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A superb 4 bed/bath farmhouse with large pool near Mirepoix and Carcassonne,

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (3 ensuite), sleeps up to 8

A beautiful restored farmhouse, nestling in an acre of garden, just 4km from Fanjeaux, 15 mins by car from Mirepoix and 30 mins from Carcassonne. A very private and peaceful property. The house faces south with large poolside terraces & gardens rolling downhill to the wood. In the distance you can see the Pyrenees.

There are 2 double & 2 twin bedrooms. We have 3 ensuite shower rooms and a separate bathroom. There is an upstairs sitting area with wood burner and sofa and an enormous principal lounge with dining table, comfortable sofas and open fire. The kitchen is well equipped for all your catering needs. Outside is a shady eating terrace overlooking the pool. The house has TV, DVD, satellite, internet with wi-fi, & a CD player with external speakers for lazy days.The large swimming pool (12.5M x 6.5M) is freshwater, using UV sterilisation, we use a little chlorine in the maintenance. It has an approved safety fence which is compulsory under French law.

We are lucky to have some wonderful places to eat within a half hours drive. The Chateau at Camon is wonderful and very atmospheric and Domaine Gayda is a winery which also has a superb restaurant. Mirepoix has lots of restaurants and there is a friendly, family run restaurant in Fanjeaux, La Table Cathare. Great value.

The area is famous for it's Cathar castles and many are within easy reach. Don't miss Mirepoix market on Mondays, it's a perfect place to enjoy a coffee and people watch. Le Cite of Carcassonne is quite stunning and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants. Try to go early or leave it until later in the afternoon and perhaps have a meal there in the evening. Fanjeaux is worth a visit too, if only to see the amazing view from the Seignadou (viewing place), where on a clear day you can see for miles around. You can take a little boat from Bram or Trebes along the Canal du Midi and take a picnic with you, or visit one of the many wineries in the area for a Degustation!

For those with more energy, on the route de Lavelanet at Aigues Vives is one of the championship of France Karting circuits. All ages catered for. The local area is ideal for cycling. There are water sports on nearby lakes and the Mediterranean is an hour away at Narbonne. Golf courses can be found at Carcassonne and Toulouse. Horse riding, Tennis and kayaking/rafting are all available within easy reach. In the winter the slopes at Bonascre are accessible from Ax les Thermes using the cable car up the mountain and Ax is an hour away by main roads.

Reductions available for smaller parties - contact us with your dates for a quote.

START YOUR HOLIDAY ANY DAY OF THE WEEK MINIMUM STAY 7 NIGHTS.

More Details

Owner
Mike and Debbie Leece
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
10 July, 2018

About Mike and Debbie Leece

Mike and I sold our business in 2004 and spent a few years travelling and doing all the things we wanted to do but couldn't when we were working. We then decided we needed a project. The project turned out to be a liveable but tired farmhouse in the Languedoc. We have both worked very hard to make L'Obit the comfortable home from home that it is today. We have made many improvements including replacing all the ensuite shower-rooms inside the house but the garden is unrecognisable from what is was in 2008 and now there are lovely planted and colourful areas, including a boules court garden planted with lavender, roses and salvias. The house is wonderfully private, but not isolated and we have enjoyed many weeks there with the company of family and friends. In 2014 we had the pleasure of holding our daughter's wedding in the area. The wedding and reception was at the wonderful Chateau de Camon but the house was a wonderful venue for the preparations before and the party the day after! We love eating out for a treat and there is no end of great places to eat in the area. We also love walking and have enjoyed many randonnées in the area. We hope that you will enjoy this quite unspoilt area of France as much as we have.

Mike and Debbie Leece purchased this farmhouse in 2008

Why Mike and Debbie Leece chose Fanjeaux

The house was liveable but we felt it was some time since any real love had been shown to it, especially the garden. Debbie is very keen on gardening and plants and has enjoyed creating new areas of planting and colour, there are many plants that thrive in the South of France that wouldn't survive in the UK. It also has 4 bedrooms which was ideal when family and friends come to stay. The position is idyllic, in winter you can even see the snow capped Pyrenees and as he house is in the middle of the countryside, there is a lot of wildlife around, especially buzzards, deer, hares and the odd wild boar!

What makes this farmhouse unique

The house is situated down a 1 kilometre lane from the D119 which is a main route to the Pyrenees. So the house is rural without being miles away from civilisation. You can allow children to run around freely without any worry of traffic. We have one neighbour who us behind our house. It is their holiday home too and they are the best neighbours. Not intrusive, but there if you need them. The nearest village of Fanjeaux is only 5 minutes by car away and Mirepoix, a lovely medieval town is 12 minutes in the other direction. It has a wonderful cloistered square where a wonderful market is held every Monday. There are plentiful cafes, bars and restaurants in Mirepoix, together with supermarkets and everything else you would need.

