Barn conversion & pool to let, Midi Pyrenees - MA007469

4km from Mirepoix, Ariège, Midi Pyrenees Reference: MA007469 Advertiser since: 30 January 2020
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Grange de Pierre Self Catering Flexible 3 6 2 Cot available for a baby

About this property

Fabulous Barn Conversion In Midi-Pyrenees. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Quality property with heated pool, 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, and lovely grounds. Close to town.

Grange de Pierre is a top-quality stone barn conversion that has everything you could need for relaxing in style. Perfectly located on the Aude/Ariege border only 5 minutes from the lovely medieval town of Mirepoix with all facilities and just 30 minutes from Carcassonne, one hour to the Mediterranean coast and within easy reach of Mountains. Free wi-fi, hotel-sized heated pool and pool house with fridge, bbq and outdoor dining.

Three elegant bedrooms with exposed stone walls, comfortable beds and crisp professionally laundered bed linen. Master suite with king size bed and en suite bathroom featuring walk in massage shower, wc and separate deep bath. Second double room with comfortable double divan bed. Bedroom 3 is a stylish twin room. Contemporary shower room with wc. Quality cotton bed linen and bathroom towels supplied (please bring your own pool towels).

Open plan convivial kitchen for gourmets with a gas range cooker, Nespresso coffee-machine, dishwasher and microwave. Cosy woodburner, dvds, books and Bluetooth speaker, UK Satellite tv.

Offering seclusion and privacy without being remote. This property has been fully restored to a luxurious standard whilst retaining original features. Entry hall way and downstairs utility room with staircase (steep) leading up to spacious living area with vaulted ceiling and comfortable seating.

Private gardens to side and rear with outside dining, bbq and sunloungers. Set in extensive wooded grounds with hotel-sized heated pool (shared with farmhouse), pool house, fridge and lighting for evening swims. Quiet areas, hammocks and shady trees for relaxing. Nature lovers will enjoy the birds and wildlife in our 3 acre wooded gardens. Plenty of room for everyone to find peace and space.

Surrounded by wooded hills with mountain views and walks directly from the doorstep! Come and relax, enjoy wonderful food and wine in this elegant French home from home! Warm and cosy in winter with a woodburner and heating. Fans to all rooms and thick stone walls in for summer! Friendly Auberge within easy walking distance serving local food and wine at reasonable prices. Mirepoix town is just 5 minutes away for more restaurants, shops, cafes, bars and festivals! An ideal location to explore the Cathar region, Canal du Midi, Carcassonne, Tour de France routes, Pyrenees, Med Coast and Spain... if you can tear yourself away from the pool! Shaded off-road private parking, log store and lock-up space for bikes. Come and spoil yourself!

From June to September this property can be rented in conjunction with the farmhouse next door to accommodate additional guests. From October to May the farmhouse is currently closed (although we hope to change this in 2020). Grange de Pierre is available for longer lets from October to April, check with us for special rates and information. Ideal for house-hunting, long stays.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

An open-plan (with the living and dining area) convivial kitchen which has everything you may need to create great meals with local market produce. Gas range cooker, large fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso coffee-machine and toaster. Even cookbooks!
There's an antique oval table seating up to 6 guests comfortably.

Living rooms

The living area is spacious and has a vaulted ceiling, exposed stone walls and beams. It has three comfortable sofas, coffee-table, UK tv and dvds together with a selection of books. Ceiling fan for hot summer days, good heating for cooler times. Very efficient wood burning stove.

Bedrooms

Bedroom 1.
Luxurious Master suite with large divan bed, stylish furnishings and en suite full bathroom with deep bath, massage jet shower, wc and basin. Park view.

Bedroom 2.
Double divan room with views to open countryside and paddock.

Bedroom 3.
Twin room with no view (skylight only) but well furnished and comfortable.

All bedrooms have exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings and carpeted flooring.

