Jonathan Kemp

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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
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Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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KINGFISHER APARTMENT

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In the heart of the Cathar country in a market town close to airport.

Two charming self-catering apartments beautifully renovated in a fine historic building, pre-dating 13th C. This unique house, once the dwelling of an aristocratic family, and reputedly a residence of the King of Aragorn in the 13th century, elegantly overlooks the river whilst keeping a warm and welcoming feel to make your stay relaxing and comfortable for adults and children. The 2 spacious apartments are independent, have fully equipped kitchens/dining areas and large bathrooms with baths and showers. Guests often comment on the unique decorations, a real feature, and wonder at the historical traces of it's long history.

In the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, Limoux is ideally placed for exploring the many medieval abbeys, Cathar castles and wineries that are found nearby. The town is renowned for its Blanquette, the 'original' champagne, for its Carnival which lasts for 3 months from mid-January, and the Tocques & Clocher wine festival. You can walk along the river to the restaurants of the town, and all services that you might need are close. We are quickly reached from Carcassonne airport at 22 kms.

Having lived in the area for nearly 25 years we specialize in being able to give full advice tailored to each guest's different needs. Be it in knowing where to go for sight-seeing, good restaurants, interesting wine caves, local arts and music festivals, walks of all levels, we are more than happy to pass an pleasant 30 minutes over a glass of wine planning your next day's trip. But only if you want to!

Winter breaks, ski and sight-seeing: Being in town and near Carcassonne airport, the Maison de Lali is very suitable for winter breaks. The sun shines here throughout much of the year - we have known it to be 24° centigrade in the January. There is a full sized golf course (with an excellent bistro and top-class restaurant) less than half an hours' drive away on the Limoux side of Carcassonne. The nearest ski slope is at Camurac about 1 hour away, with Les Angles, Pyrenees 2000 and Andorra easily accessible for a day's skiing. The Cathar castles are wonderful at any time of year, and a visit to the Mediterranean sea is always stimulating. There are good art galleries in Toulouse, Ceret and Sigean, and the famous carnival of Limoux lasts for 13 weeks staring in january. Of course, there is always the wine of the region to sample, and especially Blanquette of Limoux, the 'original' champagne. Recently our local mountain - the Pic de Bugarach - has been headlined worldwide. It is a wonderful place, and easily climbable.

Pets are welcome; visitors are allowed one dog (more only by prior arrangement) but it must not be left unattended in your accommodation. Visitors must make sure their pets do not cause damage to property or to get onto furniture.

Bird Watching in the Aude: Jonathan is a keen birder and a member of the steering committee of the League de Protection d'Oiseaux de L'Aude. He is happy to give advice as to local spotting, and will also accompany groups for a small fee. The Aude is very rich in habitats, from the coastal wetlands to the high mountains, with moorland, river valleys and forests in between. There are nearly 200 nesting species recorded in the Aude, with some very special rarities amongst them; Egyptian Vulture, Lammergeier, Eagle Owl, Golden Eagle, Blue-rock Thrush, Red-rumped Swallow, Alpine Swift, just to name a few that could be of interest to birders. The coastal wetland at Gruissan is a main migration corridor of France, with birds funnelled between the Mediterranean sea and the high mountains of the Pyrenees. There were over 35000 raptors recorded in 2011. It is also interesting for overwintering species, like Flamingos, Advocets, Wallcreepers, Accentors.

Guests comments.: 'your home is amazing and has everything we needed to make for an incredibly comfortable and relaxing vacation. We can't express enough how much your generosity meant to us. Indeed, you helped make our trip very memorable!!' B.&C.Love, Saratoga Springs N.Y.

'You have obviously worked hard to restore this lovely building, retaining its' character for future generations. The setting is stunning......' C.&P.Dickenson, Hereford, U.K.

'Staying here is like living in a painting. The building itself, so rich in history and strength of character, provides a feeliong of peace and tranqulility'. B.Jackson, Texas.

'Angèle and Jonathan - what an amazing experience we have had staying in your home by the river. Full of stories and so much history! Thank you for your warm welcome and interesting conversations'. Family Trussell, Sydney Australia.

