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Character Village House, Private Pool, 5 Bedrooms

Village house with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and swimming pool in Aude, the South of France

From £1,130 per week

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Village house to rent in Aude, the South of France

  • Village house
  • Sleeps 11
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Private pool
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Washing machine

Village house overview - owner's description

Renovated character country village house, great for kids & family groups. Peaceful location, surrounded by vineyards with views of the Pyrenees in the heart of the Languedoc. 5 bedrooms. Sleeps 11

Situated in the heart of the sleepy hamlet of Brezilhac, amongst the last of the vineyards of the region. Nestled just 20 mins from Carcassonne, and its walled Unesco world heritage site, and 20 mins to the beautiful towns of Mirepoix or Limoux.
Carcassonne has great shopping, with markets on a Wednesday and Saturday, with La Cite boasting some fabulous restaurants. Toulouse is just 40 mins away, and Montpellier 1.5 hours.
Local markets available almost daily with all the atmosphere and amazing fresh produce. Boulangerie, farm shop, pharmacy and supermarket are all within a 5-10 min drive of the village.
Local restaurants and bars are available in the two closest main villages of Belveze and Montreal, both 5km away. With some fabulous local wine domains offering a more indulgent experience. Or just soak up the calm and tranquility of rural France lounging by the pool, or in one of the hammock chairs.

The Area
Languedoc boasts one of the most diverse landscapes in the whole of France. Carcassonne is nestled between the Pyrenees to the South and the Black Mountains to the North and to the East is the Mediterranean coastline, only 45 minutes drive from the house. An ideal location for hot summers, and skiing in winter.


Market Days
Monday – Mirepoix (30 min drive, beautiful Medieval town, great tourist market)
Wednesday – Bram (10 min drive, mainly fruit & veg local village market)
Wednesday – Carcassonne Square (30 min drive, fruit & veg, smaller than Sat)
Friday – Limoux (20 min drive, mainly fruit & veg local village market)
Saturday – Carcassonne (30 min drive, main market day, fruit & veg etc)
Saturday – Revel (30 min drive, lovely Medieval covered market place)


Shopping / Supermarkets
Local bakery – sporadically in the village hall at Lasserre-De-Proouille
Better bakery at Montreal in the village, though the Intermarche does good bread
Bread Van – most mornings in the village
Meat Van – Thursday lunchtimes, sounds his horn as he comes round
Fish Van – Friday lunchtimes, sounds his horn as he comes round
Montreal – Local Intermarche, open all day, good fresh bread. Good local store.
Bram – Good size Carrefour supermarket
Castelnaudary – Big Intermarche supermarket & shopping centre with outlet stores
Limoux – Big L’Eclerc, Lidls etc on the industrial estate to the left of town
Carcassonne – Geant in the industrial estate opposite the airport.


Places to see:

Carcassonne – La Cite
Steeped in history, this UNESCO world heritage site is well worth a few hours of your trip. Exploring this beautiful and interesting castle will take you back in time, learn about 16th century life within the castle walls.
Plenty of cafes and shops to enjoy whilst soaking up the atmosphere – visiting midweek is advised as weekends attract many coach trips.

Carcassonne – City & Shopping – an interesting and easy meander through the narrow streets surrounding the main square. Lots of French high street branded stores as well as individual boutiques. The square is a great place to people watch with a glass of local wine.

Limoux – a pretty and typically French square, approx 20 mins from the house.
A large hypermarket L’Eclerc is on the outskirts of the town – great for a big shop. Also home to the regions famous Blanquette – a great sparkly white wine.

Mirepoix – a medieval town at the base of the Pyrenees best visited on a Monday when the market is on – plenty of French artisans to enjoy as well as great fruit, veg and cheese. The architecture here is very interesting and dates back centuries, take your camera. Plenty of cafes and lunch spots.

Castelnaudary – approx 15 mins drive, famous for the local regional dish ‘cassoulet’, a tasty dish of saucicsson, duck and white beans. Alongside the Canal du Midi. You’ll pass a new shopping complex on the way which has a great well stocked Intermarche.

Toulouse – 50mins drive from the house, a great city for shoppers. Lovely river to walk along and enjoy a glass of wine beside. Hosts all major stores and eateries. The square opposite the “Mairee’ building is particularly impressive and is surrounded by good restaurants. Best to park in one of the central underground car parks.

