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South of France, with private pool, south of Carcassonne

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

In the foothills of the Pyrenees. Ideal for families, walkers and cyclists.

Les Cerisiers is a large house on the outskirts of the medieval village of Chalabre, surrounded by farmland and forest in one of France's 'hidden secrets'. The area is wonderful for walkers and cyclists, the mountains are very close and the Mediterranean is one and a half hours away. The local French people are very friendly and welcome visitors. Chalabre is just one kilometre away and has convenience stores, cafes, restaurants, doctors, pharmacy, butchers, baker, etc.

The accommodation comprises the complete top floor of the house with separate entrance and separate access to the pool and grounds. The owners live on the ground floor and there are no other guests. The modern fitted kitchen is equipped with electric range cooker, washing machine, microwave, Neff fridge/freezer and Neff dishwasher. One bedroom is a double with ensuite shower and wc. The second bedroom is a double and the third has twin beds. The main bathroom has a full-size bath with shower and wc, etc. There is free wifi, subject to reasonable use.

Outside - a door from the dining room leads onto a private balcony overlooking the garden and the swimming pool beyond. Steps lead down to the garden, which has a barbecue area and table in the shade of tall trees. A few steps further lead to the 10 metre x 5 metre swimming pool (occasionally shared with the owners). A large play/recreation area is beyond the pool; as the pool is fully fenced, children can play safely in the garden separated from the pool area. Beyond the immediate garden, a gate leads to woodland and the L'Hers river, or you can turn left or right and follow the field boundaries which follow the river banks. Or just curl up with a book in the shade of a tree and relax in the peace and quiet.

Beyond - the area is heaven for walkers and mountain bikers, with literally hundreds of official paths and tracks leading through the hills and mountains. Road cyclists can travel for miles on quiet, almost traffic-free roads. The Mediterranean is just one and a half hour's drive away.

The area offers a wide range of attractions within easy reach; the beautiful medieval town of Mirepoix with its Monday market, the dinosaur museum at Esperaza, the prehistoric cave paintings at Niaux (one of the few remaining where you can actually visit the original paintings rather than replicas) and the remarkable city of Carcassonne, a World Heritage site that from a distance looks like a Disney movie set. The hot springs at Ax-Le-Thermes are housed in modern, purpose-built baths and are a great outing for everyone.

You are in the heart of Cathar country here, with its rich heritage going back hundreds of years. Fans of Kate Mosse ('Labyrinth', 'Sepulchre' and 'Citadel') will feel at home, and there are many Cathar castles to visit, most of which are perched on mountain-tops.

We provide all bed linen, towels and pool towels.


« Les Cerisiers » est une grande maison à l’extérieur du village médiéval de Chalabre, entourée de champs et de forêts…. Unvrai petit bijou inconnu.

L’environnement est superbe pour les randonneurs et les cyclistes. Les montagnes sont proches et la

Méditerranée est à une heure et demie(en voiture).

Les gens du pays sont très aimables et accueillants. Chalabre n’est qu’à un kilomètre et l’on y trouve magasins, cafés,restaurants, médecins, pharmacie, boucherie, boulangerie etc.

Le logement comprend tout le premier étage de la maison avec son entrée privée et un accès indépendant au jardin et à la piscine. Les propriétaires habitent au rez-de-chaussée et il n’y a pas d’autres clients.

La cuisine rénovée est équipée d’un piano électrique, lave-linge, micro-ondes, réfrigérateur, congélateur et lave-vaisselle Neff.

Il y a une chambre double avec salle d’eau ensuite avec WC, la deuxième est double et la troisième a des lits jumeaux ; La salle de bain principale contient une grande baignoire avec douche, lavabo et WC.

Dans la salle à manger, une porte ouvre sur un balcon d’où un escalier descend au jardin. Il y a là un barbecue avec table et chaises à l’ombre des grands arbres. Un peu plus loin il y a une piscine clôturée de 10 x 5 mètres

parfois partagée avec les propriétaires. Une aire de jeux s’étend au delà de la piscine où les enfants peuvent jouer en tout sécurité.

Plus loin encore, il y a une barrière qui mène à la forêt et la rivière de l’Hers, où vous pouvez vous promener le long des berges de la rivière ou vous reposer avec un livre dans la paix et tranquillité.

Les alentours sont un paradis pour les randonneurs et les Vététistes, avec des centaines de sentiers et de pistes à travers les collines et les montagnes. Les cyclistes peuvent aussi parcourir des kilomètres sur des routes très tranquilles.

La région offre de nombreuses attractions facilement accessibles : la belle ville médiévale de Mirepoix avec son marché tous les lundis, le musée des dinosaures à Espéraza, la grotte de Niaux avec ses peintures rupestres préhistoriques (unedes dernières ouvertes au public) et la cité de Carcassonne(classée au patrimoine de l’UNESCO), sans oublier les Eaux Chaudes à Ax-les-Thermes et les Bains de

Il y en a pour tous les goûts !

More Details

Alan & Barbara
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Alan & Barbara

We are an active, outgoing retired couple enjoying life in this beautiful area of France. We speak basic French and are delighted to give advice on the best places to visit and how to make the most of your stay.

Why Alan & Barbara chose Chalabre

The people here are very friendly and welcoming to visitors. It is a rural community, far away from any big city, with a relaxed pace of life. People smile easily and whether they are serving you in a shop, restaurant or cafe they seem happy to be there and pleased to see you.

What makes this villa unique

The views from the balcony take in the fields and woods surrounding the property. You can swim in the pool or just relax poolside and drink in the views of the Pyrenean foothills. Looking up, you are likely to see buzzards, kites, eagles and vultures circling overhead.


Chalabre Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1829 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No diving in the pool (1.5 metres depth throughout).
  • No food, glass or China in pool enclosure.
  • No smoking inside.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite - large shower, wc and washbasin. Bathroom - full sized bath with shower, wc and washbasin with vanity unit.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Baby cot is available if required.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , En suite wc & shower. Baby cot is available if required
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • One double with ensuite facilities, one further double and one twin-bedded room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Occasional babysitting provided.


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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Carcassonne or Toulouse
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
965 Kilometres
Channel ports
Nearest Train
46 Kilometres
Bram or Limoux
Nearest Motorway
46 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Le Moulin de L' Eveque
Nearest Ski
42 Kilometres
Les Monts d'Olmes
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Lac Montbel
Car: recommended

The property is ideally situated, surrounded by fields and crops yet a short walk to the village with its amenities, cafes and restaurants. You can relax and children can play in the large garden, enjoy the pool, or explore the area with its many attractions.

The beautiful Lake Montbel is just a short drive away, offering swimming, walking, mountain biking, wind surfing and a small sailing club. An hour away is the spectacular Cite de Carcassonne (used as a set for the Hollywood movie 'Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves'). The dinosaur museum at Esperaza is just 20 minutes away. The area is rich in Cathar history, and the Cathar castle at Montsegur is close by.




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $309.52

No charge for cleaning although property should be left as you find it.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.