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Details for Kingfisher apartment 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 2 Bathrooms

Set in the oldest building of Limoux ( romantically known as the King of Aragon's house - unproven, but ceratinly it has aristocratic origins, with its' guard tower) we spent many years restoring this fine old building with our own hands. With our skills of cabinet maker and artist we worked together to bring out the best of this fascinating building, and its many unique features. Kingfisher apartment is on the 2nd floor and has has been completely rebuilt to make a lovely holiday space for up to 5 people. There are 2 double bedrooms, the main one overlooking the river. There is a fully equiped kitchen with good modern appliances, a dining area for 8, and a terrace overlooking the courtyard and the hills. The river bedroom is large enough to double up as a living area with satellite T.V; DVD and internet connection, and has lovely views to the south along the river through large french windows.There are 2 lovely bathrooms,1 with shower & bath, 1 with shower.
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Events Allowed
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
« Nous avons passé deux semaines très agréables chez Jonathan et Angèle à Limoux. Limoux est vraiment bien située pour qui veut visiter Toulouse, Carcassonne, Albi, Narbonne, Collioure, etc. Ces propriétaires ont été très gentils et très accommodants. Les deux appartements que nous avons occupés étaient tout à fait charmants, nous les recommandons à quiconque veut passer du temps dans le pays cathare. Ces logements ont un cachet grâce aux œuvres d'Angèle qui est peintre et aux rénovations très réussies de Jonathan. Ces deux-là ont consacré 10 ans de leur vie à rénover cette forteresse médiévale et le résultat est superbe. .

Merci à ces propriétaires super gentils. »
Sep 2013
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Jonathan Kemp

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Speaks english, french, german, dutch
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Angèle is Dutch, born in Zeeland but moved to Amsterdam for her education and career as an artist. Jonathan is English, born in Bath, making his living as a cabinet maker and woodworker before moving to the area in 1989. We met shortly before buying the house together, in a remote hamlet where Jonathan was restoring an old building.

Jonathan Kemp purchased this apartment in 1994

Having lived in Limoux for several years, we always said that we would buy a house on the river if one came up for sale. Walking the dog one Boxing day there was a for sale sign on one of the impressive but decrepit old buildings overlooking the water. Structurally it was sound, but everything needed doing, having been empty for at least 30 years. It has taken us 15 years to complete, having done virtually all the work ourselves, finding many wonderful and individual features as we went along. The local people described it as the 'King of Aragou's house', a trace memory when the Aragonese kingdom had a northerly border in Limoux in the 13th & 14th centuries. We live upstairs, in the 3rd floor apartment.

To overlook a major river is an unique advantage, and constantly there is life out there, ducks and birds, much increased since we have been here by the trees that have grown. It was hard work, but to inherit such a fine old building with so much history and individuallity is rare privilege. Revealing the old stones, hidden arches and niches as we went along was a voyage of discovery.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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4.9
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Limoux Limoux area
5

A GENEROUS APARTMENT WITH A RELAXING AMBIENCE

  • 5 of 5
Having discovered La Maison de Lali through diligent web searching, we stayed there for ten days and were not disappointed in any respect. The apartment is light and airy, meticulously maintained and elegantly decorated with the co-owner's paintings, which we found remarkably relaxing. The beds were comfortable and the plumbing worked! We stayed in the Kingfisher suite, most of the time as a couple, though there is ample room for four. The owners are pleasant and obliging - had time permitted, we would have liked to have got to know them better.
The location is ideal, looking over a fast-flowing river, and just a few minutes stroll into town. Perhaps Limoux is not France's culinary capital - but there are a few reasonable, and reasonably priced restaurants, and at least two good traiteurs. Limoux is an ideal place for exploring the surrounding countryside. There is much to see.
The other attraction is that Limoux is genuinely French! It's not an obvious tourist destination - and is therefore a good place for escaping people like ourselves!
  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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EVEN BETTER THAN WE HAD HOPED.

