Cottage style gite in Hounoux, Nr Carcassonne & Mirepoix, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Peaceful Location, Only A Short Drive Away From All This Lovely Region Has To Offer
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About Sarah Burgess
The Burgess family have owned the property since 2006 and have put a lot of time and care into renovating it to make a lovely family home and business. We hope that you will love the house and area as much as we do. We would love to share our knowledge of the surrounding area with you and hope to be able to make your stay something memorable.
Why Sarah Burgess chose Hounoux
When we first moved into the property we couldn't believe how peaceful it was, having come from a busy city it was amazing to be able sit outside with a glass of wine surrounded by practical silence - only interrupted occasionally by some birdsong! We feel that Domaine de la Barre gives you the best of both worlds, it offers peace and tranquillity whilst being within easy reach of so many interesting and lovely sites.
What makes this Cottage unique
The country side surrounding the property is beautiful, with vines and sunflowers surrounding us, all our guests feel completely relaxed here. Spend the day exploring then come back here and relax by the pool or read a book on your terrace whilst watching the sun go down. Domaine de la barre gives you the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind and enjoy the beautiful French countryside.
Pool / Spa
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Fantastic break. Great property in beautiful surroundings
Lovely property. Everything you could hope for and more. Kids loved the swimming pool right outside. Nice to sit in the summer kitchen and have dinner. Lots of places to visit. Sarah and family great hosts. We will be back!
We really enjoyed having you and your family staying with us. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and that you liked the property and the area. We really forward to seeing you all again in the future.
Very best wishes Sarah & family.
Fabulous gite with fabulous hosts. Excellent pool in peace and tranquility.spent
Spent a great week in a well-appointed gite. The pool and gardens were immaculate tended by Sarah, Kevin and the boys. Although always on hand to ask advice, they were never intrusive. Thoroughly enjoyed our time there and would highly recommend a visit.
Thank you so much for recommending our property, it's always good to hear that guests have enjoyed themselves. We really enjoyed meeting you both and are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back in the future.
All the very best Sarah, kevin and the boys.
What a fantastic property and an amazing host. We lived our stay and would definitely return should we be in the area.
We really enjoyed meeting you both and we're so pleased you enjoyed your stay here with us and really hope to see you again in the future. Very best wishes Sarah & Kevin.
Perfect gite, perfect hosts, perfect location.
We have just returned from a fabulous 2 week holiday at Domaine de la Barre. The property was super in every way and we are very picky holidaymakers! The gite is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need and more. There is a beautiful view from the large terrace where you can eat, relax and watch the night sky and the added benefit of the summer kitchen is a real asset. The pool is stunning and is exactly as it looks in the pictures.
The gite is quiet and rural with the gorgeous town of Mirepoix only 20 minutes away which has a fantastic market and cafes and restaurants for people watching. During our stay we cycled down the Canal du Midi, kayaked on the Aude, visited Carcassonne, Narbonne, Limoux, Rennes les Chateau, Rennes les Bains and swam in the Mediterranean and lots of rivers and lakes not to mention a stunning day and firework display in Collioure near Spain. There are still lots of places that we never got to see such as the Pyrenees and other historical sites. Our children aged 14 and 11 were never bored and loved the area as much as us.
Sarah, Kevin and the boys are wonderful hosts. As others have said, they are perfectly discreet but there if you need them and have some top tips if you ask. The added bonus of enjoying some home grown peppers, beetroot and cucumbers was utterly delicious.
We cannot recommend this little spot of paradise more highly. This is a gem of a property in a gem of an area of France.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely and detailed review that I'm sure will be very helpful for other guests. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all and are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us.
We really look forward to welcoming you back this year and are thrilled that you're coming back!
Sarah & family
A perfect spot for a relaxing holiday surrounded by beautiful countryside!
Domaine de la Barre was just wonderful! The owners, Sarah and Kevin were very discreet giving us our privacy and yet extremely friendly and helpful when asked for any information. The facilities were immaculate, all the equipment within the apartment was easy to use and in excellent condition. The outside patio area was a very relaxing place to enjoy a glass of wine, whilst the large and well maintained pool was the perfect place to cool down. The covered area next to the pool was ideal to lie back on a comfortable sun lounger and indulge in a good book away from the midday sun. We also loved cooking in the outdoor kitchen, the BBQ was very impressive!
