Les Barthes, Lavalette
About the home
Visit Villa Les Barthes in the beautiful Cathar Country for an unforgettable holiday experience. Lavalette is only 10km from the main Carcassonne (Salvaza) airport yet is only 15 minutes from the historic city of Carcassonne, with the two World Heritage Sites of La Cité and the Canal du Midi. The ancient Bastide area of the City provides a range of shopping facilities and an excellent market, particularly on Saturday mornings. The beaches of the Mediterranean are only 45 minutes by car whilst access to the Lac du la Cavayere area takes about 20 minutes where a range of water sports, crazy golf, volley ball courts, swimming and rambling can be enjoyed.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Carcassonne Plage, 8km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 400m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 5|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access:||Wheelchair friendly, Secure parking|
Further details indoors:
Neutrally decorated, the villa is light and airy throughout. Tiled floors throughout the villa present a cool, clean, homely and comfortable interior for all seasons. The villa is ideally located for a mix of village living with all amenities close at hand, yet in a quiet and tranquil area from which to explore everything that the region has to offer. The village has all key amenities with a butchers, newsagents, post office, general store / greengrocers and hairdresser / beautician. Several outlets sell fresh bread and croissants etc. A pizza / local speciality cafe / restaurant is also available in the village centre during the summer and is well worth a visit. Major supermarkets of Geant and L'Eclerc are within a 10 minute drive and close by the airport for stocking up en route to the villa.
Comprising 3 bedrooms, large bathroom with separate shower and second separate wc with through living accommodation, dining area and modern open kitchen with all appliances / utensils.
Further details outdoors:
Private walled garden with range of shrubs and trees and the 7m x 4m private swimming pool which is heated by the sun. The covered loggier / terrace provides outdoor dining facilities with seating for 6, built-in barbecue with power and lighting, ideal for shaded lunches and evening entertaining.
French doors lead onto a covered loggia, garden and pool area - ideal for cooling off on hot summer days.
Les Barthes also has an attached carport to the side with a private gated drive for your car as well as ample parking outside on the cul de sac itself.
Strictly "No Smoking" in the property and grounds.
Rentals are from Saturday to Saturday in the peak season of June - September to suit flight arrivals and this is negotiable outside of these months.
Changeovers / check-in is 4pm and check-out by 10am on day of departure
Price includes bed linen and bathroom towels. Pool / beach towels must be provided by guests. Pool is alarmed.
Sorry but "No Pets" allowed.
No special facilities for babies or toddlers.
A cancellation fee will be charged increasing in rate depending on how close to arrival date cancellation occurs.
A breakages deposit of £200 should be sent by separate cheque or bank transfer with the final payment and this will be returned to you subject to satisfactory property inspection.
The Languedoc-Roussillon / Aude region
One of the main attractions in this area is the medieval citadel of Carcassonne (Cite) which looks like (and was) the backdrop to a film (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves). The spectacular walled town is one of France's most famous national monuments and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally a Roman settlement, then a medieval walled town, it was built between the 12th and 14th centuries and has an inner keep with shops, restaurants and bars that line the streets and courtyards within. Take a look at the Carcassonne website for details on events throughout the year (on www.carcassonne.org) especially the fabulous Festival de La Cite.
Not to be outdone, across the river Aude, the other side of Carcassonne, the equally impressive Bastide St Louis, provides more modern shopping in a labyrinth of semi-pedestrianised streets radiating out from the Place Carnot - an ideal stopping place for a mid morning cafe creme, lazy luncheon or outdoor market shopping on Saturday mornings. Other great markets are held nearby, especially those in Limoux and Mirepoix - both worth a visit and not just for the markets! Not forgetting Castlenaudry which also has a market but is perhaps more famous for its Cassoulet - a staple on most menus whilst some restaurants specialise in this traditional dish. Overall the cuisine is to the usual high standards you would expect, although some personal favourite restaurants are included in the villa information pack.
The Canal du Midi marina in front of the Gare SNCF offers a range of canal side walks or boat trips which glide through the quiet waters up to one of the huge locks which is well worth experiencing.