  • 5 of 5
The property is exactly as described - spacious, clean, wonderful bathrooms and kitchen. Lovely views of the river and the town in the distance. There are many restaurants , shops ( check out the wine store!) , and extensive fresh food market all within a five minute walk. The merchants in town were friendly and patient with our poor French, too! From this wonderful location we visited Albi, Toulouse, Niaux Cave, Foix, and several of the Cather ruins. It was absolutely ideal. Jonathan and his lovely wife Angele are so helpful and informative, but never intrusive. Our only regret was not having time to share a bottle of wine with them and chat longer.

This apartment is an absolute bargain - all the amenities of a modern apartment in a 13c building full of character and wonderful details. And, original art provided by the talented owner hanging on the walls. It is a perfect mix of old and new.
  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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FANTASTIC LOCATION, FANTASTIC ACCOMMODATION

  • 5 of 5
We loved the apartment and its location! It's convenient to the center of Limoux but peaceful and restful, with great views of the river and town.

The apartment is well-equiped, VERY clean, and everything worked perfectly.

The kitchen was excellent - it was easy to cook the great fresh food we found at the Limoux market and in the shops in town.

We stayed for 4 weeks and never tired of the location. Watching the river, the ducks, and the fishermen was constantly interesting. We took many walks along the river into town and also into the hills around town.

Limoux is a great base for exploring, and this apartment is a great place to stay in Limoux!
  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Kingfisher apartment
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Limoux Limoux area
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5 STERNE FEWO DIREKT AM FLUSS

  • 5 of 5
Ich will nicht viel sagen, nur das folgende:
- Wunderschönes super gut renoviertes Haus aus dem Mittelalter in guter Lage.
- Gut ausgestattet und sehr ästhetisch mit Kunstwerken verziert.
- Idealer Ausgangspunkt für Tagestouren in die nächste Umgebung (Katharerburgen, Carcassonne, Wandern, Berge, Meer, Gorges etc.)
- Kinderfreundlich.
- Sehr angenehme und sympathische Gastgeber
FAZIT: Jederzeit gerne wieder. Sehr empfehlenswert.
  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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VIVE LA FRANCE

  • 5 of 5
The property was very well equipped, presented and in a great location by the river. We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Limoux and Jonathan and Angele made us very welcome. The apartment is bright and airy and has everything you could possibly require. We made use of the little balcony which caught the sun in the morning and I was most grateful for the supply of books as I ran out of reading material. There is a terrific range of information on places to visit. We enjoyed the short walk into town for supplies and the train station was a 10 minute walk away. We will definitely consider returning.
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Kingfisher apartment
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+33 (0)468 312840
Limoux Limoux area
5

EASTER 2013 IN FRANCE

  • 5 of 5
We spent some very nice days with our two kids in this lovely decorated appartment. The house is amazing with his over three hundert years of history and the flat is very clean and we loved the decoration and paintings!! From the window you see the river and our sun loved to run behind the ducks! Limoux is perfect to discover the región: Carcasson and so many other fantastic places. And lets not forget the the good wine and Limoux "Champagne". Jonathan and his wife were very helpfull and we enjoyed talking with them- We can only recommend this great appartment and his friendly and helpful owners!!
  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2013
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Map

Nearest Airport
22 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Limoux
Nearest Motorway
22 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Narbonne plage
Car: recommended

Set on the river, the house is in Limoux, the centre of a wine producing area that has rapidly gained status for its BLANQUETTE and other wines. Reputedly the method is the original for champagne, and this fine sparkling wine was developed at the nearby Abbey of St.Hilaire. There are many wine caves in area to visit, for both tasting and buying your wines. Market day is Friday, and pretty nearby towns host good markets on other days - especially Esperaza and Mirepoix.

The CARNIVAL of Limoux lasts from January to Easter, every weekend, and is becoming more and more popular each year. Many of the recent foreigners who have moved to the area have become regular visitors, enjoying this fascinating spectacle every weekend.

The ROMANESQUE ABBEYS are fascinating to visit, featuring the sculptures of the MAITRE DE CABESTANY. The numerous CATHAR castles - places of legend and wild beauty, and the CITE DE CARCASSONNE, make for a rich visits. The famous Pic de BUGARACH is 25 kilometers away, and can be climbed.

