Detached holiday rental in Midi Pyrenees

9.7/10
La Bastide-de-Bousignac (5km from Mirepoix), Ariège, Midi Pyrenees Reference: MA005110 Advertiser since: 2 September 2016
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Coin du Soleil Self Catering Flexible 4 8 2 One baby cot available free of charge

About this property

4-Bed Private Villa & Pool in Great Village Location. This villa is in a village setting.

Coin du Soleil (Sunny Corner) is a sunny, detached home from home holiday rental. Really well equipped and offering comfortable accommodation for 2 to 8 people. Secluded south facing garden with huge private pool. Set in a pretty bastide village with bakery and shop in a perfect location on the Aude/Ariege border just 5 mins from the lively medieval market town of Mirepoix with all facilities, restaurants and entertainment and just 30 minutes from the UNESCO City of Carcassonne. 1hr from Toulouse & Mediterranean Coast.

Cool and airy in summer with fans to all rooms. Warm and cosy at other times with woodburner and heating. Spacious living/dining room with seating for up to 8, leading to sunny terrasse with bbq and further seating area for outside dining. Steps down to a secluded huge private pool 12m x 7m with deep end for diving. Plenty of sunloungers and parasols Eating Area.
Four bedrooms set on 2 separate floors. Each floor has a bath or shower room plus wc. Quality bed linen and towels provided.
Kitchen for foodies with quality Range Cooker, dishwasher, microwave & coffee machine. Family sized fridge-freezer, cookbooks, herbs and spices for creating a gourmet meal after a visit to the local markets.

Lock-up garage and off road parking ideal for cyclists and motorcyclists. Close to Tour de France route and the Canal du Midi. Near to the Pyrenees (winter Ski, summer rambling), 1hr from the Mediterranean Coast, Toulouse and Andorra. Surrounded by sunflowers and wooded hills yet not far from anywhere!

This property benefits from a sunny position in the corner of a quiet cul-de-sac. Whilst it is in a village, it is not overlooked and has green views across to Mirepoix Cathedral.

Type

Villa

Kitchen and dining

A really great kitchen equipped with everything you'll need to cook up a great meal with local produce from market. A big range cooker. Pots and pans suitable for large groups. Plenty of crockery, cutlery and glassware. Cookbooks, well stocked herbs/spices etc. Dishwasher, microwave, coffee-machine and large fridge-freezer. Small table for childrens dining and food preparation.

There is a large oak farmhouse table with 8 seats. There is also another table for up to 8 on the outside terrasse adjoining the living room for dining al fresco or enjoying aperitifs and sunsets.

Living rooms

A convivial space with large sofas and comfortable seating for everyone. Large fireplace with woodburner for cooler evenings. Sony flat screen satellite tv, music dock for iPods, good library of dvds and books.
Glass frenchdoors open out to terrasse for sunbathing and dining.

Bedrooms

There are 4 good sized bedrooms. Two on each floor (one double and one twin on each) and space for a cot in one of the double rooms or one of the twin rooms. This layout is ideal for sharing groups, teenagers or just spreading out for privacy. There is a sofa and sitting area in the large twin room on the lower floor.
All mattresses are comfortable. We provide 2 pillows per person. Professionally laundered bed linen and bath towels are supplied free of charge.

Bathrooms

On the main floor there is a full bathroom with bath, shower, vanity basin and separate wc.
On the lower floor there is a shower room with vanity basin and wc.

Heating

There is a very efficient woodburner which is easy to operate and provides great, safe heat.
In addition there are electric radiators and a heated towel rail for cooler days.

Entertainment

Free wi-fi
Sony flatscreen satellite tv
Dvd player
IPod dock
Books
Games
Safe, clean childrens playground and football pitch

Garden and outside

The garden is enclosed by a laurel hedge for privacy and safety. The poolside area is secluded and sunny from morning until night. There are shady areas and a small grassed area for childrens' games. There is a drying area for washing, drying towels etc.
The very large pool is for your private use. It measures 12m x 7m with a deep end for diving.

There is an outside terrasse leading from the living room with steps down to the pool, garden and lower rooms.
The terrasse is perfect for sunbathing, dining outside or just enjoying sunset!

The garden is fully enclosed and gated. Note there are steps up to the main front door, living area and terrasse.

Parking and garages

There is plenty of parking for up to 3 vehicles.
There is lock up parking for bikes, motorcyles and off-road gated parking.
Set in a no-through road.

Visitor suitability

The front door is accessed via steps. The main living accommodation is then on one floor with steps down to the pool area and access to the lower bedrooms is via further steps. Not ideal for those with restricted mobility.

