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Rates from:
655.00 EUR

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  • 8x5m pool
    8x5m pool
  • Lovely view from the garden
    Lovely view from the garden
  • The large decked balcony
    The large decked balcony
  • 45sqm open plan Living area
    45sqm open plan Living area
  • loft-style living
    loft-style living
  • Lovely master bedroom
    Lovely master bedroom
  • the view from Master Bedroom
    the view from Master Bedroom
  • Cool second bedroom
    Cool second bedroom
  • full bathroom with shower
    full bathroom with shower
  • coffee on the balcony
    coffee on the balcony
  • Barn at Bentefarine Image 11
    Barn at Bentefarine Image 11
  • the Oak front door
    the Oak front door
  • The view from the barn and every room except the bathroom!
    The view from the barn and every room except the bathroom!
  • Barn at Bentefarine Image 14
    Barn at Bentefarine Image 14
  • Lac Montbel
    Lac Montbel
  • Pyrenean Summer scene
    Pyrenean Summer scene
  • Winter activities.
    Winter activities.
  • Carcassonne at Christmas.
    Carcassonne at Christmas.
  • fishing for crayfish
    fishing for crayfish
  • The barn from the garden
    The barn from the garden
  • The pool again
    The pool again
  • that view again
    that view again
  • and again
    and again
  • Barn at Bentefarine Image 24
    Barn at Bentefarine Image 24

Barn at Bentefarine

Midi-Pyrenees, France

Per week

from 655.00 to 995.00 EUR
The Owner / Manager

Lisa Hope

Member since Oct 2010
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:43 minutes
  • Availability Updated:24 days 23 hours

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BFB's Overview

Set in the tiny hamlet of Bentefarine in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the Ariège, south west France, the 2-bedroom Barn provides the ultimate escape-from-it-all but with the convenience of the lovely town of Mirepoix and the city of Carcassonne within easy reach.

A sensitive renovation has given it a fabulous combination of contemporary style and fittings with abundant 'barn charm' and a upside down design that maximises the truly breathtaking and uninterrupted mountain and valley views. The beautiful and calm environment has a wonderfully relaxing effect on guests young and old, and within hours of arriving guests usually find themselves lounging by the lovely swimming pool or settled on the wide balcony, soaking in the views with a glass of the local wine, whilst little ones splash happily or find amusement in the handy stash of toys and books. And if that sounds idyllic, a wander into the woods where there are streams and secluded natural swimming pools is magical!

Accommodation Overview:

To ensure full advantage of the beautiful views the accommodation is arranged upside down, with the two south facing bedrooms; one double and one twin set on the ground floor with the family bathroom (shower and bath) and separate W.C. The wide beech staircase ( stairgates provided) lead to a light and airy 45sqm loft style living space with exposed stone walls and original A-frame beams. The dining space has a traditional farmhouse table and chairs with seating for 4, whilst the modern kitchen is well equipped for families with a fan assisted oven, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer, toaster, kettle and microwave. The comfortable lounge area has a television and DVD player perfect for entertaining tots or for cosy nights in during the winter months with help from the antique, enamel log burner.

During the summer, apart from lounging by the swimming pool (shared with the owners), guests are bound to spend the majority of their time on the extensive decked balcony which leads out from three French doors in the living area. The balcony offers fantastic views over the rolling countryside and, thanks to the sun chairs provided, it’s ideal for taking in the summer sun. There is also a stylish bistro table set under an arbour, which is sure to be used as the main dining area and, come evening, a romantic spot for a glass of wine and a view of the sunset.

In terms of outside space, there's the wide balcony but no 'garden' as such but a section of the spacious grounds beneath the barn has been mowed and set aside for guests to enjoy. Of course, guests are free to roam the grounds, woodland and stream too.

See 'Fast Facts' for breakdown of baby and toddler gear provided.

Location Information

The Barn is in the tiny hamlet of Bentefarine, set amid rolling hills with breathtaking views of the Pyrenees. The British owners have three of their own children and have lived in the area for a number of years so are well equipped to help guests with ideas of what to do and provide folders within the barn that are packed full of flyers and leaflets for local attractions.

Guests can enjoy the tranquility of feeling as though they are in the wilds but civiisation is actually only a short drive away. The nearest grocery shop is in Camon (4kms) as is the closest and perhaps most atmospheric restaurant in the region at the Abbaye Château de Camon (sophisticated but run by parents who understand little ones!).

The charming and picturesque medieval bastide town of Mirepoix is just 12kms away and has handy supermarkets, along with a lovely selection of shops and bistros, plus an excellent market every Monday, which is full of delicious locally grown produce and a must for any visitor.

For keen walkers and mini explorers there are scenic walks literally on the doorstep, the river is a 10 minute trip on foot and, a further ten minutes, finds natural, secluded pools which are magical for swimming and paddling in Summer.

For beach days, here are two family-friendly swimming lakes nearby, Lac Montbel is a 5km drive and has a sandy beach with lifeguard in the summer along with a handy restaurant and pedalos for hire. Whilst, Puivert lake is a lovely spot a little further away, (20 mins in the car) with a large sandy beach, beach bar and playground.

A brilliant guest folder has been compiled by the owners with tonnes of ideas for things to do and places to visit in the area, much of which they have tested out with their own brood of little ones. Ideas include visiting the butterfly farm, to seeing the wolves in the 'wolf park', or an eagle-flying display amongst the ruins of a hilltop castle.

A visit to this part of France would not be complete without a day spent in nearby Carcassonne (40mins drive). Its amazing Cite will be adores by aspiring princesses and would-be brave knights, whilst grown-ups will enjoy the history and the modern's city's brilliant clothes and interiors shops, plus some really good restaurants and bistros.

