Large holiday let + pool in Ariege nat. park - MA005475

Durban-sur-Arize (25km from Foix), Ariège, Midi Pyrenees Reference: MA005475 Advertiser since: 3 May 2017
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
La Maison Famille Self Catering Flexible 5 13 4 3 x sofa beds, 1 x child's bed (up to 6 yrs)

About this property

18th Century Converted Farmhouse With Pool . This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

The combination of the Pyrenean scenery and the Mediterranean climate make for a wonderful holiday all year round at Maison Famille. It’s a paradise for those searching for activities or just relaxation. Ideal for those who like cycling, hiking and walking or motor-biking and a short drive from local ski resorts for alpine and cross country skiing. Enjoy the flavour of French life in our lovingly restored home and explore the sights in an area that is outstandingly beautiful, steeped in history and has its own microclimate.

We offer a midi-pyrenees 5 bedroom gite. It is family friendly house to rent either as a whole or as B&B rooms. We can accommodate up to 15 people in the Ariege, and the house is set in stunningly beautiful countryside. The house is a lovely restored 18th Century farmhouse with 5 bedrooms (3 of which are en suite), two sitting rooms, a dining room and a large family kitchen, so we are able to cater for large extended families or groups.

For those with children we offer the use of a wide selection of toys and play equipment, so they are entertained while you relax and sunbathe on our sun terrace, enjoy the shade of our orchard, or have a dip in the above ground pool to cool you off. Activities to suit all ages are available nearby, or simply take in the sights and sounds of the Ariege in the heart of Midi-Pyrenees; you can drive to the beach on the Mediterranean Sea within 2 hours, use the local lake, or even go duty-free shopping in Andorra within 90 minutes, with the renowned Spa towns of Ax-les-Thermes and St Lizier less than an hour away.
We have a sun terrace, with sunbeds to accommodate the hardiest sun worshipper, and when the sun really raises the temperature you can take a dip in our 8m by 4m above ground swimming pool, which has a security gate and fence for the safety of the younger guests.

There are large wooden tables and benches, complete with umbrellas and cushions, and use of a bbq for those warm evenings. We also have a new outdoor living room in our covered terrace with sofas and armchairs – the perfect place to read a book or enjoy the local wine.

As well as a selection of books for our guests to read, there is a range of dvds for you to borrow during your stay.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen has recently been upgraded and has a large family dining table, dishwasher, microwave, large family fridge and freezer, gas cooker with hob, washing machine, toaster, George Forman grilling machine, hand blender and steam sterilizer. There are 2 high chairs. Also plastic tubs and picnic boxes, iron and ironing board with pegs and wash baskets.

Living rooms

Snug: Lovely seating area in front of the wood burning stove - ideal to curl up in the winter.
The Salon is ideal for all the family to enjoy, with a tv and dvd player for those quiet times; a cool and comfortable room where guests can relax and unwind.


5 Bedrooms - beautifully decorated and well equipped with wi-fi available in each room.
Red Room: King size bed, 2 singles, en suite bathroom with seprate wc, shiwer and bath.

Yellow Room: King size bed, cot, en suite bathroom with bath with shower over it.

Blue Room: King size bed, shower room and wc across the landing.

Green Room: King size bed, 1 x single, 1 x child's bed, en suite bathroom with separate wc, bath with shower over it - shared access with Twin room.

Twin Room: 2 x single beds.


4 bathrooms + outside wc for use when using the pool.


The 2 bedrooms on the top floor have electric radiators. The rest of the house is heated by the large wood buring stove in the snug.


Tv and dvd available in the Salon.
Games and books,
Children's toys,
Table football,
Badminton set,
Trampoline, swings & slides for the children.

Garden and outside

The garden has an above ground 4 x 8 metres pool that has a security gate and fencing, making it safe for young children. There is a terrace where beds are provided for sun bathing. There is a large wooden table with benches and umbrellas, bbq, a children’s play area with swings, slide and trampoline and a small shed containing some garden toys. There is also a covered terrace with armchairs and sofas.

Parking and garages

Ample parking in the private car park for up to 6 cars.

Visitor suitability

Regrettably we are not in a position to offer accommodation to any guest that may have serious mobility restrictions as all guest rooms on are on the first and second floor.

No Pets Allowed.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: St Girons
Distance: 25 km


Distance: 50 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Durban sur Arize


Name and address of nearest golf course: Eco Golf D'Ariege
Distance: 10 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: La Bastide de Serou
Distance: 8 km


Name of nearest resort: Guzet-Neige
Distance: 60 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR10


Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Sarah Evans

Sarah and Stuart have lived in this beautiful area of France for 3 years, along with our son, dog and cat.

Year property purchased 2014
Why this location? Situated in the heart of the Pyrenean National Park, ideally nestled in a quiet area between the larger, historic towns of St Girons and Foix. Many of the attractions of the Ariege can be reached within 1 hour - including Montsegur, Carcassonne, Mirepoix and much more. Durban is a quiet and beautiful village, surrounded by stunning farmland with the backdrop of the Pyrenees. Stunning weather from April through to October allows you to enjoy all the area has to offer, from hiking, nature, historical sites, golfing, riding, skiiing, canoeing, biking etc.
Unique benefits of property We have an above ground pool to enjoy on those hot summer days, covered terrace for shade, large garden with fruit trees and hammocks, outside dining area, play area for children. Wi-fi is available throughout the house. On site catering can be provided. Large family kitchen, 2 sitting rooms, 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

The Owner Recommends

Enso de Marichott - restaurant

A lovely, local cafe to enjoy some proper local food - enjoy their speciality Duck kebabs in the summer months.