Almond Barn is a recently renovated village barn which has been modernised to a very high standard offering you all the benefits of high quality home from home holiday accommodation. Quiet and peaceful, yet only fifteen minutes from the larger historic towns of Carcassonne and Limoux, the barn has easy access to all amenities, including local specialist food markets, excellent restaurants, vineyards and shops.
The barn benefits from its own private outdoor dining and sun terrace on the first floor which overlooks a vineyard and the Black Mountains. A large garden with additional outdoor dining, play area and shady downstairs terrace means that this is the perfect destination for rest and relaxation. With three double bedrooms, additional sleeping facilities and three bathrooms, the barn is ideal for friends and families to experience and share in the wonder of this beautiful historic Cathar region.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Narbonne Plage 60 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne Salvaza 20 km, Nearest railway: Limoux 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
Almond Barn offers luxurious self catering accommodation and has recently been renovated to a very high standard.
The barn is an "upside down" house with a very large open plan living area upstairs to maximise the rural views. The kitchen area opens on to a private upstairs dining terrace which is ideal for alfresco living. The kitchen has all the amenities you would expect to find in a modern home including, two ovens, two hobs, a large American fridge freezer, coffee maker and a full array of cooking utensils and crockery.
There is a formal dining area and a relaxing living room area which as well as having a TV, DVD and CD player has a wide range of games, DVD films and books. The barn has internet access so you can catch up on your e-mails and stay in touch with what's going on in the world or alternatively not bother and just relax!
All the bedrooms and bathrooms are downstairs which means they are lovely and cool in the heat of the summer. Each bedroom has a kingsize bed and large wardrobe facility allowing you to quickly and easily unpack and relax straight into your holiday. Two of the bedrooms are ensuite and there is a house bathroom. There are three showers, three toilets and a large oval bath - perfect for a long soak. One of the large leather living room sofa's offers additional sleeping for up to 2 people.
|Further details outdoors|
Almond Barn has a large car parking area which can take up to four cars. There are two terraced areas - a large private and sunny upstairs terrace and a covered downstairs terrace - a perfect retreat from the mid day sun. The large private garden has a range of herbaceous borders, a sandy play area, dining and lounging area and outside drying area. There are two swing seats - perfect for enjoying a glass of Blanquette (local fizzy wine) and a good book.
We have a detailed welcome pack and house book which sets out everything you need to know about the house, the area, things to do as well as key telephone numbers and contact information. The house representatives, based in the village, are English speaking and can help you with anything you may need to know during your stay.
The Aude stretches from the Mediterranean in the east to Castelnaudary in the west, the Montagne Noire in the north and the Pyrénées in the south. Carcassonne is the capital and the other major centres are Narbonne and Limoux. With a population of about 310,000 the Aude represents 0.5% of the population of France and 14.1% of the population of Languedoc.
The Aude is known for its vast vineyards and amazing wines, it's fois gras and fine food and it's historic castles and abbeys. Often referred to as 'the land of the Cathars' the area is renowned for it's religious historical battles, medieval architecture and culture. The coast is a sharp contrast with miles of sandy beaches and isolated inlets. The Canal du Midi, Pyrenees and Carcassonne La Cite are stunning tourist destinations offering visitors a broad choice of things to see and do.
In general the climate in the Aude is Mediterranean, hot dry summers, rainy winters, warm, moderate spring and autumn. July and August are hot and dry; temperatures around 30° C. November and December are cooler but still very pleasant. Lots of sunshine. January and February are the winter months. Some rain, occasional frost and once in a while, snow. March and April are unpredictable, glorious sunny days with temperatures in the high teens interspersed with cloudy, rainy cool days.
There are loads of things to do in this beautiful part of France. Here are just a few ideas...
* Carcassonne - the famous medieval city (15 minutes away)
* Toulouse - a vibrant City that offers something for everyone, the traditional and the modern, sports and spacecraft, hip hop and piano concerts, antiques fairs and Spanish Cinema weeks. “La Ville Rose” - the Pink Town , so named due to the buildings made of attractive pink bricks
* Perpignan - the economic and cultural capital of Roussillon, a Catalan city strongly influenced by Barcelona. Perpignan is one of the capitals of Gothic art in the Mediterranean (1 hour 20 minutes away)
* Montpellier – is the capital city of Languedoc Roussillon and is among a very small number of French cities which do not have a Roman background in their past. Home of one of the best medicine universities of Europe as well as the Saint Pierre Cathedral and the botanical garden.
* Limoux – famous for its 3 month carnival and the production of Blanquette – a wonderful sparkling white wine. (10 minutes away)
* Mirepoix – a medieval town with a wonderful central square and market (30 minutes away)
* Castlenaudry – a Canal du Midi town famous for cassoulet – a great local dish of beans, sausage and duck (30 minutes away)
WALKING AND CYCLING
There are loads of walking and cycling paths in this area. The famous Canal du Midi is 15 minutes from the barn which offers long, flat, straight, tree covered walks and cycling paths. For the more adventurous there are mountain paths and walks around the Pyrenees.
The Ariège in South West France, where the Pyrenees rise from the vineyards of the Languedoc , is a paradise for climbing of all styles. The Ariege is a hidden gem with a huge range of climbing including sport climbing, trad, single pitch, multi-pitch with up to 35 pitches and ice in the winter. There are many climbing sites, the best known being Sinsat, Orlu, Auzat and Calamès. These sites provide limestone, granite and gneiss. Targassonne, Laramade and Orlu all offer great granite boulders.
WATER / BOATS
The Canal du Midi is an obvious spot for taking a boat trip, but you can also drive to the Mediterranean to experience life on the seas. There are lots of opportunities on the Aude to go canoeing and a number of companies operate out of Limoux and Alet Le Bain to help you do this.
A fifty minute drive takes you to the Mediterranean coast, with beaches at Narbonne Plage and along the coast towards Cap d'Adge or Perpignan. Barcelona can be reached in around two and half hours. It’s also worth checking out Collioure - a lovely resort in a bay by the Mediterranean Sea. Many artists such as Matisse have painted the picturesque landscape of this Catalan port.
There are lots of outdoor swimming pools and lakes. You will find outdoor swimming pools in Belveze (2km), Limoux(10km) and Montreal (7km).
Cambieure has its own public tennis courts which are maintained regularly by the local Maire.
The Languedoc Roussillon has a number of golf courses - Golf Club de Carcassonne is the nearest to Almond Barn (approx 20 minutes away).
For keen skiers the eastern Pyrenees in the Languedoc Roussillon presents all round value with great facilities, much smaller queues than other areas in France, and incredible scenery! Formigueres and Les Angles ski resorts are about one and a half hours away.
WINE AND FOOD
This area is the largest wine producing area of the whole of France. Staying here you are at the heart of some of the most famous wine regions including the Minervois, Fitou, Cabardes and Corbieres. Limoux is home to the famous white sparkling wine – Blanquette - some say better and definitely cheaper than Champagne. Most of the wine domains in this area actively encourage visitors to come along and taste their wines – most of them don’t require you to book you can just turn up. Gayda, a local top quality restaurant and wine domaine, is only 2 km away.