Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This apartment has been refurbished to a high standard. It has everything you could need so as soon as you arrive you can relax and enjoy your well earned break. The apartment has one bedroom that can be made into a twin or double, with wash basin, wardrobe and chair. There is a separate shower and toilet. The main room has a fitted kitchen, a dining area which seats 4 and a living area with a comfortable sofa bed and chair. There is a screened off wash basin in case there are 4 people. We have TV (all free channels including BBC & ITV) with video and DVD player, a radio and CD/MP3 player. We have several videos and DVDs you can borrow.
The bedroom and main room lead onto a private decked area with table and chairs and sun loungers. There is a bar-b-que area for you to enjoy. A few steps away is the pool so you can cool off on those hot summer days. The pool is heated by the sun so is normally in use May to October but this may vary.
You can see all the sights, walk, ride, swim, play golf or just chill out. There is an abundance of places to go and things to see, too many to mention them all here, but La Mariete is an ideal base. The village had everything you need in the way of shops,bars etc.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Narbonne 120 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 35 km, Nearest railway: Esperaza 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The cooker is a mini oven. We have a cot, high chair, changing mat and baby bath available if required.
The two single beds can be made into a king size bed.
We supply tea, coffee, sugar, loo rolls and toiletries to start you off.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a lovely terrace where you can relax . You can cook your meals on the gas bar-b-que and then eat on the terrace in the warm summer evenings. Even in November we have warm days so you will use the outside area. The terrace is decked with a grass area beyond.
Although smoking is not allowed inside the property you can smoke on the terrace.
The swimming pool is shared with the owners and is normally in use from May to September or October. The terrace is your own private area.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
This area averages about 300 hours of sunshine a year and summer can last from May to November.
About 40 minutes away is the famous medieval city of Carcassonne (as mentioned in the Labyrinth). The old walled city with castle, shops and restaurants is a must to visit. They often have shows on and in July have the famous burning of the city, a fantastic firework display, and in August they have jousting everyday. Just outside Carcassonne is a lovely 18 hole golf course and we can arrange tee times and clubs for you. There is also an Australian Park and Bird Park.
This is Cathare Country so we have many splendid chateaux to visit, Montsegur and Queribus to name a few.
Visit Rennes-le-Chateau, the mysterious and infamous village featured in The Da Vinci code only about 15 minutes away but can be seen from the house. Rennes-les-Baines is a thermal spa town as mentioned in The Sepulchre by Kate Moss
In summer there are many water sports. There is swimming in the local outdoor pools or at the many lakes in the area, white water rafting and canoeing. There is also fishing, quad biking and horse riding and golf (we have clubs you can borrow)
The beaches of Narbonne and Perpignan are only about an hour and a half away.
This is also wine country, you can visit many of the local "caves" and sample the red, white and rose produced in this area or even try the famous Blanquette, the first champagne produced in France.
In winter the ski slopes are nearby - 40kms. There are several to choose from catering for all levels.
You can also visit Andorra, about 2 hours away, a drive through spectacular scenery and then visit the many shops to stock up on duty free and have a nice meal in one of the many restaurants.
We are about 2 -2.5 hours away from the new viaduct bridge at Millau, the longest suspension bridge in the world.
Esperaza is a quiet village with the river Aude running through it. You can easily walk into the village with its 2 mini markets, bakers ,butchers, post office and chemists. There are also bars, restaurants and a train station. On Sundays the village comes alive with it's Sunday market, well known in the area. Here you can get all your local produce and try the local cheeses and honey and wine.
In Esperaza we have a dinosaur museum, a hat museum and a honey museum. There are several Pyreneean walks in this area and one goes right past the house.
We are 40 minutes from Carcassonne where you can visit the medieval city, take a boat on the Canal du Midi or have a round of golf.
Through July to September all the local villages have their fetes, with music & dancing. There are many evening markets. In July there is a folklore festival, this has groups from all over the world showing their traditional dance and music. It culminates with a grand firework display. The Tour De France often comes past or close to this area and in Quillan they have an annual cycle race in August round the village attended by some of the top riders.
20 minutes away are the thermal spas of Alet-les-Baines and Rennes-les-Baines. The spas date back to Roman times. We are also centrally located to visit the Cathar castles such as Montsegurand Queribus
Esperaza is an ideal base to discover all there is to see in the Aude region.
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11 Nov 2013
An idyllic spot, a short sharp pull up to the house gives a wonderful vista of Esperaza and surrounding countryside. End of october early november was a bit late for the pool but we managed to find wi… More
24 Sep 2013
"A wonderful getaway home from home!"
