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Pretty stone cottage, heated pool, woodland view, terrace, big balcony & garden

Gilli Palmer

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

Gilli Palmer

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Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
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Pretty stone cottage, heated pool, woodland view, terrace, big balcony & garden

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

Overview

Chalabre Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Ideal centre for relaxation, cycling or walking & site seeing

Self-contained comfortable cottage of charm & character. Large fully fitted kitchen/dining room/lounge decorated with original paintings. Full central heating. Sky free to view & French TV installed. The stone walls ensure warmth in winter & keeps you cool in summer. Breakfast on the shady terrace or balcony. There is a full size gas hob, electric oven, large fridge, washing machine & the kitchen is fully equipped. Upstairs there is a door to the balcony, two bedrooms (one double & one with double & single bed) A large shower room with cubicle shower & vanity unit. Separate WC. There are also outside stairs to the balcony. Linen & towels provided, changed weekly. Welcome pack - milk, tea, coffee, sugar, toilet rolls & a bottle of wine. Dinner may be ordered if desired. at 24hrs notice. Off road parking. Cycle hire. We regret that our property is not suitable for children under 5 or the infirm due to the WC being on the first floor. Exclusive use of Outdoor Pool in garden - open July - mid Sept only.

Ideal Centre for Site Seeing : Midway between to Limoux, & Mirepoix, south of Carcassonne, this is an ideal centre for visiting the Cathar Castles. A wonderfully scenic drive takes you through Chalabre, Puivert, Quillan and on through the dramatic Gorges de St George past Puilaurens & on towards the Spanish border to Queribus & Perpetuise. On the way you will pass some remarkable scenery & hundreds of opportunities to taste the local wines!! The local cooperative shop will welcome you to taste their wares & buy a bottle or two to take home for dinner! Or turn to the west & visit Ch. Monsegur the last stronghold of the Cathars & the magnificent Pyrenees themselves. Visit neolithic caves, ride a scenic railway or take a boat on an underground lake. Feeling more adventurous - white water rafting, caving, climbing or walking are popular sports. Fantastic cycling on safe roads or mountain biking. Limoux is host to the start of a stage of the Tour de France again this year, the town outdid itself with fantastic flower displays all themed to the cycling. Strolling through the town on the Saturday evening last year was a hugely interesting experience even for those who are not cycling fans. The start on Sunday was amazing in its efficient execution but at the same time giving the many fans who came for the occasion plenty of opportunity for a very close look at the most famous cyclists in the world. Limoux also prides itself on being one of the most floriferous towns in France, changing the planted displays in baskets, planters, on roundabouts & down the sides of the streets & roads four times a year. Having an aperatif in the attractive main square or even a meal under the brollies at one of the many restaurants in the warm evening sunshine is a very pleasant holiday experience.

Mirepoix is a medieval town with an ancient arcaded market square, many restaurants & outdoor cafes, with a unique parish church of international historical importance. The town prides itself on the regular musical & theatrical performances in the square, especially the jazz festival in July. The regular Monday market attracts visitors from all over the world with everything from the freshest of vegetables to exotic clothing.

Wine Country - Reds, whites & sparkling: Butterfly Cottage lies within 15 min. of the centre of production of the famed champagne type wine Blanquette de Limoux. Tasting sessions are available at many outlets in the town. Also in easy reach is the Cotes de Malpere & Carcasses full bodied wines of excellent flavour. Then towards the Med Coast is the Corbieres, Fitou, Quatourze & Rivesaltes appellations; well known wines exported widely and much loved by wine lovers all over the world. Travelling north, yet still within an hours drive lie the Cabardes, Montagne Noir, Minervois, Narbonnais & La Clape appellations - again exported widely and much enjoyed. The majority of the individual vineyards run tasting sessions by appointment, although it is possible to drop in to taste & buy at all the cooperative shops for each wine area. A wonderful day out is a drive through the Gorges de St George down to Rivesaltes wine tasting at the Cooperative in Maury followed by lunch in the garden at the restaurant opposite, I can recommend it!

