Gaillardet Garden

Cowbells and crickets, fresh vegetables and new laid eggs..


Rural, relaxing, refreshing …….
eat drink and be ever so slightly tipsyThe gite is a three storey well modernised farmhouse retaining many if the original beams. It can be let as a two or three bedroom property sleeping either 3+2 or 5+1. The extra person has  a choice of comfortable sofabed or blowup mattress. We prefer to have one family of up to five people, and maybe an extra child or grandparents. 
There is private outside safe garden consisting of courtyard and lawn accessible from the dining room with dining table, chairs, parasol and barbecue and use can be made of the owner’s large swimming pool.  The provate gite garden is fenced and gated and is secure for children and dogs. 
There are many communal lawns throughout the property for relaxing or playing games. A selection of toys, games and pool toys are available.  Children are welcome and dogs by arrangement. Clients should be aware however, that this is a working smallholding with a farm next door, so young children will need to be supervised as there are a few of the usual rural hazards such as animals, machinery, water containers  in the surrounding area and there is a small river nearby.  
reading cornerThe big wide valley is bathed in sunlight for many months of the year, and invariably blue skies. The large swimming pool is in the sun for twelve hours a day during the summer months.  The pool is set in a large area of lawn with an alarm system, garden furniture and parasols. But We do require that all children are accompanied in the pool area by a responsible adult who can swim. Trees provide cool shaded areas. Outdoor furniture and a barbecue are available for clients’ exclusive use. 
Downstairs the accommodation consists of an American kitchen that is well equipped with cooking utensils, gas cooker, fridge/freezer and microwave oven in the dining area. There is a separate area with sink, dishwasher and washing machine. The sitting room is furnished with comfortable easy chairs and sofas - one of which converts to a double bed.  There is also a shower room with toilet, washbasin and large walk-in shower, affording a plentiful stream of hot water. There is plenty of storage space.
The first floor has a pleasant south facing single bedroom with pine furniture which overlooks the drive and orchards.  If the gite is to be rented as a three bedroom house there is a luxury en suite bedroom and bathroom comprising a double bed, hanging cupboard, chests and bath with shower, vanity unit and toilet.  These overlook the fields and woods.
time for teaThe top floor family room is a light airy converted attic.  It well decorated and furnished with  2 single beds,  wardrobe and chest of drawers, table and chairs and a sofa that converts into a double bed. There is also an ensuite toilet and vanity unit.
en suite double bedroomA large woodburning stove heats the whole house in winter, even throughout the night, with back up radiators if necessary in very cold weather.  The stove can also be used for cooking.

All rooms are supplied with good quality cotton bedlinen and towels all of which are changed weekly.  Pool towels are supplied.

Hairdryer, music centre, television that will play DVDs though not receiving UK television, shortwave radio are all supplied in the gite and a good supply of books and DVDs are available on request. Free wifi is available.  

Cot, cradle, changing mat  and high chair can all be made available by prior arrangement.
Garden produce and new laid eggs can be purchased from the smallholding. .
We would respectfully ask visitors to respect our non-smoking policy inside the gite, but you may smoke outside using an ashtray.  Thank you.
The barns adjoining the gite have been sympathetically converted into the owner’s living area.  There are four acres of field and woodland belonging to the smallholding. 
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Quick Reference

Opening dates:
Open all year. Long winter lets available 1st October to 31st March
Number of beds:
 3 bedroom gite - sleeps 5 
1 ensuite 
1 large shower room
1 cloakroom
from €650 to €1400 per week
substantial reductions for couples only May, June & September
Ski package 4 nights bed and breakfast €500 per couple
Christmas/New Year package - €750/1200

Winter lest 1st November - 31st March €950 pcm + bills
Wedding Dress package – one week from £2,500
Payment methods:
€ euro transfer to French bank account
25% deposit when booking
Balance 8 weeks prior to arrival
Nearest Shopping & Eating Out:
shops, petrol, bars and restaurants in Rivel and Belesta – both 10 minutes drive.
on site
English, French, some Italian
Swimming Pool
Private garden area with seating and dining furniture
Shortwave radio
Bedlinen and towels and pool towels included
Internet access included
Pool towels included
Gas Cooker
Woodburning stove
Washing machine
10 minutes Chalabre,
20 minutes Lavelanet,
30 minutes Mirepoix & Limoux,
50 minutes Carcassonne and Pamiers,
1 ½ hours Toulouse and Mediterranean coast.