Loustal Beau is the prettiest house on the Domaine, with the most spectacular views. It’s perfectly sized for four, with a huge private lawned garden – and it’s just steps away from the pool area. Before the renovation, it was a disused barn with the tall archway on the south façade which is so typical of the region. This arch has been preserved and double-glazed, to show off the spectacular views of the Pyrenees from both the galleried bedroom floor and the double height ground floor. The ground floor has a separate wc off the airy 11x6m open-plan sitting, dining and kitchen area with a woodburning stove for winter evenings. There are french doors to a shaded BBQ and outside dining area, which in turn leads to nearly a half acre of secluded lawns and gardens – with, as always on the Domaine, spectacular views of the mountains. The first floor has two bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom. One bedroom has a king size bed, and the other has twin beds.
L’Ostalet was newly converted for 2012. It retains many original features, such as its old bread oven at the back, and a stone basin in the living area. It has a downstairs en suite double bedroom and an upstairs en suite twin bedroom. There is a comfortable living area (22sqm), well fitted kitchen and separate dining area. Outside, there are patios to both the front and rear, meaning you can always find (or escape from) the sun, and a large private garden with barbecue area. There is easy access to the heated pool and extensive gardens of the Domaine.
Apart from the large heated pool (with safety fence), there are many hidden corners of calm around Loustalviel. And, for the more energetic, there’s a ‘football pitch’, a piste de boules and kit for a game of cricket. The Domaine is surrounded by ancient towns and churches, vineyards and prehistoric caves; it’s within easy reach of golf, sailing, windsurfing, cycling, and horse riding, 20 minutes from the Canal du Midi and just over an hour from the Mediterranean beaches or some spectacular walking (and skiing) in the Pyrenees.