3 bedroom holiday cottage on a pretty little village square south of Carcassonne. Best for: couples, the cottage is cosy and intimate, smaller groups and families, relaxation and exploring, roads less travelled.
The cottage has been carefully converted from the old piggery and has been transformed into a stylish, French country home, "the mix of old and new is delightful."
We can accommodate up to 4 adults and 2 children in three stylishly appointed bedrooms over 3 floors. The ground floor double room with WC leads onto a secret courtyard garden with beautiful wrought iron table and chairs for 2. A further double room is at the top of the house and across the tiny landing, a room with 2 single beds perfect for children. There is room for a cot in either of these rooms.
The well equipped kitchen with washing machine and open plan dining room are on the ground floor, hand crafted oak stairs lead to the salon with comfy leather sofa, books, games and DVDs. The private roof terrace is off the salon with lovely views across the fields and hills. The spacious family bathroom with beautiful roll top bath and shower over is on this floor.
Enjoy dinner on the candlelit terrace to the sound of cowbells, or on the square in the shadow of the lovely old church - and know this is why you came to this beautiful, unspoilt corner of southern France.
Prices are fully inclusive of all taxes, utilities, linens and towels. All bookings include store cupboard essentials, bath products and a very nice bottle of local wine. Plenty of free off street parking in the village close to the house.
Walk or cycle from the door through fields, forests, hills and vineyards. It's a great base for cycling holidays, bikes may be hired locally from 15 euros per day, delivered to your door. The wild swimming is a treat, there are 2 beautiful swimming lakes, Montbel and Puivert within a few minutes, there are rugs and a picnic basket in the cottage that you are welcome to use.
Mirepoix, at 14kms has the best farmer's market in the region and is a must see. Carcassonne is about an hour, spend a day wandering its medieval cobbled streets or combine with a trip to Carcassonne Plage, the sandy beaches and clear waters offer a great alternative to the coast.
The prehistoric caves paintings in Niaux, are very special, about an hour away, they are now the only remaining caves in Europe where you can view original paintings rather than replicas.
Kids can learn to make fire and use a bow and arrow at the Prehistoric Park in Tarascon, big kids love it too!
Learn about the history of the Cathars and explore their poignant, ruined castles on rocky outcrops, Montsegur, Foix and Perypertuse are all closeby.
Carcassonne airport is less than an hour (Ryanair) Toulouse is an hour 15 mins. Perpignan, Montpellier, Beziers & Barcelona are all reachable. Drive from the ferry ports within a day or get the train as far as Pamiers.
The region usually enjoys exceptionally good summers, hot and dry though storms can come and go quickly from the mountains. In Spring, the fields behind the house are filled with wild flowers, tables and chairs begin to appear on the pavements, and the first bounty of the hedgerows appears. Autumn is often mild and sunny, a lovely season to explore the region, avoiding the summer crowds. Winter offers skiing in the beautiful, nearby Mont d'Olmes and Ax Les Thermes, the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees. Super value at only a few euros for a lift pass.
The Aude is a fabulous region for birdwatching with a wide range of habitats, home to around 200 nesting species. From our terrace buzzards are a common sight, soaring high on the warm thermals. Watch the delightful “bobbing” habit of the black red starts and as dusk falls, see the barn owl heading off on its nightly patrol. In summer watch the amazing spectacle of swifts racing round the square hurling themselves into the eaves, often colliding with the zinc guttering with a resounding clunk whilst the house martins look on bemused.