The Languedoc region has plenty of fantastic places to visit within easy driving range of the property, Carcassonne Cite being our favourite closely followed by a stunning drive through the Pyrenees starting at Ax Les Thermes and winding our way through the mountains back to Domaine de la Barre. The market at Mirepoix was also brilliant. For anyone who has read the Kate Mosse books then a visit to Rennes les Chateau is must, we loved it there! I will be recommending Domaine de la Barre to my friends and family, thank you Sarah and Kevin for ensuring our holiday was just great!
Hi Kath, John & Betty,
We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all and are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you so much for writing this lovely informative review and for recommending us to your family and friends. It's great for us that you want to recommend us and let's us know that meeting our guests needs and providing a nice home for people while they're on holiday.
Very best wishes to you all and we hope to welcome you back sometime in the future.
Sarah & Kevin.
Peaceful and relaxing with ideal location
We spent an enjoyable late April break here and can highly recommend the gite as a place to stay and as a location for touring the area.
Everything about the site is as described … a lovely balcony area for relaxing / sunbathing / BBQing. A fully equipped kitchen, good shower room, comfortable bedrooms and a living area if you are spending the evening indoors. All modern and spotlessly clean.
The pool area looks fabulous and although open in late April only our brave teenagers took the plunge. We can only imagine how wonderful it is when everything has warmed up. There’s plenty of shade by the pool too for those hot days.
Domaine De La Barre is in a great location. We came into Toulouse via Easyjet and that’s about 75 mins in the car via the not expensive toll motorway. As we flew in with only so much luggage allowed, it was good to see little extras like picnic blanket and cool bag in the gite.
It's not far to so many places you’ll want to visit like Mirepoix, Carcassonne and Montsegur. You can even jump on the railway at Bram if you want to avoid car park hassles at Carcassone.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, we really enjoyed meeting you all and are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
It's lovely to hear that the gite met your expectations as we always strive to keep the property to a high standard and to make sure that it's equipped to meet our guests needs.
You'll have to come back and see us again during the summer when the pools warmed up!
Very best wishes and we hope to see you again.
Sarah and Kevin.
The Mediterranean coast is within an hours drive away. Other beaches include Valras plage, Leucate plage, Argeles plus many more depending on what you are looking for. For fish lovers out there the seafood is excellent at the coast.
Carcassonne airport is just 25 minutes drive away, you have Toulouse airport just an hour away and both Perpignan and Beziers within easy access.
Carcassonne is just 25 minutes drive away. The lovely medieval town of Mirepoix is only 15 minutes away while Limoux is 20 minutes drive. The Mediterranean coast is just an hour away.
There are two small villages just 10 minutes drive from the property which provide all the basic amenities including, a shop, a bakers, a cafe , a pharmacy and a restaurant. The nearest supermarket is in Mirepoix, you will also find banks and other shops here. Limoux, Carcassonne and Castelnaudry all have excellent shopping facilities as well.
Fresh bread and croissants are delivered three times a week by our local baker.
Local attractions and places to visit:
We believe the property is ideally located as we're just an hour from the coast, an hour from the pyrenees and an hour from Toulouse. The change in scenery within a very short distance is spectacular from alpine chalets to coastal resorts to the beautiful wine regions of the Minervois. There is something on offer for everyone whether you're fascinated by the history of the region and the many incredible Cathar castles within easy distance or you prefer a more action packed holiday. You can explore the region on the bikes we have for hire or spend a day canoeing down the local rivers. We have a couple of good equestrian centers nearby that can offer excellent days out exploring the area. You can go weight boarding on a local lake or explore the trees on zip wires and ropes - the list is endless!
For those wanting a slightly slower pace of life there are some truly lovely villages nearby that really immerse you into the lovely laid back French way of life. Several of the villages have natural springs running through them so you can pamper yourself at a local spa - highly recommended!
A trip here would not be complete without visiting the stunning old city at Carcassonne, steeped in history you can imagine how they lived all those hundreds of years ago. If like me you're a fan of the Kate Mosse series of books based on the area then a trip here is even more of a must. During July and August they put on jousting contests which a well worth a visit especially if you've got kids.
Heading towards Foix and beyond you've got a handful of caves that are fascinating especially if you consider the the Cathars hid in many of them all those hundreds of years ago to avoid persecution.
No visit to France would be complete with out a visit to a market, one of our favourites is Mirepoix but there are many to choose from and during July and August there are also several night markets in local villages which make for a really great evening out.
We are sure that you would have a wonderful time here as we believe this region offers something for everyone and a recurring comment from our guests has always been ' we didn't have enough time!'