Limousis. The largest developed cave in Aude département, open from April to end of October. 8 halls. Stalagmites. The main cave contains beautiful rock and crystal formations. Crystals of calcite and aragonite are of exceptional geological interest.
GrottedeLimousis, 11600, Limousis.
Tel: 0468775026
E-mail: grottedelimousis@aol.com
Website: http://members.aol.com/grottedelimousis


Activities:

Carcassonne Golf club
18 Holes, Par 71. 5,800 meters Built in 1988 by Jean Pierre Basurco International standard. It has amazing panoramic views. Situated close to the medieval City, between Cavanac and Carcassonne on the D204. Good standard parkland course.
Tel: 0613208543.
Website: www.golf-de-carcassonne.com

Aude Caves
Giant Chasm of Cabrespine. One of the largest caves in the world open to the public - 80 meters long and 220 meters high. Facilities for the disabled. The geology of the cave is unusual, with a huge range of crystal and rock formations. It is strictly protected since it was discovered in the 1970s.
Contact:Gouffre Géant de Cabrespine,
BP2 11 160, Cabrespine
Tel: 0468261422 or 0468261420
e-mail: cabrespine@aol.com

Bike Hire
Whilst we have 5 bikes available for use at the house, the following company hires bikes with delivery to the door
Mellow Vélos; 3 Place de l’Eglise; 11200; Paraza; France
Work 04 68 43 38 21/
Mobile: 06 50 50 01 49
Email:info@mellowvelos.com
Web:www.mellowvelos.com

Wine tasting
There are so many domaines to choose from you will be spoilt for choice, from the Cabardes to Minervois. There are several local caves and some fantastic local wines to tray and take home!

Walking
Brezilhac is surrounded by unspoilt countryside; there are several walks from the village mostly through the glorious local vineyards, details available in the house.

Canoeing and white water rafting
Only half an hour away it is possible to participate in canoeing or rafting along the river Aude. The courses are suitable for any age group.

Local Horse Riding
Beautiful treks in the Montaigne Noir available.

Tennis & Municipal swimming pool
Tennis courts are available in Monreal (15 mins away)

Boat rides:
Boat rides on the beautiful Canal du Midi at the Port du Carcassonne, just opposite the train station. This is okay if you’re new to Carcassonne and you would like a small tour of the canal, but on a hot day avoid at all costs!
We would highly recommend the boat ride at Homps (an hours drive towards Bezier).
Go - Karting
If you fancy having a go at go-karting, then this track is open to the public from April, May, June, September, and October from 14h to 19h and in July and August is open from 10h-21h. There is also an air-conditioned snack bar. Located on the Route de Bram in Salvaza in Carcassonne (just behind the airport)
Quad Bikes
Four wheeled Mountain bike fun, ecological and a great family activity accessible by everyone from 1.4m to 1.95m. Excursions with descending profile, supervised by a guide who will make you discover the area, riding in nature and greenery. There are three courses available at 1h, 1h30 or 2h You need to book this at least 48 hours in advance.
Lac Cavayere
This is a man-made lake with two beaches ideal for swimming, one sandy, and one with pebbles and picnic benches with plenty of shade. There is also acro-branching for children where you can climb in between the trees and peddalos on the lake to hire in the holiday season. The beaches have life guards between 11.00 am and 7.00 p.m.
This is located South East from here on the castle side of Carcassonne, near a village called Montlegun. You will need to take your own refreshments (30 mins away).
Lake at Saissac
Approx 40 mins drive, pretty setting and café to enjoy a relaxing lunch.
Narbonne Plage & Gruissan
Allow about 1 hour to the beach in the summer.
Several marinas with restaurants, bars and shops, quite often a tourist market.
Very close to some of the best wind surfing / kite surfing beaches in Europe – this in mind it can be a little windy! Great white sand, wind break a good idea!

Thermal Swimming pool: open from April to November
Rennes-les-Bains is a village in the Aude département in the Languedoc-Roussillon. It is located in the valley of the River Sals, 48 km south from Carcassonne, 20 km from Limoux, and 3 km from Rennes-le-Château. It lies in the The Corbières, the heart of "Cathar country"
You can bathe outdoors under the warm shower 'le bain doux' (the mild baths) at the site of the old Roman baths or in a larger bath at ‘le bain fort’ (the strong bath - at 46° Centigrade). The village has an outdoor heated swimming pool, hammam or Turkish bath, jacuzzis, and gym.
Today, it is a modern thermal spa with the latest on "thermalisme" equipment. Waters here are still used today as a cure for rheumatism and certain skin problems


RESTAURANTS

Most restaurants *ONLY serve food between 12.00-14.00 and 19.30-22.00

Local Restaurants:

Gramazie – there is a fabulous new brasserie / bar in lovely grounds of a beautiful local chateaux. Very reasonable, a must see and easy with kids. A must do for an early evening apero! Only 4km away down the back lanes through Ferran easy by bike – though its up hill on the way home !

