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Le Sarrail - Maison Olive

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rates from: 1400 EUR 1146 GBP

Bedrooms, Bathrooms and Shower Rooms in this property Sleeps 4 + cots in a 1 double bedroom with ensuite & 1 twin bedroom (best suited to kids) with separate bathroom
Any PoolThe pool is heated, fully fenced with a child-proof gate and for extra security has an electronically operated safety cover, plus wide steps suitable for babies/toddlers to sit and splashing on. It is heated from Easter through to November - perfect for babies & toddlers.
Games RoomThere is a selection of toys, crayons & paper, books (including children's cookery books) games & DVD's in the house.
Outdoor ToysA selection of ride-on toys are available, plus a play area within sight of the houses that boasts a 14ft trampoline (with safety net), swings (including baby swing) and 'log-cabin' playhouse with slide - older siblings have been known to 'camp' overnight in the cabin's bunks!
Friendly AnimalsLiving on the domaine are three friendly cats and a very friendly dog, 10 minutes away are stables offering pony riding.
GolfCarcassonne's beautiful golf course 20 minutes drive away.
SpaAromatherapy massage, reflexology, shiatsu and yoga classes can be arranged on-site, plus a long list of other extra services including bike hire & wine-tasting.
Indoor PlayThe 1000 sq ft shady barn is enclosed on 3 sides, equipped with ride-ons, toys & chill out area for parents.
Wifi / ADSL Internet AccessWifi throughout including on the terrace
Coast Within 30 minutes driving distanceThe beaches of the Med are within an hour's drive.
SkiSki resorts can be reached in just over an hour's drive.
Additional Baby EquipmentBaby Bjorn sling, toddler backpack for walks, steriliser, baby rocker chair, baby walker, baby play mat, non-slip bath mats, baby baths, cots (including bedding), matress protectors, nightlights, booster seat, stairgates, highchairs, bedguards, toddler stools in bathrooms, changing mat, plastic cutterly & crockery & sippy cup, hand blender, potty, blackout curtains, lightweight pushchair and a UV tent which can be useful by the pool or days out at the beach
2+ Cots and HighchairsUp to two cots and highchairs available
BabysittingTrusted local babysitting can be arranged on request
Meal DeliveryMeal delivery service available, providing wonderful organic French cuisine, including baby food and children's meals. Birthday cakes with personal inscriptions and party food can also be arranged. A very generous welcome pack awaits you; sliced bread, French baguette, cereal selection, butter, fresh fruit, fruit juice, biscuits, milk, ham, cheese, all condiments including olive oil & herbs, tea & fresh coffee & of course beers & French wines. If you have any pre-arrival special requests then the owners are more than happy to oblige.
Private GardenPrivate terrace with dining table and 6 chairs plus gas BBQ,

Discount Notes:

Book your September stay now and enjoy 25% off plus a complimentary 5 course, arrival night meal for two adults.

Arrivals and Departures:

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment:

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Capacity:

Sleeps: 4 + cot sleeping infants

Who says you have to give up boutique holidays when you have kids? Well not here! Le Sarrail is a cluster of four newly converted luxury houses that wouldn't look amiss on the pages of Wallpaper* and Elle Decoration in a setting that could inspire the most reluctant of artists. It’s the realisation of a dream for, Becky and Philip, the style-savvy parents who renovated them, but also the answer to the prayers of many families just like them.


Along with the mid-century classic furniture pieces, beautiful hand polished concrete surfaces, luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, WIFI and IPod docks, come a long list of nursery gear, a host of toys, and funky little log-cabin playhouse, not forgetting the stunning views from the heated outdoor pool, the elegant lines and chic loungers of which are very often accessorised with a collection of kiddie inflatables.


Guest comments such as ''You have created such a perfect haven for children and grown ups alike that I'm not sure I want to tell anyone else about it - see you next year! (guests with 2 kids under 6yrs) mean that the summer months can often be booked up a year in advance. This is not only because the kids are so happy here but also partly due to the 'hotel style' services that are offered, the extra services list is endless, practically anything can be arranged; on-site wine-tasting, massage, flights over the Pyrenées even a visiting photographer to capture your families happy, tanned holiday moments!


