Whilst retaining its ancient exposed oak beams, rafters and prop supports, and rustic stone walls throughout, La Dame Blanche offers a spacious and modern open-plan ground floor, with a split-level living and dining area, including a fully equipped modern kitchen and bathroom/laundry.
Double french doors lead to a large south facing paved, landscaped terrace and garden.
The open stair case leads to the second floor which consists of three large double bedrooms, a twin bedroom and a second bathroom, all electrically heated.
Guests can have access to the house at 4.30 pm on the day of check-in (this can be negotiated depending on bookings). They are requested to vacate the house at 10am on the day of check-out.
Our property manager will ensure that bed linen and towels are provided for you and the heating (if required) and lighting will be left on for your arrival. (Note, we do not provide beach towels)
Guests are asked to pay our property manager two additional fees upon arrival, including 60 euros for cleaning and 10 euros per bed for laundry (the rental rate has been been adjusted so that these fees are not included).
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|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lakeside beach 200 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 70 km, Nearest railway: Quillan 16 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
|General||Central heating, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Due to the house's unique open plan layout, the owners have created a modern, luxurious and spacious environment within the context of a 16th century setting, allowing guests to entertain without fuss or bother or to simply relax in comfort.
Coordinated throughout the interior is the use of birch timber combined with bold colourful furnishings giving a fresh contemporary feel with comfort as a priority.
The bedrooms have been arranged in the European style enabling the choice of king beds or pairs of single beds, each made up with separate all-season duvees. Each bedroom offers splendid rural views through shuttered windows whilst lazing in the comfort of bed.
|Further details outdoors|
The south facing terrace is paved with sandstone flagstones which blend into a pebbled landscaped garden and offers splendid views of the surrounding countryside and foothills. Outdoor entertaining under the shade of umbrellas is a step away from the fully equipped modern kitchen. The outdoor table and chairs comfortably sits eight guests for all those balmy evenings of open air pleasure.
The Aude region
Puivert is located in the Aude, an area full of authentic beauty and history. Sea, mountain, countyside, hills, plateaux, gorges, lakes and forests - here nature offers gorgeous landscapes and vistas. Drive through the countryside along the 'Route du Payes Cathar' and discover the famous fortresses and Chateaux throughout the region.
The climate in the Aude is temperate with 300 days of sunshine a year. The long summer days can be filled with a multitude of outdoor activities including swmming at 'Le Lac' (only 2 minutes walk from the house), bushwalking, cycling, horseriding, and gliding (from the nearby airfield). The nearby Aude River also offers a range of water sports and activities including white river rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and abseiling. The winter months offer skiable snow on the nearby mountains with the nearest ski resort only 20 minutes away, making Puivert a great choice for a winter holiday.
Within short driving distances, excursions can be made to the mountains of the Pyrenees and Mediterranean beaches and for longer trips, there is Spain and Andorra.
Puivert and surrounds
Situated in the heart of Cathar country, Puivert has its own XIth century castle, Chateau Puivert. Of all the Cathar castles this is certainly one of the best preserved, dominating the plain of Puivert.
Puivert's Le Lac has swimming, canoeing and fishing, the water is clean and there is a sandy beach, mown grass and the Buvette, which serves great tasty outdoor meals during the hot summer months. Just behind the beach is the tennis court, badminton court and the boule-o-drome. Gliding on the Puivert plain is possible as is horse riding. Puivert is a destination point for hikers drawn to the area by 190 kms of waymarked trails. Cycling, mountain-biking and walking is ideal for naturalists and photographers.
Puivert has an excellent Boulangerie / Patisserie. Just up from the village square there is an excellent mini-supermarket offering everything that you might require. There is also a cafe/bar/tabac, a post office and restaurant. The charcuterie (butcher) and primeur (fruiterer) visit the market square twice weekly and during the summer months, Puivert has a Wednesday evening market.
The larger village of Chalabre is ten minutes away and has markets, restaurants, banks, doctors, dentists, chemists, bars and supermarkets and a petrol station, all to suit your needs.
An hours drive from Puivert is Carcassonne and La Cite, the largest medieval fort in Europe, and cannot be missed as well the famous and nearby Canal du Midi.
Puivert is surrounded by the famous Montsegur, Puylaurens and Queribus castles, all well worth a visit.
Nearby is the medieval town of Mirepoix , another must, especially for its colourful market days as has Couiza, Espereza and Quillan.
The vineyards of Limoux are a short 20 minute drive away and with numerous caves for sampling and buying the renown Cremant and Blanquette, the forerunner to Champagne as we know it today.