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Beautiful Village Chateau in the Pyrenean Foothills with Swimming Pool - Chateau De Bellecare

 The Enchanting Chateau de Bellecare in the Midi-Pyrenees
  • ID: 365
  • Chateau
  • Weekly £ 2,900 - £ 3,450
  • Bedroom(s) 8
  • Sleeps 16
  • Bathroom(s) 6
Average guests rating:      0 / 5 ( 0 Reviews )
Highlights: Breathtaking Views, Large Swimming Pool, Fabulous Location, Restaurant within Walking Distance, Satellite TV, Boulangerie & Boucherie in the Village, Internet Access, Sleeps 8-16

Summary

Impressive 16th Century property in the Pyrenean foothills with 8 bedrooms, a swimming pool and breathtaking views. Skiing, beaches and historic cities are all within easy travelling. Sleeps 8-16

Description

Dating back to the 16th century, the charming Chateau de Bellecare is situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees, on the edge of a medieval village just a stone’s throw from the local amenities. You can pick up fresh croissants and baguettes from the nearby boulangerie and excellent cuts of meat from the boucherie for a barbeque on the south-facing patio. You can accompany this meal with a local Limoux wine sourced from the alimentation, just a few steps across the road.

The Chateau de Bellecare offers breathtaking views of the high mountains, which are excellent for hiking and walking. Nearby are ancient Cathar castles (Montségur is only 25 minutes drive), picturesque market towns such as Mirepoix and fascinating towns such as Limoux and Rennes-le-Château. The medieval citadel town of Carcasonne is about an hour away, with Perpignan and the coast within close proximity.

The chateau offers 6 large double bedrooms, with 6 en suite bathrooms and 2 large twin rooms. There is a comfortable living room, dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. There is a patio which faces south and a private swimming pool with safety cover.

Chateau de Bellecare

The magnificent medieval entrance leads into the spacious hall with access to the living and dining rooms on either side. The large living room runs the full length of the building and is dominated by the traditional French fireplace, installed with a wood-burning stove that can be used all year round. The room is equipped with a sound system with CD and ipod connection. At the opposite end is a self-contained seating area with satellite TV, DVD player and a considerable selection of DVD titles. There is access to the south-facing patio through the French windows where you can spend the evening, overlooking the peaceful village and watching the sun set.

The dining room can seat up to 16 and leads in to the kitchen with adjoining utility room. Aside the dining room, in the circular turret is a small office. Here there is broadband internet and computer access for guests.

The kitchen is equipped with a large gas stove, sink, storage space and dishwasher. A large utility room sits beyond this with 2 large fridges, a deep freeze, microwave and a washing machine, as well as an extra WC.

The Sleeping Accommodation

The Chateau has 8 large, attractively decorated and similarly-sized bedrooms leading off a central corridor over two floors. The bedrooms enjoy exquisite views of the surrounding countryside, the courtyard, and the pretty village beyond. The rooms offer guests peaceful and private spaces to rest in and enjoy the magic of this majestic building.

After a tiring day, guests will enjoy the luxurious and generously sized rooms with huge beds and ample storage offering perfect rest and relaxation away from home. On each floor one twin room, each with two single beds caters for individuals or children who want their own space in beautifully furnished surroundings.

Six of the bedrooms have superb en suite bathroom facilities set within the circular towers of the Chateau. The remaining two rooms are ideal for children or close family members with connecting doors through to adjacent bedrooms. The loft is a self-contained apartment not usually available unless specially requested.

Outside

The sizeable garden has two patio areas for outdoor entertainment and is perfect for al fresco dining. The pool is 10mx5m with a retractable roof and there is a separate self-contained area which is perfect for a game of badminton, boules or table tennis. The chateau can comfortably accommodate parking for several vehicles.

Services and Catering

Catering is available at the chateau by local catering companies (traiteurs) - typically this will cost about 30 euros per person for a 4-course meal.

Alternatively, it is possible to hire a cook from the local village/town who can do any cooking that you wish during your stay – they are also usually happy to buy the food and clear up afterwards. Costs are typically between 10 and 15 euros per hour.

Maid service is available for between 10 and 15 euros per hour.

Event Information

Capacity
Indoor reception capacity: 50
Outdoor reception capacity: 150
A marquee is possible in the grounds.

