|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Bijou is a 2 bedroom gite that is just newly built. Bijou has stunning views of the Canal du Midi and also the Auriac Mountains. A recently built project in an old stables. Shared swimming pool with Pon Pon.
Enter via the terrace over looking the pool to:
•Lounge/Dining Room with two seater sofas, coffee table, TV and multi media centre. Tall up lamp & a combionation of halogen and LED lights for all moods. Media centre provides TV via internet, numerous information channels and unlimited access to local information to help you make the most of your holiday. There is a 6 seater old refractory dining table.
•Kitchen with ultra modern induction hob and oven, microwave, large fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, kettle and coffee maker.
Upstairs from the lounge there is:
•Bathroom With shower over bath, wash basin and toilet.
•Double Bedroom (with a 150X200 bed overlooking the back garden and Canal.
Bijou's pictures on righ
Three 2 bedroom houses.
Tango has a sole use pool and Bijou/Pon Pon shared a heated salt water pools
Tango, Bijou and Pon Pon all have 2 bedrooms (1 double and a Twin) 1 bathroom.
Lounge/Dining Room with two seater sofa and 2 chairs, coffee table, TV and multi media centre. Tall uplighter lamp and a combination of halogen and LED lights for all moods.
Multi media centre provides TV via internet, numerous information channels and unlimited access to local information to help you make the most of your holiday.
Fully fitted kitchen with hob and oven, microwave, large fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, toaster kettle and coffee maker.
Tango has a shower room, Bijou a bath with shower over it. Pon Pon has a bath with shower over and also an en-suite to master bedroom.
Bijou's pictures are on the right hand side of photo section.
Located in the middle of a French village, Marseillette is elevated and runs alongside the Canal du Midi and overlooks the Alaric Mountains. Only 20 minutes away from the historic medieval walled city of Carcassonne.
The three gites are named after the horses that used to work the vineyards. While the horses have long gone the stables have been converted to two gites and the owner’s house. The property is on a UNESCO world heritage site and the stables (and chicken shed) have been developed. Come and see for yourself!
We believe that holidays are important and we will do everything we can to make your holiday memorable. All gites are equipped with food essentials (it’s like going to your own home but in a different place) salt, pepper, coffee, wine, beer, dishwasher tablets etc.. Oh and yes a little lunch on arrival.
Tango and Bijou have air-conditioning which is lovely and cool also great to use in the winter months. Pon Pon will be having air-conditioning installed shortly.
Tango (detached) sits in what used to be the orchard of Les Petites Ecuries. It is set in a private walled and gated garden with a sole use salt water pool (13 x 7 meters). Sleeps 4 (super king and 2 large singles) and have plenty of areas to chill out in the sun or shade as your mood takes you.
Bijou (the chicken shed) is now a 2 bedroom Gite, with kitchen dinning and lounge area. 2 large patios offer shade and sun. With views over the large garden/canal and the sole use / shared pool and Alaric Mountains it’s a place to rest or play, you decide.
Pon Pon is now a 2 bedroom Gite, with kitchen dining/lounge area and an en-suite to master bedroom. 2 large patios offer shade and sun. With views over the large garden/canal and the sole use / shared pool and Alaric Mountains it’s a place to rest or play, you decide
If you intend to spend most of your time at Petites Ecuries, then ask about our transfer service from Carcassonne airport and return for 30 euros.
Set on the border of the Corbieres & Minervois wine regions, it’s just 15 minutes from the Medieval Cite de Carcassonne and 45 minutes from the Mediterranean beaches.
To do!: Local places of interest.
Activities: The medieval walled city of Carcassonne, dates back to the 6th century. What better place to see the children's jousting events in August each year, great shows to watch, especially for those little people in the family. Typically you will need to invest in a sword afterwards and luckily these are available.
The O2 adventure park might have you shaking in your boots, Mum, but hey the children will love climbing the trees and walking along the ropes 20-30 metres up in the trees. Great fun for Dads and sons.
Sigean, an African Wildlife Park is 30 minutes away. Drive through sees all those animals, our favourites the Lions, Bears are there right up close and in your face. After the drive through you can walk around and see the rest of the animals, a great day out. We suggest you take a picnic and find a nice spot under the trees in the car park.
There are lots of local markets to visit and pick up home grown & local produce. You have Olanzac on Tuesday, Lezignan Wednesday
Activities nearby: Adventure park, badminton, bird watching, boating, boules, canoeing, canyoning, cycling, drawing and painting, fishing, flying, go karting, golf, gourmet dining, gym, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, photography, photography, sailing, sea excursions, shopping, sightseeing, skiing, snowboarding, squash, surfing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, theme parks, tree adventure park, walking, water skiing, water sports, white water rafting, wind surfing, wine tasting, wine touring.
