La Bourdette

Daumazan-sur-Arize, Ariège-Pyrénées

A stunning French Manor House, both inside and out, with period features and furnishings contributing to its comfort and appearance.  La Bourdette boasts a fabulous location with a stunning view of the Pyrénées in the distance and provides a wonderful setting for relaxation and recreation, with superb leisure facilities in the extensive grounds and throughout the surrounding countryside.

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Overview

The Main House: Sleeps 16

 

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

5 double bedrooms and 3 other children’s bedrooms

5 bathrooms (3 with bath, walk in shower and WC, 2 with walk in shower and WC. One further cloakroom with WC and washbasin)

More information on the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Rent per week

£4500 to £7500 per week depending on the season. Saturday to Saturday.

Detailed break down of  price per week

 

Key features

Heated swimming pool 

50 acres of grounds

Tennis court

Self contained pool house

Testimonials

"Anglo French Properties did a great job for us. Our family group of 16 had an outstanding holiday at La Bourdette in July 2022. Despite the uncertainties of the last 2 years, AFP managed to get our family holiday transposed from dream to reality. This included change of ownership of the property as well as endless alterations to travel arrangements by our family - coming from different parts of the world. The success of the holiday was as much due to our trust and confidence that Jack understood our needs and had our interests at heart, as the facilities and location of the villa. It goes without saying that the facilities at the villa are exceptional, so much so that in the 7 days we hardly left the villa to explore the locality - apart from buying food. I can thoroughly recommend Jack and am confident that he will always give you a prompt, efficient and courteous service; and that is a very rare occurrence in today's world - so seize it with both hands."

Kit and Caroline Dollard, West Sussex, England

"Having experienced the gorgeous La Bourdette 3 times, lastly in summer 2019, it has always been a delight. This is a much loved family house, that feels private and safe, with excellent on site guardians. A classic French, rural setting, soothingly quiet, yet not isolated, just an hour from Toulouse and with charming villages (some large) nearby for local food, markets and local life. The house and buildings are beautifully kept, spacious with superb comfort (plus good wi fi) and full of character, art and antiques that reflect excellent taste with a good dose of fun and sense of humour. There is a lovely pool, tennis court and 'bouladrome' and grounds that are large, generously planted with trees , perfect for a stroll at any time. 10/10!"

Debra and Simon Hirst , Kent England

"La Bourdette is quite simply heaven on earth with dreams of a perfect family holiday found and answered. From the moment you arrive, you realise you are somewhere very special and styish, a house that is a much loved family home and a house that charms. The hub is the substantial kitchen and dining room and the large Lacanche range, and two dishwashers ensure that 'the engine room' runs smoothly. The bedrooms are all delightful, all different, with shutters, lazy fans above 'proper beds' the kind one has to climb up into and made up with pristine white linen. Outside, a large dining terrace, overlooking the garden but sheltered from the sun by an established vine cover, is a peaceful setting for long late lunches and the balcony overlooking the pool, and open to the night sky, provides the perfect evening supper spot. The feeling of space continues: from the pool to the boule pitch, tennis court, pond and glades that surround it, the substantial grounds offering views of the outlying fields and Pyrénées in the far distance. Necessary Wi Fi and mobile connections at La Bourdette are excellent for those who cannot completely leave the outside world at the gate. Food is incredibly important on holiday and no more so than in France where baguette and croissant are sacrosanct. The boulangerie in the nearby village of Daumazon does not disappoint and there are excellent restaurants in nearby villages all with a very local atmosphere. A magical house, in a magical setting - entrancing!"

Caroline Sampson, Sussex, England

"We had a wonderful holiday at La Bourdette this summer. The house is very special, very private and an absolute beauty. It is surrounded by fields of sunflowers and set in acres of parkland with pretty gardens and planting. It has so much to offer - gorgeous pool, tennis court, pétamque, table tennis and lovely walks. La Bourdette is stylish and furnished with great flair. It has interesting objets d'art and pictures that make it an utterly charming holiday house. It has been thoughtfully amnd lovingly restored and is very comfortable. La Bourdette is perfect for gatherings, celebrations and cosy family holidays! Nearby there are lovely villages to explore and markets to wander around. We had the most marvellous time and highly recommend La Bourdette for a holiday. Also its not far from Toulouse airport!"