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Gilli Palmer (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, french
Response time:
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Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2015

About Gilli Palmer

Mike and I have been together many years having run a successful agricultural advisory business in the North of England together for 18 years before we moved to live in France. I have always ridden & driven horses as my sport & Mike has been a successful amateur racing cyclist all his life. I am an enthusiastic cook, gardener and a fairly successful artist - watercolours & oils. I love painting portraits. I am also a Reiki Seichem Master/Teacher & enjoy all levels of a spiritual life connected to the land & our beloved woodland.

We also have a farm with breeding sheep here at Gary, but as we are surrounded by mature broadleafed woodland we also have an interest in a firewood business. Our forester comes from Cumbria & manages our woodland in an ecologically sound & sympathetic manner.

Mike is a keen gatherer of wild mushrooms in season & is also a keen gardener. He loves introducing children & young people to the country life having reared two lovely daughters of his own.

He keeps good care of our cycles & his own beloved Kuota! which he rides regularly. I enjoy cycling too but am not up to his level of fitness & dont do hills very well. He will happily take cycling parties out for a spin if required.

We both enjoy our animals, we have 3 cats and a dog as well as my retired horses and of course our small flock of sheep.

It gives us both great pleasure to see our visitors relax & enjoy both our cottage and the beautiful area in which we live.

Gilli Palmer purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Gilli Palmer chose Chalabre

Well, we didnt really set out to buy a property, it just happened. We were in the area on holiday & tagged on to a property visiting event with our sister in law. Basically we came to Gary, saw the house & land & just decided to buy it. It was so like our home in the UK, lost in the forest with a few paddocks, only here at Gary we have much more land & we actually own the woodland too. The old stone house needed a lot of love & care but had a huge amount of potential which we have been able to exploit. We havnt been able to date the house as there have been no records kept but we think it is about 300 years old. The walls are thick & keep us cool in summer but warm in winter.

We have a large vegetable garden sloping east-south/east on clay but which is now starting to produce well after several seasons of deep working & applications of well rotted manure.

The surrounding woodland is full of wildlife & we have many rare butterflies & orchids. We also have wild strawberries in the spring & wild crocus in the autumn. Sweet chestnuts are plentiful along with walnuts, medlar & blackberries. Many of the annual traditional garden flowers which I have planted since we arrived seem to have started to naturalise & I have also noticed several types of garden flowers which grow wild in this area - we even have alliums growing in the hedgerows.

Many of our visitors ask us how we found the property & our answer can only be Chance - either that or in some unique way the property found us.

What makes this cottage unique

I think that under this heading I can only say that although when you live or stay here at Gary you can feel as though you are in the depths of the countryside, when in actual fact we are only a few miles from our nearest village and only a few miles further from a decent sized town and wonderful site seeing in a unique historial area.

On the other hand, we enjoy the annual visit of the Tour de France - it always seems to come close to us and in fact for the last 2 years our local town Limoux has been able to host a stage start. Add to that we have quiet roads all the year round so it is possible to enjoy a safe & peaceful cycle ride whenever you wish - at all levels of difficulty from virtually flat to as steep as you can manage. It is also easy to visit many of the great Pyrennean climbs to have a go yourself if you fancy it & still get home to supper.

The Med is not too far away for a day trip so safe, warm sea bathing is a regular enjoyment, or walking in the mountains - we are extremely lucky to be virtually central to a wide array of sports & activities. Then of course I mustnt forget the old castles & abbeys - we especially enjoy the music concerts & other activities which are held throughout the year at many of these venues. Our closest castle, Chateau Chalabre has its own horses & knights & holds weekly tournaments & participation entertainments specially geared to children all summer & it is only about 5 miles away over the hill. It is safe to say there is always something interesting to do if you want to apart from sitting in the garden by the pool in the sun. One of our visitors was delighted to sit & see the stars in the night sky after a lifetime of light pollution! Most people find something unique about Gary.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Farewell Butterfly Cottage. We have had a wonderful few weeks, Mike & Gilli have been very generous with their homegrown fresh fruit and vegetables as well as giving us their time to enjoy a few glasses of wine.We will miss them too. Then of course there is the lovely Bella too. We have learnt a lot about the area and its wines. Thank you.
Sep 2014
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Reviews

4.8
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Pretty stone cottage, heated pool, woodland view, terrace, big balcony & garden
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 32 reviews
4

A friendly stay in nature and quietness

  • 4 of 5

A friendly welcome by the landowners in a small farm. Quietness guarenteed and beautyfull walks trough the surrouding forest. Excellent for nature and hiking lovers, I've spent three relaxing days sharing my time between following the farms' work and wandering in the forest arround.

