House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Le Fizzerie is a newly built gite, situated within two acres of private land in the typical and very friendly, and very tranquil french hamlet of Bellegarde du Razes. There is a huge terrace ideal for dining out on, simply laying back relaxing in a chair on a warm summers day, or to admire the view of the vineyards with a glass of the locally produced wine as you watch the sun go down. In the summer months there is an above ground swimming pool for you to take a dip and cool off in. "Above ground" swimming pools are ideal for families with children, as they are regarded far safer than an "in-ground" pool, however, still great fun for adults too!
Le Fizzerie is very well equipped, as it hopes to have that "home from home" feel. There is a spacious kitchen with all of the amenities you would expect to find in a modern home, including a large oven with five hobs, a very large American style fridge/freezer, a microwave, slow cooker (in case you want to go out exploring all day and come home to the wonderful smell of a slow cooked meal.) and a full supply of cooking utensils, pots and pans. There is also a dishwasher (well, you are on holiday!) and a washing machine.
The dining room has two double French doors and two large windows firstly allowing a lot of natural light all day, and secondly to provide you with a 180 degree view whilst sat at the table, allowing you to eat whilst still being able to admire the view.
There is a large lounge, with plenty of seating, and if you wanted to sit back and relax on the sofa, and maybe watch a bit of TV, there is a 50inch LCD screen for you to do so on. Fully equipped with a blue-ray DVD player and UK satellite TV channels, so you don't have to miss those favourite programs of yours if you don't want to. If you would prefer to bring the family together and play a popular board game, there are several for you to choose from.
In addition to the downstairs shower room, there is a family bathroom upstairs, and three double bedrooms sleeping six.
Le Fizzerie is also equipped with WiFi throughout the house, in case you need to catch up on any emails.
Bellegarde du Razes, yet quiet and peaceful, is only fifteen minutes from the historic town of Limoux, and twenty minutes from the larger medieval town of Carcassonne. Both are absolutely breath taking and are a must visit! In these towns there is an excellent range of bars, restaurants, and shops for any amenities. For local amenities there is the neighboring town of Belveze which has a small supermarket, bakery, market and butchers. This is only five minutes away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Narbonne Plage 120 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 30 km, Nearest railway: Limoux 20 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The gite is on two floors. All of the three double bedrooms are on the first floor along with the family sized bathroom/shower room with sink and toilet. The bedrooms have extensive views over looking the vineyards and rolling countryside.
On the ground floor on entry you are welcomed into the hall way. There is a large, open and very spacious lounge, kitchen and dining room. The house is decorated using neutral relaxing colours.
There are many modern facilities inside, such as a huge 50inch flat screen TV with UK satellite channels, a blue ray DVD player with plenty of DVDs to choose from! There is also an idocking system. WiFi throughout the house.
In the kitchen there is a large 5 hob oven, a large american style fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher.
|Further details outdoors|
The gite is surrounded by vineyards, and built within 4000m2 private land. There is plenty of private parking.
Surrounding over half the house is a huge terraced area, perfect to dine out on or sunbathe on. A large outdoor dining table and chairs is provided, as well as six sun loungers to laze on under the parasol. There is a large American style BBQ to use if you wish, and also a large above ground swimming pool for you to cool off in.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Bellegarde du Razes really is situated in a versatile area. In the summer you can visit Narbonne Plage, which is widely spoken about and lives up to its reputation as being a stunning sea side town. Here you can relax on the beach, take a dip in the Balearic sea or sit having an ice cream watching the world go by. For those of you who would prefer a more active holiday, you may like to try out the kite surfing or kayaking around the bay! Needless to say there are many of restaurants all with amazing views, where you may want to try out the fresh fish dishes! All this is only 1hr 15mins away!
If stunning dramatic scenery is what you are after, the drive to Quillan is a must! Only a 30mins drive away, you can be driving around the side of mountains and through them! Where sometimes the mountains have been carved out forming arch ways through which you drive! As well as being very dramatic scenery, here you can try out the white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking for the day.
Carcassonne is a historic landmark. A huge medieval castle which you can explore inside. Look out for new years eve there! Each year they have an unforgettable display of fireworks, something not to miss!
If you are visiting in either the summer or the winter, the Pyrenees are only a short drive away. In fact, you can see the foothills of them from Bellegarde du Razes! In the summer, enjoy the extensive mountain walks that can be done. Andorra and the surrounding areas offer a wide choice of walks for all different abilities.
Languedoc-Roussillon has a huge number of UNESCO World Heritage sites and monuments, more in fact than any other region of France - from the wilds of the Cevennes National Park to the Roman bridge of Pont du Gard. It has vibrant cities, like Montpellier, with the biggest network of pedestrian streets in France, and Nimes with its Roman amphitheater and stunning medieval villages like St Guilhem de Desert. It also has vast natural spaces, where wild boar roam and eagles soar and night skies burst with stars.
