About the property
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Stunning 4 bed, 4 bathroom farmhouse in a beautiful tranquil woodland setting
Escape to this beautifully renovated farmhouse with luxurious furnishings, soft feather sofas, antiques and Persian rugs. Enjoy space and quality in this "home from home" environment. It is set in a secluded small hamlet of 6 houses which is in walking distance from Puivert down a leafy lane with spectacular views of a Cathar castle. There are two acres of gardens adjacent to the house as well as ten acres of meadow and woodland great for nature lovers.
The pool area is surrounded by meadows and woodland making a perfect spot to relax in the sun listening to the bees and watching the butterflies and humming hawk moths. The saline 10 x 5 metre pool is great for swimming as it is much kinder to skin, the pool has steps for easy access, a ledge around the edge as well as a separate shallow children’s pool.
The handmade kitchen is well equipped with American fridge/freezer, range cooker and double sink, everything for the budding gourmet. There are four lovely bedrooms; three with king-size beds and one with twin beds all accessed from a spacious landing area with comfy chairs, which is also a great place for reading. Two of the bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, there is a large family bathroom with separate bath and walk in shower as well as a downstairs shower room. Quality bed linen and towels are provided. The living room has a log burner and large flat screen TV, there is WIFI, DVD player, CD and IPOD player as well as a small library area with lots of books and DVD’s for your use. The dining area seats 8 very comfortably, in the summer season enjoy eating alfresco in the summer kitchen/barbecue or up at the shaded dining area by the pool.
Kim and Duncan Ward
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- May 25, 2018
About Kim and Duncan Ward
We had been holidaying in France with our family over the last thirty years and it was always a dream to live here and provide the perfect retreat for other people to enjoy. We had been coming to the Aude/Ariege region for over ten years and when the opportunity came up to buy in this special place we just jumped at it. We believe we have the right experience to make it a truly memorable stay. Duncan loves to cook and can provide gourmet meals on request, his fish pie is sublime!
Kim and Duncan Ward purchased this Farmhouse in 2012
Why Kim and Duncan Ward chose Carcassonne
With the experience we had of renting various properties throughout France we just knew the exceptional quality of this house would make it perfect for anybody wanting a successful holiday. We fell in love with the spacious open plan living accommodation with its unique nooks and crannies set in idyllic surroundings.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The pool area is beautiful surrounded by meadows and woodland making a perfect spot to relax in the sun listening to the bees and watching the butterflies and humming hawk moths. The saline pool is great for swimming as it is much kinder to skin, the pool has steps for easy access, a ledge around the edge as well as a separate shallow children's pool.
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an absolute gem of a find
We are 3 couples who always journey to France each year. This year's choice was this lovely house and pool in beautiful peaceful surroundings. The pool and summer kitchen was ideal in the hot weather and we ate outside until late at night under the stars. From here within easy reach we visited Carcasonne and the Monday market at Mirepoix and on Wednesday evening visited the local food festival. Kim and Duncan were really helpful and we all fell in love with Ella the Collie.
Thank you for a wonderful week.
Thank you, it was great to meet you all and Ella loves her new ball.
Delightful -- perfect house, pool, owners
Wonderful holiday place, Kim and Duncan really kind and helpful. Just perfect.
Beautiful property in stunning location. Warm and friendly welcome
Immaculately clean and very comfortable home. Great swimming pool which was loved by the kids. Kim and Duncan were really welcoming and friendly and great with advice on where to go and what to see. Would definitely return. Thank you x
Thank you, it was lovely having you and your family here and very much look forward to welcoming you back. x
Sumptuous hidden gem in the hills near Puivert
We loved the remoteness of the property, tucked away in a lane that doesn't get passing traffic. Hearing the birdsong, the wind in the trees. Heavenly. The accommodation is as described, but worth an additional comment that it is exceptionally well equipped. The property is spotless, with a faultless level of 'service' from the hosts, and owners, Kim & Duncan. We wanted to explore the Cathar castles, and we're spoiled for choice! It's fantastic driving country, with few cars on the roads. We enjoyed the Monday market in Mirepoix too. There are plenty of places to tuck yourself away and just 'hang out'. Whilst the pool is never the centre of our holiday, it was welcomed on a hot sticky day. We would highly recommend this property, particularly if you really want a rural idyl.
Thank you so much, it was a pleasure to have you as guests.
Wonderful property in a stunning setting
This a hidden gem, a wonderful 'get away from it all' location yet close enough to shops and supermarkets in nearby local towns that you won't feel isolated. The house is cool and very quiet on hot summer days, the large pool kept at a good temperature for all day use and the owners Duncan and Kim on hand for help and advice on local attractions and events. The house has everything you need including spacious bedrooms and modern bathrooms. The kitchen is very well equipped and there is plenty of room both inside and outside the house. With castles, mountains, stunning scenery and wildlife on your doorstep you won't lack for things to do. There are walks from the front door and if you're lucky Ella the Border Collie will show you around her estate - as long as you throw the odd stick for her that is! Can't say enough about this property, just go and see for yourself!
Outstanding family holiday
We had a wonderful 2 week holiday with family and friends in this excellent property. Kim and Duncan couldn't have done more to make us feel welcome and part of the local community. This enabled us to make the most of this very beautiful area. Their top quality property cannot be faulted in any respect and is situated in a small hamlet surrounded by gardens and woodland. The heated saline pool is a major attraction and was maintained daily to ensure maximum quality and enjoyment. The outside covered BBQ area was perfect for socialising and eating al fresco. Not only would we strongly recommend Kim and Duncan's property to others, but we are already planning for a future visit!
The property is perfectly located on the Aude/Ariege border rich in history and on the Cathar trail. The Aude is one the largest wine producing regions in the world so visiting one of our wineries is a must. There are lots of lovely walks from the house, the Pyreneen Mountains are not far for those who are more adventurous and there is white water rafting and canoeing in nearby Quillan. Chalabre, just 10 minutes drive is our nearest town and has shops, butchers, bakers, pharmacy and restaurants and a large chateau, Puivert which is closer has a several restaurants including a pizzeria, a lakeside buvette and an amazing micro brewery open to the public. The lake at Puivert is surrounded by mountains with a clear view of the Cathar castle and is perfect for swimming in its clear waters and lazing on the sandy beach.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Payment can also be accept in Euros at the relevant rate of exchange. A deposit of £300 is payable at the time of booking and the balance is due 8 weeks before departure. The deposit then becomes the security deposit and will be refunded promptly after your stay after satisfactory inspection.