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Luxury holiday cottage sleeping 12 in the heart of the Cathar Country

People12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay nights

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Details
Property
cottage
People
12
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
3
Minimum Stay
nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Pech-Luna - La Maison de Famille

Art of living with your tribe, family, or friends in the park of a château

La Maison de Famille is a luxury 250-m² holiday cottage sleeping 12 people in the heart of the unique estate of Château de Fajac la Selve. Its huge 50-m² terrace offers unobstructed views of the forest and the surrounding landscape. On the ground floor, there is a large 100-m² open living space with a kitchen (semi-professional equipment), a dining room, a living room, a toilet, and a laundry room. The decoration: natural atmosphere with industrial and vintage furniture.

On the first floor:

There are 2 large master bedrooms and their respective bathrooms with toilet, and a large dormitory with 8 bunk beds, a bathroom, and a toilet. In the 50-m² dormitory, there is a playing and reading area for children for moments of stillness. The pool is nested in the heart of the cloister of the château. In the elf garden, there is a cabin on stilts, a slide, and a swing. Our pet friends are allowed upon request. The legend says that the moon fell in love with the earth here, on a hill. The family-oriented house for 12 people is comfortable and welcoming in the park of the Château de Fajac la Selve, a protected forest for discovery walks (deer, birds, wild orchids, etc.). There is a pond and a pool in the cloister of the château. Playground for children: cabin on tilts, swing, slide, an area to boules court, soccer, la soule, and badminton. The billiards and pinball machine of the château are available. The video and book library are at your disposal. Bread, croissants, cheese, organic vegetables, and fruits are delivered upon request. Massages available 2 km away. In-home hair dressing upon request. In the house: a semi-professional kitchen, a cellar, a laundry room, etc. Bed and bath linen and cleaning products are provided, a DVD player and Wi-Fi are available. The 35-acre estate is at your disposal. Call this place “heaven” would be a pleonasm. It is located in the Cockaigne country, the Renaissance paradise.

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Dolores Foin
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
21 November, 2016
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About Dolores Foin

Hello, I used to be a Castilian and French for non-native speakers teacher, and author of albums for children before I settled in this region. I speak 4 languages fluently and I am interested in history, Catharism, theatre, music, and philosophy. I want my guests to feel home in the château.

Dolores Foin purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Dolores Foin chose Castelnaudary area

The Château de Fajac la Selve is a historic place. You visiting here, helps to improve this place, and I thank you for that.

What makes this cottage unique

This place is a haven of peace, far away from all the vicissitudes of urban life. A forest, a pool, gentle hills as far as the eye can see: everything you need for recharging batteries in a quiet setting. It is perfect for a family or a romantic trip but it is also ideal for a creative escape. Our houses are comfortably and carefully decorated. The village of Mirepoix (17 km away) offers all amenities.

Reviews

1 holidaymaker review

Luxury holiday cottage sleeping 12 in the heart of the Cathar Country
average rating of 1.0 based on 1 reviews
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Not suitable for a family holiday.

  • 1 of 5

As two families with 5 young children between us we wanted somewhere with things to do on site for them. We booked this property as we thought it would be a great place to stay for our children. It is described as a luxury holiday cottage, it is definitely not! We arrived after midnight (having informed the owner we would be arriving late) to unmade beds which we then had to make up for the 9 of us. There were cobwebs, insects and flies everywhere. You can't lock the house.

The next day having had a look around we realised the house and grounds were not suitable at all for the children and certainly not as described on here. I will briefly list some of the issues we had.

Air conditioning not working, no air con upstairs at all.

House absolutely covered in cobwebs, the beds had spiders in.

Stairs completely unsafe for children, their is a ledge running along from the top of the stairs, easily accessible to the children with a huge drop to the concrete floor below.

The kitchen needs a good clean and updating.

Wifi intermittently did not work.

Tv did not work.

In the grounds there is dog dirt all over, in fact the area right next to the house seems to be the dogs favoured toilet area!

On arrival and for the first 1/2 days the pool was too filthy to use.

The children's "play area" was dilapidated and unsafe.

I could go on but they were our main issues with the accommodation.

Delores (Lola) is very welcoming but when we discussed the problems with her on the first day she did not seem to think there was much of a problem. She did have the pool cleaned (we also tried to clean it ourselves) and she had someone attempt to make the stairs safer, although this was still not done when we left early on the 5th day.

To summarise this property and the other cottage on site are more suited to students/young travellers and certainly not a family. It is not luxury accommodation in any way.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Carcassonne and Toulouse
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Belpech
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Gaudiès
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Castelnaudary
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
A61 exits: Villefranche or Castelnaudary
Nearest Restaurant
17 Kilometres
Mirepoix
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Les Monts d'Olmes ski resort
Nearest Beach
129 Kilometres
Narbonne-Plage
Car: necessary

The Château de Fajac la Selve is located between Toulouse, Carcassonne, and Mirepoix, in the heart of the Cathar Country. It is a 35-acre estate with a park, protected forests and pastures; a relaxation haven for you and your family or friends in a landscape with gentle hills and undulating rivers. Wild orchids, deer and birds, the paradise of ornithology and wild life fans, or bike, bike ride, and motorbike enthusiasts. 15 km away, discover the medieval village of Mirepoix, one of the most beautiful villages of France with a typical Occitan market. The Cathar Country is also the land with the thousand castles and the land of the south-western gastronomy; think foie gras, duck confit, cassoulet and south-western wines (Malepère, Corbières, Minervois, etc.). Visiting wine cellars is recommended. A few km away from the Canal du Midi, 60 km from Toulouse, and 50 km from Carcassonne, the Château de Fajac la Selve is a true paradise in the heart of the Cockaigne, a Renaissance paradise. This area of France is embedded in a Natura 2000 area with preserved landscapes and the Pyrenees mountain range on the horizon.

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Pech-Luna, Castelnaudary area

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £1,261
Pet Fee £0

La réservation est confirmée à la reception du chèque d'arrhes.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Pech-Luna in Aude

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 230 m²
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Fan heater
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Fan heater
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Fan heater
  • Solar water heater
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Dormitory - 8 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedrooms on the first floor have their own bathroom, private toilet, and cupboard
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Child's Swing
  • Courtyard
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Pétanque Court
  • Terrace
  • 12 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Bowling center
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • Water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Heating (winter): wood-burning stove/reversible air-conditioning, hot water (solar panel), garden furniture, deck chairs, parasols, garden/children tables/chairs, garden, potty, high chair, play area.

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