|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
South of Toulouse, on the edge of the Ariege, in the parish of St Ybars, you will find Chateau Ariege. Built around the middle of the 19th century for the Baronne de Nomazy, the beautiful Chateau is surrounded by its own woods and parkland, making it a haven of relaxation.
The Chateau itself has five comfortable bedrooms all ensuite. Behind the Chateau is the Old Coach House, which has been converted into two Gites. The Chateau can be rented separately with exclusive use of the grounds, or with the two gites
The larger gite provides independent accommodation for 8 guests with its own living room and kitchen - it's ideal for the kids and teens to stay here! This accommodation provides really flexible, private space while also allowing guests to make use of the fantastic entertaining spaces and grounds.The property sits in 25 acres of grounds with beautiful views, a large pool and a tennis court. It is ideal for large family groups, special parties and small business functions. It offers space to reflect and unwind all year round.
South of Toulouse, on the edge of the Ariege, just south of the town of Lezat, in the parish of St Ybars, you will find Chateau Ariege.
Built around the middle of the 19th century for the Baronne de Nomazy, the Chateau is situated away from the main road south to the Pyrenean mountains, surrounded by its own woods and parkland - in complete privacy.
The region may once have been split by religious conflict, but today itâ€™s a wonderfully bucolic area which stretches away from the cosmopolitan sophistication of Toulouse for 70 miles down to the rising peaks of the Pyrenees, which are topped with ice and snow even in the late spring.
The faraway mountain range, behind which Andorra nestles, serves as a constant point of orientation to the south, dipping in and out of view as you wind your way around the rising and falling lanes.
The most enchanting of the three settlements, though, is Mirepoix, a bastide, or planned, town where the solidly elegant cathedral of St Maurice - its nave the second widest in Europe - gazes down on the medieval square bordered by half-timbered houses fronted by a delightful wooden arcade.
From here it is only a short drive south east to the stunning walled city of Carcassonne - but in the Ariege one feels far from the tourist masses that congregate there.
Chateau Ariege is less than 1 hour from Toulouse airport, 1 1/2 hours from Carcassonne and 2 hours from Bordeaux.
Other international airports in the region are Bergerac, Limoges, Perpignan, Rodez and Pau.
By road the Chateau is an 8-9 hours drive from Calais and a day by rail from London St Pancras. InteriorThe Chateau is spacious and comfortable, with plenty of room to relax and unwind. The rooms are beautifully furnished and well equipped with modern facilities.On the ground floor there are a number of reception rooms, including a drawing room and a TV room with comfy sofas and a wide selection of DVDs.There is a formal dining room with a beautiful fireplace, a study room and a breakfast room.The kitchen is fully equipped with a good-sized oven and hob, a large fridge-freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The utility room has further fridge and washing machine.The Chateau itself has five comfortable bedrooms all en suite sleeping 10. Behind the Chateau is the Old Coach House, which has been converted into a large Gite and sleeps 8. The large gite Provides independent accommodation for 8 guests with its own living room and kitchen. It has two double bedrooms with en suites, a double bedroom and a twin bedroom which have a large bathroom / walk in shower room - itâ€™s ideal for the kids and teens to stay here! This accommodation provides really flexible, private space while also allowing guests to make use of the fantastic entertaining spaces and grounds
Outdoor SpaceOutside the Chateau is a large covered terrace area to sit and dine overlooking the grounds. It has its own brick built barbecue.There is also a beautiful swimming pool with sun loungers and pool house, and tennis courts for guest use.
The Gites have their own terrace area.
Amenities- Wireless internet access- TV and DVD player- Most bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms- Swimming pool- Tennis courtFacilitiesPrivate poolWi-Fi/Internet accessTennis court on siteIdeal for celebrations / Party houseGames roomOutdoor gamesRecommendedThe Chateau can be rented exclusively without the gites for a smaller group of guests. Please see 'Chateau Ariege' for further information.ExtrasMaid service available (at extra cost)Chef/Cook available (at extra cost)