About the property
- Villa1367 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay5 - 6 nights
4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 pergolas and terrace, heated secure pool with covers
Villa Dendrane, is situated in the stunning panoramic valleys of forest and vineyards, near Quillan, in south Aude, Occitanie, with the backdrop of the Pyrenees to gaze over as you relax on one of the terraces, by the recently re-landscaped garden and heated pool.
The property was purchased in September 2017, and has just had completed a comprehensive updating through the winter. There are now new pictures of the pool, security fencing and gates, new pergolas, and artificial grass garden available to view, and internal redecoration to all rooms and facilities is now completed also.
A significant attraction of this holiday Villa, in its 1250m2 estate, with its rural setting, is the tranquillity and the varied activities and destinations that the location offers, plus the access to a number of airports, with the beach, mountains or rivers just a drive away.
The external area of the villa, offers 3 different terrace settings, the main terrace, which is a covered tiled area at the front of the villa, overlooking the garden and pool, with table and chairs to seat 6, and a useful area to eat or retreat from the sun.
The second sitting area is adjacent to the main terrace and is situated under a wooden pergola and offers a different aspect to the pool view, from the comfort of a 12 seat Rattan effect cushioned chairs and table, for afternoon snacks and evening drinks.
The third pergola is situated at the back of the property, a large 20 sqm area, that will make a perfect children's play area, with secure fencing, artificial grass, a locked gate, a playhouse, activity bench, large "Connect 4", quoits and other toys are provided. This area can be accessed from the main living area through French doors, and is a perfect place for children to play, whilst the adults can supervise whilst enjoying the shaded area and the 8 seat Rattan effect sofa and table.
The garden area comprises of 1293m2 of land, the most significant garden feature, must be the newly re-tiled swimming pool. Its a 10 m x 5.5 m pool, approximately 1.4m deep across its length, with shallow step access. It also has a summer bubble wrap cover, which assists the pool heater to maintain a temperature that is inviting to all, and underwater lights. It also has a full length night time/winter security cover.
There is a large selection of pool accessories too, an inflatable boat, lilo's, rings, floats and arm bands for all ages, plus a variety of balls.
It is surrounded by a 1.2m high safety fence, with a safety gate access to the pool and a separate security gate for access to the secured pool pump/filter/heater station.
Artificial grass is now widely incorporated in the garden, providing a comfortable passage from the Villa's terraces to the pool and sunbathing area and BBQ. This has been incorporated to enhance the comfort of moving around the garden. This also provides a large flat area for sunbathing on the loungers or on your towel. At the side of the sunbathing area, is the newly built outdoor cooking area, complete with new BBQ and utensils.
The garden is surrounded on all 4 sides with tall conifers, providing sun shelter and privacy, and a lockable set of main gates.
Access to the Villa has been enhanced by building a new pathway from the driveway, to allow easy mobility for those in wheelchairs, prams, or for those unable to handle steps comfortably.
The property of 127 m2 living space, boasts 4 bedrooms, split between both ends of the Villa.
In the "East wing" there is a double bedroom, known as the "London Room" , with a fitted wardrobe and dressing table and side cabinets, and the "New York Room" which has a single bed and a bunk bed, with side table and chair and fitted wardrobes.
In the "West wing", there is another double bedroom, the "Paris Room", with fitted wardrobes and chair, and the 4th room, the "Disney Cars Room" also has a bunk bed, with a single bed being accommodated too. Thus maximum sleeping capacity rises to 10. However, there is also a camp bed, that can be made up, and the sofa, will open up into a bed and take 3 people, if required, thus the villa could sleep 14.!! Plus there is 2 cot beds available to host the smaller members of your family. [ Stored in the wardrobe in the New York room.]
Electric radiators are sited in each of the rooms for the colder weeks, and free standing fans are provided for the warmer months.
There are 2 bathroom/shower rooms, one on either side of the Villa. The "East wing" has the main bathroom with 2 sinks and a bath/shower arrangement, with a separate toilet. The shower room in the "West wing" is a wet room walk-in shower with toilet and hand basin facilities.
The main room in the Villa, is a large 55sqm open plan lounge and dining area, with a separate kitchen area offset too. The living area has undergone an updating and now boasts a new large 7 seat sofa, coffee table and a 49" Smart TV, linked up to English and French Freeview TV. A DVD player is also provided, along with a selection of DVD's to help entertain. English language reading books, maps, and Tourist Information guides are also provided to utilise. A book swap system is in place too.
Free WiFi is provided ,with the codes being available at the Villa. The TV also has internet connection.
The kitchen area boasts a large area of worktops and cabinets, with microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, hob and main oven, ventilation hood and a central smoke alarm.
There is a separate utility room with a fridge, chest freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, ironing board, camp bed [ if required] and a mobile airer. A retractable washing line is also sited outside by the garage.
For those choosing to stay in the colder weeks, there is a log burner in the lounge and a supply of logs is kept outside in the shed.
An "Enhanced Welcome pack" is now included, comprising of, soaps, dishwasher tablets, washing machine tablets, shampoo sachets, cotton wool and buds, tea bags, coffee sachets, sugar sachets, milk portions, sweeteners, Plus water, wine, ham, cheese and bread. Plus a variety of cleaning products, toilet and kitchen roll are available.
