Chateau des Comtes is an exclusive retreat, set in the heart of the mountain village of Chalabre in the foothills of the Pyrenees, a region known as the Quercorb in the heart of Cathar country. This is a stunning Chateau built at the turn of the 20th century, recently restored to glory with ornate ceilings and fireplaces and gleaming hardwood floors. The on-site housekeeper ensures the smooth running of the Chateau, allowing you to kick back and relax; you can also upgrade to fully serviced for the ultimate in luxury service.
The unassuming, almost hidden entrance at street level belies the scale of the property; as you make your way up the towering staircase and gaze up at the beautiful art-deco stained-glass skylight you begin to sense its grandeur. Richly decorated wallpapers, silks and velvet fabrics recreate the splendour of long ago, but modern amenities and a first-rate service ensure you enjoy the utmost comfort during your stay.
The journey to Chalabre is stunning; wind your way through forests and across babbling brooks as you climb into the foothills of the Pyrenees and feel your stresses and strains just float away on the clear, fresh mountain air. The medieval village of Chalabre has much to offer in the way of cafes, shops and restaurants as well as a weekly market. Chateau Chalabre, which dominates the village skyline, is now a Medieval theme park with craft workshops, exhibitions, medieval combat, and an annual jousting tournament! There are many summer festivals and events held in the village including the fete Galois on Bastille Day. Nearby Lac de Montbel offers opportunities for swimming, sailing, kayaking and horse-riding along its shores. Mirepoix should not be missed; dating back to the 10th century, the impeccably preserved, half-timbered buildings create an impressive arcade around the main square.
What a fabulous place! The mountain setting is beautiful and unspoilt. The Chateau itself is very grand, with ornate painted ceilings, marble fireplaces, highly polished hardwood floors, yet it still manages to feel homely and welcoming. The service is the icing on the cake!
Ground floor entrance:
Entrance lobby with access to House Manager's apartment (also accessed independently from exterior).
Library (TV), open fireplace.
Salon, open fireplace.
Main living room, (billiards, TV), open fireplace, French doors to main terrace overlooking village with outdoor dining and pathway to garden.
Orangerie/dining room, French doors to main terrace.
Traditional fitted kitchen.
All bedrooms have an open fireplace.
Master double bedroom (1.80m), ensuite bathroom, WC, door to private terrace overlooking garden.
Twin/double bedroom (1.80m or 2 x 0.90m), ensuite bathroom, WC (this room can be accessed from the hallway or master bedroom).
Twin/double bedroom (1.80m or 2 x 0.90m), ensuite bathroom, WC.
Double bedroom, ensuite shower room, WC.
2700m2 of enclosed, terraced grounds. Main terrace on first floor level, overlooking village with outdoor dining and seating area. Steps and pathway to upper garden level with 12m x 6m pool (Roman step entry). Small lawned terraces with fruit trees and shrubs providing private areas in which to sit and relax - some parts of the grounds are overlooked by village houses. Petanque. Free on-street parking.
Due to the steep nature of the grounds, children must be supervised at all times.
Onsite manager and staff live in separate accommodation attached to the rear of the Chateau.
Included: On-site house manager / concierge. Mid-week maid service & towel change. Wi-Fi. Pool towels. Local tourist taxes.
Extras: Chef for fully catered or individual meal options on request (dinner menus designed by a local Michelin-starred chef). Additional maid service. Grocery deliveries. Nannies. Airport transfers. Chauffeured tours. Wine tasting.
About The Location
- In the village of Chalabre
- Limoux 14km
- Mirepoix 20km
- Foix 47km
- Carcassonne 50km
- Carcassonne 50km
- Perpignan 100km
- Gare de Foix 45km
- Lac de Montbel beach 6km
- Sailing on Lac de Montbel 6km
- Chateau Chalabre Medieval Theme Park
- Pyrenees mountains
£2000 refundable cash security deposit only