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La Mariete

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 18 reviews

Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 120 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

This apartment has been refurbished to a high standard. It has everything you could need so as soon as you arrive you can relax and enjoy your well earned break. The apartment has ONE bedroom that can be made into a twin or double, with wash basin, wardrobe and chair. There is a separate shower and toilet. The main room has a fitted kitchen, a dining area which seats 4 and a living area with a comfortable sofa bed and chair. There is a screened off wash basin in case there are 4 people. We have TV (all free channels including BBC & ITV) with video and DVD player, a radio and CD/MP3 player. We have several videos and DVDs you can borrow.

The bedroom and main room lead onto a private decked area with table and chairs and sun loungers. There is a bar-b-que area for you to enjoy with a gas bar-b-que for convenience. A few steps away is the pool so you can cool off on those hot summer days. The pool is heated by the sun so is normally in use May to October but this may vary.

You can see all the sights, walk, ride, swim, play golf or just chill out. There is an abundance of places to go and things to see, too many to mention them all here, but La Mariete is an ideal base. The village had everything you need in the way of shops, bars, restaurants etc.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Narbonne 120 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 500 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Carcassonne 35 km, Nearest railway: Esperaza 500 m
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Staffed property
Pool Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The cooker is a mini oven. We have a cot, high chair, changing mat and baby bath available if required.

The two single beds can be made into a king size bed.

We supply tea, coffee, sugar, loo rolls and toiletries to start you off.

Further details outdoors

There is a lovely terrace where you can relax . You can cook your meals on the gas bar-b-que and then eat on the terrace in the warm summer evenings. Even in November we have warm days so you will use the outside area. The terrace is decked with a grass area beyond.

Although smoking is not allowed inside the property you can smoke on the terrace.

Further details

The swimming pool is shared with the owners and is normally in use from May to September or October. The terrace is your own private area.

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

This area averages about 300 hours of sunshine a year and summer can last from May to November.

About 40 minutes away is the famous medieval city of Carcassonne (as mentioned in the Labyrinth). The old walled city with castle, shops and restaurants is a must to visit. They often have shows on and in July have the famous burning of the city, a fantastic firework display, and in August they have jousting everyday. Just outside Carcassonne is a lovely 18 hole golf course and we can arrange tee times and clubs for you. There is also an Australian Park and Bird Park.

This is Cathare Country so we have many splendid chateaux to visit, Montsegur and Queribus to name a few.

Visit Rennes-le-Chateau, the mysterious and infamous village featured in The Da Vinci code only about 15 minutes away but can be seen from the house. Rennes-les-Baines is a thermal spa town as mentioned in The Sepulchre by Kate Moss

In summer there are many water sports. There is swimming in the local outdoor pools or at the many lakes in the area, white water rafting and canoeing. There is also fishing, quad biking and horse riding and golf (we have clubs you can borrow)

The beaches of Narbonne and Perpignan are only about an hour and a half away.

This is also wine country, you can visit many of the local "caves" and sample the red, white and rose produced in this area or even try the famous Blanquette, the first champagne produced in France.

In winter the ski slopes are nearby - 40kms. There are several to choose from catering for all levels.

You can also visit Andorra, about 2 hours away, a drive through spectacular scenery and then visit the many shops to stock up on duty free and have a nice meal in one of the many restaurants.

We are about 2 -2.5 hours away from the new viaduct bridge at Millau, the longest suspension bridge in the world.


Esperaza is a quiet village with the river Aude running through it. You can easily walk into the village with its 2 mini markets, bakers ,butchers, post office and chemists. There are also bars, restaurants and a train station. On Sundays the village comes alive with it's Sunday market, well known in the area. Here you can get all your local produce and try the local cheeses and honey and wine.

In Esperaza we have a dinosaur museum, a hat museum and a honey museum. There are several Pyreneean walks in this area and one goes right past the house.

