This charming 2 bedroom house with its private swimming pool is just a 10 minute drive from the beautiful medieval bastide town of Mirepoix, 45 minutes from the city of Carcassonne - a world heritage site and an hour from the historic city of Toulouse. The house is an end of terrace cottage set in the small hilltop village of Villautou. Over a 100 years old it is both south and west facing set in a magnificent panorama of velvety green hills with the Pyrenees peeping over the top. The house and garden are on different levels adding to the charm of the property. The living room opens onto the upper terrace with a built in BBQ and stunning views of the rolling hills. The terrace also has panoramic views to the west allowing you to wine and dine whilst you watch the sunset. Steps take you down to the lower terrace, the swimming pool and garden with fruit and fig trees and vines hanging from the upper terrace. Here there is a more cosy and intimate atmosphere. Peaceful and relaxing after a busy day of sightseeing and enjoying the many activities organised in the region, a drive to the Mediterranean coast, a visit to Carcassonne, a trip to Mirepoix with its festivals and summer activities, its shops and restaurants and its famous Monday morning market or simply a walk to the top part of the village with spectacular views of the range of the Pyrenees.
- House968 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs1
- Min. Stay1 - 7 nights
A Relaxing And Peaceful Location With Panoramic Views Near the charming medieval town of Mirepoix in Cathar country in the Aude
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- 9 Jul 2018
About penny fanjeaux
We are an anglo-french couple who lived for many years in the Paris region. We fell in love with the beautiful countryside of the Lauragais and the Pyrenees after exploring the region where my husband's ancestors came from. We have now retired and are living in a nearby village so we will be on hand to greet you and assist you if needed.
penny fanjeaux purchased this House in 2002
Why penny fanjeaux chose Arrondissement of Carcassonne
The Villautou house has been our holiday home for several years. We had it renovated by an architect and would now like to share it with others. We feel it is a little paradise hidden in the hills that are both magical and relaxing. Walks going uphill from the village lead to spectaclar views of the Pyrenees. Numerous fields of sunflowers can be admired in the surrounding countryside in the summer and the wildlife is fascinating. At the same time just 10 minutes away is Mirepoix with its shops and restaurants and varied festivals thoughout the summer. We feel we have the best of both worlds.
What makes this House unique
The house being at the end of a row of 4 houses and on the edge of the village has a privileged position with panoramic views from south to west. The terraces and the garden with its pool are very private and you are not overlooked by anyone. Much of the charm of the property is thanks to its hillside position. The house and the terraces are on different levels and the hillside slopes down steeply from the garden. This also means that we don't feel the property is adapted to young children.
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100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
The house was lovely, stunning views and a delightful setting.
A relaxing few days with great weather to enjoy. Sitting on the patio with the views of the countryside and the distant Pyrenees was a delight. Visits to the local towns and villages, Mirepoix, Foix and Fanjeaux were a treat, and further afield to Carcassonne. We didn't try any restaurants as we couldn't drag ourselves away from the enjoyment of eating outside and admiring the surroundings.
Beautiful cottage in stunning peaceful location
A gorgeous place if you are looking for rural beauty with peace & quiet but with a lively town only 6 miles away. The hosts, Penny & Jean-Noel are so helpful & provide a beautiful welcome basket of wine & food. The outside space at the cottage was perfect for us with a lovely pool, stunning views & fabulous sunsets.
Traditional rustic French house in a beautiful area
The house was comfortable for 4 adults with a lovely outdoor eating area. The pool was a little cold but I am sure is very welcome in the height of summer. We enjoyed the Pyrenees roads in our sports cars as the house is in excellent driving countryside. The nearest town for shopping Mirepoix is about a 10 minute drive and is well worth a visit to see the medieval structures and ex- cathedral. Carcassone is within easy driving reach and we regret not giving it more of our time. Overall we have had a lovely holiday.
A wonderful oasis in the middle of Cathar country
We (a family of three) stayed in the property for a week in the second half of July 2016. We were indeed very pleased to stay in the house. It is situated in the quiet countryside, on the top of a hill, offering magnificent panoramic views over the area. It is just a few miles away from Mirepoix - a very well preserved and charming medieval town, which is situated halfway between Carcassonne and Foix. On the large central square of Mirepoix, you can admire the half-timbered houses supported on wood pillars, creating a magnificent covered arcade. On Monday morning the market in Mirepoix has a good selection of fresh and local produce amongst many other things.
