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COTTAGE THE SECRET COTTAGE: 2 BEDROOMS, SLEEPS 4

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Speaks French, Italian, Spanish, English
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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COTTAGE THE SECRET COTTAGE: 2 BEDROOMS, SLEEPS 4

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.

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Details for holiday cottage The Secret Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 2 Bathrooms

A lovely and romantic 2 double Bed Cottage with shared, large, heated, salt-water Swimming Pool hidden in a most beautiful and secluded garden in the grounds of a fairytale hilltop Chateau near the French Pyrenees, 50mins drive South of cosmopolitan Toulouse, the 'Pink City'. The Cottage and Chateau are situated in a quiet and stunning area with unbelievable mountain and valley views. The Cottage has a large Living Room with Kitchen/Diner and Satellite TV (some English/German news channels), a hallway, a Utility Room, 2 Double Bedrooms (one very large where twin beds can be set up on request) and a shared family Bathroom and it's located very close to the large salt-water Swimming Pool, which is sometimes shared with the owners. Parking on the estate. The lovely market town of Aspet has all amenities and is a 10 min drive away. All sorts of activities are available nearby and the nearest Ski resort is 30 mins' drive away! Come and enjoy rural French life in stylish surroundings.
Suitability:
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Owners

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2006
Speaks French, Italian, Spanish, English

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.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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The Secret Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
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The Secret Cottage
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p70295?uni_id=1019418
Aspet Saint-Gaudens area
5

THANK YOU.

  • 5 out of 5
Our family stayed in this charming cottage for 2 weeks of blissful happiness.
The cottage is fully equipped, bright, comfortable, full of features and lovely things and a joy to stay in.
The salt-water pool is just a few steps away, huge, heated, surrounded by mosaic walls and kitted out with beautiful Moroccan sun loungers: a delight!
The garden is incredibly beautiful, fragrant with the scent and colours of thousands of flowers, plants and ancient trees and carefully landscaped to afford stunning prospects from every corner.
The chateau itself is gorgeous, just like in a fairytale.
The owners are charming and invited us to a drink in their Chateau, which was very welcome.
We loved the charming local town of Aspet where we ate croissants and drank coffee every morning in the square: the place is filled with interesting people, food stalls, lovely little shops and beautiful, ancient architecture.
We took trips to nearby Carcassonne, the Gers, Biarritz and visited the fantastic restaurants in Bossost in nearby Spain (only 40 mins drive door to door!), then returned to the cottage to watch on the huge flat screen TV one of the DVDs the owners kindly provided.
We truly had the holiday of a lifetime and will be back every year.
Thank you for a perfect time.
  • Review Submitted: 16-Dec-2011
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2011
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The Secret Cottage
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p70295?uni_id=1019418
Aspet Saint-Gaudens area
5

BEAUTY ON A GRAND SCALE.

  • 5 out of 5
Our family spent 2 perfect weeks in this charming Cottage next to the most beautiful chateau. The Cottage is colourful and lovely, comfy, private and extremely quiet. The beds are fantastic and the family bathroom generous. We loved cooking in the large, fully fitted kitchen and then eating the food al fresco on the paved patio area.
The Cottage is perfectly situated in a hidden corner behind the pool: all we had to do was step outside and jump in! The pool is huge and heated: what a treat.
The garden is truly outstanding: there are so many beautiful spots and benches to sit on and look in awe at the surroundings. The views are outstanding from every side. The area is fantastic for those who love outdoor activities like climbing, cycling, water rafting, speleology, sight seeing, nature walks, skiing and more. The local market town of Aspet is a treat and the perfect place to while away the morning buying fresh produce in the farmers market, drinking a grande creme in the central square, buying fresh meat, croissants and baguettes in the local stores and generally watching the world go by. We did a day trip to Biarritz and one to the Val d'Aran in Spain, both beautiful and worthwhile. We also visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Carcassonne, only 90 minutes away: stunning.
Thank you to the lopvely owners for sharing their home with us and for inviting us over to the Chateau for a glass of local Gascogne wine. Merci. We'll be back next Summer.
  • Review Submitted: 16-Dec-2011
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2011
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The Secret Cottage
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p70295?uni_id=1019418
Aspet Saint-Gaudens area
London
5

HEAVEN..