The Martin family, Cambridge, England

"La Bourdette is the most wonderful place to stay with friends, family or both. There's lots to do at the house and also in the surrounding area, so its fun to explore or just stay put and enjoy what the property has to offer. Its only an hour from Toulouse airport and picking up a hire car is cheap and easy. From the moment you arrive via the beautiful tree lined drive you know you've come to somewhere very special. The main house is a large, traditional French 'Maison de Maitre' with spacious accommodation which has been extremely tastefully decorated by the owners, each room filled with beautiful furniture and ornaments. The bedrooms are all a good size and extremely comfortable with well appointed bathrooms. The kitchen is large and fully equipped with an adjoining utility room. Outside there is a fantastic swimming pool, tennis court and boule pitch. Also many places to sit with a book, a glass of wine and simply soak up the peace and serenity of the large garden and grounds. A large pool house is nearby with a small kitchen, games room and charming upstairs balcony for any time dining. There are local markets an easy drive away and the Pyrénées can be seen in the distance. A stunning place and we look forward to our next visit as we loved it so much."

Dowie family, Devon England

"We were lucky enough to be asked to stay at La Bourdette this summer, and it comfortably surpassed our already high expectations. As veterans of many a family holiday in assorted chateaux, villas and 'gites' over the past two decades, La Bourdette has shot straight to the top of our 'favourites' list, and we can't wait to return. Over the last 10 years or more, this property has been lovingly restored to its former glory - and then some! It now sleeps up to 16, and so is perfect for holidaying with other families and friends. In terms of facilities, La Bourdette has virtually everything you could possibly want to keep everyone occupied from small child to adult. The stunning swimming pool is served by a pool house cleverly converted from an old outbuilding with a games room on the ground floor, a bedroom and a chill-out area upstairs, and a balcony overlooking the pool which is ideal for candlelit dinners. Elsewhere in the extensive grounds is a tennis court, and a 'boules' pitch – the latter a perfect meeting place for drinks at sunset! La Bourdette is less than an hour's drive from Toulouse airport, and is set in idyllic French countryside. The nearby village has a great 'boulangerie' for croissants and bread, and we tried out several lovely little bars and restaurants in the area during our stay. There is so much to explore in the vicinity, and excellent shopping in St Girons. We could go on and on, but suffice to say that La Bourdette is an absolute gem."

James Montgomery, Kinross House, Scotland

"Just to say that we think "La Bourdette" and its grounds and facilities plus the whole surrounding area are absolutely wonderful. We are having such a lovely time, and we wish we could stay longer. All superlatives, but true!"

Wendy Thompson, East Yorkshire, England

"We had the best possible holiday with our large family at La Bourdette this August. The house was magic. It is filled with a lifetime of wonderful memories popping out of every newly discovered corner. There was so much to do that it was hard to know where to start or stop: tennis, bike riding, ping pong, mass family football, badminton, boules, and of course swimming in their beautiful clear large pool. It really is a very special place indeed. Thank you. We hope to be able to come again soon."

