Vacation Rental Description
Domaine Thomson is a lovely guesthouse in a small village in the Ariege region of the Pyprenees, nestling amongst rolling hills. A region of outstanding beauty, much historical interest, many Cathar Castles to visit, the medieval town of Mirepoix only a 15 minute drive away. Both Toulouse and Carcassonne are one hour away. It is a great place `to get away from it all` without being `too far from the madding crowd`.
The house is on two floors with a modern and well equipped kitchen off the large entrance hallway. From the kitchen one enters the sitting room which has plenty of comfortable seating arranged around the large open fireplace, which in winter months is a real focal point. The sitting room is large, and the second half of it is equipped with much reading matter, games and childrens` toys. The dining room is entered from either the hallway, or the sitting room. It has an enormous wooden table that seats 12. A noticeable feature in the house are the wooden beams throughout, giving it a real old-world feel. It has the comforts of modern day with unique features that date it. Also off the entrance hall, is a large utility room containing dishwasher, washing machine, second refrigerator, and freezer, and much more. Upstairs, via the staircase that is in itself a lovely feature, and not steep, so practical and easy for children, the elderly or people recovering from operations, are four bedrooms, two of which contain one double sized bed and a single bed have their own ensuite toilet, wash-hand basin and shower; the other two bedrooms, one a double bedroom, the other, a family sized room with a double bed and two single beds share the use of a `hollywood style` bathroom, with two wash-hand basins, a shower and a bath. It is an understatement to say that this is a very comfortable bathroom. There is a separate toilet adjacent to this bathroom.
All the rooms in the house have large windows giving plenty of natural light. There is a feeling of spaciousness that combined with the furnishings gives it a real homely feeling. Many people who have stayed here comment on how quickly they feel `at home`. Those with children, how `relaxed and unstressed` they feel.
Outside the dining room and sitting room, is a terrace where meals may be eaten during spring, summer and autumn. The garden is made up of two large sections, one of flat lawn which is an ideal area for children to play safely, for people to sit in garden chairs and read, or to eat meals in under the trees. The outdoor swimming pool is located in the other section of sloping garden, where it has its own terrace with plenty of sunbathing space to while away those hours.
To the front and side of the house is the drive in and parking areas. This area is private and a `cul-de-sac` so no other traffic but those coming to the house need access.
It is a very safe environment for children.
- Cooking Utensils
- Open Fire
- Amenity Parking
- Private Pool
There is a magnificent outdoor wood/charcoal barbeque. Hair-dryers.
- Horse Riding
- Hunting/Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking
This is a rural area of outstanding beauty, with miles and miles of paths suitable for 4x4s that wind through forests, along open landscapes that should guests be keen on walking, mountain biking, or pony trekking, one can literally leave from the doorstep and immediately be sampling the delights of this picturesque place. In spring - from Feb/March to end of June the wild orchids put on such a display. Throughout the year the wildflowers are amazing.
Should you wish to go further afield (5km) there is a flying club, which does parachute jumps, and it is also possible to arrange trips in a microlite aircraft.
There is a horseriding centre in the village, which offers a range of options, riding lessons for people of all standards, treks of differing lengths, led by people who are well informed and passionate about this area.
Rock climbing centres are about a 30-40 minute drive away, with climbs of different grades of difficulty.
- Nearest Airport : Carcassonne at 60 kilometers distance;
- Nearest Train Station : Pamiers at 12 kilometers distance
- Nearest Town : Mirepoix at 10 kilometers distance
- Travel Info: This is a very easy property to get to. Clear directions are given on my website from both the nearest airports (Carcassonne (60km) and Toulouse (90km)) in the section `getting here - directions`which can be downloaded to make your journey easy.