Slightly further afield are the Cathar Castles to be explored and the Cathar Daisy routes invite you to follow several sightseeing itineraries (between 50km and 200km in length) to and from Carcassonne. Each route is shaped like a petal in the Cathar Daisy. See all the names within Kate Mosse's book, Labyrinth or try Terry Darlington's Narrow Dog to Carcassonne to get a medieval and modern take on the area.
Set in the major wine growing region of Malepere and Minevois as well as the Corbieres and Fitou brands en route this is a wine buffs paradise with so many varieties to taste (and buy) new favourites are added to the list on each visit! A must is the locally produced Blanquette de Limoux which is the original forerunner of what is known as Champagne.
For a more traditional feel or beach type holiday the Mediterranean beach at Narbonne Plage is about an hour away and easily accessed along the motorway or the more leisurely N routes which pass through quaint villages.
If France does not hit all the buttons, then Andorra and Spain are both accessible for a flavour of slightly different cultures whilst in a reasonable driving distance of 1.5-2 hours.
The Carcassonne / Lavalette area
The village of Lavalette has all key amenities with a butchers, newsagents, post office, general store / greengrocers and hairdresser / beautician. Several outlets sell freshbread and croissants etc. An excellent pizzeria is now open in the village centre and is well worth a visit. Major supermarkets of Geant and L'Eclerc are within 10 minutes and close by the airport for stocking up en route.
Whilst the website is a little dated it is worth a look on http://commune.lavalette.free.fr/principal.htm. During the summer months there are a number of festivals in and around the surrounding villages which provide a pleasant day / evening of traditional village festivities. These complement well the internationally renowned festivals held in Carcassone just 15 minutes away.
How to get there
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Fly to Carcassonne direct from Liverpool, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Glasgow or Stansted on Ryanair - Villa les Barthes only 10 mins from airport. Alternatively flights to Toulouse (BA, Easyjet, Flybe, Jet2.com & Aer Lingus) or Perpignan (Easyjet, Ryanair, Flybe and BMI Baby) involve approx 1 hour drive / transfer. Car hire is available at all airports.
By road, Lavalette can be accessed off Exit 23 from the A61 autoroute and is only about 10 minutes from this junction.
By rail, the main SNCF station in Carcassonne is approx 12km or 15 minutes away.
For directions to the villa we recommend using www.viamichelin.com and input Lotissement Les Barthes.
Full details can however be emailed to guests.
Activities near Carcassonne
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
30 Apr 2013
What a fabulous place. Flew to Carcasonne and collected a hire car at the airport. Within 10 minutes we were opening the door of Les Barthes in the village of Lavalette. Our immediate first... more
10 Oct 2012
We flew to Carcassonne from Prestwick,Glasgow, with Ryanair and hired a car through Hertz - a car is essential to see the area. The directions to the Villa, given to us by the oowners, was spot on.... more
08 Oct 2012
The property has everything your heart desires, from pots and pans to sun loungers by the pool. Is very near to the airport which is a big plus as you do not want to drive forever after your flight but far enough not to be disturbed by the noise. Quite location, my husband and I loved the serine of the village. Loved the sky satellite, it went well in the evening over a bottle of wine! Very clean property and comfy bed.The owners, Carrie and Tony were very friendly and helpful, they even mailed me an area map, I mean who does that? Close to Carcassonne ancient city which is a must if you visit as it will take you back in time, just make sure you have a fully charged camera! Highly recommended.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Spring Bank||2 Jun 12||8 Jun 12||£ 875||-||-||1 Week|
|February 2013||2 Feb 13||24 Feb 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|March 2013||24 Feb 13||31 Mar 13||£ 550||-||-||1 Week|
|April 2013||31 Mar 13||28 Apr 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|May 2013||28 Apr 13||2 Jun 13||£ 750||-||-||1 Week|
|June 2013||2 Jun 13||30 Jun 13||£ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|July / August 2013||30 Jun 13||1 Sep 13||£ 975||-||-||1 Week|
|September 2013||1 Sep 13||29 Sep 13||£ 750||-||-||1 Week|
|October 2013||29 Sep 13||27 Oct 13||£ 550||-||-||1 Week|
|Nov / Dec 2013||27 Oct 13||14 Dec 13||£ 400||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas / New Year||14 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 950||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
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