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Pauline Fox

Member since: 2003
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Speaks: english, french

Tranquil Farmhouse in Corbieres hills , large private garden and river bathing.

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Saint-Martin-des-Puits Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Near Lagrasse, Aude, Languedoc-Rousillon

Our house is situated on the edge of the quiet hamlet of St Martin, nestled on a bend in the River Orbieu. It is in the Corbières region of the Languedoc, an area unspoilt by tourism or development in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The 150 year old farmhouse has been sensitively restored and decorated and provides comfortable accommodation for 8 people. It has a large garden and wood ideal for children to play in, and the immediate area is perfect for long walks, offering fine views and total peace and quiet. Opposite the house is an 11th. century romanesque chapel where crusaders would have stopped on their way to laying siege to the several Cathar castles further up the valley. The outstanding village of Lagrasse, one of the most beautiful in France, is a 15 minute drive away with its medieval streets, abbey, restaurants, shops, bars and markets selling local produce etc. Our whole area is devoted to wine and Corbieres, Minervois and Fitou can be tasted in the local villages.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pauline Fox (Owner)
Member since: 2003
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

About Pauline Fox

We have had a home in France for twenty years now, first in the Vendee and then our search for somewhere near the Mediterranean unspoilt by development and tourism brought us to the beautiful hills of the Corbieres. We are surrounded by wild country,delightful villages and wine Chateaux, in a lovely area steeped in Cathar history. As artists/artisans we have really enjoyed transforming what was an empty, old farmhouse into a comfortable, light and rather lovely home that we visit several times a year with our four children.

Pauline Fox purchased this farmhouse in 2000

Why Pauline Fox chose Lezignan-Corbieres area

We love the fact that when we are at our house we are surrounded by nature and opposite the house is the most beautiful chapel which by many accounts the crusaders would stop at to worship.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We love to swim in the nearby river, spend days at the beach and visit the many fascinating places in the region. We sometimes pop to Spain for lunch and visit historic Girona, with its beautiful historic centre. Barcelona is also only three hours away. You can also stroll in the hills behind our house, whilst absorbing the intoxicating smells of the the wild herbs.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We've had a fun week here! Hot, 46 degrees! Have enjoyed swimming in the river and catching fish. Visited lots of castles, went climbing and eaten loads. The food here is fantastic, the hot weather and eating outdoors seems to bring out all the flavours. The cookbooks have been great reading. We loved Lagrasse. The windy cobbled streets are perfect for exploring - not too touristy like Carcassonne. Today there was a brass band in the market square, a very french group of musicians, quirky and fascinating to watch.

Overall a great place to stay! Many thanks!! Mathew, Melanie, Charlotte and Robert Gadd, Epsom, Surrey.

We've had a wonderful week here. The swimming was great and the trout are huge! We took the Cathar trail and couldn't believe where people build castles, truly amazing! This is a lovely area, so relaxing and peaceful. Thank you for allowing others to share this wonderful gite! James Bricknall and family, Melbourne.

Your house is a delight. Prof. Roger Teichmann, Oxfo
Mar 2003
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1 traveler review

Tranquil Farmhouse in Corbieres hills , large private garden and river bathing.
average rating of 4.0 based on 2 reviews
Northern ireland
4

Perfect getaway.

  • 4 of 5

The house was everything we expected, very spacious,easily accessed, easy to find and well explained in the documents, it is in a mountainous region, so you get the most astonishing silent lightning rolling around at night, and some huge insects,and fascinating vistas. There is no wifi or TV, but that only added to the enjoyment, there are plenty of games and books.

You need to be quite careful parking the car as the space is quite tight, anybody visiting must see the river which is a five minute walk from the house, It has a deep pool full of little fish, which will nibble your toes if you so wish!!! Although we could not get the oven to work, we still managed to put on weight with the wonderful French food and on a damp evening we discovered that the open fire works perfectly. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, a perfect getaway vacation.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou for your kind review. We would call the area the Corbieres 'hills' rather than mountains which are about 20 miles away but there is a lot of wildlife. You can use your mobile in the property. There is Wi Fi in La Cocotte Felee and the Hostellerie de Corbieres in Lagrasse if you use the restaurants. Sorry you had trouble lighting the oven,we are replacing it this year.
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
Lagrasse
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Narbonne
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
A61
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Lagrasse
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Pyrenees
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Leucate Plage
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

10 minutes walk from the house there is safe tranquil bathing in the river pools, or there are several Mediterranean beaches to choose from, whether long stretches of sand or family oriented resorts, all within an hours drive. Our favourite is Leucate Plage , long and sandy with plenty of room, life guards, a couple of bars and little fresh oyster / fish restaurants at the far end. Some beaches are well known for wind surfing and parasailing.

