Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 8
|Gite Le Pastourel||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2|
Gite Le Pastourel is a large, 4 bedroom, stone farm house with a heated swimming pool located on the edge of a small hamlet, Soula, in Ariege, SW France.
The house is positioned in nearly 2 acres of garden and grounds on a sunny south facing slope with impressive views of the high Pyrenees and the borders with Spain and Andorra. The house offers well finished, high quality accommodation with large, airy rooms in a tranquil setting.
Our emphasis is on quality and comfort and included in the rental are many extras such as fluffy white bathrobes, a generous welcome basket of supplies, and hand wash in the bathrooms. It has a large sun terrace for outdoor dining, sunbathing or taking in the views, a heated swimming pool with views of the mountains and a mature garden with plenty of shaded seating. There is ample onsite parking and miles of walking routes from the house. Perfect for a relaxing break from a busy working life.
The accommodation is set on three floors and outside the high season, it is available as a 2 bedroom, 1 shower-room house for a lower rental cost. The large bedrooms are flexible: one has a king sized bed and two rooms are available as either twins or doubles (one room has a double and a single bed and the other has two singles which can be locked together as a super-king on request). The fourth bedroom with two single beds, has a sauna for use during the winter. The house has been furnished to a high standard with a mixture of the contemporary and antique for a stylish look and all of the beds have deep and comfortable pocket sprung mattresses.
The kitchen is fully equipped for self catering with a Falcon double oven range with a 5 ring ceramic hob. The living room is well equipped with a log burner, French satellite tv and Blu-ray player and a range of dvds, games and books as well as information and local maps showing walks in the area. There are no hidden rental fees and such things as cleaning and linen are included in the rental cost.
Soula is positioned in a quiet valley between Foix, the capital town of Ariege, and Lavelanet. It is well placed for visiting the high mountains to the south and the spa town of Ax-les-Thermes as well as the medieval towns and villages to the north such as Carcassonne and Mirepoix. The Mediterranean is only 2hrs drive to the east or you can visit Lac Montbel just half an hour away with its water sports and freshwater beach area. Activities nearby include walking, cycling, horse-riding and mountaineering. The nearest ski resorts are 45 and 50 minutes drive away for winter sports.
Alternatively, for those wanting something a little less active there are several excellent town markets nearby each week; plenty of restaurants; vineyards for wine tasting or you can just relax in the hammock in the orchard and pretend to read your book!
There is a large kitchen / dining room with a fully equipped kitchen including a Falcon range cooker with ceramic hob; full sized fridge freezer, dishwasher and microwave cooker.
The dining room table seats up to 8 people maximum and there is a log fire for those chilly winter days.
The large and airy living room is well furnished with sofas and chairs centred around a log burner and flat screen tv. The tv is satellite showing French terrestrial and other European channels. It is supplied with dvd player and a cd/MP3 music system with a section of books and games.
The owner's upright piano is in this room and musical guests are welcome to play.
The four large bedrooms are arranged on the two upper floors. On the first floor, the master bedroom has a king-sized bed and the second bedroom can be used either as a double or twin. On the top floor there are two twin bedrooms, one of which can be made up as a double.
The smaller twin bedroom also houses the sauna, available for use during the winter months.
On the first floor there is a recently upgraded shower room with toilet.
The top floor has a bathroom with a spa bath.
The ground floor is heated with underfloor gas fired central heating and two log fires.
The first floor has radiators fired by the gas central heating and the top floor has electric radiators.
French tv, dvd player, cdplayer, selection of books and games and a boule set.
There is a heated swimming pool with a pool terrace in the garden for private use by the gite guests. (With just occasional use by the owners for a quick swim).
The large terrace opposite the front of the house faces south towards the mountains and has ample seating for dining, relaxing and sunbathing.
The large mature garden has seating, a picnic table and hammock for relaxing and eating either in sun or shade.
There is parking for up to 4 cars.
There is parking for up to 4 cars on site. The driveway up to the parking area and the house is steep and may not be accessible if there is snow during the winter but there is plenty of parking available in the village centre and easy pedestrian access from a lane behind the house.
There is no ground floor toilet, bathroom or bedrooms and a number of steps and slopes so the property is not suitable for people with limited mobility. The property is suitable for families with small children but children must be supervised at all times especially by the swimming pool and in the gardens and terrace.
There is a sauna available on the top floor for use during colder months.
Ian and Ann bought Le Pastourel in 2014 and moved out to France to find a new life at a slower pace in a beautiful location. After a short trial season in 2015, the gite will open for the first time in 2017. Ann and Ian live in the small house next to the gite and are on hand to provide help or advice if required.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||Soula is ideally positioned in a tranquil valley and we were blown away by the views of the mountains when we first saw the house. It was love at first sight. The house is convenient for local facilities yet tucked away in a quiet corner and as enthusiastic skiers, we can reach two good downhill ski resorts in under an hour with many more within 2 to 3 hours. There are many pleasant walks from the house and the surrounding countryside is rich with native plants and wildlife.|
|Unique benefits of property||A key feature of Gite Le Pastourel is the view from the terrace, pool and gardens over Val de Lesponne and beyond to the high Pyrenees and the Spanish border. The location is tranquil and is an excellent base for walking, cycling and bird watching. This is our home and we have improved the gardens; recently installed a heated swimming pool and decorated and updated the gite to provide a high level of comfort and a cosy welcome using quality fittings, paintings and furniture. We have paid much attention to details adding to the enjoyment of our guest's time here such as fluffy bath robes, toiletries in the bathrooms and a welcome basket of essential supplies. The mature garden provides a mixture of shade and sun for picnics and relaxing; a heated swimming pool with a pool deck for sunbathing and cooling off in the pool and the huge sun terrace is fitted out with sun loungers, shaded seating and a table and chairs for outdoor dining.|
Soula is situated in tranquil, unspoilt valley overlooking the high Pyrenees. It is only 9km from the capital of Ariege, Foix, with all it's restaurants and attractions and events and yet it feels like it is in the middle of nowhere with only the bird song and an occasional tractor to be heard. The valley has miles of marked trails and walks and abundant wildlife to be explored right from our doorstep.
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