Chateau De La Joie

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Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 9

Overview

Wedding Venue Recommended Pool Ideal for Kids Ideal for Parties

Arriving at Château De La Joie is a joyous event in itself. As you wind your way through verdant, patchwork hills at the foot of the majestic Pyrénées mountains, your spirits are instantly lifted. Then curious anticipation sets in as you approach the small farming hamlet where a quaint country road rolls over a hill and leads to the entrance, where you start your way down the long, private drive. Here, you have already left the world behind, but nothing quite prepares you for your first sight of the château.

Sitting on a hill, surrounded by 360 degree views over beautiful countryside and the Pyrénées beyond, it is clear that this is a special place and a private retreat you will not want to leave.

The estate is made up of a superb 19th-century château, originally built as a shooting lodge, an adjoining 16th-century farm, two separate cottages and a splendid 12th-century chapel. Amongst the impressive six hectares of grounds, sublime statues by David William Ellis stand in silence and contemplate the views. Lawn gardens, flower pots and impressive trees adorn the extensive grounds with a private lake, which is often dressed in water-lilies.

Indoors the journey continues. Family portraits and memorabilia invite you to be part of this real family home, rich with warmth and joyous memories, which only a truly loved home could have. The elegant rooms are spacious and bright with beautiful views of the outdoors. There is plenty of room for friends and family to spend quality time together as well as lots of space to spread out. The new ‘disco room’ is the ultimate in family fun, with a bar, billiard table, dance floor and balcony with views of the Pyrénées.

This is the land of Cathars, an area full of beautiful hiking paths, ancient castles and market towns. A trip to the ruins of the Château de Montsegur, one of the last Cathar strongholds, should not be missed. Pamiers is only 10 minutes away and offers all amenities, whilst Foix, with its ancient castle and Mirepoix are a little further.

The Ariège is the flower garden of Europe offering 3000 species of flowers, 160 of which are unique to the area - a paradise for flower- and bird-watchers. Furthermore, the château is only 55 minutes from Ax Les-Thermes, a charming ski resort with a hot spring and hiking in the summer.

Château De La Joie is the perfect blend of refined and elegant accommodation, breathtaking scenery, history and rich family memories and it has generously opened its doors to new guests and their own memories.

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What you should know…

  • The cottage in the woods is more simple and rustic but it is much loved as it is set apart and has gorgeous countryside views from its terrace (it used to be the farm shop!)
  • The twin bedroom in the Château is under the eaves and has low ceilings

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Internet BBQ Tennis Court Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV Games Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games Table Tennis Pool/Snooker DVD Working Fireplace Heating Chapel on Site

The whole estate comprises of the main chateau with its adjoining farmhouse sleeping 10 guests and 2 separate cottages sleeping a further 2 guests each, for a total maximum capacity of 14 guests.

Chateau+ Farmhouse (10  guests)

Chateau Interior

Ground Floor

- Main entrance hall
- Dining room
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Large drawing room with bar
- Shower room with washbasin and WC
- Guest WC
- Billiard room/utility room (dividing the chateau from the farmhouse)

First Floor (accessed through main staircase off hall)

- 2 large master bedrooms with king-size beds, dressing rooms with walk-in wardrobes, en-suite bathrooms with showers, washbasins and WCs
- 1 small bedroom with queen size bed
- Bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC

First Floor (accessed through second staircase)

- Small library area
- Evening/Disco/Games room with balcony with tables and chairs (can also be accessed from the backstairs of the farmhouse)

Farmhouse Interior

Ground Floor

- Small kitchen (with backstairs leading up to disco/games room)
- Small sitting room with log-fire

First Floor (accessed through backstairs off kitchen)

- Double bedroom with king size bed, dressing room with walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom
- Double bedroom with king size bed and adjoining balcony (doors opening onto disco/games room)
- Bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC
- Double bedroom with king size bed, dressing room with walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC

Second Floor

- Twin bedroom with 2 single beds and en-suite shower room with washbasin and WC

Pool Cottage Interior (2 guests)

Ground Floor

- Fully equipped kitchen
- Drawing room
- Guest WC
- Terrace

Open Mezzanine

- King-size bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC

Cottage in the Woods Interior (2 guests)

- Double bedroom
- Shower room
- Terrace

Outside Grounds

- 6 hectares of private grounds
- Lawned gardens with flowers and trees
- Private heated swimming pool (size: 14mx6m/shape: rectangular) with automatic security hard cover
- Poolside terrace
- Outdoor dining area
- Covered terrace
- Tennis court
- Private chapel
- Private small lake with boat (not suitable for swimming)
- Barbecue
- Zip wire
- Boules pitch
- Covered parking space

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Underfloor heating (main chateau ground floor)
- Heaters (upper floor and electric heaters in cottages)
- 2 working fireplaces
- Fans
- Flat-screen satellite TV
- DVD player
- Oven
- Hob
- Microwave
- Fridge/Freezer
- Coffee machine
- Bar
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- Iron and ironing board
- Billiard table
- Ping pong table
- Outdoor dining facilities
- Sunbeds and parasols

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau De La Joie
Watersports Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Go-Karting Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Romantic
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The property sits in the middle of the Cathars land, a stunning area full of beautiful hiking paths, ancient castles and market towns. A trip to the ruins of the Château de Montsegur, one of the last Cathar strongholds, should not be missed.

