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Large house With Pool And Lovely Views Across The Valley

Rivel, France
  • Chateau / Country House3229 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms6
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths2
  • Minimum Stay5 - 7 nights

6 bedrooms, bathroom, 3 shower rooms, games room with large garden and pool

3 double bedrooms(One of which has a shower and washbasin), 3 twin bedded rooms(one of which has a shower and washbasin), bathroom with WC,one other shower room with WC, 2 other WCs, large kitchen, dining room, living room with French windows leading to large east and south facing balcony with dining table and chairs for 12 and lovely views, games/television room, the kitchen leads to outside BBQ/dining area next to gated pool 12m x 6m. Guests have private use of pool. There is a large garden.

Caretakers live on the property in order to maintain the pool and garden and there are 2 cats.

This lovely house is situated on the borders of the Aude and Ariege and therefore on the cusp of the Languedoc and Midi-Pyrenees, ideally placed for visiting the Cathar castles of Montsegur, Puilaurens, Queribus and Puivert. Other nearby activities include white water rafting and kayaking,try pyrenees adventure.com, visting famous caves such as those at Niaux with its ancient cave paintings, exploring the French markets such as that at the medieval bastide town of Mirepoix with their fantastic locally produced meats and cheeses, tasting the wine of the Aude including the area's speciality, Blanquette de Limoux, hiking through the stunning and dramatic countryside, taking a trip to the Med (1.5 hours drive), exploring the ancient city of Carcassonne, watersports or swimming in the Lac de Montbel (a beautiful large lake 10 mins away), sampling local cuisine at one of the many nearby restaurants.]


Petra Campbell

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Calendar last updated:
Apr 15, 2018


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, 1 baby crib, 2 cots are available
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 4
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 5
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 6
        2 twin/ single, 1 baby crib
      • There are two cots available which can be placed wherever convenient. Although there is also a sofa bed and put up bed in the house, together with various mattresses, we only take 12 people excluding 2 babies as there is only seating for 12 in the living room and around the dining table.


      • 2 Bathrooms, 2 Half Baths
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Washbasin
      • Bathroom 3
        shower, Washbasin
      • Bathroom 4
        shower, with washbasin
      • Bathroom 5
      • Bathroom 6
      • There is 1 bathroom with WC, 1 shower room with WC, 2 ensuite shower rooms with no WC, 2 other separate WCs

      Location Type

        • Mountain
        • Rural


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Fireplace
                    • Heating
                      There is central heating for winter bookings plus wood burning stove in living room
                    • Internet
                      Satellite internet so there is a delay if wanting to play games online, otherwise you would not notice any difference to normal broadband.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      All bed linen is provided together with hand towel, bath towel and pool towel per person, changed weekly
                    • Living Room
                      Large living room with woodburner for chilly winter evenings (there is also central heating). There are French windows leading onto a large balcony, with wonderful views across the valley.
                    • Baby Gate
                    • Local Maps
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Thermos Bottle
                    • Towels Provided
                      Swimming pool, bath and hand towels.
                    • Washing Machine
                      The washing machine is in the kitchen, there is a small basket with pegs for hanging out on the line
                    • Wireless Internet
                    • Wood Stove
                      Large woodburner in loving room, ideal for a cosy winter evening


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                          2 coffee machines
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          There are plates, soup bowls, dessert bowls, side plates and utensils . Salad bowls, casserole dishes, all that is needed for a large group of people.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Kitchen
                          Fully equipped with 12 people in mind, 2 coffee machines, kettle, mixer, toasters, microwave, hob, oven, washing machine, dishwasher.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          There are a few herbs such as mixed herbs, pepper and salt. The season is started with olive oil, balsamic vinegar but not replaced other than by guests, which is normally done.
                        • Refrigerator
                          combination fridge/freezer
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster
                          2 toasters


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Adjoining dining room with seating for 12 plus 2 highchairs
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 12 people


                                • Games for Kids
                                • Books
                                • Books for Kids
                                • DVD Player
                                • Game Room
                                  ping pong table
                                • Games
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Piano
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  For French and British channels
                                • Television
                                • Video Library