3 Supermarkets are available, all approximately 5 kms away, in 3 different directions, all opening on Sunday morning too.
Rafting/canoeing/kayaking along the River Aude between Axat and Quillan is popular, Lake beaches at Puivert and Lake Montbel, indoor and outdoor pools in Quillan and other local towns, the African park, Dinosaur museum, several traditional museums, Water and fun parks, the Red Tourist train from Axat, Horse riding, Climbing walls, Jungle Jim type parks, Airbus museum, Canal cruises, Futurscope, Space museum, Karting, Fishing, Bicycle tours and hire [ can recommend 2 rental sites], Mountain biking along 870km of tracks in Aude, Road cycling along previous Tour de France routes, on relatively quiet roads, Hiking/walking through forests or mountains on paths, beach activities, quad bike and motor bike hire, and of course skiing at several different locations, the nearest is Camurac, Mijanes, and Ax-les-Thermes, Les Angles, Puyvalador and Formigueres are not far away too.
Having a car, either your own, or a hire car, is essential for access to the Villa, and for getting around the area. But motorways and good local roads, make travel to the Villa comfortable. The final few kilometres are undertaken climbing up to 350m and offer some breathtaking views when approaching Granes via St. Ferriol. There is onsite, off road parking for 2 cars available.
Train travel to the area is possible, the nearest station at Quillan, is accessible from Perpignan and Carcassonne, but your own transport is required to get from the stations. Quillan, being the nearest town to the Villa, is about a 12 minutes drive.
Airports, there are several within a short drive to the area, but the closest is Carcassonne, which is only 40 minutes away by car. Car Hire is available at the airport. Other airports that can be considered are Toulouse, Beziers, Perpignan, Montpellier, Barcelona and Girona, although car travel from there is longer.
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Carcassonne is the nearest city, a UNESCO world heritage site, with medieval wall and fortifications over looking the Aude river.
Toulouse, a modern city but with medieval architecture, home to aerospace and the bustling Place du Capitole.
Narbonne, an area with a combination of a city, with Roman history and beaches, fishing villages, islands and lagoons.
Perpignan, a blend of Catalan culture and history, near the Spanish border and Pyrenees, with a reputation for great feasts and produce. Montpellier, a cosmopolitan city with plenty of nightlife and a history of medical schools and education.
Andorra, a small mountainous country , combining great skiing and scenery with low cost shopping centres and museums.
Accessible via train, but preferably a car or motor bikes would be required for the journey. The beaches of Languedoc tend to be golden sands and more attractive than the pebbly beaches of other areas of the south of France. The nearest beaches are situated between Narbonne and Perpignan. The best beaches near Narbonne are at Le Franqui, Leucate, and Gruissan, which are about 90 minutes away. Just further South near Perpignan, there is Argeles, Colliure and Banyules, a bit further again near where the Pyrenees meet the beaches, there are several miles of craggy inlets offering secluded retreats. If its a naturist beach you need, then just North of Narbonne, near Beziers, is the renowned Cap d'Agde.
A motorised form of transport is definitely required to access the vast mountain ranges of the Pyrenees, and the views and towns on the way up are beautiful, Ax-les Thermes being a favourite on the way to Andorra. There are several skiing sites in close proximity, the nearest just being 44km away
Mike and Pauline Drane
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- May 22, 2018
About Mike and Pauline Drane
Hello, I'm Mike, and this is my wife Pauline in the picture. I'm recently retired and Pauline still works for the NHS in Liverpool. I spent many years in retail management working for 3 of the big food retailers, [ and one of the little ones.] before taking early retirement in 2017. Pauline has worked in the NHS for over 20 years in several different administrative positions. I was born in Norwich, before going to Birmingham to study Accountancy, from there I started my retail career. Pauline left school and started her career at the ground floor, working in many different departments, before moving onto management in 2005. It had always been a dream of mine to live in France, after enjoying so many holidays in the summer on the South coast with my 3 boys. We kind of found South France by accident really back in 1998. Previously, family holidays were all about going to Greece or Cyprus, but the price of flights for a family priced us out of going there in the summer holidays. So a change of direction, saw us drive down to the French Med instead, and for the next 12 years the boys enjoyed the beaches and camp life with sites all across the coast. But Argeles-sur Mer always stayed a favourite of mine, and after getting to know the area on the car travels, it became set in my heart as my place for the future. However, buying a second home in France and enjoying extended breaks in the sun with my family is just as good, whilst they pursue their careers in the UK.
Mike and Pauline Drane purchased this Villa in 2017
Why Mike and Pauline Drane chose Carcassonne
So buying this property in September 2017, was the realisation of this dream. The setting, in the valleys and the shadows of the Pyrenees, is supreme. I wake up, stroll through the French doors and sit on the terrace with my croissants and coffee and gaze over the vineyards and mountains to my right or absorb the glare of the pool ahead of me. I sit there, and wonder, "Where did it all go so wrong ?". To use a famous quote. The property needed an upgrade, a refresh, so we've taken the opportunity through the autumn and winter of 2017 to make these changes. Most of the photos available are now post-refurbishment as the building team has finished the landscaping and remedial works outside.
