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Rural Retreat With Heated Pool, Garden, Terraces And Panoramic Mountain Views

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House in Boulet, Nr. Foix/Mirepoix, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees, France - Peaceful, Secluded Mountain Location

This former school house for the local area has been beautifully restored to a luxurious all year round holiday let, sleeping up to 12. A large hand built dining kitchen featuring stunning oak island, floor & beams, wood burning stove, breakfast table & sofa with all mod cons to suit every culinary expectation. Oak doors lead to a large living room featuring a huge baronial fireplace, 3 metre high windows overlooking the forest & valley, dining for 12, shower room/WC leading off. 3 double bedrooms (2 with stoves) featuring handmade furniture, stripped floors and valley views. A large family bathroom on the first floor with bath & shower. A large attic room on 2nd floor, sleeping (with WC). Double French doors in the kitchen overlook the mature garden, heated pool (10 x 5m with safety cover) & extensive decked terrace with mountain views. Fully central heated with English & French socket. Garage/playroom with table tennis/darts & use of mountain bikes. Parking for 4 cars.

Michelle Davenport
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
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Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
5 September, 2018

About Michelle Davenport

We live in England with our two children who are aged 16 and 13, and Gerry the dog. We have spent many holidays in France and found this magical house by chance. We still stay at the house each year, and have visited during all of the different seasons. We fell in love with L'Ancienne Ecole at first viewing. We've spent the last year or so making it into a family home. It is perfect during all seasons and is in a "away from it all" location, perfect for walking, cycling or just lazing by the heated pool with a good book and a glass of wine. Its an amazing place for real family time. The surrounding area is full of history and there are many activities to keep you busy.

Michelle Davenport purchased this house in 2007

Why Michelle Davenport chose Freychenet

L'Ancienne Ecole is in the Midi Pyrenees, near a small village called Montferrier (Ariege 09300). We wanted a family holiday home that was secluded, in the mountains and "away from it all". Its very French, with only a few neighbours. Hardly any traffic, unless you include cyclists, the local farmer herding goats or the post lady. You can stock up on the way and stay put for the whole of your stay, walking, cycling, reading by the fire or swinging on the hammock looking at the most amazing views. Watching eagles soaring by or swallows diving into the pool. Light the fire outside at night and watch the shooting stars.. No wifi or internet connection (you have to go down the mountain!), a DVD for colder days to keep the children happy. Plenty of jigsaws and a chess set. We love it....

What makes this house unique

The house is a family home with all of the creature comforts. There is a heated pool with wonderful views. Books, jigsaws, board games. Roaring fires and space to unwind. For the more active, there are bikes, table tennis and plenty of opportunities to walk. Locally there are many historic towns and sites, Montsegur, Roquefixade, Mirepoix and Foix, a little further away Toulouse and Carcassonne. Canoeing, horse riding, fishing and many other local activities.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Freychenet around the Ariege

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor shower room with WC. 1st floor family bathroom with bath & shower. 2nd floor en-suite WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, wood burning stoves and valley views. Bedroom 2 with double bed, wood burning stove. Bedroom 3 with double bed. Bedroom 4 - attic room with 2 bunk beds, 2 single beds and en-suite WC.
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • whitewater rafting
Outside: The outside of the property property includes a garden with barbecue and fire bowl with a picnic table. There is a large terraced area with sun loungers and hammock next to a heated swimming pool (10 x 5m with safety cover). Depth starting at 1 metre up to 2.5 metres. There is a secure cover for the pool. There is a lower terrace next to a small hazelnut wood. Across the road from the property is a parking bay and wooded area. There is a detached garage with bikes, scooters, table tennis and darts. All wood for the property is stored here. Utility Room: Cellar has washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing board, iron. Also at the house are a cot, high chair, potty, changing mat and stair gate for those staying with young children. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen & bathroom towels (not beach/pool towels) are included with the property. An end of stay clean is included and if the rental is for a two week stay then there is a midweek clean/change of sheets. Other: The whole house has been decorated simply and comfortably with stylish finishing touches. The attic room is a great place for the children, it is light and spacious with all the things that children may need.


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Rural Retreat With Heated Pool, Garden, Terraces And Panoramic Mountain Views
average rating of 4.0 based on 3 reviews

Beautiful property in stunning location

  • 5 of 5

A lovely week at a beautiful house in a very peaceful location. Arrived to a very generous welcome pack and everything you could wish for in the house. The pool was gorgeous! Just what was needed for everyone. Thank you for a perfect holiday home in an idyllic location!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely location but fixtures and fittings exhausted and not as described

  • 2 of 5

I took my family to stay at this property from 7 to 14 July 2018. The house is in a beautiful location and we made the most of our stay however the house was not as described.

