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Delightful Gite in SW France - Private Garden, Close to Town & beautiful walks

Bedrooms 2
Space 699 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Mazamet, Midi-Pyrenees, France - Relaxed Environment, Easy Driving Distance To Major Cultural Centres - Carcassonne, Toulouse, Albi

Nestled in the Montagne Noire National Park, the holiday cottage has southern views of wooded mountains and has easy access to magnificent scenery with all the conveniences of the small and historic market town of Mazamet. The self-catering cottage comfortably accommodates 4 people in two adjoining bedrooms, and also has a studio couch in the living room. This accommodation provides an excellent holiday location for walking, riding, cycling, golf, bird-watching, wild swimming and other outdoor pursuits, or for simply enjoying the relaxed southern French way of life!

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Felicity Blastland
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2018

About Felicity Blastland

I live with my husband in Mazamet where we work looking after the gite and making paintings and sculpture, which we show in the Atelier in our home. Gite Wisteria is next to our home, so we are usually around to help you settle in and answer any queries you may have during your stay.

We both love walking in the local mountains and swimming in the lakes and will be delighted to show you some of our favourite haunts.

We also love our gardens where we grow lots of herbs and flowers, and a few veggies (they seem to do very well here!). The gite garden has plenty of herbs for your own use on the evenings you fancy cooking at home.

Felicity Blastland purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Felicity Blastland chose Mazamet

We moved to this area of the south of France as it is one of the most beautiful regions we know! The scenery here is very dramatic with the mountains and beautiful valleys. There is so much history still visible – from the tiny mountain hamlets to the Cathar castles and medieval towns and cities.

We are in the Montagne Noire National Park, a range of mountains, peaking at 4,000 feet, with forests of oak and chestnut, lakes and highland meadows full of wild flowers. The air is very clean. We chose Mazamet as we love its wide tree-lined streets, its proximity to the mountains and because it is a small and vibrant working town with excellent facilities such as 4 farmers’ markets a week, a theatre, cinema, galleries, museums and good sports facilities.

What makes this cottage unique

The situation of the gite is very special as it is in a walled garden just a 5 minute walk away from shops, the markets, cafes and restaurants.

Each room of the gite has south facing double French windows opening onto its own garden which leads to a lockable private street gate and adjacent parking.

It is very convenient that after a lovely day out, you can come home to the calm of the cottage and garden, wash and change and then walk a short way for a drink or delicious meal.

If you do want to cook your own food, we can highly recommend the local markets for the freshest ingredients and have ensured that the gite kitchen has all the cooking equipment you might need. The gite garden is a delightful place to eat your meal in the evening sun relaxing with a glass of good local wine.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wonderful gite. Superb garden setting. Great amenities. Very welcoming and helpful host. Lovely swimming lake nearby. Highly recommend this gite
Jul 2018
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Mazamet in Tarn

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 699 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • town
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The light and airy bathroom has a shower, wash basin and W.C. and the washing machine is located here. As with all the rooms, the double doors lead out onto the garden.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , We can provide a traditional wooden baby cot if you wish
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , This twin room is adjacent to the main bedroom
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The main bedroom has a double bed, the second adjacent bedroom has twin beds. We have a traditional wooden baby cot if you wish. There is also a studio couch in the living room that can be made up into a comfortable double bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: We hope you will enjoy the gite's private garden which is planted with a wide variety of herbs, flowers and shrubs. You are very welcome to use the herbs to flavour your own meals. There is a table and four chairs outside the gite in the patio area, a large sun shade for the table and a small portable BBQ. There are also fold-up camping chairs for you to use if you would like to take them with you on picnics and we provide a 'cold-bag' for your picnics as well. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We provide sheets and towels (as well as swimming towels for your wild swimming!) and kitchen linen on a weekly basis. Our guests usually do their own cleaning and clothes washing, although this can be arranged for you for a small charge.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Delightful Gite in SW France - Private Garden, Close to Town & beautiful walks
average rating of 4.8 based on 65 reviews

Returning to Gite Wisteria - fantastic once again!

  • 5 of 5

Having enjoyed a brilliant fortnight last Summer we promised ourselves that we would return and we weren't disappointed.

Felicity and Martin welcomed us in the wonderful way with a lovely spread of fresh, local produce, home made jam and immaculately presented accommodation.

We took the opportunity to return to previously enjoyed locations such as the peaceful mountain lake at Pradelles and family orientated, yet relaxing lake at Les Montagnes; medieval Hautpoul ( worth the climb for the views ) and river-boating at Castres. Charming Mazamet has changed little and we revisited the lovely tea room 'Aux Saveurs del'Autan' and newly opened Mets & Plaisirs restaurant for quality food and wine at very reasonable price. Along with the regular market days, a first for us was The 'Producteurs' market on a Monday evening. Many local food and wine producers bring their wares to the Square and you're invited to buy and enjoy your purchases including freshly cooked trout and baked camembert on the previously set out tables and chairs. It's a wonderful atmosphere!

There's always something of interest going on in and around the town - the Fireworks on the lake celebrating Bastille Day; the town as a Stage point on the Region's three day Car Rally and this year the thrill of the Tour De France passing through and onwards and upwards to the Pic de Nore on their way to Carcassonne.

