|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Relaxing holiday home, as well as being ideal for a family celebration or wedding party.
On the ground floor are the luxurious Grande Salle and Grande Cuisine. Fully equipped and with a 4 metre oak table, these are designed for groups of friends and family cooking and eating together. The 8 chandeliers on the ground floor and mezzanine are made by Italian artisans.
Two fully self-contained apartments, connected by a private staircase and recently renovated to a high standard. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 x bath and shower; 1 x shower), 2 x fully-fitted kitchens, 2 lounges each 2 armchairs and comfortable fully-sprung sofa bed. Suitable for up to 12 people. Both apartments have views south towards Pyrenees mountain range.
Our large oak snooker/pool table on the mezzanine is available for your use. The First and Second Floor apartment floor areas total 145 sq m and with the Grande Salle and Grande Cuisine, the total floor area is 415 sq. m. - a truly spectacular holiday home.
Full of character and wooden beams, the Maison d'Artistes is the "Jewel in the Crown" of the Domaine de Montagnac. Spacious and luxurious, the Grande Salle and Grande Cuisine are wonderful spaces that transform the house. The Grande Salle is luxuriously furnished, with chandeliers, large sofas and armchairs, Jotul wood burning stove, widescreen TV...and a stunning 4 metre oak dining table (perfect for up to 20 people). The Grande Cuisine is fully equipped with a 5-burner cooker, gas and electric ovens, microwave, dishwasher, and large fridge/freezer (with icemaker). The 4 bedrooms and 2 sofabeds are in the the first and second floor apartments (which are available together or separately). Renovated to a very high standard, each apartment has two bedrooms, one bathroom (1st floor: bath/shower; 2nd floor: shower), a fully-fitted kitchen, living room, sofa bed & satellite TV. The Maison d'Artistes is a magnificently spacious holiday home of 415 sq m (or 4500 sq ft) - much more space than you will find in most gites. A large terrace looks out over fields and woods - ideal for hot summer evenings. You’ll have unrestricted access to the shared swimming pool and grounds...and to our large snooker table.
The Maison Maitre has 8 bedrooms and 2 sofabeds, and has a large shaded south-facing terrace and a small north-facing terrace.
The Maison du Parc has 4 bedrooms and 1 sofabed and a private/enclosed north-facing terrace.
The Maison des Pyrenees Appartment 1 has 3 bedrooms and 1 sofabed. Its terrace looks south directly towards the Pyrenees.
The Maison des Pyrenees Appartment 2 has 1 bedroom and 1 sofabed. Its terrace also looks south directly towards the Pyrenees.
The 4 entirely self-contained houses at the Domaine de Montagnac can be rented together offering a total of 20 bedrooms and 9 sofabeds – enough for most extended families or holiday groups. If you would like to reserve the entire estate just let us know!
If your aim is to find absolute peace/calm (even isolation), you may be well advised not to stay at the Domaine de Montagnac during July or August. Understandably, in the peak holiday season we are likely to have people staying in one of the other houses/apartments. For most people, meeting new people/friends in a relaxing informal setting (and children meeting and playing with other children) adds to the fun and enjoyment of a family holiday in such a wonderful place!
The Domaine de Montagnac is an ideal location for relaxed and focused residential business seminars. All of the spaces described can be made available, plus a separate dedicated seminar room. Full catering can be arranged from a local caterer. Please email us for more details.
Hallo! I'm Martin Holliss, one of the owners of the Domaine de Montagnac. Having fallen in love with the place, my wife, Liz, and I bought the Domaine in 2005 with some of our oldest and dearest friends. Our children have come to love it as well, to the point that our son was married at the domaine during 2016.
Martin Holliss purchased this chateau / country house in 2005
It's just so lovely here! Rural, tranquil and with amazing views. If you want to holiday in a city then the Domaine de Montagnac is not for you. However, if you love the country, enjoy large characterful houses with wooden beams, and want to relax into a combination of tourism, walking and French rural life, then Montagnac is likely to appeal.
Nous avons loué le Domaine de Montagnac pour notre mariage. Nous avons tout réalisé sur place, cérémonie, réception, fête. C'est un endroit exceptionnel : calme et magnifique. Les gîtes sont superbes. Tous nos invités ont adoré le lieu, ont pu profiter de la piscine, de la vue splendide sur les Pyrénées et d'un coucher du soleil époustouflant.
Les propriétaires et la régisseuse Christina sont des personnes adorables, disponibles et compréhensives.
Nous avons passé un moment merveilleux. Tout était parfait!
Je recommande +++ le Domaine de Montagnac pour les futurs mariés!
Montagnac will remain in our heart! We rent the whole "Domaine" as we were a big group. The kitchen was very well equiped. For every meals, we all fit on the terrasse in the back. The pool size was perfect. We also enjoyed the garden for football games and treasure hunts. And kids were delighted when we improvised a dance floor in the dining room. Christina, the state manager, was always very helpful! She even managed to send us back some books we forgot there...
