Chateau de Belcaire - CHAT125
Prices from £3,321 - £5,535
Sleeps: 18 Bedrooms: 8
Dating back to at least the 16th century, this delightful chateau offers the best of all worlds. Tranquiliity but with a choice of restaurants nearby. Stunning countryside but with interesting towns in the vicinity. An ancient building but which offers all creature comforts. If you are looking for a holiday in La Belle France but wish to keep your distance from the busy coastal areas then this lovely venue is well worth the consideration. A great location for a large family group or activity-based groups (walking, cycling etc). Suitable for winter rentals - central heating and log fire. Skiing areas less than I hour away. 8 bedrooms/6 en suite bathrooms.
About Chateau de Belcaire
This ancient chateau has something to offer everyone. Located in the lovely village of Belcaire on the Plateau de Sault you will find the peace and tranquiliity you have been craving - but without completely losing touch with civilisation! Parts of the building date back to at least the 16th century but you will feel extremely comfortable and at home with all 21st century creature comforts around you.
The village itself has an épicerie to buy wine, cheese and beer etc, a boulangerie just 100m from your front door, and a very good butcher's shop. There are several local farms which sell fruit and vegetables so all your catering requirements are easily taken care of.
Belcaire and the close by village of Espezel offer a selection of restaurants to choose from.
There is a great choice of activities on offer in the surrounding area. Ax-les-Thermes is a famous spa town and you can do duty-free shopping in Andorra. Other interesting things to try are mule trekking in the mountains, Go-karting in Mirepoix, the Museum of the Maquis (the French Resistance was very active in the area), and the famous Cathar castles. There is also Parapente available locally and if you appreciate botany then you will be amazed to learn there are dozens of rare orchids to be discovered in the hills. Of course, since this is nearly in the mountains there is fantastic walking available at all ability levels. Cycling is also popular in the region and you will find four working bicycles in the barn. Walk down to the lake at the end of the village where you will find tennis courts and can hire pedalos etc. The old city of Limoux is about 45 minutes away whose famous sparkling wines rival those of Champagne.
The Mediterranean coast is 1.5 hours away so a day at the beach could be included in your holiday itinerary.
The barn is a very large, dry space separated from the main house. Suitable for kids to hang out in and play table tennis, badminton etc. There are electric points in the barn.
The main chateau offers 6 en suite bedrooms. All double beds are either king-sized or super-king-sized. There are 2 other bedrooms each containing 3 single beds to sleep up to 18 in total. All the bedrooms are extremely spacious and light-filled. Each bathroom is equipped with hair dryer and kettle.
Enter through the imposing entrance hall under a plaque signifying a date of 1595. To your left is the comfortable salon with armchairs and sofas around the log fire. For music lovers there is also a grand piano.
To your right is the dining room with seating for 16. Just off the dining room is 'the snug', a quiet spot with flat-screen TV for catching up on the News in the world outside or catching a movie. Throughout the house you will find delightful period furniture.
Enter through the imposing entrance hall under a plaque signifying a date of 1595. To your left is the comfortable salon with armchairs and sofas around the log fire. For music lovers there is also a grand piano. Just off the salon is 'the snug', a quiet spot with flat-screen TV for catching up on the News in the world outside or catching a movie.
To your right is the dining room with seating for 16. Throughout the house you will find delightful period furniture which enhance the ambience of the property. Please note that the furniture, although antique, is in good condition. The dining room leads to the very well-equipped kitchen with double gas hob and electric oven, and thence to the huge utility room. This house is extremely well set-up for large groups so you will find multiple coffee machines and two fridge freezers alongside a washing machine and tumble drier.
There is a separate WC on the ground floor.
There is a delightful south-facing terrace beside the main entrance, just right for dining in the cooler months. There is another covered terrace overlooking the pool with seating for up to 16. This is your go-to spot when the southern sun is beating down. A contructed barbecue will bring out the chef that is hidden within you!
All bedrooms are upstairs and each one has its own built-in wardrobe. Access to upper floors is via a massive wooden staircase and parquet floors.
Carpeting in some bedrooms.
Outside: Spacious lawn and garden with no overlooking, planted with Mediterranean and mountain trees and shrubs. Spot the glorious walnut tree in front of the barn!
Private pool with 'abri' cover.
Facilities and Features
Bedroom 1: King-size with en suite bathroom offering bath, sink and WC. interconnects with bedroom 2, making this a superb family suite.
Bedroom 2: 3 x single beds
Bedroom 3: Super king-size. View over terrace. En suite bathroom with bath and shower over, double sink, WC.
