Les Hauts de Gaubil is a wonderful and completely relaxing haven of privacy, a small estate only 15 minutes from the centre of Carcassonne and the Airport. With a huge pool and tennis court, our guests through experience, simply prefer to stay here with the views rather than venture out.
This very private property exudes tranquility and from the house there is one of the greatest panoramic views in the entire region, a view which is quite impossible to capture in one photograph. We see unhampered 60 miles to the South looking over the the tops of many hills to the Pyrenees.
With two houses conjoined, our guests often let their children use the smaller house, which gives a quieter time for those in the main house.
Set in 11 hectares (27 Acres) of its own land, the house was originally built with families and parties in mind. It was designed by our nearest neighbour an architect who lives a mile away, and with 5 acres of lawns there are a number of separate gardens therein. The pool is surrounded by lavender.
The is divided into two separate buildings, the main house sleeping 6 and the second house 8 and each can be entirely autonomous which is ideal for families. There is a very substantial fresh water swimming pool which is 14 foot deep at the deep end (fenced and double alarmed), it also has a shallow-end for the young and a diving board which provides endless fun for everyone. We have recently put in a new tennis court which also has a fantastic back wall for solo players and there is table tennis, a small gym with a lateral bike, a top flight running frame, weights, etc.
Walking and cycling in the area is a must with a multitude of signed paths and tracks. The countryside is covered with vines, wild thyme, lavender and broom and in the spring wild orchids. Preixan is our nearest village with a superrette (mini supermarket) and a good restaurant some 3 miles away as the crow flies and Lavalette rather better provided for also 3 miles away. There are many excellent vineyards within a 5 mile radius.
Despite all the privacy, Carcassonne and the airport are only 15 mins away and Limoux (with its famous and original sparkling wines) is only 20 mins. The Mediterranean is and hour away with Spain some 2 hours.
The superb Castle in Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must to visit. In the hight of summer it does get very busy, but there are still several excellent restaurants therein to find some quite and to get away from the crowds. The Cathar Chateaux throughout the region are extraordinary and their history is fascinating if not rather gory. There is so much more beyond to see and to understand.
This house has delighted our many guests for more than 13 years and has always been fully booked during the summer.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Carcassonne Plage 10 km|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 10 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 4 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
We have a Super King sized bed (6 foot square) with a Tempur mattress in the main bedroom, with 2 other large Bateau Lit double beds, one in each house. We have another room with two single Bateau Lit single beds, another room with two ordinary single beds and then a childrens' room with four bunk beds. This means that 14/15 can sleep here, but we keep the number to 14.
Les Hauts de Gaubil has 4 dining areas, three kitchens, multiple fridges, and a deep freeze. There is a substantial built in BBQ (and bread/pizza oven) in the cuisine d'éte which extends the full width of the house. There is a very large dining table here as well which seats 12 with ease. As the house is partially built into the hillside, the northern side of the house never gets too hot in summer and we tend to live in the cuisine d'éte throughout the summer to eat in for, exactly this reason.
We have a small gym with a top quality running frame, a lateral bicycle and weights etc.
|Further details outdoors|
The house is found at the end of a lengthy smooth chemin (an earthen track) with a drive leading to the house. The lawns through which one enters the grounds fill 5 acres around the house with sculptured gardens nearer the house. T there are great walks within the property, some of which at times are fairly steep but provide plenty of exercise.
As the house is on three levels there is a car port at the lower lever which provides good access directly to the kitchen and the ground floor and ground floor bedrooms. This is ideal for shopping but also provides disabled access.
Changeover days are only on Saturdays and we ask for a deposit of £500 against breakages.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region is dominated by three great natural and two man-made features.
Firstly and most evidently there are nearly 3000 Sq Km of vineyards, three times the combined area of all the vineyards of Bordeaux. Vines are almost everywhere one looks and the region has been an important winemaking centre for centuries with grapevines believed to have existed here since before the existence of Homo Sapiens.
The earliest vineyards of Gaul were said to have been developed around the two towns of Béziers and Narbonne both close to Carcassonne, and the Mediterranean climate has of course been ideal for the vines to develop. It is estimated that one in ten of the bottles of the whole world's wine's production has come from this region during the 20th century.
Secondly, dominating the south is the towering and beautiful mountain range of the Pyrenees, which give such a beautiful and imposing backdrop to the region.
Finally in the south east is the Mediterranean which covers the entire region with its beautiful beaches, villages and towns.
Of extraordinary man-made beauty is the Canal du Midi which travels right through the heart of Carcassonne and on to the Mediterranean. And then there is of course the Cité itself which never ceases to amaze.
Carcassonne has twice been included in UNESCO's World Heritage List – once in 1996 for the Canal du Midi and again in 1997 for the medieval town itself, which is now the most complete fortified city in Europe. The castle walls have roman origins and excavations have identified the Roman settlement. Today 52 towers dominate the double walls, which provide in all 3 kilometres of battlements. There remains no restriction on access to this area and It is still home today to more than 100 inhabitants.
There are a vast array of activities in this area running from canoeing down the river Aude, horse riding (randonnee), mountain biking, quading, and then on to the gentler arts of walking, painting and writing, inspired by the timeless beauty of the area.