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Fantastic property heated pool. Our guests say it is even better than the photos

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 3 bathroom - Great views across miles of countryside to the Pyrenees

The property is a recent barn conversion with original wood beams set in peaceful countryside within 5 minutes walk of the village of Manses. We are letting this fantastic property for the first time in 2016. We have superb views across open countryside to the Pyrenees. The property is set in 95 acres of fields and woodland belonging to the owners. This ensures tranquillity as well as privacy. Guests are welcome to use our 12 metre by 6 metre pool. A large patio to the south allows outdoor dining with views to the Pyrenees.

The property boasts 3 large double bedrooms with kingsize beds, one large twin bedded room and 3 bathrooms. One of the bedrooms is on the ground floor and has an en suite italian style shower room.

The open plan living area and fully equipped modern kitchen face south to the Pyrenees with 2 sets of patio doors opening onto a private outdoor dining area.

The swimming pool is positioned so that uninterrupted views across rolling hills to the Pyrenees can be enjoyed.

There is outdoor table tennis and a barbecue.

For those who enjoy walking, the ancient pilgrims route, Chemin du St Jacques de Compostelle, passes by the rear of Le Cazal. Days can be passed by the pool or enjoying nearby activities of walking, hiking, cycling, skydiving, parachuting, rafting, canoeing, horse riding, golf and skiing to name but a few. Market day in the medieval town of Mirepoix (5 miles) should not be missed. Within easy reach of Carcassonne (50 mins), Toulouse (80 mins), Mediterranean beaches (Narbonne 90 mins) and ski slopes (Ax les Thermes 40 mins).

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Lorna Cannell
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Manses in Ariege

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Downstairs cloakroom
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , and washbasin
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , and washbasin. Walk in italian style shower room
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , and washbasin
  • There are 2 shower rooms on the first floor, one of which is en suite to either kingsize bedded bedroom and the other in the hallway between the bedrooms. The italian style shower room or wet room on the ground floor is the en suite to the ground level bedroom. There is also a cloakroom on the ground floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Comfy UK kingsize bed with good mattress. Ceiling fan.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Comfy UK kingsize bed with good mattress. Ceiling fan
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Comfy UK kingsize bed with good mattress. Ceiling fan
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Ceiling fan.
  • There are 3 double bedrooms each with comfortable king size beds. Two of the bedrooms are on the first floor and one is on the ground floor. There is also a large twin bedded room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
The property has thick stone walls keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. A cot and high chair are available upon request. We ask guests not to smoke inside the property. Find us on Facebook - GiteLeCazal Outside: The property has 2 sets of patio doors to the south which open onto a large terrace with dining area, a grassy field beyond and views across open countryside to the beautiful mountains of the Pyrenees. Guests are welcome to share the owners pool 12metres x 6metres. There are plenty of loungers for those who would like to top up their tan or have a snooze in the sun. The pool is open for as long as weather allows, (normally May to September), and is heated. The pool has a UV sterilisation system so is just like swimming in fresh water. No chlorine or salt. There is outdoor table tennis. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is included. Bathroom and poolside towels are also included.


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Fantastic property heated pool. Our guests say it is even better than the photos
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

A beautiful gite in an amazing setting

  • 5 of 5

This gite is in a superb setting, quite high up near the village of Manses, with wonderful views of the Pyranees. Lorna, the owner, gave us a very friendly welcome and told us about local dog walks for our dog Max. The gite was enormous and as we were just a couple we only used the downstairs which had a beautiful bedroom and ensuite shower room. There were a further three bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs! The lounge and kitchen/dining room were huge and fully equipped. We had a great verandah where we spent most of our mornings and evenings. It was peaceful, hot, and with the views, who could ask for more.

We travelled quite a bit in the area as we are planning on retiring to France and wanted to get to know the area. I would recommend Mirepoix on Monday market day but get there early, it is also great for a drink/lunch/dinner etc. on any day of the week, sitting in the ancient square with all those fabulous buildings.

We travelled through the Pyrannees to Pas de la Casa in Andorra, a very scenic journey but the end result, the ski resort, looked quite drab and too commercialised, especially without snow!

