House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
For anyone into walking, nature, climbing, exploring or simply enjoying the historic castles and villages in the area, Bugarach is a good starting point, but don't expect nightlife and bright lights, unless you mean owls and the galaxies of stars it is possible to see from the roof terrace! Village life walks past the kitchen window of the house, while inside there is every piece of equipment you can possible need to cook up delicious meals. Or try out the village restaurant and ferme auberge, both excellent.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Argeles s/Mer 85 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||15 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne Salvaza 45 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
The property will sleep 8 comfortably but there is a single futon in the annexe bedroom which can be used. Towels and linen are provided for an extra charge of 70 euros.
|Further details outdoors||
Parking is in the square or beside the mairie, only 20m or so away from the property. The annexe is accessible by its own entrance, lit by PIR lamps, if wanted.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
This is superb walking and cycling country. The whole area is known as Pays Cathare after the break-away Christian sect that took hold here in the 11th-12th centuries only to be wiped out in a bloody crusade. 'cathar' castles such as Puilaurens (pictured below), Quéribus and Peyrepeteuse, perched high on dizzying peaks, are an easy drive away.
Sparkling Blanquette de Limoux is sold in supermarkets and at the wine domaines themselves - and it isn't the only delicious local wine. Half an hour's spectacular drive from Bugarach, through the Gorge of Galamus or the Col St Louis, takes you into the Corbières wine-growing region - home to many well-known names such as the Mont Tauch winery and a beautiful sight in autumn when the vines change colour. Although too much wine-tasting is not recommended when you're driving, it is a temptation to stop here and there for a dégustation!
Summer in the Haute Vallée is full of fêtes, markets and cultural events. You can walk the Cathar Trail which passes through the village or climb to the top of the dramatic Pech de Bugarach if you're feeling really energetic! Bugarach lake is only 5 minutes walk from the village and, although not supervised, is much enjoyed by swimmers in the hot summer.
In July the Tour de France braves the hills and mountain passes and riders are cheered through nearby market towns. In August villages, including Bugarach, erupt en fête - three or four days of eating, drinking and music!
In autumn the leaves turn to golds and russets while the temperature stays pleasantly warm.
Spring at 431 metres brings fields of spectacular wildflowers and hawks soaring overhead while we can still see snow on the peaks. In winter skiing is less than two hours' drive away at Puyvalador and Carcassonne's magical Cité is free of crowds.
Bugarach is only 20 minutes' drive from the thermal spa town of Rennes-les-Bains, made famous by Kate Mosse's bestseller Sepulchre. Here you will find a riverside, open-air thermally heated pool, shops and restaurants.