Thank to Gilli and Mike for this good time shared.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. The weather was kind and we enjoyed your company, a short break can be very relaxing I am surprised more people dont try it especially as Carcassonne airport is so close.
5

A REMOTE AND CHARMING LOCATION

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed for four weeks at the property, which is at the rear of the owners' accommodation. Mike and Gilli are an engaging couple, who farm sheep and grow vegetables and fruit. On arrival, Gilli cooked for us, which was much appreciated after a long day's travelling.

We spent several early evenings with the owners at the front of their cottage with a glass of wine. We were often treated to their home-grown produce to take away with us; it is a rare pleasure to eat corn on the cob within a couple of hours of its picking. Gilli gave us greengage jam on our arrival and later some blackcurrant. She provided us with jam-making facilities and we made plum jam from her and Tom's (a neighbour) trees. Mike entertained my interest in mushrooms by leading me on two forays: I do what I can in England, but I had never filled a basket before and I learnt several delicious edibles to add to my knowledge.

Bella the Staff. was a delight, usually dusty and often with a muddy snout (the result of her mousing and moleing proclivity) she greeted us with a waggy tail every day.

My wife and I loved everything and to people who understand what it entails to live in the middle of a forest, fifteen miles from the shops, we would thoroughly recommend a stay here.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We had a lovely September, lots of sunshine and very warm. We were delighted to enjoy some time with our visitors, and a few glasses of wine of course. It is also rather nice that the layout of the buildings allows our visitors to be sociable or not as the fancy takes them. The hamlet is remarkably private with no houses overlooking the others, but friendly just the same. Sometimes it surprises me that the '15 miles from the shops' is seen as remote - When I lived in Yorkshire we were 25 miles from the nearest shop in Scarborough and frequently, in summer when the traffic was bad, it took a whole lot longer to get there. Here, you have 15 miles of virtually empty roads and beautiful views - you take your choice I suppose but I know where I would rather be.
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5

A remote and charming location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed for four weeks at the property, which is at the rear of the owners' accommodation. Mike and Gilli are an engaging couple, who farm sheep and grow vegetables and fruit. On arrival, Gilli cooked for us, which was much appreciated after a long day's travelling.

We spent several early evenings with the owners at the front of their cottage with a glass of wine. We were often treated to their home-grown produce to take away with us; it is a rare pleasure to eat corn on the cob within a couple of hours of its picking. Gilli gave us greengage jam on our arrival and later some blackcurrant. She provided us with jam-making facilities and we made plum jam from her and Tom's (a neighbour) trees. Mike entertained my interest in mushrooms by leading me on two forays: I do what I can in England, but I had never filled a basket before and I learnt several delicious edibles to add to my knowledge.

Bella the Staff. was a delight, usually dusty and often with a muddy snout (the result of her mousing and moleing proclivity) she greeted us with a waggy tail every day.

My wife and I loved everything and to people who understand what it entails to live in the middle of a forest, fifteen miles from the shops, we would thoroughly recommend a stay here.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Tranquil woodland location.

  • 5 of 5

A character cottage, well equipped for cooks, comfortable beds, big modern shower, good central heating system so we kept very warm. The wonderful natural surroundings, visiting birds to the table outside the window (jays) and the host's garden and woodland, fields with horses and sheep and a marvelous place to relax. Particularly suited for walkers, artists, natural history lovers. Our hosts were very helpful, friendly but discreet. There is no wi-fi, at the cottage due to the valley/ forest location, so those who rely on technology need to be aware.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind endorsement. We very much enjoyed your visit with us. However, I would like to put one things straight - we do have computer wifi but mobile phone reception is iffy at times due to it being satellite connection and heavy cloud cover can cause problems. However, any request to use a phone is no problem, I simply bring the landline telephone through!!
5

Peaceful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is exactly as described. We had absolutely everything we needed. We had a wonderful week exploring the area. Carcassonne and Andorra in particular were fantastic. If we needed any help or advice, Gilli and Mike were on hand and full of useful information! Thank you very much to you both for being so welcoming and making our stay so good!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We get a lot of pleasure out of happy & satisfied visitors - our valley is magic and we enjoy sharing it. Thank you Jane.
4

Our holiday in the woods

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely weeks stay here and had some great BBQ's on the terrace. The location is fantastically secluded and you really do feel that you have "got away from it all". The pool was also great for the children.