We also had a very pleasant lunch at the cafe on Lac Montbel - the colour of the water being the bluest you have ever seen.

All in all I would recommend this gite without exception and the host Lorna, was very hospitable and welcoming.

Thanks again for a lovely stay.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It is great to have feedback. So glad that you enjoyed your stay. I am always so pleased when I know that our guests have really enjoyed their holiday at Le Cazal.
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Top class, really comfortable and peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

Lorna and David have done an excellent job with Le Cazal. We are all agreed that it is the best gite holiday we have had in France. The property is of a very high standard, the views are spectacular and Lorna and David are always available should you need any help. Highly recommended and we wish them all the best.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We stayed at Le Cazal

  • 5 of 5

Can I keep this a secret ... no, it would not be fair to Lorna and David Cannell. This place is a gem, we had a wonderful stay for 4 weeks in April, with the most hospitable and caring hosts.

Le Cazal is such a beautiful and authentic French Farm with the most lovely gites. The walks are fantastic, the gite was fantastic, the hosts fantastic; what else can we say, I would like to have stayed forever.

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased that you had such a wonderful holiday.
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A perfect February holiday

  • 5 of 5

A week at the beginning of February could have been dismal but we we had sunny days and clear crisp nights so it was perfect. The living area faces south so it was bright all day long because of the patio and french windows and warm too. We only needed the wood stove in the evenings and it kept us nice and cosy.

The property is attractive, comfortable, spacious, clean and well equipped. The views to the Pyrenees are just fantastic. It all looks great in the photos but in reality, it is even better!

Mirepoix is a lovely town and surprisingly lively for the time of year. The market on Monday is well worth a visit, if only to sit outside with a glass of wine and watch the world go by. Carcassonne is great, especially the castle. The drive to the Cathar castle at Queribus was as enjoyable as the castle itself. It was only a hop skip and jump from the Mediterranean so we drove there across country and back via the coast.

We managed a couple of days skiing at Ax-les Thermes. Great place, inexpensive - make sure you ask for insurance to be added to your ski pass.

We had a busy week but could just as easily stayed at Le Cazal enjoying the views with some good wine.

Le Cazal in winter is fantastic so we are planning to return for a summer stay too.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou for this lovely review. It was great to meet you all. Maybe in the summer you will be able to do some of the things you didn't have time for this trip! (Little Yellow Train etc)
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  • 5 of 5

Een fantastisch adres, zo ontzettend mooi!! Lorna en David zijn een super aardig Engels stel, die van een voormalige stal een ontzettend mooie accommodatie hebben gemaakt: zeer ruim, zeer licht, zeer modern, brandschoon en super comfortabel, het kan echt niet beter. Vanaf de woonkamer en het terras heb je dus precies het uitzicht dat op het plaatje staat: over het licht glooiende landschap naar de pyreneën. Schitterend! De pool is eveneens fantastisch en met hetzelfde uitzicht! Tevens: zeer zonnig hier, we waren er eind september en hadden vanaf 8 uur 's ochtends tot om half acht 's avonds zon bij het huis en de pool. En Mirepoix - ein klein, zeer charmant stadje - is binnen 7 minuten met de auto bereikbaar. Hier zijn tal van leuke restaurantjes en cafés en winkeltjes en maandag vindt er een schitterende markt plaats. Kortom: het kan niet beter en we komen zeker terug!


Ein wunderbarer Ort und die vielleicht schönste Unterkunft die wir je gemietet haben (wir mieten über diese Website seit 11 Jahren;-). Wirklich der Hammer: David und Lorna sind super nett, die Unterkunft ist sehr geräumig, sehr hell, modern und super komfortabel und sauber, und vom Wohnzimmer und der Terrasse aus hat man genau den Blick wie er auf dem Foto steht. Einfach umwerfend!

Auch den ganzen Tag Sonne, wir waren Ende September da und sogar zu dieser Jahreszeit hatten wir ab 8 Uhr morgens bis halb acht abends Sonne. Der Pool (mit demselben Blick in Richtung Pyrenäen) ist klasse und Mirepoix ist nur 7 Minuten mit dem Auto entfernt. Ein sehr nettes und charmantes Städtchen, wo man alle Einkäufe tätigen kann, gut aus essen und Montags ein sehr netter Markt stattfindet. Wir kommen bestimmt wieder!


