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Montplaisir, a stone country house in Belloc is located in a private forest about 15 minutes from the medieval town of Mirepoix so a car is required. This 14 acre property is about an hour and a half from Toulouse, about an hour from Carcassonne, about an hour and a half from the Mediterranean and about 3 and a half hours from Barcelona. The house is close to airports (Toulouse Blagnac and Carcassonne) and train stations (Toulouse Matabiau, Carcassonne and Pamiers.) Lac Montbel, only a few minutes by car, offers swimming, horseback riding, sailing, cycling and a restaurant in the summer months.The house was recently remodeled to include a master bedroom and full bath along with a comfortable guest bedroom upstairs. Both bedrooms have stunning views of the Pyrenées Mountains. An additiona...Montplaisir, a stone country house in Belloc is located in a private forest about 15 minutes from the medieval town of Mirepoix so a car is required. This 14 acre property is about an hour and a half from Toulouse, about an hour from Carcassonne, about an hour and a half from the Mediterranean and about 3 and a half hours from Barcelona. The house is close to airports (Toulouse Blagnac and Carcassonne) and train stations (Toulouse Matabiau, Carcassonne and Pamiers.) Lac Montbel, only a few minutes by car, offers swimming, horseback riding, sailing, cycling and a restaurant in the summer months.The house was recently remodeled to include a master bedroom and full bath along with a comfortable guest bedroom upstairs. Both bedrooms have stunning views of the Pyrenées Mountains. An additional guest bedroom with new queen bed, en suite bathroom with shower stall and mountain views is located downstairs. All three bedrooms are equipped with top quality mattresses and linens. Montplaisir features a comfortable salon with fireplace adjacent to a spacious typical French country kitchen and is furnished with country French antique furniture. A front terrace for alfresco dining offers dramatic vistas of the Pyrenées. Dark beamed ceilings and original tile floors lend the house an elegant rustic ambiance.
The house is equipped with a new 40' HD LCD TV featuring channels in multiple languages as well as a DVD library of classic movies and a CD player. The wireless router allows for internet access throughout the house as well as FREE WORLDWIDE PHONE SERVICE. Radiators and a large fireplace will keep the place warm and cozy during cool weather.This 14 acre privately-owned property sits on a hill overlooking a verdant valley and stunning mountain views. The area abounds with historical landmarks, museums, walking trails and châteaux.
Montplaisir is located about 15 minutes from Mirepoix, an extraordinary Medieval village dating from the 13th century. Food shops as well as a newly renovated supermarket provide everything you could possibly need. The town has numerous restaurants in all price categories including the 'Cantegril' offering local dishes at reasonable prices.This part of France, the Ariége, is famous for its cuisine, featuring cassoulet, duck and foie gras as well as its wines, including the Minervois and Corbiéres.
On the large central square in Mirepoix you can still admire the half-timbered houses supported on wood pillars, creating a magnificent covered arcade. The ends of the joists of the richest houses are sculpted, and the most beautiful sculptures are on the house of the Justice du Seigneur, which became in 1500 the Maison des Consuls, showing women's faces, bearded heads, a tortoise and other fantastical images.
The cathedral of St. Maurice has an unusual nave. Of the cathedrals of Europe only that of Gerona in Spain has a wider nave. Inside, vandalism and demolitions destroyed many treasures but you can still admire a tabernacle, a Christ on the cross from the 14th century and seven paintings by Larivière-Vesontius.
This charming, peaceful little town is much appreciated for its mild southern climate and easy access from the airports at Carcassonne and Toulouse.
Near Mirepoix you'll also want to visit:
- the ancient Romanesque stone church at Vals.
- the 14th century Château de Lagarde 'Le petit Versailles du Languedoc'.
- Camon, a small fortified village featuring a Benedectine abbey founded by Charlemagne in 778.
- the 'book town' Montolieu where you can find rare and unusual books of all kinds.
- The famous Cité of Carcassonne.
- Toulouse, 'la ville rose', with its numerous restaurants, shops, museums and churches.
- Foix, with its extraordinary castle overlooking the entire region.
- The fortified village of Cordes-sur-Ciel, northeast of Toulouse.
- Albi, with its famous cathedral and Toulouse-Lautrec museum.
- The medieval town of Conque about 2 hours away in the Dordogne. More
We spent two weeks here and would gladly have stayed for two more. The setting is all a nature lover could wish for - birdsong, a variety of trees, and an amazing view of the Pyrenees. It is immaculate and spacious, and the communication with...More
Our week in Montplaisir was truly a pleasure - a beautifully situated lodge in the woods with spectacular views of the Pyrenees. The silence was golden, the visiting donkeys a dream for our kids (11 & 8).
The facilities in the house made it a...More
A lovely old style house, in a remoter part of the area, a 15 minute drive from historic Mirepoix and its shops etc. Well equipped, good wi fi signal, satellite tv (only English language stations are news channels), plenty of dvd's. Comfortable bedrooms and excellent...More
This house was perfect for us and what we wanted to experience. It is is well equipped with all we needed to have a very relaxing vacation. Quiet and secluded with lovely views of the snow capped Pyrenees. It felt like home very quickly. It...More
We had an amazing time. The view over to the Pyrenees was amazing and the 2 day snow storm completely changed the view. The market in Mirepoix was amazing and we visited just prior to Christmas so it was in full Christmas swing. Other beautiful...More
Montplaisir is located near the village of Mirepoix, a medieval town with a newly renovated super market, many shops and cafes and numerous activities throughout the year. Mirepoix is an hour's drive from Toulouse, less than an hour from Carcassonne and about 4 hours from Barcelona. The house is in an incredible relaxing, secluded part of the countryside and the area offers numerous historical landmarks to explore. Activities such as swimming, boating and horseback riding in the summer are available less than 10 minutes from the house.