Studio | No Bedrooms | sleeps 3
With a recent decorating facelift, the first floor studio is located at the entry into the Roman spa town of Rennes-les-Bains, with a superb, relaxing location overlooking the warm waters of the River Salz. The good-sized, brand new "clic-clac" sofabed sleeps 2 comfortably, with a "zed bed" for a small 3rd person and a travel cot for a baby/toddler if required. ( Please note that there is only room for a maximum of three people; one or two fit comfortably, but a third can be accommodated either on the zed bed or in the travel cot ).
There is a small kitchen for self catering, and a separate shower room with wc.
From April to October the thermal baths are open, specialising in cures for rheumatism. The new, naturally heated open air swimming pool is open to all for a small charge ( last season it cost 5 euros 50 for adults, 2 euros 50 for children aged 3 - 12), and is a few metres away from the apartment building. If you prefer, you can bathe in the hot springs of the river free of charge.
The small town has many hotels, cafes and a small shop which provides your daily needs. For more choice of groceries, there is a larger "8 to 8" shop in Couiza ( 8km), and a supermarket at Esperaza (11km).
Fresh bread can be ordered from "Maison Christina", next door to the apartment building, and collected each morning. "Maison Christina" is also an internet cafe, keeping you in touch with the outside world during your stay!
In the season, the studio is perfectly placed for daily skiing in Camurac (53km away), or Ax-les-Thermes (72km).
THE STUDIO IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR LONG-TERM LETS AT GREATLY REDUCED RATES. Feel free to enquire!
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, Studio|
|Nearest beach||Canet Plage 84 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 48 km, Nearest railway: Couiza 8.6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Rooms||1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 3, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users, Lift access|
|Further details indoors|
The studio has an en-suite bathroom with shower, sink and WC.
In addition, the studio is equipped with:
-a double electric hotplate, plates/cups/glasses/cutlery, pots and pans, coffee maker
- plug-in radiator
- tower fan
- large wardrobe
- double duvet, single duvet, cot duvet and covers
- 4 pillows
- table and 3 chairs
- GB to France plug adapter with room for 3 electrical appliances
- a lift in the corridor for easy access
The double French doors overlook the river, but there is a railing making it safe for children (see photo).
|Further details outdoors|
• Internet access is available in the café next door for a small fee
• There is parking opposite the apartment building.
• The outdoor heated pool a few metres away is open to all for a small entry fee.
• Fishing is available nearby
Smoking is allowed but only with the French doors open.
There is lift access but a full-size wheelchair needs folding in order to fit. Alternatively there is a wide staircase of approx 20 steps.
Pets are allowed but only quiet ones! They must not disturb other residents in any way, or be left unattended. Please advise in advance if you intend to bring a pet.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The area around Rennes-les-Bains, situated at the foot of the Pyrenees, is a perfect spot for nature and history lovers alike. In the heart of Cathar country, it offers the opportunity for hiking, mountain biking, cycling, white water sports, climbing,and fishing. For those seeking history and culture, there are several Cathar Castles within easy reach, a Dinosaur museum, and acres of vineyards just waiting to be discovered.
Carcassonne has an entire city that is a castle, "La Cité", the fortified upper city. These massive ramparts on a hill provide spectacular views of the lower city below. Take a relaxing stroll along the cobblestone streets, browse the shops selling Medieval wares, or sample the classic peasant stew "cassoulet" in one of the many cafés and restaurants. Perpignan (70km) and Narbonne (82 km) are cities brimming with history, and on Saturdays the markets sell everything from fruit and vegetables, to wine and local produce. The smaller, medieval towns of Limoux and Lagrasse transport you back in time, and whether sightseeing, wine-tasting or enjoying the vastness of the open countryside, you will never be short of something to do in the beautiful region of the Aude.
Halfway between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees, in the heart of Cathar country, sandwiched between Mount Cardou (796 m) and Pic Bugarach (1231 m) in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Rennes is one of the many spas in the Languedoc-Roussillon. People have enjoyed the natural hot spring waters here for millennia. The town is sited next to both hot and cold springs, and also by a saline river. The river Salz takes its name from the fact that it is naturally salty, an unusual feature for an inland river.
Rennes-les-Bains is 48 km south from Carcassonne, 20 km from Limoux, and 3 km from Rennes-le-Château. It lies in the Corbières, the heart of "Cathar country" and has been a spa town since Roman times. In recent years it has become well-known for its role in Kate Mosse's 2007 novel Sepulchre, which is based in and around Rennes-les-Bains. It is a sister village of Rennes-le-Chateau, made famous by "The Da Vinci Code" and its supposed links with Bertrand de Blanchefort, Grand Master of the Knights Templars.
The thermal swimming pool (piscine) at Rennes les Bains is open in the afternoons from early April every day except Monday. Closing time varies from 6.30pm to 8pm depending on the season. For more information:
Tel: 00 33 (0) 468 74 71 00
There is plenty of opportunity for the following activities while staying in Rennes:
• Hiking, (190 km of trails and themed walks available)
• Cycling (visit Tour de France passes, or try a circuit of mountain biking)
• Whitewater sports (rafting, kayaking, canyoning)
• Climbing (Gorges de Pierre Lys)
• Horse riding
• Fishing (Campagne sur Aude)
• Dinosaur museum: 10km away in Esperaza: Tel 00 33 (0) 468 74 26 88 www.dinosauria.org
For more information on activities nearby, contact the tourist office in Quillan: Office de Tourisme, Square Andre Tricoire, 11500 Quillan, France Tel: 00 33 (0) 468 20 07 78. Alternatively, visit www.aude-pyrenees.fr