We enjoyed very much the fascinating view from the main terrace, the swimming pool and the great hospitality of our hosts.
The whole area is rich in traditions, which date back to the early medieval ages, and the fascinating history of the enigmatic Cathars.
The house in Villatou is situated ideally and in the midst of the area, which is very close to the main Cathar Castles and routes. It is within an hour of driving distance to the main Cathar attractions - the castles of Coustaussa, Puilaurens, Montségur, Queribus, Termes, Aguilar and Saissac.
We loved our time in the house and would highly recommend it to everybody who is interested in this area of Southern France, which is not only rich in traditions, but also great cuisine and many attractions.
Lovely house with stunning views
Lovely little end of terrace house with stunning views and a good size pool in a very quite village. The house was perfect for us (a family of three) and we loved the peace and tranquility of the area. About 15 minute drive to nearest shops and restaurants but this was fine for us as we mostly stayed at the house and had barbecue's looking at the stunning views accross to the Pyrennees. The house was equipped with everything we needed and the owners were extremely welcoming and helpful which made the stay all the more pleasant. There are so many things of interest to see in the surrounding area and the lovely medeival market town of Mirepoix is very close with a large supermarket, good restaurants and a great market on Mondays where we bought lots of lovely cheese and meats etc. Would thoroughly recommend for a quiet, peacful, relaxing holiday.
Beautiful Peaceful Views
This house is in a beautiful place. The views are stunning both day and night, but especially at night sat on the veranda enjoying a BBQ.
It's well equipt and the pool is lovely.
The owners, Penny & John-Noel are on hand and approachable if you need them.
Thank you so much Penny, John-Noel & Penny's mum too. We had the most relaxing time and something we all needed.
Danny, Claire & Matthew
Villautou is a small and friendly village with a church and townhall. There are no shops but a 10 minute drive across some beautiful countryside will take you into Mirepoix where you will find everything you need, supermarket, shops and plenty of restaurants and cafés in the medieval centre.
Pamiers, the largest town in the Ariege, is 25 minutes away.
Carcassonne is 45 minutes away and Toulouse just under an hour.
Sightseeing and Activities:
Mirepoix has many activities and festivals throughout the summer, handicraft and pottery, the Puppet festival, the Medieval parade and festival, concerts and night markets, just to name a few. The famous Monday morning market is quite an experience sometimes with musicians and artists, and draws people in from the surrounding towns and villages.
The region has many attractions and activities to offer:
Medieval villages and historic buildings and churches.
The Cathar castles.
Prehistoric sites and grottos
The Mediterranean coast and beaches.
Vineyards and wine tasting.
Thermal resorts and spas - Ax-les-Thermes
The Montbel Lake and water activities.
Sports: bike hire possible, horse riding, golf.
Garden and parks to visit and hikes in the Pyrenees.
The famous Canal de Midi with boat rides and cycling.
Camon (medieval village) Eglise de Vals (troglodyte church) The bamboo park, the butterfly farm, a tractor ride for children at the bison farm (guided tour not just for bison but many other animals in a beautiful and natural setting)
To prepare your visit:
Villautou is in the Aude (Region - Languedoc-Roussillon)
Mirepoix is in the Ariege (Region - Midi-Pyrenees)
Some sites to consult:
www.aude.com (click on flags for English version) info - Mediterranean beaches - history and heritage - gastronomy and wines etc.
www.ariege.com (click on flag for English version) What to do , what to visit.
www.francethisway.com regions/aude/highlights or regions/ariege.
In the house you will find a special file for guests to consult with up-to-date events and recommendations to make your holiday as memorable and enjoyable as possible.
Booking Notes: After satisfying any enquiries you may have if you wish to book we will e-mail you a booking form and rental agreement. We will require a 25% deposit at the time of booking The balance plus a refundable security/damage deposit of 200 GBP is payable 8 weeks prior to the start of the holiday. Payments can be in pounds sterling or euros Changeover Day: Our changeover day is Saturday, however we can be more flexible outside the high season. The house is available from 3pm on the day of arrival and guests must leave by 11am on the day of departure. We accept bookings of a minimum of 7 days.