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We have spent 7 years looking for our dream house and location. Now that we have found it we want to offer you in Polfages the chance to enjoy the best standards found in English country cottages with the lifestyle that can only be found in the South of France. With a location we fell in love with it really is one of the most relaxing and beautiful places we have ever seen. Polfages is an idyllic location for your holiday. Situated overlooking rolling hills with views over to the Montagne Noir on one side and the Pyrenees on the other. It offers a holiday that can be both relaxing and action packed.
Polfages is ideal if you just want to sit by the pool and relax taking in the stunning views or if you want to make the most of you time in the region. With the beach just over an hour away and the mountains the same you can truly get the best of both types of holiday.
Mazamet is made up of an open plan 1st floor with a well equipped kitchen and dining area and a comfortable lounge area. The lounge leads onto the terrace and BBQ area, where you can live the alfresco lifestyle whilst relaxing with the stunning views. You can access the garden and pool from the terrace.
The second floor consists of 3 very large twin or double bed rooms. Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom. All the bedrooms are designed to the highest standard of comfort and with the extra space in each bedroom they are all both light and airy. There is access to WIFI and English TV channels so you can stay in touch with the world should you so desire.
By Kate R on 21-Aug-2016
This was our second visit to Polfage, again in Gite Mazamet. Standard of the accommodation still very high, with a huge warm welcome form Andrew and Jo. Andrew has a great philosophy of 'our guests may only have 1 holiday a year, and if that's with us we need to get it right'. We love staying here! This year we went on trips to Ax les Thermes to the hot spring pools, Lac Montbel (hire an electric boat), car safari at Sigean (tip: go at 4pm when the animals have woken up), Space museum in Toulouse, Fontfroid Abbey. I can also highly recommend a visit to the inflatables at Carcassone Plage and a walk around the city walls at Carcassone Cite. On departure day we drove down to Girona via the Pyrenees which was amazing! Thanks to Andrew's friend for that tip! We'll definitely be back. Thank you Andrew, Jo and Jasmine for such amazing holiday memories xxxx
A hidden gem
By Anna on 31-Jul-2016
One of the prettiest locations we have found in our years visiting France, perched on a hilltop, surrounded by rolling countryside and mountain views to the North and South. We loved Polfages so much last year, that we immediately re-booked for summer 2016 upon returning to England, and will be booking flights and organising diaries for summer 2017 before someone else gets in there first. We absolutely love staying at Mazamet, and once again the place was beautifully clean, well decorated and stocked ready for our visit. The gite is so relaxing and calm, and we love the views from the bedrooms particularly waking up to sunshine coming through the shutters. It is very useful having three bathrooms, and all the rooms are a very good size with very comfy beds and lots of towels and everything required for a comfy stay. The kitchen has everything you need to cook every day, the children enjoyed the pizzas made by Andrew and Jo and especially the baking and puddings on offer. The weather was glorious we spent most of the week by the pool and in the garden, but we enjoyed our daily drive to Mirepoix for provisions, and we did drive to Lac Montbel one day to swim in the lake and sit on the beach, so well worth a visit and probably only 40 minutes’ drive from the house. Castelnaudaray is well worth a visit and the drive there is very pretty. My husband spent all week cycling and hired his bike from a local company which for the second year has been excellent with the bike being dropped off and picked up from the house. Andrew was very kind again to take delivery of this for us on the day before we arrived. We didn’t do as many day trips this year, but Carcassonne is lovely, as well as Narbonne and a trip to the Plage. We watched the Medieval procession in Mirepoix which was very authentic, and some amazing costumes, music and street acts. The boys loved meeting Dip Stick and talked about nothing else for the last year but Carmen and Rufus and Sebastian (please get another guinea pig before next summer?!), as well as wanting to see Andrew and Jo again and take advantage of their wonderful hospitality. Andrew and Jo are so welcoming and helpful and nothing is too much for them, to ensure you enjoy your stay in their beautiful home. We can’t wait until 2017 when we can return again.