So whether it's all of the above, cycling on the disused railway path, mountain walking among the forests or just enjoying some rest and relaxation, the Gite Wisteria is the perfect place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Most Delightful and Relaxing Holiday in Mazamet

  • 5 of 5

We were made to feel at home as soon as we arrived for a month in August. Just the right walking distance to center for a little exercise while enjoying the outdoor markets, boulangeries, fromageries and cafes in the mornings. Very peaceful in the beautiful gardens with a view of the Montagne Noire in background. The cosy kitchen was perfect for eating in times and Felicity was more than generous both in sharing the bounty from her garden with luscious tomatoes and in sharing good tips on restaurants in the area. We took advantage of the AugustGuitar Festival in the little villages in the Montagne Noire as well as in the Cafe Plum in Lautrec nearby which Felicity again informed us about. Due to the warm evenings, the fan in the main bedroom should be utilized! We will definitely recommend this gite to our friends. My husband, who is a swimmer, learned of a lake 12 minutes from the gite up the mountain where he could swim and we could hike. All in all, a memorable experience!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect holiday experiece

  • 5 of 5

We stayed two weeks in Mazamet and explored the mountain area nearby as well as a number of nature and historical places around. The gite and the garden were just everything one wishes of a holiday home. Amenities of Mazamet such as bakery, butcherie etc. were just around the corner. Our hostess was very helpfull and provided us valuable information of the places worth visiting in the area. We fully agree with all the positive comments posted by the previous guests and highly recommend the Villa Wisteria for all those who look forward to a combination of an active holiday and a relaxing stay in a beautiful environment.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gite Wisteria - Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

After two weeks of hillside rambling, rest and relaxation we fell in love with this Gite and this area of France. Felicity and Martin made us so welcome and provided lots of helpful advice regarding scenic walks and local events. The three-times weekly market is a delight for self- caterers with a couple of nearby supermarkets for everything else. A boulangerie is just five minutes walk away for your freshly baked morning croissants!

The cottage is very well appointed and whether taking breakfast or returning from a day out, has a lovely private garden to relax in.

The Tourist Information Office is very helpful for printed walking routes in English. Recommended excursions are to Carcassonne ( Old City ); Castres ( Goya Museum ); Revel ( Market ); Labrugiere and Soreze Medieval towns. There are plenty of hilly (some challenging! ) walks e.g up to Hautpoul but worth the effort for the fantastic views and beautiful landscapes. Also recommended are the nearby Lac de la Montagne Noir and the Lake at La Pradelles. For cyclists there is an easy ride along the Voie Verte, a flat disused railway track from Mazamet with charming villages along the way.

Felicity and Martin provided lots of maps and information and with their local knowledge there will be no doubt visitors will see the best of everything the area has to offer, while enjoying being 'at home' in the cottage. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb gite

  • 5 of 5

We found the gite to be charming and of a very high standard. It is situated in a beautiful secluded garden and instantly felt welcoming. It was a delight to return to after a day's sightseeing. Inside it was spotless, homely and extremely well appointed with many extras indicating the thoughtfulness of Felicity and Martin. We found the gite to be perfectly positioned for day trips. Everything you require for self catering can be found in Mazamet with a baker and butcher to be found close by. The view from the south facing rooms is of a wooded hillside indicating the proximity of the countryside and walks. Felicity and Martin were very welcoming after we arrived late and the basket of goodies was exceptional. They were perfect hosts, only too willing to help and offer advice and guidance but never intrusive.

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Accueil chaleureux

  • 4 of 5

Très bon accueil, avec quelques provisions offertes.

Gite chaud à notre arrivée, très propre et bien rangé avec tout le nécessaire.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Central Cafe
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Car: recommended


A 5 minute drive from the gite to the mountain lake with beach and excellent swimming. There are showers, changing rooms and loos!


Toulouse Blagnac airport - 1h30 from the gite

Carcassonne airport - 50 mins from the gite

Beziers airport 1h15 from the gite

Castres/Mazamet 20 mins - flights from Paris/Lyon etc (daily service to Paris)

Cherbourg: 10 hrs drive

St. Malo: 8 hrs drive

Paris: 7 hrs drive


Distances to the gite from main centres:

Bordeaux: 4 hrs

Andorra: 4 hrs

Spain: 2.2 hrs

Toulouse:1.25 hrs

Albi: 1 hr

Carcassone: 1 hr

Castres: 25 mins


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Mazamet, Midi-Pyrenees

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
High Season
23 Jun 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
9 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
30 Mar 2019 - 21 Jun 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
High Season
22 Jun 2019 - 6 Sep 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £89.73
Stay tax £0.81 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
Please see our website for full booking details.
For the damage deposit you can give us a cheque in your currency which we will either return to you or bank, having discussed with you and itemised any accidental damage etc to the property. We will include our bank's charges if you use this option.

Changeover Day:
Our changeover day is Saturday although we can be flexible with this - so do ask! To allow us to make sure the gite is beautiful for your arrival, we invite our guests to arrive from 4pm and to leave the gite by 10 am the morning of their departure.

Notes on prices:
For three week and longer bookings we offer a 10% discount on the weekly prices shown.

Long Term Rental is possible in the gite (up to 3 months) - and we are perfectly placed if you are looking for property in the region, are wanting a longer holiday, or are working on a project that needs some peace and quiet - simply ask us about availability.

A small tourist tax of 0.90 Euros/adult/night will also be charged.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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