The MEDITERRENEAN beach is an hour away, as are the high mountains of the PYRENEES, with the ski slopes open in season. We have special interest in the very rich bird life, and are happy to share our knowledge. Jonathan often walks in the mountains, and is happy to provide advice as to beautiful walks to suit all abilities.

Other Activities: Visiting historical sites, gourmet eating, wine tasting,walking, bird watching, golf, skiing.

Golf: There is a golf course on the Limoux side of Carcassonne, le Domaine d'Auriac, less than 30 minutes drive away. It also has an excellent bistro, and the adjacent hotel has renowned up-market restaurant.

We often advise our guests to visit the prehistoric cave paintings at Niaux, in the Axe les Thermes valley in the Ariege. The 90 minute journey is worth it - these 14,000 year old paintings are some of the best in France, and you will come away with a another view of the presence of humanity on this planet.

Ski: We are in the foothills of the Pyrenees, and the nearest ski station is at Camurac. More sophisticated but also reached for a days' skiing are Les Angles, Axe les Thermes and even Andorra.

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Limoux Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jun 28 2014 - Sep 12 2014
7 night minimum stay
€650
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €11 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn
Sep 13 2014 - Oct 24 2014
2 night minimum stay
€105
From
€110
Fri,Sat,Sun
€500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €11 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
€95
€525
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee €20 + Tax
Tax Rate 1.0%
Notes The prices shown are based on 2 people sharing one bedroom, add 77€ per week or part of per person, 35€ children under 12, (short-stay negotiable) for the 2nd bedroom/bathroom.

Please contact us if you have a pet you wish to bring. There is a charge of 20€/per week.

We take a 25% deposit on booking, non-refundable.

We advise our guests to take out a travel insurance in case a problem arises.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Limoux Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Iron & Board
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Basic Soaps
  • Garage
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Telescope
  • Laundry Soap
Kitchen:
  • Oven
  • Ice Maker
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Having found that guests very much appreciate a large bathroom in our other apartment, which was renovated first, we continued in the same manner in the Kingfisher apartment. There were some fascinating half-round cupboards existing already in this space, and we have been careful to intergrate them into the main bathroom as a feature. We decided to build a second shower room on this floor so each bedroom has its own bath/shower room.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • River Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • There are 2 bedrooms, one overlooking the waterfront, sleeping 2 and 3 people. Having tried various formats we have finally decided on having two twin single beds that made be pushed together to form a large double bed if wished. Using his joinery skills Jonathan has made the beds, and we have bought firm latex mattresses as been generally the most appreciated to give a good nights' sleep. At the moment the 2nd bedroom has a large double bed and we are adding a single bed, for a child or adult. Both bedrooms are big enough to double up as sitting areas, for private reading or internet use. Next to the master bedroom is a small room which can be used as a study, or reading room; it has internet access. It leads onto the terrace where people love to sit and soak up the sun in privacy.
Entertainment:
  • Radio
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Stereo ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • CD Player
  • Video Library
  • Books for Adults
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Events Allowed
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • ruins
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • waterfalls
  • forests
  • pond
  • cinemas
  • caves
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
  • playground
  • museums
  • water parks
  • coin laundry
  • botanical garden
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • massage therapist
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • spelunking
  • fly fishing
  • whitewater rafting
  • rafting
  • paragliding
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • skiing
  • tennis
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
Notes:
The house, which belonged to a nobleman, is set on the river bank on the 'quiet' side of town. A 5 minute walk along the water will take you to a bridge that crosses over to the main town, and the central square with its cafes and restaurants. All shops that you might need are available within walking distance, and good supermarkets are found 5 minutes drive away. The town's swimming pools are a short walk away. There are both indoor and outdoor pools, the outdoor pool with a grass sitting area around it, but we recommend to our guests to drive to one of the lovely lakes in the nearby hills, which are set-up for swimming access, and enjoy the freedom of swimming in the surroundings of forests and mountains. Next door to the town pool there are tennis courts, a Canoe/Kayack hire facility, a park and a children's play areas. There is off-road parking available behind the house, where your car can be safely parked. Living upstairs we are always on hand to advise and to help.
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