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Gite in Rivel, Nr. Chalabre, Aude, Very Sunny Position, Private Garden, pool.
Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5/7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, light, airy, attic family room with twin beds, sofabed, table and chairs. En suite loo and washbasin. Bedroom 2, first floor with single bed. Bedroom 3, first floor with double bed and luxury en suite bathroom.
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 7 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 7 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
No smoking - Smoking allowed in the gite garden, using ashtraySmoking allowed in the gite garden, using ashtray
Max guests: 7
Minimum age of primary renter:
- Swimming pool: All children must be accompanied by swimming adult.
- Swimming Pool: No glass or breakables in the pool area, plenty of plastic cups, glasses etc supplied in the gite.
- Swimming Pool: For safety reasons strictly no diving, jumping or 'bombing' in the pool.
Cleaned with disinfectant
- English, French, Italian
Gary and Anni were happily living in South East England but a love of France and the more relaxed way of life spurred them to leave the crowds, traffic, parked cars and general phrenetic way of life for this rural bolt hole. Gary had his own property maintenance company in UK and was able to use his experience to totally transform a tumbledown farmhouse and barns, overgrown meadows into the lovely property we have here today. It was a crazy project but we love it all. Anni is able to use her degree in Art History by giving lectures and tours on C19 French art, she also works as a couturiere creating wonderful outfits with another Rivel resident who imports wonderful vintage Japanese kimono material. And the prettiness of the valley is sheer heaven for artists like Anni.
anni purchased this Villa in 2005
Why anni chose Rivel
We travelled around France for a number of years and eventually found the Aude/Ariege and immediately felt this was It. The surrounding region is so diverse - from dramatic to pretty and fully of cultural or outdoor actvities. the possibilities are plentiful and being undiscovered by marauding hordes is a joy. Although a rural backwater it is easily accessed from the rest of France and the UK. The difference in property prices allowed us our dream of a smallholding and the animals are a constant source of amusement. Being able to produce our own food is such a revelation and one that we can share with our clients. Anni is an excellent cook and can provide popular and tasty menus. We love the light and clear air, summer heat, blue skies, sunshine and longer days of winter. The deal was Gary could have a tractor if Anni had a swimming pool! The tractor has been put to good use transforming the field into beautiful flower gardens, and lawns. The vegetable garden provides us with year round produce, as do the chickens. The dogs are just decorative! Sheep are residents from time to time and some charming little piglets which grow into thumping great boars! We have very kindly neighbours in the shape of cows and horses. The swimming pool is a dream, the sun shines on it for 12 hours a day, it is surrounded by lawns and flowerbeds, there is a decking area for relaxing, and a poolside pergola covered in wisteria for shade. It's a rare opportunity to swim in a pool while watching the soaring buzzards and griffons and admiring the magnificent views, to the sound of cow bells and crickets. How often do you have poolside aperitifs at house martin-o'clock?
What makes this Villa unique
Gaillardet is tucked away under the Pyrenees in a open empty valley, but is easily accessible. It is a working smallholding, but we have fitted the gite to a high standard, made pretty gardens, a wild flower garden and a fabulous pool with decking and a pergola. We can offer a chance for children to see animals at close range and learn a little about country life during your stay with us. We have nutured friendships with all our clients, and have an innate sense of leaving alone or having fun barbecues or aperitifs. Many clients have said how they have enjoyed the peace and quiet and how nice it is to have family time. Two weeks at Gaillardet gives time to relax and enjoy the pool and gardens, and to explore this undiscovered area.