The house is also only 30 minutes from the wonderful UNESCO site of La Cite in Carcassonne. A must do whilst in the area. Try to go early or later on in the day as it does get very busy. There are lots of shops, restaurants and cafes once inside the incredible walls together with lots of medieval type amusements. The little train is quite a nice way to see the chateau and some of the city. The area is also famous for its amazing Cathar castles which tend to have stunning locations in beautiful countryside. There is no shortage of wonderful places to eat, and of course the wine of the area is very reasonable and of great quality. There are many Domaines around where you can enjoy wine-tasting. Enjoy!

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Fanjeaux in Arrondissement of Carcassonne

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • For small children, please request stair safety gate. Please no glass items around the pool area for safety and damage reasons
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , There is a hand held shower over the bath
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Also a hand basin.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Also a hand basin.
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Also a hand basin.
  • One full family bathroom with bath and hand held shower for hair washing, toilet, separate shower and twin basins. 3 bedrooms have ensuites with shower, WC and basin.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Ensuite shower room
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Ensuite shower room
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , Ensuite shower room
  • Bedroom one is a twin bedded room and is off the hall. As this is the only bedroom without an ensuite we tend to use this as a childrens room. The main bathroom is just across the hall. Bedroom two has the Super King bed, Bedroom 3 is a twin-bedded room and Bedroom 4 is the largest room with a double bed and a cot should you need it.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace
  • Golf Clubs
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • tennis
Notes:
Unsuitable for very young toddlers or infirm elderly due to spiral staircase. The pool is open from the end of May to the end of September. It is a large, totally private pool size 12.5m x 6.5m. There is also an inflatable baby/toddler paddling pool for you to use, plus pump. For cosy winter lets, to supplement the central heating, there are two wood-burning stoves, one in the large living room and one upstairs in the reception area/second sitting room. There will be a small amount of wood available for your use, but if you required more then our Gardener/handy-man would be able to arrange a delivery for you. Last year the wood cost 60 euros for a trailer load, which is far cheaper than purchasing wood from the Supermarker/DIY store. There is a separate utility room upstairs with the washing machine, tumble dryer, iron, ironing board etc. The high chair is also stored in the cupboard if needed. There is also a supply of new batteries, light bulbs, cleaning materials etc.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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A superb 4 bed/bath farmhouse with large pool near Mirepoix and Carcassonne,
average rating of 4.939394 based on 33 reviews
5

wonderful

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my young folks 19, 21 and 23 with their friends. We had the the most wonderful, enjoyable and restful two weeks at this lovely house in such a lovely rural location whilst not really being far off the 'beaten 'track. The numerous en suites and bathrooms and living areas made life easy. We have had numerous stays in various cottages gates etc in France over the years and we all felt this was probably the best. Everything seems to have been thought of and catered for including lots of useful information and helpful tips. I enjoyed watching the wildlife especially the golden oriel flitting to and from the fig tree below the pool and the red squirrel was spotted although personally I did not manage to see that one!

Thanks Mike and Debbie.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Depending on the time of year, we are always excited to see the wildlife around the house. In June we saw a family of wild boars at the edge of the wood each evening in the adjoining field and a flock of more than 50 Griffon Vultures looking for somewhere to rest on their migration trip back to the Pyrenees. In July we saw the unusual Hoopoe birds, and the brilliantly coloured Golden Oriel. It's lovely that our guests get to see these wonderful creatures too and share this with us. Who knows what we might see if we got up early enough!
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Fantastic holiday home

  • 4 of 5

L’obit is a spacious, flexible, beautiful holiday home. We loved it, especially it’s quirks.

We stayed as a multigenerational family, and there were highlights for all.

The pool was amazing and a big hit with all, especially the kids (ages 10 and 11), but we all enjoyed it.

The pétanque pitch and the table football were fab and great fun had by all of us taking advantage of them.

The availability of three living areas, two either end of the downstairs communal space, and one in the large entrance space, meant we could have days at the house without tripping over each other and more than one activity could be taking place simultaneously.

The indoor dining space was perfect, and used for dining and also for board and card games. This space was the coolest space in the house, which brings me to why only 4 stars.

The four bedrooms were clean and as specious as required with good storage and comfy beds. However, the three en suites were poorly ventilated and there were no fixed fans in the bedrooms. We knew there was no air con, so no complaints there. The desk fans that were available in the utility room didn’t all work and the one that did work was insufficient to allow unbroken sleep through the hot nights.

Nonetheless, a minor point, and every one of has said this is one of the best holiday homes we have ever stayed in.

Everything else was excellent - kitchen clean, functional and well stocked; gardens fantastic, outdoor eating space and terraces great; outdoor furniture and equipment plentiful and well used.

We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this lovely home, and would be delighted to return.

Many thanks to Mike and Debbie for their welcome.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Extremely, enjoyable holiday

  • 4 of 5

We had a super week with our Australian son and his family at the end of June.

The farmhouse is about 1 km. from the road on a lane through the fields.

The view from the garden, terrace and pool are outsiding, where can you see fields, trees etc with no houses but also snow on the Pyrenees in the background?

