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Stylish villa with heated pool in small village in heart of Cathar country.

Rivel, France
  • Villa
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms0
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Spacious open plan house with large covered terrace overlooking pool and stream.

Stylish, beautifully decorated villa with pool and large garden, in small village set in the heart of spectacular Cathar country. Modern, open-plan kitchen leading onto dining area which in turn leads onto lounge, glazed on two sides with patio doors opening onto huge covered terrace overlooking the pool, 9m x 3.9m (Maximum depth 1.9m, minimum 1.1m ) and garden. There are plenty of sunloungers and 2 huge parasols for extra shade round the pool The covered patio also provides plenty of shade during day and gets late evening sun for relaxed dining. Teak patio furniture for 8 and plenty of room for the BBQ! Sunny, 2000m2 garden has a large grassy area to the rear of the house overlooking fields, which is ideal for childrens games. A small stream runs along the edge of the garden.

The house is on the edge of Rivel, a small quiet village of around 200 people with a medieval centre. It is 5 minutes drive from the small attractive town of Chalabre. Chalabre has several restaurants and bars, a pharmacy, bank (with cash point) small supermarkets, butchers and vegetable shops. Weekly market.

Mont Segur and several other famous Cathar strongholds are within easy reach. The ski station of Mont D'Olmes is 45 minutes away.

There is a nice restaurant with a safe childrens play area 10 minutes walk from the house. Tennis courts are available in village centre.


Sue Lawrence

Member Since 2008
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Mar 23, 2018


    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Bedroom 3
        1 double
      • Bedroom 4
        2 twin/ single, 1 child bed, Beds are 2 bunk beds+chair bed suitable for small child
      • Travel cot available. Normally in very large first floor bedroom but can be moved. Also fold out chair bed in downstairs bunk bedroom suitable for younger child up to about 4'6' tall(1.35m ) Comfortable Sofa bed in large upstairs bedroom, approximately 3/4 double size House will sleep 8 comfortably + 2 extra children and baby if required.


      • 0 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        combination tub/shower, Separate downstairs WC
      • Bathroom 2
        shower, Separate 1st floor WC
      • Two separate toilets, one on ground floor with wash basin, and one on 1st floor.

      Location Type

        • Rural
        • Village


            • Away From It All
            • Family


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Maps
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Firewood
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Electric background heating with large woodburner.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Large L shaped sofa and smaller 2 seater. Plenty of additional chairs around the house if needed.
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Parking for 2 cars on the drive.
                    • Sunbed
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Guest towels provided but not pool towels.
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wood Stove


                        • Kitchen
                          Plenty of work surface for food preparation.
                        • 2 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Espresso and cappuccino coffee machine. Also electric coffee grinder.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Plenty of pots and pans and serving dishes.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Fully equipped for 8+ people. Lots of dishes and glasses. Also plastic plates/ cups, and cutlery for small children.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Electric, fan assisted oven.
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                          Large 50:50 fridge/ freezer.
                        • Stove
                          4 ring gas hob.
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                • Books for Adults
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Radio
                                • Stereo


                                    • Binoculars
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Large covered terrace with teak patio furniture- table and chairs for 8. Also 4 fold out canvas chairs for extra children or visitors.
                                    • Large Cooler
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Large garden of approximately 2000 m2.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Large kettle BBQ + side table.
                                    • Patio
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                    • Tennis
                                      Tennis courts available in centre of village.
                                    • Terrace

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Heated Pool
                                        • Outdoor Pool
                                        • Private Pool
                                          Pool heating extra. £50 per week if required.


                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • mountaineering
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • skiing
                                                        • spelunking
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis


                                                            • Not suitable for very small children unless carefully supervised as small unfenced stream runs along garden. This can be seen on the photo of the hammock. Wood burning stove in lounge, electric heating in other rooms.TV in lounge suitable for DVD's- not connected for television. Heating for pool by arrangement, with extra charge. There is a wooden spiral staircase to 1st floor bedroom and shower room, and 3 steps from kitchen/diner down to lounge area. Teak patio furniture for 8 people. 4 loungers for sunbathing by pool and 2 large hanging parasols . Large separate gazebo if required and 4 fold-out picnic type chairs. Tennis courts 300m in village centre. Lac du Montbel with swimming/watersports/riding 15 minutes drive . Ski-ing at Mont D'Olmes 45 minutes .Other ski stations such as Ax Les Thermes, Guzet, Camurac just over an hour. Nearest restaurant 10 mins walk.Nearest small supermarket 5 minutes by car in Chalabre.

                                                              33 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Absolutely Fantastic

                                                              Alan G.

                                                              We Booked this Villa with some friends of ours and our first impressions of the villa and the setting were fantastic. Its location was perfect and nice and peaceful and for four adults and four children more than adequate. Carcassonne is about a forty five minute drive away which has loads of things to do shopping and eating etc and with Sue no more than an email away and Jenny living just up the road you are always in good hands should you have any questions or hiccups. Looking back at our holiday pictures we will definitely be returning for some more wonderful memories. All in all i would highly recommend this place to anyone .

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              How nice to receive this review now when you've been looking back at your holiday photos from the summer!

                                                              Grey and chilly here but blue sky, sun, parasols and the pool in

                                                              Rivel. Nice glass of wine with the evening sun just coming under the edge of the terrace roof before it slips behind the hill. I want it to be summer too!

                                                              Glad you have lovely photos and memories too. Hope to see you soon.

                                                              A wonderful property in a beautiful area of France

                                                              Kathy N.