This is what we found on arrival;

The garage (games room) was full of rubbish. The listing said that there were 8 bikes to use infact here were 5 in total 2 adult bikes with flat tyres and a selection of children’s bikes

• The pool filter was not working on arrival and the pool appeared dirty. Once the filter started working the pool began to clear and the pool did not look as bad as this picture and it was enjoyable to swim in and definitely a pool with a view.

• The lower deck areas were in complete disrepair and unsafe, I was drawn to this property because I felt that this extra decking areas would have been another spot for my adult children to spend time with their partners.

• There was no hammock, I was told that broke a while ago. I found it downstairs in the the washing room with a dead mouse squashed by it.

• The picnic table was decrepit, rotted away well past quaint rustic charm. This was repaired this on day 3 of our holiday) The repair was an intrusion into our holiday stay although the outcome of the work was welcome and the workers were very pleasant and managed to do a lot of the work in the garage.

• There were 3 pool chair cushions in the kitchen area, they have seen better days. I later found 3 more downstairs alongside a pile of blankets the defunct hammock and a dead mouse. The

• The 7 pool chairs themselves were grubby they had not been cleaned.

• The oven was very dirty, when I complained to the owner on the first day of our visit he insulted me by offering to pay me to clean it.

• The lower shower head holder on the upstairs bathroom did not work, and the overhead showerhead di not seem to let much water through

• The literature mentions playing DVDs but there was nothing to play these on

• The stairs to the washing machine and the whole ares were very dirty • The pillows in the room that I was sleeping in were very poor they seemed to me to be cheap cushions with chunks of foam in them. (However the beds were very comfy)

I contacted the owner on arrival with my complaints he said that he would sort out some compensation for me on our return to the UK it didnt happen and now there is no reply to my emails. I have booked villas from Home Away for about 10 years more or less and I have never before complained.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We will not engage in a war of words - we have rented our property for over 10 years & have never received a negative review - Mrs Bartlett is a serial complainer. We have responded via Homeaway to her complaint & have offered compensation (which she has refused). We have responded to all emails & Homeaway are satisfied with our response. I wouldn’t recommend anyone on this site allow her to book their accommodation - she is looking for issues. We could respond to her comments above publicly but will not get drawn into a review battle. If anyone had doubts about booking the property in the future we would gladly explain the situation.
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Fantastic! Quiet, relaxing, stunning views, lovely well equipped house.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house with lots of character. Welcome selection of food on arrival.

Fully equipped kitchen and garage with table tennis, bikes, darts, also swimming pool toys, maps, DVDs, puzzles and board games.

House was clean, well maintained and equipped as described.

Wonderful views from the garden of mountains in the day and stars at night! Lots to do a short drive away too.

Owners were very helpful and supportive and their local contacts friendly too. Definitely would recommend to friends.

Just excellent. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The house is especially suited to those interested in walking, cycling, bird watching and relaxing. It is half an hour from previous stages of La Tour de France, cycling.


L'Ancienne Ecole is approximately an hour and a half from Perpignan and Narbonne beaches. There are also two nearby lakes, Montbel and Puivert where sailing and swimming is possible.


A use of a car is essential for renting this property. Nearest airports are Carcassonne (95 kilometres), Toulouse (120 kilometres). You can also use Perpignan and Montpellier airports.The nearest railway station is in Foix (25 kilometres) as is the nearest motorway junction.


A quiet part of France, full of Cathar history. The historic towns of Foix and Mirepoix are nearby providing fantastic sightseeing, pavement cafes and shopping as well as traditional weekly French markets selling local produce. Evening food markets are held in Leran and Belesta during July and August. The historic chateaux's of Foix, Montsegur and Roquefixade are on your doorstep with fantastic panoramic views of the Pyrenees mountain range.

Further Details:

An unbelievable variety of activities can be found at the property of within a short drive, making this holiday location attractive in an all round sense - road cycling, mountain biking, walking, hiking, climbing and bird watching. You'll find canoeing/rafting and other activities at most of the local rivers and you can sail and swim at both the nearby lakes. The nearest large supermarket is a 25 minute drive, however, the local village is 10 minutes drive away and has a large variety of goods. There are many wonderful local restaurants that are 15/20 minutes drive from the house, most feature locally caught produce. The nearest towns Lavelanet/Foix are 25 minutes from the property.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house around the Freychenet,

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

End of Stay Clean £75
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
Once you have confirmed you wish to book the property a booking contract will be sent to you, confirming the dates, the total amount due, including security deposit. A deposit will be payable immediately and the outstanding balance will be due 45 days prior to your holiday start date. If payment is not received on the due date, we have the right to re-list the property.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Sunday and the house will be available from 3pm onwards, you will be expected to vacate the house by 11am. Should you require a different changeover day, this may be possible, but not guaranteed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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