|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Spacious converted farmhouse of over 190m2 with private 10m x 5m pool. The property rests in the tiny village of Le Taychel in the heart of the Ariege. Sitting on gardens of an acre with a well stocked river bounding the property on one side. The large garden has many mature trees offering dappled shade and outdoor dining. Feel free to enjoy our boules court, recently installed.
Inside the property is equipped with a full kitchen. There are 2 bedrooms each with a double bed, with a further two mezzanine bedrooms one with 2 twin beds and the second with 2 doubles. The house is perfect for 4 adults and up-to 6 children.
There is one master bathroom with bath, shower, toilet. A second shower room with toilet sink, and a down stairs WC. The property has a large open plan sitting-dining area leading to large gardens through French doors.
TV area with TV and DVD player, no TV signal.
On site washing machine, Freezer, Fridge, Dishwasher.
Places to See: Mirepoix, Medieval town with wonderful market on Monday mornings, great selection of cafes and restaurants to choose from. 20 Min.
Carcassonne medieval walled cite is a great day trip with shops, guided tours, walks of the city walls, and some very good places to eat. 1 hr.
Foix castle is worth a visit after a hard days walking the cobbled streets and enjoying the Friday market. 20 min.
Lac Bel has wonderful walks, boat rentals, sandy beach, Horse and donkey rentals. 15 min.
Chalabre with its authentic chateau and an all day medieval show, including weapons training with bow and arrow, jousting, and plenty of activities for the children. 15 min drive.
If the 10m pool is not enough water for you, you can take the drive to the Mediterranean beaches of Perpignan and also visit the drive through Safari north of the city at Sigean. 1 hr 40.
Take the train from Pamier up through the beautiful Pyrenees and into Andorra, then onward on an amazing journey into Spain and Barcelona 1 day.
Things to Do: Walking tracks dot the entire region with something for every level, child friendly family circuits up to all day mountainous stages of the Cathar way. Maps and guides available in the house.
White water rafting, canoeing, and kayaking, right next door. Just ask our Neighbour Fabrice http://www.rockandrollrafting.com/
Or perhaps a little Sky diving at Pujol drop zone only 20 min from Taychel.
There are a number of horse and Donkey trekking trips available in the region if you would like to explore the mountains on 4 legs.
Try your luck at high speed go Kart racing 10 min from the house if the children get bored of the sun and swimming.
Wander into the local snail farm, 5 minutes walk form the centre of the village and treat yourself to a kilo of Escargot.
During the months of July and August, the many nearby villages run weekend Fetes. With one off markets, traditional parades and art shows.
Le Taychel: The property consists of two 18th century farmhouses that have been combined into one, and fully renovated. The house is very spacious and has an open plan layout downstairs. The entire property is decorated in French rural style, and has original thick stone walls which are great for heat management in the summer.
Wir haben unsere letzten Sommerferien in Le Taychel verbracht, in diesem einfach nur traumhaft schönen Haus. Wir waren insgesamt acht Personen davon vier Kinder im Alter zwischen vier und fünf Jahren. Auf dem großen Grundstück mit angrenzendem Fluss und einem großen Swimmingpool gab es für unsere Kids immer etwas zu tun. Das Haus ist mit sehr viel Liebe zum Detail eingerichtet. Hier fehlt es wirklich an nichts und es bietet ausreichend Platz. Le Taychel ist ein kleiner Ort, zum nächsten gelegenen Supermarkt fährt man mit dem Auto ca. 15 Minuten. Die Umgebung lädt zum Wandern ein. Zu unserem Programm gehörten auch ein Tagesausflug ans Meer und nach Carcasson. Wir haben hier wirklich einen traumhaft schönen Urlaub verbracht und waren begeistert von Land und Leuten. Gerne möchten wir bald wieder kommen.
We spent our last summer holiday in Le Taychel, this just fantastically beautiful house. We were eight people including four children aged between four and five years of age. The large ground with adjoining river and a swimming pool, there was always something to do for our kids. The house is furnished with great attention to detail. There really was not missing anything and it offers enough space. Le Taychel is a small place, you drive to the nearest supermarket by car about 15 minutes. The area is ideal for hiking. Our program also included a day trip to the seaside and to Carcasson. We really spent here a dreamlike holiday and were captivated by the country and its people. We would like to come back soon.
My husband and I together with our two boys aged 1 and 3 and their grandparents spent two very enjoyable and relaxing weeks here in September of 2010.
The house is very comfortable and well equipped which meant that it took no time at all to settle in. The large garden was ideal for our boys as they had plenty of room to run around and there were plenty of toys for them to play with so they kept themselves occupied, which meant that we could relax. We were all very fond of the hammocks and many hours were spent swinging under the trees. The pool was great fun for the adults and our boys who do not swim were able to show just how much fun you can have with a pool without actually getting in.
Most days we headed into La Roque D'Olmes for the boulangerie, boucherie and the supermarket, we also spent a very pleasant afternoon around the Castella in the old part of town. Several days were spent just exploring the picturesque local villages like Dun and Lieurac. Everywhere we went we were greeted by the locals with a friendly bonjour!
My parents on the other hand had quite a busy time visiting all the tourist sights. They particularly liked Mont Segur and the market at Mirepoix, where they bought some beautiful cheese and bread. They also had a beautiful meal at Les Deux Sapines which is on the back road between Foix and Lavelenet.
All in all a very enjoyable hoilday and we would not hesitate to reccommend as it is a lovely house in a beautifully rural part of France.
We stayed here September '08. We have two young children between 2 and 4. We flew in to Carcassonne airport which is quite small so it’s just a quick stroll to the car rental and another 10 metres and you are on the road immediately which is a pleasant change from the usual large airport underground car park and striving to find all the ring exits.
