Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Just 5 minutes walk from this little gem of a gite will bring you into the attractive village of Caunes-Minervois. with shops and restaurants.
Gite Fleuri is set in sunny, south-facing grounds of over 2 acres leading down to the River Argent-Double. The gite is adjacent to the owners' property but is completely self-contained and separate. It is fully renovated and dates back to the mid 19th century and has a lovely, warm, welcoming, feel.
Part of the grounds are used by neighbours to graze three Shetland ponies; another part is set aside as a small plant nursery with a demonstration garden of over 500 plants, and the remainder is mown grassland with young trees and shrubs. Guests are most welcome to stroll around and use the whole space - there's loads of room for children to play.
The gite is accessed from the garden by an external staircase and comprises an open-plan kitchen/dining room, a small sitting room, two bedrooms, a bathroom and an additional WC. Outside it has a private balcony, and its own private area of the garden with a table and chairs for al fresco eating. It shares an attractive swimming pool area with the owners.
Caunes-Minervois is just a 20km (25 minute) drive to the North West of Carcassonne, and is in the foothills of the Montagne Noire. It has a fascinating network of medieval streets centred round the magnificent Benedictine Abbey founded in 790A.D. In summer a series of classical music concerts are held here.
The MInervois is one of France's largest wine-producing regions situated between Carcassonne and Narbonne - vineyards abound here interspersed with the wilder countryside, rocky outcrops and river valleys - producing stunning views as you walk or travel around.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Narbonne Plage 60 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 20 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, 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 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Dining room/Kitchen: The gite is accessed from the garden by a staircase leading to its private, sunny, secluded balcony. A door from the balcony leads into a welcoming dining room/kichen.
The kitchen is well equipped for cooking with an electric cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, electric kettle and a coffee-maker. There is a washing machine for your use in a separate shared laundry area. The kitchen table seats 4 in comfort.
Living Room: Just adjacent to the dining kitchen is a small, pleasant sititng room where you'll find a TV receiving UK freesat channels, a DVD player, a CD/radio and books about the local area. It has a sofa and an armchair and you can access the internet here via WiFi and your own laptop.
Bedrooms: On the second level are two bedrooms; one with a double bed, the other with twin beds. There is ample storage and hanging.
Bathroom: This is on the same floor as the dining kitchen and the sitting room and has a bath with a shower/mixer tap, a washbasin and a WC. There's a further WC and washroom on the same level as the two bedrooms.
Extras to lighten your load: Pool towels and a hairdryer are provided.
|Further details outdoors|
At the top of the staircase from the garden you have a sunny and secluded balcony overlooking the garden, ideal for relaxing with a book and enjoying a cool drink. In the garden, you have your own private area with a barbecue, table and chairs for eating outside. Sun-loungers are available near the pool and in the garden.
Parking for up to 2 cars is available on the verge of the quiet road outside the house.
Swimming Pool: There is a lovely swimming pool that's generally open from late May until early October. It is 11m x 5m, and 1.1m - 1.8m deep, and is shared with the owners. It has a sliding safety cover which conforms to safety regulations.
Internet: You can access the internet here via WiFi and your own laptop.
Telephone: there is no telephone connection in the gite - sorry.
Baby Facilities: A cot and a high chair are available by prior request.
Heating in the cooler months: There is central heating on the ground floor of this gite which keeps it cosy in the winter months. It is included in the rental price and this gite is open all year round.
Gas, Electric and Water: are all included in the rental price.
End of stay cleaning: is included in the rental price.
Bed and Bathroom Linen: is included in the rental price.
Taxe de Sejour: In France, it is necessary to pay a 'Taxe de Sejour' at the end of your stay. It is payable direct here at the guide rate of 40 centimes per person per night.
Damage Deposit: The owners request a damage deposit if 150 Euros or £150 on arrival. This will be refunded to you at the end of your stay less the replacement cost of any breakages or damage.
Change over Day: Saturday in High and Peak Season. There can be some flexibility in Low and Mid Season according to availability.
Long Weekends and Mini Breaks: Possible in Low and Mid Season according to availability - please enquire for prices.
Pets: Small pets may be acceptable by prior negotiation and agreement.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
This part of the Languedoc has a sunny Mediterranean climate. It can be hot in summer, but the temperature is often tempered by a breeze. Now the 3rd most visited region in France by British people, the Languedoc offers something for everyone.
Miles of long, sandy beaches, coastal lagoons, vibrant cities such as Narbonne and Montpellier, historical sites such as Carcassonne and the Cathar castles, fabulous scenery, great cuisine and vineyards, vineyards, vineyards.
As well as being a very attractive village, Caunes-Minervois is famous for its pink marble quarry, the marble from which has been used to grace the Paris Opera and Versailles. The village has everyday facilities including a cafe-bar and restaurants, a post office,a small supermarket, a grocer's, a butcher's, a newspaper shop, a pharmacy, a cash point and a garage - all approximately 5-minutes away.
Activities: The area offers a wide variety of potential holiday acitivites. As well as the swimming pool at the gite, swimming and bathing are possible at a number of other locations. The Mediterranean coast with its long, fine, sandy beaches is about an hour's drive away, and more locally there are a number of lakes and river swimming facilities such as the Lac de la Cavayere in Carcassonne,the Lac de Pradels in the Montagne Noire and the Lac du Jouarres at Homps. It's a wonderful area with great scenery, fantastic for those keen on photography, and walking and cycling - several walks start in the village and are way-marked.
There's also opportunities for climbing, caving, canoeing and horse-riding. Late spring and early summer is a time for enjoying the wonderful wild flowers and bird-watching.
Sightseeing: There are so many places to visit in this beautiful region, but your holiday here would not be complete without a visit to the Medieval city of Carcassonne with its 52 turrets and 2 rings of fortifications - Carcassonne has festivals in July and August and a wonderful firework display on 14th July (Bastille Day). You can spend time walking or cycling along the Canal du Midi, or perhaps even take a boat trip. The Abbeys of Caunes, Lagrasse and Fontfroide are all within easy reach.
A day trip to visit some of the Cathar Castles is a great possibility and the lovely city of Narbonne and the Mediterranean coast can be reached by car in under 60 minutes. For children: There's the Australian Park in Carcassone, the caves at Limousis and the giant caves of Cabrespine.
Near the coast at Sigean adults and children alike can spend an enjoyable day at the African Nature Reserve where over 3,000 different species of animals can be seen and photographed in close-to-nature surroundings.
Markets: The markets around here are colourful and full of fresh, local, seasonal produce. There are markets in Caunes-Minervois on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. Carcassonne has a big market on a Saturday, and also on a Tuesday and Thursday. Other great markets to visit are at Rieux-Minervois, Olonzac, Lezignan Corbieres, St. Pons and Mirepoix.
Restaurants: as well as the ones in Caunes, we can recommend more in Carcassonne, Homps, Olonzac and other surounding villages.
Supermarkets: as well as the one in Caunes, there's a Spar supermarket in Rieux-Minervois (10 minutes) and further, much larger supermarkets can be found on the outskirts of Carcassonne.