|Gite Bordeaux||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||4|
'Bordeaux' 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 benefitting from our 10x5m pool, table tennis, table-football, boule court, free wi-fi etc. Two of the gites have 2 bedrooms, one has 3 bedrooms, and one has 4 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 sunbeds, stone built barbecue, patio table and chairs and magnificent views of the countryside and/or the Pyrénées.
Bordeaux is a cottage with 4 en suite bedrooms which adjoins the main farmhouse. Bordeaux sleeps 8 people on 3 floors, with its own private garden, patio and barbecue area.
Bordeaux is also centrally heated which makes it ideal for use all year round.
The fully-fitted kitchen benefits from a full sized dishwasher and washing machine.
You enter Bordeaux through frenchdoors with traditional French shutters, into a large open plan kitchen/lounge/dining room.
A traditional hand crafted wooden staircase winds up to the ensuite bedrooms above. Each of the two upper floors has a double and a twin bedroom - ideal for a large family or for two families traveling together.
Each en suite bathroom has a large (120cm) shower, 2 of the bedrooms have double beds, the other two have twin beds.
Bordeaux is centrally heated with it's own independent gas boiler which makes it ideal for use all year round.
We are on the edge of a pretty village, 10 minutes from the medieval town of Mirepoix, with its restaurants, cafes, weekly market and summer festivals. Carcassonne, the third most popular tourist attraction in France, is 30 minutes.
Our regional leisure lake Lac de Montbel, with 1500 acres of water, beach and restaurant, is 10 minutes away.
The Mediterranean beaches are one hours drive.
The extensive vineyards of the Languedoc are within 30 minutes.
Extensive walking, cycling and angling, boating, and horse riding is available 'on the doorstep' in the Pyrenees and the Medieval Chateaux of the Cathars surround the area - Montsegur, the 'last stronghold' is 20 minutes away.
At the rear a door leads straight out from the kitchen area to the private garden and patio area of the cottage.
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.
The 4 gites share off-street private parking.
As all bedrooms are upstairs, Bordeaux is not suitable for guests that cannot climb stairs, however our gite Loire is specially adapted for guests with movement difficulties including wheelchair users.
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 2 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 and 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.|
There are 20+ pages of activity and attractions details on our own website but it is not practical to maintain all of that information here - please ask us for our website address after you have made your reservation on this website.
We had a great holiday here. Lots of games provided, pool and garden.
No shops in the village so a 20 min drive to the bakery!
Dave and Kath very helpful with pre visit info and lots when we arrived.
Thank you for your comment, we're very glad you enjoyed your holiday here and hope you enjoyed the watersports activities and visiting that you did.
We're sorry that not having a bakery in the village was disruptive to your holiday but we hope you would agree that ten minutes away Mirepoix had everything you needed - weekly market, supermarket, tens of restaurants and bars, butchers, bakers, fishmongers and so on. The French news is always talking about more and more of the rural shops in France closing and there are now very few villages of less than (say) a thousand inhabitants that have either bar, restaurant or bakery unless they also have a main road running through them - all the ones we can think of near Mirepoix are towns or on the main roads - Leran, Laroque / Lavelanet, La Bastide de Bousignac, Rieucros and Les Pujols. Sadly, even in rural France it's a trade off between convenience and tranquility!
L'Enclos is a wonderful base to explore the region. France has surprised us all with its cleanliness, great road network and FREE parking. Mirepoix is a pretty medeival town with an extensive Monday market showcasing local produce, however beware the chickens and nougat!!!!, as in most places tourists can be easy game. Montsegur castle was fascinating as was the village and museum. Canoeing down the Aude was a challenge and the jousting in Sete was an experience. Many more sites and experiences during two week stay at L'Enclos suffice to say all within easy distance, host Dave approachable and accessible throughout stay, nothing to small and to top it all weather was great . Thanks Dave & Kath, have already recommended and happy to do so again
Thanks Steve for your very nice review, we're very glad you had a great time - it was a pleasure having you all here!