Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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 !