Les Coquelicots, Carcassonne
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
See the Tour de France leave Carcassonne on 22 July 2014. This week is still available at Les Coquelicots.
The cottage has been fully renovated and updated with all the comforts of modern living, including a dishwasher, washing machine, UK television, wi-fi, etc, and yet retains many of its original features and exposed beams. There is even a wood burning fire in the living room - so nice to come back to after a long walk in the nearby woods on those early spring or autumn visits.
Wi-fi is available at no extra charge.
The property has a lovely sunny, peaceful garden which is accessed from the first floor, just the spot to unwind with a good book or enjoy a nice chilled glass of wine under the old apple tree.
Cuxac Cabardes is a lively, friendly village with a mini supermarket, boulangerie, chemist, etc. It also has its own cafe, bar and restaurant, all within easy walking distance.
For those who like horseriding or walking this area is paradise. The area has many miles of walks and bridleways, some of which start quite literally from the front door. Walking maps and suggestions are available from the bookcase in the cottage.
Its vineyards and chateaux, moorlands and mountains, mysteries, myths and legends, make this the most fascinating part of France, and reputedly the sunniest. We are sure you will find the cottage is perfectly placed to explore it all.
Discounts are available for bookings of more than two weeks. Please ask at the time of booking.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bathing Lake 15 mins, Coast 90 mins|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 23 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne 23 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
English TV available.
Access to the rear garden may be difficult for those with impaired mobility, as there is a steep step into the garden.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a patio and private garden behind the house for drinks or meals on the terrace. A barbecue and quality garden furniture are supplied for your use. Parking is available just a few yards from the cottage door. There is a community swimming pool in the village, and sandy bathing lakes approximately 20 minutes away.
For those who like walking there are several varied paths which may be accessed virtually from the front door. Walking maps and books are available on the bookshelf in the living room.
For history buffs, the Cathar region has a fascinating past, with many castles and sites of historic interest in the immediate surrounding area.
Wine lovers, will enjoy the "degustations" (wine tastings), and wine cellars of the region. With as many as 15 different "appellations" in the surrounding areas, this is the largest wine producing department in France.
Whatever your interests, you will be sure to find something for you here.
Bed linen, towels, tea-towels, etc. are included. Hairdryers and an iron are also provided for your use.
A deposit of £100 for each week reserved, together with a security deposit of £100 is required at the time of booking. The security deposit is normally returned within two weeks of your return home.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, steeped in history, and bathed in the glorious sunshine of the south of France. There is truly something for everyone here, the wild open moorland of the "garrigue", to the carefully tended vineyards of the Cabardès and the Minervois, and the majestic Montagne Noire - the Black Mountain.
With two World Heritage sites and so much to do, it is difficult to single out specific activities for attention. Steeped in history from the earliest times, the stunning mediaeval Cité de Carcassonne with its turrets and towers, is a sight not to be missed; the Canal du Midi meandering peacefully all the way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean.
Whatever your interests - golf or walking, horseriding or white water rafting, history or wine tasting, museums or natural history - you will find it here.
Cuxac Cabardès is a pretty village with its own shops and boulangerie, and restaurant/bar, nestling in the foothills of the Montagne Noire. "Les Coquelicots" is peacefully situated overlooking open countryside on the edge of the village, just a pre-breakfast stroll from the boulangerie and other facilities.
There is so much to do and see - the Gouffre de Cabrespine, the deepest chasm in Europe; the Grottes de Limousis, spectacular underground caves with crystals that are found nowhere else on earth; the Cathar castles of Lastours just 15 minutes away by car, horseriding from just outside the village, wonderful walking quite literally from the cottage door, not to mention the two World Heritage sites of La Cité de Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi. Why not cycle along the towpath of the Canal du Midi, or visit the market in Revel, where local produce changes hands. Chickens, ducks and goats, the small farmer who has a glut of tomatoes, cheeses, locally produced honey or goats milk - all are found here.
In early spring the moorland or "garrigue" is covered with wild flowers, the woodlands filled with wild anemones, wild irises, and later the poppies fill the fields; buzzards may be seen hunting overhead, and an abundance of small birds, butterflies, and other wildlife may be spotted in the hedgerows and paths.
In July most years the Tour de France passes close by, and on occasion it has even skirted the edge of the village. Also in July is Bastille Day. The Bastille Day firework display on 14 July is set against the magnificent backdrop of Cité de Carcassonne and is reputed to be one of the finest displays in France. Get a grandstand view, and take a picnic on the banks of the River Aude.
Every August the village hosts the biggest Fete in the area, lasting for several days and finishing with a huge party and firework display. Visitors are welcomed and encouraged to join in.
September and October are the seasons of mellow fruitfulness, with the grape harvests and beautiful colours of the vines and the woodlands, clear warm days and cool evenings. Often, later in the Autumn, you may see the most stunning views across Carcassonne to the snowcapped Pyrenées.
.... there is just so much more to this area, a week or two will not be enough to do everything ... you will want to come back... everyone does !
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28 Jun 2014
The location of cottage in this mountain village is excellent - on a quiet lane with lovely views. We enjoyed our daily morning stroll to the shop & patisserie watching daily life of the villagers who… More
Thank you for such a lovely review ! We are really glad you enjoyed your holiday so much and look forward to welcoming you again soon.
20 Sep 2013
"A lovely cottage in a beautiful region of France"
Cuxas Carbardes is a small, quiet, very friendly mountain village with all necessary amenities, set in a beautiful part of France. It is a great base for exploring the Cathar castles and old Carcasso… More
So glad you enjoyed your holiday. We aim to please and it is good to know we are hitting the mark !