Bedroom 4: King -size. En suite bathroom with bath, sink and WC.
Bedroom 5: King-size with en suite bathroom offering bath, sink and WC. interconnects with Bedroom 6, offering a second superb family suite.
Bedroom 6: 3 x single beds.
Bedroom 7: Master bedroom. Two built-in wardrobes. En suite bathroom with bath and shower over, double sink, WC.
Bedroom 8: King-size. En suite bathroom with bath, sink and WC.
2 cots, 1 highchair and a baby changing unit available
- Private Villa
- Private Pool
- Un-overlooked Pool
- 6+ Bedrooms
- 4+ Bathrooms
- Games Room
- Private Parking
- Secure Parking
- Satellite TV
- BBQ Area
- Table Tennis
- Pet Friendly
- No Smoking
- Child Friendly
- Easy Walk to Shops
- Spacious garden
- Event Venue
Location and Map
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Nearest airports are Carcassonne (1.5 hours), Perpignan (1.5 hours) or Toulouse (1.5 hours).
Before arriving at Belcaire, consider stopping in Limoux to try and buy the famous Blanquette and Crémant de Limoux - just as good as champagne but a fraction of the price.
Ax-les-Thermes is 35 minutes away; a good destination for restaurants etc and the spas.
Andorra - for skiing or cheaper shopping - at 1 hour (take your passports!).
Belcaire is a village with a swimming lake, hotel, pizza restaurant, children's play area, tennis courts, climbing wall, boulodrome, butcher, baker, Super-U etc. There is a doctor and vet. It is at 1000m and has good walking and cycling on the doorstep with canoeing and rafting at Quillan 20 minutes away. The plateau has lots of orchids etc.
Cheaper petrol, food and drink are available in Andorra, about 45 km (about 1 hour drive) to the South. Do not forget to take your passports and beware the road can get very busy at the border at peak times.
Carrefour, Lidl and Aldi are in Lavalanet. Carrefour in Quillan. Bigger supermarkets at Limoux and Pamiers.
The first and largest and one of the best markets of the week is in Esperaza, North of Quillan on a Sunday morning.
The most popular market for visitors to the region is in Mirepoix on Monday. The market is in the centre of this beautiful bastide town.
Quillan – Wednesday and Saturday
Lavalanet – Friday
Ax-les-Thermes – Tuesday and Saturday
In Belcaire there is the lake and many walks directly from the house. There is a folder of suggested walks in the house. The walk up to the viewpoint from the lake is not too arduous and ends in a great panorama.he walk up to the viewpoint from the lake is not too arduous and ends in a great panorama.
There are tennis courts, children’s play equipment, boules, pedalos, paddle boarding and other activities at the lake.
Mirepoix is a small pretty wooden bastide town and well worth a visit.
There are Cathar castles all around and within easy driving distance. The castle at Foix is dramatic and the town interesting.
Rennes le Chateau is just North of Quillan and has interesting history.
Limoux is a pretty small town with famous wine.
Carcassonne is just over an hour’s drive away.
There are gorges on the Aude between Quillan and Axat. The drive to Axat from Belcaire is pretty through a narrow gorge. The Gorge du Frau is a good walk. (if possible it is best to be dropped off at one end and picked up at the other by someone who is not walking).
Canoeing and white water rafting on the Aude at Quillan.
Slightly further afield there is the Lac de Montbel with water activities.
There is horse riding and pony trekking locally.
The Tour de France goes through the area in the middle of July.
There is a go-karting track on the road between Lavelanet and Mirepoix
Weekly rates and Extra Charges
|rental period||weekly rate|
|30 Apr 2022 - 25 Jun 2022||£3321|
|25 Jun 2022 - 03 Sep 2022||£5535|
|03 Sep 2022 - 22 Oct 2022||£3321|
|29 Apr 2023 - 23 Jun 2023||£3321|
|24 Jun 2023 - 01 Sep 2023||£5535|
|02 Sep 2023 - 20 Oct 2023||£3321|
Fees and conditions
- Security Deposit: £750.00
- Mid-term linen change offered for two-week bookings.
- Please enquire direct with SFHV for winter rentals.
- End of stay cleaning included in rental price.
Swimming pool has its own cover that can be pulled over for children's security and to retain the warmth of the water. Chlorine. 8m x 4m with Roman steps.
There is a low wall beside the first terrace with a steep drop on the other side so care with small children!
Family groups preferred or activity groups - cycling, walking clubs etc.
Ski centres at Ax les Thermes and Andorra are less than one hour away; the house is fully centrally heated and cosy in wintertime.
Visited by the South France Holiday Team. Comes highly recommended.