In The Heart of Ariège Near Toulouse
Your Escape to the French Countryside
Self-catering Gite in Ariege sleeps 14 with a private pool. Perfect for large groups and family holidays in Ariège Pyrénées near Toulouse and Carcassonne
Lissac is a large private house rather than a ‘holiday let’. It has seven bedrooms and is surrounded by farmland amongst the rolling hills near to Toulouse and the Pyrenees, and between the Garonne and the Ariege rivers. The mountains are visible from a five minute walk up above the house. There is a large garden with flowering shrubs, lavender, roses, clematis and wisteria climbing up the house walls. There is plenty of space for games, badminton, football, rounders, hide-and-seek, or reading a book under the shadow of oak trees. In our wood, you may see deer, hares, badgers, foxes, red squirrels, lizards, frogs, and a great many birds, including owls, nightingales, buzzards, kites, hoopoos and golden orioles depending on the time of year. There is also a 7 x 14 m chlorine-free swimming-pool enclosed by a fence for safety.
We want you to use and enjoy this house as if it were your own – there is a grand piano, and a large library of books that should cover most tastes, shock some, irritate or enthral others, At the side of the house, there is a huge open-sided barn, with a massive dining table and BBQ, and a sitting area to watch the distant tractors or neighbouring horses and llamas, a field away. There is also a ping-pong table, and table-football.
The large garden and adjoining wood are there for you to enjoy, along with the surrounding farmland. The fields usually have grass and so it is easy to walk up to the top of the hill, where goats are grazing.
To manage Lissac locally, we have a resident caretaker, who lives in ‘Little Lissac; to the right of the arch and is very discreet and helpful, and looks after the swimming pool and helps solve any problems.
I can email a booklet to anyone thinking of booking on the house and surrounding area with suggestions for restaurants, and activities and places to visit, Cathar Castles, markets, adventure parks...
Our beautiful French farmhouse is a truly comfortable and family friendly Gîte which is available for holiday lettings for the ultimate French farmhouse holiday. The property is only 50 minutes south of Toulouse en route to Foix and the Pyrenees or the beautiful south coast of France and the fashionable principality of Andorra. The area of Ariège, part of the former Southern French region of Midi-Pyrénées but now part of the Occitanie region, has the added benefit of fantastic rural countryside activities in summer and excellent winter sports - all are within easy striking distance.
Gites in Ariege (Gîtes Ariège) can accommodate up to 14 people in 3 doubles, 2 twins, 1 single and 1 triple, it is ideal for groups or a few families together... or even, more if you want to camp in the garden!
The house boasts a large 7 by 14-metre 'Chlorine Free' private swimming pool, 1-acre garden, open barn for shaded relaxing and al-fresco dining, BBQ and terrace. There are games for all weathers (including table football and table-tennis), WiFi wireless broadband and a grand piano in the salon.
A major benefit to renting our property is a resident caretaker in a separate house to maintain swimming-pool etc and be at hand to try and resolve any problems.
Surrounded by rolling hills and with its own 3-acre wood, the birdsong and wildlife are magnificent, relaxing and a truly memorable experience.
Our family has owned the gite since 1989. We fell in love with it and have spent a lot of time there improving the facilities, putting in a huge, 'chlorine-free' swimming pool and creating a lovely big garden. I go out each year to plant more roses, clematis, lavender and check the paths through the 2-hectare wood, repaint areas, and enjoy the wonderful countryside.
During the renovation of the Gîte, the primary aim was to cultivate a 'home from home' possessing the traditional character of a French farmhouse and therefore creating an authentic self-catering French holiday experience so reflecting the culture and beauty of the rural Occitanie region of south-west France.
For cycling enthusiasts the Tour de France normally passes close to the village, so come and get involved with the local celebrations! The Occitanie region also has a top class race each year, La Route d'Occitanie – La Dépêche du Midi.
You might be lucky enough to find that the Vuelta a Espana has stages passing near to Andorra and the Pyrénées.
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“We do not believe that you can do better than this gite in the south of France”
Quote from one of our guests
Group holidays are something that you'll never forget, a great opportunity to catch up with old friends or spend quality time with family. So if you'd like to plan a group getaway to remember, why don't you think about booking our Ariège? Whether it's a family reunion, weddings, anniversary, birthday or any other celebration or special occasion, it's the perfect property.
In fact, not just accommodation but is one of the best ways to enjoy special interest tourism, as it allows you to spend less money on your accommodation, and more on your desired activities.
It's the perfect place for everyone to escape the busy 9 to 5 and catch up in the sunshine, so lie back and relax with a glass of local wine while your children play and benefit from gites with pools.
Flying - Toulouse is about a 50 minute drive and Carcasonne about 75 minutes.
Driving - All the way from the UK or Northern France is a long haul (about 12 hours from Calais) but relatively painless - we have 20 years worth of trial and error so will happily provide town by town directions of our favourite route!
Trains - From London St Pancras to Toulouse (via Paris or Lille) take 9 - 12 hours and are a relaxing, green way to travel.
All the main car hire firms operate out of Toulouse and Carcasonne airport. So far our experience with them has been very good but let us know if you have any negative experiences.
Ideal for groups or a few families together
Please contact us to make a booking or send an enquiry.