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La Maison Blanche

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Large house with Games room, Mountain Bikes, Gardens and sun terrace

Gite | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 84 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Ideal location for those looking for a quiet or active holiday. Located in a small village the heart of the Cathar region, between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees; a good starting point for mountain bike trails and other outdoor activities available locally.

In addition to a wide range of local sports, the house comes with a large games room, including a full size, slate bed, pool table and table tennis. Bikes are available to hire to explore the local mountain trails.

The house is situated in the pretty village of Rouvenac, surrounded by mountains, vineyards and sunflower fields. It benefits from being in a quiet village with a good restaurant as well as having easy access to shops, restaurants and markets in the small town of Esperaza just 5 minutes' drive away. The nearest large supermarket is just 10 minutes' drive away

White water rafting, canyoning, kayaking, cycling, horse riding, wild swimming, walking, mountain biking, bird watching and skiing are just some of the popular activities available locally. There is a swimming lake just a 15 minute drive away from the house with a sandy beach, small bar and restaurant.

The area is full of historical and cultural interest with lots of pretty medieval villages and magnificent castles. Rennes le Chateau is a medieval village famous for its links with the search for the Holy Grail. It is just 20 minutes away. In just 30 minutes or less, it is possible to visit some of the great Cathar castles that hover dramatically on mountain precipices and admire the stunning views. Artists will find the beautiful architecture and dramatic landscapes inspiring.

There are numerous vineyards offering wine tastings and local markets selling fresh local produce.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Carnet Plage 84 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 6 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Carcassonne Airport 35 km, Nearest railway: Quillan 8 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking

About this location

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

The gite is in the region of the old border between Languedoc and Roussillon (once the old border of Spain and France). The region between the departments of the Aude and the Pyrenees Orientale is known as Cathar country. This is an ideal place for those wishing to follow the Cathar trail, or participate in the water sports on the River Aude and other outdoor activities.

Couiza

Rouvenac is a quiet, pretty village situated in the foothills between the Mediterranean and the Eastern Pyrenees mountains, in the heart of the Cathar region. The area is full of historical and cultural interest with lots of pretty medieval villages and magnificent Cathar castles such as Puilaurens and Montsegur.

There are a variety of mountain bike trails nearby and access to water sports from the nearby towns of Couiza, Quillan and Axat. There is a swimming lake just 15 minutes drive from the gite, with a sandy beach, bar and restaurant.

The nearest shops and amenities are in the nearby town of Esperaza, just a 5 minute drive away. The Sunday morning market is particularly spectacular, selling all kinds of goods including locally produced food and wine. There is usually a live band playing, enhancing the festive atmosphere.

Rouvenac has an good restaurant and there is a very friendly local cafe in the neighbouring village of Fa, just a few minutes away.

Limoux is just 20 minutes away. It is renowned for its sparkling wine Blanquette that was discovered by chance by Benedictine monks in the 16th century. The process of producing Blanquette is believed to be copied by the makers of Champagne. Limoux is surrounded by vineyards with wine tastings available.

Carcassonne is the nearest large city. It is made up of 2 areas; the fortified medieval city (Cite), with its 52 towers and 2 miles of battlements, and the Ville basse, the old city below. It is the most visited city in the whole of Languedoc.

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13 Sep 2014

5/5

"Lovely, well equipped villa in beautiful, tranquil location"

My husband and I stayed at Casablanca for a fortnight in August 2014. We found the booking very straightforward and the owner was extremely friendly and helpful. The villa is a lovely property, situated on the edge of Rouvenac, a sleepy rural village near Esperaza in Aude, Languedoc.

The villa was clean, bright and spacious, and extremely well equipped. We particularly liked the lovely bright large kitchen/dining room, and the games room at ground level under the living area of the villa was a fun addition (pool table, darts and table tennis). There is a lovely patio to the front of the property with sun loungers, table and chairs, and an awning to retreat under if the sun gets too hot. We spent a lot of time there just relaxing and reading in the sunshine (there is a good selection of books in the villa, which was another bonus). There is also parking space and a pretty garden to the rear of the property.

As the villa is situated right on the edge of the village it is in a very tranquil location, with lovely views over the fields to the hills. The only traffic that passed by the house was the post van and a couple of cyclists! The only downside to the location is that you really do need a car to get around, and there is only one restaurant in the village - however we did not find this to be a problem (and it is the case pretty much anywhere you stay in this area, unless you opt to stay in a larger town and then lose the tranquil countryside feel!).

If you are visiting the area we recommend the Châteaux at Montségur, Peyrepertuse, and Arques. A train trip on either the Petit Train Jaune or the Train Touristique du Pays Cathares is also highly recommended. We also enjoyed a boat trip on the Canal du Midi at Carcassonne (trains from nearby Esperaza are only one Euro!), and of course the Cité at Carcassonne is always worth a visit. The Grotte de Niaux is also well worth a visit for the awe inspiring cave paintings - there are English speaking tours so book one of those unless your French is very good. Nearby Mirepoix with its half-timbered arcades is a beautiful town, well worth a visit. There are also many amazing gorges in the area. The list is endless!

Food wise, we highly recommend the bakery 'Pain Chaud' in Couiza - many wonderful cakes were purchased and consumed from there and they were patient with my poor French. You can find it by the 8 a Huit supermarket, just after you turn from Couiza onto the D613 towards Arques. The Intermarché between Esperaza and Couiza has everything you need otherwise, including petrol. It's about a 15 minute drive from Casablanca in Rouvenac.

There are lots of great restaurants to choose from. Our favourite was Le Saint Gobain in Esperaza - wonderful food and very friendly staff. We also recommend the restaurant at Hotel Cartier in Quillan, and Tyrex in the square by the railway in Esperaza if you just fancy a pizza.

If you fancy giving this beautiful part of France a try it certainly comes very highly recommended, and Casablanca is a beautiful place to stay. When we were there the temperature varied between about 24 to 30 degrees, with a couple of cloudy days and one wet day, sometimes a bit of a breeze, which was not necessarily a bad thing. We had a wonderful relaxing break and were very sorry to leave!

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