Farmhouse near Mirepoix, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees - A Beautiful Rural Position With Fantastic Views Across Miles Of Countryside To The Pyrenees
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 9:30 AM
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The property was perfect for our three generation group of five adults and two teenagers. We had plenty of space inside and out to lounge around in and appreciated the huge kitchen table and generous outdoor table with large parasol. The chemical free pool was perfect to dip in and out of. We enjoyed trips to the markets at mirepoix and foix. Also Renne le Chateau, montsegur, Carcassonne, the bamboo garden, , and the prehistoric cave paintings at grotte de bedheilac. It is a stunning area I would like to return to again. Many thanks for a super holiday
Superb and deeply relaxing
Le Cazal is a great spot to get away from things. The gîte was well appointed, very clean, generously proportioned and we wanted for nothing. The views are superb and the pool was a real treat. The walking directly from the property is fantastic. Owners David and Lorna made us feel very at home. We would definitely book to stay here again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
Fantastic airy accomdation which happily fitted two families
We had a brilliant time and loved the endless views of the Pyrenees, the gorgeous pool and the easy access to wonderful French towns and villages. We were wowed by the fields of sunflowers all around too!
The house is very well laid out and the owners have thought of lots of handy details to make it a breeze to live there for a week or two. Good washing machine and dish washer with bags for bins etc provided.
We enjoyed the local market at Mirepoix, visited Carcassonne and Foix. All lovely but the pool and view were definitely our favourite things!
Peace, quiet, stunning views, base to explore from
We stayed at Le Cazal for a little under two weeks. Our hosts, David and Lorna were fantastic in many ways from making us feel welcome to advice on places to visit in the region. Our only disturbance during our stay was whilst sitting on the decking in the evening by the Cuckoo’s in the surrounding woods or the frogs in the old irrigation pond in the next field!
The property was lovely, a converted barn with stunning views across to the Pyrenees. It was well furnished and clean with all of the essentials required for a self-catering property. The fresh water pool was beautiful although we didn’t get to use it half as much as we would of liked due to an unfortunate run of weather! We stayed with our 10-month old daughter who is very mobile and into everything, this wasn’t an issue though as the Gîte is fairly baby friendly.
The Gîte is a 5 minute walk from the pretty little village of Manses or a 10 minute drive from Mirepoix. Mirepoix is the closest town for the supermarket and petrol station and has a beautiful cathedral and historic town square that must be visited. Also very close by and well worth a visit is the church at Vals which is built into a rocky outcrop on the side a hill. From the Gîte itself we enjoyed a couple of strolls up to the meadow on the ridge above the farm and enjoyed the magnificent views across to the Pyrenees. There is a short (3 mile ish) circular that takes you back through the village of Manses to the Gîte.
We used Le Cazal as a base to explore the beautiful Ariège region and from here we visited Ax-les-Thermes, Vallée d’Orlu, Montbel, Foix, Roquefort-les-Cascades, Castelnaudary, Carcassonne, Gorges de Galamus, the magnificent Cathar castles of Quéribus, Peyrepertuse and Montségur, La Fontaine de Fontestorbes, Saint-Cyprien and finally Camon!
You get the gist. If you want a large, well equipped Gîte in a peaceful location with stunning views and positioned nicely to explore the region, then look no further!
So glad that you had a great holiday here.
A little piece of Paradise
The description of Le Cazal regarding the location, layout and facilities is absolutely spot on. When you open the French doors and walk out on to the terrace for the first time, the views towards the Pyranees are simply breathtaking!
The property is spacious, spotless and very well equipped with everything that you need to have a relaxing holiday. The location is terrific, being within an hour and a half's drive from Carcassonne Airport and minutes away from the picturesque town of Mirepoix. It provided us with an excellent base to drive a little further afield to Foix and Montsegur. There are so many places to visit nearby - if you can tear yourself away from the fabulous pool!
Lorna and David are excellent hosts, with just the right amount of friendly interaction with their guests without being intrusive. We would thoroughly recommend Le Cazals although we would really like to keep it a secret because it is so special!
Many thanks for your lovely review. We are so pleased to know that you really enjoyed your holiday.
Perfect for relaxation and/or activities
Le Cazal is a perfect mixture. It's attractive, in a quiet setting, well maintained, well equipped (including superb pool), extremely spacious and with stunning views to the Pyrenees. The location is 5 mins or so to the very attractive town of Mirepoix (for varied eating, drinking, shopping) yet within easy reach of lots of other places and activities. The owners are helpful and knowledgeable. It's the sort of place where, as you leave, you say to yourself "I really want to return". Oh yes, Treacle and Rosie, the 2 dogs, are friendly and well behaved.
Many thanks for your lovely review. Your week here flew by. It was a pleasure to meet you - such interesting people! I am now looking for an excuse to pass by Lady Grey Tearoom when I am next in the UK.
The Mediterranean beaches are within reach for a day out. Narbonne is approximately 90 minutes by car and offers beautiful sandy beaches with a calm sea. There are also opportunities for beach and sea fishing.
Some nearby lakes offer beaches, swimming and watersports. The nearest to us is the lovely Lac Montbel(20 miles), Puivert(25 miles), Lac de la Cavayere at Carcassonne(40 miles) and the Lac de Mondely(30 miles)
The nearest airports are Carcassonne, 35 miles - 50 minutes, and Toulouse Blagnac, 60 miles - 70 minutes. Car hire is recommended although bicycle hire can be arranged once at Le Cazal.
The village of Manses is a 5 minute stroll. Mirepoix, an ancient bastide town with its famous 'couverts' and market is 5 miles distant. Carcassonne offers a variety of shops and markets and of course the famous castle or cité is a 50 minute car ride. Montsegur, famed Cathar town and castle is 50 minutes to the south. The climb up to the castle is well worth the effort as the views on a clear day are spectacular.
The principality of Andorra is a beautiful 80 mile car journey through the Pyrenees
You may never have stumbled upon Ariège-Pyrénées; most people haven't. It's a hidden gem: the ‘other’ south of France: a rural and sparsely populated area of outstanding natural beauty, laid back charm and good living. Explore green foothills and majestic Pyrenean peaks; potter round local markets and medieval towns; walk on peaceful paths and drive on quiet roads; marvel at the sheer variety of flora and fauna and stand and stare at breathtaking views. The Ariège is just about as far south as you can go and still be in France - we’re farther south than Nice - and is bordered by Spain and Andorra. There are just six main towns, the largest of which has a population of just over 15,000, many small villages and hamlets, and some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country. The Pyrenees are rarely out of sight and form a stunning backdrop all over the department, with the highest peaks rising to around 3000 metres. Medieval cités, Cathar castles, lovely Romanesque churches and authentic bastide towns and villages are all on your doorstep. There are lots of prehistoric sites, including some of the most extensive caves in Europe. You can climb or ski in the high mountains, go canoeing, gliding or paragliding, spend a couple of hours in a thermal spa or dance the night away at one of our many festivals. And it’s all totally unspoilt, totally uncommercial. Okay, we’re biased … but this really is a magical area!
Ariège is perfect for walking with well marked paths at all levels including the St Jacques de Compostelle pilgrim path,la voie piemont GR78, which passes just behind Le Cazal. Within an easy walk through beautiful countryside with panoramic views, is the Merovingian Necropolis (5-8 century), at Teilhet. A Voie Verte (green road) has been created from an old railway track and now links Mirepoix with Lavelanet and offers easy walking or cycling with lovely views.