Cottage in Sougraigne, Languedoc - Peaceful Location, Horse Riding And Good Walking Near The Village
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About Clare Kenny
I am self employed and life in London can get quite hectic, so I love the chance to enjoy a different pace of life. The gorgeous countryside, local events and the relative quiet I find when I visit my cottage helps restore the batteries!
Clare Kenny purchased this Cottage in 2002
Why Clare Kenny chose Sougraigne
I bought my house because I was looking for a retreat somewhere, a place where I could unwind from hectic London life. The village is so pretty and the surrounding countryside so beautiful, I feel very lucky to have found it. There are so many things to do.There are numerous footpaths to explore, many a day can be spent hiking locally with a packed lunch! Also nearby are colourful markets, ancient Cathar sites not to mention the mysteries surrounding the church at Renne's le Chateau. In the summer months there are music events, village fêtes and film festivals to look out for. Unwinding and sampling the great local wines and produce while relaxing on the terrace is how I spend a lot of my time there! Exploring French life is great fun and the pace of life in the country is lovely.
What makes this Cottage unique
The airport is only 50 minutes away and the Ryanair flight gets me to the house in the early afternoon. I sometimes get a treatment at the natural hot spring health spa in Rennes les Bains during my stay. They have a swimming pool which is filled with warm spring water and is a nice alternative to the local lakes and rivers - The hot spring actually pours out into the river and its healing properties can be enjoyed by all! The coast is an hour and a half's drive and makes a great day out. There are numerous books and films at the house and the quiet that descends as evening comes in is quite remarkable. You rarely see the night sky in all it's glory if you live in a busy city and spending a few hours on the terrace with a glass of wine looking at the stars is a lovely way to relax.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:30 AM
Children not allowed
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Fabulous cottage in beautiful quiet location
Loved the property, the location and the area so much that we booked again for next year before we even got back home!
The cottage is in a secluded hamlet, with a balcony overlooking the Pyrenean foothills, and a kitchen looking onto the village square and fountain. It is very well equipped with everything you could possibly need in the kitchen, an eclectic array of books and dvds, and well furnished.
The surrounding area is perfect if you want a mix of sites (castles, mountain villages, and of course Carcassonne), hiking, rivers to swim in, and some fantastic (if a little hilly) cycling routes. We stayed a week this year, and have re-booked for 2 more next, and already have a long list of things we wish we had done (in between relaxing).
The house is a little out-of-the-way - nearest morning bread is 4km away - and the locals filling their watering cans at the fountain the square in the evening is the most hustle-and-bustle you all see, but as a reprieve from London-life, for us that was perfect.
And finally, Clare (the owner) was extremely friendly and helpful and provided lots of useful information.
Thank you so much ! I'm really happy you enjoyed your stay at the house and as you know I was absolutely delighted to see that you had decided to come back next year.
I look forward to being in touch nearer your dates.
Have a great rest of the summer
all the best
lovely home in a very cute and quiet village
We very much enjoyed our stay. The cottage feels like a proper house, well decorated and furnished and equipped with a personal touch. It is clean, comfortable and has everything you need and more. The view from the terrace is wonderful (we saw deer and eagles just while having dinner), and there is great walking and biking directly from the house, as well as dips in the river. The area around the village is beautiful, with lush forests and rivers and mountains and interesting castles. We found some lovely cafes and restaurants in towns in the area. There are no shops in the village unfortunately so you do need a car.
A quaint little house in a peaceful old village
This was the second time we have stayed at Claire's cottage and it was just as lovely second time around. We liked the rustic and simple qualities of the furnishings and were impressed with the upgraded bathroom.
The stair arrangement is much better and the kitchen has been improved too without changing the 'feel' of the place.
There's everything you need in the place and it is cosy, comfortable and quiet. It's lovely having the sound of the village fountain just outside the window. The patio is a great suntrap and totally private when seated - a great place from which to survey the lovely woods and countryside and watch the swifts and swallows wheeling overhead.