Pam & Tim Williams, Somerset, England

"Passing through the gate and along the tree-lined drive, it was love at first sight; immediately, we all felt we were entering someone's much-loved home and not a standard rental villa. We were a party of adults and children wanting activity combined with a little peace and I can honestly say that everyone was more than satisfied! The house is charming: a big well-appointed kitchen, full of personal items, a large shady terrace - one of several outdoor dining areas, an elegant drawing room, gorgeous bedrooms tastefully decorated, plenty of well-appointed bathrooms, and the whole house exuding homeliness, style and comfort. Outside, a fabulous pool surrounded by beautiful flowers, an extremely well-appointed pool house with table tennis and football, and with upstairs, a sitting room for those wanting to escape the sun. A large balcony overlooking the pool provided another venue for eating outside. Throughout the charming and spectacularly planted grounds there were many peaceful little corners, having a pre-supper drink by the boules court was another huge pleasure, with a superb tennis court, surrounded by beautiful trees only a short walk from the house. It is a testament to how much we loved the place that we were never really tempted to go on outings. The local villages and surrounding markets supplied all our needs and we were happy to enjoy everything that this spectacularly special place has to offer. A truly memorable holiday which exceeded all our expectations - we cannot recommend La Bourdette highly enough!"

The Denny family. Yorkshire, England

The House and Accommodation

From a quiet country road within sight of The Pyrénées, gates open into a sweeping drive, lined with plane trees, which leads to this magnificent south-facing Manor House. La Bourdette has been completely restored, furnished and equipped to the very highest standards, with designer flair, elegance and sophistication throughout.

The kitchen: Very light and spacious with beamed ceiling, tiled floor, island unit and a chef’s range cooker, comprising a gas and electric oven, 7 gas rings and hot plate. Other equipment includes a drinks fridge, microwave, 2 dishwashers, massive toaster, Magimix, liquidiser, cafetières etc. plus a Bose CD player and radio with iPod input and lots of CDs. A door opens onto a flagged seating area and vine-shaded dining terrace with a table seating 16.

The sitting Room: A large, striking and stylish room with attractive ‘Osborne and Little’ wall covering, polished wooden floor, large comfortable sofas and a period stone fireplace. There is a wide-screen satellite TV with a DVD player. French windows on 2 sides open onto terraces.

The Dining Room: Large yet cosy, with a beamed ceiling, a table for 12, a second table for 4 and a large fireplace.  In one corner is a desk with a printer and scanner. French windows open onto the gravelled area at the front of the house.

Bedrooms & bathrooms

Double ensuite Bedroom 1 – The Yellow room

King size double bed (1.8m wide), windows looking south and an en-suite (Bathroom 1) with a shower, washbasin, W.C. and bidet.

Double ensuite Bedroom 2 – The Green Room

With a 6’ 3″ wrought iron four poster double bed (1.6m wide), and windows looking south.

Bedroom 3 – ‘The Blue Room’

A children’s room with three 3’-wide single beds (not full length – 1.8m), and an en-suite bathroom with a bath, a walk-in shower, washbasin and W.C.

Bedroom 4 – The Rose Room:

With a Queen size wrought-iron four-poster bed (1.5m wide). This uses a bathroom opposite the bedroom and is very large, featuring a free-standing bath with overhead shower, a washbasin, bidet and W.C.

Bedroom 5 – The Stone Wall Room

With double bed (1.6m wide) with lofty ceilings, an exposed stone wall, French windows. Uses Bathroom 4 with a bath, walk in shower, wash basin and WC.

Bedroom 6 – The Red Room

A second children’s room with 2 full-length single beds and 2 full-length bunk beds (can sleep 4 in total).

Bedroom 7 – The Grey Room

Has two full length single beds.

NB: The two children’s bedrooms detailed below contain beds that are suitable for children and teenagers.

The Pool House

A fabulous 2-storey Pool House provides a large games room, comfortable sitting room and a charming double bedroom.

Games Room occupying the whole of the ground floor and featuring table tennis, table football and a kitchenette containing a large fridge/freezer/ice-maker. The doors open onto a terrace, 8 metres (25 ft) from the edge of the pool.

Shower Room – accessed from the ground floor terrace and featuring a shower, a washbasin and W.C.

Sitting Room – on the First Floor, and accessed by a spiral staircase from the games room and tucked under the eaves, featuring a comfortable sofa bed, and bean-bags, TV and DVD player (with some DVDs), and a CD player. There’s access to the large, open-air dining terrace overlooking the pool, plus steps descending from this terrace to the pool area.

