Maison d'Artistes (4 bedrooms; 415 m2)
Domaine de Montagnac
Pool / Spa
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 14 (sleeps up to 14 adults)
Merci à Martin et Christina !! On reviendra!
Déjà la 2ème fois que nous venons entres amis , toujours aussi satisfait , et toujours aussi triste quand on part . Maison magnifique , spacieuse , les enfants comme les adultes y trouvent tout ce dont ils ont besoin, les alentours nous offrent de superbes balades , bref un lieu magnifique , dans un cadre idéal . Merci à Martin et Christina ! Et très certainement à bientôt !
Ravi que vous êtes revenu, Charles, et que vous avez aimé autant votre deuxième séjour au Domaine de Montagnac! Merci beaucoup pour vos mots positifs et chaleureux! Au grand plaisir du réservation de votre troisième séjour! :-) Martin
a very nice summer hamlet
Montagnac will remain in our heart! We rent the whole "Domaine" as we were a big group. The kitchen was very well equiped. For every meals, we all fit on the terrasse in the back. The pool size was perfect. We also enjoyed the garden for football games and treasure hunts. And kids were delighted when we improvised a dance floor in the dining room. Christina, the state manager, was always very helpful! She even managed to send us back some books we forgot there...
So good to hear that you had such a good time, Marie (and that the books arrived safely!). The Maison d'Artistes and its terrace are indeed perfect for cooking/eating all together, and your holiday is not the first time that the Grande Salle has been used for dancing! All our guests appreciate the size of the pool and the garden (not forgetting our 53 hectares of land all around the domaine). Your comments about Christina are very warmly received - thank you - since she does indeed make a big effort to ensure that all our guests have memorable holidays.
3 generation holiday - the perfect setting
This is the third successive year we have spent as a family at Montagnac, staying in the Maison d'Artistes. We love the space the property gives us, the ability to disappear off into a quiet corner to read, to play table tennis, snooker, boules, to swim in the warm water of the pool, to walk for miles, to cycle to nearby villages and then to gather together round the large table in the Grande Salle or outside on the rear terrace and enjoy a delicious meal prepared in the well-equipped kitchen. The property really is ideal for a family or group of friends who seek a calm, peaceful environment rather than heady nightclubs or discos, and at present is still ideal for our family group aged 1-73. Summer in the Ariège is the time for fields full of sunflowers and corn, special events in all the villages, canoeing, gentle white water rafting, visits to underground cave systems, canyoning, delicious meals in the market square at Foix or Mirepoix, and car journeys to places like Ax les Thermes to take the chair lift up to the real Pyrenees and the abundance of walks there.
All our contacts with the owner, martin, and the caretaker Christina have been professional and friendly, and any questions have been answered promptly.
Will we be back next year? We are already planning it.
Dear Margaret, What a lovely review! Thank you very much indeed! It is such a pleasure to read that you had a good time (yet again!), and to know that all 3 generations of your family enjoy staying in the Maison d'Artistes. Having renovated the house to a high standard, we're so lucky to have a caretaker like Christina to manage the property locally. She and we look forward to welcoming you for the fourth time!! Best wishes. MARTIN
A wonderful family holiday
Every year, we meet with my husband’s family. We had a wonderful time at Montagnac. Christina, the housekeeper, was a great help to us and we had the pleasure of meeting the owner, who recommended the most wonderful place for dinner for a very special occasion we were celebrating during our stay. The kitchen is a place where I would say: “want to have that too”. What we very much appreciated was that when we arrived, after a long drive, the bare necessities where available: coffee, tea, salt, pepper, sugar and so on. We arrived rather late and would not have known where to find these immediately. The housekeeper informed us where we could go the next day (a Sunday) and we did find a supermarket open on the Sunday morning.
The young crowd (between 16 and 21) had a ball with the billiard table and, for myself, the only regret is to not have finished the book of the library so generously provided.
Recommended: Families with young kids, pool is great. Otherwise 50 and over to have a quiet holiday.
