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The chateau lies beside the sleepy little bastide village of St Martin d'Oydes, surrounded by the gently rolling foothills of the Pyrenees. Rebuilt at the end of the 15th century on 12th century foundations and using the famous brique rose which changes from deep rusty red to a light honey colour, according to the light, the house has been completely restored to combine its historic charm with modern comfort and convenience.

With six bedrooms, six bathrooms and five 'public' rooms the chateau has ample accommodation for up to 17 people without feeling crowded. It is furnished with antiques but these are solid country pieces rather than gilded delicacies so the atmosphere is very much that of a comfortable family house. It is very family-friendly (we now have a trampoline!) and is highly suitable for two or three families sharing or for large family gatherings - recently it seems to have been be particularly favoured for seventieth birthday celebrations. Because the walls are about three feet thick, the rooms are cool and airy in summer but cosy in winter, with full central heating and big open fires.

The magnificent five acre park is landscaped in an informal English style - there are large open spaces, splendid mature trees, masses of flowering plants, a partial moat, a small river and a delightful heated salt-water swimming-pool.

The chateau is looked after by our housekeeper, an English woman who lives in a nearby village, and her team of helpers. Maid service (3 hours a day 6 days a week) is included in the price. A cook or other further help is available. The house is exceptionally well equipped thoughout and, whilst there is much in the surrounding area to interest those who like to explore, there is plenty to occupy others who prefer to stay put.

This is an enchanting and romantic place but, above all, it is somewhere to relax and feel at home.

There is a page about the village of St Martin d'Oydes on an extremely informative website about the department of the Ariège.

© Chateau St Martin, 2010 Site by: Wizbit