaning the pool and repairs or help needed.

We would definitely recommedn this place to friends an dfamily and in fact are already planning our return trip!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Le Fossat
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
La Bastide de Serou
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
28 Tarbes/Lourdes/Toulouse Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Carla Bayle
Nearest Ski
85 Kilometres
Ax Les Thermes
Car: necessary

The old farmhouse is about 55 kms due south of Toulouse, and 100 m off a country road, set amongst rolling hills covered in crops or pasture, and with its own wood for adventures and bird watching, a large, mature garden, roses, lavender, jasmine, huge oak trees, plenty of space for rushing around, climbing trees, games and a huge pool. Within an hour are Cathar castles, the Pyrenees, the Canal du Midi and rivers for canoeing, caves for exploring, and markets in every little town, Romanesque churches, and glorious birds and wildlife, and peace everywhere.

Other Activities: Tree Walking, canoeing, go-karting, water skiing, horse riding, downhill mountain biking, golf, swimming.

Rates & Availability

Saint-Martin-d'Oydes Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Apr 8 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $315

Euros also accepted, calculated at time of arrival
The house is not available in the winter - mid-October to end of March because there is no central heating and the downstairs rooms are large and even with open fires and back-up gas heaters the electricity is not reliable enough to let the house then. We shiver in England too!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Saint-Martin-d'Oydes Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 280 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub , bidet , basin
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , basin
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , basin downstairs
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , with basin
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , with basin
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 1 twin/ single , downstairs
  • 3 doubles, 2 twins, 1 single, 1 room with 3 beds, 2 cots None of the bedrooms is interconnecting, and the single is downstairs
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
This is an idyllic country property where life moves at a slow pace and you can expect to see and hear all sorts of birds, frogs, lizards, butterflies, deer, red squirrels, mice and even the odd hare, let alone distant cows and sheep, donkeys and goats, as well as cat that occasionally strolls by. Lots of space outside for games and local farmers perfectly happy with walkers - dreamy views of the Pyrenees from the little hills all around and the swimming pool surrounded by roses, lavender and honeysuckle as well as views up the valley. Neighbours are at least 500 m away but excellent public services, doctors, shops etc within 8 kms.

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