Gite | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
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.
Apart from a wide range of local sports, the house comes with a large games room, including a full size, slate bed, pool table and an option to hire mountain bikes to explore the local mountain trails.
The house is surrounded by mountains, vineyards and sunflower fields. It is at the centre of a variety of mountain bike trails, great for walking or biking. Road and mountain bikes can be hired as an optional extra from just £50 or 60 euros per week. The house 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 15 minutes' drive away from the house with a sandy beach, small bar and restaurant. There are also opportunities for wild swimming in high mountain lakes and rivers.
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 102 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|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||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, 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, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), 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|
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.
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 excellent 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 town in the whole of Languedoc.