Village House in Azille - Languedoc
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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This is a quiet 200 year old two-storey village house situated in the centre of Azille with a shady and private courtyard facing the 14th century church of St Julien and St Basilisse and there are shops and a cafe 200m from the property. Azille is five minutes from Le Redorte, Homps, Pepieux, Rieux and 10 minutes from Olonzac. It is also 30 minutes from Carcassone airport from where you can catch a Ryanair plane for an hour's flight to Stansted.
The accommodation (which would comfortably sleep 6) is on three floors and comprises three double bedrooms, two bathrooms (with shower cubicles, not baths) dining room, sitting room, breafkasting room, kitchen and cloakroom. The kitchen and sitting room open onto the court which makes for a pleasant summer dining area with table and six chairs. There is ample parking in a square outside the house.
Azille is built on a hill with views over vineyards and olive groves to the Black Mountain, the Canal du Midi and the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is equidistant between the town of Narbonne on the Roman Via Domitia and Carcassone with its imposing medieaval walled Cite.
Languedoc is one of the least expensive areas of France with the hottest and driest climate. The region is renowned for its fine wines and grastonomy and is steeped in a rich historical culture stretching back over 2000 years. The welcoming market town of Narbonne is brimming with shops, cafes and restaurants, and historical interest.
The wines of the Minervois and Languedoc are now well respected and free tastings are always available. Vineyards and Caves are the village's main livelihood of which there are three within five minutes walk, one of which is always winning gold medals for their wines (Chateau Guery). More wine is produced in Languedoc-Roussillon than any other place in the world. The vineyards, started in the Roman era and producing red, white and rosé wine, begin in the Narbonne area, run past Béziers (the wine marketing centre for the region) and on to Montpellier.
The Canal du Midi which meanders along the southern boundary of the Village is a tranquil waterway, largely abandoned by commerce, which connects the Atlantic with the Mediterranean. It runs through the sleepy village of Castelnaudary, famous for its cassoulet, past the citadel of Carcassonne and on through Montpellier.
Great seafood is to be had along the coast, particularly at Sete and Port Vendres. There are numerous good and local restaurants within 15 minutes of the house.
A trip into the Pyrenees takes you into the heart of 'Cathar Country' with its dramatic scenery of mountains, gorges and castles, made famous by the novels The Da Vinci Code and Labyrinth. In winter there is also skiing - the best local resort is Bonascre at Ax-les-Thermes - just over an hour away. Or, you could head east for an hour to the coast of the Mediterranean and the beaches of Valras-Plage or La Franqui.
Attractions in the area:
• Sample local aperitifs e.g. Nolly Pratt in Marseillan, Cathagena in Puicheric and Byrrh in Thuir (near Perpignan).
• Wine tastings at numerous estates.
• The Black Mountain forms the southern tip of the Massif Central which is great walking country and there are some
20,000 km trails in the Haute Languedoc regional park alone
• Canoeing (in Puicheric), along the crystal clear waters of the rivers Orb, Cesse and Aude
• Splashing under the waterfall at the ancient village of Roquebrun
• A working roman amphora factory has been execavated at Salleles
• Hire a canal barge at Trebes which is only 20 minutes away
• Lac de Jouarres is only 10 minutes away by cycle.
• The long sandy Mediterranean beaches are half an hours' drive away.
• The medieval fortified city of Carcassonne
• Cathar castles of Queribus and Peyrepertuse.
• Roman remains in Nimes,
• the famous Pont du Gard; stunning gorges, grottoes, canyons
• Gruissan, a beautifully landscaped resort full of flowers, palm trees and laurier rose bushes, with a chic new marina, old
port, and pink flamingos.
• The Yellow Train will give you wonderful scenery
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac du Jouarres 4.4 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
You're in prime hiking territory. The Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc is at the southernmost point of the Massif Central. It includes the Montagne Noire, Mont Caroux, the Monts de Lacaune and the Monts d'Orb. The whole area covers more than 1,000 square miles of mountains, rivers, lakes and forests, with pleasant towns such as Bédarieux, Olargues and St-Pons-de-Thomières to use as a base for a walking or cycling holiday.
Every August, Béziers hosts its Feria – four days of bullfighting, singing and dancing.
On 14th July (Bastille Day) in Carcassonne spectacular fireworks are set off behind the ramparts of La Cité, the grand finale of which is a dramatic impression of the whole citadel being ablaze.
Winter fun can be found in Limoux, where the Mardi Gras carnival is one of the liveliest in France.
The Cathars were a religious sect that flourished in the Languedoc region from the 11th to the 13th century. Part of their defence was to build strategic fortresses on practically inaccessible mountaintops, and live in the villages below. These castles, or what remains of them, form the Sentier Cathare, or Cathar Way, in the Corbières hills – a fascinating route that is popular among walkers, going from Narbonne to Foix, in the Ariège. The major Cathar castles are at Quéribus, Peyreperteuse, Puilaurens and, the most notable, Montségur. It was here, in 1244, that more than 200 Cathars were burnt at the stake after a lengthy siege.
You can't miss the mark the Romans made on the region. Just follow the remnants of the Via Domitia, the road built in 118BC to connect Spain with Italy. You can see part of it in Narbonne, a major port in Roman Gaul before the town's harbour silted up in the 14th century.
Pick up the trail further east in the village of St-Thibéry, where an intact Roman bridge crosses the Hérault river. Eventually, you can make your way to Nîmes. Its splendid Roman amphitheatre is in better condition than the one in nearby Arles, and is the setting for V C bullfighting and open-air concerts.
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13 May 2014
"Calm, tranquil, delightful holiday"
The private, shady courtyard is ideal for small children as well as for adults to sit outside with a glass of wine or breakfast. The house is is very comfortable and very well appointed. The town of… More