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The Pool bar and pool

Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Swimming Pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 60km

Les Petites Ecuries is on a UNESCO World Heritage site, located on the canal du midi, in the small village of Marseillette, near Carcassonne which has daily Ryanair flights. Marseillette is situated in the middle of the Minervois wine region of Languedoc Roussillon. Marseillette sits slightly elevated between the Canal du Midi and the river Aude. Les Petites Ecuries borders the canal du midi, with direct access to the tow path.

Owners, Carol and Andrew have converted the old stable buildings into 3 luxury self-catering holiday houses/villas/cottages. Named after the horses that worked the vineyards, Tango, Bijou and PonPon are furnished to an extremely high level. There are two heated salt water pools onsite, two self service bars, boules court, large landscaped garden, BBQ's and plenty of things to keep the children amused to.

If you're looking to see and experience an authentic French village, explore the many villages and picturesque countryside, discover great new wines and wonderful food then come on down, you'll love it. Or if you're like some of our guests they just laze around the pool and garden soaking up the sun. Watch the canal boats meander along the canal du midi at the bottom of the garden

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Narbonne 60 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 10 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Carcassonne 24 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne 16 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Boat available
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Table tennis, Safe, 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 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Secure parking

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

Carcassonne

The famous restored mediaeval City of Carcassonne is the department's capital and most proud possession. Once the inspiration for "The Sleeping Beauty", the city is packed with interesting sites and memorable views and is a reminder of the Cathar history. There are in total 52 towers and 2 enormous ramparts and the citadel contains over 50 restaurants. The landscape here is unmistakably Mediterranean with wild, rocky hills and hot, stony plains, dominated by the vines of the Minervois and Corbières.

The place comes alive in Summer especially in July when they have the Music Festival and you can find different types of music / acts dotted around the city and performing in the outdoor theatre. The Carcassonne Festival is one of the major cultural events in the South of France and is now one of France's largest festivals with nearly 100 shows on offer (Opera, Dance, Theatre, Classical Music, French and international popular music, Modern music), more than 70 of which are free!

Limoux

The market town of Limoux lies on the river Aude about 30km south of Carcassonne. The well known sparkling wine 'Blanquette' is associated with Limoux. The wine was invented well before champagne and is still produced in the area by various small producers. However, most visitors make for the Coopérative Aimery-Sieur d'Arques. There is a weekly market held on Fridays in the arcaded Place de la République. You can enjoy a pleasant walk from here along the banks of the river Aude across the 14th century Pont Neuf. As with the larger towns of the Aude, Cathar history is abundant and a visit to Catha-Rama in Rue Fabre-d'Eglantine explains the history of the religious movement.

Narbonne & Gruissan Beaches

Narbonne is officially the oldest town in South-West France and was once a prosperous port. It is ideally located about 15km from the coastline of the Mediterranean. Turning inland on the A61 on route to Carcassonne brings you to this cosmopolitan city with its tree lined walks and esplanades. In addition to all of the historical sites, there are two large markets held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with an open air section situated on the banks of the Canal de la Robine. Restaurants offering international cuisines are plentiful and the city as a whole is very cultural.

Local markets:

Each day there are many markets in small villages and large towns to be able to see the authentic French way of life and buy local produce. Mirepoix on Mondays, Caunes Minervois on Tuesday, Wednesday in Lezignan, Thursday in Montpellier, Limoux on Fridays, Saturday mornings sat in the square (Place Carnot) having a coffee watching the local market in Carcassonne town or drive to Revel market and pick up your food for a picnic at the lake on the way back. On Sundays, there is always a large market in Narbonne.

Carcassonne

Marseillette is a grape growing village in the south Minervois region with an approximate population of 700. It has a Church dating back to the 12 century and of course the famous Canal du Midi flowing right through it. Marseillette has existed since the 10th Century and certain research has shown that it may have existed 2000 years AD in the Bronze Age under the name Villacano. The village was built on the highest piece of land and a fort was made with only 1 entrance which is still there today. There is now a clock tower on what was the first telecommunication structure in the world in the 14th Century.

