Holiday Rental near Carcassonne in Languedoc, a beautifully refurbished stone domaine, with 3 bedrooms, pool and Wi-Fi, to sleep up to 7 people.
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South of France Holiday property near Carcassonne
This recently renovated character property, close to Carcassonne, with 3 bedrooms, courtyard garden, pool and Wi-Fi is perfect for that family holiday.
A lovely stone house of 200m2, completely walled and private, in a peaceful location, with views over olive trees and roof tops.
The house as been stylishly renovated with great taste and panache, making the most of the character features, enhanced with soft tones and Zen - almost like your own Boutique Hotel - it makes you feel like you do not want to go anywhere else! The owner is a highly gifted interior designer who creates perfect harmonies with colours, furniture, eclectic objects she finds at antique markets, and plush materials - a great place to stay when exploring Carcasonne and the Cathar country.
There is a large open plan living/dining area with a well equipped kitchen, 3 bedrooms, a huge shower room with double sinks, an independent wc and a 4m octagonal above ground pool, patio, garden and parking for 3 cars.
The wide and spacious entrance hallway with big buffet leads to the huge open plan living/dining/kitchen area with cathedral celling, beams, contemporary decor and several chandeliers.
The lounge part has tasteful features and accessories, plush sofa and chairs, big wood burner, TV, a dining table for 6 and modern kitchen with dish washer, oven, vitro ceramic hob and dish washer.
At either end of the living room there is a wooden staircase, one leading to the mezzanine and one leading to a large bedroom.
The mezzanine is very prettily decorated and has a 120cm bed (hidden from view whilst in the living area) which can be used for a 7th person. The staircase next to the kitchen, 17 steps, leads up to the bedroom above, a large room, with a 160cm double bed.
To the left of the living room is a giant shower room, with soft coloured stone floor, which has 2 wash hand basins on beautiful marble stands, a very big walk in shower - and a sofa! - it is more like a spa room. Next to this enormous shower room is a magnificent independent wc.
Adjacent to this area is another staircase, 18 steps, that takes you to the other two bedrooms, which have sky lights and each has a 160cm double bed.
From the entrance hallway you can also access a small stone courtyard with two wooden chaises longues, two chairs and a sofa around an occasional table - the perfect spot for that well deserved "apero".
This courtyard area is subtly divided from the pool terrace by a natural stone wall, a few steps lead to the pool deck where there is a lovely wrought iron table with seating for 8-10 people, plus an electric BBQ/plancha, for alfresco dining.
Oven and ceramic hob
Flat-screen TV (French TV)
Wi-Fi (via French TV - no cable)
Above-ground octagonal 4m x 1.2m deep with alarm
Plenty of garden furniture
3 private parking places
Walled and private garden with views over olive trees.
Courtyard area with garden furniture plus a pool deck area with an above ground 4m octagonal shaped pool 1.2m deep and an alarm.
There is an outside dining area with table and lovely wrought-iron chairs for up to 10 people.
Electric BBQ/plancha. Private parking space for three cars.
3.5km Carcassonne (bike hire available by the station) has a fabulous Citadelle: the largest fortified medieval town in Europe.
It has seen more than its fair share of battles: Simon de Montfort, the Cathars, and later the Dukes of Toulouse all fought for control of this stronghold.
The so-called "new town" of Carcassonne, much of it 17th and 18th century, also has an old-world charm. (Plenty of fine restaurants and other services).
The house is only a 30 minutes walk (3km) to Lac de la Cavayère - this was born out of the ashes of a 1985 fire that devastated the sector, the lake is a splendid man made reservoir of 1.5 million m3 covering a surface of 18 hectares, situated just outside teh village of Montlegun.
It took 6 months to build the dam (155m long x 23m high x 142cm thick at the base and 5m thick at the top), it was finished in November 1988. The lake shelters an abundance of Mediterranean vegetation spread over 40 hectares and fills the vales of three waterways (the creeks of Bazalac, Mitgé and Montirat) hence its distinctive configuration.