Bedroom 8 – with a full length double bed (1.8m wide) and windows overlooking the pool.

Garden and Grounds

La Bourdette is set in 50 acres of totally private, rolling, wooded farmland, with distant views of the Pyrénées. The House is surrounded by an extensive colourful garden of lawns, flower beds, mature trees and shrubs.

Additional buildings, terraces and eating areas

Through Balinese doors from the kitchen and dining area, there is a charming dining terrace shaded by vines and another dining terrace on the first floor of the Pool House.  In the middle of the garden, a shady terrace also has tables and a barbecue area with a brick surround containing two gas barbecues.

Swimming Pool

The L-shaped, heated swimming pool measures 18 metres (58 ft) in length, 7.5 metres (24 ft) at the base of the “L”, and 5 metres (16 ft) at its upper end. Very wide steps descend to the shallow end (1 metre, or 39 ins), sloping to a deeper area in the middle (2 metres, or 6′ 6″). There is a wide, safety shelf at a depth of 60cms (2 ft) running along 2 sides of the pool. The pool is filtered and slightly saline, (roughly the strength of human tears) which avoids the use of chlorine and helps keep the water crystal-clear. The pool is alarmed. Around the pool there are 12 sun beds, tables, chairs and several large sun umbrellas.

A charge of £250 per week will be deducted from tenant’s Booking and Security Deposits if pool heating is required.

Tennis Court

100 metres from the House is the state-of-the art tennis court with a practice wall at one end. There is also a badminton net plus racquets and shuttlecocks and a specially laid out ‘bouledrome’ (boules pitch) with 4 pairs of boules.

Location

La Bourdette enjoys a peaceful rural location in the stunning South West region of France, against a backdrop of the Pyrénées.

There are basic shopping facilities at Daumazan-sur-Arize (2 kms), including an excellent ‘boulangerie’, butcher and a small supermarket whilst at Montesquieu-Volvestre (7 kms) there is a wider variety of shops including several good boulangeries and a larger and well stocked supermarket. The market towns of Carbonne and St Girons are 22 and 40 kms respectively.

How to get there

Airports

2 hrs (123 miles) from Bordeaux airport
1 hr 10 mins (57 miles) from Toulouse airport
1 hr 23 mins (58 miles) from Bergerac airport.

Train

Nice

Autoroute junctions

7 (Agen), 8 (Auvillar) or 9 (Castelsarrasin) depending on direction of approach off the A62 running between Bordeaux and Toulouse.

The TGV

Toulouse (50 mins)

Things to see and do nearby

Local villages

There are a number of pretty villages in the surrounding area. An outstanding example is Carla-Bayle, standing on the top of a hill, with fine views of the Pyrénées, and boasting several interesting art galleries and shops

Golf

The 18-hole Golf de l’Ariège is near the pretty village of La Bastide-de-Sérou (20 kms)

Children's Play Park

Near Carla-Bayle is a very popular children’s “treetops” adventure centre

Prehistoric Caves

There are prehistoric caves at Tarascon, and ancient cave drawings at Niaux. The fascinating caves of the Grotte du Mas d’Azil (10 kms) are “drive-through” but can also be visited on foot

Walking

There are fine walks in many directions. Marked pedestrian and mountain-biking trails lead to the upper heights of the Pyrénées where chamois, genets and even lynxes and brown bears are to be found

Fishing

Trout streams abound in the Pyrénées

Canoeing

Dropping down to rivers much favoured by kayakers and canoeists.

Bicycling

This is excellent bicycling country, reasonably flat, and with a dedicated trail from the House to the next door village of La Bastide de Besplas and into the surrounding countryside.

Toulouse

Outings to Toulouse (45 minutes) are highly recommended to enjoy the many fine art galleries, museums, restaurants and excellent shopping. Its Old Town with its rose-pink façades (therefore known as the ‘Ville Rose’) is particularly attractive. Visits to the Aerospatiale Centre and to the Airbus factory, both near Toulouse, are much recommended.