A couple of things that would improve being there - the patio decking is starting to warp and could do with some attention; could maybe benefit from some more hooks to hang things in the bathroom and maybe somewhere to place toiletry bags on; the house notes include instructions to put out recyclable items on a particular night, which we and some others did but it was not collected (either things have changed or there was a strike - maybe check this is still being done).
Overall we loved staying there, loved exploring the nearby towns and villages (wonderful market in Esperaza and again in Mirepoix, which itself is worth a visit). There are so many lovely walks in this area and we enjoyed several new to us on this visit. The orchids and other wildflowers in the meadows are stunning, as are the birds, butterflies and other wildlife.
There's a good supermarket and boulangerie/patisserie 20mins drive away in Coiuza, a couple of cafe/bars to eat out in Rennes les Bains and the hotel in Sougraine serves lovely meals to non residents (need to book).
A very good place from which to explore and soak up the character of L'Occitanie.
Thank you for your lovely review, it's always a pleasure to have people return to the house. I'm delighted that you liked the improvements that have happened over the years.
Thanks for your feedback, and I will confirm the recycling day again - it is forever shifting it seems!
Very best wishes
Wholeheartedly recommend this cottage and wonderful location. The cottage is full of character and very well equipped and enabled us to have a relaxing and comfortable stay.
Thank you so much for your lovely review Desmond, I am really happy you enjoyed the house ! I look forward to hearing from you if you ever decide to visit again.
all best wishes
Beautiful French Country Cottage
We spent a fabulous short break during October / November in this beautiful stone cottage ideally located to enjoy the scenic walks in the foothills of the Pyrenees, taking in the beautiful scenery.
We visited the little village of Rennes-les-Bains and the famous church at Rennes-le-Chateau and also enjoyed a day at the famous walled city of Carcassone.
The house has a lovely living area with an open fireplace, perfect for the evenings and the well equipped kitchen meant that we were able to cook well and sample plenty of the local wines whilst enjoying the open fire. In the mornings we were lucky enough with the weather, to be able to sit and enjoy the great views from the large, sunny roof terrace. The peace and tranquility of the village was just what we wanted and is certainly somewhere we would recommend and plan to visit again.
Homely, clean cottage in tranquil and historic location. Great place to stay.
What a lovely cottage, clean and well equipped. So peaceful with great views from the sun terrace. Plenty of places of interest to visit not to mention walks virtually from the doorstep. A place you would enjoy through all four seasons.
Dear Sue , sorry for the late response I
really appreciate your review and I'm so pleased you enjoyed the house and area
all the best
Arque lake is 15mins drive for bathing and picnics, also swimming holes in rivers are within walking distance and very popular in the summer months.
The coast is approximately an hour and a half drive. This will get you to the coastal stretch between Perpignan and Narbonne where many good beaches, restaurants and local markets can be found. A drive south of Perpignan through the pretty costal fishing villages heading towards the spanish border is also a lovely and interesting drive.
The nearest airport is Carcassonne (50 mins drive) and then Perpignon 1 1/2 hours.
Toulouse airport is 2 hours drive.
A car is essential in the area as there is no public transport available.
The nearest village is Rennes-les-bains, 5 mins by car, where there is a hot springs treatment center and outdoor heated swimming pool. There is a bar and a couple of restaurants.
Couiza, Rennes-le-chateau,Quillan,Esperaza and Limoux are all within 15-30 mins by car and have their own sights, market days restaurants, bars, shopping, nightspots etc.
The nearest shops, restaurants and bars are in Rennes-les-Bains and Couiza, there's a cash machine at the post office in Cuiza.
There are mobile shops (bread, patisserie, charcouterie) that come to the village on specific days (details at the house). The nearest supermarket (intermarche) is just outside Couiza (15 mins drive). There is also Arcadie a lovely organic shop with fantastic breads, vegetables and cheeses and a lot more just before the supermarket. There are many excellent wine co-ops in the area and an organic wine producer can be found on the road to Limoux (20 mins drive). Carcassonne is the nearest city. The old town and medieval cité is definitely worth visiting.