Gite des Cathares
About the home
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.
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 bedroom|
|Nearest beach:||Perpignan or Narbonne, 60km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Hen and stag parties
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 100m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
No smoking at this property
|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 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / 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.
Prices are per apartment, per week (not per person). The price for the 1st floor apartment is €495 per week in peak season.
We accept bookings from any day to any day and proportional rates are available. We accept payment in Euros and British pounds by bank transfer, cheque or PayPal (a secure online payment system).
We offer great discounts (20-25% for bookings of 2 weeks or more) - please contact us for details.
An £80 or 110 Euros deposit per apartment per week secures your booking. Full payment is due eight weeks prior to the start of your holiday, or at the time of booking if it is within the eight week period.
Long term rentals available all year from €650 per month including bills.
The Languedoc-Roussillon / Aude 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.
The Couiza area
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.
How to get there
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The nearest airports to the holiday gite in Couiza are Carcassonne (34 km), Perpignan (60 km) and Toulouse (100 km), Montpellier (190 km) and Barcelona airport (270 km). There are regular flights to Carcassonne with RyanAir from London Stansted, Brussels, Dublin, East Midlands and Liverpool and flights to Perpignan from London Stansted, Birmingham, Southampton, Manchester, etc.
There is an aerobus service from Carcassonne which drops you at our door, or alternatively Couiza is on both a bus and train route. Couiza is between the towns of Quillan and Limoux and other nearby towns include Arques, Esperaza, Rennes-le-Chateau and Rennes le Bains. Please scroll down to visit the owner's website, which includes details of the local taxi service, aerobus and links to train timetables and airports, as well as a page of information on several local towns, walking, castles, lakes, river swimming, etc.
Activities near Couiza
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
A winter sun break
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... more
31 Jul 2012
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
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
|Rental prices originally quoted in: Euros €||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Winter||3 Nov 12||15 Dec 12||€ 245||-||-||Flexible|
|Christmas & NY||15 Dec 12||5 Jan 13||€ 345||-||-||1 Week|
|Winter||5 Jan 13||1 Jun 13||€ 295||-||-||1 Week|
|June||1 Jun 13||1 Jul 13||€ 345||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer||1 Jul 13||1 Sep 13||€ 395||-||-||1 Week|
|September||1 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||€ 345||-||-||1 Week|
|Winter 2013||1 Oct 13||1 Jun 14||€ 295||-||-||1 Week|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Long term rentals available all year, for as little as €450 per month in winter (plus electricity but price includes all other bills and Wifi internet)
3 apartments; 2 sleep 4, 1 sleeps 6. Property can be rented as 1 unit (sleeps 14).
We offer excellent discounts for bookings of 2 weeks or more: 2 weeks 25%, 3 weeks 30%, 1-2 months 35%, 2-3 months 40% and 3+ months 50%.
We require a 25% deposit, with the balance due no less than 8 weeks prior to the arrival date. We accept payment in Pounds Sterling or Euros by cheque, PayPal or bank transfer.Enquire now
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As the holiday gite has 3 floors, we only mark the gite as booked when all 3 floors are booked, this is why the calendar typically looks quiet as not all floors are booked at the same time. Please contact us for full availability.
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