Carcassonne (5.1 miles).
Carcassone's fortifications date back to the first century. They were thoroughly restored from 1853.
Basilica of Saint-Nazaire (Basilique St Nazaire) (9.2 miles).
The Basilica of Saint-Nazaire ia a jewel of the city of Carcassonne. It is a vast romanesque and go.
Mont tauch wine visitor centre (23.4 miles).
Mont tauch is a leading wine producer with a world famous reputation for producing high quality Fito.
Canal du Midi (34.1 miles).
The Canal du Midi or Canal des Deux Mers is a 240 km long canal in the south of France.
Aqualand Water Park - Port Leucate (34.6 miles).
Aqualand water park in Port Leucate, in the south of France.
Castillet, Perpignan (39.0 miles).
The Castillet is one of the landmarks in Perpignan.
Aqualand Water Park - Saint Cyprien (46.9 miles).
Aqualand water park in Saint Cyprien.
It’s a central location makes it the perfect holiday base for exploring the stunning Languedoc region and Carcassonne, Toulouse, Beziers, Narbonne and Limoux. There is a bakery in the village that sells other day to day provisions, perfect for breakfast. Carcassonne comes alive for children in July and August, so much to do to list here.
Within a few minutes’ walk you'll find the friendly Terrace Bar serving drinks and basic lunches and a Restaurant serving more gourmet lunches and dinners. A mobile pizza van also stops in the village twice a week. In the nearby town of Trebes, an 8 minute drive away, you will find a good choice of bars and restaurants and all amenities including 3 supermarkets, chemist, doctors, banks and a tourist info office. Capendu some 4 minutes away you have a small supermarket and other shops.
Help yourself to a drink from our canal side bar while watching the canal boats and cyclists drift by.
For those more energetic we have a vast range to cycles, for young and old alike. We have a follow on bike (great for the youngsters) for Dad or Mum to have your children push you along the canal paths. We provide helmets, chain locks and picnic sets.
Carol and Andrew Ross love rural France, the friendly people, the hot summers and mild winters, fresh fruit, blue skies, smell of cut grass and the sound of the village clock as it chimes the hours as they pass. Carol looks after the property while andrew works across Europe.
Carol Ross purchased this house in 2001
Petites Ecuries is in the middle of the Minervois wine growing region, surrounded by grapes and great wines. The canal flows at the bottom if its landscaped gardens. Enjoy: sun by the two pools; a drink at either of the 'Baa Baa' Bars; a sleep under the trees; or a game of boules, come sample the fun.
Private, on the Canal du Midi, minutes from many attractions.
Hi Andrew and Carol,
Thanks for a lovely holiday in excellent accomodation.
Wanted to write a review but can't find anywhere on the website to do so! Maybe it's just too full of other good reviews? Happy for you to cut and paste this somewhere. On the upside, Mum and Dad went by your way and picked up a case of wine for us so that will hopefully clear away some of the gloom we now face back here in the rain.
BW Fiona, sIMON, mEG and Frank
The property is just perfect! Exactly as it appears on the website. We were warmly greeted by Carol and her son upon arrival and given a guided tour of the facilities - the pool, the 'honesty' bar, garden, fruit trees, bikes, and a whole other number of bits and bobs. The property had a games console, books and board games for the kids to use - which they did (Haven't laughed as much in ages as when I watched my 8 year old daughter give my husband and son a run for their money at Wii Golf!). The kitchen was very well equipped with appliances and utensils - nothing a miss. Plenty of hot water available throughout the day. Visiting in October provided a mixed bag of weather, so the availability of heating was very handy. The entire property was spotless and the gardens to the rear were very well maintained. The location of the property for us was perfect. Access to the canal by a rear garden gate. From there you can walk into the village and beyond. We utilised the bikes that were freely available and cycled a stretch of the canal, which was easy and good fun - a perfect option with the children. There is a baker in the village and a bar. We used both and found the proprietors friendly. Prior to arrival we had a wonderful fixed menu lunch at L'idiot du Village in Capendu, a few miles away. Would highly recommend it. Lovely local french cuisine, and pleasant hospitality. Highlight of our stay was a day of hands on cooking instruction at 'Canal du Midi Cooking' school a few miles along the road. We had such a great day with our hosts preparing and cooking our 3 course lunch, while meeting new people and sharing stories. All with a few glasses of wine of course! A trip to Bijou would not have been complete without a trip to the old Cite in Carcassonne. Fabulous medieval walled city, with museums, restaurants, bars and shops a plenty. Something for everyone there, including a tree top trail for our kids 5 minutes from there at Lake La Cavayere. All in all a great few days away, in stunning surroundings in a beautiful property with the friendliest and most helpful of hosts. We will definitely be back!
