La Bomba is an exquisite farmhouse that has been lovingly restored and furnished to a very high standard. The house is enormous! Situated at the foot of the picturesque village of Saint Paulet in the region of Aude, La Bomba offers very spacious accommodation for 12/13 people, a private pool that can be heated, and wonderful views towards the Pyrenees. It boasts maxi-sized bedrooms, 4 generous bathrooms, a fab modern kitchen, a second kitchen (with second fridge and second dishwasher!), an enormous beamed double height Grand Salon sitting room with a traditional Lauragais fireplace, dining room, a cosy 'den' with satellite TV and DVD, and a library. The property has a delightful garden, nestling beneath the Chateau of St. Paulet, bordered by Italian Cypress and bounteous cherry and fig trees. There are also 2 outside dining terraces covered by ironwork pergola and climbing roses with seating for 12/14. Located an easy 50 min drive from both Carcassonne and Toulouse airports. BBQ, table tennis, and badminton.You can read and see much more of the house at www.labombafrance.com
Farmhouse in Saint Paulet, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Private Pool, Tranquil Rural Location, 15 Mins To Lakeside Beach, Sailing And Windsurfing
- english, french, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 15, 2018
About Sam Cash
Francophile and former TV executive-turned-chef, I first bought the house as a wreck back in 2001. After 4 fraught but rewarding years, La Bomba was finally habitable and fit for guests in the summer of 2005. The following year my wife and I got married in the village church and we held the reception in the house and grounds. Without a doubt the happiest day of my life and you can see some photos on the website - details below. After 15 years in London we now live in the bustling port city of Las Palms in the Canary Islands where we run a catering business.
Sam Cash purchased this Farmhouse in 2001
Why Sam Cash chose Saint-Paulet
I fell in love with the area when visiting my sister who was living there for a few months on an exchange back in 2001. The area is known locally as the Lauragais and it is a truly undiscovered gem of a region. Fantastically fertile, in the summer it is a riot of colour with wonderful vistas of sunflowers, wheat, and poppies in every direction. Though there's masses of good wine produced locally (Minervois, Corbieres, Fitou) the soil of the Lauragais is far too good for grapes! If there's one thing lacking it is immediate proximity to the sea but there's a fantastic pool at the property and there's even a beach just 15 minutes away at Lac Saint Ferreol. Once you've come once you will want to come again and again. It is one of the most delightful spots on earth.
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Wonderful week at La Bomba
A group of 8 friends had an amazing week here. Bedrooms are enormous with very comfy beds. Plenty of different seating areas to accommodate large groups inside and outside. We were lucky with the weather most days so our evenings were spent outside under the amazing stars. We have stayed in many holiday rental properties before but none of them were as well equipped for self catering as La Bomba. Every utensil that you could possibly need was there. To add to all this the swimming pool far exceeded our expectations and much fun was had in it. We enjoyed our trip to Castelnaudary on market day which was well worth a visit. Carcassonne and Revel were also lovely. The owner Sam couldn't have been more helpful.
Wonderful stay at La Bomba - missing it already !
Beautiful property in lovely surroundings - didn't disappoint in any way . Went with family -12 in all - and always had space to relax . Pool was wonderful too , a really good size and kept very clean by the resident robot !!
Loved our stay and can't fault in any way - Sam , the owner, couldn't of been more helpful either . Love to return some day .
La Bomba is most inviting as you approach the property and once inside the grounds it continues to delight.
Various outdoor seating areas suit different times of the day, there's lawn to play on and the pool is super.
La Bomba's interior is spacious and well equipped and the grand salon, with its table tennis and football tables, was a big hit.
Saint Paulet is a great location and, despite sitting in very quiet countryside, it has easy access to major routes into Toulouse, Castelnaudary, Carcassonne and further afield. Cite l'espace and Carcassonne are both well worth a visit and the Grotte de Limousis was engaging. All three of these kept our 9 year old interested.
Closer to La Bomba it was nice to walk along the Rigole straight from the house and there are some super restaurants nearby - most notably l'Auberge du Poids Public in St. Felix. The boulangerie in Souilhe delivers bread twice a week to the door which added a delightful authenticity to the holiday.
Sam, the owner, was very helpful both before and during our stay, answering all queries promptly.
La Bomba was an excellent choice providing super holiday memories.
Pretty close to perfect.
La Bomba is the kind of place you're reluctant to review honestly in case it leads to the place being booked up next time you want to visit. Perfectly positioned on the edge of a sleepy Lauragais village, if the temptations of nearby markets and vineyards weren't so great it would been easy to stray no further than a few yards from the swimming pool for the duration of our stay. The fields of sunflowers flanking the farmhouse leave you wondering whether you've woken up in the middle of a picture postcard.
Very pleased the house met your expectations. We hope to see you at La Bomba another year!
Stunning French farmhouse with gorgeous pool.
Fabulous farm house that is beautifully decorated and with stunning gardens. We loved the roses, the pool, the sun loungers, the shutters - in fact everything. When we stayed the surrounding fields were full of sunflowers. Inside it is beautifully designed, with views from every window. We particularly liked the table tennis table. Great idea. Nearby there was lots to do - there were some very good markets nearby. The house was so lovely we didn't make it to nearby Carcassone. Next time we will! Lovely local walks too! I would love to come back with my mum and step-dad (there are downstairs bedrooms and they are all quite spread out, so it feels very private). The owner, Sam, was very charming and full of good local knowledge. 10/10. Perfection!
Thank you for your kind words, Lucy. It was a pleasure having you and your lovely family to stay at La Bomba. Carcassonne is a great day out but best visited on a week-day when the crowds are less intense. Looking forward to welcoming you to the house another year!
Attractive and very well restored farmhouse
We were delighted to find the property, delivered on everything promised. The restoration has been done well, with quality workmanship and many stylish features. The Salon is an amazing room with ample space for even the largest party. Bedrooms locations are a little quirky, due to the size/shape of the property, but this adds to its charm and affords privacy, when needed. Two bedrooms are accessed via a spiral staircase. Outside the garden is large and well designed, the highlight being the fabulous pool. Plenty of space and options for alfresco dining, weather permitting and even inside the dining arrangements were ideal for our party. La Bomba's rural location makes it a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city living. We enjoyed mixed weather during our stay, but did choose not to travel in peak season. The house was spotlessly clean on arrival and the owner even emailed to check that all was well. There are plenty of places to visit locally and we especially enjoyed the river walk. A second week would have been even better!
15 mins to lakeside beach, sailing and windsurfing.
50 mins drive from both Toulouse and Carcassonne airports.
La Bomba is situated at the foot of the village of Saint Paulet in the heart of the Lauragais region. It is a ten minute drive from three towns - Revel which has a fantastic market every Saturday, certainly one of the best in France. Castelnaudary which is the main town of the Canal Du Midi and is internationally famous as the home of 'cassoulet' and Villefranche-Lauragais which has great restaurants, a cinema, and excellent transport links.
A little further afield are the cities of Carcassonne and Toulouse. Both are about a 45 minute drive. Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting an incredibly well preserved medieval castle. Toulouse is one of the most fashionable of French cities with superb dining, excellent shopping and fun nightlife. Both have international airports with regular flights from London and the rest of Europe.
Additional information about rental rates
Changeover Day: Saturdays during Summer season, flexible in Spring and Autumn.