Montplaisir, a stone country house in the southwest region of France, sits in a private forest about 15 minutes by car from the medieval village of Mirepoix. This 14 acre property sits about an hour and a half from Toulouse, about an hour from Carcassonne, an hour and a half from the Mediterranean and about 3 and a half hours from Barcelona. The house is close to airports (Toulouse Blagnac and Carcassonne) and train stations (Toulouse Matabiau, Carcassonne and Pamiers.) Lac Montbel, only a few minutes by car, offers swimming, horseback riding, sailing, bicycling and a restaurant in the summer months.
The house was recently remodeled and includes a master bedroom and remodeled bath along with a comfortable guest bedroom upstairs. Both bedrooms have stunning views of the Pyrenées Mountains. An additional guest bedroom with queen bed, en suite bathroom with shower stall and mountain views is located downstairs. All three bedrooms are equipped with top quality mattresses and linens.
Montplaisir features a comfortable salon with fireplace adjacent to a spacious typical French country kitchen and is furnished with country French antique furniture. A front terrace for alfresco dining offers dramatic vistas of the Pyrenées. Dark beamed ceilings and original tile floors lend the house an elegant rustic ambiance.
The house is equipped with a 40' HD LCD TV featuring numerous satellite channels in multiple languages (English, French, German, Spanish, etc.)as well as a DVD library of classic movies and a CD player. The wireless router allows for internet access throughout the house as well as FREE WORLDWIDE PHONE SERVICE. Radiators and a large fireplace will keep the place warm and cozy during cool weather.
This 14 acre privately-owned property sits on a hill overlooking a verdant valley and stunning mountain views. The area abounds with historical landmarks, museums, walking trails and châteaux. This particular site is noted for its unusual varieties of birds.
Access to the area is easy and inexpensive due to the frequent flights into Toulouse Blagnac, an international airport with connections from all over Europe. Carcassone provides inexpensive Ryanair service from Stanstead, Liverpool, Derby and Glasgow.
Montplaisir is located about 15 minutes from Mirepoix, an extraordinary Medieval village dating from the 13th century. Food shops as well as a newly renovated supermarket provide everything you could possibly need. The town has numerous restaurants in all price categories offering local dishes at reasonable prices.This part of France, the Ariége, is famous for its cuisine, featuring cassoulet, duck and foie gras as well as its wines, including the Minervois and Corbiéres.
On the large central square in Mirepoix you can still admire the half-timbered houses supported on wood pillars, creating a magnificent covered arcade. The ends of the joists of the richest houses are sculpted, and the most beautiful sculptures are on the house of the Justice du Seigneur, which became in 1500 the Maison des Consuls, showing women's faces, bearded heads, a tortoise and other fantastical images.
The cathedral of St. Maurice has an unusual nave. Of the cathedrals of Europe only that of Gerona in Spain has a wider nave. Inside, vandalism and demolitions destroyed many treasures but you can still admire a tabernacle, a Christ on the cross from the 14th century and seven paintings by Larivière-Vesontius.
This charming, peaceful little town is much appreciated for its mild southern climate and easy access from the airports at Carcassonne and Toulouse.
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Near Mirepoix you'll also want to visit:
- the ancient Romanesque stone church at Vals.
- the 14th century Château de Lagarde 'Le petit Versailles du Languedoc'.
- Camon, a small fortified village featuring a Benedectine abbey founded by Charlemagne in 778.
- the 'book town' Montolieu where you can find rare and unusual books of all kinds.
- The famous Cité of Carcassonne.
- Toulouse, 'la ville rose', with its numerous restaurants, shops, museums and churches.
- Foix, with its extraordinary castle overlooking the entire region.
- The fortified village of Cordes-sur-Ciel, northeast of Toulouse.
- Albi, with its famous cathedral and Toulouse-Lautrec museum.
- The medieval town of Conque about 2 hours away in the Dordogne.
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Keywords: Rental house, sleeps 6, 3 bedrooms, free WiFi, satellite tv, quiet, Ariege countryside, retreat, Toulouse, Pamiers, Mirepoix, Carcassonne, Foix, views, lake Montbel, Pyrenées, swimming, boating, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, museums, castles, historic sites, Corbiere, Minervois, Languedoc-Rousillon, Southwest France.