We stayed on the secondary road and avoided motorways as it’s a very pleasant journey through beautiful country side for less than an hour. The house itself was a wonderful surprise. The kitchen and living area is a lovely open space. The kitchen is well equipped obviously by someone who likes to cook. Above there are two more levels. The first floor has 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and a sitting area. The large back bedroom is a lovely room with shuttered windows overlooking the garden
The uppermost is very nicely converted attic style. It would have been ideal for children older than ours.
The house was decorated in a homely meets rustic style and while the adults were immediately chilled out after the journey the kids set about exploring all the kiddie stuff lurking under the stairs. It was a great relief to see more than enough to keep them occupied for at least a week.
The garden was special, beautiful trees with a lovely pool. We regularly strung the hammocks between the trees and took turns watching the kids in the pool. The pool also has a great childproof cover.
There are many beautiful places to visit from Carcassonne itself to the last stand of the Cathars in Montsegur. Our biggest venture was a round trip to the beach at Leucate Plage followed by a great trip to the African plains safari park at Sigean. It was probably 1.5 hours each way driving but it was worth it.
There are some lovely towns in the area. Our two favourites were Mirepoix and Foix. The castle in Foix is well worth a look. We also enjoyed a Moroccan restaurant there but its name eludes me. In Mirepoix the market on Monday is amazing. It is a dazzling selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses, wines, meats, etc. It was difficult to know where to start but we managed. We cooked at the house regularly but also ate out in some lovely restaurants none better than Le Comptoir Gourmand where we had some wonderful cassoulet.
Normally while on holiday we use the accommodation as a base and spend most of the time elsewhere. This house is the sort of place where you might forget you have a rental car; it’s simply a very nice place to be.
My wife and I stayed here in September '07 along with our two children and their grandparents, the house is of ample size for 4 adults and several children.
The farmhouse has all mod cons and the decor and styling are top class. The kitchen is fully equipped and there is an outdoor barbecue. There are books and children's games aplenty, if you can keep them out of the pool long enough, incidentally the pool has a slide over roof which is very secure.
There is plenty of parking behind the house, we had two rental cars which we kept in the shade at the rear of the house.
The town of Larouqe is a few minutes way and there is an excellent butchers and boulangerie in the shopping center, theres a large super marche at the other end of the town.
There are plenty of tourist activities in the local region, we spent a day the prehistoric park, another day in the cave system at Foix, a day Carcassone visiting the old city and hill fort. We spend an evening in Foix where they run a live legend of the Cathars play at the base of the castle, the kids were engrossed with the live action Knights and Horses.
One evening we went to a fete in a nearby village, my in-laws who are avid ballroom dancers, joined the locals on the dance floor for a couple of quicksteps and trots. I can highly recommend the restaurant Les Sapiens on the back road from Lavelenet to Foix, you'll need to book a couple of days before hand. My wife and I regard it as one of the best meals we've ever had and quite reasonably priced for such high quality.
All in we had a great time.
We stayed with two families (4 adults, 6 children) for two weeks in this great house. What makes you feel very welcome is the fact that the house is very well equipped. Not just the kitchen, dishes etc, but also toys for the children and books to read. The huge garden and the clean swimmingpool are of course worth mentioning.
The village of Le Taychel is VERY tiny (and quiet) so for bread and groceries you have to make a 20 min. drive. Although the village itself doesn't attract any tourists there is a lot to see in a range of about 30 min. drives like Chateau Montségur, the city of Foix and its castle, the medieval village/city of Mirepoix (and nice 1000-1500 meter mountains for cyclists!) .
I can definitely recommend this house!
Schönes altes Haus, gemütlich Eingerichtet, super großer Garten mit tollem Pool.
Liegestühle, Grill, Tisch, Hängematten, Federballnetz und Fußballtor sind vorhanden.
Man ist für sich ganz allein.
Der Nachnarbauer wirft morgens seinen Traktor an, das störte uns aber nicht.
Pool mit Dach.
Wir hatten eine schöne Zeit.
Inside the picturesque quadrant formed by the larger towns of Medieval Mirepoix, Pamier, Foix and Lavelanet, nestles peaceful Taychel. Equi-distant from Toulouse and Carcassonne airports at 1 hour, 70/60 KM respectively.
This is Pays Cathare, the land of the Cathars. With Chateau Montsegeur only 15 min drive. Monday market in Mirepoix is a must see, as is Friday in Foix. Both of these beautiful French towns have much to offer within easy drive. The Ariege has many walks and cycle tracks for families to enjoy, and many interesting excursions are also available; Pre-historic caves, underground rivers, medieval jousting at Nearby Chalabre, take a boat out on Lac Bel, Climb to the dizzy heights of Chateau Montsegeur, Visit the natural Labyrinth at Nebias. Gourmet night in Lehran is a great experience of French country life where the mayor provides the seating and the Chief, and you buy the produce from the market to be cooked and enjoyed there and then.
Canoeing, Rafting and Kyaking right next door http://www.rockandrollrafting.com/ just ask Fabrice, highly recommended.
Ski: The nearesrt SKI resort is Mont D'olmes and is very popular with French tourists from Toulouse.
It is 23km from our house to the slopes, although allow 45 mins for the drive as the last 10 km are slow.
There is a daily bus from the local Village of Larogue D'olmes to the slopes and back.
Skiing at Mont D'olmes is very reasonable, and setup to be family friendly.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
There are no additional charges.
Cleaning before and after arrival is included in the price.
Additional cleaning service is available as an extra, contact owner for details.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.