Chateau Arize

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Sleeps: 30 Bedrooms: 14 Bathrooms: 11

Overview

Wedding Venue Pool Ideal for Kids

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At the foot of the Pyrénées, surrounded by lakes, forests and stunning scenery, you will find the idyllic Château Arize. A beautiful home which is perfect for all generations, it’s the ideal place to relax and unwind, yet it offers an impressive array of activities and beautiful towns within a short drive.

Dating back to the 18th century, when it was re-built after the French Revolution, the château is full of character with 18th and 19th century antiques, beautiful traditional furnishings and Persian rugs. The complete restoration has been a labour of love for its owners who have spent years updating and restoring the home to a fine standard, creating a historical and magical ambience. Walk up the stately steps into the welcoming lounge and you will immediately notice the warm and classical surroundings of this wonderful holiday home.

Decorated with traditional furnishings and elegant French style with warm tones, the 14 bedrooms, eleven of which are en-suite, include two master doubles at the front with glorious views of the parkland and three interconnecting rooms ideal for families with young children. Explore the house and you’ll also find a cinema room, library, a quirky and fun games room in addition to an antique billiards table, plus plenty of space to kick back and relax on the sumptuous sofas. A fitness room and sauna have recently been added to the amazing list of amenities across the home.

Daily breakfasts can be arranged as well as your own chef to prepare you an unforgettable feast, perfect for the wonderful terrace dining room where up to thirty guests can come together for a convivial meal overlooking the château’s spectacular gardens. As well as a characterful château kitchen with a magnificent log-burning fire, there is an impressive professional kitchen with all the equipment a keen cook could wish for.

You could spend all day in the twenty acre parkland, sun-bathing by the heated swimming pool with the view of the Pyrénées, finding a shady spot under one of the many ancient trees, exploring by the streams or listening to the peaceful flow of the river that runs through the grounds. Have a lazy game of pétanque, cycle around on one of the château’s five bikes or play tennis on the fabulous tennis court which is of a professional standard. There is a delightful walking path encircling the house and within 500m keen cyclists can join a well-known trail of 40km through glorious landscapes.

Set in the heart of the Natural Regional Park of the Ariège Pyrénées, outdoor activities such as cycling, swimming, kayaking, fishing and horse-riding are in abundance amongst its lakes, mountains and forests. There are also many beautiful villages and towns to discover such as Foix (20km) with its medieval castle perched on a hill or St. Lizier (25km), one of France’s Plus Beaux Villages with UNESCO World Heritage status. The nearest village to the château, about 5 minutes by car, dates back to medieval times and has a couple of small supermarkets, a bakery, butchers as well as a tourist office.

Whether a family re-union or a special holiday with friends, Château Arize is a unique and peaceful retreat in a very special setting in this glorious part of southern France.

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What you should know…

  • It's a great home for families with some of the rooms interconnecting. A couple of the bedrooms are best suited to children so please check the 'Features' tab for further details 
  • Children will love the huge grounds with vast lawns, trees and games - a great place for supervised play due to the river and stream
  • The heated pool is open May to September
  • The House Manager lives in the grounds and is available if needed

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Internet BBQ Tennis Court Satellite TV Cable TV Bicycles Provided Sauna/Steam Gym/Fitness Room Games Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games Table Tennis Table Football Pool/Snooker Home Cinema DVD Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Château Interior

Ground Floor

- Château kitchen and separate professional kitchen, well equipped including American style fridge-freezer with ice-maker, walk-in refrigerator, drinks chiller, self-service fridge, three ovens, two sets of hobs, griddle, two dishwashers and coffee maker
- Terrace dining area (conservatory style dining room leading to al-fresco terraces)
- Laundry room
- Fitness room
- DVD room
- 3 Guest WCs

First Floor

- Entrance lounge
- Main Lounge
- Dining room
- Billiard room
- Games room
- Function room
- Library
- 3 Guest WCs
- Bedroom One Double bedroom and en-suite bathroom (bath only) with WC
- Bedroom Two/Three : Double room with door leading to separate twin room. Both rooms share an en-suite bathroom (bath with shower) with WC

