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.
Daniel and his family are very friendly, warm people who take great pride in what they do. They home is delightful, their wines are tasty, and Daniel's mother's cooking is great too. The rooms are beautifully furnished and decorated in a classy, traditional style and their wine domaine is situated very near the coast, where you can taste fresh oysters - which are very well matched with Domaine Sainte Hilaire's Vermentino wine. Heartily recommended.