Immaculate accomodation in a perfect location. We stayed in Bijou which was a delight, spacious and well equipped. My boys (aged 13 and 11 years) loved the pool, and as it is salt water there were no sore, red eyes after hours of swimming. The garden is beautiful and leads straight onto the Canal Du Midi - very scenic. You can walk or cycle for miles in either direction along the Canal, we did both - using mountain bikes available at the property. The boulangerie in the village provides essentials, the nearest supermarket is in Trebes, five miles away. Trebes is also the closest village for a selection of restaurants, most of which line the canal so are a great location for leisurely meals. A good location for days out; we visited a local lake ( Lac du Cavayere), villages a plenty ( Lagrasse is beautiful) and of course Carcassonne. The nearest beach is about thirty minutes away. All in all lovely accommodation in a great location. Highly recommended.
We had a great stay, Carol was very friendly and helpful and the accommodation was spotless. We appreciated the welcome goodies of bread, cheese, salad and wine and used the honesty bar during our holiday. The pool was great, the weather hot. Carcassonne was very beautiful, especially at night. The only downside was the mosquito bites, although not all of us had them. I would reccommend repellant and walking by the canal in the morning rather than the evening.
We had the perfect getaway at Bijou. Carol and Andrew were friendly and very informative, and helped us get settled quickly. And their welcome packet was perfect for our evening arrival. The unit was very well equipped, including the kitchen. The location was near to attractions yet very quiet with a view of the hills in the distance and the canal at the bottom of the garden. The bicycles were very comfortable for a ride along the Canal du Midi's toepath.
We thoroughly enjoyed the hosts, the comfort of the apartment, and the activities of the surrounding area.
One of the most relaxed and enjoyable family holidays we have had, the location is perfect situated right on the canal for walking and bike rides. Bijou was exactly as described, clean, modern and equipped with everything you could possibly need for an enjoyable holiday. Carol and Andrew couldn't have been more friendly and helpful and helped make the holiday so relaxing and enjoyable. Thanks to Louie the dog for keeping us entertained, the children are missing you ! Hopefully we will be back again soon. Tricia, Matt, Tom & Olivia.
After a stunning drive down through the varied landscapes of France we were greeted at the gates by Carol and her lovely (very large) dog, Louis who both showed us round the beautiful extensive gardens. We were staying in the Bijou a bright, airy, well appointed villa with a modern open feel. Carol had very kindly left a welcome pack which came in very handy as we had little time to shop for groceries that evening. Overall a charming place to stay with lots to see and do in the surrounding area. It would have been nice to have a Visitors Book in the villa. It’s always helpful to look at activities and restaurants that past guests have enjoyed, as well as adding your own thoughts into the book.
Petites Ecuries is located in the middle of Marseillette village, near Carcassonne in the southern Minervois region of the Languedoc. It sits on a hill between the Canal du Midi and the river Aude.
If your looking to see and experience an authentic French village, explore the many villages and picturesque countryside, discover great wines and wonderful food then come on down, you’ll love it. Or if you’re like some of our quests they just laze around the pool and garden soaking up the sun. Watch the canal boats meander along the canal du midi at the bottom of the garden.
Want to explore a little further a field then follow Cathar history, check out Beziers, Minerve, Caves (Dinosaur), Narbonne & the Mediterranean Sea, Sigean Wild Life Park and Spain are all close by.
Marseillette has Boulangerie, Bar, Hotel, Cave and in nearby Trebes & Carcassonne you’ll find supermarkets, petrol, chemist, newsagent, banks etc.
The property sits within a UNESCO world heritage zone.
Golf: Carcassonne has a lovely 18 hole Par 71 - 5,758 metre golf course playable all year round with views of the Pyrenees and which is only a 20 minute drive away. A unique course provides a challenge on most holes, testing your skills and technical ability.
There are several other lovely Golf Courses throughout the region. Toulouse, Mazamet and Montpellier all about an hour away. We would be happy to book for you. We have a set of Gallaways you can use if your pushed for space, or half sets can be hired for 10 Euro at Carcassonne. Green fees are around 40 Euro per person or 70 Euro per couple. The driving range will cost you 2 Euors a bucket. Trolleys and electric Buggies are also available.
The Golf Club terrace restaurant and its 3 course lunch (18 Euro per person) overlooking the 1st Tee is a very nice place to relax after a round.