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Beautifully converted barn

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Beautifully converted barn

9 guests
4 bedrooms
6 beds
3 baths
9 guests
4 bedrooms
6 beds
3 baths
Great check-in experience100% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.
Great location100% of recent guests gave this home’s location a 5-star rating.

The space

Beautifully converted, very spacious barn facing the Pyrenees and the chateau of Montsegur. Situated in tiny hamlet, Mouche les Esqueilles, Occitan for "hill of the cow bell maker". Peaceful rural living, meadows full of wild flowers in Spring, walks in beech wood behind the house, big skies at night, easy access to local village of Puivert, to lakes and mountains.
This architect renovated barn conversion offers very generous accommodation with exposed cedar carpentry, wooden floors throughout and lots of natural light. Please see the plans (with photos) for arrangement of rooms and beds.
On the ground floor there's a large open kitchen-dining room, a sitting room/bedroom (king sized bed platform) and a shower room. All rooms open onto the wooden deck to the south via double French doors and into the garden area from the kitchen.
On the first floor there's a hall reading area, a double bedroom, a bedroom with 3 single beds and a bathroom. There's also an enormous studio bedroom (king sized bed plus futon sofa/bed) with en suite shower room and Juliette balcony.
Ample parking for 3 cars. Barbeque and deck furniture, garden.
For keen walkers there are many walks on the GR circuits (grande randonnées). Bird watching, white water rafting, horse riding, gliding, hang gliding, skiing etc.
Swimming: 5 minutes drive to local lake at Puivert (beach, children's supervised area, pedalos, cafe and Wednesday night markets throughout the summer); 15 mins to the much larger lake at Montbel, Chalabre (swimming, pedalos, windsurfing, canoes, cafes). Perpignan is a beautiful drive approx an hour and a half away with very easy access to all the beaches of the coastline stretching north to Narbonne and south past Argeles and Colliure into Spain.
Chateaux: There is a magnificent chain of Cathar castles stretching all the way to the Mediterranean - Montsegur and Foix in the Ariege. The local chateau of Puivert was home to the troubadours of the middle ages. You can also visit the chateaux of Querigut, Peyrepeteuse, Puillerans, Queribus. The walled city of Carcassonne is an hour's drive via Limoux.
Wine tastings and visits: Limoux (35 mins) famous for its sparkling Blanquette plus many domains which conduct tours and tastings all the way to the coast.
Markets: Esperaza, Lavelanet, Mirepoix, Foix, Limoux
Local villages: Puivert is a 5 min drive. Belesta and Chalabre are 15 mins drive for boulangerie, supermarket, restaurants, post office and pharmacy.


Indoor fireplace
Free parking on premises
Unavailable: Essentials
This host may not provide some essentials, like pillows, sheets, soap, or toilet paper.

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 1 sofa bed
Bedroom 2
3 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 double bed
Bedroom 4
1 king bed

House Rules

Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 10AM


22 Reviews

Orla User Profile
August 2016
It's a beautiful house in a lovely setting.
Martin User Profile
August 2018
Nice place, great location, Jackie and Peter have been very welcoming, would go again :-)
Peter User Profile
Response from Peter:
Thanks Martin. Glad you had a good time and you're very welcome to come back when you like.
August 2018
Jean-Christophe User Profile
August 2018
Great location if you’re looking for calm and isolation but still want to be able to visit some of the great sites in the area. Spacious, just like the pictures, and the hosts are very nice and available .
Anoop User Profile
June 2018
This is a lovely converted barn with views of the hills and mountains opposite. We loved how convenient the location was to explore the surrounding area and castles with Carcassonne Just over an hours drive away. Thanks go to Peter and his wife for being perfect hosts
Peter User Profile
Response from Peter:
So glad you enjoyed your stay and do come back anytime you want to. All the best from us both
June 2018
Rob User Profile
August 2017
We had a great time in this spectacular location. The kids loved swimming in he lake and playing with Kobe the dog and the adults loved taking in the view from the deck with a glass of wine. The walks through the woods are also well worth doing. Thanks for your hospitality Pete a…
Kristina User Profile
July 2017
The beautiful house is set in a valley together with just 2 other houses. We have enjoyed its fantastic views and relaxing atmosphere for a week in July with my extended family. We were 7 adults and 2 children plus 3 dogs. Especially the large kitchen-diner was a warm and welcomi…
Peter User Profile
Response from Peter:
Thank you Kristina. So glad you enjoyed it and hope to see you again.
July 2017
Guifré User Profile
July 2017
We stayed at the house during 4 days and had a great time. It is a good place to relax. The house has plenty of space inside and outside. Kitchen, rooms and bathrooms are well equipped and have everything you need. The hosts are very friendly and are available to help at any time…

Hosted by Peter

Rivel, FranceJoined in September 2011
Peter User Profile
28 Reviews
I am an architect. We have been living in France for 26 years, have built our own home and have recently renovated our barn.
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Response time: within a day
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