If you walk all the way around it (apprx 1 hour) you will discover a wide variety of landscapes from arid to woods to wastelands. In the middle of the lake is a nesting island for birds.
It is also a place where the entire family can have fun - picnic areas, children's games, water sports (not motorised), sandy beaches with grassy edges, fishing, pedalo hire, poney riding, miniature golf, beach volleyball, forestry tree top acrobatic park, bicycle trails. A walk around the lake is apprx 7km
Swimming is permitted in life guard surveyed areas during the season which runs from 1st July to 31st August. From the beach (sandy and pebble) the initial slope of the lake floor is shallow.
20 km - The Cathar castles of Lastours and the Cistercian Abbey of Villelongue at the foot of the Montagnes Noires.
Excellent wineries within half-an hour's drive:
Minervois to the North East, Limoux to the south (where they say sparkling wine was produced before those of Champagne) and Corbieres to the south-east.
Narbonne 54 km. Founded around 600 BC by the Romans. It boasts a flamboyant cathedral and Episcopal Palace. Excellent restaurants.
Bages 60 km. Lovely fishing village on the shores of the Narbonne 'etang'. Several very good seafood restaurants. Great windsurfing on the etang in early spring and late autumn. (some speed records have been set here).
65 km to the Mediterranean beaches. (About 45 minutes, using the Autoroute).
Perpignan 105 km Palace of Kings of Mallorca
For more information about this region, please refer to our Languedoc Regional Guide
For information on reaching Languedoc, please refer to our South France Travel Information Guide
International airports are at:
Beziers - apprx 20 km from Cap d'Agde. (Ryanair from Bristol, Luton, Manchester and Edinburgh).
Carcassonne - (Ryanair to Stansted, Bournemouth, East Midlands, Glasgow Prestwick, Liverpool and Dublin).
Montpellier (international flights worldwide). Easyjet from Gatwick and Luton, Ryanair from Leeds Bradford).
Perpignan - (Ryanair from Stansted, Birmingham, Flybe to Southampton).
Nimes - (Ryanair from Luton and Liverpool).
Girona (Spain) - (Ryanair from various UK airports)
Toulouse and Barcelona (Spain) also have international & transatlantic flights.
Beziers and Agde have railway stations with nearby car rental.
Paris to Beziers is 4,20 hrs by TGV (Train Grande Vitesse).
740 km south of Paris (about 6 hours drive non-stop)
1030 km south of Calais (about 9 hours drive non-stop).
In nearby Carcassonne, apprx 3.5km, you will find:-
Very good range of shops
The house is 30 minutes walk to Lac de la Cavayère (or a 15 minute bike ride on dedicated cycleway), where there are sandy and pebble beaches plus numerous leisure activities. It is accessible by car (RN113 towards Narbonne), public transport (Bus Line 1) and by the GR36 Hiking Trail leaving from La Cite.
Approx 30-40 mins walk or a 3 minute drive to the Cité (Carcassonne Citadelle) - the largest fortified medieval town in Europe, a UNESCO site (the main road does go up and down quite a lot! so not suitable for the young or elderly).
The so-called "new town" of Carcassonne, beyond the Citadelle with much of it dating from the 17th and 18th century, also has an old-world charm.
3km Windsurf 45 mins
Bike hire 5 km
|From||Until||Rate Type||Weekly Rate||Minimum Stay|
|25th Aug 2018||22nd Sep 2018||High||€2,125||7 nights|
|22nd Sep 2018||25th May 2019||Middle||€1,500||7 nights|
|25th May 2019||22nd Jun 2019||High||€2,125||7 nights|
|22nd Jun 2019||24th Aug 2019||Peak||€2,750||7 nights|
|24th Aug 2019||21st Sep 2019||High||€2,125||7 nights|
|21st Sep 2019||31st Dec 2019||Middle||€1,500||7 nights|