Sleeps 14 (plus 4 children)
Price per week £8741—£14455

I came here to get away from everything, we hardly left the house as there's so much to do. Endless games of tennis, boules and volleyball. I never wanted to go home!

Saskia, London

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Living Space

8 bedrooms:
Master double bedroom with super king bed, own dressing room and en suite bathroom
Double bedroom with bateau lit bed and en suite bathroom
Double bedroom with king size bed and en suite bathroom
Double bedroom with four poster king size bed
Double bedroom (mezzanine room)
Twin bedroom
Double bedroom with king size bed room shares bathroom with
Children’s bedroom with 4 single beds which has a small mezzanine floor above with soft seating for children

Professional kitchen with all mod cons and French doors leading out to courtyard
Games room
Library
Sitting room
Dining room with table to seat up to 20
11th C hall with stone staircase
Terrace outside kitchen with large circular table with benches (seats 20)
Second large outside table outside to sit 20
Utility room

Amenities

Swimming pool (15m) – pool heating available
Tennis court
10 acres of garden
Road and mountain bicycles
Golf clubs
Tennis rackets
Volleyball
Archery sets
Badminton
Boules
Free standing fans (the walls are 1 m thick so there is no need to air condition the house)
wifi
TV with satellite channels
Games and toys
Yoga equipment
Weights
Computer
Xbox
Playstation
Music system
La Cornue oven
2 wine fridges
3 fridges including 2 American-style fridges
Ice cream maker
Nespresso coffee machine
Hair dryers
Bathroom products
Bath robes

Domestic Services

Live-in guardiens who speak English
Daily maid service (3 hours a day)
Gardener
Pool guy

An excellent chef is available (highly recommended) who knows the house well – payable locally

More housekeeping on request

Location

Maison Aude in the Pyrenees in Aude in the Languedoc Roussillon region of France
The house is in 10 acres of grounds

Fanjeaux is 2km, where there is a butcher and baker, a restaurant and a small grocery shop

Carcassonne and Saint-Nazaire are 25km away

Toulouse is 60km away

Transport

The nearest airport is Carcassonne. Fly there from London and many regional airports
The airport is on the west of the city so is only a 25 minute drive to the house

It is also possible to fly to Toulouse, Montpelier, Beziers, Perpignan and Gerona

A hire car is necessary at the house

Local Information

There is so much to do in the local area around the house which has amazing walking – a real heaven for hikers – the cycling is outstanding and there is local horse riding which can be booked.

The local village of Fanjeaux (2km from the house) is a quiet medieval settlement which rises up from the main road. There is a great cafe run by an artist who serves home made lemonade, great coffee and artwork. There is also a lovely simple local restaurant and some small shops.

The ancient fortified bastide town of Revel has an amazing food market on Saturday mornings which is housed in a majestic timbered medieval market hall dating from the C14th. Choose from farm-made mountain cheese, eggs, milk, dried hams, saucisson, abundant fresh fruit and vegetables as well as delicious meats, puddings and flowers.
Every day there is a local town or village with a fabulous food market. It becomes part of the daily joy to find where the market is and to compare it with yesterday’s delight.

There is a picturesque lake at St Ferreol Durfort which is a lovely place for a picnic – or just a wander.

The beautiful fortified city of Carcassonne is a 25km drive and is definitely worth a visit. The annual Carcassonne summer festival has established itself as one of the premier events in southern France. In the summer months music festivals are prolific and the Ceret Museum of Modern Art exhibits the works of Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Miro and many others.

There are some excellent local wines, with a wide choice of restaurants in the local area, enough of a choice that everyone will be happy.
Carcassonne has an International-standard golf course complete with great views of the old city.

Our View

What a beautiful home with stunning interiors, fabulous big grounds and spectacular swimming pool (complete with tiles which shimmer in the sun due to the tiny flecks of gold in them!). This is quite an estate to behold with tennis court, huge rolling lawns, double height ceilings as well as more toys for adults and children alike than we have come across in any other villa.

If you have had enough reading the latest bestseller by the divine pool there is so much more on offer: from volleyball and archery to tennis, golf and boules. Something for everyone!

The children will be in heaven with all the various things to do, there’s an x box for those desperate to get out of the sun (!), a 4 bedded room just for small people, enormous kitchen, endless places to sit in the sun or shade as well as the delights of the local area.

Although there is an amazing chef on offer (and we recommend you employ him) if you are keen on cooking then this is the kitchen for you – with a professional La Cornue oven, an ice cream machine and all mod cons, only delicious food will come out of this huge kitchen.

The rooms have high ceilings, many showing lovely wooden beams. Bedrooms abound with beautiful covers on the beds, antique bedstands, prettily painted French furniture and lovely muted colours. The rooms are chic and stylish with polished clay tile floors, cool underfoot. Parts of the house date back over 1,000 years but the owners have made the most perfect job in bringing it up to modern standards whilst retaining its original features.

All in all this beautiful estate is there for the taking, the sense of space and generosity abound. It is an inviting house where comfort and luxury sit hand in hand. A truly stunning villa and one we are thrilled to have in our portfolio.

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