Monreal – local pizza restaurant and bar, does takeaway. Less than 10mins drive. The bakery in this village is very good too! The Intermarche local store is well stocked and also just outside Montreal (you will drive past it)

Belveze – the closest to the house, can be cycled (there at least… !) Has an outside bar in the middle of the vlllage offering specials board and great pizza menu (also for take away), there is also a great little kids area right next to it, and there are usually plenty running around in the evenings. Every evening except Mondays in season.

Domain Gayda – only 10 mins down the road towards Limoux. Fabulous wine domaine with some great wines. Good menu in a fabulous setting, quite high end, you could spend good money and still leave hungry (it’s one of those places!). Visit the website for more details: http://www.domainegayda.com/


Carcassonne:

Auberge du Chateau (30 mins by car, but well worth the trip) 11570 Cavanac. Phone 0468 796104.
This is by the hospital and golf course in Carcassonne, towards La Cite. Take the road to St.Hilaire and Cavanac. When you reach Cavanac take the first turning on the left and follow the road through the village until you will see the iron gates of the chateau.
There is a set menu for 44.00€; this includes, as much red/white/rose wine you can drink, 5 courses, an aperitif, coffee/tea and night cap. If you fancy a very special treat then this is a lovely place to go. In summer we would recommend you dine on the terrace. They are closed Mondays.

Le Clos Occitan – 68, bd Barbés – 11000 Carcassonne. Phone – 0468 479364
Based in the main city of Carcassonne. Traditional French cuisine. It is similar to the Bergerie in price and an average meal for two costs in the region of 80€ including a bottle of wine. The courtyard is very romantic and the food is excellent.

Restaurant Le Trivolou (10 mins from Carcassonne), 69 rue Trivalle, Carcassonne – 0468 712311. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 9/10
Placed just below La Cité, it is a cheaper alternatives to some found in the actual castle. Good, reasonably priced, French cuisine. Menus from 18€ and special lunch at 12.00€

Jardin en Ville 5, rue des Framboisiers – Carcassonne. Phone: 0468 478091
This is placed in the lower part of the main city, please see card from reception. The price for a meal for two is about 45€-50€. All food is sourced from local producers. This is the only restaurant who offers a good vegetarian menu. There is also a shop where you can buy retro-style ornaments etc. Great place to spend an evening. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, lunchtime and evenings.

La Compte Roger 14, rue St.Louis- La Cite. Phone 0468 119340
This is in the medieval castle, La Cite. There are many restaurants in the castle but this if our own favorite. Prices start at 35.00€ for a three course meal. It has been beautifully decorated and the food is delicious. A bottle of wine costs about 16€ a bottle.

We are always open to ideas and suggestions, and would welcome any constructive feedback. Also if you have visited any places or restaurants in the area and would like to add them to this guide then please let us know.

Coast/Beach
'Carcassonne Plage' is a fantastic family day out with inflatable water park on the lake surrounded by lovely beaches and nature trails, for the more adventurous zip lining through the trees ! Just 25 mins from the house. Pack lunches on offer for your day out.
Narbonne Plage is a 1 hr drive from the house, with its golden beaches and Gruissan marina. This area also boasts Frances flagship water sports centres teaching windsurfing, kitesurfing and more.

Golf
The nearest 18 hole golf course is in Carcassonne, created on a former wine domaine under the shade of La Cite's battlements and towers - day rates are available.
Toulouse has several courses all within an hours drive.

The house also operates as a retreat out of season hosting a variety of courses ranging from yoga to detox, painting, writing or cookery. All fully catered and hosted by qualified guest instructors. Andrea is a qualified masseuse and aromatherapist should you simply require a relaxing massage by the pool....

How to get there
Direct flights available to Carcassonne from numerous UK airports. The nearest airport is Carcassonne (Salvaza) - 20 mins, Toulouse (Blagnac) - 45 mins, Beziers and Perpignan - 1hr 30 mins. Girona - 2hrs 30 mins. Carcassonne train station also easily accessible. Car hire is essential to fully experience the region and all it has to offer, easily available from all airports.