Marseillette is also famous in the region for it's dried salt water lake (etang). In the 12th Century when it was still a lake, it carried a lot of disease. In the end it was an Irish lady, Madame de Lawless who in 1804 after agreement from Napoleon decided to drain the lake. In 1808 with 300 workmen, they dug 3 drainage ditches to remove the water. Because the ground was full of salt, they then had to build more channels and a tunnel to carry water from the River Aude. This is still used today to regulate the water and salt levels in the "etang" . Because of the salt in the ground it prevents any frosts in winter and therefore makes it an ideal place for growing vines, apples and rice.

Marseillette is only 20 minutes away from the Medieval City of Carcassonne.

Canal Du Midi - Biking, Walking or Boat

The Canal du Midi was the brainchild of Paul Riquet in the 17th century. It extends 150 miles (240 kms) with an impressive 350 locks and the towpath is lined with 300 year old trees, which are slowly being removed due to a virus called Dutch Elms disease. For 15 years from 1666, 12,000 men wielded shovels and woven reed baskets to remove the earth. Unfortunately, Paul Riquet died after being ill and exhausted without having seen his life's work completed.

Today you can take a boat ride along the Canal du Midi from nearby Homps, Trebes or in Carcassonne. If that seems to energetic you could just sit and watching the canal boats navigate their way along the canal is a delight. In Beziers only 30 minutes away there is a set of 9 locks (ecluses).

Trebes and Homps both less than 10 minutes away are locations where you can hire a canal boat for a few hours or days so you can explore the canal yourself. The towpath can be accessed by the gates at the bottom or Les Petites Ecuries garden where you can walk or cycle along the Canal du Midi. Ideal and safe for cycling, use some of our bikes and explore the Canal du Midi and the plenty of restaurants and cafes in villages that border the canal.

Golf

For the Golf enthusiasts, there is an 18 hole course which accepts visitors on the outskirts of Carcassonne. This is a beautiful and challenging Par 71 course. Half sets of clubs can be rented for as little as 8 euros. Electric Buggies are also available. For the less enthusiastic there is a great restaurant overlooking the 1st Tee!

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7 Oct 2013

4/5

"Excellent accommodation in a beautiful part of the world."

Our first extended trip to South of France was a memorable break and one we are sure to repeat. I flew to Carcassonne with my wife and teenage daughters, picked up our rental car and was at Les Petites Ecuries in no time at all. Glasgow to South of France in less than half a day! We had a very warm welcome from Andrew and Carol and the gite was just as described on the website. We had an excellent week of sightseeing and relaxing, absorbing the local culture, hospitality and cuisine. Would wholeheartedly recommend the accommodation and the locale.

Thanks for your review, glad that you enjoyed your holiday here with us. Look forward to seeing you again in the future.

2 Oct 2013

5/5

"Amazing!! Cannot wait to return next year!!"

Me, my husband and our 3 children (11, 4 & 6 months) had an amazing 2 weeks staying in Bijou. The gite itself had so much to offer it was spotless and had a cot and high chair set up for us when we a… More

Thank you for your kind review. Was a pleasure having you all stay with us. For us was nice to hear the children enjoying themselves and having fun. Look forward to seeing you all again next year.

2 Oct 2013

5/5

"Bliss in the sun"

My family and I stayed with Carol and Andrew in May this year and from the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome. They have a great location on the canal du midi and are only a short journey into Carcasonne and the beaches at Guissan.
Andrew allowed us to use bikes so that we could cycle along the canal and take trips into Trebe about ten mins away.
The gite we stayed in looked like it wes brand new and was very clean and tidy, with everything we needed for our stay. We will be going back again so that we can explore the area some more.

Thanks for your review, glad that you enjoyed your holiday here with us. Look forward to seeing you again in the future.

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