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House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

L'ancienne boulangerie was once the village bakery. Constructed around 400 years ago, it retains many of the original features including the old cast iron bread oven - now a fabulous centre piece in the kitchen. The property has been lovingly restored to create a really beautiful holiday home full of rustic style, charm and character. It sleeps 6 plus an infant in a king and a triple bedroom. The bedrooms are very spacious, light and airy. The triple room has its original fireplace along with a double, a single bed, a day bed, storage and a washbasin. The king has plenty of room for a cot or child's bed and houses a super king sized bed, two washbasins and lots of storage space. It has an old shabby chic door once providing access to the property next door which has long since fallen into ruin leaving only its walls and a beautiful shady courtyard, accessible from the kitchen. This property is ideal for families or friends sharing as it has two linked but separate outdoor areas - a terrace with barbecue, outdoor dining area for 6, chairs and sun loungers and the courtyard which is perfect for those who seek a quiet corner and prefer dappled sunlight or a shady spot. It has a lovely old water fountain, picnic table, various tables and chairs. It can be rented along with La Petite Maison and/or apartments Bijou and Luxe for larger groups. All the outside space is interconnecting offering a choice of privacy for individuals or communal space for groups.

L'ancienne boulangerie is in the heart of the pretty French village of Rivel, a peaceful, traditional village in the Quercorb, with quaint and crumbling stone properties, peeling painted shutters, a babbling brook, 2 bell-towered chapels, embraced by rolling hills and surrounded by golden fields of sunflowers. The village nestles in a lush green valley in the foothills of the Pyrenees. It has that away from it all feel but yet is close enough to amenities not to be isolated. Its in the heart of the spectacular Cathar region of France where magnificent castles create the atmospheric landscape; perched high up on the rocky mountain tops amid breathtaking scenery, these fantastic ruins offer some of the most popular attractions of the region. Steeped in the wonderful rich history of the Albigensian Crusade, myths and legends of this area abound. The village is only a 35 minute drive from the snow capped Pyrenees, very close to two glorious swimming lakes (Lac Montbel and Lac Puivert); a leisurely 25 minute drive to kilometers of whitewater rapids; and within easy reach of several unforgettable gorges following some hair-raising drives and white-knuckle routes through really stunning scenery.

L'ancienne boulangerie sleeps 6 + an infant in 1 king and 1 triple bedroom.
Bedroom 1 is the master bedroom. A large room with 2 windows over the courtyard and one over Rue de la liberte. It houses a very large super king bed, huge mirrored wardrobe, drawers, bedside cabinets, desk, chair and 2 washbasins with storage. There's plenty of room for a cot or daybed in this room.
Bedroom 2 is also a large room. It has 2 windows, one over place de la liberte and one over Rue de la liberte. It houses adult single, double and child's single beds, drawers, hanging rail, washbasin with storage, original fireplace and old (decorative) wood stove. There is also room for a cot if necessary.
The bathroom has a bath with shower over, wc, sink, shelves and heated towel rail.
These 3 rooms lead off a small landing from which the original well trodden, wooden staircase descends into the wide entrance hall below. Off the entrance hall, with coat stand and hall table, is the kitchen diner and opposite, the lounge.
The lounge is immediately below the triple bedroom and has the same aspects over the place and the street. It has a sofa and 2 armchairs (there's room for a 3rd small armchair if necessary), French dresser stacked with board games, books and dvds, TV (some English channels, some French) and cabinet, DVD, CD player with cds and additional dvds available to borrow at not extra charge. There's an original fireplace with Jotul woodburning stove, a desk, chair and wireless internet access (bring your own pc).
The kitchen is fully equipped with a lovely shabby chic dresser full of pots, pans, crockery and glasses, shelves full of spices and oils, drawers with an array of cutlery and utensils, units, worktops, marble table, cooker with electric oven and 4 gas ring hob, fridge, microwave, washing machine, toaster, electric hand whisk, kettle, coffee machine, iron, ironing board, hoover, clothes airer, dustpan & brush. The original old bread oven is for decoration only.
The dining area is in the kitchen and has a large table which can seat up to 6 adults, it leads directly to a lovely shady, partly covered courtyard, tiled and shingled; equipped with tables and chairs for outdoor living (there's also a retractable clothes line in the courtyard and a free-standing clothes airer); the courtyard leads to the large tiled terrace with a dining table, 6 chairs, bbq, loungers, cushions and pergola.

This is a very cosy and comfortable house with big bedrooms and plenty of outdoor space. Ideally located in the heart of Cathar region, surrounded by imposing castles such as Montségur, Puivert, Queribus, Peyrepertuse, Puilaurens and Lastours - all spectacular, poignant - set in the most breathtakingly beautiful rolling countryside.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach man made beaches at Puivert and Montbel lakes (5 5.8 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 4 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Salvaza Airport (CCF) Carcassonne 54.6 km, Nearest railway: Limoux 30 km
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

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