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Renovated 17th Century Farmhouse With Private Heated Pool South Of Carcassonne

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Luxury 4 bedroom, 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. It is set in a secluded small hamlet of 6 houses just 3km from Puivert which is in walking distance 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.

More Details

Kim and Duncan Ward
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 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 Rivel

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.


Rivel Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - tub , shower , Family bathroom with bath and separate walkin shower
    Bathroom 2 - shower , Ensuite bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - shower , Ensuite bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Downstairs bathroom/cloakroom with separate shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Kingsize bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Kingsize bed with ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Kingsize bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Twin room with ensuite
  • There are four lovely bedrooms, two with ensuite. Quality bed linen and towels are provided.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Renovated 17th Century Farmhouse With Private Heated Pool South Of Carcassonne
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

an absolute gem of a find

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, it was great to meet you all and Ella loves her new ball.
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Delightful -- perfect house, pool, owners

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful holiday place, Kim and Duncan really kind and helpful. Just perfect.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property in stunning location. Warm and friendly welcome

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, it was lovely having you and your family here and very much look forward to welcoming you back. x
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Sumptuous hidden gem in the hills near Puivert

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, it was a pleasure to have you as guests.
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Wonderful property in a stunning setting

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Outstanding family holiday

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Les Mont D'olme
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Car: necessary

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 and restaurants and a large chateau, Puivert which is closer has a pizzeria and a lakeside buvette. 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $415.57

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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