|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
The beautiful village of Lagrasse with abbey, wine caves, shops, bars and a good selection of restaurants is 12 km.
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:
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.
Very authentic village (20 mins.) with good restaurant Les Calicots.
Our nearest town.( 30 mins.) Bustling street market every Wednesday morning. Great atmosphere and delicious produce, lively street cafes.
Carrefour and Intermarche supermarkets.
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.
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
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Sep 10 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$259|
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.
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