Pamiers is only 15 minutes away and offers all amenities, such as cafés, bars, a supermarket, bakeries and restaurants, not to mention its lively Saturday market.

Foix, with its medieval castle located on a rocky hill overlooking the Ariège and Arge rivers, is just 30 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 a also a superb market every Friday.

The bastide town of Mirepoix 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.

The Ariège department is considered the flower garden of Europe offering 3000 species of flowers, 160 of which are unique to the area - a paradise for flower- and bird-watchers.

Furthermore, the château is only 55 minutes from Ax Les-Thermes, a charming ski resort with a hot spring and hiking in the summer.

The fortified city of Carcassonne is located about one hour south from the chateau and is a must see. Its famous summer festival, brings together over 100 performances, including opera, dance, theatre and music, most of which you can watch free of charge.

A bit further afield, the town of Albi boasting formidable architectural features, is well worth a day trip out.

Finally, bear in mind that the Tour de France runs close by, Andorra is just one hour and a half away and the Spanish border is not too far either!

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Toulouse-Blagnac/Carcassonne

(90km-1h/115km-1h 10mins)

Nearest Town/City Pamiers/Foix/Mirepoix/Toulouse

(9km-10mins/27km-20mins/30km-30mins/80km-50mins)

Nearest Supermarket Vahriles/Pamiers

(8km-10mins/9km-10mins)

Nearest Piste Ax Les-Thermes

(70km-55mins)

Nearest Restaurant Vahriles/Pamiers/Foix

(8km-10mins/9km-10mins/27km-20mins)

Nearest Bar/Pub Vahriles/Pamiers

(8km-10mins/9km-10mins)

Nearest Train Station Pamiers

(9km-10mins)

Nearest Golf Golf Club de Ariege

(25km-30mins)

Nearest Beach Lac de Mondeley /Gruissan (Côte Vermeille)

(29km-30mins/180km-1h 40mins)

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 Kids Ideal for Teens

2 highchairs and 2 travel cots are provided.

ONSITE FACILITIES

Bikes: 2x kid's bikes

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Watersports
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Go-Karting
  • Fishing
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Boules/Petanque
  • Board games
  • Bikes
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Pool/Snooker
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Fridge-Stocking/Shopping Available
  • Bike Hire and Delivery 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:

- Daily maid service
- Chef/Cook
- Fridge-stocking/shopping service
- Bike rental and delivery

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!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

Weddings and special events, except for stag and hen parties are welcome all year-round.

Catering can be arranged and there is a private chapel on site.

The nearest extra accommodation can be found in Vahriles (8km), Pamiers (10km) and Foix (27km).

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 by bank transfer one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure subject to inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels.
Pool heating charge? No. The pool is open and heated approximately 1st May to end-October. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Changeover day Saturday.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Pets welcome? No.
Smoking Allowed? Outdoors only.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Apr 20th 2019 - Apr 29th 2019 £3,075
Apr 29th 2019 - Jun 29th 2019 £3,075
Jun 29th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 £4,730
Aug 31st 2019 - Apr 27th 2020 £3,075
Apr 27th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 £3,075
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £4,730
Aug 29th 2020 - Oct 21st 2020 £3,075

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Apr 20th 2019 - Apr 29th 2019 €3,401
Apr 29th 2019 - Jun 29th 2019 €3,401
Jun 29th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 €5,232
Aug 31st 2019 - Apr 27th 2020 €3,401
Apr 27th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 €3,401
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €5,232
Aug 29th 2020 - Oct 21st 2020 €3,401

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Apr 20th 2019 - Apr 29th 2019 $3,823
Apr 29th 2019 - Jun 29th 2019 $3,823
Jun 29th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 $5,881
Aug 31st 2019 - Apr 27th 2020 $3,823
Apr 27th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 $3,823
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $5,881
Aug 29th 2020 - Oct 21st 2020 $3,823

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?
19 Years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
As my father came up the long private drive he fell in love with the utter peace of the place, the mesmerising 360 views of the Pyrenees, the extensive gardens and grounds, the private chapel, lake and the sheer possibility of what he could achieve here. And achieve he did, lavishing care and love on the Chateau, The Farm, developing annexes, creating a swimming pool and Tennis Court, manicured gardens replete with statues and restoring the chapel. A place where all our friends/family arrive from their frazzled lives and always leave re-energised.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The estate was owned by a family, allies of the local and powerful Count of Foix. The Chateau itself was the centre of the local community with its own chapel dating back from the 14th Century where the villagers would come to worship. Over time it became an extensive hunting lodge before it passed into the hands of its current owners.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Famous BBC broadcasters, politicians, pre-eminent financiers from Europe and the US – all who will remain nameless – discretion is key.