During the winter months skiing is available just 45 mins from the hamlet.

Nearest Medical Services: 2 English speaking doctors in Mirepoix (5mins) & emergency department at Foix hospital ( 35- 40 mins)


Getting There: Flights - Carcassonne’s 'Salvaza' Airport is within 40-mins (served by Ryanair), Toulouse 'Blagnac' Airport is 1 hour away ( British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com & Flybe). By Rail: Take the Eurostar to either Paris or Lille and take the TGV to Toulouse. There is also a sleeper train from Paris to Carcassonne.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 11:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 11:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

May and June 2013 stays receive a free mid-stay clean plus a basket of home-grown produce including free range eggs from the owners own hens.

Rates

4 Sep 2016 - 1 Apr 2017 : €655 /week2 Apr - 1 Jul 2017 : €775 /week1 Jul - 2 Sep 2017 : €995 /week4 Sep 2016 - 1 Apr 2017 : £655 /week2 Apr - 1 Jul 2017 : £775 /week1 Jul - 2 Sep 2017 : £995 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 11:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

May and June 2013 stays receive a free mid-stay clean plus a basket of home-grown produce including free range eggs from the owners own hens.

Who owns this place?

We came to the Ariege from SW London in search of a more natural place to bring up our kids..and found it! Sebastian is a Writer and Journalist, Lisa is a Jewellery Designer/Maker.
We have 3 children, Barnaby and Linus born in 2001 & 2003 respectively and little Verity who was born here in France in 2008.

What do they love about it?

We love the tranquility, the views, the rugged beauty of the surrounding countryside. The Pyrenees are only a 45 minute drive away so that in Winter we can go and ski for the day and in Summer the boys can go fishing. We love the lake at Montbel for it's turquoise water that is so refreshing and it's lovely walks in the woods. We love the Orchids and the wild mushrooms. We love the food!!

What do the kids love about it?

Kids love the freedom, the pool, paddling in the nearby streams,cycling on the 'voie verte' or around the lake, seeing the horses and cattle in the fields.Going to the beach.

Fast Facts

The barn sleeps 4/5+cots one twin & one double bedroom.

Airport under 2 hours drive

Carcassonne’s 'Salvaza' Airport is within 40-mins (served by Ryanair), Toulouse 'Blagnac' Airport is 1 hour away ( British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com & Flybe).

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

There are two family-friendly swimming lakes nearby, Lac Montbel is a 5km drive and has a sandy beach with lifeguard in the summer and restaurant. Puivert lake is a lovely spot a little further away, (20 mins) with a large sandy beach, bar and playground.

Any Pool

There's a safely enclosed 8m by 5m pool with wide entry steps - ideal for sitting and splashing with little babies. It is shared with friendly owners the Hope family.

Babysitting

Babysitting available on request.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Baby gear provided;1 travel, a Lovely white wicker bassinet for newborns,reducer seat for toilet, Highchair, baby bouncer, steriliser, potty, stairgates, a bed guard, socket covers, plastic crockery,cutlery & sippy cups,a bumbo seat and 3-wheeler buggy.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

For indoor use there are bath toys, kids books, general toys and U-rated kids DVDs.

Visiting Spa Therapist

A treatments via a mobile massage therapist can be pre-booked on request.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates are provided.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

There is an extensive decked balcony with dining furniture and grounds for paddling pool etc.

Fireplace / Wood Burner

Lounge has a log burning fire.

Reviews

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  • We loved our stay at the Barn! The owners who friendly and helpful but unobtrusive. The property was lovely with all we needed for our 3 year old, including a playground and the most wonderful pool.Review dated 15/09/2014

  • We had such a lovely holiday in the Barn, Lisa and her family were really hospitable and the barn is wonderful, a peaceful place with views of the Pyrenees, and the location is perfect for visiting a whole range of placesReview dated 20/05/2014

  • Gorgeous stay in the Pyrenees, a complete haven with astounding views from the balcony and gorgeous interior. Such a warm welcome from Lisa, and great local advice. Perfect if you're looking for a hideaway to escape modern living, and enjoy the good things in life!Review dated 14/02/2014

  • The property was perfectly set up for us and our 9 month old. The owners were very welcoming and whilst keen to let us be, were always available for any queries and they also gave great tips for activities.Review dated 05/07/2012

  • A lovely retreat with welcoming hosts. I felt regenerated each time I saw the beautiful view.Review dated 26/08/2011

  • Lovely tranquil location with great views. Well equipped high spec barn conversion - we really enjoyed our holiday. Would book again!Review dated 05/05/2011

We loved our stay at the Barn! The owners who friendly and helpful but unobtrusive. The property was lovely with all we needed for our 3 year old, including a playground and the most wonderful pool.

We had such a lovely holiday in the Barn, Lisa and her family were really hospitable and the barn is wonderful, a peaceful place with views of the Pyrenees, and the location is perfect for visiting a whole range of places

Gorgeous stay in the Pyrenees, a complete haven with astounding views from the balcony and gorgeous interior. Such a warm welcome from Lisa, and great local advice. Perfect if you're looking for a hideaway to escape modern living, and enjoy the good things in life!

The property was perfectly set up for us and our 9 month old. The owners were very welcoming and whilst keen to let us be, were always available for any queries and they also gave great tips for activities.

A lovely retreat with welcoming hosts. I felt regenerated each time I saw the beautiful view.

Lovely tranquil location with great views. Well equipped high spec barn conversion - we really enjoyed our holiday. Would book again!

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 7 guests.



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