Distances
Fanjeaux & Belveze & Montreal - 5km.
Canal du Midi, Bram 10km.
Mirepoix - 20km.
La Cite, Carcassonne 25km.
Toulouse 90km.
Gruissan Plage (nearest Mediterranean beach) - 100km / 1hr.
Ax-les-Thermes (nearest Ski station) 90km / 1 hr.

The house is a stunning, typical French town house that has been sympathetically modernised, located just a few kilometers outside the enchanting medieval city of Carcassonne.

With 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, large light and airy communal areas, and great out side areas to enjoy. The house caters to a maximum of 13 people and is completely child friendly with amazing facilities for kids, including Little Tykes climbing Frame undercover in an outbuilding in the garden.

Whilst the house is predominantly available in season as a self catered holiday let, we also offer fully catered packages and extra services such as baby sitting, aromatherapy, or a massage by the pool from a qualified masseuse.

Out of season there are group breaks available staging yoga retreats, life coaching and detox weekends, as well as cooking and writing seminars.

Mature private gardens with solar heated, private saline pool (about 1/8 salinity of the sea and fantastic for sensitive skin and young people).

Terrace leading off the kitchen for easily accessible alfresco dining.

Additional dining area under the shaded pergola by the pool with outside kitchen facilities and barbecue.

Little Tykes climbing frame & activity centre in the outbuilding in the grounds (undercover - all weather / shaded area - requires parent supervision)

A bread van visits every morning delivering fresh bread and delicious croissants but there is also a bounlagerie a bout a 2km cycle ride away - cycles i=on site for guests use

The owners offer catering on site to suit all needs

Bedrooms:
Bedroom 1 - King bed mezzanine rm (2 singles on mezzanine) family room.
Bedroom 2 - Double bed with balcony and views of the village and Pyrenees.
Bedroom 3 - Double bed with en-suite.
Bedroom 4 - Double bed & day bed.
Bedroom 5 - Twin single beds.
Bathrooms:
All completely modernised:
Main bathroom - bath / shower, wc.
Attic bathroom - walkin shower, wc.
En-suite bathroom to bedroom 3 with walk in shower, wc.
Kitchen:
Large 40sq.m open plan kitchen, with full size dining table, seating area and access to the terrace with additional alfresco dining area. All mod cons: American double fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, gas hob, oven & grill, microwave.
Living Rooms:
Large open plan lounge area with exposed beams and large wood burner for the winter months. UK Satellite TV available, French TV, and good broadband internet signal with wifi. Board games for adults, chest of toys for the kids.
Cleaning/Towels/Linen/Maid service:
Towels, pool towels and linens included in the weekly let price. Additional maid service available by request. Towels & linens changed once a week on lets over 7 days.
Amenities/Facilities:
Barbecue, Pool Heating, Private Pool, Parking, Garden.
Dishwasher, Fridge/Freezer, Hob/Stove, Iron, Microwave, Oven, Washing Machine.
Cot, High Chair, Internet Access, Room Fans, Satellite, TV.
Location Type:
Rural, Village.
Accessibility
Property not suitable for wheelchairs.

Smoking is allowed as long as it's outside.

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Location

This village house is:

5km from the nearest bar 5km from the nearest restaurant 13km from the nearest supermarket 21.5km from Carcassonne Airport 76.3km from Luchthaven Castres-Mazamet Airport

Local activities

Boat hire 26km Cycling 1km Golf 26km Swimming 35km Tennis 10km Walking 1km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 26km Shopping 26km

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Outside this village house in Aude, the South of France
This village house is in the countryside and in a quiet area. It has a pool, a barbecue and a garden. Car hire is recommended as the village house is less than a 15 minute walk to at least a couple of shops, bars and restaurants; however parking is available if required.

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Facilities

Bedrooms

5 bedrooms, Sleeps 11:

  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 double bed
  • 2 single beds

There is also 1 single sofa bed in bedroom 4, 1 cot

Bathrooms

3 bathrooms, 1 en suite bathroom, 3 Separate WC's

Swimming pool

Private pool with electric heating

Entertainment

Internet, TV Languages in Local, Satellite / cable

General

Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire recommended

Kitchen

Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans

Outside

Barbecue, Parking, Private garden

Suitable for

Infants, Smoking

Extra information

Discounts for smaller groups. Un-overlooked pool.

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