|Meadowtops Cottage||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||2|
Meadowtops Gite in the French Pyrenees with pool & hot tub
Located on the hillside of a south facing valley, with spectacular views of the Pyrenees mountains, Meadowtops gite is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Our house is a converted barn which sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms, has a hot tub and a heated swimming pool.
We have a large, comfortable open plan kitchen / dining / living area with windows that look out onto views of the Pyrenees mountains. There is a well-equipped kitchen with range cooker, microwave, large fridge freezer and dish washer. A separate utility room has a washing machine, iron and ironing board, along with ample shelving storage for your groceries.
The dining area has a large cottage style dining table and chairs. The living area has a two-seater and five-seater sofa around a large antique coffee table. There is a wood burning stove; flat screen television with UK digital channels; blue-tooth radio and free Wifi.
Next to the utility room is a large shower room and downstairs toilet with sink and heated towel rail.
There are three large double bedrooms (two with double beds and one with twin beds) all with cotton bed linen. A cot can be provided on request. All three bedrooms have stunning views of the surrounding area. Art work on the walls is inspired by these views.
There is an upstairs bathroom with full sized bath, toilet, sink and heated towel rail.
We have a shaded veranda, with table and chairs and BBQ. The veranda opens onto a secure good-sized garden. As the house is mainly south facing so the garden basks in sunshine all day. The decked area to the side of the house is home to the hot tub for private use of visitors to Meadowtops. There are sun loungers and parasol for you to use.
From the garden, a short path up the hill takes you behind the cottage to the pool garden. The garden is enclosed on three sides by trees, shrubs and lavender and has beautiful views across the mountains. There is a large, heated, in-ground single depth pool; loungers and parasols. The pool is open 8am to 6pm to allow for cleaning and maintenance and is available May to September depending on weather. The pool is shared with the owner’s parents who are also key holders for Meadowtops.
There is ample private parking alongside the gite.
For more information you can visit our Meadowtops (Hidden by Airbnb) or toubies website.
We love the peace and tranquillity of the area and really enjoy the slower pace of life when we are able to take a holiday from work and come out to visit.
Whilst this is a rural area and a car is essential to get around, there are lots of amenities and activities within easy driving distance. Our closest village is St Croix Volvestre, which is about 5-10 minutes drive. There is a cash point, post office, tourist information office, small grocery shop, restaurant/bar, small weekly produce market and public swimming lake. In Cazeres (approximately 20 minutes drive), there are restaurants, cafes, local shops, Post Office and supermarket with petrol station. Our nearest airport is Toulouse Blagnac, which is approximately one hour drive from the house. and Carcassonne Airport 1hr 40mins Drive.
Pets live on the property – Debbie and Garry have a gentle dog (Olga) who is used to children and likes to visit if the gate to the Gite is left open. They also have three friendly cats who like to visit on occasion.
The pretty verandah leads through frenchdoors into a good sized open-plan living area. There is a large cottage style dining table and chairs ideal for family meals. There is a blue tooth radio for listening to your favorite music while eating or cooking in the open plan well equipped kitchen, with its large range cooker ideal for your cassoulet and dauphinoise potatoes.
The dining area and kitchen lead into the sitting area with 2 sofas around a large antique coffee table all next to the wood burning stove, great for cosy nights with friends and family. There is a flat screen television with UK digital channels and free wi-fi should you want to connect to the outside world.
To the side there is a large utility room with shelves to store your local wine, bubbly and beer finds, a good washing machine, and a door that leads into the large shower room/downstairs toilet.
Head up the stairs and you will find 3 large cosy double bedrooms, 2 with big double beds and one with 2 single beds all with a cottage feel to them. Large windows look out onto the meadow, the valleys, woodlands and mountains. Art work on the walls is inspired by the view and meadow scenes. The beds all have soft crisp cotton bedding and extra blankets in the wardrobes if needed.
There is a downstairs shower room/toilet and an upstairs bathroom.