                                                              For 2 families of 4 this was the perfect place for us to stay with plenty of space for everyone.

                                                              It was extremely well equipped and spotlessly clean with everything you could ask for and more.

                                                              The most important feature for us was the heated swimming pool which was amazing.

                                                              Sue, the owner was incredibly helpful in every way as were the people caring for the villa.

                                                              Lots to do in the surrounding areas and very relaxing by the pool.

                                                              A special mention to the restaurant on the road to Chalabre with the childrens play area. Lovely food and very friendly owners.

                                                              I would not hesitate to recommend this villa for anyone looking for a relaxing holiday in this lovely property in this charming area of France. Many Thanks Sue.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Lovely review, many thanks!

                                                              The heated pool is always lovely, particularly at the beginning and end of the season. It's possible to still enjoy the warm water in October as I did last year, and make the most of the lovely autumn weather we often have in Rivel.

                                                              We always enjoy strolling gently 10 minutes down the road to eat at the Moulin de L'Eveque knowing we'll have a lovely meal, usually on the terrace which has lots of sun. Worth trying Dorota's aperitifs! Blanquette de Limoux with a dash of Chataigne always goes down well. (Fizz with a dash of chestnut liqueur.)

                                                              We'll be back ourselves shortly and are still finding new places to visit, even after 10 years.

                                                              Hope to have you back next year.

                                                              Great hideaway and a relaxing place for some clean living

                                                              Edward W.

                                                              Just back from a July break staying at this lovely villa in the peaceful village of Rivel. Five of us fitted very comfortably in the house and all enjoyed the pool daily. the locality has all manner of interest from walking in the Mountains, exploring the many Cathar castles, enjoying a trip around some vinyards or just a simple afternoon with a barbecue and swim.

                                                              Only thing I would say is there is no TV reception or WifI so do remember the DVDs for the little ones.

                                                              Sue, the owner, was very helpful and everything worked the way it should.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Great that you enjoyed yourselves and had a relaxing time. The children always love the pool and spacious garden with the hammock by the stream. Lots to do in the areas or everyone. Hope to see you again soon.

                                                              Superb property in beautiful area.


                                                              My wife and I have just returned from our third stay at this delightful house in Rivel. The house is in a secluded position, not overlooked and with neighbouring properties far enough away to almost disappear, yet it is on the edge of the tiny, medieval village of Rivel and, just a few kilometres away, is the small market town of Chalabre.

                                                              The house is spacious and airy with lovely views of the surrounding hills and woodland from the windows and garden. It is superbly fitted out with everything one can think of, from kitchen equipment, lounging comforts, to patio and poolside furniture. The pool is lovely, when we were there the temperatures were reaching the mid thirties so we spent much time immersed in the cool water. Unusually, this property also offers secure, off road parking for at least two cars. A big plus for us as we love touring France in our Morgan sports car.

                                                              Sue, the property owner, provides excellent communications both before, and during your stay, should it be necessary. Her team that service the house, pool and garden all live locally, speak english and can solve any problem that may arise.

                                                              We highly recommend this villa for a holiday encompassing all the best that France has to offer.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Lovely to have you back for a third time. It's a pleasure to have such lovely guests.

                                                              Your beautiful car produced quite a stir locally with a lot of people asking me who it belonged to. Would have liked to have said it was mine but unfortunately you wouldn't leave it behind. The parking on the drive is useful and keeps vehicles away from any careless passing tractors that might do a spot of damage. Not something you would want with a car like yours!

                                                              You had very hot weather for June so I'm glad you enjoyed the pool. We can usually use it with the pool heating till mid October.

                                                              Hope to see you for a fourth time!

                                                              A lovely villa in a quiet village

                                                              Chris W.

                                                              Really great place for a change of pace and a relaxing holiday. Good facilities and plenty of room for all the family.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Pleased you had a relaxing holiday and liked the house. It is peaceful sitting on the patio looking at the garden and pool, with the birds singing and the sound of cowbells in the distance. Possibly a glass of wine helps too!

                                                              At this time of year the pool heating is great because without it, even with the warm weather you've had , the water would not have had time to warm up. The heating keeps it at 28 degrees C which is perfect, particularly if children want to stay a long time in the water. Hope to see you again.

                                                              Un séjour très agréable

                                                              Laetitia L.Rosny sous Bois

                                                              Nous avons passé une semaine pour la fin de l'année 2016 dans la maison de Rivel. Une maison spacieuse très agréable à vivre même à plusieurs. La maison est très bien équipée. Nous avons grandement apprécié le poêle à bois qui nous a bien chauffé la maison. La vue sur la nature est incroyable en particulier depuis la véranda où se trouve le salon et le poêle. Sue est une hôte très agréable qui fait tout son possible pour que votre séjour se passe bien.

                                                              Nous reviendrons sans hésiter.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Merci beaucoup pour vos aimables paroles.

                                                              Je suis tres heureuse que vous avez passe un bon sejour.

                                                              J'espere vous voir pour Noel cette annee.


                                                              Rivel, France

                                                              Other Activities: Ski station, Mont D'Olmes 45 minutes drive.


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              During the winter months shorter stays may be possible, for example, long weekends for skiing. Prices negotiable. A refundable damages deposit of £400 must be paid at time of booking. Price shown includes cleaning at end of stay. Pool heating if requested will have an additional charge of £50 per week. The balance must be paid not less than 8 weeks before date booked. Arrival day normally Saturday. Out of season I can offer a special couples only price of £100 per night when only one bedroom is occupied. Minimum 7 days- flexible arrival day possible.

                                                              33 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.8/5
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