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Lovely Villa, Amazing Views, Will be going back!
I stayed with my boyfriend and the family, we had the beautiful Paris room and our own bathroom while the rest of the family took the other end of the villa with their own bathroom. The beautiful beach was an hours drive away and it was completely worth it the views along the way were amazing and there is nothing like a family roadtrip to get everyone in the mood for a day at the beach!! We spent the nights on the veranda out to the front, the real magic happens when it gets dark and the bats start to leave their hiding places!!
Over all everything was clean, very imaginative with the room designs and exactly as described in the description, we are already planning our next holiday there! I ant wait for it to be fully refurbished, I would make sure that you rent a car to try the beaches and the stunning mountains to the south!
Thanks for the trip!
Thank you Fiona, I'm so glad you enjoyed your time there. It's good to hear, that the villa description is accurate, and that you like the arrangements internally. The refurbishment has added to the internal profile, with some additional extras, to make it feel like home too. Wifi, and a SMART TV have been connected since you were there.
I remember now that you undertook the scenic route to the beach, from memory its a pretty dramatic drive through the mountains and a real test of your driving skills. But great fun, with stunning views.
Thanks again for choosing to stay with us, and look forward to you booking a return this year.
Perfect Autumn getaway!
My girlfriend and I stayed here for a week in late October and couldn't recommend it highly enough. It really is a home from home with stunning views and everything you could possibly need for a perfect stay (wifi, wide variety of British TV channels, fully equipped kitchen). The villa is a short drive from some quaint, little towns which are perfect for a bite to eat or a drink in the sun. The pool area and terrace were a personal highlight of ours and we can't wait to spend many more hours here when the BBQ area is complete. All in all can't wait to return in 2018.
Many thanks Liam, for your positive review of your stay at the Villa. You certainly chose a good week to holiday here, it was late October, and the weather was amazing if I recall correctly. The quaint little towns that you mention, are indeed so different to what we see in England, and the tranquillity they bring, and the curiosity they arouse, is what holidaying is all about. Such a contrast to our normal lives. During your stay, you were able to see the ongoing re-development of the garden/pergolas/pool/BBQ and sun lounging area, which as you say, spikes the interest for future vacations in 2018. I am pleased to say that this refurbishment is now completed, internally and externally, it looks amazing, and I can't wait to publish an updated portfolio of pictures in mid February 2018 to demonstrate this.
Many thanks again Liam, I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves.
Relaxing Autumn break
The villa has amazing views from the drive up to it, to sitting on the terrace. Lovely private surroundings, very spacious and well equipped with everything you need for a perfect family holiday. Very clean, towels and bedding was provided. Good size pool with lots of inflatables to play with. Will definitely be booking for next year. Owners where very helpful in helping us plan our holiday, travel cot provided for us upon request
Many thanks for your kind review of the Villa and its facilities. I certainly agree with your comments on the amazing views visible on the drive through to the Villa. They are stunning.! You and your family chose to holiday at the villa, just after we purchased it and before we started the refurbishment. Consequently, we were able to take your verbal suggestions, on how to improve the Villa, into consideration when we commenced the building works. When you holiday again next year, I think you will be very pleasantly surprised on how much we have updated it, and incorporated your ideas and thoughts into the project. So, many thanks again, see you later this year, and be prepared to be surprised.!!
Two local supermarkets 6km before the turn offs for the Villa, depending if you approach from the South or North. One in Campagne sur Aude, 6 kms from the Villa, en route North from Quillan, the other is also 6kms away before the Villa's turn off, coming South at Couiza. Also local stores for produce on same retail sites. Quillan has two brocante/market days, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. There is also a "Café Brocante Renaissance" in Quillan. Fishing is available, in Quillan, with permits being required, online at en.cartdepeche.fr, and access to sites through a local club called "L'amicale des pescofis". The River Aude, a category 1 site, has many species, but the main fish is the Mediterranean Trout. Mountain biking is available throughout the region. The website www.wikiloc.com shows all the local routes, the closest starting just 1.5 km away in St.Ferriol. Bike hire is readily available too. [ Business cards available onsite.] Riding /trekking in the area. Local equestrian/stables in Granes called "Ferme Equestre", only 1km away. Skiing; nearest resort is at Camurac, 44 kms away, with 16 pistes and 14km of cross country ski tracks. Walking; www.wikiloc.com gives details of local walks on identified routes. From Quillan, there is the Balcon de Quillan for 2.01 miles, Roc de Capio- 7.3m and Bellrianes -8.98 miles. Climbing and mountaineering; Le Carol - 52kms, Orlu, 66km and Calames 76 kms away. Wine tasting; Readily available at Domaines by the roadside, but one famous one in Limoux, is the Domaine de Baronarques, just 24 kms away.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
If booking within the 60 days of arrival then 100% payment is required at the time of booking. Departure time on your departure day, should be no later than 10am. Arrival time in July and August, should be at 4pm or later. Housekeeper contact details will be provided after final payments received.