Impressed at Pol-Fages
By Bert H on 29-Jul-2016
We stayed in Pol-Fages for a couple of days on our way back home from Spain. It was our first time in the area. We were welcomed by Jo, Andrew, their daughter and three lovely dogs. They became our children's (5 and 7) best friends. The house was really welcoming and very spacious for a family of 4. It was fully equipped and clean linen/towels were provided by our hosts. Dinner was provided on our first evening. The home-made pizza's were delicious! Andrew also insisted to make us a Belgian dish on the eve of our national holiday and it was fantastic. He really is a great cook! We were given a folder with a lot of information on the area and a lot of visiting-tips. They were very handy. Pol-Fages is really beautiful. The view at the back of the house is amazing! The boys really enjoyed running around the big garden and playing in the swimming pool. In the meantime, we could relax and enjoy the view. Pol-Fages will definitely be an annual stop when we pass through France!
Better than the last time
By Carol H on 13-May-2016
This was our second visit to Polfages, we came back because of the quality and locations of the gites and were not disappointed. The gite we stayed in this time was up to the same high standard and I had forgotten how great the views were. We took advantage of the newly offered option of meals and really enjoyed the range and style of cooking. Its not often something is better the second time around, however this holiday was.
Something For Everyone Pol Fages La Bonne Vie!
By Amanda M on 07-May-2016
Upon first sight of Pol-Fages it is easy to understand why people fall in love with the place, it's mix of different landscapes is quite mesmerising - the snow capped Pyrenees a perfect backdrop for the rolling fields which change colour through the season. These French Gites have been lovingly restored to a superb standard providing modern facilities yet in a style sympathetic to its surroundings. From the moment you are welcomed by Andrew, Jo, Jasmine and the extended canine family members Rufus, Carmen, and Dipstick you know you're in good hands as nothing is too much trouble. I spent a week in the 2 bed Gite Calmont which was immaculately presented and had the added bonus of Wi-Fi and English television channels for those who wish to keep in touch with events at home. Equally, you can also just switch off and spend all week relaxing in the grounds, visiting the chickens / goats, or lounging by the pool or terrace. The choice is yours - you can even send your grocery list in advance via the web site so your favourite items can be in your Gite on arrival. If you do want to explore I would recommend to visit Mirepoix with it's 10th Century half timbered buildings and the medieval city of Carcassonne complete with it's own fortress. When the sightseeing is done you can arrange as I did, to sample some of the seasonal menus on offer back at Pol-Fages, all sourced locally with vegetables, herbs, salad and eggs on site - I can vouch for the moules mariniere and caramel cheesecake which are to die for! In fact, the only positive thing I found about leaving the place was by the time I'd said goodbye to all my new human and furry friends it reduced the time until I can return.
By P B on 28-Dec-2015
We were warmly welcomed by the owners, who were friendly, helpful and informative through out or stay. The spacious, 2 bedroom gite was clean and well equipped, the pool well maintained. We loved the situation and spectacular views surrounding the property and the tranquillity. However Polfages is within easy reach, by car of many places of interest. We may have to change our long held belief of never returning to a holiday location, we may be back!! The property description is what you get along with a great welcome from the owners.
By Charlotte J on 07-Oct-2015
The gites are in the perfect location. The views are incredible and you are only a 10 minute drive from the local town. The area is so peaceful, it's the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway. In addition to this, the gites themselves are beautiful! They are fantastically decorated and furnished. I was lucky enough to receive a tour of all of the gites, and each one keeps its rustic feel and has been decorated with such thought. The customer service that you receive is just incredible - Jo and Andrew were on hand whenever you needed them, and we're happy to answer any questions we had. They work very hard to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. During my stay we decided to go horse riding at the local stables, and Jo was happy to see if they had any appropriate footwear for us to borrow. I had such a fantastic time during my stay, and if you're a dog lover like myself it's fantastic! The two dogs that live on sight were adorable and were always on hand to give you cuddles! I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here, and if you're an early riser, the sun rise is absolutely breathtaking over the hills behind the gites. I highly recommend this holiday, everything about it was excellent and I had a great time!