                                    • Balcony
                                      Adjoining the living room with views across the valley. Table and chairs for 12 (at a squash)
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Binoculars
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Outside the kitchen there is a large pergola on grassed garden next to secure swimming pool
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Lots of room for football, running around
                                    • Outdoor Furniture
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      2 barbecues
                                    • Patio
                                    • Tennis
                                      There is a court in the village
                                    • Terrace


                                        • smoking allowed
                                          In garden
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Outdoor Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              Almost 13 m x 5,50m with solar bubble cover, excluding roman steps.


                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • caves
                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • forests
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • pond
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • photography
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • spelunking
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • whitewater rafting
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Smoking allowed outside property - pets must be easily controlled and not the type to 'run off' as there is a great possibility that they would never been seen again because they can get very easily disorientated in the hills around. Being 'elderly ourselves, we do not consider elderly as being 'infirm'.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  4 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Outstanding, just perfect!

                                                                  udu y.

                                                                  We were warmly greeted by the owners and felt from the outset that nothing was too much trouble. The master bedroom is huge with an awesome view from the balcony. The château/house is as described but so much more with the hottest water anywhere we've been ( and we're well travelled!). If you want to get away from it all this is the place however, if you want a group holiday it's also ideal as it sleeps so many. We are thinking of returning for a group walking holiday. Lots of lovely French villages to potter around, not too far from.Carcassonne and for us, the spectacular views were what made it!

                                                                  We loved it!!

                                                                  ellen b.Australia

                                                                  We stayed here with friends and had a great time and i will be coming back again with the children and grandchildren. The property is lovely, on a hillisde with fabulous views of very pretty countryside. The main rooms are large and comfortable, the bedrooms are big and handsome over 2 floors with bathrooms on each floor. Outside is fabulous - a large al fresco dining area, plenty of loungers and room around the pool, and a large beautiful pool. There is room to roam around the large grass lawn, and there are walks nearby.

                                                                  In the area, there are lakes, caves, medieval towns, Cathar castles, cute villages

                                                                  Excellent séjour

                                                                  Danielle A.

                                                                  Très bon séjour passé en famille à Noël dans cette grande maison qui a pu accueillir facilement 6 adultes et 5 enfants. Vaste cuisine très bien équipée, grandes chambres avec salles d'eau fonctionnelles.

                                                                  Propriétaires charmants et très discrets.

                                                                  Accueil chaleureux, point de vue magnifique, tranquillité, espace

                                                                  Brigitte M.

                                                                  Toute est prévu dans cette grande maison situé à flanc de coteaux, en plein campagne. Vue magnifique et silence garanti ; départ pour des randonnées au pied du portail. Cuisine équipée tant en vaisselle qu'en électroménager et les chambres possèdent des rangements.

                                                                  Cette semaine en pays Cathare fut une réussite et nous en garderons un excellent souvenir. Nous étions sept adultes et un chien.

                                                                  Nous remercions madame et monsieur Campbell de leur accueil et de leur discrétion.


                                                                  Rivel, France

                                                                  This lovely Maison de Maitre is situated on the borders of the Aude and Ariege and therefore on the cusp of the Languedoc and Midi-Pyrenees, ideally placed for visiting the Cathar castles of Montsegur, Puilaurens, Queribus and Puivert. The local caves of interest are Niaux, with its' hand prints and cave paintings (all genuine), Lombrives and the large drive through cave of Mas d'Azil which has been inhabited for thousands of years. If you want the feel of French markets you can visit the mediaeval bastide town of Mirepoix on a Monday as well as those of Limoux, Lavelanet and Esperaza and there is always the wine-tasting...... The largest lake in the Ariege is close by (10 mins), the Lac de Montbel and if you want to experience white water rafting, kayaking etc. that is also nearby at Axat or Alet.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Damage Deposit

                                                                  A security deposit of 300 euros is required on entry and returned within a week of leaving. We do not charge for minor breakages such as the odd glass or plate.

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