|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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These two newly-renovated gites are set in around two hectares of grounds in an extremely peaceful location with amazing panoramic views of the Pyrenees. They can be rented individually or together.
Domaine de Bertre comprises of two gites - Gite Vue des Montagnes and Gite de Bertre. Both benefit from generous sized bedrooms upstairs and a relaxed, open plan layout downstairs. Each has a with wood burning stove, English satellite TV and WiFi internet access. They are very family-friendly with a UV-treated pool (shared with the other gite, OR the owners) enclosed to French safety standards, swings, and a large, netted trampoline. Children's toys and books are provided.
Local attractions include the mediaeval towns of Mirepoix and Carcassonne, some of Europe's largest caves, several beautiful, supervised swimming lakes, animal parks where you can variously see eagles, wolves, bison and reptiles - there is also a safari park in Toulouse.
Nearby you can take part in kayaking, canoeing, horse or pony riding or a 'parcours dans les arbres' (zip wires, rope ladders, etc) suitable for children as young as three.
Gite Vue des Montagnes is a recently renovated cottage which sleeps a maximum of 6 people. It has English / French TV and WIFI available.
Catherine is a freelance journalist and Alex is a TV director and photographer. They have two children, Toby, 10, and Olivia, 8. We moved to France in 2009 to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life, leisurely lunches, skiing in winter and of course, sun in summer. We have never looked back.
Catherine Cooper purchased this cottage in 2009
Because the view of the Pyrenees is just incredible - it has to be seen to be believed. Also we have the perfect balance of feeling very rural while also being close to shops, schools and other facilities.
Our view. It really is something special. Also both houses have been carefully renovated by Alex and local builders to keep many original features (stone walls,wooden beams, Captain's beds and antique French furniture) while also offering all modern comforts.
This was an excellent holiday that we all thoroughly enjoyed despite the unusually crummy weather. This was due to the beautiful location, the amazing accommodation and the great hosting skills of the owner, Catherine.
Before my two friends, my son and I had even left the UK for our nine day holiday in April at Gite Vue des Montagnes, Catherine had made us feel welcome by sending a detailed email that included ideas of things to do in the area that my one-year-old would enjoy. It was a lovely touch because, as anyone who has travelled with children who have mastered crawling at speed while maintaining the attention span of a flea will know, it can be a bit tricky trying to find enough places that will keep them happy.
The gite itself is just lovely. The bedrooms are spacious and with furniture that you'd expect in a luxury boutique hotel, and the bathroom... Well, if there was a way of nicking a bathroom and smuggling it on to EasyJet then I would have. The downstairs living area is open plan and again really well designed. Catherine and her husband have clearly spent a long time planning the decor and layout of the gite.
Everyone's favourite bit, however, was the outdoor area. My son fell in love with the trampoline and the swings (I'm not sure he fully appreciated the spectacular views across to the Pyrenees, but I certainly enjoyed them) and the garden itself is fabulous for both crawling and sunbathing (yep, we had three whole days of sunshine and it was blooming glorious). The swimming pool looks fab with a perspex wall to allow swimmers to look from the pool directly to the mountains – an unusual and clever idea.
The nearest town, Pamiers, is a short drive away, and there are plenty of activities and medieval towns to visit in the surrounding area. One of the things that we really enjoyed, however, was bumbling around the lanes and chatting to the cows and practising woefully bad French on the locals who had the misfortune to pass us. We also thoroughly enjoyed drinking wine in the outdoor dining area at night and would have enjoyed using the barbecue if the rain had allowed us.
We all want to go back there, and not just because the resident cats are just the soppiest and prettiest pair ever. The real reason is that we had a fabulous time, and really, there can't be many places deep in the countryside that you can visit in freakishly bad weather with a one-year-old and say that about it.
Wonderful Ariège... A house in the middle of nowhere or maybe in heaven!
Beautiful restauration of an old house...
Everything was perfect....
Just back from a perfect week at the Gite vue des Montagnes. Location was stunning, pool excellent, accommodation exactly as required plus extensive grounds for our 18 mth old grandson to explore safely and lots of ball games, books, trampoline etc to keep him occupied. Catherine and Alex were extremely helpful both before and during our stay and we would heartily recommend the gite for a relaxing stay. Thanks so much for making it such an unforgettable holiday.
We stayed at the Gite for a month with our two children (6 & 8) and really enjoyed our time. The setting is beautiful, awesome 360 degree views, with only the noise of cow bells and frogs to hear. We found the gite very lovingly restored, the beds were comfortable (lighter bedding or sheets would have been good as we found ourselves too warm towards the end of our stay when the weather heated up), and the shower was excellent. The kitchen is a bit on the small side (lacking bench space) and could use some TLC - the dishwasher racks had broken wheels, one of the gas jets didn't stay alight - and the kitchen lacked basic items like salad and mixing bowls. Other than this, the rest of the gite was very spacious and comfortable. The fire worked well when we needed to use it.