  • 5 out of 5
My partner and I stayed in this charming cottage hidden in the amazing garden of this stunning chateau in July'11. The place has it all: a fantastic, huge, salt-water, heated pool with Moroccan sun loungers, an incredible garden that would not look out of place in a grand British country house, unbelievable views of the valley and the mountains, a lake filled with colourful fish, flowers and roses everywhere, a fantastic market town nearby, lots of activities and, best of all, the Tour the France wooshing by every year. we could not ask for more. The cottage is sweet and pretty and reflects the good taste and creativity of the owners. It's comfortable and so quiet, we slept like babies every night. Our perfect day started with a French breakfast in the town of Aspet on the beautiful square, then a swim in the pool followed by sunbathing, a healthy lunch outdoors, finding a hidden spot in the marvelous garden where to read a good book, and a trip to nearby Bossost in Spain for Michelin star food and a great welcome! What an easy life. We shall return next year and this time we'll stay at least 2 weeks. Highly recommended. This Cottage is truly Heaven on Earth.
  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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The Secret Cottage
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p70295?uni_id=1019418
Aspet Saint-Gaudens area
Harpenden UK
5

BEAUTIFUL SETTING, CHARMING AND CONSIDERATE OWNERS

  • 5 out of 5
The closest we've got to the perfect holiday - a wonderfully grand, traditional setting, with modern comforts and convenience and a glorious garden. Plenty of lovely locations to visit, from ancient towns to mountain walks and a roadside view of the Tour de France. Undiluted French surroundings. We appreciated very much the friendly and helpful manner of the owners, which enabled us to get the most out of our stay.
  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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The Secret Cottage
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p70295?uni_id=1019418
Aspet Saint-Gaudens area
Bahrain
5

PREFECT DREAM COTTAGE

  • 5 out of 5
We found the cottage to be everything that was on the net. It was like a dream with the views and location. We had the best time ever . The oweners were very helpfully and lovely. It was clean and well maintained. We found lots to do both at the cottage and lots of attractions and activities near by. It is my wish to return again and I would recommend it to any of my friends.
  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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The Secret Cottage
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p70295?uni_id=1019418
Aspet Saint-Gaudens area
5

THE PLACE TO BE....!

  • 5 out of 5
This place just has it all: lovely cottage (clean!), superb views, great pool (with sun loungers, umbrellas, floatables, etc.), beautiful gardens, good barbie, and last but certainly not least: very welcoming owners who loved to share their knowledge of the castle, of its history and of gardening with us. Our girls (9 and 13) had a great time and enjoyed feeding the Koi-Carpers! Loads of things to do in the area: from visiting the market in Aspet and the lovely St. Bertrand de Comminges, to rafting the Garonne and climbing through gorges (so much better than Go Ape). We'd definitely recommend this place!
  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2009
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Location

Nearest Airport
74 Kilometres
Toulouse Blagnac
Nearest Ferry
188 Kilometres
Perpignan
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
St Gaudens
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Junction 18, St Gaudens
Nearest Beach
178 Kilometres
Biarritz
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Aspet
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Le Mourtis
Nearest Golf
21 Kilometres
Capelé, Montrejeau
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Les Trois Vallées, Aspet
Car: necessary

Dating back to the 18th Century this charming Château is situated on a hilltop with breathtaking panoramic views of the idyllic Gascogne countryside & the nearby Pyrenees; only 50 mins drive from bustling Toulouse and just over 1hr from Pau. In the nearby charming market town of Aspet, the perfect place to enjoy a cafe' au lait al fresco, you can pick up fresh croissants/baguettes from the boulangerie , local meat from the boucherie for a BBQ by the pool, which you can accompany with a local Gascogne wine. The area is excellent for cycling, walking, horse-riding, canoeing, fishing, golf, tennis. The nearest ski resort is 30mins away & so is the Spanish border. The Tour de France comes through the area every year, often past the Château walls! Nearby are ancient Cathar ruins, such as Foix & Montségur, picturesque market towns like Aurignac, St Martory, St Lizier & St Bertrand De Comminges, one of the stops of the famous UNESCO protected Camino de Santiago De Compostela.. The medieval town of Carcassonne is just over an hour away & the Mediterranean coast a little further. Lourdes is 40min & Biarritz 1.5h.

Other Activities: Tour De France, botanical tours, farmers markets, white water rafting, horse riding, shopping in Toulouse, trips to Lourdes, hiking, walking, skiing, go-karting, speleology, art, painting and pottery courses.

