Gite des Cathares
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Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Couiza is a pretty village in the heart of Languedoc-Roussillon and is ideal for an active or family holiday. Couiza itself has 2 restaurants, 2 patisseries, a local shop, cafe and bar and is a short walk from markets, river swimming and beautiful landscapes. Gite des Cathares is well-equipped, beautifully decorated gite with a door opening onto the terrace. (This page describes the ground floor, there is also a 1st floor apartment which sleeps 6 and has a double and twin room). Please see our website for more information.
3 apartments; 2 sleep 4, 1 sleeps 6. Property can be rented as 1 unit. The ground floor apartment has air conditioning in the bedroom and the top floor apartment has a wood burner.
4km from Gite des Cathares is Rennes-le-Chateau, former home of the famous priest Sauniere and said to contain buried treasure. Several beautiful lakes are a short drive away - in Arques, Montbel and Dhuilac and several castles dot the landscape. Other attractions near Couiza include walks, horse and bike rides, water sports including white water rafting. There is a dinosaur museum in Esperaza, a medieval events with jousing tournaments in the summer and a lively music and art scene. We are an hour away from the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean (near Perpignan and Narbonne) and also from ski resorts for winter vacations.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Perpignan or Narbonne 60 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 34 km, Nearest railway: Couiza 500 m|
|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
|General||Central heating, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The holiday gite, Gite des Cathare in Couiza is hung with original art from 3 local artists and has a very well-equipped kitchen with oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, etc. and plenty of pots and pans. Bedding is included and towels are available for hire. Also included are ADSL Broadband Internet access, electricity, heating (with fans for the summer), tea and coffee and a final clean meaning the gite is lovely for the next holiday makers.
The spacious lounge has a sofa bed and comfortable chairs, with a door opening onto the terrace and the bedroom contains a king-sized bed and ample storage.
|Further details outdoors|
The terrace of Gite des Cathare, Couiza looks over the river Salz and has seating for 8, with shade provided by a tree and plenty of flowers to add colour. A path from the terrace leads down to the river and a 10 minute walk along the river takes you a secluded swimming spot.
Gite des Cathares, the holiday accommodation in Couiza, Aude, is no-smoking, with the only exception being on the terrace. We speak both English and French and are on hand to answer any queries (we live a short drive away). Pets, children and babies are welcome and we can provide a cot, bedding, toys, plastic cutlery and crockery and a high-chair at no extra charge. We also provide books, leaflets about local attractions and a selection of games. Long term rentals available all year from €650 per month including bills.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Languedoc-Roussillon is a fascinating region of South France. Before the now famous crusade against the Cathars and the Templar Knights, it was a wealthy country in its own right, with a reputation for liberalism and tolerance.
There is something for everyone in the Languedoc, with 300 days of sunshine a year in which to enjoy the breath-taking scenery and thousands of miles of trails for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. There are castles and chateaux to visit, markets and restaurants, plus rivers, lakes and the sea for swimming and water sports in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Languedoc-Roussillon is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrénées Mountains and Couiza is based in department 11 (Aude), within Languedoc-Roussillon.
Near to Couiza are the thermal spas of Alet les Bains and Rennes les Bains with outdoor swimming pools at a steady 30 degrees. There is river swimming in several spots up and down the river Salz, including one almost on our doorstep and another ten minutes walk away in a secluded spot. Locally, other water-sports include canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting and trout fishing (or tickling, if you prefer). There's pony-trekking on the local horses of the Camargue, golf and even a casino with piano bar, a dinosaur museum and a museum of hats, truly something for everyone!
East of Couiza is the forest of Arques and its swimming lake, to the West another two lakes, Montbel (pictured above), where you can wind-surf, canoe, kayak or hire pedalos and lake Puivert, which also has one of the most outstanding Cathare castles. The castles of the Cathars dot the beautiful valley of Aude from Narbonne to Foix, the evidence of a remarkable era in history is cast on the landscape in the form of ruins and forts standing proud on promontories around Couiza and the Cathare region. Casteland.com has information and photos on many of these castles.
The gite is 34 km from the medieval city of Carcassonne, in the heart of the Cathare region, famous for its walled city within a city. Carcassonne has many museums and historic monuments to visit. 8 km South of Couiza is the attractive market town of Quillan, which heralds the beginning of the climb into the Pyrenees and some amazing drives along roads hewn literally from the mountain side. Rock climbing, mountain walks and caving are all available in or near Quillan.
Just over an hour away to the East are huge swathes of beautiful Mediterranean beaches - plenty of room to find a secluded spot, should you so desire. If, however hotdogs, buckets and spades and cheeky postcards make your heart sing, Narbonne Plage will come high on your list of must sees. We also provide beach chairs which you're welcome to borrow for a trip to the seaside.
For winter holidays, the Pyrenees mountains have long been considered one of the top areas for skiing, with numerous ski resorts which also cater for other winter sports, including snow boarding, often in brilliant sunshine and always with awe-inspiring views.
Couiza nestles in the warm, temperate Aude valley, between Limoux and Quillan, which means that snow doesn't usually settle here, so if you're planning on a winter visit, you'll only need snow chains if you're going to go up into the mountains.