A note to future guests is that there are no basic pantry 'staples' provided (such as oil, salt, pepper, sugar) or cleaning and maintenance products, other than what appeared to be left over from previous guests. We had to purchase items that we would expect to find in a holiday rental like garbage bags, kitchen cleaning cloths, dishwashing tablets and firefighters.
Our children loved that there were some toys and English books, they enjoyed playing outside with the resident cat Pickle, building a cubby house with the owners' children, the trampoline, table tennis and of course the pool! We enjoyed soaking up the view, cycling through the rolling hills, relaxing by the pool and using the gite to explore the Ariege region.
The region has a lot to offer - walks, cycling, caves, mountains, Prehistoric attractions, ropes courses (acro branch), rivers as well as many small towns. There were plenty of tourist brochures in the gite which was a great help in planning trips.
A car is a must. We would highly recommend this property to friends.
We stayed in the Gite for four months in late winter and early spring and we had a wonderful experience. The house is located in a beautiful spot, amid rolling hills with perfect stunning views of the Pyrenees. It is very calm , there is not a single noise around , yet it's only 10-15 minutes on the backroads from all the amenities you would need. There are many things to do around( skiing, walking,nice small villages and churches) but we ended up most of the time in the garden with the view of the mountains. The house itself is perfectly maintained, spotlessly clean, fully equipped and decorated with style, using a combination of antique furniture and modern fittings. The owners live on the property, which was great for us , since they are extremely helpful and went of their way to make our stay pleasant ( they installed a protective rail around the wood burning stove for our one-year old baby, which we found very thoughtful). Overall this is a great vacation house in an exceptional location: We didn't really want to leave when our holidays were finished!
We stayed at the property for three months which is well appointed, with its own washing machine, comfortable and clean. Bed linen and towels provided. There was a fridge. electric cooker and hob. A wood burner in the sitting room supplied with wood by the owners added to the ambiance particularly during the spring months.The surrounding garden boasts spectacular panoramic views of the Pyrenees and in the evening the nightingales are an attraction. The gite is located close to the town of Pamier and the sites of the Midi-Pyrenees are easily reached via the nearby road system
The gite is set in an idyllic location on a southward aspect with stunning views across the Pyrenees. It is also well served by the town of Pamiers, which covered all necessities. The building has been beautifully restored and provides a picturesque setting to 'get away from it all.'
The open plan ground floor proved a good living space to enjoy time together as a family. There was a good selection of books, games and toys. Although we were slightly disappointed by the TV, which made viewing the good selection of DVD's in the evening frustrating as it's small and the sound piercingly tinny.
The kitchen had good facilities for cooking for four, and the dishwasher was a welcome bonus. Although at the cost of a washing machine, I'm not sure it was worth it.
All the bedrooms were of a good size, albeit a little spartan for our taste. The mattresses were comfortable but the presence of a footboard on the double beds meant that if you are over six foot tall, as one of us is, a good night sleep was somewhat elusive.
The bathroom was excellent whilst having two WCs, with one separate, made bathing was a relaxing experience with great views out up the valley. The shower was shower was excellent too.
The pool and garden facilities are superb here; an abundance of land for kids to play and roam, table tennis, trampoline, clean swimming pool, surpassed our expectations. Although in the heat of the day there was a gathering of thirsty wasps around the pool. However, once we informed the hosts, this was dealt with as best it could be.
Whilst evenings sitting in the alfresco dining area for meals, watching the sunset over the mountains will live long in the memory.
There is also excellent access to some of the worlds best cycling if that's your thing, as it ours. With Ax-les-thermes being a good trip on cooler days.
Alex and Catherine were both helpful during our stay, especially when the power 'tripped'. They also allowed us the added security of paying via the website, which was much appreciated.
Would I recommend to a friend? Yes, but with the caveats of, lack of washing machine and be under 6 foot. Also, there was no wifi available in the gîte, even after it apparently had been fixed.
A newly-renovated, family-friendly gite in quiet, rural location between Carcassonne and Toulouse with amazing panoramic views of the Pyrenees.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
Oct 2 2016 - Apr 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$390|
Outside of July and August, electricity used is charged at cost as metered. During July and August,electricity is included in the price.
Prices include one set of sheets and towels per person per stay. If you wish your sheets and/or towels to be changed during your stay, an extra charge will be made.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.