Here you are in the heart of France and its traditional way of life. This property is privately situated in 90 hectares of private farming estate owned by a charming couple (Madame is English) who breed sheep, pigs and ducks with their own pond.
There are two properties 20 metres apart facing each other, a three bedroom house and a five bedroom house. During the period 16/7-26/8 both are rented together. Outside these dates both may be rented together; alternatively either one of the houses can be rented by itself in which case the other remains empty.
You enter the three bedroom house (sleeps 6) via the terrace with garden table and chairs, into the open plan kitchen/sitting area. The kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher, washing machine, fireplace and a large wooden table; the sitting area has two comfortable sofas and a tv. Stairs lead to the first floor to two well-decorated bedrooms plus a lovely bathroom and a separate wc; one bedroom has a double bed and the other has twin beds. More stairs rise to a large twin bedroom in the attic (that can be made up as a double) and washbasin. This room is full of character with the original wooden beams in the ceiling, plus it is large and cosy with its sofa and table. The house has electric heating and firewood for the open fireplace.
Beyond the 5 bedroom house is the gorgeous 13m x 7m fenced swimming pool with large solarium, covered terrace with table and chairs, separate wc and shower plus stunning panoramic views over the Pyrenees.
They make their own products such as foie gras, confit de canard and charcuterie - they taste better than any you have ever eaten before! They are proud of their work and, only if you are interested, will be delighted to show guests around their estate.
La Ferme de Madeleine is in easy reach of many historic spots like the Cathar castles, Le Canal du Midi, the medieval city of Carcassonne or Toulouse. It is also 5 minutes from the village of St Papoul where you will find a grocery shop, boulangerie, a café and a fabulous Benedictine Abbey.
15 minutes drive away is the medieval village of Saissac known for its Cathar castle. Revel is also about 15 minutes and has a good range of shops plus traditional workshops featuring furniture restorers, skilled stone cutters, and most importantly, some excellent restaurants. Also, you must not miss the market of Revel on Saturdays - one of the best around.
You are also at the foothill of La Montagne Noire and its lakes ideal for bathing, windsurfing, canoeing and many other activities. From the house you can go on marked walks and discover the local wildlife, go horse riding or cycling.
More generally you are 1 hour away from the Mediterranean coastline and 1.5 hours from the Pyrenees, which you can see from the property.