Peacefully set amongst the vineyards of the Malpere region with stunning panoramic views from almost any where you stand, Le Sarail has a wonderfully tranquil and relaxed atmosphere which soon has guests settling into a laid back routine of long lazy breakfasts on the terrace, a splash in the pool with those stunning views, an afternoon BBQ punctuated by trips down to the trampoline and play house, followed by languid evenings watching the sun set whilst little ones potter around the gardens.

The excellent meal delivery service means there's no need to even cook some nights. In fact, an aromatherapy massage followed by a delicious meal delivered to the house and its hard to imagine any where anyone would rather be! The log-burning stoves and DVD/CD players make for cosy evenings year-round after exploring the pretty local towns, including the world famous medieval castle 'la cité' of Carcassonne & many festivals (just 20 minutes away), or even skiing in the Pyrenean resorts, which are less than an hour away.

Accommodation Overview - Maison Olive
Maison Olive is the fourth and final of the four boutique houses at Le Sarrail and was completed in Summer 2011. It sleeps four (plus 1 cot) in two bedrooms and, despite boasting around 100square metres of living space, it is the smallest of the houses. Set slightly apart from the others it has a lovely furnished terrace to the side, complete with gas BBQ large dining table which seats six, and enjoys views over the lawn, countryside and mountains beyond. The open-plan ground floor living space has a spacious lounge area, dining area and fully equipped kitchen. The kitchen comes with a dishwasher, five-ring gas range, washing machine, microwave and large fridge-freezer and every imaginable piece of kitchen equipment. The dining area has a dining table seating four, whilst the comfortable lounge area has a cosy wood burning stove. Upstairs comprises two bedrooms; master bedroom with king size bed and ensuite wet-room style shower and hairdryer, and a twin bedroom and a bathroom. The master bedroom has french windows with wrought iron balastrade opening to reveal uninterrupted views of the countryside and the aromatic gardens.

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Despite the tranquil location and seemingly endless beautiful rural views, Le Sarail is actually only a few minutes’ drive from the pretty medieval village of Montréal, which has a useful array of facilities including bakery, a butcher, pharmacy, post office, a bank with cash machine and a supermarket, which is also open on Sunday mornings. There is also a typical cafe and restaurant, kiddies park, two tennis courts and fishing lake. Just 20minutes away is the bustling fortified town of Carcassonne with its great selection of markets, pavement cafés, shops & restaurants and its UNESCO-protected 'Cité', this 12th century castle has undergone full restoration and is absolutely breath-taking. There is plenty to see inside the rampart walls, whether it be watching knights jousting, theatrical plays or musical concerts in the amphitheatre, visiting the museum or just soaking up the atmosphere in one of the many street cafés and restaurants.

If you can bear to tear yourself away from Le Sarrail's lovely pool and tranquil setting for longer, there is so much to discover nearby; it's less than an hour from both the beautiful wide sandy beaches of the Mediterranean and Pyrenean ski slopes. Lake Cavayère with it's sandy beach and little boats is only 20 minutes and right next door for the more active is Acro Branch (for kids & adults) where you literally swing from the trees. Forty minutes drive will find you in the foothills of the Pyrenées, breaktaking gorges, canoeing, rafting, climbing, hiking, visit the 'Wolf Park', Dinosaur Museum or just take in the scenery the many stunning mountain towns & villages. Alternatively, why not hire a little boat or cycle along the beautiful canal du midi, which is 10 minutes from Le Sarrail.

Getting There: The nearest airports include Carcassonne (15mins drive), Toulouse (60mins drive), Perpignan (90mins drive) and Montpellier (90mins drive).

Past Guest Ratings: * (7 guests)

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*Rating collated since Feb '10.
All verified as genuine BFB guests who experienced the accommodation with young children.