We had a thoroughly wonderful time at La Mariete and Rose and Terry are the perfect hosts. They made us feel welcome right from the start and the tour of the gite and extra bits of information and advice was much appreciated. Nothing was too much trouble and they were on hand to help without being intrusive. The gite was beautifully clean and tidy with everything you need plus things that you didn't know you needed until you saw them! (Extra plug adaptor, teapot, etc). The swimming pool was fantastic after a long hot day touring the area, followed by a pastis on the loungers and a relaxed evening meal on the decking overlooking the lovely views of the vineyards and forests. Perfect and just wonderful.
20 Sep 2013
"Practical , peaceful , perfect"
Stayed here in July for one week, Terry and Rose were fantastic, really welcoming and enthusiastic. The gite was clean, well equipped and comfortable. Peaceful setting and fabulous thunder storm.! We … More
3 Sep 2013
"Perfect, peaceful and private holiday home close to a lovely village"
We adored our visit to La Mariete! Rose and Terry have created a really special holiday home. It is completely private on the hillside above the village with the most beautiful views. The only noise i… More
20 Jun 2013
"Small gite - large welcome"
Terry and Rose have really thought out what holidaymakers need in the gite. Ideal for a couple who want a relaxing holiday in a great area. The gite is fully equipped to suit a British holidaymaker - including a kettle! Bed was very comfortable and large enough for the biggest of guests (actually two singles put together).
Terry and Rose live on site - the gite backs on to their house - so were on hand for advice or problems (we had none), without being intrusive in any way.
Esperaza is a good base from which to explore the foothills of the pyrenees, the coast (visit Guisson near Narbonne - a very pretty little seaside village) or Carcassonne itself.
30 Sep 2012
The cottage is very convenient (only approx 1hr from Carcassonne airport) and the directions to cottage were really easy to follow even after no sleep - we didn't get lost once which is unusual! Rose and Terry were great hosts, very friendly and welcoming but also respecting your privacy. The cottage has everything that you need for your holiday, including perfect location - it's a 10 min walk from the village centre but feels very peaceful and secluded with great rural views across the valley. We were able to borrow good quality bikes which were ideal for exploring the many local villages and bars! Quillian, Coiza and Rouvenac are all easily reached without using main roads. There are plenty of places to go and eat - there are a few restaurants and bars in Esperaza (of which Moulles et Frites on a Friday night is a must), a couple of restaurants in Couiza, plenty in Quillian and a very nice restaurant with a terrace under vines in Rouvenac. Esperaza has a busseling market day on Sunday which is the biggest in the area. The walk to Rennes Le Chataeu is great, although best done on a cooler day as it is a good 1 1/2hrs and mainly up hill. If you have worked up a good appetite then the restaurant at the top is a welcome stop with good food and drink. The garden and pool when you get back is even more welcoming to cool off again!
12 Jul 2012
"Relaxing, comfortable with friendly but unobtrusive hosts"
The gite had all the facilities you could desire. The pool was an added bonus after a day out in glorious weather. Rose and Terry were friendly and helpful, they made us feel quite at home from the moment we arrived. Views from the garden were outstanding. The location was excellent as a base to visit so many wonderful places such as Carcassone, Rennes le Chateau, Gorge of Galamus and many others. We will certainly think of going back again to what ny wife called 'our litle haven'.
3 Sep 2011
"Perfect place for a quiet, relaxing holiday."
Pre-booking and directions to La Mariete were very good indeed and a warm welcome from Rose and Terry. During our two week stay Rose and Terry were on hand if needed and offered the use of bikes and helpful directions to places of interest including Le Tour de France!
The house was very clean and had everything a couple would need for a holiday. The wooden patio offers a pleasant place for outdoor meals and the swimming pool is ideal for a relaxing dip. There was an excellent folder with guides to tourist attractions and activities and a tv with English channels to keep up to date with news back in the UK.
The view from the house is beautiful and the local area has plenty of signposted walks if you enjoy a stroll in the hilly countryside. Esperaza is a short walk down the hill from the house and is a relatively small town with a few restaurants. Ideal for those wishing a quieter holiday. We found the local people to be very helpful and friendly.
3 Sep 2011
"Perfect for two"
La Mariete exceeded all our expectations - in a beautiful location at the top of a hill with wonderful views ,and within walking distance of Esperaza. The gite is small but ideal for 2 people or a family with young children , - it is very well equipped with everything you need and more ! It provides a good base for exploring the area but a haven of peace to return to after a busy day ,with a lovely garden to relax in , and a pool to cool off in ! Rose and Terry are the perfect hosts - friendly and helpful without being intrusive. For us , it was the perfect place to stay.
2 Sep 2011
"Ideal place to relax or explore"
We've stayed here 3 years on the trot and tend to use it for relaxing -it is quiet and peaceful. The gite is very comfortable and has everything you need. The owners, Terry and Rose are very friendly and helpful.
We love the privacy, you have your own terrace, garden and full use of the pool.
If you want to explore, you dont have to go far. The surrounding area is lovely and there's plenty to do whether you want to walk or sight see.
I wouldn't think twice about going back again.
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