If skiing, snowboarding, or any type of winter sports is the reason you visit......you will not be disappointed! Ax-Les-Thermes is simply beautiful. The slopes offer a very large mountain range, suitable for any type of winter activity, from beginners to advanced abilities. The slopes have an "alpine" feel to them, with lots of cross country and off-piste skiing. Ax-Les-Thermes is only 1hr 10mins away! Perfect for either a full day or just an afternoon. Whilst you are there, you can also try out the natural hot baths!!
If you prefer something a lot more lively in the evenings, then Andorra is only just under 2 hours away. Pas de la Casa, is the highest mountain range around and has extremely extensive mountain ranges! Be sure to visit the "Ice Bar" as you ski down the mountains!
There are many more attractions and places to visit around the area, however I shall leave those to explain to you in my welcome book!
Bellegarde du Razes
Bellegarde du Razes is a typical peaceful and quiet french hamlet, nestled into the hillside. However, if you are here when the locals get together to celebrate, you will find yourself dancing in the streets, singing along as well! The village is very friendly, and many of the locals speak fluent English.
In the nearby town of Mirepoix, only tens mins drive away, each Monday there is a large market which you browse around offering local produce such as wine, cheese, meats, flowers and much much more.
Limoux is only a ten minute drive away and is well worth a visit. It is here that the local wine is produce, which has a fascinating history, with some saying that the local wine predates champagne!
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27 Mar 2013
"Definitely One for the Memory Bank"
This is such a brand new property that from the photos it looks as if it needs the extra touches that an old character place gives. How wrong I could be. This place is set right in the middle of rolling vine fields with unspoilt relaxing views to the hills beyond whether you are inside the house or outside. The owner is obviously trying to create the garden and that looks very encouraging with new flower beds and bushes which will very shortly start to show the character sought after. The orchard is superb with its plentiful trees of figs and plums which you are encouraged to eat and very lucky if you are there at the right time of year. There are also further new fruit trees from cherries, apple, pears and olives etc. There is absolutely oodles of space outside to play games or to chill in the large above ground pool. It would have been nice to have an inset pool but again it is such a large one and the way it is set out near the house is ideal especially if you need to keep on the children whilst soaking up the sun on the vast patio - I don't think I have seen one so big. I was a little concerned when I first saw the rear of the house, which has the magnificent views, because I felt it was very open but again how wrong I could be. You may see one car a day to interrupt you view!
Moving indoors, I was really delighted when I opened the door because it was absolutely beautifully decorated with everything you would want. The three upstairs bedrooms were well set out with a bathroom/shower/toilet and there was also another shower/toilet downstairs so plenty for everyone without having to wait. I noticed that the lounge could be made into an extra sleeping area with a kingsized pull out bed. This was better than I imagined because the lounge can be separated from everyone else, therefore it was possible to have total privacy without ruining the flow of the rest of the house. Everywhere was so clean and new. The kitchen had everything I needed and more.
The area was very interesting. I had come to do skiing and found that it took about an
hour to get to Ax Les Thermes depending which way you went. This is a great spot with skiing for all levels. It was certainly cheaper for us to travel to do the skiing than to stay at the slopes. The flexibility of a car enabled us to explore further to do other activities like white water rafting at Quillan, cycling - this area is superb because there is a wide variety of choices whether it be flat courses or hilly (Le Tour de France goes right by the door). I would like to come back for summer because it would be a really lovely spot for chilling out in the balmy evenings. Oh and the star gazing was fantastic due to being in the countryside.
17 Jul 2012
"Total relaxation, just not enough time!"
I would highly recommend this property to anyone who likes to base themselves in a peaceful location to get away from it all, yet be close enough to such a wide variety of activities and sights for when you feel like you've got the energy. The welcome hamper was very much appreciated after the hour and bit drive from the airport, and whilst it was just what we needed, it was also a nice touch to start off the holiday. The lady we had booked with was very friendly and refreshingly honest, getting back to us with any questions we had promptly, so the hamper came as less of a surprise and more of a confirmation of what we had hoped the attention to detail would be like.
The house itself is a new-build on the edge of a very quaint French village. The inside is clean and spacious, yet retains a modern and practical feel such as the fantastic oven/gas cooker which had about as much space in it as the huge lounge! The space and open-plan layout throughout was a God-send, as it stayed cool in the mid-afternoon heat, meaning it was just as easy to relax during the lazy days as it was in the cooler evenings.
On the not so lazy days, we did a bit of sight-seeing starting with the famous castle at Carcassonne which was only 25 minutes away by car...and an amazing spectacle as we turned the corner. We also took a road trip out towards Quillan in the opposite direction from Limoux, which took about 35 minutes along a very picturesque road with rock outcrops and a railway running alongside. Although there is white-water rafting, we hadn't organised ourselves to have the time to do it, but would definitely go back to give it a go. There were so many different activities that we would loved to have done, but to be honest it was just nice to relax in the peaceful house and get away from it all. If it hadn't been for my work commitments, we would have loved to have stayed a second week and explore further, although my partner thought this may have just led to drinking more wine out on the patio in the evenings! One thing we are both agreed on though was we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would definitely go back, but for 2 weeks this time. One week to explore, and one week to relax and lounge by the pool.
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