Holiday cottage in Ariege - MA005276

Limbrassac (11km from Mirepoix), Ariège, Midi Pyrenees Reference: MA005276 Advertiser since: 31 January 2017
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Gite Loire Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1

About this property

'Loire' is our 2 Bedroom Villa. This villa is in a village setting.

Loire is one of 4 individual self-catering cottages (gîtes) that we have here, set with our home in 5 acres of the Pyrénéan foothills, bordered by a pretty stream, and benefiting from our 10x5m pool, table tennis, table-football, boule court, free wi-fi etc. Two of the gites have two bedrooms, one has three bedrooms, and one has four bedrooms.

All the gites have superbly equipped kitchens with dishwasher, washing machine, full-sized fridge-freezer, cooker, 4-ring hob, microwave etc. The gites also have English freeview TV, stereo cd and a private terrace or garden with sun beds, stone built barbecue, patio table and chairs and magnificent views of the countryside and/or the Pyrénées.

Loire is in the prime location next to the pool and sleeps 4 people all on one level. Loire has a private terrace at the side of the pool, and a secluded garden area immediately outside the gite with private barbecue and superb views over the surrounding countryside.



Kitchen and dining

The centre of the gite is the fully fitted kitchen (with dishwasher and washing machine) and is open plan to the lounge/dining area.

Living rooms

The centre of the gite is the fully fitted kitchen (with dishwasher and washing machine) and is open plan to the lounge/dining area.


The twin bedded room opens off of the lounge area and has patio doors opening onto the poolside terrace.

The double bedroom is to the other side of the living area, and looks out over the surrounding countryside with en suite access to the shower room.


The shower room is fully tiled and has a large feature 'wetroom' shower - this is practical for all our guests using the gite, but is primarily to allow it to be used more easily by anyone with movement difficulties.


Loire has electric heating and is suitable for use all year round.

Garden and outside

Around the cottages are the activities including:
10m by 5m swimming pool
Table tennis in the covered games barn
Table football in the covered games barn
Giant connect 4 in the covered games barn
Giant chess set and board under the cherry tree
Boule/pétanque court on the lawn outside gite 'Bordeaux'
Badminton which can be set up on the pétanque court
Sand pit for smaller children
Short nature walk around the land and along the stream

All guests are welcome to explore the 5 acres down to the pretty stream, where you are likely to meet our 2 horses and 2 donkeys always on the lookout for a spare carrot or chunk of old French stick.

Parking and garages

The 4 gites share off-street private parking.

Visitor suitability

Loire is level with the pool, and has sloping access to our car parking area, making it ideal for guests who have difficulty with movement. The gite also has larger (90cm/3ft) internal doors to the bathroom and twin bedroom, and the bathroom has a 'wetroom' shower. Loire has regularly been used by guests in wheelchairs, several of whom have returned many times.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: The specialists in Clinique veterinaire de L'Olivette in Mirepoix are quite used to our guests visiting with their dogs before returning to the UK, but it's usually easier if we make the phone call to make the booking!


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Mirepoix
Distance: 10 km


Distance: 15 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: 2nd category water - carp dominate
Name of nearest fishing location: Lac de Montbel
Distance: 10 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Leran centre equestra
Distance: 7 km

Mountain biking


Name of nearest resort: Monts d'Olmes
Distance: 20 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: National trails like GR7, GR10, GR11 and many others - we're in the Pyrenees!


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Domaine des coteaux d'engravies
Distance: 10 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr David Vowles

We are both from Bristol then worked in London and around the world before selling everything in the UK and coming out to France. Our business now is providing luxury accommodation for summer holidays and longer term winter lets - very different to the office, but much more satisfying. Helping us around the property are our four 4-legged lawnmowers: two horses Rajah and Safi, and 2 donkeys Willow and Holly. Since moving here in 2002 we have been involved in the life of our village and local area

Year property purchased 2002
Why this location? Having holidayed in the south of France as children, we re-discovered the lovely medieval town of Mirepoix when it was featured on an episode of 'A place in the sun' in 2001 and thought 'why not go to France ourselves'? We re-located to France in 2002 and purchased L'Enclos, 10 minutes from Mirepoix. It had been a working farm until the 1970's when the farmhouse and barns started to be converted into gites by the previous french owner, and we have since renovated each of the gites in turn. L'Enclos is our home, owned and run by the two of us - whether that be the preparation of the gites during changeovers or improving the facilities off-season. Each year we enjoy welcoming guests and introducing them to the wonders of this little-known corner of France.
Unique benefits of property Our village nestles in the foothills of the Pyrenees. 400m above sea level, but with the 3000m peaks 20 mins drive away. Every active sport you can think of is on the doorstep, from paragliding to hill walking via watersports. The Tour de France passes close by and the area is a favourite for cyclists & mountain bikers. We are an hour from the Mediterranean beaches, and enjoy a mild climate. For those that prefer a gentler pace, the roads are quiet and the scenery is spectacular - you can tour the mountains from the comfort of the driving seat! We have many driving and walking tours; vineyards to visit; weekly markets; wildlife and wild flowers (esp. the orchids in spring / early summer). For foodies, Mirepoix (at 10mins) has over 20 restaurants to suit all tastes.