Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This comfortable, well furnished gite is part of a restored farmhouse dating back over 200 years to around the time of the French Revolution. The property offers good quality family accommodation, with one large double bedroom and a twin bedded room. Both bedrooms offer lovely views across the extensive gardens to the wooded valley. The main living room opens out onto its own private terrace.
Situated on the edge of the village it is nonetheless within easy walking distance of the boulangerie and village shops, bar, restaurant, etc.
The gite is a superb base for those who wish to explore the two magnificent World Heritage sites of the Canal du Midi and the fairytale Cite de Carcassonne with its 54 turrets, explore the beautiful countryside of this historic part of France, or simply sit on the terrace in the sun with your glass of wine.
The local area also has many miles of walks, paths and bridleways some starting quite literally from the front door making it an excellent base for both serious walkers and those who prefer a stroll in the woods after dinner.
If a beach is your preference, there are also lovely sandy bathing lakes within half an hour of the gite.
Wander into the peaceful village in the warm sunshine for your croissants from either of the two boulangers, visit the amazing book town of Montolieu, just a few miles away, with its ancient little cottages perched on the edge of the ravine. Taste the local wines at one of the many "Domaines" close by, or perhaps delve into history the Cathars and visit one of the many Cathar castles, some just a few minutes away by car. ... or maybe just relax in the garden in the warm evening sunshine with a good book - the choice is yours. There is so much to do in this region that you will want to come back again and again.
Internet access available. Please ask at the time of booking.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|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|
|General||TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, 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 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
The comfortable living room has exposed beams, thick stone walls, and a wood burning stove, so cosy to come home to on those early spring and late autumn breaks.
Both bedrooms have lovely views over the extensive gardens and the wooded valley.
Large, flat and fully enclosed garden, great for families or couples.
English TV available
|Further details outdoors||
The large, natural slate terrace is ideal for summer barbeques and may be accessed directly from the living room or the master bedroom, and leads onto the good sized, secluded gardens, filled with lavender and other Mediterranean plants. Shade is provided by the old walnut tree, the perfect spot to while away the summer evenings with a glass of wine or a good book.
For the more active, the area is a walkers paradise with pretty paths into the woods, quite literally directly from the door.
A deposit of £100 per week reserved plus a security deposit of £100 (cheque held on file - not banked) is required at the time of booking. The security deposit is normally returned within two weeks of your return home.
Bedlinen and towels are included in the rental.
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 Cabardes 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 boulangeries, 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, 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 Pyrennées.
.... 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 !