The house is extremely comfortable with all mod cons and extras, everything thought out to make the visitor's stay easy and enjoyable.

We loved Mirepoix, the walks around, boating on the canal and now we have champion table footballers for grandchildren.

Debbie was extremely helpful and responded quickly to any enquiries we had before and during our stay.

Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great holiday home in a wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous two weeks here. Very comfortable, well equipped house with lots of places to relax, both inside and outside. Lovely garden stretching down to the wood with plenty loungers, chairs etc. Furnishings were good quality with comfy beds and sofas. Showers were great, with lots of hot water.

We loved watching the sun go down from the special 'hideaway' terrace, with a glass or two of the local bubbly in hand.The petanque court was well used and some members of the family developed a very competitive streak!

The house is in a peaceful location but easy access to lots of places and amenities. We especially loved Mirepoix. The short drive from Carcassonne airport was a delight, a very easy straight road.

Debbie and Mike were very helpful with suggestions and advice both prior to and during our holiday.

We hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Awesome place

  • 5 of 5

LObit has everything! This is more of a home than a gites and it feels very much like that. The owners were massively helpful from the start. The house is a real find and we would all love to go back. Sad to have left.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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beautiful property with generous touches

  • 5 of 5

Debbie and Mike were extremely helpful from the off! recommending places to visit in the local area and also helping us with directions to the property which we didn't actually get from home and away.

after a short and very doable 25 min drive from the airport, we arrived to see the home was stunning, it was beyond a rental property, as it had so many nice touches to it. DVD's, books, toys and CD's to use, beautiful pictures hung of the local flora and impressive ornaments and lamps made it feel so welcoming and homely.

the property was clean and everything worked as it should, plenty of supplies which we topped up as we believe in "paying it forward", it means so much to turn up to a property especially when you've 2 shattered small people in tow and there is tea and coffee and essentials already in!

the local area is stunning and peaceful. so much to see and the views are beautiful of the son capped Pyrenees in the distance. Mirepoix is a very short drive away and the buildings are exquisite in the old town. plenty of eateries and a good market. fanjeaux is usefully just down the road, my mum and partner cycled to the bakery and grocery to collect essentials a couple of times! and the Miche from the bakery is a definite must.

we'll definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Fanjeaux
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Train
28 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Bram
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Fanjeaux
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Ax Bonascre, Ax les Thermes
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
Narbonne plage
Car: necessary

The house is down a rural lane between Fanjeaux and Mirepoix. Fanjeaux is a delightful hilltop village approx. 4 kms away, home of the Dominican Monks. It has a boulangerie, butcher, pharmacy, cafe and restaurant and spectacular views from the top. Mirepoix is an extraordinary and pretty medieval market town with all services. The central square with its 13th century couverts (a sort of cloister around the square) is spectacular and full of life and the Monday market is not to be missed. Around the square are a multitude of restaurants, cafes and shops. The Cathar castles are all in easy reach and Carcassonne with it's Cité is well worth a visit. The Canal du Midi is about 8km away at Bram. The Mediterranean beaches at Narbonne are an hour away as are the ski slopes of Bonascre above Ax les Thermes, Andorra is about 2 hours away. There are direct flights from the UK, Eire and Belgium to Carcassonne (25 mins away) and Toulouse airport is only an hour away.

Other Activities: Visiting Cathar Castles, International Go-Karting circuit, local markets, lovely walks, and great restaurants

Golf: Carcassone has an excellent golf course and restaurant and is approximately 40 minutes away. Ariege Golf club is a stunning course situated in the mountains past Foix and is approximately 1.5 hours away. Excellent facilities also. Toulouse has a number of golf courses, including the French Open Championship course. Toulouse is approx. 2 hours away. Google Golf courses in the south-west of France for more information.

Ski: Andorra is about 2 hours away, and you could have a two centre holiday by staying in one of the many hotels for 2 or 3 nights whilst based at the house. There are two ski resorts within an hour and a halfs drive of the house, so it is possible to go skiing for the day. These are the ski slopes of Bonascre above Ax le Thermes, which also is a lovely town. The nearer, but smaller slopes are at Monte d'Olmes which is quite close to the Cathar castle at Monsegur.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Fanjeaux, Aude

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
High summer 2018
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,650
for 7 nights
£1,650
 
 
Late Summer 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,250
for 7 nights
£1,250
 
 
Spring 2019
13 Apr 2019 - 21 Jun 2019
5 night minimum stay
£893
for 5 nights
£1,250
 
 
Early Summer 2019
22 Jun 2019 - 12 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
£1,450
for 7 nights
£1,450
 
 
High Summer 2019
13 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,650
for 7 nights
£1,650
 
 
Late summer
1 Sep 2019 - 2 Nov 2019
5 night minimum stay
£893
for 5 nights
£1,250
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,150
for 7 nights
£1,150
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Long term lets from November to March are available. Please contact owners. Very attractive rates available. Our house likes to be lived in!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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