Our 200 year old stone house lies secluded in the countryside near Mirepoix. The property is situated a little over an hour's drive from Toulouse and about an hour from the Mediterranean. Nearby Lac Montbel offers swimming, horseback riding, sailing and bicycling 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.
Sample of previous reviews prior to our listing on FlipKey:
A BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN A BEAUTIFUL PLACE
Guest RCB - Date of stay 06/29/13 - Review Submitted 09/09/13
My wife and I have stayed in eight different VRBOs in France in the last 20 years, and Montplaisir is definitely the best one ever. Reasonably priced, and i has EVERYTHING you need, including a bunch of opera CDs. And two bathrooms. Very important. Plus everything else you would expect. As you're leaving on your daily adventure in the morning, you pass by a ruined castle names "Lagarde",which doesn't even make it into most guidebooks, yet for 2 Euros it's one of the best places we saw. And of course the rest of the region has cool castles and churches and other old stuff. If you're looking for seclusion and solitude, Montplaisir is your place. It's 15 minutes from anywhere (including the nearest bakery). Go and enjoy.
WONDERFULLY CHARMING AND PEACEFUL
Guest Eileen - Date of stay 06/13/13 - Review Submitted 09/08/13
What an absolutely perfect vacation. A warm, charming well-equipped home, with the appeal of an old French stone cottage and the comfort of modern amenities. Bruce, the owner, was super to deal with and made the trip easy with recommendations, directions, suggestions. I spent two wonderful weeks, traveling alone for most of the trip, and felt perfectly comfortable - especially after a warm greeting by Hariet and Robert, friends of the owner, who greeted me with a welcome package of wine, bread, jam, cheese. Access to Barcelona for a 2-day stay was easy. The nearby town of Mirepoix is a charm. Albi and the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, Camon, Carcassone are all must-sees. Lunch at La Lautrec in Albi was wonderful. I suggest avoiding the highways and toll roads and choosing instead the beautiful roads that wind through quaint, traditional French villages and afford some of the most beautiful views. Driving was an absolute pleasure. And on days that I simply felt like relaxing, Montplaisir was the perfect, peaceful sanctuary. I'd head to Mirepoix to the Boulanger and the market and back to Montplaisir to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. A walk on the roads around the home in the evening was delightful. I was sad to leave, as I was beginning to feel like a local by the end. Perfect....Read more
Stone Country House Near Historic Mirepoix Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Additional Location Information
Montplaisir is located near a small village about 15 minutes from 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.
More About This Location
Mountain nearby, Rural retreats
Nearest train station: Pamiers, 24.98 miles Nearest airport: Carcassonne, 30.01 miles Car is essential
Last updated on May 19, 2015
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Left on 06/25/2014 for a stay in May 2014 | kerryeburkeReviewed Jun 25, 2014Stayed May 2014
We were in France and Italy for three weeks and absolutely nothing came close to our week at this wonderful home. With a car, every day was a new adventure, but "coming home" and sharing a glass of wine while enjoying the vista of snow-covered Pyrenees and the sounds of a cuckooo was pure delight. Quiet, comfy, remote, and easy to get to the lovey town of Mirepoix, etc. The house was even better than we anticipated. Can't wait to return next year. A gem!!
Left on 11/24/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 24, 2013Stayed Aug 2013
Date of stay 08/16/13
The view is breath taking, the house is lovely with everything you need. We arrived to find a welcome breakfast pack and the house was clean and all linens provided. It is very well equipped both in the kitchen and living area. The beds are comfortable, and there was plenty of hot water. You need a car to travel, but there are some great local sites only a few miles away. These include the town of Mirepoix and Lac Montel. The owner had provided extensive information for us prior to arrival and this was extremely useful. We had a wonderful time and would recommend it to anyone who wants a quiet getaway in a great house. The best summer rental we have ever had.
Left on 10/20/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | K. BurkeReviewed Oct 20, 2013Stayed Sep 2013
We would recommend this property wholeheartedly to anyone. The friends mentioned by the owner who live not far away and keep the key to the house are very charming, helpful people who would be a blessing in any emergency. Places we would recommend to visitors would be Mirepoix itself, a lovely little town, Camon, Carcassonne, Montsegur, Albi, Foix, and Toulouse, each of which alone would merit more than one day of sightseeing. We were more into visiting those places than eating, drinking and activities of other kinds. But the Relais et Chateaux hotel restaurant in Mirepoix was superb- the Relais Royal in the center of town. If you go to Toulouse for more than a day, stay at the hotel in the centre of the old city called Le Grand Balcon. The location is perfect, the rooms super-comfortable and the management charming. They do not serve dinner however, only breakfast and bar snacks in the evening. This is not a big tourist area of France but it ought to be.
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