Skiing

There is ski-ing in the Pyrénées (90 minutes’ drive) in most years from January to March and a recommended resort is Luchon.

Vineyards

The nearest local vineyard encourages tastings and on-the-spot purchases. Visits should be arranged in advance – details are in the information folder.

Additional Information

Arrival, welcome and departure: Tenants will be welcomed on arrival, and will be shown how everything works, both inside and out. Roland and Petra are the house managers and welcome guests on arrival. They have an apartment with its own separate entrance.

Wifi and Broadband: There is WIFi broadband internet access in the main house.

Housebook: There is a comprehensive Guest Information Folder in the house with details of recommended local shops, restaurants, markets, cultural, sporting and recreational activities plus many other suggestions on what to do and where to go in the vicinity. The folder also includes and is accompanied by maps, brochures and important local contact details.

Additional entertainment: There are a number of English language books, playing cards and board games for the use and enjoyment of guests.

Music and TV: There is a flat screen TV with DVD player and a CD player/radio and sound system with a selection of CD’s in the sitting room.

Services included: 3 hours of cleaning per day on one mid week day per week are paid for by the owners (also on Saturdays in the case of a rental of more than one week), aswell as swimming pool and garden maintenance. 

Optional / additional services available: Any additional hours of housework should be paid to her/them by tenants at €20 per hour. Guests wishing to take advantage of this service are asked to request it in advance of their stay. Provided sufficient notice is given, a part-time cook and/or a babysitter can usually be found. Payment in cash for each meal will be the tenants’ responsibility and the charges per meal will be advised prior to confirmation and should be settled on the day.

Air conditioning and heating: There are ceiling fans in all bedrooms except bedroom 6 (one of the two children’s rooms) which is air conditioned. A charge of £250 per week will be added to the rental amount for central heating from September onwards if house heating is required.

Children: There are two travel cots and two high chairs.Car Parking: Parking is available outside the house.

Rents
2024
Period Price per week
May £4,500 per week
June and September £5,500 per week
July and August £7,500 per week
Easter, Christmas and The New Year £6,250 per week

For all other months please enquire

Terms & conditions and the booking process

The Booking Process – A deposit of 25% of the rent will be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement, with the 75% balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the tenancy.

Security Deposit – A Booking and Security Deposit of £750 will also be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing this Rental Agreement. This will secure the booking and will cover (a) the cost of replacing/making good any losses, breakages and/or damages incurred during the rental, (b) the cost of pool heating (if required) @ £250 per week, and (c) any exceptional cleaning work which may be required at the end of the tenancy. It will be refunded (less any deductions as outlined above) within 4 weeks of the conclusion of the tenancy.

Minimum stay: Unless otherwise agreed, all rentals will be for a minimum of one week and will begin and end on a Saturday.

Arrival Time & Departure times: Tenants should arrive as soon as possible after 5pm on the commencement day. They will be welcomed on arrival, given a tour of the property and shown how everything works. Tenants should leave by 10am on the agreed day of departure.

Number of People: Unless otherwise agreed, there should not be more than 16 people (plus babies) staying in the property at any one time.

Security: The owners’ insurance policy requires that all doors are locked, and that all windows and shutters are closed when tenants are away from the property.

Energy costs are included: The energy costs are included in the rental price.

Heating costs:  A charge of £250 per week will be added to the rental amount for central heating from September onwards if house heating is required.

Linen and towels: Linen and towels, and the cleaning of the linen and towels are included in the rental price. These will be changed on a weekly basis.

Pets: On request prior to booking ONLY and at the owners discretion. Subject to charge if agreed. Please state the breed of dog at the time of booking.

Smoking: No smoking allowed inside the property. Caution should be taken when smoking outside during the summer months as the risk of fire can be extremely high.

Internet access: yes, included in the rental price. Optional / additional services available: any additional services, if available, (eg extra cleaning or cooking) will be agreed in advance at a pre-agreed rate per hour. These costs will be the sole responsibility of the tenant.

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