This is the third successive year we have spent as a family at Montagnac, staying in the Maison d'Artistes. We love the space the property gives us, the ability to disappear off into a quiet corner to read, to play table tennis, snooker, boules, to swim in the warm water of the pool, to walk for miles, to cycle to nearby villages and then to gather together round the large table in the Grande Salle or outside on the rear terrace and enjoy a delicious meal prepared in the well-equipped kitchen. The property really is ideal for a family or group of friends who seek a calm, peaceful environment rather than heady nightclubs or discos, and at present is still ideal for our family group aged 1-73. Summer in the Ariège is the time for fields full of sunflowers and corn, special events in all the villages, canoeing, gentle white water rafting, visits to underground cave systems, canyoning, delicious meals in the market square at Foix or Mirepoix, and car journeys to places like Ax les Thermes to take the chair lift up to the real Pyrenees and the abundance of walks there.
All our contacts with the owner, martin, and the caretaker Christina have been professional and friendly, and any questions have been answered promptly.
Will we be back next year? We are already planning it.
Every year, we meet with my husband’s family. We had a wonderful time at Montagnac. Christina, the housekeeper, was a great help to us and we had the pleasure of meeting the owner, who recommended the most wonderful place for dinner for a very special occasion we were celebrating during our stay. The kitchen is a place where I would say: “want to have that too”. What we very much appreciated was that when we arrived, after a long drive, the bare necessities where available: coffee, tea, salt, pepper, sugar and so on. We arrived rather late and would not have known where to find these immediately. The housekeeper informed us where we could go the next day (a Sunday) and we did find a supermarket open on the Sunday morning.
The young crowd (between 16 and 21) had a ball with the billiard table and, for myself, the only regret is to not have finished the book of the library so generously provided.
Recommended: Families with young kids, pool is great. Otherwise 50 and over to have a quiet holiday.
PS The young crowd are family, they do not need disco, because they do not see each other during the year, so they have plenty to talk. And there are always the games.
A very well maintained, comfortable and well equipped holiday home in a fantastic, peaceful location. Amazing views across to the Pyrenees and only about 25 min drive to large supermarket In Pamier and Mirepoix which is a very pretty town with lots of shops, restaurants and large market on Mondays. Clean and safe swimming pool with loungers, which is also well maintained. The English speaking caretaker couldn't be more welcoming or helpful and is eager to be of assistance when required.
Would not recommend to those who wish to be in a village environment as the local Boulangerie is about a 15 min drive away and there are no local restaurants etc within walking distance, but if you want peace and tranquility with wonderful scenery and don't mind driving then this is the base for a great family holiday. Its also ideal for 2 families wishing to share a property as the apartments although very separate are better suited for people who know each other well due to their lay out.
The only negative we would point out is that due to the age of the property, soundproofing between the units could be a problem if you were unfortunate enough to be staying next door to a noisy family.
The English the owner is easily contactable to answer any queries and very accommodating if you require anything during your stay.
Thank you for making our first holiday in France such a memorable one.
C'est un endroit nicher en haut d'une colline, très belle vue et très belle demeure avec bcp de cacher et de charme, en plus nous étions seul donc on a profiter de tte la maison se qui nous a bien plus.les propriétaire étant pas sur place c'est la régisseuse qui nous a accueillit. un ou deux petit souci technique mais vraiment minime pleins de choses a voir ds les alentour Foix, Pamiers, Mirepoix, le château de Foix , le marcher le lundi a Mirepoix ,la rivière souterraine de Labouiche et des promenade tout autour du domaine... nous deux chiens se sont regaler en plus l’entrée et tellement grande qu'il y on dormi tranquillement au chaud... merci pour se jolie sejour
The Domaine de Montagnac is a remarkable place. Situated in a quiet and beautiful (but not remote) part of the Ariege in southwest France, with rolling hills all around, it is an ideal base for a relaxing rural holiday. As well as the local village (St Felix de Tournegat) being classified as a National Monument, there are amazing panoramic views of the Pyrenees mountain range – close enough for skiing or high altitude walks. With tourism and cultural attractions all over the region, and civilization (and, so, shops!) just a 15 minute drive away, there are very few holiday locations that can compare. Delights such as Mirepoix and Limoux are on the doorstep, as are the Cathar castles including Foix and Montsegur. For those wanting the sea, the Mediterranean and the famous town of Collioure are just 2 hours away.
Ski: There are several ski resorts within easy driving distance. While not as grand (or expensive!) as the Alps, all local ski resorts in the Pyrenees have a good variety of skiing in lovely surroundings.
The nearest ski resort, les Monts D'Olmes, is a 45 minute drive away. The larger resort of Ax-les-Thermes (also has thermal baths & a casino, is 90 minutes drive away.
Downhill « Ski de Piste » resorts:
Les Mont d’Olmes (1500- 2115 m / 18,5 kms of pistes)
Ax les 3 Domaines (1400 - 2400 m / 75 kms of pistes)
Guzet (1100 -2100 m / 40 kms of pistes)
Ascou Pailhères (1500 - 2000 m / 20 kms of pistes)
Mijanes Donezan (1530 - 2000 m / 9 kms of pistes)
Goulier Neige (1500 - 2000 m / 5 kms of pistes)
Cross-country « Ski de Fond » resorts:
Plateau de Beille (1800 -2000 m / 75 kms of pistes)
Domaine du Chioula (1240 - 1650 m / 60 kms of pistes)
Etang de Lers (1300 - 1615 m / 30 kms of pistes)
La Tour Lafont (1250 - 1500m / 15 kms of pistes)