About the property
- Farmhouse1937 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (3 ensuite), sleeps up to 8
A beautiful restored farmhouse, nestling in an acre of garden, just 4km from Fanjeaux, 15 mins by car from Mirepoix and 30 mins from Carcassonne. A very private and peaceful property. The house faces south with large poolside terraces & gardens rolling downhill to the wood. In the distance you can see the Pyrenees.
There are 2 double & 2 twin bedrooms. We have 3 ensuite shower rooms and a separate bathroom. There is an upstairs sitting area with wood burner and sofa and an enormous principal lounge with dining table, comfortable sofas and open fire. The kitchen is well equipped for all your catering needs. Outside is a shady eating terrace overlooking the pool. The house has TV, DVD, satellite, internet with wi-fi, & a CD player with external speakers for lazy days.The large swimming pool (12.5M x 6.5M) is freshwater, using UV sterilisation, we use a little chlorine in the maintenance. It has an approved safety fence which is compulsory under French law.
We are lucky to have some wonderful places to eat within a half hours drive. The Chateau at Camon is wonderful and very atmospheric and Domaine Gayda is a winery which also has a superb restaurant. Mirepoix has lots of restaurants and there is a friendly, family run restaurant in Fanjeaux, La Table Cathare. Great value.
The area is famous for it's Cathar castles and many are within easy reach. Don't miss Mirepoix market on Mondays, it's a perfect place to enjoy a coffee and people watch. Le Cite of Carcassonne is quite stunning and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants. Try to go early or leave it until later in the afternoon and perhaps have a meal there in the evening. Fanjeaux is worth a visit too, if only to see the amazing view from the Seignadou (viewing place), where on a clear day you can see for miles around. You can take a little boat from Bram or Trebes along the Canal du Midi and take a picnic with you, or visit one of the many wineries in the area for a Degustation!
For those with more energy, on the route de Lavelanet at Aigues Vives is one of the championship of France Karting circuits. All ages catered for. The local area is ideal for cycling. There are water sports on nearby lakes and the Mediterranean is an hour away at Narbonne. Golf courses can be found at Carcassonne and Toulouse. Horse riding, Tennis and kayaking/rafting are all available within easy reach. In the winter the slopes at Bonascre are accessible from Ax les Thermes using the cable car up the mountain and Ax is an hour away by main roads.
Reductions available for smaller parties - contact us with your dates for a quote.
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Mike and Debbie Leece
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About Mike and Debbie Leece
Mike and I sold our business in 2004 and spent a few years travelling and doing all the things we wanted to do but couldn't when we were working. We then decided we needed a project. The project turned out to be a liveable but tired farmhouse in the Languedoc. We have both worked very hard to make L'Obit the comfortable home from home that it is today. We have made many improvements including replacing all the ensuite shower-rooms inside the house but the garden is unrecognisable from what is was in 2008 and now there are lovely planted and colourful areas, including a boules court garden planted with lavender, roses and salvias. The house is wonderfully private, but not isolated and we have enjoyed many weeks there with the company of family and friends. In 2014 we had the pleasure of holding our daughter's wedding in the area. The wedding and reception was at the wonderful Chateau de Camon but the house was a wonderful venue for the preparations before and the party the day after! We love eating out for a treat and there is no end of great places to eat in the area. We also love walking and have enjoyed many randonnées in the area. We hope that you will enjoy this quite unspoilt area of France as much as we have.
Mike and Debbie Leece purchased this Farmhouse in 2008
Why Mike and Debbie Leece chose Arrondissement of Carcassonne
The house was liveable but we felt it was some time since any real love had been shown to it, especially the garden. Debbie is very keen on gardening and plants and has enjoyed creating new areas of planting and colour, there are many plants that thrive in the South of France that wouldn't survive in the UK. It also has 4 bedrooms which was ideal when family and friends come to stay. The position is idyllic, in winter you can even see the snow capped Pyrenees and as he house is in the middle of the countryside, there is a lot of wildlife around, especially buzzards, deer, hares and the odd wild boar!
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The house is situated down a 1 kilometre lane from the D119 which is a main route to the Pyrenees. So the house is rural without being miles away from civilisation. You can allow children to run around freely without any worry of traffic. We have one neighbour who us behind our house. It is their holiday home too and they are the best neighbours. Not intrusive, but there if you need them. The nearest village of Fanjeaux is only 5 minutes by car away and Mirepoix, a lovely medieval town is 12 minutes in the other direction. It has a wonderful cloistered square where a wonderful market is held every Monday. There are plentiful cafes, bars and restaurants in Mirepoix, together with supermarkets and everything else you would need. The house is also only 30 minutes from the wonderful UNESCO site of La Cite in Carcassonne. A must do whilst in the area. Try to go early or later on in the day as it does get very busy. There are lots of shops, restaurants and cafes once inside the incredible walls together with lots of medieval type amusements. The little train is quite a nice way to see the chateau and some of the city. The area is also famous for its amazing Cathar castles which tend to have stunning locations in beautiful countryside. There is no shortage of wonderful places to eat, and of course the wine of the area is very reasonable and of great quality. There are many Domaines around where you can enjoy wine-tasting. Enjoy!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
I stayed here with my young folks 19, 21 and 23 with their friends. We had the the most wonderful, enjoyable and restful two weeks at this lovely house in such a lovely rural location whilst not really being far off the 'beaten 'track. The numerous en suites and bathrooms and living areas made life easy. We have had numerous stays in various cottages gates etc in France over the years and we all felt this was probably the best. Everything seems to have been thought of and catered for including lots of useful information and helpful tips. I enjoyed watching the wildlife especially the golden oriel flitting to and from the fig tree below the pool and the red squirrel was spotted although personally I did not manage to see that one!