Information about any additional facilities

Please feel free to call and discuss any specific needs or questions. We have 16 years' experience in this area so are very well placed to try to answer. We live just 10 minutes away and so any problems (hopefully none) can be solved promptly.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Mirepoix
Distance: 3 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 20 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Many
Name of nearest fishing location: Lac Montbel
Distance: 8 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Carcassonne or Ariege Eco Golf
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Montbel
Distance: 8 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 20 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Languedoc, Limoux, Minervois, Cabardes

Skiing

Name of nearest resort: Les Monts d'Olmes or Ax Les Thermes
Distance: 20 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR7

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Domaine Gayda or Loregil (Chateau de Pennautier)
Distance: 25 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Ms Julie Mason

We have been visiting this area since 2000 and we live permanently in the local area so are very well placed to provide the answers to any queries. Our love affair with this beautiful & friendly area continues. Having holidayed over the years in many French holiday rentals, we know just how much the "little details" matter and our aim is to provide the extra touches to make sure you have a good holiday and can relax in a home from home.<br/>We hope to welcome you here or in property RA004959 nearby

Year property purchased 2000
Why this location? Medieval gem Mirepoix, Carcassonne & the stunning local area just ticked all the boxes. There are plenty of places to visit within easy reach from Cathar castles, swimming lakes, mountains, lively towns to remote mountain walks. Being on the Aude/Ariege border makes it possible to visit the vineyards, the coast, mountains, cities (Toulouse, Carcassonne, Narbonne) even Spain! The local food, wine & markets are excellent and there are plenty of good restaurants, cafes and bars. The weekly market is the best for miles! Getting here is easy with flights to Carcassonne or Toulouse. The motorway & TGV are also easy options with access at Castelnaudary about 30minutes away. The Canal du Midi and Tour de France routes are very closeby - in fact the Tour de France is having a stage in Foix on Bastille day 14th July 2017 so worth a visit just for that!
Unique benefits of property Because two of the bedrooms, with sitting area, shower room + WC are on a lower floor with separate access this property is ideal for shared groups or just for those who prefer a little more privacy. There's still plenty of room to all get together to eat, drink and socialise too! There's a large, sunny terrasse with BBQ & outside dining directly next to the living room & kitchen. Steps lead down to the secluded garden with complete privacy and a very large pool. There are plenty of sunloungers & parasols. The drive is gated, there's off road parking & garage. No through traffic and within an easy walk to the village centre for the bakery, bar, childrens playground and tennis courts. Mirepoix town centre is just 3kms (5minutes) away with all facilities, shops, restaurants and a bi-weekly market. Also a lovely traffic-free central square where you can relax and children are safe.

The Owner Recommends

Historical sites, caves, castles, wineries, lakes, mountains, coast, Canal du Midi & Tour de France - all within easy reach

An area of exceptional natural beauty enjoying more than 300 days of sunshine a year on average. There are attractions for all interests and ages - If you can tear yourself away from the pool here are some ideas:
~Locally you can ramble from the doorstep, visit Lac Montbel (5minutes) for water sports, bathing, sailing, riding and cycle hire. Race at Go-Kart at the international track of Limbrassac. Try Kayaking or White-water Rafting nearby at Moulin-neuf or Quillan. Mirepoix with its traffic-free medieval square is ideal for shopping, eating or just people-watching from a cafe.
~A visit to the UNESCO world heritage medieval Cite de Carcassonne. Just 30minutes away for the thriving ancient walled city, international festivals, music, great and atmosphere. Weekly market, Canal du Midi and cycle tours.
~A drive to the Mediterranean coast. 1hr to the Roman city of Narbonne and nearby beaches. Taste fresh Oysters or try wind-surfing at Leucate with a stop off at a winery on the way.
~Toulouse - Elegant city for shopping, culture, history, Airbus and Space Museums. Travel by train easily, by bus from the village or by car in just under 1hr.
~A day out visiting a winery then enjoying a Gourmet lunch - plenty of options but see Domaine Gayda.com or ChateaudePennautier.com
~Duty-free or Outlet Shopping at Andorra or Toulouse/Nailloux.
~ Follow the Tour de France - This summer nearby Foix hosts a stage on July 14th French Independence Day!
~ Take a boat or cycle the banks of the world famous Canal du Midi
~ Play golf at one of two stunning local courses.
~ Fish in the rivers of the Ariege or on local lakes.
~ Ride a horse in the gorgeous rolling countryside or around the lake.
Whatever, your interests just ask and, with our local knowledge, we usually have the answers and suggestions.

2 Reviews
9.7/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 8.5
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.8 / 10 Ewan and Isobel Paterson 25 July, 2017

A lovely house in a small French village with easy access to the delightful town of Mirepoix. The house is very well equipped. The large wood burning stove kept us cosy during the winter. We enjoyed the garden, which was very private and was ideal for eating out on sunny days. There are lots of good walks around the village. The house is within easy travelling distance to the Pyrenees, the canal du midi, the Mediterranean and Carcassone and is a great base for exploring. Julie and Pete are the most welcoming of hosts and could not have been more friendly and helpful. We stayed here for five months over the winter and spring and had a wonderful French experience! We would definitely come back!

9.5 / 10 SDoc 5 June, 2017

Fantastic place for relaxing and sunshine.
The only issue we really had was the downstairs double bedroom as the bed had a bar with slates and the couple using it said this made the bed slightly uncomfortable.
Local shops and market were great, difficult to get around if you are purer relying on buses so highly advise a car. Unless you don't mind walking.

Other than that a fabulous place and will definitely be booking again with more friends.

Also Julie is a fabulous owner, we arrived on a Sunday and did not have access to get to the shops so she returned with beers and wine for us for the evening which was a real treat.

Highly recommend!!!

Owner response

Thanks for coming and for your good advice to guests. The bed in the lower double room is firm and so may not have been the same as your friends have at home. No problems reported before and hopefully you found everything else, sofas etc comfortable. Look forward to welcoming you again.