Gilli and Mike were very friendly and hospitable and Bella the dog was a special treat as we had to leave ours at home!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou for your kind review. It is hard to describe how "away from it all" we seem to be - yet we are only a few kilometers from interesting market towns, a truly medieval town with a fantastic Monday morning market and only 40 minutes from the airport and Carcassonne Cite. We are so glad you had a happy and relaxing holiday, it was a treat to see the children frollicking in the pool. Thank you again we hope you will decide to visit us again some time.

Map

Nearest Airport
31.6 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Barpub
9 Kilometres
Chalabre
Nearest Golf
62 Kilometres
Foix
Nearest Train
31.6 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Motorway
31.6 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Chalabre
Nearest Ski
35 Kilometres
Ax les Thermes
Nearest Beach
75 Kilometres
Narbonne
Car: recommended

Gary is a small hamlet of houses set in a valley of deciduous woods and grazing pastures. Close to the GN7 walking route there is unlimited walking and cycling (road & all terrain) Hire your cycle from us - good quality road & all terrain, straight from our door. Listen to the nightingales sing in spring or the deer barking and owls hooting in late summer from our sunny balcony or shady terrace. Our gardens & the wild flowers attract fantastic butterflies, Swallowtails, Rare Swallowtail, Silver Washed Frits, White Admirals & many more. Relax in the sunshine, swim in the pool, picnic in the woods, walk marked paths or further afield. Close to Carcassonne & the Cathar Castles. Like a wild swim? visit Montbel a large lake near Chalabre with a mountain backdrop, or the lake at the foot of Puivert Castle. On the edge of this wonderful wine growing areas, taste Blanquette de Limoux, or the reds & whites of Malpere, Corbiere, Minervois, tasting visits can be arrange. Go with Mike on a Fungus Foray Aug to Oct - cooking tips with Gilli.

Other Activities: Wine tasting, canoeing, castles, abbeys, Carcassonne, medieval towns & villages

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Rates & Availability

From £75 Per night

Chalabre Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Early Summer
Mar 29 2015 - May 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
£85
£595
£2,200
 
 
High Summer
Jun 27 2015 - Aug 29 2015
6 night minimum stay
£95
£665
£2,400
 
 
Late Summer
Aug 30 2015 - Sep 27 2015
3 night minimum stay
£85
£595
£2,100
 
 
Autumn
Sep 28 2015 - Oct 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
£75
£525
£1,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit £200
Notes We advise visitors to buy holiday insurance as we DO NOT make refunds once the full payment has been made. Payment for additional services such as evening meal on arrival may be paid when you arrive, please see our further information for bike hire etc.

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Amenities

Chalabre Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 77 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Poppy Bedroom - 1 double , with antique cupboard & Laura Ashley style wardrobe
    Wildflower Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Laura Ashley style wardrobe
  • The bedrooms are decorated in country style fabrics with original artworks and original polished wooden floors throughout.. High quality American linen is provided and changed on a weekly basis. The upstairs hall has a varnished wood linen chest and large glass paned door with opaque linen curtain leading onto the first floor balcony at tree level. Sunbathe, relax or eat on this tiled balcony which is also reached by an outside staircase from the ground floor. We normally provide feather pillows but non-allergen pillows are available on request.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Our property is not suitable for children under 5 years of age. It is possible to play Petanq or bowls in the courtyard and for children to play safely without fear. There is no through traffic as the hamlet is at the end of a 3km lane. You can walk in our woods or have a picnic in the meadow. At whatever season of the year you visit us you will find the woods and fields both inspiring & beautiful. In addition, Gilli, as well as a gifted cook, is also a Master Reiki Seichem healer and will be pleased to take a booking for sessions at your convenience. We have a thriving bio potager & will provide produce in season depending on availability. We breed sheep & have cats & a dog . We provide a welcome pack and will do a shopping list on request. Guided walking or cycling available at an extra charge & bike hire available, book in advance giving details of requirements. Fancy a mushroom foray, Mike takes bookings in autumn only or buy dried mushrooms from us throughout the year.

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