Golf: -The nearest golf course (6-18 hole ) is open all year and is only 20 mins away in Capelé, Montrejeau: www.golftoday.co.uk/clubhouse/coursedir/europe/france/midipyrenees/gcomminges.html

- The 18 hole Golf de Lannemezan, 250 Rue Doct Ueberchlag, Lannemezan, is only 35 mins away by motorway (45km) and is set in gorgeous countryside facing a stunning mountain scenery:

www.golflannemezan.com

-The Golf de Luchon, Montauban-de-Luchon, is only 43Km away or 45 mins drive.:

www.golf-luchon.net

-Hameau Baudet, Montardit, near the charming town of St Girons, is only 47 Km or 50 mins drive & is set in some of the most stunning French countryside: www.montaswin.fr

Ski: The nearest Ski Resort, Le Mourtis, is only 16 Km away (25 mins' drive)!

There's also a wide choice of resorts all over the Pyrenees, such as Bagnere de Luchon (45 mins or 43 Km), Le Pic du Midi (50 mins), St Lary (1 hr) etc.

You may also want to visit the world-class Spanish Ski slopes of Baiqueira (64 Km or around 1 hr's drive), truly magnificent.

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Rental rates for this holiday cottage in Aspet, Saint-Gaudens area

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
High Season
28 Jun 2014 - 29 Aug 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£775
for 7 nights
£775
 
 
Late Summer
30 Aug 2014 - 26 Sep 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£695
for 7 nights
£695
 
 
Low Season
27 Sep 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£475
for 7 nights
£475
 
 
Ski Holidays
20 Dec 2014 - 2 Jan 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£775
for 7 nights
£775
 
 
Ski Season
3 Jan 2015 - 3 Apr 2015
7 night minimum stay
£475
for 7 nights
£475
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Rental rates include linen, towels, pool towels, some toiletries.
Use of the outdoor swimming pool is from May to end of Sept/mid October (depending on weather) ; in Winter the pool is closed.
A Cottage central heating charge will be levied for Winter bookings.
A security deposit of £200 against loss/breakages is required.
Euro payments also possible.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for The Secret Cottagein Aspet in Saint-Gaudens area

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Living Room ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Majorelle - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Morocco inspired, large family Bathroom with bathtub
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large bathroom next to Cottage and Pool
  • The Majorelle Bathroom has a bathtub with shower and is shared by the 2 bedrooms, however there's a second bathroom a few metres away overlooking the Swimming Pool. Soap and basic toiletries are provided free of charge. The style of the bathroom is inspired by the Majorelle Garden in Marrakesh (hence the name) and it's comfortable and eclectic.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Sunflower Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , A very large double or twin bedroom with lovely views
    Bijoux Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , A lovely double bedroom with views over the garden and pool
  • Both bedrooms are lovely, comfortable & brightly coloured, and, as the Sunflower Room is particularly large, 2 twin beds can be set up on request. There's lovely and colourful art from all over the world throughout the cottage. The estate is extremely quiet and surrounded by nature. The Cottage itself is covered in scented roses and climbers, which reach all the way to the bedroom windows. Both have lovely views and share a good size family bathroom with bathtub on the same floor. The cottage is bathed in light and is surrounded by a leafy garden. Bedlinen, towels and pool towels are all provided free of charge and changed once a week. A weekly maid service is also included in the price. Extra maid service or an extra change of linen and towels can be arranged for a fee. .
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Television
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Games for Kids
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck Furniture
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Porch Furniture
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Child's Swing
  • Beach Towels
  • Patio
  • Conservatory
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • Private Chef
  • Housekeeper
  • Housekeeping
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • arboretum
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • live theatre
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • duty free shops
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • sledding
  • outlet shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hunting big game
  • ice skating
  • golf pass optional
  • ski lift pass
  • hunting small game
  • caving
  • whitewater rafting
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • equestrian events
  • ski
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • wind-surfing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • surfing
Notes:
The Garden Cottage is hidden in the mist of a beautiful garden, next to the gorgeous pool area. It shares the following facilities with the Chateau, which is sometimes occupied by the owners and their guests: a large salt-water Swimming Pool & Pool Bathroom; plenty of Sun-Loungers, Table-Tennis, parts of the beautiful Garden and Park, Garden seating and large Koi Carp Pond (please do not feed the fish). There's a weekly maid service included in the price, as well as linen and towels changed weekly. Extra cleaning, extra linen and towel changes, meal service etc can be arranged with the housekeeper for a fee. Please enquire with the owners. Twin beds can be put on request in one of the bedrooms. Car park available on the estate.
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