Holiday house with pool, Languedoc - RA006029

10/10
Fanjeaux (20km from Mirepoix), Aude, Languedoc Roussillon Reference: RA006029 Advertiser since: 22 January 2018
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Font Saint Martin Self Catering Saturday 5 14 4

About this property

Secluded Farmhouse Sleeping up to 14, Pool and Views. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Font Saint Martin is close to Carcassonne, Mirepoix, Pyrenees mountains, lakes, cycle routes, hiking routes, Mediterranean Sea, and vineyards.

It's a perfect house for family holidays or groups, offering spacious accommodation with garden and swimming pool. The private, hilltop location affords stunning views.

The house is light and airy. The garden is a mix of sun and shade. The only sounds are the wind in the trees, the birds singing, and the occasional tractor passing by.

Font Saint Martin is all about the location. The house can be found at the very end of a long driveway. Perched on a hillside, the house offers stunning views and a great deal of privacy and seclusion.

The house itself is recently renovated and decorated simply but stylishly. We have tried to maintain the authenticity and history of the house and previous owners (artist and architect).

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Modern kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso, toaster, kettle, large fridge-freezer. Small table for chopping and chatting, or smaller groups.

Large dining table to accommodate 14 in the lounge/diner. Two large outdoor tables. Further outdoor table in the pool house.

Living rooms

Large lounge/diner with 3 comfy sofas and an armchair. Woodburner for colder months. Internet-ready flat-screen tv.

Bedrooms

Master suite with kingsize double bed and en suite bathroom. Sofa. Dressing table. Private balcony.

Two further double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

The top floor of the house contains 2 quad rooms with 4 single beds in each. There is a wc and sink on the top floor. Please note it's necessary to go through one quad room to reach the next quad room. The ceilings are sloped at the sides but high enough for adults to stand up.

We normally accommodate adults on the middle floor and children on the top floor, but the space is flexible.

Bathrooms

One en suite with walk-in rain shower, one bathroom with shower, one bathroom with bath. On the ground floor there is a bathroom with shower. On the top floor there is a wc and sink.

Heating

Oil-fired central heating plus woodturner in lounge/diner.

Entertainment

Internet- ready tv in the lounge. Piano in the hallway. Tv, dvd player and Wii console on top floor.

Games, toys, books and dvds.

Garden and outside

Large garden, mainly grassed (not fenced).

Private 10m x 5m swimming pool which is walled and gated for children's safety. Pool house with outdoor table and chairs. Loungers and parasol.

Games barn with table tennis, big swing, children's games such as badminton, swingball etc.

Parking and garages

Parking for 4-5 cars on the driveway.

Visitor suitability

Perfect for more than one family holidaying together or groups of friends or multiple generations of the same family. Great house for parties or celebrations. Plenty of space for adults and kids to enjoy.

Not suitable for those who struggle with steps or stairs, sorry.

Well-behaved dog permitted, downstairs and not on furniture.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

* Vet details: Dr Philippe Mallegol, 30 Avenue Gén de Gaulle, 11150 Bram +33 4 68 76 51 99

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Bruno's Brocante
Distance: 1 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 100 km

Cycling

Family activities

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Villesiscle
Distance: 5 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 5 km

Skiing

Name of nearest resort: Ax-les-Thermes
Distance: 100 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Le Chemin de Dominique

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Domaine Le Fort
Distance: 10 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Claire Seager

My name is Claire and in 2014 my husband and I purchased beautiful Font Saint Martin, having fallen in the love with the Aude area. We have since renovated the house and installed a swimming pool. This is our second holiday home venture, previously we created and managed a small eco-retreat on Tioman Island in Malaysia. We now live in the UK with our children Alya and Tio but visit France as often as we can!

Year property purchased 2014
Why this location? I first visited Orsans in 1999 and was so impressed with the beautiful countryside, the sunflower fields, Carcassonne and Mirepoix. I brought my husband and children here 10 years later on a grand tour of France and Spain. When we decided to buy a property in France, this was the only location we considered, due to the sunny weather, beautiful scenery and proximity to the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean coast. And of course the selection of wine and cheese swayed us a little too!

