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Vast horizons, an unspoilt and dramatic landscape of mountains, hills, valleys, lakes and rivers; stunningly beautiful countryside and remarkably well-preserved medieval towns and villages are all waiting for you when you holiday in this part of France; and we have plenty of villas in Midi-Pyrenees for you to select your accommodation.

Midi-Pyrenees, is situated in the south of the country close to the Pyrenees, covering an area stretching from the border with Spain in the south up to the highlands of the Massif Central in the north.

A mostly rural area, the Midi-Pyrenees boasts a stunning countryside of discovery as well as an array of historical sites to explore. The region has some extremely well-preserved chateaux, villages and walled ‘bastide’ towns dating back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. For a taste of regional culture, history and heritage try to find time to visit Lourdes, Cahors, Albi and Toulouse.

Attractions such as the UNESCO World Heritage village of Gavarnie and the nearby Cirque de Gavarnie, a huge natural limestone circle in the Pyrenees, have attracted visitors from romantic painters and poets to scientists and botanists since the 16th century.

More modern but equally stunning is the Millau Viaduct, a bridge spanning the river Tarn near Millau which at 343m high is the tallest bridge in the world. Opened in 2004, it is lauded as one of the greatest engineering feats of all time affording spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Other attractions include the unspoilt medieval village of Conques, with its narrow streets and the commune of Rocamadour, which attracts visitors and pilgrims to its historic sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Set in a gorge, Rocamadour is perched high on a rocky plateau in what seems like an impossible position. It gives spectacular views over the Alzou Valley, attracting 1.5 million visitors every year.

More modern but equally full of history is the capital of the Midi-Pyrenees region, Toulouse. The only large metropolitan area in the region, Toulouse is situated on the banks of the River Garonne, but it retains a delightfully, intimate ‘village’ feel.

The ‘great outdoors’ is very big here and great walking and cycle routes, waymarked ways and traffic-free cycling are all around. And of course for the expert there are the legendary cols of the Tour de France just waiting for you in the Pyrenees!

The food and drink is as delicious as you would expect in France, with a plentiful array of cheeses and wines available. Armagnac brandy, produced in the south of France, is the drink of choice while dishes on offer are wide, varied and mostly made with fresh produce. One to try is the regional speciality cassoulet toulousain - a sort of bean casserole. Also popular are duck, foie gras and Melsat - a type of sausage very similar to British black pudding.

Take a look at our cottages in Midi-Pyrennes to start building a holiday experience in a part of France you''ll never forget.
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  • La Mirabelle

    Mirepoix, Ariège

    Ref: F09102

    Peacefully located on the outskirts of the lovely medieval village of Mirepoix, in the Ariège, this modern, light and spacious detached holiday villa is in a large enclosed garden leading down to the beautiful River L’Hers. Mirepoix, the centre of the Cathar country, with its many castles and ruins, has a lively square with shops, cafés and restaurants. The square is bounded by 13th-century houses, the longest covered galleries in France and the 15th-century cathedral, and it is also the scene for wonderful Monday and Thursday markets. Stroll around the historical ‘Ville Rose’ of Toulouse, or enjoy its marvellous shopping. Explore the region’s ancient market towns, enjoy the excellent walking and the limestone caves and gorges in the foothills of the Pyrénées. Or, spend the day around the large pool, lunch on the covered terrace, enjoy an evening al-fresco meal or barbecue down on the riverbank with a bottle of the excellent and inexpensive local wine. Fly via Carcassonne or Toulouse.

    All on ground floor: Large living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Sitting room with French windows. Utility. Four bedrooms: Two queen-size with patio doors to garden and pool, one with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower and shower cubicle, one with en-suite shower room/WC, two twin both with en-suite shower room/WC. Separate WC

    • Large private lawned garden leading to river (take care with children)
    • Terraces
    • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2m) with Roman steps
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 800m from village centre (all facilities), 50km SW of Carcassonne, 80km SE of Toulouse, 120km from Mediterranean beaches.

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