We are 40 minutes from Carcassonne where you can visit the medieval city, take a boat on the Canal du Midi or have a round of golf.

Through July to September all the local villages have their fetes, with music & dancing. There are many evening markets. In July there is a folklore festival, this has groups from all over the world showing their traditional dance and music. It culminates with a grand firework display. The Tour De France often comes past or close to this area and in Quillan they have an annual cycle race in August round the village attended by some of the top riders.

20 minutes away are the thermal spas of Alet-les-Baines and Rennes-les-Baines. The spas date back to Roman times. We are also centrally located to visit the Cathar castles such as Montsegurand Queribus

Esperaza is an ideal base to discover all there is to see in the Aude region.

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10 Dec 2014


"Relaxing, peaceful, recharged our batteries"

Great week at La Mariete. the weather was beautiful for the week. The place is clean and comfortable and the hosts were on site if needed but not 'in your space' .It was ideal to recharge yo… More

26 Oct 2014


"A peaceful haven with fabulous views"

Our stay was a mixture of relaxation and house hunting. The gite was clean, comfortable and in a fabulous location, easy to walk into the lovely village of Esperaza about 15 minutes walk. The village … More

16 Sep 2014


"Wonderful summer holiday"

We had a nearly perfect 2 weeks in Aug at La Mariete. What we enjoyed, in no particular order: Very kind hosts. How clean and thoughtfully equipped the cottage was - there was even a sun visor for th… More

This is the first comment we have had about the bed. We have however taken these comments on board. Have brought two new mattresses for the beds and we are getting a memory foam mattress topper for when the beds are made into a double. This should make them more comfortable for next season.

10 Sep 2014



The perfect setting, just minutes from the village and its restaurants, bars and shops. Perfect accommodation, just right for the two of us but Terry and Rose were more than willing to provide beddin… More

3 Sep 2014


"Wonderful holiday home for a perfect holiday"

This was our second visit to La Mariette, a very special place. Terry and Rose have created a wonderful atmosphere; the gite is spotless and Terry and Rose take great pride in ensuring everything is e… More

9 Aug 2014


"Esperaza experiece"

Comfortable cottage with friendly and approachable owners who live just next door. Ideal location for making the most of local walks and a pool to cool down in afterwards. Super views over village loc… More

2 Aug 2014


"A "Cathar"tic experience!"

We stayed at la mariete for a week in July and had a fantastic holiday. It was our first visit to the region and was an excellent base for exploring all the towns, villages and places of interest we h… More

29 Jun 2014


"Fantastic Holiday"

We had a great time staying with Terry and Rose. If you're reading this, here's the things you probably want to know...- Friendly, welcoming owners who were happy to help. - Clean and well… More

Thanks for the positive comments and we are glad you had a good time. We do advertise for 4 but normally we only accept a booking if it is a family with children or perhaps 3 adults. Hope to see you again sometime. Regards Rose and Terry

11 Nov 2013


"wonderful location"

An idyllic spot, a short sharp pull up to the house gives a wonderful vista of Esperaza and surrounding countryside. End of october early november was a bit late for the pool but we managed to find wi… More

24 Sep 2013


"A wonderful getaway home from home!"

We had a thoroughly wonderful time at La Mariete and Rose and Terry are the perfect hosts. They made us feel welcome right from the start and the tour of the gite and extra bits of information and advice was much appreciated. Nothing was too much trouble and they were on hand to help without being intrusive. The gite was beautifully clean and tidy with everything you need plus things that you didn't know you needed until you saw them! (Extra plug adaptor, teapot, etc). The swimming pool was fantastic after a long hot day touring the area, followed by a pastis on the loungers and a relaxed evening meal on the decking overlooking the lovely views of the vineyards and forests. Perfect and just wonderful.

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Terry and Rose R.

  • 8 Years listed

85% Response rate

Calendar last updated:16 Jan 2015

Based in France

Languages spoken
  • English
  • French

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