Font Saint Martin itself is unique in it's peaceful and secluded location and stunning views. We viewed at least 20 properties but immediately both fell in love with this house and the location.
Unique benefits of property Peace, nature, stunning views, space, simple but tasteful decor, private swimming pool, edge of village location, activities and sightseeing within a short drive of the house. It's a fabulous place for two or three families to meet multiple generations of the same family, to enjoy happy times and create wonderful memories.

The Owner Recommends

Mirepoix Monday Morning Market

Fascinating, busy Monday morning market in Mirepoix, selling fresh fruit and veg, meat, cheese, plants, leather goods, rabbits and chickens, olives, pate, gifts. Can you find the knife-grinding man?

Carcassonne Old City

UNESCO World Heritage site and medieval fort, Carcassonne is the stuff of legends and fiction (you must read Kate Mosse's books during your visit). Parking can be difficult in the high summer.

Canal du Midi

We drive 10 minutes to Bram and access the canal there. Take a stroll then have a drink or an ice cream in l'Ile Oiseux restaurant. You can even hire a small boat from here to chug along the shady canal.

Teleski Bram

A little tricky to find but worth it, Bram tele ski is waterski-ing attached to an overhead wire. Great fun and reasonably priced. Friendly cafe-bar to watch your friends make fools of themselves!

Fanjeaux Village

A 30 minute walk or 2 minute drive, Fanjeaux village has a medieval centre, viewpoint, historic church, brocante and small museum. There is also a cafe-bar to take a coffee or beer and watch the world go by.

Lac St Ferreol

30 minutes drive to the reservoir Lac St Ferreol, beach to sit on, clean water to swim in and pine woods at the lake's edge for picnics or walks.

Lac Montbel

A little further on than Mirepoix, this turquoise lake has a small beach and designated swimming area. Small cafe and an inflatables park (on land) for the kids.

Leucate Beach

1h15 from Font Saint Martin, Leucate beach is wide and sandy with gentle Mediterranean water. Several cool beach bars here such as Le Poulpe.

Monolieu Village of Books

About a 30 minute drive, this quaint village is packed full of lovely little book shops. Eat at Casquette et Chapeau.

Le Commerce Restaurant in Mirepoix

Classic French restaurant and cuisine, with lovely outdoor eating area under a big tree in a courtyard. Very reasonable and tasty set menus. We also like Comptoir Gourmand (lunch only) and Le Relais in Mirepoix.

Domaine Gayda Organic Vineyard and Restaurant

Beautiful vineyard where you can take a tour, have a wine tasting, and eat in their fine dining restaurant.

Cathar Table Restaurant in Fanjeaux

There is one restaurant in Fanjeaux and it serves large portions of tasty French food, kids menu also, and friendly staff.

Wine Tasting Domaine Le Fort

On the road to Montreal, Domaine Le Fort sells wine and allows you to taste in their cool barn set up for wine tasting. We like the Viognier here.

Wine Tasting Cedres de Robert

On the road to Bram, Cedres de Robert welcomes you to try before you buy. We like their rose and the manageress is very friendly and speaks English.

1 Review
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Lucy Wilson 26 April, 2018

We spent a wonderful 10 days at Font St Martin last summer. The house is in a beautiful - surrounded by hills and fields of yellow flowers. There is a pool - nearly new, games to play (small football goal, bat and ball, board games etc). We ate our meals under the covered terrace and relaxed there in the evening or in the comfortable living room. There is also a fire in the living room which would be lovely for an autumn or spring visit. All the rooms are so tastefully decorated (beautiful decor!).
There are lovely lakes nearby which are great for swimming and have beaches. The local medieval town is a great morning out and has a market every few weeks. Great for a real French experience and a coffee and pastry!

We had a fantastic stay and can’t wait to return! Great for families or groups of friends

Owner response

Thank-you so much for your review Lucy, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay!