Tranquil house nr Carcassonne Relax Refresh and Reconnect with friends & family; heated private pool; all rooms en-suit
- English, French
About Mark Figgins
We are a young, happy, healthy couple from the UK. After years of soul searching and globe-trotting we have settled in the beautiful Languedoc-Rousillon region of South East France. With a wealth of hospitality experiences from various industries between us, notably as an established luxury yacht charter couple, we provide elegantly casual service to a high standard. In addition to her abilities as an experienced charter chef, Andrea is a qualified Aromatherapist and masseuse able to provide a number of treatments from the spa in the annex to the house. Mark has a drive for the out door life, and we aim to provide, or at the very least point you in the right direction when it comes to all the local activities from mountain biking to kite surfing and much more...
Why Mark Figgins chose Escueillens-et-Saint-Just-de-Bélengard
The house just leapt out at us as a haven or tranquillity and calm from the first instant we walked in. Stunning lake views, surrounded by radiant countryside you can't but help relax in the house and grounds. We absolutely love the area. For us Carcassonne airport is both close by and very easy to use, has that 'rustic' island style to it! We are just an hour from skiing in the mountains or kite surfing the beautiful beaches on the coast. We regularly visit daily local markets for fresh fruit and vegetables, or just to soak up the atmosphere over a coffee. Truly loving our life choice in this beautiful region of France.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
The property is ideally located in the heart of the Languedoc. We provide pool towels and so you can travel light and make the most of the beautiful local lakes and beaches. For those who enjoy a more active holiday, you can take advantage of white water rafting, canoeing, kite surfing and dune sailing, sailing & skiing all within an hour. If you are looking for great food and relaxation in the comfort of the villa, we can also provide catering and massages by the pool. Just ask for information when booking.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Lovely house and location, perfect for big group with kids
We had a great 10 days at Maison Tranquil. It’s a lovely house with beautiful view over the lake in a really lovely part of France. We were a big group with 5 kids under 4 years old and 8 adults and there was loads of space for everyone. All the rooms have a bathroom, which was great and they’re all nicely furnished. The playroom was very popular and we thought the house design was really well thought out with gates to prevent children going down to the pool alone but still loads of space to run around. Mark was very accommodating of all our requests and answered all our questions quickly as well as helping with a pre-arrival shop. Thanks very much for a lovely holiday!
It's all positive!!
This was our second stay ( we were at the property in the winter). The summer is equally delightful and a totally different experience. We were a lot of people (12) but the house easily accommodates that number and provides well for old and young folks. The elevated location overlooking a scenic lake is just one of the benefits. There's lots to do in the property itself. An excellent and large pool. Lots of games. TV for the kids. Books. A super sized chess set in the garden. Full size table tennis table etc etc. The decor is just right. well done but not to "prissy". It's authentic and well done. The bathrooms all work very well and the kitchen is a good size. Although the property is in a very small hamlet the access and proximity to many place of interest is impressive. Limoux, Carcassonne, Mirepoix, the underground rivers and caves near Foix.....
It's all good - or better..... And in winter and spring the various wood burning fires create a quite different and very enticing environment. The owners, Mark and Andrea, manage the trick of never being there and always available. Philip and Geraldine
Beautiful holiday home in a fantastic setting
This was a wonderful holiday. Mark and Andrea gave us a warm and friendly welcome to their lovely holiday home, The house was spotless and is brilliant for big families and groups of friends to gather. The bedrooms are light and airy and the family rooms, including the fantastic kitchen, allow plenty of space for everyone to come together as well as space to indulge in their own time. The outside seating areas are great too, offering views over the lake. The pool is on a different level in the garden and is fantastic, plenty of seating for everyone and is kept immaculate. We were also able to enjoy some pretty competitive games of petanque and chess in the gardens and for those taking younger children there is lots of fun for them too. Being next to the lake is lovely - nice walks and we took our dinghy and a kayak out, (and you can hire a paddle board too if you want to from Mark). The area is a little off the beaten track which makes it a perfect retreat in beautiful countryside, but it is such a quick easy drive to get to the boulangerie or the '8 to 8' in Belveze du Razes - and there are plenty of supermarkets in easy distance to stock up the well equipped kitchen.
I have to say I think Mark and Andrea have taken the time to think about how to make this a lovely holiday home, lots of nice touches, we felt we relaxed straight away. We enjoyed the solitude of having the holiday home but if we needed any advice or assistance then Mark and Andrea were always available and it was a treat to have to house freshened at the end of each week and clean linen.
There are some great things to do nearby - Carcasonne itself is an easy trip and very beautiful. Mirepoix is very close and lovely and we explored Cathar castles and the beach at Leucate, but found that for many days we just wanted to hang around at the house. There is a great book with recommendations - and Mark and Andrea also offered up some good ideas - the pizzas at Le Rol in Belveze are really good and there is a friendly reception there and the winetasting at Domaine Gayda was fun and delicious!
Everyone who stayed with us during our 3 weeks said it had been one of their favourite holidays. For us it was a brilliant experience and I would not hesitate to recommend the very aptly named Maison Tranquil. We will look forward to returning.
Calme, magnifique et exceptionnel
Une campagne environnante vallonnée, une vue sur un lac paisible, des pièces spacieuses, une décoration digne du magazine "Art & Décoration", de grandes chambres avec salle de bain et WC, une cuisine bien pensée. Voilà Maison Tranquil, magnifique demeure où rien ne manque, à la fois spacieuse et intime où tout est parfait, où les propriétaires savent rester discret. Merci Mark pour votre disponibilité et ce week-end exceptionnel. Ce sera sans hésitation que nous reviendrons. (17 & 18 mars 2018)
Merci pour vos aimables commentaires, ce fut un plaisir de vous accueillir.
Nous espérons vous revoir bientôt à la Maison Tranquil
Mark & Andrea
A perfect package - space, comfort and elegance
A splendidly located very spacious house with many amenities. It easily accommodated 6 couples in comfort. Everything one needs is there. A really special place to spend a winter getaway. The owners are invisible yet on hand if required: perfect. We shall return in the Summer to take advantage of the great outside spaces, the views, the walks and the pool.
Many thanks Phillip, firstly for choosing Maison Tranquil to enjoy time with your family and friends - secondly for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review! Its lovely to know that our guests enjoy the house in all seasons and we look forward to welcoming you back in the summer. Kind Regards Mark & Andrea
Perfect place for large family. Cosy and charming.
Perfect accomodation for large families with children. Peaceful, very pretty,charming, comfortable and cosy. Huge amount of toys for children ! Mark and his family are very thoughtful guests. W'll visit again.
Special interest holidays:
The house also operates as a retreat out of season hosting a variety of courses ranging from cycling breaks, yoga & detox retreats, painting, and hosts writing & cookery courses. All fully catered and hosted by qualified guest instructors. Andrea is a qualified masseuse and aromatherapist should you simply require a relaxing massage by the pool....
'Carcassonne Plage' is a fantastic family day out with inflatable water park on the lake surrounded by lovely beaches and nature trails, for the more adventurous zip lining through the trees ! Just 40 mins from the house. Pack lunches on offer for your day out. Lac St Ferriol at Revel is also 45mins.
Narbonne Plage is a 1 hr drive from the house, with its golden beaches and Gruissan marina. This area also boasts Frances flagship water sports centres teaching windsurfing, kitesurfing and more.
Direct flights available to Carcassonne from numerous UK airports. The nearest airport is Carcassonne (Salvaza) - 40mins, Toulouse (Blagnac) - 55mins, Beziers and Perpignan - 1hr 30mins. Girona - 2hrs 30mins. Carcassonne train station also easily accessible. Car hire is essential to fully experience the region and all it has to offer, easily available from all airports.
Belveze Du Razes 7km.
Limoux & Mirepoix 17km
Canal du Midi, Bram 20km.
La Cite, Carcassonne 39km.
Gruissan Plage (nearest Mediterranean beach) - 100km / 1hr.
Ax-les-Thermes (nearest Ski station) 90km / 1 hr.
Situated in the heart of the sleepy Languedoc countryside & surrounded by some of the best vineyards of the region. Nestled just 40mins from Carcassonne, and its walled Unesco world heritage site, and 20mins to the beautiful towns of Mirepoix or Limoux.
Carcassonne has great shopping, with markets on a Wednesday and Saturday, with La Cite boasting some fabulous restaurants. Toulouse is just 50mins away, and Montpellier 1.5 hours.
Local markets available almost daily with all the atmosphere and amazing fresh produce. Boulangerie, farm shop, pharmacy and supermarket are all within a 5-10min drive of the village.
Local restaurants and bars are available in the two closest main villages of Belveze and Montreal, both 5km away. With some fabulous local wine domains offering a more indulgent experience. Or just soak up the calm and tranquillity of rural France lounging by the pool, or in one of the hammock chairs.