Second Floor

- Bedroom Five: Double bedroom and en-suite bathroom (bath with shower) with WC
- Bedroom Six: Twin bedroom and en-suite bathroom (bath plus separate shower) with WC
- Bedroom Seven/Eight:  Double bedroom with doors leading to twin room (ideal for young children). Both rooms share an en-suite bathroom (bath with shower) with WC
- Bedroom Nine: Master double bedroom (34m2) and en-suite bathroom (jacuzzi bath with shower and separate shower enclosure) with WC
- Bedroom Ten: Master double bedroom (33m2) and en-suite bathroom (bath with shower) with WC
- Bedroom Eleven: Accessed via additional staircase, double bedroom and en-suite bathroom (bath with shower) with WC
- Bedroom Twelve: Double/twin bedroom and en-suite shower room with WC
- Bedroom Thirteen:  Double bedroom and en-suite shower room with WC
- Bedroom Fourteen: Double bedroom with doors leading to small room suitable for cot/single and en-suite shower room with WC

Outside Grounds

- Private heated swimming pool (size:10mx5m/depth: 1m-2m/shape: rectangular) with safety fence - open May-September
- Al-fresco dining terrace
- Gas BBQ
- Tennis court (hard court, professional standard)
- 24 acres of lawns and trees
- River and stream
- Off-road parking space

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Decorative fireplace
- Satellite and cable TV (English channels available)
- DVD player
- Cinema room with DVD library
- Music library
- Antique billiard table
- Games room
- Sauna
- Fitness room
- Bikes x 5
- Tennis and rackets
- Ping-pong
- Petanque
- Washing machine

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau Arize
Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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In a wonderful location at the foot of the Pyrenees, you are in the heart of the Natural Regional Park of the Ariège Pyrénées, surrounded by lakes, forests and hills – a fantastic location for a great array of putdoor activities and stunning natural scenery.

You are only 5 minutes drive from a local medieval village where you can find two small supermarkets, a butchery, bakery, chemist and medical centre as well as a tourist office for the area.

There are two larger towns a little further with larger supermarkets and a greater choice of shops and restaurants – Foix and Saint Girons. Foix (20km), with its medieval castle located on a rocky hill overlooking the Ariège and Arge rivers, is just 20 minutes away. Take a stroll in the old town, exploring its narrow streets, pretty squares with ancient abbeys, local restaurants and authentic shops. There is also a superb market every Friday.

Saint Girons (24km) on the river Sarlat is an attractive town to wander around with characterful buildings and shops to admire. Combine with a trip to the UNESCO classified ancient village of St. Lizier (25km), one of France’s Plus Beaux Villages. Rich in art and history, visit the lower part with the old village and cathedral then head to the upper part surrounded by ancient fortifications including the Bishops Palace, now a museum.

The bastide town of Mirepoix (52km) is also within easy reach: a vibrant gem, with one of the best markets in France on a Monday and hosting plenty of festivals and events throughout the year. 

Set within the Natural Regional Park of the Ariège Pyrénées, outdoor activities such as cycling, kayaking, fishing and horse-riding are in abundance amongst its lakes, mountains and forests. Cycling is a great way to discover this beautiful National Park;  a  well-known cycling trail of over 40km can be accessed just half a kilometre away. Keen walkers should also visit the waterfall at Cascade d’Ars (57km) which is at its best in May and June whilst serious golf enthusiasts will love the golf course just a short drive from the château.

In the summer you can swim at Lac de Mondély, a lake also wonderful for fishing, walking and bird watching.  Families will love the opportunity to walk with donkeys near Biert (30km) or Aleu (40km), visit the nearby reptile park, there's a Prehistoric Park near Tarascon-sur-Ariège (40km), or there are some fantastic adventure parks such as Horizon Vertical for older kids and adults in Moulis (30km) or Acro’lus for younger children near Aulus-les-Bains (55km). The subterranean River Labouïche (17km) is another brilliant place to visit nearby where you can visit the caves and caverns 60m underground.

