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Quality Barn Conversion With Pool, Near Mirepoix In Ariege

Manses, France
  • Farmhouse
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Mininum Stay7 nights

Farmhouse near Mirepoix, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees - A Beautiful Rural Position With Fantastic Views Across Miles Of Countryside To The Pyrenees

The property is a recent barn conversion with original wood beams set in peaceful countryside within 5 minutes walk of the village of Manses. We have superb views across open countryside to the Pyrenees. The property is set in 95 acres of fields and woodland belonging to the owners. This ensures tranquillity as well as privacy.

See our website www.lecazalmansesfrance.co.uk

Guests are welcome to use our 12 metre by 6 metre pool. A large deck to the south allows outdoor dining with views to the Pyrenees. For those who enjoy walking, the ancient pilgrims route, Chemin du St Jacques de Compostelle, passes by the rear of Le Cazal. Days can be passed by the pool or enjoying nearby activities of walking, hiking, cycling, skydiving, parachuting, rafting, canoeing, horse riding, golf and skiing to name but a few. Market day in the medieval town of Mirepoix (5 miles) should not be missed. Within easy reach of Carcassonne (50 mins), Toulouse (80 mins), Mediterranean beaches (Narbonne 90 mins) and ski slopes (Ax les Thermes 40 mins).



Lorna Cannell

Member Since 2012
Response time:
within a few days
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Mar 12, 2018


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Swimming pool
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Uk kingsize bed
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, Uk kingsize bed
      • Bedroom 3
        3 twin/ single, 2 single beds plus one single trundle
      • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: All bedrooms have ceiling fans to aid a comfortable nights sleep in the summer months. Bedroom 1 - king sized bed Bedroom 2 - king sized bed Bedroom 3 - 2 single and 1 trundle bed


      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Shower room 1
        toilet, shower, and washbasin
      • Shower room 2
        toilet, shower, and washbasin
      • Toilet 1
      • There are 2 newly fitted bathrooms complete with shower, wc and basin. Bathroom 1 can be accessed from bedrooms 1 and/or 2 with the second bathroom accessible to all from the hall. There is also a downstairs cloakroom.

      Location Type

        • Rural
        • Village


            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Internet
                      Free wifi available
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Large open living room with comfortable sofas, satellite TV, DVD, good range of books and some games. Faces south and opens onto a large deck.
                    • Parking
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wood Stove
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Kitchen
                          A modern open kitchen fully equipped with an electric double oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge freezer, washing machine and dishwasher.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      Situated in the heart of the Ariege Pyrenees in a setting of exceptional beauty, the Ariege Golf Club offers an eighteen hole golf course with agreeable playing conditions which are also technically demanding. There is also a 6 short hole course which serves as a pitch and putt, and a practice area and green. A professional is on hand for lessons for beginners and more experienced players. The bar and restaurant with its panoramic view of the course offer a menu with a variety of choice including regional delicacies. The course in 50 minutes by car. There is also an 18 hole course at Carcassonne.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      The skiing domaine of Ax les Thermes is 40 minutes by car or a train can be taken from nearby Pamiers. Ax les Thermes has 3 domaines with 36 pistes from green through to black. Equipment can be hired at the slopes. Another ski station, Mont d'Olmes with 21 kms of pistes, is approximately one hour by car.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Heated Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              The pool is shared between guests and the owners. The owners generally swim in the evening. The water is treated using a sand filter and UV treatment and is just like swimming in fresh water.


                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • library
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • sledding
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • whitewater rafting


                                                                • Notes on accommodation: The property has thick stone walls keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. A cot and high chair are available upon request. We ask guests not to smoke inside the property. Find us on Facebook - GiteLeCazal Outside: The property has French patio doors to the south which open onto a large deck with a grassy field beyond and views across open countryside to the beautiful mountains of the Pyrenees. Guests are welcome to share the owners pool 12metres x 6metres. There are plenty of loungers for those who would like to top up their tan or have a snooze in the sun. The pool is open for as long as weather allows, (normally May to September), and is heated. The pool has a UV sterilisation system so is just like swimming in fresh water. No chlorine or salt. There is outdoor table tennis. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is included. Bathroom and poolside towels are also included. Other: Large private deck with beautiful long wooden table and chairs for eating al fresco. Large parasol. Barbecue. Views from the deck across rolling countryside to the fantastic Pyrenees. Perfect for an evenings relaxation after a day exploring or in the pool

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 9:30 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                  14 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Superb and deeply relaxing

                                                                  Oliver F.Bollington

                                                                  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

                                                                  Katy P.

                                                                  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

                                                                  Colleen G.

                                                                  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!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  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!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Back for more!


                                                                  We stayed last year at Le Cazal and loved it so much, we returned again this year.

                                                                  Everything was exactly as we remembered it and the moment we stepped outside to the wonderful view across to the Pyrenees, we knew we had mad the right decision to return. The gite is fully equipped with everything we needed and this year we got to swim in the pool as the weather was glorious.

                                                                  Lorna is such a wonderful host and makes us feel so welcome. We have already spoken about making it a hat trick and hope to return again next year. I think that shows just how much we love it!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  So glad that you enjoyed your stay again this year. Thank you for sending those great photos. I'm going to put all of them onto our facebook page.


                                                                  Manses, France

                                                                  See our website www.lecazalmansesfrance.co.uk Coast/Beach: 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) Travel: 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. Distances: 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 Further Details: 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.

                                                                  14 Reviews

                                                                  Exceptional 5/5

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