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

- Visit the historical town of Foix, capital of the region with its beautiful windy streets and imposing castle sitting above the town.
- Saunter through all the many local markets: Foix on Friday, Pamiers on Saturday, the famous hippy market at Montbrun on Sunday, and the amazing medieval town of Mirepoix on Monday.
- Climb up the last bastion of the Cathars to the epic castle of Montsegur where you can enjoy jaw dropping views of the Pyrenees.
- Race around the 1400 metre Ariege Karting track near Mirepoix.
- Follow the route of the Tour de France.
- Parachute out of a plane at Pamiers Les Pujols, home of the French Parachute Restaurant
- A round of golf at Golf Club de Ariege at Bastide de Serou, surrounded by jaw dropping mountain scenery.
- Swim at Lac de Mondeley and then have a picnic on its beach.

Really eat?
The larder of the Pyrenees is overflowing with delicious locally sourced slow food:
Amazing cheeses– Brebis is the local favourite.
- If it takes your fancy, this is Foie Gras country all available locally at very decent prices.
- Vegetables in every shape, size and colour from the local markets.
- The local lamb perfect for the BBQ is available from our friendly farmer Olivier.
- For wine lovers there are the crisp whites from nearby Limoux and punchy reds from Corbieres along with a number of vineyards worth a visit that have their own restaurants.
- Head to the stunning mountain top village Carla Bayle and eat at Auberge Pierre Bayle with stunning views of the mountains.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
In all honesty, if you are after the fast life, clubs and cocktails this probably is not for you.

The Chateau is all about tranquillity and escape. It is about big groups of friends and family having cracking lunches and dinners on our many different terraces, settling down with a book, before a game of tennis and swim, it is about heading out to relaxed local towns for dinner and having a good but not hectic time where you’re sweating about your reservation. For the young we have created their own space with an evening room/club for them to enjoy at night – and perhaps you to join?
We’ve spent years making sure the garden and grounds are picture perfect with many works of art and statues by famous sculptors dotted throughout.

In short, it is about properly unplugging and taking a break from the fast lane.

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Reviews

  • Simply and Truly Amazing!

    Posted by Rodger E. on 11/09/2018

    What a stunning, tranquil, heaven on earth this place is! We rented it for a week’s family holiday and had the most magical time ever. The rooms are all stunning, without exception, and there is so much to do – tennis, swimming, billiards, boule, al fresco eating, drinking, playing mad games, etc – that we hardly felt the need to explore the area, although we did venture out to the amazing Mirepoix and Foix markets. The views in every direction, especially the majestic peaks of the Pyrenees in the distance, are just breathtaking. There are very few places where I can safely say that the beautiful photos on the website still don’t really do justice to the real thing, but Chateau de la Joie is most definitely one of them. We will be back!

  • We Highly Recommend!

    Posted by Georgina S. on 01/05/2018

    My family and I have been fortunate to stay at Chateau De La Joie a number of times and absolutely adored each and every holiday there. The chateau is located in the most stunning location, with glorious gardens and wonderful walks. The rooms are truly beautiful, private and incredibly comfortable. We cannot recommend Chateau De La Joie more highly for a very special holiday.

  • What a truly magical place!

    Posted by Sophie on 17/04/2018

    We stayed at Chateau De La Joie for 2 long weekends in the summers of 2016 and 2017. You arrive up a winding country road to this jaw-dropping chateaux set in it's own stunning and perfectly maintained gardens. The house and gardens have been renovated with beautiful taste and works of art are in abundance. There is also a separate renovated chapel which is very pretty and generated much chat about its being perfect for weddings and christenings. The rooms are plentiful and all decorated to a very high standard. There are extremely large and comfortable beds and the linen is top quality too.
    The indoor sitting areas are beautiful but we think you'll find it hard to leave the two large sitting and eating areas either side of the house in the gardens. One provides beautiful views across the manicured lawns and on over the valley. The only sounds you will hear are the sheep and goats from nearby farms and owls. There is a fabulous pool with separate bar and shower area, perfect for a day working hard on the tans. There is also a hard tennis court where many a competitive match was played before cocktails. This is an absolute gem of a home and a truly wonderful place to unwind over a long weekend or longer if you can afford it!

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