The cottage is very well insulated keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. water is heated by an electric immersion heater, if it does get chilly then there is a logburner for those cozy nights in.
There is free wi-fi, a bluetooth radio and a flat screen television with uk channels .
Outside there is a secure good sized garden where you know your children and/or dogs will be able to play happily and safely. There is a large tiled verandah with table and chairs for up to 6 people. A great place to sit, eat and chat about your day’s adventures. If you're awake early enough you may catch sight of the deer in the meadow as you relax with a morning coffee. Take time in the evening to sit and relax with a bottle of wine and take in the views or the endless starry night sky.
Amble parking for multiple cars directly outside the cottage
We are situated on a valley side and we are therefore not suitable for people with mobility restrictions. We are also in a secluded rural location therefore a car is essential.
Heated Swimming pool in a beautiful setting over looking the Pyrenees mountains, valley and forest. (open May to September depending on the weather and shared with owners parents and key holders Garry / Debbie who look after the property while the owners are in the UK.
Hot Tub - 6 person Hot tub situated in a private position in Meadowtops Garden with stunning mountain / sunset views.
Pets - We have a medium - large secured garden and do accept well behaved dogs at Meadowtops at an additional cost of 10 euros a night per dog. for more information please contact us.
We are a British family Garreth and Claire have owned Meadowtops since 2014, they live and work in the West Midlands but try to visit as much as we can.<br/><br/>As a family we have enjoyed exploring the area and have particularly fond memories of swimming in the St Croix lake (10 mins drive) learning to ski at Guzet (1 hr from Meadowtops) where they return most years, trying out the thermal spa's (Balnea in the Louron Valley for example) and spending time sampling the fabulous local food.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||We are a British family who first visited this region in 2001 and who fell in love with the area, its location, its wild untouched feel, its stunning scenery, way of life, friendly people and of course, the weather.
As a family we have enjoyed exploring the area and have particularly fond memories of swimming in the St Croix lake (10 mins drive) learning to ski at Guzet (1 hr from Meadowtops) where they return most years, trying out the thermal spa's (Balnea in the Louron Valley for example) and spending time sampling the fabulous local food.
|Unique benefits of property||Practical open plan living with a cottage feel. Stunning location with panoramic mountain views, heated pool, hot tub, easy access to local french markets, only one hour away from local ski resorts and mountain sports, only 2.5 hours drive from the Mediterranean coast and Altantic coast. lost of historic sites, 45 mins from nearest Airport (Toulouse). Only 50 mins from Toulouse City.|
Very interesting Local market, selling lots of local and organic produce
Lovely Saturday Market in Saint Girons
Tour de France Pyrenees stages is regularly close by. 2017 start is in Saint Girons
Swimming Lake 10 mins drive away - 30 mins walk.
Au Fil du Folp Duck speciality restaurant - 10 min drive - locally farmed produce.
Toulouse Space centre
Pic du Midi observatory.
selection of Thermal spas in the Pyrenees mountains
Number of Pyrenees ski resorts within 1 hr drive
Had a wonderful week. In a wonderful setting with marvellous views of snow capped mountains in the distance.
Gite was extremely comfortable for two - kitchen really well equipped - masses of hot water. Never got too hot inside the building even on very hot days.
Lovely swimming pool and hot tub on veranda - (tiny criticism - the balustrade around the area of the hot tub is at a height which does not allow a view of the mountains whilst sitting in the tub).
There are two glamping tents in the meadow below the gite - not visible from the gite - whether there would be noise pollution if these were occupied I cannot say.
We took our dog - secure in the garden. Within the Pyrenees themselves in summer season, dogs have to be on a lead - bit restricting.
Nice garden but a bit unkempt - grass and hedge could have done with a bit of a trim.
However I would recommend highly - above criticisms are very minor quibbles.
Thank you very much James for your great Review.
We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay at Meadowtops, the raised terrace for the hottub is new this year and as it is raised we had to fit a balustrade around for safety. However we will look at what we can do to minimize any restrictions it causes to the views.