Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Aspet - Spectacular hilltop Chateau
Hilltop Chateau with large pool 50 min from Toulouse, sleeps 16 in 7 bedrooms
An enchanting château in exquisite gardens, with yoga barn and large, secluded, heated pool.
First you come through the gate and see the lawns and the giant cedars of Lebanon, then the Pyrenean peaks on the southern horizon, and then the house, restful on its little plâteau, simple, elegant, perfect, with 18th-century proportions. Welcome to another world: one of art, beauty, serenity, fine museum pieces, and a dash of humour. The housekeeper is a treasure and can cater for you – though your kitchen, big, charming, classical but modern, would be an absolute pleasure to cook in. Salon, library, dining room and the grandest of bedrooms glow with French, English and Chinese antiques and the entire house is a work of art – there are beautiful parquet floors and magnificent plaster ceilings, a grand staircase and oriental designer stencilling. The rooms in the attic are more child-friendly and a perfect place for children to sleep, play or hide.
The gardener cleans the pool in the morning for you (open Apr/May to Oct, depending on weather)
Our Garden: The Chateau boasts magnificent, mature gardens & parkland; nature lovers may explore the grounds discovering hundreds of stunning roses, a sunken herb garden, a white wisteria-clad pergola, an exotic garden, a giant-bamboo walk, a green house & cactus collection, a large pond filled with Koi-Carp & Goldfish with bog garden, stepping stones & many ancient trees in fairytale surroundings.
Our garden is best enjoyed in the Blooming Season and in Summer.
It's easy to spot on the premises humming-bird moths, great white owls, falcons, hawks, dears, colourful butterflies, dragon flies, frogs, hedgehogs, pheasants....
The Chateau's situation on its own hilltop affords uninterrupted, breathtaking views of the valley & the Pyrenees in one of the most beautiful parts of France. The closeness to the Spanish border affords the house long, hot Summers with a gentle breeze from the nearby mountains and snowy Winters enjoying skiing in nearby resorts followed by cozy time by our fireplaces
Facilities include:: Large salt-water swimming pool with sun loungers, umbrellas, inflatable lilos etc. Steam room, bathroom with shower by the pool, table tennis, children swings & hammocks hanging from the mature trees around the Chateau, shaded areas, seating throughout the park and garden, tables and chairs for outdoor eating, huge yoga barn with amazing views of the Chateau and pool, massage tables, Gaudiesque mosaic wall and seating area, BBQ, croquet lawn and set..
Large plasma screen Satellite UK/French TV, DVD/VCR, Ipod docks & WIFI Internet, large Library.
Exquisite antique furniture and original features and fittings throughout the Chateau, marble fireplaces, as well as central heating for winter bookings. Comfy sofas and chairs, 2 dining tables, huge, fully fitted kitchen, Juliette balcony on the first floor, Moroccan boudoir, 6 double bedrooms, 1 family room, 6 bathrooms of which 4 en-suite.
Amazing corners and views for meditation, drawing, outdoor eating, photography..
Car-park, 2 bicycles...
Activities/local attractions: Come see the Tour De France zoom past, enjoy a cafe' creme in the charming village of Aspet (10min drive), visit the local farmers' markets in Aspet, Salies Du Salat or St Gaudens.
Go for a walk locally or to Lac d'Oo, one of the prettiest walks in the Pyrenees!
Visit the local SPAs or St Giron/St Lizier or the pilgrimage towns of Lourdes and nearby St Bertrand Des Comminges, a Unesco World Heritage Site, or cosmopolitan Toulouse, the 'Pink City', with its canals and bridges, its 'Aérospatiale', home to the Airbus 380, the biggest jumbo in the world & its fantastic shopping around Place Capitol
The wonderful road network and its location make the Chateau the perfect place for excursions, city trips to Toulouse or Pau, shopping, buying local produce, sightseeing in the Gers, walks, hiking, skiing, white water rafting, canoeing, tennis, golf, horse riding, cycling, paragliding, vide greniers, art courses, yoga holidays, family activities, trips to Spain, Carcassonne, Biarritz etc.
Details for holiday cottage The Secret Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 2 Bathrooms
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- pets not allowed
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- non smoking only
- Low Allergen Environment
- Long-term Renters Welcome
As soon as we saw the Chateau, sitting ever so pretty on its hilltop, we were wooed by its incredible views and stunning situation near the majestic Pyrenees . The area is full of beauty, light and colours and the Chateau and its ancient stone barns are so full of history, quirks, original features and the best old-fashioned workmanship created. It just took our breath away.
The estate is surrounded by ancient stone walls and barns and it's therefore totally private. It has incredible views from absolutely every window and every corner. The garden is beautiful, large and private, filled with flowers, rare plants, a lake, fountains, colonnades, roses and amazing features and it's filled with birds, butterflies and all sorts of wildlife.
The salt water swimming pool is large & heated, the area around it is paved and it's surrounded by barns and a scalloped hedge and colourful mosaics with seating and barbeque areas.
There's a huge yoga barn overlooking the pool and a beautiful mosaic steam room and shower.