Travel:

By air :45 minutes drive south from Carcassonne (Ryanair and autoroute).

Perpignan, 1 hour.

Toulouse, 1.5 hours

Girona, 2.5 hours

By t1rain : Narbonne, 1 hour

Distances:

The beautiful village of Lagrasse with abbey, wine caves, shops, bars and a good selection of restaurants is 12 km.

Further Details:

The Corbieres is a very authentic old French area well known for its wine and food, which hasn't been spoilt by tourism.

There are so many interesting places to see, we've been there for 15 years and still haven't run out of places to go.

Here are some ideas:

Lagrasse.

Our nearest village. (10 mins.) one of the 'plus beau' of France, grand old houses and cobbled streets, shops, bars, restaurants,abbey, brocante,galleries, wine makers.

Saturday morning market with local produce and crafts.

Several wine 'caves' to try and buy wine.

Restaurants : Le Temps des Courges, Les Trois Graces, La Cocotte Felee, Hostellerie des Corbieres.

Musee Caveau 1900, fascinating little museum about the local area with wine tasting and good for children.

Horse riding.

Fabrezan.

Very authentic village (20 mins.) with good restaurant Les Calicots.

Lezignan-Corbieres.

Our nearest town.( 30 mins.) Bustling street market every Wednesday morning. Great atmosphere and delicious produce, lively street cafes.

Carrefour and Intermarche supermarkets.

Narbonne.

Our nearest very attractive small city. (45 mins.) Fabulous big daily morning covered market with bars for freshly cooked food and drinks.

All kinds of shopping.

Cathedral, palace, art gallery, Roman road, canal barges, many outside cafes and restaurants.

Carrefour hypermarket.

Carcassonne.

The old ' Cite' is very crowded in the summer but the main town square and surrounding streets are fun to visit.

Other interesting places:

Tournisson ( 20 mins.) Didier Roux. Great wine tasting with super food in small outside restaurant ( need to book, there's a card in the house.)

Termes ( 20 mins.) Old village high up in hills with fine view from the ruined castle laid siege to by Simon de Montfort in the Albigensian Crusades.

Lanet, further up the valley has a good restaurant by trout river in the woods with renowned chef Vincent Pujo.

Fontfroide (35 mins.) Beautiful abbey and gardens in peaceful countryside .

Sigean African Reserve

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Rates & Availability

Saint-Martin-des-Puits Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Rate 3
Sep 10 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,011
 
 
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7 night minimum stay
$1,011
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $259

Booking Notes:
25% of the rent is payable at the time of booking and the balance is due 8 weeks before the start of the rental period. £200 security deposit is also required, which is returnable after the completion of your holiday.

Changeover Day:
The house is available to rent weekly from Saturday 4.00pm to Saturday 10.00am.

25 % on booking, balance payable 8 weeks before start of rental

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Saint-Martin-des-Puits Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • River
  • Rural
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Bathroom (ground floor) with bath, separate shower unit, wc and basin. Shower room (1st floor) with wc and basin. Airing cupboard with washing machine.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Double bedroom (ground floor) with antique brass and iron double bed, and French doors to garden with table and seating. 3 further bedrooms (1st floor) with views of chapel and hills. 1 with double bed and 2 with twin beds. There is also a travel cot.
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The house is about 150 years old and has been renovated and decorated in keeping with its age and traditional style and design, to comfortably sleep 8 guests. The kitchen/dining room was originally the adjoining barn, and maintains the wonderful high ceiling and traditional stone walls. The large table under the huge iron chandelier, provides a focus for family dining or entertaining. There is a highchair and travel cot (kept in bedroom cupboard). Outside: The house is surrounded by garden and woodland with pine and cypress trees ideal for children to play in. The immediate area is perfect for long walks in the hills of the regional forest, covered in wild herbs with fine views and total peace and quiet. There is also a good range of comfortable garden furniture for relaxing on the sunny terraces before strolling to the beautiful river pools to cool off. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: There are plenty of duvets and pillows, and linen and towels can be hired at an additional cost of £15 per person. Other: 2 sets of French doors leading to 2 terraces, for outside dining or sunbathing. There is a barbecue and a range of garden furniture.

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