Ce gîte vraiment est encroyable! Très spacieux et limineux, soleil pendant toute la journée (au mois du septembre à partir de 8 heure le matin jusqu'à 19 heures), vue superbe sur les pyrenées et Laura et David sont très sympa! Le gîte est très moderne, propre et très comfortable, aussi le swimming pool est parfait et la ville de Mirepoix (très charmante!) est de 7 minutes en voiture. Vraimemt parfait, on espère revenir bientôt!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
26 Miles
La Bastide de Serou
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Mont D'Olmes
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Lac Montbel
Car: recommended

The Mediterranean beaches are within reach for a day out. Narbonne is approximately 90 minutes by car and offers beautiful sandy beaches with a calm sea. There are also opportunities for beach and sea fishing.

Some nearby lakes offer beaches, swimming and watersports. The nearest to us is the lovely Lac Montbel(20 miles), Puivert(25 miles), Lac de la Cavayere at Carcassonne(40 miles) and the Lac de Mondely(30 miles)

The nearest airports are Carcassonne, 35 miles - 50 minutes, and Toulouse Blagnac, 60 miles - 70 minutes. Car hire is recommended although bicycle hire can be arranged once at Le Cazal.

The village of Manses is a 5 minute stroll. Mirepoix, an ancient bastide town with its famous 'couverts' and market is 5 miles distant. Carcassonne offers a variety of shops and markets and of course the famous castle or cité is a 50 minute car ride. Montsegur, famed Cathar town and castle is 50 minutes to the south. The climb up to the castle is well worth the effort as the views on a clear day are spectacular.

You may never have stumbled upon Ariège-Pyrénées; most people haven't. It's a hidden gem: the ‘other’ south of France: a rural and sparsely populated area of outstanding natural beauty, laid back charm and good living. Explore green foothills and majestic Pyrenean peaks; potter round local markets and medieval towns; walk on peaceful paths and drive on quiet roads; marvel at the sheer variety of flora and fauna and stand and stare at breathtaking views. The Ariège is just about as far south as you can go and still be in France - we’re farther south than Nice - and is bordered by Spain and Andorra. There are just six main towns, the largest of which has a population of just over 15,000, many small villages and hamlets, and some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country. The Pyrenees are rarely out of sight and form a stunning backdrop all over the department, with the highest peaks rising to around 3000 metres. Medieval cités, Cathar castles, lovely Romanesque churches and authentic bastide towns and villages are all on your doorstep. There are lots of prehistoric sites, including some of the most extensive caves in Europe. You can climb or ski in the high mountains, go canoeing, gliding or paragliding, spend a couple of hours in a thermal spa or dance the night away at one of our many festivals. And it’s all totally unspoilt, totally uncommercial. Okay, we’re biased … but this really is a magical area!

Ariège is perfect for walking with well marked paths at all levels including the St Jacques de Compostelle pilgrim path,la voie piemont GR78, which passes just behind Le Cazal. Within an easy walk through beautiful countryside with panoramic views, is the Merovingian Necropolis (5-8 century), at Teilhet. A Voie Verte (green road) has been created from an old railway track and now links Mirepoix with Lavelanet and offers easy walking or cycling with lovely views.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Manses, Midi-Pyrenees

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
7 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
1 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Sep 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2019
5 Jan 2019 - 21 Jun 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £55 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer 2019
22 Jun 2019 - 5 Jul 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2019
6 Jul 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £400
Pet Fee £10

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In summer and Christmas periods the prices quoted are for up to 8 people staying in 4 bedrooms. Outside of those periods, the price is for up to two people sharing the downstairs bedroom. Each additional person/room will be charged at £50 per week. We now accept online payments as well as direct bank transfers. Due to fees charged to us, we will ask for an additional 3% of the rental cost for those guests who wish to use the online payments facility. There is no additional fee for those guests who make a transfer directly to our bank.
Arrival should be from 4pm and departure by 10am.
Heating is by way of a woodburning stove. Wood can be purchased from the owners at a cost of 65 euros for a stere

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Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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