Thanks Mike and Debbie.
Depending on the time of year, we are always excited to see the wildlife around the house. In June we saw a family of wild boars at the edge of the wood each evening in the adjoining field and a flock of more than 50 Griffon Vultures looking for somewhere to rest on their migration trip back to the Pyrenees. In July we saw the unusual Hoopoe birds, and the brilliantly coloured Golden Oriel. It's lovely that our guests get to see these wonderful creatures too and share this with us. Who knows what we might see if we got up early enough!
LObit has everything! This is more of a home than a gites and it feels very much like that. The owners were massively helpful from the start. The house is a real find and we would all love to go back. Sad to have left.
beautiful property with generous touches
Debbie and Mike were extremely helpful from the off! recommending places to visit in the local area and also helping us with directions to the property which we didn't actually get from home and away.
after a short and very doable 25 min drive from the airport, we arrived to see the home was stunning, it was beyond a rental property, as it had so many nice touches to it. DVD's, books, toys and CD's to use, beautiful pictures hung of the local flora and impressive ornaments and lamps made it feel so welcoming and homely.
the property was clean and everything worked as it should, plenty of supplies which we topped up as we believe in "paying it forward", it means so much to turn up to a property especially when you've 2 shattered small people in tow and there is tea and coffee and essentials already in!
the local area is stunning and peaceful. so much to see and the views are beautiful of the son capped Pyrenees in the distance. Mirepoix is a very short drive away and the buildings are exquisite in the old town. plenty of eateries and a good market. fanjeaux is usefully just down the road, my mum and partner cycled to the bakery and grocery to collect essentials a couple of times! and the Miche from the bakery is a definite must.
we'll definitely be back.
Ideal for a family holiday
We stayed with our 3 children aged 22, 21 and 17. We can endorse all of the earlier comments. The villa was very spacious with ample seating areas so everyone could grab a quiet 5 when needed. It was a real treat for everyone to have their own bathroom. Plenty to keep people of all ages occupied both in the villa and in this area of France. The neighbours were away so we had the place to ourselves. Even if they had been at home we wouldn't have been overlooked as their property backs onto the rear of the house. The spiral staircase may give the elderly/infirm or very young some bother but we all managed perfectly well. If you like modern and light properties this isn't for you but if you like characterful, cosy and lived in it is perfect. The garden, pool and location is an absolute delight.
This is stunning house in a beautiful setting. It was so comfortable and peaceful we struggled to tear ourselves away. Lovely views of surrounding hills. The patio by the pool is a great sunspot sheltered from any wind. There's also a nice little patio for evening drinks to watch the sunset and enjoy the gardens after a game of boules. The house itself has lots of charm, spacious, immaculately clean and nice new en-suites. Everything feels good quality- good showers, comfy beds, well equipped kitchen. For any rainy days there's plenty to do (table football, lots of books and games, sky tv and dvd player, comfy lounge). If you do manage to leave the house there are lovely little villages to explore and good local restaurants. We slept better during this week than have done for months and finished the week feeling completely relaxed and rejuvenated. Already looking forward to our next trip.
Beautiful, relaxing place to stay
A great family-sized farmhouse, surrounded by gorgeous rolling countryside. The house looks out onto a view of wooded hills and fields of sunflowers (whilst we were there in late July. Isolated for privacy (and so that the children/young ones can make as much noise as they like) yet within easy reach of picturesque Fanjeaux (for shopping at the weekly market and in the friendly little supermarket). Easy access to so many historic sites - including Carcassonne itself (and just 20 minutes easy drive from the airport). Clean, well equipped (right down to a dart board and table football!) - highly recommended for a family holiday.
The house is down a rural lane between Fanjeaux and Mirepoix. Fanjeaux is a delightful hilltop village approx. 4 kms away, home of the Dominican Monks. It has a boulangerie, butcher, pharmacy, cafe and restaurant and spectacular views from the top. Mirepoix is an extraordinary and pretty medieval market town with all services. The central square with its 13th century couverts (a sort of cloister around the square) is spectacular and full of life and the Monday market is not to be missed. Around the square are a multitude of restaurants, cafes and shops. The Cathar castles are all in easy reach and Carcassonne with it's Cité is well worth a visit. The Canal du Midi is about 8km away at Bram. The Mediterranean beaches at Narbonne are an hour away as are the ski slopes of Bonascre above Ax les Thermes, Andorra is about 2 hours away. There are direct flights from the UK, Eire and Belgium to Carcassonne (25 mins away) and Toulouse airport is only an hour away.
Other Activities: Visiting Cathar Castles, International Go-Karting circuit, local markets, lovely walks, and great restaurants
Golf: Carcassone has an excellent golf course and restaurant and is approximately 40 minutes away. Ariege Golf club is a stunning course situated in the mountains past Foix and is approximately 1.5 hours away. Excellent facilities also. Toulouse has a number of golf courses, including the French Open Championship course. Toulouse is approx. 2 hours away. Google Golf courses in the south-west of France for more information.
Ski: Andorra is about 2 hours away, and you could have a two centre holiday by staying in one of the many hotels for 2 or 3 nights whilst based at the house. There are two ski resorts within an hour and a halfs drive of the house, so it is possible to go skiing for the day. These are the ski slopes of Bonascre above Ax le Thermes, which also is a lovely town. The nearer, but smaller slopes are at Monte d'Olmes which is quite close to the Cathar castle at Monsegur.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Long term lets from November to March are available. Please contact owners. Very attractive rates available. Our house likes to be lived in!