Availability
All year round

The Service
In the grounds of the chateau a blessing ceremony can be performed.

Catering
Can be arranged - range of options.

Other Services
To be organised by client.

Accommodation
18 guests can be accommodated in the chateau (more possible after consultation). Various hotels locally can sleep the rest of the party.

Map

Address:
Post Code (Zip):
Latitude / Longitude: 42.81630538158354 / 1.9596831045074623
Airport Carcassonne 80 km
Bakers Belcaire 5 minutes
Beach Collioure 120 minutes
Market Mirepoix 60 minutes
Restaurant Belcaire 5 minutes
Shops Belcaire 5 minutes
Village Belcaire 5 minutes

Directions

The nearest airport to the chateau is Carcassonne 80km away.

Area description

The chateau is situated just a short walk from the local village where you can pick up all the essentials.

At the nearby castle at Puivert, you can browse their fascinating museum. Montaillou has an intriguing story attached to it where the whole of the village fell under suspicion of the inquisition! Nearby Perypertuse, Queribus, Puilaurens and Arques are also easily found and well-worth the short trip. Those with a little more time might want to visit to the medieval citadel at Carcassonne, the ancient town of Perpignan, or discover the delightful Collioure and Banuyls-sur-Mer on the coast towards the Spanish border.

Given the recent mania surrounding the “Da Vinci Code”, Rennes-le-Château has been attracting increasing international attention. With its secrets of Cathar gold hidden in the Templar castle which once stood overlooking the Aude river, not only is the area bursting with historical legends, but there are tremendous and spellbinding views of the surrounding area.

For something different, you can try the bustling local markets. Every Monday the ancient and picturesque town of Mirepoix hosts a traditional market, where you can find delicious locally-produced cheeses, wines, meat, fruit and vegetables, as well as a myriad of local craft stalls. Then, why not stop off for a bite to eat and a glass of wine or a coffee at one of the surrounding cafes or restaurants?

Virtually on the doorstep of the Chateau are paths leading into the mountains, maps of which are provided. On these walks you can experience the beauty of the natural surroundings and wildlife. Dramatic scenery can be found along the way where gorges split the craggy landscape, home to eagles and vultures.

Adventure sports such as white water rafting and canoeing are available nearby, and in winter the nearest ski fields are a 45 minute drive away at Ax Les Thermes. Every year in mid-July the Tour De France passes by a mere 20 minutes away, which is an enjoyable and fun day trip to watch the cyclists complete one of the more mountainous stages.

Accommodation, Facilities and Services

Property type: Chateau

Board: Self Catering

Bedroom(s): 8 ( 16 Sleeps )
  • Double Room with en-suite: 6
  • Twin Room: 2
Bathroom(s): 6
  • Baths: 6
  • Separate Toilet: 1

Suitability

  • Long term rentals: No
  • Pets: No
  • Smoke: No smoking
  • Children: Yes, great for kids
  • Wheelchair: No
  • Eldery or infirm: Not suitable

Holiday type

  • Family
  • Group
  • Mountain

Views

  • Countryside
  • Garden
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Village

General facilities

  • Electricity
  • Events
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Swimming Pool
  • Terrace
  • Water Supply
  • Weddings

Indoor facilities

  • CD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Satellite TV
  • Television
  • Washing Machine

Outdoor facilities

  • Badminton
  • Boule / Pentanque
  • Garden Furniture
  • Patio

Services

  • Catering (extra)
  • Chef (extra)
  • Cleaning Inclusive
  • Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided

Access

Car is essential
  • Off-road Parking

Activities

Local activities:

  • Badminton
  • Ski
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Wine Tasting

Other activities:

  • Ancient Monuments (80 km)
  • Beaches (120 minutes)
  • Ski (45 minutes)

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Rates

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WeekWeekend
Rate summary - £ 2,900 - £ 3,450 - 7 Nights -
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Add-ons

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Policies

Check in: 16:00, Check out: 10:00

All linen & towels are included in the rental charge with the exception of swimming towels.

Energy costs are included in the rental price.

End of stay cleaning is included. Please leave the property in the condition you found it.

No pets allowed.

No smoking in the property.

There is a security deposit of £500 which will be required on arrival. The deposit will be returned to you on departure or not later than a week after you leave minus any replacements for breakages or extra cleaning etc. Please leave the château in the manner it was entrusted to you.

It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

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