|Polfages||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||3||All the bedrooms can be doubles or singles|
Mazamet is made up of an open plan first floor with a well equipped kitchen and dining area and a comfortable lounge area. The lounge leads onto the terrace and bbq area, where you can live the al fresco lifestyle whilst relaxing with the stunning views. You can access the garden and pool from the terrace.
The second floor consists of 3 very large twin or double bed rooms. Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom. All the bedrooms are designed to the highest standard of comfort and with the extra space in each bedroom they are all both light and airy.
There is access to wi-fi and English tv channels so you can stay in touch with the world should you so desire.
These are some of the reviews from some of our guests who have stayed in our gite Mazamet:
Kate stayed in August 2016
This was our second visit to Polfages, again in Gite Mazamet. Standard of the accommodation still very high, with a huge warm welcome form Andrew and Jo. Andrew has a great philosophy of 'our guests may only have 1 holiday a year, and if that's with us we need to get it right'. We love staying here! This year we went on trips to Ax les Thermes to the hot spring pools, Lac Montbel (hire an electric boat), car safari at Sigean (tip: go at 4pm when the animals have woken up), Space museum in Toulouse, Fontfroid Abbey. I can also highly recommend a visit to the inflatables at Carcassonne Plage and a walk around the city walls at Carcassonne Cite. On departure day we drove down to Girona via the Pyrenees which was amazing! Thanks to Andrew's friend for that tip! We'll definitely be back. Thank you Andrew, Jo and Jasmine for such amazing holiday memories xxx
Anna stayed in July 2016
One of the prettiest locations we have found in our years visiting France, perched on a hilltop, surrounded by rolling countryside and mountain views to the North and South. We loved Polfages so much last year, that we immediately re-booked for summer 2016 upon returning to England, and will be booking flights and organising diaries for summer 2017 before someone else gets in there first. We absolutely love staying at Mazamet, and once again the place was beautifully clean, well decorated and stocked ready for our visit. The gite is so relaxing and calm, and we love the views from the bedrooms particularly waking up to sunshine coming through the shutters. It is very useful having three bathrooms, and all the rooms are a very good size with very comfy beds and lots of towels and everything required for a comfy stay. The kitchen has everything you need to cook every day, the children enjoyed the pizzas made by Andrew and Jo and especially the baking and puddings on offer. The weather was glorious we spent most of the week by the pool and in the garden, but we enjoyed our daily drive to Mirepoix for provisions, and we did drive to Lac Montbel one day to swim in the lake and sit on the beach, so well worth a visit and probably only 40 minutes’ drive from the house. Castelnaudary is well worth a visit and the drive there is very pretty. My husband spent all week cycling and hired his bike from a local company which for the second year has been excellent with the bike being dropped off and picked up from the house. Andrew was very kind again to take delivery of this for us on the day before we arrived. We didn’t do as many day trips this year, but Carcassonne is lovely, as well as Narbonne and a trip to the Plage. We watched the Medieval procession in Mirepoix which was very authentic, and some amazing costumes, music and street acts. The boys loved meeting Dip Stick and talked about nothing else for the last year but Carmen and Rufus and Sebastian (please get another guinea pig before next summer?!), as well as wanting to see Andrew and Jo again and take advantage of their wonderful hospitality. Andrew and Jo are so welcoming and helpful and nothing is too much for them, to ensure you enjoy your stay in their beautiful home. We can’t wait until 2017 when we can return again.
Amanda stayed in May 2016
Upon first sight of Pol-Fages it is easy to understand why people fall in love with the place, it's mix of different landscapes is quite mesmerising - the snow capped Pyrenees a perfect backdrop for the rolling fields which change colour through the season. These French Gites have been lovingly restored to a superb standard providing modern facilities yet in a style sympathetic to its surroundings. From the moment you are welcomed by Andrew, Jo, Jasmine and the extended canine family members Rufus, Carmen, and Dipstick you know you're in good hands as nothing is too much trouble. I spent a week in the 2 bed Gite Calmont which was immaculately presented and had the added bonus of Wifi and English television channels for those who wish to keep in touch with events at home. Equally, you can also just switch off and spend all week relaxing in the grounds, visiting the chickens / goats, or lounging by the pool or terrace. The choice is yours - you can even send your grocery list in advance via the web site so your favourite items can be in your Gite on arrival. If you do want to explore I would recommend to visit Mirepoix with it's 10th Century half timbered buildings and the medieval city of Carcassonne complete with it's own fortress. When the sightseeing is done you can arrange as I did, to sample some of the seasonal menus on offer back at Pol-Fages, all sourced locally with vegetables, herbs, salad and eggs on site - I can vouch for the moules mariniere and caramel cheesecake which are to die for! In fact, the only positive thing I found about leaving the place was by the time I'd said goodbye to all my new human and furry friends it reduced the time until I can return.