The nearest ski resort, 27 miles away, is Camurac, with 16 downhill pistes and 14 km of cross-country ski tracks. Buses go every half hour from Quillan during the skiing season. Slightly further afield are Puyvalador and Les Angles.
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22 Aug 2013
"Fabulous apartment in a lovely town"
We spent a week in the ground floor apartment. Thank you for a lovely family holiday.The apartment was much more spacious than we had envisaged from the photos and plan shown on the website. The welco… More
11 Jul 2013
"We'll be back!"
My parents and I stayed for a week in the two bed apartment of Gite de Cathares. The flat itself was very spacious and well equipped with everything we needed – the computer available to use in the flat with free internet connection also came in handy.
The best thing about the flat for me was the wonderful river views – I loved getting up and making fresh coffee - then to the window to check on any river activity. At night too, the river flowed gently and glistened as the sun set….ahhh take me back!
We were not familiar with the area, but soon discovered that we were perfectly positioned to discover the amazing South West of France! Highlights for us include; wine tasting in Maury, a dip in the thermal spa of Rennes les bains, swimming in the lake at Arques a short drive or cycle from the flat, a day trip to the picturesque seaside town of Collioure, the Cahors castles and climbing the Bugerach mountain with the most impressive views – the list could go on!
There's actually a wonderful guide to the area in the welcome pack; which lists all the recommended sites and things to do – we pretty much ticked off the list and would recommend each one!
Food – we ate so well! Again the flat is located within easy reach of wonderful fresh produce; from the small bakery around the corner to the impressive Sunday market at Esperaza. As a foodie it was great to be able to get the freshest ingredients and to be able to create some wonderful meals back at the flat. There are some great restaurants too, but for us it was great to be able to cook together and to sit around the big family sized table.
It's definitely somewhere we'd go back to – there are still lots to discover, and lots that we'd go back and do all over again!
22 Jun 2013
"What an Amazing Place!"
My small well behaved dog and I stayed at this amazing place in the top floor apartment. As I walked up the private stairway my breath was literally taken away by the beauty of the apartment. It… More
28 Apr 2013
My business partner and I stayed on the top floor of this Gite in September. I could not ask for a better accommodation. It was centrally located, offered parking for our car, and was close to everyth… More
31 Jul 2012
"Hired a couple of the apartments out with a group of friends and really enjoyed our stay here"
Apartments were spacious, well equipped and good value for money. Having a computer with internet access in each appt was great, as the owner has spent a lot of time putting detailed information about the local area on the website along with map locations etc. There were also maps, a local guide from the Lonely planet and a top tips guide from the owner – all really helped us explore the area which we loved! It's stunning, and will definitely go back to! Only complaint would be that one of the apartments was a little minimalistic on furniture, not that we needed any more than was there.
13 Jul 2012
"Beautiful riverside apartment in centre of Couiza"
Myself and my partner stayed in Couiza in May 2012. The apartment is well equipped, clean, in a good location for shops and amenities in the village. We were particularly impressed with the attention … More
17 Oct 2011
"A perfect family holiday"
We rented out all three flats for a holiday with our extended family. It was perfect for such a large crowd as all flats were accessible from the main hall and stairs. Each floor was beautifully decorated and furnished, the beds were comfy, and the kitchen facilities were excellent. We particularly valued the massive dining area in the first floor flat and the terrace outside, both of which could accommodate our large party of 17.
The gite is well-sited in the centre of Couiza with pretty views across the river. Local shops were excellent. Of particular note are the markets twice a week with excellent veg and meat stalls, and the Huit a Huit which includes an amazing bakery and pattisserie. We should also mention the very friendly cafe where we watched the early matches of the Rugby World Cup - handshakes and free drinks all round for each successful try!
Further afield the area has a lot to offer for all age groups. Families with children enjoyed the local Dinosaur Museum, rivers and lakes for swimming and recreation parks. Others in the group took advantage of the local kayaking and white water rafting opportunities, stunning walks, sightseeing and wine-tasting. The comfortable accommodation and range of activities on the doorstep or nearby made for a perfect family holiday.
7 Sep 2011
"Gite Des Cathares - A Gateway to Cathar Country"
We stayed in the first floor apartment for 4 weeks & loved it! As it was just 2 of us we had plenty of space (it has 2 bedrooms & is advertised as being an apartment for 6) but 6 people in there would have been too crowded with only 1 bathroom & toilet. The apartment is light & airy & tastefully furnished. The fans provided were essential as it was very hot being August. The only downside to the apartment is that it sits on the main trunk road to the coast & traffic (particularly heavy lorries) thunders past virtually 24 hours a day. We found early mornings particularly noisy from around 5am. The other disappointment was the lack of outside space - the advert features a shared terrace but in essence this is tiny & as it comes straight off the ground floor Gite the people staying there tend to use it for their own personal space. However, the local park is close by & we tended to use that for lazy afternoons as it is very quiet & relaxing to sit by the river which runs through the park. Couiza itself is a charming local town & we enjoyed many relaxing visits to the local cafe/bar for coffee & drinks. Couiza is ideally placed to visit the Cathar countryside & we would highly recommend it as a holiday venue. We would also recommend Gite Des Cathares - despite the road noise! It is a lovely place to stay.
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