30 Aug 2013
Write a Review ( * required )Les Coquelicots was exactly what we were looking for to visit the area for a second time. The house was perfect in that it was extremely clean and well equipped for a com… More
We are so pleased you had a great holiday. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. It is very satisfying to hear such super comments about our cottage, and to know that you so enjoyed some of the many activities in the area.
We fell in love with the beautiful views from the cottage, and its friendly people, and it seems so does everyone else.
25 Aug 2013
"Great place to relax in a charming and friendly village."
The village is typically French and the local residents are very friendly and approachable. It's location is excellent with many attractions within a 30 minute drive. The cottage is perfectly sit… More
Thank you so much for the lovely review. How very kind of you to say such lovely things !! For our part, it is our pleasure to try to make your holiday special. Everyone works so hard these days, and a holiday is something to look forward to all year, so we do our best to go the extra mile to help you make those special memories that a great holiday brings.
We look forward to welcoming you back next year.
10 Jun 2013
"Beautiful Cottage - Stunning Location"
My Partner and I had a wonderful stay in this cottage. It is equipped to a very high standard including dishwasher and washing machine which we found very useful. The garden is lovely and a perfect sun trap for a lazy afternoons sunbathing. The village has a lovely bakery and butchers for those much required morning croissants and merguez sausages for the evening BBQ. It was a fantastic base from which we explored as much of the region as we could in the week we were there. Cant recommend it highly enough. We will definitely be returning. Thanks also to the owner Marilyn for excellent and prompt communication throughout the booking process and beyond.
Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so pleased to receive feedback and to know you enjoyed your holiday so much at Les Coquelicots. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.... and I really must try those merguez sausages.. you are not the first to recommend them !
17 Sep 2012
We traveled from Wales so took an overnight stop at Reimms & Lyon going down and Orlean & Rouen coming back. Hadn't realised cost of toll roads but if we had not used these the travel would have been more than doubled in time.
Cottage is "rustic" beautiful little French village where everyone was extremely friendly. Cottage very clean plenty of linens. Calor gas cooker was certainly a challenge to use bur I cooked most evenings. Had an evening in local pub/restaurant La Dilligence owned by an Irish couple this was excellent.The washing machine and lack of smoke detector would be my only complaint but then again this is France. We drove nearly 3000 miles in all and had a wonderful 2 weeks.
20 May 2012
"Lovely home from home authentic french cottage in beautiful location."
Four of us stayed at this cottage and were very comfortable. It is well set up by its english owners, catering for all practical needs. Everything was spotlessly clean. The kitchen is very well stocked with crockery, cooking utensils and pans. There was always a plentiful supply of hot water and the shower was powerful. We all slept well in the comfortable beds. Outside there is a lovely terrace with table and chairs, which is not overlooked, as around the cottage there are allotments or gardens. As you sit on the peaceful terrace the view is of gardens and lovely woodland. It is great to be able to park the car off the narrow street at a proper space, just a little way down the road. It was easy to wander down to the village to collect fresh bread and the little supermarket is well stocked - the owners are very friendly. It was quite cold in the evenings when we stayed but there were heaters or a wood burner to use which made the lounge cosy. On the hot days one appreciated the coolness of the kitchen and lounge, but could enjoy being bathed in warm sunshine under the shade of an umbrella on the terrace. The journey up from Carcassonne is easy on a quiet country road with lovely views and there are so many places to visit, making the location of the cottage ideal as a touring or walking base. Everything was very efficiently and easily organised.
Thank you for your super review. We are delighted that you had such a lovely holiday, and that you were so pleased with our cottage. We too believe that the terrace is a lovely spot to sit and relax. The colours of the irises, wisteria, and especially the poppies after which the cottage is named, are probably at their best at this time of year. We would love to welcome you back – the autumn is a great time of year to come walking.
11 Jan 2012
"New years eve in Carcassonne"
We had a lovely stay at this cottage.
There are a lot of interesting things to visit in the surroundings, specially the medieval city and the castle of Carcassonne.
One thing that we appreciate was that in the house we found a lot of information about activities and places to visit.
To sum up, we enjoyed celebrating new year's eve there.
Thank you, Christian, for your kind words. We love the area around Carcassonne ourselves, and try to ensure that our guests have sufficient information to help them enjoy discovering the many things to do and places see in this lovely part of France.
2 Jan 2012
"Coquette maison de campagne"
Super petite maison de campagne. On a beaucoup aimé le village, les ballades aux alentours et le centre équestre. La maison est très propre et on y est confortable. Nous reviendrons revoir Sue qui nous a très bien accueillies à Cuxac. Je la recommande pour une semaine au automne. ;-)
Merci beaucoup pour votre commentaire très agréable. Nous sommes enchantés que vous avez été tellement satisfaits de la maison et tellement à l'aise là-bas. Nous espérons vous revoir dans un proche avenir.
Thank you very much for your lovely review. We are delighted that you were so pleased with the cottage and so comfortable there. We do hope to see you again in the near future.
6 Sep 2011
"Home from home"
We spent a week at "les Coquelicots" and enjoyed every minute of it. A really nice cottage that has all the amenities you could possibly need including a great shower,WIFI and English TV. Comfy beds with lots of extra pillows and fans and UK socket adapters. Little bits like that make all the difference. The location is great being at the top of the village and superb for walks. The locals were very friendly and gave us tomatoes and pears from their gardens. A bonus is the disabled parking space just to the side of the cottage and several empty parking slots off the road. There is a superb restaurant on the main road run by an Irish couple.. Not to be missed.. We honestly cannot find anything to complain about with our stay.. If you like to be left alone and do your own thing then this is the cottage for you. 10 out of 10.
We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday so much, and that you found everything you needed. We are indeed very lucky that our cottage is so peacefully situated, but with shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. As you rightly say, the village and its people are very welcoming without being intrusive. We hope to welcome you again soon.
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