Charlotte stay in October 2015
The gites are in the perfect location. The views are incredible and you are only a 10 minute drive from the local town. The area is so peaceful, it's the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway. In addition to this, the gites themselves are beautiful! They are fantastically decorated and furnished. I was lucky enough to receive a tour of all of the gites, and each one keeps its rustic feel and has been decorated with such thought. The customer service that you receive is just incredible - Jo and Andrew were on hand whenever you needed them, and we're happy to answer any questions we had. They work very hard to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. During my stay we decided to go horse riding at the local stables, and Jo was happy to see if they had any appropriate footwear for us to borrow. I had such a fantastic time during my stay, and if you're a dog lover like myself it's fantastic! The two dogs that live on sight were adorable and were always on hand to give you cuddles! I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here, and if you're an early riser, the sun rise is absolutely breathtaking over the hills behind the gites. I highly recommend this holiday, everything about it was excellent and I had a great time!
Mazamet has 3 bedrooms that offer our guests either large super kingsize beds or 2 singles. The rooms are large, spacious and well furnished and allow plenty of room to spread out in.
En suites to each bedroom with large showers
Electric wood burning stove
Satellite tv, dvd
The terrace leads onto a large garden and pool area with easy access to the countryside by just walking to the end of the garden and then out into the rolling countryside
There is plenty of parking outside the gites
We have spent 20 years helping to running holiday cottages in the UK and holidaying in gites in France. We want to offer you in Polfages the chance to enjoy the best standards found in English country cottages with the life style that can only be found in the South of France. With a location we fell in love with, it really is one of the most relaxing and beautiful places we have ever seen.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||Polfages is somewhere that my family and I think of as truly special. Every time I walk the dogs or just sitting and take in the views I realise how lucky we are.
From the views that stretch away into the forever distance to the clean pure air that comes from the stunning Pyrenees. Taking the in the silence of the countryside to watching the hawks spiraling upwards into the clear blue sky.
Polfages really is where the mountains meet the sea and there is a world of things to do in between to suit everyone. At Polfages you really are able to have the best of all worlds. From sitting by the pool relaxing with stunning views and tranquility while recharging your batteries to being able to visit some of the most historic sites, towns and castles in all of France. Learn about the history of the Cathars and how the Canal du Midi was built joining the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. If you would like to include mountains activities in your holiday then the Pyrenees are only 45 minutes.
|Unique benefits of property||Polfages is an idyllic location for your holiday. Situated overlooking rolling hills with views over to the Montagne Noir on one side and the Pyrenees on the other. It offers a holiday that can be both relaxing and action packed. Polfages is ideal if you just want to sit by the pool and relax taking in the stunning views or if you want to make the most of you time in the region. With the beach just over an hour away and the mountains the same you can truly get the best of both types of holiday.|
The medieval town of Mirepoix is only 15 minutes away and offer not only the largest market in the region on Monday mornings it also gives a beautiful backdrop to relax and take in the French lifestyle
The first signs of settlement in this region have been dated to about 3500 BC, but the hill site of Carsac – a Celtic place-name that has been retained at other sites in the south – became an important trading place in the 6th century BC. The Volcae Tectosages fortified the oppidum.
The folk etymology – involving a châtelaine named Carcas, a ruse ending a siege and the joyous ringing of bells ("Carcas sona") – though memorialized in a neo-Gothic sculpture of Mme. Carcas on a column near the Narbonne Gate, is of modern invention. The name can be derived as an augmentative of the name Carcas.
Carcassonne became strategically identified when Romans fortified the hilltop around 100 BC and eventually made the colonia of Julia Carsaco, later Carcasum (by the process of swapping consonants known as metathesis). The main part of the lower courses of the northern ramparts dates from Gallo-Roman times. In 462 the Romans officially ceded Septimania to the Visigothic king Theodoric II who had held Carcassonne since 453; he built more fortifications at Carcassonne, which was a frontier post on the northern marches: traces of them still stand. Theodoric is thought to have begun the predecessor of the basilica that is now dedicated to Saint Nazaire. In 508 the Visigoths successfully foiled attacks by the Frankish king Clovis. Saracens from Barcelona took Carcassonne in 725, but King Pepin the Short (Pépin le Bref) drove them away in 759-60; though he took most of the south of France, he was unable to penetrate the impregnable fortress of Carcassonne.
A beautiful town situated in the Pyrenees. It is a spa town offering visitors the chance to bathe in the hot waters of the natural spas that feed the town. 15 minutes further on is the local ski resort where you can enjoy many summer alpine sports.
We had a lovely holiday at Polfages, exactly as we expected from the details. The property was clean, spacious & well equipped, in a picturesque setting. Andrew & Jo were welcoming & helpful; the perfect hosts throughout our stay. We loved the company of the family's dogs too. We enjoyed our daily swim in the pool with a view as well as my jog through the country lanes & byways.
In the area we visited Cathar castles & abbeys as we have a particular interest in history. We walked the ramparts at Carcassone & climbed the heights at Peyrepertuse. The Space Museum at Toulouse was well worth visiting as was the Dinosaur Museum at Esperaza. We watched the boats on the Canal Midi, navigating the locks.
As we were self catering we made the most of the local markets. The ones at Mirepoix and Narbonne offered plenty of choice for both fresh produce & other sundries.
We would reccommend this property to families & friends & would consider returning to continue to explore the area. There was nothing that we disliked about our stay, apart from the occasional showers & that was out of everyone's control.