PS The young crowd are family, they do not need disco, because they do not see each other during the year, so they have plenty to talk. And there are always the games.
It's so rewarding to receive feedback like this, and is a perfect example of the great time that families can have at the Domaine de Montagnac. But even when guests have had a good time, we're always keen to learn what we could be doing even better!
Home from home holiday rental
A very well maintained, comfortable and well equipped holiday home in a fantastic, peaceful location. Amazing views across to the Pyrenees and only about 25 min drive to large supermarket In Pamier and Mirepoix which is a very pretty town with lots of shops, restaurants and large market on Mondays. Clean and safe swimming pool with loungers, which is also well maintained. The English speaking caretaker couldn't be more welcoming or helpful and is eager to be of assistance when required.
Would not recommend to those who wish to be in a village environment as the local Boulangerie is about a 15 min drive away and there are no local restaurants etc within walking distance, but if you want peace and tranquility with wonderful scenery and don't mind driving then this is the base for a great family holiday. Its also ideal for 2 families wishing to share a property as the apartments although very separate are better suited for people who know each other well due to their lay out.
The only negative we would point out is that due to the age of the property, soundproofing between the units could be a problem if you were unfortunate enough to be staying next door to a noisy family.
The English the owner is easily contactable to answer any queries and very accommodating if you require anything during your stay.
Thank you for making our first holiday in France such a memorable one.
The Domaine de Montagnac is a remarkable place. Situated in a quiet and beautiful (but not remote) part of the Ariege in southwest France, with rolling hills all around, it is an ideal base for a relaxing rural holiday. As well as the local village (St Felix de Tournegat) being classified as a National Monument, there are amazing panoramic views of the Pyrenees mountain range – close enough for skiing or high altitude walks. With tourism and cultural attractions all over the region, and civilization (and, so, shops!) just a 15 minute drive away, there are very few holiday locations that can compare. Delights such as Mirepoix and Limoux are on the doorstep, as are the Cathar castles including Foix and Montsegur. For those wanting the sea, the Mediterranean and the famous town of Collioure are just 2 hours away.
Ski: There are several ski resorts within easy driving distance. While not as grand (or expensive!) as the Alps, all local ski resorts in the Pyrenees have a good variety of skiing in lovely surroundings.
The nearest ski resort, les Monts D'Olmes, is a 45 minute drive away. The larger resort of Ax-les-Thermes (also has thermal baths & a casino, is 90 minutes drive away.
Downhill « Ski de Piste » resorts:
Les Mont d’Olmes (1500- 2115 m / 18,5 kms of pistes)
Ax les 3 Domaines (1400 - 2400 m / 75 kms of pistes)
Guzet (1100 -2100 m / 40 kms of pistes)
Ascou Pailhères (1500 - 2000 m / 20 kms of pistes)
Mijanes Donezan (1530 - 2000 m / 9 kms of pistes)
Goulier Neige (1500 - 2000 m / 5 kms of pistes)
Cross-country « Ski de Fond » resorts:
Plateau de Beille (1800 -2000 m / 75 kms of pistes)
Domaine du Chioula (1240 - 1650 m / 60 kms of pistes)
Etang de Lers (1300 - 1615 m / 30 kms of pistes)
La Tour Lafont (1250 - 1500m / 15 kms of pistes)
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About Martin Holliss
Hallo! I'm Martin Holliss, one of the owners of the Domaine de Montagnac. Having fallen in love with the place, my wife, Liz, and I bought the Domaine in 2005 with some of our oldest and dearest friends. Our children have come to love it as well, to the point that our son was married at the domaine during 2016.
Martin Holliss purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2005
Why Martin Holliss chose Saint-Félix-de-Tournegat
It's just so lovely here! Rural, tranquil and with amazing views. If you want to holiday in a city then the Domaine de Montagnac is not for you. However, if you love the country, enjoy large characterful houses with wooden beams, and want to relax into a combination of tourism, walking and French rural life, then Montagnac is likely to appeal.