Le Santé is a beautiful rustic cottage in the French countryside just 30 minutes drive from Mazamet and 45 minutes from Carcassonne.
It's 1000m high, with stunning scenery and plenty of walks to do in the local area.
You'll need a car as you'll only have about 20 neighbours for miles and miles around.
There are two small lakes which you can take the little boat out on. You can go mushroom hunting at the right time of year. You can escape from the internet! (No wifi - there is mobile and 3g connection, but you have to wander around the front of the house to find it).
This would be an ideal base for a couple with 2-4 children to explore the countryside and the local area including Carcassone's old city, the most popular single tourist destination in all of France.
It is close to the following airports:
Carcassone - 45 mins
Castres - 45 minutes (domestic flights to Paris)
Perpignan - 1hr 20mins
Toulouse - 2hrs
Montpellier - 2hrs 30
The house itself is charming, but rustic. It has electricity, running water and gas. The central heating is not currently working, but the fireplace and electric heaters do the job perfectly well.
One master bedroom with double bed, ensuite bathroom with bath and toilet.
Second bedroom with queen bed and sink.
Study with desk and hifi.
Third bedroom with single bed.
Kitchen with oven, gas cooker, kitchen and microwave.
Large living room with small dining table, sofa armchair and wood fire.
Other rooms, including garage and storage.
We (me, my wife, and our 3 kids) recently spent the most amazing 30-days in Le Sante. Its hard to write this review, because it is hard to put into words how special this house, this place, and our holiday there was. The house itself is beautiful, charming, spacious, and comfortable - including bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, living room and huge fireplace. The terrace of the house, with its lovely fountain, extends the house out to the most spectacular and calming outdoor space you can imagine. Hydrangas, birds, butterflies, mountains, trees, ponds, green as far as the eye can see…
The hosts - Daniel and his family are lovely, warm, helpful, accessible (yet not at all intrusive), and most importantly, kind. The wine they make is delicious too (added perk).
Though removed, the (many) local villages are beautiful and easily accessible by car. Perfect combination of mountains, wineries in the valley, and rustic villages.
I don't want to exaggerate, but the vacation at Le Sante really changed what we know think a holiday/vacation can be. Kind of ruined us from taking a holiday any where else ;) We hope to have the privilege of taking another long holiday here (that is assuming they don't agree to sell us Le Sante!).
In short - this house, place, and hosts have our warmest, heart-felt, and most positive recommendation. Basically, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.