The area has so many wonderful historical sites to discover. You are not far from the the Cathars land and a trip to the ruins of the Château de Montsegur (52km), one of the last Cathar strongholds, should not be missed. Another fine day trip is the Niaux cave paintings (45km), dating back 14,000 years and can be visited if you book on to one of their tours, booking in advance is recommended.

The fortified city of Carcassonne (98km) is located about ninety minutes from the château and is a must see. The famous summer festival, brings together over 100 performances, including opera, dance, theatre and music, most of which you can watch free of charge.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Toulouse/Carcasonne

(100km-1h 15moins/93km-1h 30mins)

Nearest Village

(5km-5mins )

Nearest Restaurant

(4km)

Nearest Town/City Foix

(20km-20mins)

Nearest Train Station Gare de Foix

(20km-20mins)

Nearest Golf

(7km-10mins)

Nearest Tennis

(On site)

Nearest Shop Small supermarket in local village

(4km-5mons)

Nearest Supermarket Foix

(20km-20mins)

Nearest Bar/Pub

(5km-5mins)

Region

A relatively new addition to France, the Midi-Pyrénées was created to surround the cultural capital of Toulouse in the late 1970s. You might think that its relative youth would mean the Midi-Pyrénées is short on character or identity, but remember, this is France we’re talking about – the whole country is steeped in history and tradition. Encompassing parts of Gascony, Languedoc, the Gers and several others, you’ll get a varied slice of the whole French experience here, not least if you stay at one of our beautiful chateaux in the Midi-Pyrénées! And if you want to discover the best of what the region has to offer, our Midi-Pyrénées travel guide is here to show you where to go, what to eat and how you can make the best of your break with some amazing activities.

Download our Midi-Pyrénées Travel Guide >>

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

There are 3 cots and 4 highchairs, as well as an extra child mattress.

ONSITE FACILITIES

Bikes: 5 x bikes for guests use

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Boules/Petanque
  • Board games
  • Bikes
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Children's books
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Bicycles Provided
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Table Football
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Home Cinema
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Welcome pack included with basic provisions
- Catering (approx €25 pp)
- Breakfast (approx €7.50pp)

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Event information

This elegant and charming chateau offers a magical wedding venue in 20 acres of glorious gardens and parkland. With a river running through the grounds, it’s a very special and romantic setting.

This historic chateau is filled with antiques dating back to the 18th and 19th century, creating an ambience of old-world charm.  Your ceremony can take place in a chapel just a short walk away or set up a beautifully decorated marquee on the vast lawns, surrounded by ancient trees, where you can catch a glimpse of the majestic Pyrénées.

Before and after the event, guests can enjoy the captivating and peaceful surroundings by walking around the grounds, biking through stunning landscapes , exploring the lakes, mountains and forests of this region or visiting one of the idyllic medieval villages nearby.

Wedding Reception
The reception can take place in the chateau grounds with a marquee hired for up to 100 guests or inside the chateau in the enclosed terrace and ballroom for up to 50 people.

The ballroom is suitable for dancing for up to 100 guests and the music can play until
as late as you like – there are no music restrictions at this venue.

Wedding Ceremony
The ceremony can take place outside in the grounds or under a marquee if hired for up to 100 guests. Inside the chateau, the reception room can host a ceremony for up to 60 guests or there is a chapel 1 km away, within walking distance to the chateau.

The venue can supply details of an English-speaking celebrant.

Where to Stay
The chateau sleeps 30 people and approximately 50 more guests can be accommodated in hotels and B&Bs nearby.

The owners can supply details of local transportation firms.

Wedding Planning

The owners can recommend an English-speaking wedding planner or clients may arrange their own (on the condition that they are local and speak French).

The venue can organise/make suggestions to help with flowers, photographer and music for the event.

Catering

The owners can recommend a few local caterers or clients may arrange their own.

Other information
Events can take place May – September.

If client arranges own catering then there is an extra charge to hire chairs, tables etc. from the venue.

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.


Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €1000 paid to the owner in cash or via wire transfer.
Arrival time 3.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels.
End of stay cleaning included? Extra €500/week.
Pool heating charge? No. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Tax €0.76 per person per night.
Changeover day Saturday.
Minimum stay 4 nights, excluding July/August when 7 nights.
Pets welcome? Not normally but exceptions may be made on request under special circumstances.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings are allowed. Stag/hen parties and other events or celebrations are not allowed.
Other Ts and Cs The pool is open and heated from May to September.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 30 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 22nd 2019 - Apr 27th 2019 £3,321 £4,181 £5,372
Apr 27th 2019 - Jun 1st 2019 £3,321 £4,181 £5,372
Jun 1st 2019 - Jun 29th 2019 £3,907 £4,982 £6,837
Jun 29th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 - - £8,303
Aug 31st 2019 - Apr 25th 2020 £3,321 £4,181 £5,372
Apr 25th 2020 - May 30th 2020 £3,321 £4,181 £5,372
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 £3,907 £4,982 £6,837
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 25th 2020 - - £8,303

Prices based on an occupancy of 30 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 22nd 2019 - Apr 27th 2019 €3,655 €4,515 €5,913
Apr 27th 2019 - Jun 1st 2019 €3,655 €4,515 €5,913
Jun 1st 2019 - Jun 29th 2019 €4,300 €5,375 €7,525
Jun 29th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 - - €9,138
Aug 31st 2019 - Apr 25th 2020 €3,655 €4,515 €5,913
Apr 25th 2020 - May 30th 2020 €3,655 €4,515 €5,913
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 €4,300 €5,375 €7,525
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 25th 2020 - - €9,138

Prices based on an occupancy of 30 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 22nd 2019 - Apr 27th 2019 $4,145 $5,005 $6,705
Apr 27th 2019 - Jun 1st 2019 $4,145 $5,005 $6,705
Jun 1st 2019 - Jun 29th 2019 $4,876 $5,951 $8,533
Jun 29th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 - - $10,362
Aug 31st 2019 - Apr 25th 2020 $4,145 $5,005 $6,705
Apr 25th 2020 - May 30th 2020 $4,145 $5,005 $6,705
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 $4,876 $5,951 $8,533
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 25th 2020 - - $10,362

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
I originally purchased the property in 2001. At that time, I made a bunch of improvements to the property, including a professional kitchen, a beautiful conservatory, tennis court, etc. For financial reasons, I sold it in 2005. I repurchased it in 2018 and since 2005, the former owners added an additional 5 bedrooms as well as made substantial internal upgrades. 

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The grandeur of the floors, the light coming in through the windows, and the park of almost 24 acres. The spaciousness of this chateau is without parallel.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The chateau was owned by an aristocratic family. There are two portions of the chateau, one, the 18th century portion, created around 1762 and a new portion, created about 100 years later. It was last owned by a Countess, who stayed there until the late 1960’s when she bequeathed the property to her steward. It was purchased in 1989 by a new family, who completely renovated the chateau and lived there until it’s sale in 2001 to a new family. In 2005, the subsequent family sold it to another family who made further improvements, ran it as a rental property, and sold it back to the previous family in 2018. In the town above the chateau, a church, which dates from 1151, was reconstructed by one of the former owners in 1901. Their coat of arms can be found under the arches of this church.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Not really.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?

Go hiking in the mountains, go kayaking, go to the Saturday market, visit the Chateau de Foix, go blueberry picking and visit local cheese creameries.

Really eat?

Foie Gras, Duck Breast, Local Cheeses, Croustade (Apple pie)

Really see?

Mas D’azil, prehistoric caves, many natural spots.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?

The chateau has many smalls nooks and crannies to discover. Go enjoy them and take a tour of the property to see the winding brook, and river or the old ruins on the property.

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Reviews

  • Perfect for big family/friend getaways!

    Posted by Anna H. on 16/08/2017

    We were a group of friends with their children/infants (30 in all) who stayed for a week. The accommodation is amazing, with every room but two having ensuite facilities. Beds were large and comfy. There was plenty to do (pool, tennis, table tennis, badminton, billiards) and so much space that we did not feel like we were on top of each other at all. We had David cook for us on 4 of the nights, which was great and really good value. Tony was responsive on email and let us have all the information we needed before we arrived, including floor plans, photos and room sizes so we could allocate rooms appropriately.

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