Nestling in the Tet valley where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean and minutes from the thriving local town of Ille Sur Tet, Mas Ausseil stands in 4 acres of grounds, with magnificent views of the Pyrenees and surrounding countryside. Beautifully renovated holiday home dating back to the 19th century providing a luxurious degree of modern comfort for families with children or a couples retreat. Fully reversible air conditioned throughout and with internet connection. 4 large and highly individual bedrooms, 2 double and 2 twin bedrooms, with luxurious bedlinen, 2 with en-suite bathrooms and 2 with a shared bathroom and all the extras you don't want to pack (hairdryers, towels, toiletries). High ceilings with exposed wooden beams. The large main family living and dining area incorporates an open plan kitchen with high quality kitchen equipment, a second, smaller living room with large natural stone fireplace. Outside, the 11 x 6 pool sits in a large tiled patio area with a large pergola providing much needed shade for day time al fresco dining and a summer kitchen and large bbq with sink and fridge providing great outdoor kitchen facilities, makes for the most relaxing and comfortable of holidays.
- Farmhouse2314 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay1 - 14 nights
Farmhouse in Ille Sur Tet, Pyrenees Orientales, France - Peaceful Location Amongst Peach Orchards Close To Town Within Easy Reach Of The Coast And Mountains
- Calendar last updated:
- 22 Sep 2018
About Susan Tutton
We live in typical suburban London, and have both recently retired from work in office jobs involving the daily commute into town, and often dreamed of owning a holiday home in a sunny, rural location in France, and our dream came true.
Susan Tutton purchased this Farmhouse in 2005
Why Susan Tutton chose Saint-Michel-de-Llotes
Having had a number of family holidays with our children in this part of France we were drawn back to the area when we started to look for a holiday home. We viewed numerous properties and were finally shown what was a wrecked farmhouse, with no services that maybe had been lived in 100 years ago but was now used as a barn. However it was the fantastic location that sold it to us. The peach orchards were all in blossom, Canigou was snow covered and the sun shone in the deepest of blue skies. Although we bought the Mas in 2005, it took us 3 years to transform it into the amazing place it is now.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Peace and tranquility, 15 minute walk to town, close to beaches and ski slopes. The view of Mount Canigou from our Mas never ceases to amaze us whether it be covered in snow in the winter months to the beautiful green in summer months. Surrounded on all sides by peach/nectarine and cherry trees it's the most fantastic sight in early spring when all the blossom is out!
Pool / Spa
Extraordinary Holiday - Just Wow!!!
We had the most amazing and restful holiday in this beautifully restored home. Everything we could have wished for and more is here - the house and gardens are so tranquil, set in countryside away from the rat race but within easy reach of shops and facilities. There are 360 degree views of the countryside and mountains from the huge gardens which are full of lovely trees and flowers; and the pool is truly splendid.
We saw lots of different wild creatures and birds in the garden, sat under the pergola for lazy meals watching brilliant sun sets and spent ages star gazing at night; there is so little light pollution. The weather has been blissfully warm - so of course the air conditioning was very welcome respite.
Susan our host has very helpful, answered any questions quickly and provided good directions. Local English-speaking folks popped in as promised to do housekeeping and maintain the pool. There is paperwork describing plenty of wonderful day trips and walks - if you can tear yourself away from the house.
Our favourite holiday home ever... and we've been doing this for 20+ years.
Can't recommend enough!
Thank you so much Ted for the amazing review, thrilled that you enjoyed the house. Thank you again for being such wonderful guests. Our very best wishes Sue and Steve
The most relaxing holiday in years..
After a wonderful fortnight, we found ourselves at Perpignan station, sitting on the TGV waiting to be whisked back to Paris and then on to Blighty and feeling slightly sad.. although up to the brim with great memories.
We are all still basking in both the glory of our stay, and a little of the after-sun warmth in our shoulders granted by the - it seems - highly reliable sunshine of the Languedoc.
Our whole family had the most splendid time.. children, nephews and nieces, brothers and sisters all appeared from time to time, heeding our open house invitation and to a person settled in within minutes enjoying, as we did, the comfort of the Mas and beauty of its setting. The house is charming and offers the most welcoming feeling. Unlike many rental properties which are often slightly stark and lacking in human touches, Mas Ausseil is personally and tastefully decorated. Obviously much loved by its owners, it has a warmth about it which makes one feel instantly at home. Sue and Steve have done an amazing job on the place, transforming it from an obvious ruin in a large open field into a charming private home with lovely gardens and a really super pool which we pretty much lived in.. stargazing from the water at night with the milky way so clear was a real treat!
The house is spacious enough to give every one the room they may want, without being too large. The garden is imaginatively planted and the adjoining field perfect for exercise, ruminative wandering or lively games of boules. We loved the outdoor kitchen, its barbeque and bar.. a super place to relax and chat about the day and plans for the next.
Bedrooms and beds are very comfortable, all with their own aircon if it's really too hot but the house, built by wise gallic ancestors, offers natural cool with a lovely bright aspect.
The immediate location and surrounding areas are beautiful. Nestled at the foot of the hills beneath the Pyreneean mountains with it's vigorous walks, fascinating towns, great eateries and historic sites it is also close enough to Ille sur Tet to scurry in for supplies every now and then.. Although we got out and about a lot, sightseeing, eating and exploring there is so much on offer that we didn't have time to fit in so we're itching to return to do some more.. and when we come back, we'll definitely stay at Mas Ausseil if they'll have us.
