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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

This is a little jewel of a property, aptly named bijou - its beautifully bright and airy with the cosy feel of a cottage. It has lovely antique ceiling lamps, old style cast iron radiators and wooden floors throughout. There is a large interior hallway off which lead 4 rooms all neutrally decorated : a double bedroom with shabby chic cream painted, wooden double sleigh bed and matching Laura Ashley mirrored wardrobe, shabby chic bedside tables and matching lamps and a lovely painted long mirror. Views over the rear of the property from the double glazed window, to the owner's courtyard garden and the village houses and fields beyond. There is an old style cast iron radiator under the window.
Still in the bedroom, step up to a raised section, a stable-effect separation providing seclusion for an en suite bath, pretty mirror with lights and antique wooden arm chair.
Just a step across the hall from the bedroom is a separate, shower room fully tiled in creams and greys. This houses a walk-in power shower, wc and wash basin, plus old style radiator, shelves, a lovely moroccan mirror over the ceramic sink, and quality chrome fittings.
Off the hall is also lovely sunny lounge with two windows sharing the same aspect as the bedroom, views over the gardens, houses and fields behind the house. This is a really bright and airy room. It has cream painted wooden floor boards, pale walls, an original pale marble fire place with fitted electric flame effect wood burning stove, lamps, TV (English freeview channels), shabby chic painted cabinets, DVD player, CD player, comfy cream antique chesterfield drop arm sofa and matching armchair, with various shabby chic painted drawers and shelves.
The fully equipped kitchen dining room is separate from the lounge and is the only room with an aspect over the front, with views over Rue de la liberte. Its a large room with two large double glazed windows. There is a dining table and chairs for 2 plus an armchair, fireside chair, original black marble fireplace with flame effect electric log fire inset, bookcase stacked with books, board games, dvds and cds - others can be borrowed from the extensive library just outside the apartment, at no extra charge. There are 2 large cast iron radiators in this room.
The kitchen has all mod cons including lovely white kitchen units and worktop inset into the old colombage wall, retaining some of the old timbers as features; its fully equipped with table top oven, microwave, induction hob, extractor, fridge, kettle, electric steamer, coffee maker along with all necessary pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and glass wear. The apartment has wifi, wireless internet access (bring your own pc).

The Bijou is ideally suited to couples who want basic cooking facilities rather than a large kitchen equipped for gourmet menus. Those who want to sample local cuisine offered in the many excellent restaurants nearby, but want the option to cook for themselves; its for those who are looking for a base that has all the feel and homeliness of an independent cottage but more affordable. Mobility is an issue because the Bijou is on the first floor of a very large 400 year old house accessed by a wide winding staircase. It has been lovingly restored whilst retaining much of its original charm. There is no room for a cot in the bedroom but space could be created for a cot in the lounge. The lounge and bedroom sit side by side. The Bijou isn't suited for older children. The Bijou is on the same floor as the Luxe, another one bedroomed apartment with king size bedroom, so it would be ideal for two couples who want to holiday together, live in close proximity but require independent private spaces. The two apartments share the entire first floor of a lovely big old house with a grand entrance and an open plan library separating them. The library is well stocked with books, dvds and cds, a lovely antique desk and chair, old wooden fireplace with cast iron inset and log effect fire. For larger groups the apartments can be let with the La Petite Maison and L'ancienne boulangerie; together these will house up to 14 adults plus infants.

There is a lovely courtyard garden behind the house which is used by the owners and their pets but can be made available to apartment guests by prior arrangement.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Puivert Lake man-made beach 5 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Salvaza Airport, Carcassonne (CCF) 54.6 km, Nearest railway: Limoux 30 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

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