Bedding is professionally laundered and included within the rental fee. For stays over one week, fresh bed linen will be supplied weekly.

Bathrooms

En suite to master bedroom has a deep bath, separate massage jet shower cabin, wc, basin and heated towel rail.

The second shower room has shower cabin, vanity unit, wc and heated towel rail.

Quality cotton towels are supplied for indoor use. Please bring your own pool towels. For stays over one week, fresh towels will be supplied weekly.

Heating

Very efficient woodburning stove - logs can be arranged by us and payable locally.
There are modern electric heaters in all rooms.
In the summer, there are shutters to all windows to keep the sun out during the day, and the thick stone walls help to keep the house cool.

Entertainment

In the property we provide satellite tv, wi-fi, a collection of great dvds and books.
In the grounds there is a large pool house with fridge for cool drinks, food and ice creams. There is a poolside bbq, as well as one for the gite. Music and lighting are available at the pool for evening bathing and enjoyment.

Garden and outside

Private gardens to side and rear with outside dining, bbq and numerous sunloungers. Set in extensive wooded grounds with hotel-sized heated pool (shared with farmhouse), pool house, fridge and lighting for evening swims. Quiet areas, hammocks and shady trees for relaxing.

Nature lovers will enjoy the birds and wildlife in our 3 acre wooded gardens. Plenty of room for everyone to find peace and space.

Walking directly from the doorstep into an area of outstanding natural beauty with views of the Pyrenees mountains. Trails with unlimited access.

Ideal for cyclists and walkers - spectacular countryside all around. Private driveway, no neighbouring properties. Tranquil without being remote.

Parking and garages

The property has private covered parking for up to 3 vehicles. There is also open-air parking immediately opposite the gite, all within our extensive grounds. Motorcycle and cycle parking available. The approach to the property is a private road with no passing traffic.

Visitor suitability

The main living and sleeping area of this barn conversion is set on an upper floor which is accessed by a steep staircase - please take care with very young children on these stairs. There is a door at the top of the stairs to prevent children accessing the stairs from the barn. A stairgate can be supplied upon request. Because of the stairs, we feel that the barn is not suitable for those with limited mobility.

Information about any additional facilities

Please ask if there is anything we have omitted or have not mentioned. We will do our very best to help.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Shared pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Mirepoix
Distance: 4 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 35 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, Sturgeon
Name of nearest fishing location: Lac-de-Latournerie
Distance: 3 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Carcassonne
Distance: 42 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Center Soularac
Distance: 7 km

Skiing

Name of nearest resort: Mont d'Olmes
Distance: 35 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Chemin St Jacques

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Various
Distance: 20 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Jon Rankin

Jon and Vicky decided to make a life-change and move to France in 2019. We bought this beautiful property because it ticked all the boxes - a fabulous traditional building, in a beautiful area, and it has been run as a holiday home very successfully for the past 8 years. Our aim is to build on this success.<br/>Jon has an extensive background in the Travel and Tourism industry, and Vicky left the world of Educational Publishing to start this adventure. Come and meet us!

Year property purchased 2019
Why this location? Medieval gems 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 Andorra and Spain! The local food, wine & markets are excellent and there are plenty of good restaurants, cafes and bars within 5 minutes drive of the house. The Monday market in Mirepoix is the best for miles!
Getting here is easy with flights to Carcassonne or Toulouse. The Autoroutes (A61 or A66) are 20 minutes away, as is the nearest TGV rail line. The Canal du Midi is also close by, and the Tour de France has frequently had stages in the area.
The summer brings a number of festivals in Mirepoix, which creates a buzzing but relaxed atmosphere in the main square, Place Maréchal Leclerc. Come and see for yourself.
Unique benefits of property Set within the grounds of Domaine de Pouroutounat, this lovely barn conversion has it's own private gardens to the side and rear, a private entrance and covered or outdoor parking. It is equipped for all seasons and available to rent all year round. For larger groups it is possible to combine with the farmhouse next door and have exclusive use of the pool and grounds. If you rent the Grange de Pierre individually don't worry, there's lots of room for everyone - we have a Hotel-sized Heated Pool, Pool house with dining areas and 3 acres of grounds in which to find space!
Numerous walks are available right from the door-step, with the opportunity to spend hours in the wonderful countryside, and there is plenty of wildlife in the vicinity!
The Domaine is 200m from the quiet road, down its own lane, and surrounded by trees, meadows and fields - every third year there are sunflowers in the field next to us!