Too Good To be True
By Thomas E on 03-Oct-2015
The day before we were due to arrive at the villa, we received at lovely phone call from Andrew informing us that the local supermarket was not open on a Sunday. He even offered to do a small initial shop for us for convenience sake. The beautiful views and countryside are clearly visible on the drive up the road towards the villa, where upon arrival Andrew was waiting to greet us and show us around our Gite. We were pleasantly surprised by our accommodation, it was superbly decorated and well furnished; keeping to its rustic features which added great character to our 2 week stay. The fruit bowl was full, complementary wine was in the fridge and tea & coffee was supplied along with other various cleaning and cooking items (which were of high quality). Our next surprise was the care and attention Jo and Andrew gave to the 3 bedrooms. All were accompanied by a shower/bathroom which were all fitted to a high standard. The beds were VERY comfortable which came with both a duvet and blanket to accommodate for general sleeping comfort. The TV came with satellite which included the majority of all UK TV channels. The lounge area was very spacious with double french doors over-looking the excellent views. The patio was private and came with a BBQ and outdoor furniture and led onto the spacious garden and the pool. The pool itself was a generous size and was still useable during the September months. The poolside had sheltered areas for windy days along with sun loungers and seating areas all of which overlooked the views. An added bonus for us (as dog lovers) were the two friendly and lovable dogs, Rufus and Carman. Which we allowed into our Gite on a daily basis, and they were very obedient and no hassle whatsoever. All the linen was changed half way through our stay. Andrew was always on hand to advise and care for us whenever we needed. We regularly approached him for ideas for days out and he never failed to help us with navigation, especially on the way to Andorra. The convenience of the location includes a 15 minute drive to the local supermarket and the local market square. 20 minutes away are also various activities including Go Karting and Horse Riding, other more adventurous activities can be located in Toulouse which is only just over an hour away. We advise booking through their personal website rather than comparison site. It you are looking for a farm like, rustic feel to your french holiday this is the place for you. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Rolling countryside - perfect for relaxation
By Rhiannon A on 12-Sep-2015
This was the first time we had both visited this area of France and were both a little dubious as to what to expect and if the weather would hold up. I would say we hit the nail on the head in terms of relaxation as Polfages is literally in the middle of nowhere with Mirepoix being a 15/20 minute car journey down the quietest of country roads (hence why we got ridiculously lost getting there - tip for all UK travellers - use the GPS coordinates from Andrew). The views are stunning and evening sun creates magical colours on the surrounding rolling hills and fields - the quietness at night and pitch blackness are noticeable when you live on the outskirts of Birmingham! To sit around the pool in the hot sunshine or paddle in the water overlooking the countryside is exactly what we had been looking for. We stayed in Belcaire which was very well equipped (except for the all important bottle opener which we borrow from next door at first before buying our own which we left behind for the next visitors). Extremely comfortable bed and I am already moaning to my partner that our own bed is too small now that we are home! Useful to have SKY TV to watch UK programmes although we couldn't see any way of getting Wifi - in the end a good digital detox :) My only real disappointment was that the gites appear to be interconnecting with just a locked door on each wall joining the living rooms together which allows for every noise to be heard. With a 2 year old on one side and 5 young people into their formula 1 racing and music on the other it was really rather noisy in the evenings. Andrew, Jo along with their dogs Rufus and Carmen are very welcoming and it was really quite novel watching the hens clucking about the place and being chased in the car by Rufus! Carcassonne is a MUST for this area but you have to like numerous fields of dead sunflowers if you go in early September - I would recommend later on once harvest is over or earlier in the Summer
A beautiful property, with stunning views
By Anonymous on 11-Aug-2015
We enjoyed a wonderful week at Polfages. The property has been beautifully renovated to a very high standard, with all mod cons. It was great having Andrew and Jo on site, who were attentive, without being intrusive, always there if we needed anything and very knowledgable about the area. We were a little unfortunate with the weather, but this didn't stop us exploring the area, including Mirepoix (pretty medieval town about 15 minutes drive), Carcassonne (Hilltop, walled town, 45 mins drive) and we even ventured as far as Narbonne Plage in search of the sunshine one day! All in all a lovely week and we would definitely recommend the property to a friend/relative.