3 Place de la Mairie
House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
A lovely, spacious house, and a sunny garden complete with BBQ for outdoor dining. Ideal for families with 1 double and 1 twin room.
Exceptional local wine; and a very good restaurants La Rebenty, just nearby. The house is tastefully furnished and well-equipped with easy-going comfort and relaxation high on the agenda. In high summer, the house retains a cool interior as a contrast to the hot Pyrenean climate.
For the more adventurous the picturesque river Aude which runs just below the village, offers white water rafting, climbing, caving which are available locally.and in the winter the ski stations are just an hour away.
A historic Cathar region with lots of exceptional sites worth visiting. Perfect for walking holidays and for birdwatching. There are miles of footpaths which range from short, easy walks to testing ascents to the tops of mountains with spectacular views. Golden eagles and dipper; butterflies; - all seen in or from the garden.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Perpignan 65 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Caracassone 55 km, Nearest railway: Axat 4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house has 3 floors. The entrance is on the first floor.
The hall and entrance
A living room
A bathroom with a shower
A separate toilet
The kitchen with a fire place.
Entrance to the terrace with a spectacular view.
Double bedroom with a double bed
Twin bedroom with two single beds and one extra bed, if you need it.
A bathroom with shower and a toilet
There is a fully stocked kitchen. There is a stock of dried goods - this is there for your use, but others will follow so if you can consider them when you are shopping and leave the levels as you discovered them.
The CD and DVD player are one unit. In the book shelf in the living room are some books including local guide books and in a blue binder a plethora of information on local attractions. If you take out a leaflet to get directions, it would be great if you can return it for the next person.
There is a log fire, logs are at the side of house, great to curl up to on a mountain night.
There is an open WiFi access in the village, that is ok to use for checking email etc.
|Further details outdoors|
Parking is outside the house for one car
The bread van comes once every week to the village. She toots her horn on the way past the village and returns 10mins later. Her bread is good - there gets a little queue in the morning but she is well supplied.
The nearest supermarket is in Quillan. You generally have to pay for plastic bags, so there are some already in the the cleaning board in the kitchen, and they will save you some Euros and again cuts down on waste. Can you please remember to leave them for the next visitors.
There are a couple of superb shops in Axat only 4 km away going into the mountains. There are two butchers, both great but my favourite is on the corner by the Mairie. Opposite is the baker, great cakes.
Le Rebenty on the road between the village and Axat is superb. In Quillan there are a couple of decent pizza restaurants and opposite the station at café terminus you can get a decent meal on a great formula menu.
Axat has an public out door pool open during the French summer holidays, great pool, and great location.
Quillan also has an outdoor pool, open during July and August.
Rennes les Bains about 25km away has a thermal springs where the water is always warm, again in a lovely setting.
The river is fantastic for water sports – canoeing, white water rafting and canyoning are all catered for locally (a company called Rock Aqua is a 10 minute with car from the house and provides all of the above). Obviously take care as it is a fast flowing river.
20% deposit secures your booking. Full payment due 40 days prior to the start of your holiday.
Breakages during your stay must be brought to our attention and replaced.
Please ensure you have adequate holiday insurance
Strictly no smoking inside.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the most fascinating areas of Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea to the east and the Pyrenees Mountains to the south. It benefits from an exceptional climate (a "Mediterranean Climate") and has an unusually rich wildlife, a spectacular coast, and surprising history. Things to see include mountains, rivers and lakes, ancient cities, towns, villages, thermal springs, abbeys, and cathedrals, châteaux and castles, notably the famous mountain fortresses popularly known as Cathar Castles. It possesses a number of World Heritage sites, including Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi, and the Pont du Gard.
In recent years it has become a popular French holiday destination, with long sunny days, Mediterranean beaches, tourist facilities, thousands of miles of walks, and rides, National Parks and wildlife reserves (such as the Camargue and the Cevennes), thermal springs and spas, grottoes and caves, and vestiges of the Languedoc's long history, including dinosaur bones and eggs, prehistoric human remains, dolmens and megaliths, geology, archaeology and palaeontology, Greek and Roman architecture, and everywhere reminders of the the Cathars, the papal Crusade against them, and the Papal Inquisition that followed the crusade.
Things to do in the Languedoc-Roussillon include a range of holidays, including naturist holidays and activity holidays. Sports include a wide range of land sports, water sports, air sports, mountain sports, winter sports, golf, hunting, shooting, hawking, and fishing. There are also numerous cultural activities, along with French regional food specialities, and Languedoc wines. Local festivals range from bull-running to the Fecos in Limoux and from sea-jousting in the north to celebrating la jour de St-Jean in the south by fire-jumping
The Aude département is in the South of France, in the Eastern part of the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
It is naturally popular for tourism : for its mild and dry climate, an incredibly wide variety of landscapes (the Mediterranean coast, mountains, wooded hills, spectacular limestone gorges, wild heathland...) and a fascinating cultural history.
In the Cathar country, between Perpignan and Toulouse, there are impressive fortresses perched on rocky crests, deep gorges, the waterfalls of the upper valley of the River Aude... The medieval city of Carcassonne has 3 kilometres of ramparts and 50 towers.
The Canal du Midi, an 18th century engineering masterpiece, links the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea. The sunny vineyards of the Corbières and the Minervois, the sparkling Blanquette de Limoux, the forests of the Pyrenees and the Montagne Noire and the traditional festivities of the Limoux Carnival make the region a rich and unique place to visit or to live in, always with the legacy of Catharism.
Cailla situated in the heart of the Cathar country is an ideal centre to visit the Cathar castles of Puylaurens and Puivert as well as all the natural features of the area. Both the Mediterranean coast and the Pyrenean skiing resorts are within an hour's drive of the town. Andorra is about 1 1/2 hours away.
The mysterious hill-top village of Rennes-le-Château is only a short drive. In the nearby villages of Axat and Quillan you can find open-air swimming pools (summer months) and tennis courts. Roc Aqua in Cailla and The La Forge centre in Quillan offers a wide range of sports including canoeing, rafting, rock-climbing, canyoning. Rambling, mountain biking and horse-riding are excellent with a wide range of marked paths through spectacular scenery. In the village of Cailla you can also go hiking with donkeys and if you are a child you can ride on them.
Quillan has a full range of shops, banks, cafes and restaurants, hotels, camp-sites, doctors and dentists
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