The Owner Recommends

Relax And Enjoy

Our grounds are 3.5 acres, with trees of all shapes and sizes. Relax by the pool on one of the many loungers, or find shade under one of the large umbrellas or in the spacious poolhouse. For those wanting to stay out of the sun, there are shady corners of the garden to relax or unwind. Slip into the heated pool when you need to cool-off - it's kept at 27c throughout the summer.

History Of The Region

You are in the heart of the Pays de Cathars. If you haven't come across the Cathars, we strongly recommend reading up before you arrive. It will definitely make you want to visit the ancient and historic sites of Montsegur (35 mins), Carcassonne (30 mins) or even Peyrepertuse (2hrs) - stunning Castles at each of them, and Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit The Mountains, Summer Or Winter

You are only 20 minutes from the first foothills of the Pyrenees. From there you have a world of exploring in mountains of ever increasing size, and with activities to suit everyone.
Skiing in winter is only 45 minutes drive away - at Mont d'Olmes, or slightly further to downhill or cross-country skiing near Foix and Ax-les-Thermes, or 2 hours to the massive Grandvalira ski area in Andorra.
In summer, there are many kms of marked paths for walking or mountain biking. For the more adventurous, there is climbing, white water rafting or following the various Tour de France routes through the Cols and passes.
On the other hand, there are numerous fascinating drives into the mountains, and plenty of places to stop for a picnic, to admire the views or just breath in the clear, fresh mountain air. Its also a great escape from the heat of the lower levels in the summer.

Eating And Drinking

We cannot hope to do justice to all the options available to you to eat or drink. Mirepoix has many restaurants, cafes, bars and places to get fabulous food. There is even an Auberge serving dinner just 500m from our house - an easy walk in the evening! There are fine dining options within a ten minute drive, and further afield, Carcassonne and Toulouse have many great choices, from budget priced dining to Michelin-starred restaurants. Alternatively, try a visit to a winery then enjoy a gourmet lunch - there are plenty of choices and a couple of suggestions are www.gaydavineyards.com or ChateaudePennautier.com. Mountain dining is available in many Pyrenean villages and towns, and of course, a section on eating would not be complete without mentioning the speciality of the region, Cassoulet. If you are not a vegetarian, it must be tried once whilst you are here!
Last but definitely not least, there are great local butchers, cheese shops, fish shops, and supermarkets. If you like cooking in your holiday home or on our bbq, there are many great local wines available for you to choose from.

The Wider Region

There are so many things to do in the area that you cannot possibly hope to do it all, but here are a few other suggestions.
Toulouse is a stylish and fascinating city - both shopping, culture and history, as well as great food.
The Mediterranean sea is only just over an hour away, with beaches, windsurfing, sand yachting and much more.
Bring your bicycles and ride along the Canal du Midi - or even hire a boat for the day.
Try skydiving at nearby Pujols, or maybe you fancy Kart-driving at Limbrassac?
Take your family horse-riding for the day, or try your hand at sailing at nearby Montbel.
Take a tour of markets in the vicinity - after Mirepoix's Monday market, you can visit numerous towns and villages in the area each day for a different market!
Finally, if you fancy a longer day out, the Spanish Mediterranean coast is only 2 hours away, or drive through the mountains to Pyrenean Spain in the same time.
The choices are endless, but if there is something not covered here, please do ask us.