Maison Olive is a newly built villa which combines French charm with all the conveniences of a modern family home. Located in the picturesque Leran, the four double bedroom house has a private pool and terraces to enjoy the breathtaking views!
Maison Olive is a newly built villa which combines French charm with all the conveniences of a modern family home. The well equipped open plan kitchen leads into the beautifully light and airy lounge dining area which benefits from a lovely high vaulted ceiling. Two sets of French doors lead from here to both the front and rear terraces which overlook farmland and the beautiful Pyrenees. Comfortable seating and dining allow the sun to be enjoyed all day long.
3 x 5 metre pool with its own access but abutted to the sun deck at the rear of the house and large flat garden perfect for children to be free.
The villa sleeps up to 8 people in 2 double bedrooms (1 en-suite) and 2 twin bedrooms. There is a family bathroom, separate WC as well as a fully equipped utility room.
A private track (shared with only one other property) leads to Maison Olive and offers hard car standing for 3 cars.
The rear decked terrace is perfect for enjoying your morning breakfast and provides either shady dining or direct sunlight for sunbathing and steps down to a permanent BBQ area and paddock style rear garden which is secure, on one level and child friendly; whilst in the evening the front terrace is the place to be! You can relax with the last of the suns rays whilst drinking in the views of the Pyrenees and your apperitif!
Situated on the outskirts of the lively French village of Leran, the property benefits from privacy and quiet but is within 5 minutes walk of local amenities. The village has a post office, tennis courts, thriving bar/bistro and 'high end' restaurant, locally sourced market 6 days a week and people come from far and wide to enjoy the renowned Friday 'Nocturne Marche' where you can rub shoulders with the locals whilst sampling food from all corners of the world alfresco style dining at long trestle tables along the main street accompanied by live entertainment.
Lac Montbel is just 5 minutes drive from Maison Olive and is a huge 600 hectare fresh water resevoir surrounded by woodland boasting a sandy beach and monitored swimming area also offering plenty of shade and is our favorite place to cool off in the summer! It also offers a Bistro/cafe, canoes, kyak, windsurfing, pony trekking and mountain biking plus a 16 km off road track skirting the perimeter of the lake.
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Other things to note
The landscape of the Ariege-Pyrenees is a hidden gem known also as the ‘department de velo’; sparsely populated it is of outstanding natural beauty, laid back charm and good living. Explore green foothills and majestic Pyrenean peaks: Walk on peaceful paths and cycle on quiet well laid roads; marvel at the breathtaking views. The Ariege is just about as far south as you can go and still be in France being only 1.5 hours from Andorra/Spain.
Medieval cites, Cathar castles adorning craggy peaks (Montsegur, Roquefixade and Foix just locally!) lovely Romanesque churches and authentic bastide towns and villages are all on your doorstep. There are lots of prehistoric sites, including some of the most extensive caves in Europe. You can climb or walk in the high mountains, cycle for miles along routes of varying difficulty including some of the best known Tour-de-France over-classified climbs (Pailhers, Plateau de Beille etc) go canoeing, gliding or paragliding, spend hours in the thermal spa’s at Ax-les-Thermes or dance the night away at one of our many weekly locally held festivals. It is all totally unspoilt and non-commercialised.
The Mediterranean coast is only 1.5 hours to the east and the incredible La Cité at Carcassonne just 45 minute drive.
Wine enthusiasts can explore the vineyards of the Corbiere and Malepere regions plus visit Limoux’s own vineyards for the world famous Blanquette de Limoux sparkling wine.
Mirepoix is 15 mins drive away and a wonderful place to take time out and watch the world go by. With its striking mediaeval half-timbered houses lining the main square this little town oozes charm and transports you back in time. On Monday mornings the market stalls fill the square and the Cathedral forecourt selling vegetables, cheeses, sausage, olives, spices, honey and bread, baskets, pottery and knitwear etc., There is also another small farmers market on Thursday mornings and the town is well served by supermarkets, butchers and fishmongers, bakeries and chemists. It offers a series of festivals, fêtes and exhibitions between Spring and Autumn.
Maison Olive is strictly non-smoking although exterior smoking is permitted. There are two wonderful terraces (back terrace with private pool) lovely flat garden with amazing mountain views where you may smoke to your hearts content! Respectful treatment of the home is expected.
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We moved to the Ariege with our two sons in 2003 falling in love with the natural beauty and the simplistic life style, allowing us to give our children the same freedom to grow up in as we ourselves were privileged to have and started a small bike hire business because of our love of mountain bike cycling and the proximity of Lac du Montbel not realising that we would also benefit hugely from the closeness of the ski resort of Monts d’Olmes and the incredible uncluttered and well maintained roads for road cycling and touring. Having already restored 3 stone built houses in Leran we realised our dream by buying the land for Maison Olive and building our own 'grand design' from scratch of which we are immensely proud and hope to share this year, our first, with you our guests!.