Thank you Sue and Steve, as I said.. 'the most relaxing holiday in years.
This property has the WOW factor.
We spent 7 amazing days at the Mas and would thoroughly recommend it. The property was great and felt like you had walked right into someone else’s home. It was extremely well equipped with absolutely everything you would ever need. Aircon in every room was essential and made for a very comfortable stay considering the heat outside. The location was peaceful in the middle of peach orchards but close enough to the town to pick up the essentials. We spent most of our time outside making the most of the pool, spectacular gardens, outdoor kitchen but most of all just lying back and taking in the view of the mountains and the summit of mount Canigou.
Sue was amazing and maintained regular contact, even purchasing a stair gate for us as we had a 2 year old in our group. Wifi was a bonus. The Mas really is a luxury.
We had a superb holiday and would like to thank Sue for all of her help and recommendations.
A Touch of Paradise
Everything about this villa was excellent.
The property was very well maintained and felt like 5 star “home from home” accommodation. The kitchen and all the house facilities were of very high standard.
The location was fabulous, right in the middle of a Peach orchard, with uninterrupted views of the Pyrenees Mountains. Close enough to the town for an early morning run to collect the croissants.
Our kids spent most of the time in the pool, allowing the adults time to relax.
Every other day, we tore ourselves away from the villa in order to see the amazing French countryside and villages. The following are well worth a visit - CastleNou, Thuir, we even managed a trip on a narrow gauge train up to VilleFrance. The beach we visited (Argeles North) was within easy reach for a day trip
The owner “Sue” was very easy to book with, she provided excellent preholiday instructions.
We enjoyed a fabulous two week stay at the Mas in Ille sur Tet. The accommodation is perfect, with all the mod cons you could wish for, including the much needed air con in every room. The Mas is situated close to the town but is situated in the middle of some peach orchards so it is very quiet and peaceful, and the views of the mountains are stunning. We spend many a day looking at the mountains whilst sun bathing by the lovely pool and the children enjoyed the toys left for them - from inflatables to board games and even an Xbox.
Sue was an excellent owner and made the booking system very easy and our deposit was on the door mat waiting when we returned to England - completely stress free! We also enjoyed having a change of bedding and a clean of the Mas mid week. Debs, who is English speaking, was fantastic and helped us plan some day visits as well as making the most of all the festivals taking place during the summer.
If you are looking for a gite in this area our family would wholeheartedly recommend this Mas.
Fabulous place to stay
What a fabulous to stay - we had a 2 week holiday here last year with family and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house is wonderful - clean, homely, spacious and comfortable - everything you would need and more. We ventured out a few days during our stay and we didn't have to drive for any longer than half an hour or so however,everybody was more than happy to just stay at the house (especially the kids as they loved the pool). I would highly recommend staying here and intend to go back.
The house is between 20 and 40 minutes comfortable drive from a sweep of coast from the Cathar castle-studded Corbieres past the etangs filled with oysters and flamingos, and along the Mediterranean coastline of the “Cote Vermeille”. Choose between long sandy stretches of beach such as Argeles, St Cyprien and Canet Plage or quieter, smaller beaches, such as Le Racou or St. Marie Plage, also pretty little coves where the Mountains fall into the sea as you approach Spain.
Perpignan (20 minutes away), flights by flybe, Ryanair, Air France, bmibaby from various UK airports
Carcassone (1 hour away), flights by Ryanair, various UK airports.
Girona (1hr 20 mins away), flights from by Ryanair
Beziers (1hr 20 mins away) Ryanair
Montpelier (1.45 hours) easyjet
Barcelona (2.15 hours away), flights from airports worldwide plus a new airport - London Southend
Our nearest town is Ille Sur Tet, a 15 minute walk of approximately a mile.
The Mas is in the Roussillon where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean. This little piece of paradise is blessed with spectacular scenery and a very favourable micro-climate. We have family who have driven to the ski slopes in the morning and then returned to sun bathe in the afternoon! We are surrounded by picturesque peach and nectarine orchards, vineyards, rocky coastal coves and snow covered mountains, the scenic fishing port of Collioure is a favourite of ours made famous by the Impressionist French painters including Dali, who’s museum is a hop across the border into Spain and who spent his last 40 years in the coastal town of Cadequez, also well worth a visit. Ceret houses the Museum of Modern Art founded by Picasso. Not to be missed is “le petit train jaune” (yellow train) which runs from Villefranche de Conflent up into the Pyrenees and joins the main Toulouse to Barcelona line, breathtaking scenery.
Booking Notes: All bed linen and towels, including beach towels are included in the price. We also have a cot, bedlinen for the cot, baby listening device, highchair, stairgate and various other baby equipment, included in the price. A 25% deposit is requested at the time of booking and the balance together with a £300 security deposit is payable 8 weeks before your arrival. We would ask our guests to make sure the Mas is left in a clean and tidy manner otherwise an extra fee for cleaning will be deducted from the £300 security deposit. Changeover Day: We would prefer to avoid Saturday changeover but are otherwise flexible. We would respectfully ask that on the day of departure the Mas be vacated by 10:00am and for those arriving no earlier than 4:00pm. Notes on prices: Part weeks charged on a pro-rata basis.