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Excellent 5/5 4 reviews

House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

A gem of a holiday home! Sleeps 8 comfortably -3 Bedrooms -3 Bathrooms -Kitchen -Living room -Mezzanine -South Facing Garden with Terrace.

Set at the top of the charming "hidden village" of Cuxac-Carbardes which is stepped in history and just a short distance from the Historic city of Carcassonne. This beautiful, character village house has recently been lovingly renovated by its owner, a UK Interior Designer, as a home away from home. The house is over 200 years old so is full of rustic charm but has been thoughtfully refurbished to offer comfortable accommodation with all mod cons and the extra design touches you might expect.

You enter the house up stone steps under a trailing wisteria, through the front door and into the welcoming kitchen which has all the facilities needed to be the heart of the house. A big table in the middle of the room, a large Smeg range cooker, dishwasher, fridge freezer, and plenty of space to cook, eat and chat. The lounge, with views over the mountains, has a double height ceiling with pretty chandelier hanging from the mezzanine area above. There's plenty of comfy seating and a wood burner for any colder evenings. The house house reliable WIFI, UK TV and a desk top PC and printer available for guests.

The house sleeps eight comfortably. The master suite is a real treat with king size bed, sofa area, a feature bath in the bed room plus en-suite shower room & private bridge to the garden. There's a second double bedroom upstairs with a beautiful french bed and ensuite shower room. The further triple is down stairs and is great as a family room, with a double bed and children's bed plus its own bathroom with shower over bath. There is a further single bed on the mezzanine above the living room. A child cot can be provided plus highchair & stair gates.

The fully fenced garden is accessed both from stairs from the ground floor and a bridge from the first floor. It has a decked terrace with tables and chairs, a shingle area with sun loungers and a wild flower meadow. Theres both sunny patches and natural shade afforded by the trees in the garden.

Set at the edge of village the house is private, but its a 5 minutes stroll to, get your bread from the bakers. The village is both picturesque and well facilitated, having a 2 bar- restaurants, a school, post office, shop, bakery, pharmacy, butchers & childrens playground. It's incredibly peaceful and is often called "the hidden village" as it's just off the main rd, yet it caters for all your day to day needs. Added to that the run into Carcassonne for super market shopping etc is only 20 minutes! 

All bed linen will be provided. Towels will be provided for use in the house and also towels that can be taken out to the beach/ swimming. These will all be changed weekly, if required additional personal laundry can also be arranged.

Please NOTE:

This is a rustic property and although renovated the house is very old, there's a mezzanine above the living room and stairs to the house & garden. Whilst railings have been fitted, where necessary, the garden is fenced and gated and 2 x child gates are provided for the internal stairs, we advise you that it is your responsibility to take care of the safety of any children within the house & garden.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Narbone 50 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Carcassonnee 25 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

There is simply so much to explore in the Aude region and something for everyone.. Walking, beach, markets, lake & river swimming, vineyards, fishing, restaurants, Cathar country - history galore!, horse riding, boating on the canal du midi, relaxing in the garden, festivals and so much more! 


Beautiful character house in a charming medieval village a short distance from historic Carcassonne. Set at the edge of village the house is private, but its a 5 minutes stroll to, get your bread from the bakers. The village is both picturesque and well facilitated, having a 2 bar- restaurants, a school, post office, shop, bakery, pharmacy, butchers & childrens playground. It's incredibly peaceful and is often called "the hidden village" as it's just off the main rd, yet it caters for all your day to day needs. refurbed by English Interior Designer to a high standard. suite with feature bath in bedroom & ensuite, all bedrooms with bathrooms, south facing garden with terrace, large kitchen with range cooker, living room with wood burner. Cleaning, laundry, towels, Wifi, Sat TV, hairdryers, travel cot & highchair all included.

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Review 1-4 of 4

2 Jul 2013


"Beautiful house and location!"

I stayed here a couple of weeks a go and absolutely loved it. The house is beautiful - especially the feature bath in the main bedroom! There was a lovely outside terrace for lunch/evening meals and a big family kitchen for breakfasts.

The village had everything I needed. There was a local shop, bakery and a couple of restaurants. I hired a car and was able to explore the local area, including the City of Carcassonne, the local swimming lakes and canal. Would stay again.

26 Jun 2013


"Boutique style meets french country living - Gorgeous!"

Leisurely driving through the countryside to get to Cuxac Cabardes slowly sets the pace for relaxation and a well deserved break!Its a beautiful drive up through the hills to reach the charming workin… More

22 Jun 2013


"A wonderful house in a beautiful and idyllic location."

We loved everything about this house and it's location. It oozes character and charm and is delightfully stylish. A last minute booking, it ticked all the proverbial boxs regarding what you would… More

17 Jun 2013



Such a lovely home to stay in. Loved the space of the house and the beautiful sunny garden (not to mention the feature bath!). So much to see locally and felt really peaceful. Would definitely visi… More

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