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Review 4620: Six Cottages in France, La Maison des Penitents Blancs (Pyrenees)

www.fhills.hotkey.net.au/~frenchcottage/

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Review by SL Jones from IL who is a SlowTrav Contributor

4bed/2bath house in Mirepoix, Pyrenees


When

May 2010, 1 week

Review

We loved this townhouse and its location in Mirepoix, a fabulous village.

The townhouse is decorated nicely, with some very nice framed art. It is, strangely enough, on six levels, so if you have trouble with stairs, this place isn't for you. There's lots of space and it is very well maintained. On the first level is a nice sized dining room, a good kitchen, a small bathroom and the washer/dryer. Up one level is a very comfortable living room with TV and comfortable furniture. This room overlooks the street with nice windows. Up again, a bathroom (the only disappointing room in the house - it's small and inconvenient, though we didn't suffer much with it) and a small bedroom with nice bunk beds. Up again - a really nice big bedroom with a large bed. Up again - another very large bedroom, also very comfortable, with a big bed. And then ANOTHER level, where there's an open attic like room with a skylight, with fold out beds if needed.

We really enjoyed this house, and found it very comfortable and attractive. It would certainly hold a large group. From the street, it has blue shutters, and window boxes of flowers. It is only two blocks from the central square. It is a perfect location. The house does not have parking, but we were able to park very easily on the street nearby.

Mirepoix is such a lively village. On the first weekend of our stay, there was an antique market, a collectibles market, the usual traveling food market, and a flower market. Chaotic, colorful and wonderful. I was glad we had a place to sleep and to park, so we could come and go and enjoy it at our leisure. When the markets left, the locals emerged to reclaim their town and it was quite relaxing. The old square is amazing, full of historic and colorful arcaded buildings, and cafes full of both visitors and locals. There are many friendly residents, and a good sized English speaking presence. There are several good restaurants to choose from. We were close enough to the Pyrenees to take two day trips down into the mountains and we also visited Carcassone, which is close.

The Richards, the Australian owners, think of everything, and the house is well equipped for cooking and activities. There is a wealth of information in the house, plus a robust library of books, CDs and DVDs. They own seven rental houses in France. (We stayed in three of them this trip, all in SW France, and they are all three reviewed by us). On the website, this house is called Pyrenees. We found them very easy and pleasant to communicate with about these rentals, and the amount of information they provide is exceptional. It is a great website - very thorough. Most of their guests are Australian, though certainly not all of them.

We enthusiastically recommend this house. We would stay here again - it would be fun to share with a family - if we were to return to SW France.

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