|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Stylish, beautifully decorated villa with pool and large garden, in small village set in the heart of spectacular Cathar country. Modern, open-plan kitchen leading onto dining area which in turn leads onto lounge, glazed on two sides with patio doors opening onto huge covered terrace overlooking the pool, 9m x 3.9m (Maximum depth 1.9m, minimum 1.1m ) and garden. There are plenty of sunloungers and 2 huge parasols for extra shade round the pool The covered patio also provides plenty of shade during day and gets late evening sun for relaxed dining. Teak patio furniture for 8 and plenty of room for the BBQ! Sunny, 2000m2 garden has a large grassy area to the rear of the house overlooking fields, which is ideal for childrens games. A small stream runs along the edge of the garden.
The house is on the edge of Rivel, a small quiet village of around 200 people with a medieval centre. It is 5 minutes drive from the small attractive town of Chalabre. Chalabre has several restaurants and bars, a pharmacy, bank (with cash point) small supermarkets, butchers and vegetable shops. Weekly market.
Mont Segur and several other famous Cathar strongholds are within easy reach. The ski station of Mont D'Olmes is 45 minutes away.
There is a nice restaurant with a safe childrens play area 10 minutes walk from the house. Tennis courts are available in village centre.
Nous avons passé une semaine pour la fin de l'année 2016 dans la maison de Rivel. Une maison spacieuse très agréable à vivre même à plusieurs. La maison est très bien équipée. Nous avons grandement apprécié le poêle à bois qui nous a bien chauffé la maison. La vue sur la nature est incroyable en particulier depuis la véranda où se trouve le salon et le poêle. Sue est une hôte très agréable qui fait tout son possible pour que votre séjour se passe bien.
Nous reviendrons sans hésiter.
Perfect house, fully equipped and very happy to have stayed there! Sorry we had to go home...
Especially the pool and spacious porch were fantastic. Superb spot in the neighborhood with lots of things to do, see and experience. (all information in the house of course...). Beautifull landscape in the area and the communication with the owners of the house was kind and good. Will definately recommend and we will come back again!
We were a large group - 7 adults and 2 babies - and the villa was much appreciated by all. Very roomy, excellent facilities, clean, tidy and well maintained. Despite the autumnal weather, we made good use of the heated pool (large, clean and warm!) and Rivel is a lovely spot from which to explore the region. We were provided with lots of information on the operation of the villa's heating systems, the kitchen / laundry equipment etc and lots of useful info on local facilities and places to visit. We had a wonderful time!
Just returned from the most wonderful holiday in Rivel. Reached via a picture-perfect tree lined avenue, the villa is beautiful; very clean, homely and better equipped than our own home, Sue has thought of everything, which made for a very easy, stress free, idyllic holiday. The large garden is stunning and very private with spectacular hillside views (made even more lovely by visiting donkeys in the field next to the house and the sound of cow bells on the hillside!). The pool was fantastic, and being larger than average it was roomy enough to swim lengths, even when our 3 children plus inflatables were in the pool! This, combined with the extensive gardens and lovely patio area, well equipped with loungers, parasols, dining table etc meant we enjoyed several relaxing days "at home" . Lots to see and do in the immediate area, and within a short drive; our favourite place being the beautiful town of Mirepoix, around 20 minutes away (fantastic market on Mondays and look out for the vide grenier (attic sale/flea markets on certain Sundays). Lovely family friendly restaurant 10 minutes walk away. Sue made the booking process so easy and stress free, she maintained regular contact with us prior to the holiday, answered all of our questions and provided so much additional information on the house and surrounding area. Thank you Sue for a perfect holiday. We'll definitely be back !
This villa is in a lovely rural setting on the edge of the small village of Rivel. We found it to be fully equipped to relax and to eat comfortably inside or outside on the large patio next to the pool. There are dramatic open views from the house up the valley and a stream winding round the end of the garden. We were there in the spring time and saw two woodpeckers, buzzards and an exotic colourful bird called a hoopoe. We could hear cuckoos all around although unsurprisingly did not see them. There are walking tracks in all directions from the house, with a choice of hill walks or flat paths to explore. We went on the dedicated walking and cycling path along the old railway track into Chalabre, a village 4k away, which has bakers, restaurants and a grocer.
We loved the mediaeval market town of Mirepoix about 20k away, with its impressive church and a busy market every Monday. We had lunch at a restaurant popular with the local inhabitants called St Maurice, located in the central town square and we can highly recommend it. For our special birthday celebration four of us dined at the Chateau de Camon, our second visit there - it is about 20 minutes from Rivel in a very reasonably priced taxi.The food and the ambience are high-end and ideal for a special event.
We had a fantastic week and in spite of mixed weather, the conditions were good for walking and cycling. The nights were cool and we really enjoyed the cosy warmth of the huge and effective log burner in the evenings. We will without doubt be returning to stay in this villa again.
Lovely villa in a beautiful part of France.
The owner was incredibly helpful and provided us with lots of information so that we could explore the area fully. Lots to do locally for children of all ages.
The house itself was equipped with everything we might need. The grounds and pool were very well maintained and meant we had a wonderful base to return to after a day busy with exploring!
Would highly recommend.
Other Activities: Ski station, Mont D'Olmes 45 minutes drive.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£400|
During the winter months shorter stays may be possible, for example, long weekends for skiing. Prices negotiable. A refundable damages deposit of £400 must be paid at time of booking. Price shown includes cleaning at end of stay. Pool heating if requested will have an additional charge.The balance must be paid not less than 8 weeks before date booked.
Arrival day normally Saturday.
Out of season I can offer a special couples only price of £100 per night when only one bedroom is occupied. Minimum 7 days- flexible arrival day possible.
Payment in full is due not later than 8 weeks before departure.