The estate of Château Rouzaud consists of a superb 19th century castle with round towers, which was a former hunting lodge. It communicates with a main building from the 16th century. Two terraces allow you to have meals in the south or north depending on the weather. The Pool house and the Bergerie are two charming guest houses located in the park. A beautibul 12th century chapel near a pond full of water lilies embellishes the flowery gardens decorated with elegant statues by David William Ellis. To relax, you will enjoy the beautiful swimming pool with its pool house, tennis, and zip line through the forest of holm oaks.
The large living room of the castle is through, it opens to the south and north on the two terraces. It communicates with a bar installed in one of the round towers. Decorated in a very “British” style, it is spacious, comfortable and warm. Other more intimate lounges are at your disposal in the XVIth part and in the guest houses.
A large room fitted out with a dance floor and bar opens onto a covered terrace on the first floor and allows you to spend a festive evening. A billiard table and a library offer other opportunities to share good times. As the sole owner during your stay, you will be able to organize your stay at your own pace, with your family and friends.
All the bedrooms have their private bathroom and very often their dressing room. They have been beautifully renovated by Lady Brooke, in a very British style, comfortable and warm. Sprinkled with antique furniture, paintings and objets d’art, they reflect the taste of the English aristocracy. Lady Lucy Brooke was accompanied by the decorator Fiona Goodheart to decorate all the rooms. They blend in perfectly with the outside spaces. All rooms have a splendid view of the rolling countryside, where the sheep and goats of Marielle and Olivier, the Cathar shepherds, graze.
The Pool house is a charming house decorated with a lot of refinement and comfort. It is situated between the swimming pool and the castle. It is composed of a living room on the ground floor with a beautiful fireplace and a mezzanine bedroom with a bathroom and a kitchen.
The Bergerie is a very small house close to the tennis court, which is a very “cosy” studio for a couple loving their privacy. A shower room and a small kitchen ensure independence if needed.
The property is always rented in its entirety to a single family. You can use the whole estate (20 people), the park (6 ha) with its tennis court and swimming pool.
The rental price includes heating, water, electricity, maintenance of the garden and cleaning the bathrooms during your stay and cleaning the whole house at the end of your stay. Sheets and towels are provided. Beds are made on your arrival.
Security deposit required: 2,500 euros.
|Season||Stay||With reception||Without reception|
|From November to April, except Christmas and New Year||Weekend 3 days|
|Week 7 days|
|May, June, September, October||Weekend 3 days|
|Week 7 days|
|July, August and Christmas and New Year|
|Week 7 days|
The site inspired by Château Rouzaud and the exceptional 360° view of the countryside and surrounding mountains explain the foundation of a chapel as early as the 12th century. At that time, Count Roger II of Foix had just returned from Apamée in Syria, the place of his high feats of arms during the first crusade, which gave its name to Pamiers, the town closest to Château Rouzaud.
It is not impossible that Jacques Fournier, born in Saverdun, and who will become Pope Benoit XII, was gathered in this beautiful chapel, at the time when, as bishop, he headed the tribunal of the Inquisition in charge of pursuing the Albigensian heretics who were hiding in the forests of the region.
In 1521, an epidemic of plague broke out Pamiers and two thirds of the inhabitants fled the town. This may explain the creation at that time of a first farm, which was later extended in the 19th century by a castle that served as a hunting lodge.
The property with its lake and farm facilities were dormant until Sir Richard and Lady Brooke bought it in 1998 and decided to turn it into a little gem of English charm and design. The lake is dredged and restored, a terrace joins the castle to the renovated farm buildings. Lady Lucy Brooke calls on the talents of decorator Fiona Goodhart to create simple, warm and welcoming (seemingly) interior spaces, whose walls house the family’s exceptional collection of portraits dating back to the 15th century. Passionate about art, Lord Edward Brooke will use the beautifully appointed outdoor spaces as a showcase for his collection of bronze statues by David Williams. Remarkable work has been carried out in the undergrowth, lawns and gardens, which has resulted in giving the present site its coherence and exceptional living environment.
Château Rouzaud is located in Saint-Victor Rouzaud in South West of France, in Ariège, in Cathar country, near the town of Pamiers. At the foot of the Pyrenees, this green countryside is a paradise for lovers of mountain hiking, horseback riding, fishing, swimming in waterfalls or lakes, hunting, and in winter, cross-country or downhill skiing. For thrill-seekers, you can go down the Ariège in a canoe or kayak, or parachute jump at the Pujols airfield, just a few minutes from Château Rouzaud.
Those with a passion for Prehistory or History will be able to discover the exceptional heritage of the Ariège: the medieval village of Mirepoix, the picturesque artists’ village of Carla-Bayle, the caves of Mas d’Azil, the castle of Foix, the underground river of La Bouiche. And not to be missed: the famous Cathar castle of Montségur.
45 minutes from Rouzaud castle, discover the City of Carcassonne, World Heritage of Humanity, or the city of Toulouse, whose beautiful red brick facades have given it the name of “pink city”.
Fascinating for children: the Forges de Pyrènes, the Prehistory Park in Ariège, or the Cité de l’Espace in Toulouse.
And don’t forget to enjoy the local products bought on the markets of Pamiers, Foix or Mirepoix, or in the farms near the castle.
Park of 6 hectares with secure swimming pool, tennis, zip line, pond, forest of holm oaks.
The three buildings of the estate have a total of 9 double rooms: 4 in the castle with its round towers, 3 in the adjoining main building, one in the pigsty and one in the sheepfold.
The castle is made up of the former hunting lodge with its round towers which communicates to the west with a 16th century main building, called the farm, to form a single building.
2 equipped terraces, one to the south and one to the north.
The castle with the round towers: 4 double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
1st floor by main staircase:
1st floor by service stairs :
– Living room with sofa bed
– Shower room and WC
– Small green room : a bed in 140 cm and 1 sofa bed in 90 cm
– Blue room: a bed in 200 cm, with its bathroom with bathtub, WC, and its dressing room.
2nd floor: Upstairs bedroom with Vlux : 2 beds in 90 cm, with its bathroom with bath, shower and WC
The Pool house : 1 double room
The Bergerie : 1 double room
Detail of the equipment :
– Fully equipped kitchen
– Lounges: television, hi-fi system, Wifi internet access
– Central heating throughout the house
– Leisure activities: tennis, zip line, board games, children’s games, petanque, library
– For babies: 2 cribs, high chair, changing mattress
– BBQ and pool deckchairs