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Awards:

Featured in The Times' 'Top 100 holidays for 2009' BFB rated Number 1 in 'Top 10 Chic Retreats'

testimonial scores:5:5:5:0

We had a wonderful holiday and will most definitely be returning....

We had a wonderful holiday and will most definitely be returning.
Overall Experience Rating: 100%

Our boys are age 2 and 3 - we have already booked a return visit for next year. ...

Our boys are age 2 and 3 - we have already booked a return visit for next year. This is the perfect holiday for our family - great facilities for the children and relaxation for us. Thank you
Overall Experience Rating: 100%

A great place to be, for grown ups and kids. We loved the play barn, the playho...

A great place to be, for grown ups and kids. We loved the play barn, the playhouse in the pool area was great too. Apartment was well equipped with numerous toys and books (didn't need to take our own afterall!). Great hosts, friendly and helpful. Views from the barn and pool were sublime. Boulangerie short drive.
Overall Experience Rating: 100%

We just wanted to say thank you for giving us the most incredibly calm, relaxing...

We just wanted to say thank you for giving us the most incredibly calm, relaxing holiday we could ever wish to have had with two small children in tow! We can't express just how much we enjoyed and appreciated every aspect of your beautiful home. On paper it would seem impossible to create a place where adults and children could be equally happy and relaxed, in our experience it has usually been one or the other. It was such a treat for us to be in beautiful 'grown up' surroundings, wonderful furniture, uninterrupted views, and most importantly peace, while the children could enjoy that all important feeling of freedom to explore the little houses, the barn and the pool. What you have created really is totally unique, what clever people you are!!

Beautiful place, highly recommended....

Beautiful place, highly recommended.

We have found a little piece of heaven and we shall return. Many thanks to Beck...

We have found a little piece of heaven and we shall return. Many thanks to Becky, Phil & their lovely girls for their hospitality, warmth and friendliness, they have made our trip even more special. Until our next visit...

We were privileged to have been the first families to fill Le Sarrail - fabulous...

We were privileged to have been the first families to fill Le Sarrail - fabulous houses in a fabulous setting - we hope everyone that follows us will have as much fun, enjoyment and laughter that we have had.

"...here’s a place with genuine class... an oasis of retro-chic style....the lu...

"...here’s a place with genuine class... an oasis of retro-chic style....the luxuries are all modern — crisp Egyptian-cotton sheets, iPod docks, gas barbecues and all. There’s a good shared pool, a huge open barn for entertaining and a log cabin for the kids to play in, all with a view over vineyards to the Pyrenees. It’s where we’re heading this summer." The Sunday Times, Jan 2009

La Sarrail was perfect. It had everything we wanted, but not too much that we fe...

La Sarrail was perfect. It had everything we wanted, but not too much that we felt we were paying for things we didn't need. Would highly recommend it and definitely return

Arriving at Le Sarrail is the nearest I have come to the feeling of staying in a...

Arriving at Le Sarrail is the nearest I have come to the feeling of staying in a boutique hotel since I had children and stopped hotel holidays! The house is immaculately designed and decorated, the views beautiful, the children's facilities plentiful and excellent. It's a great location for exploring Languedoc-Roussillon with lots of lovely toewns and villages nearby to explore. What makes this a really special place is the lovely familly who own Le Sarrail who have created a wonderful atmosphere and make you feel so welcome. I thoroughly recommend it - we will definitely be going back!

We had a fantastic, relaxed holiday here. The owners were helpful but unobtrusiv...

We had a fantastic, relaxed holiday here. The owners were helpful but unobtrusive and the facilities were high quality and well thought through. Good kitchen equipment, comfortable beds, plenty of fluffy towels and great kiddy play equipment. Its a great area to explore also. Highly recommended.

We had a fantastic holiday at Maison Figue. Our little boy was occupied 24-7 and...

We had a fantastic holiday at Maison Figue. Our little boy was occupied 24-7 and worn out by the evenings! We were made to feel very welcome and provided with lots of information about the local area and sites to see. A huge thank you to Becky and Phil

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