About the home
Over looking a World Heritage Site, built into the mountain over three floors, from the outside little fennel is very deceptive. Expectations are pleasantly surprised when you stay at this spacious old house. To the ground floor there is a double bedroom and a bathroom. Fall asleep to the sound of of the river below but beware of oversleeping!!
A flight of stone steps takes you to the 1st floor with 2 more bedrooms and a peaceful study area. Bedroom one has a double bed and a single bed, and bedroom 2 a double bed and a cot, should it be required - French windows take you out to the mountainside. Access to the 3rd floor is by 2 flights of wooden stairs on either side of the house.
The third floor has a cottage kitchen and spacious dining area. Double doors take you through to a huge sitting room filled with many unique pieces of art. A door takes you out to the garden where you can relax in the hammock, enjoy al-fresco dining or a particular favourite, enjoy a glass of the local red whilst taking in the dramatic views of the castle at night.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Canet la Plage, 65km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 5km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|General:||TV, CD player|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Single beds (1), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Linen provided, please check with the advertiser regarding towels|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden|
Further details indoors:
Stairs on the 2nd floor are fitted with child safety gates.
The Languedoc-Roussillon / Pyrenees-Orientales region
One of the most idyllic places in the world. A land for every season. Within easy distance of the sea, with the beauty of the mountains. Constantly beautiful weather which goes from March to November. An easy going place seeped in history with something to intrigue every one - dinosaurs, cathars even hats (check out the hat museum in Espraza on a Sunday morning after visiting the fabulous market).
The Fenouillet area
You're never short of something to do when staying in Fenouillet. Within 5 mins walk there's a water fall and a gorge. Within 10 minutes (walking) 2 castles one of which is now a world heritage site. A drive down the mountain takes you to Caudies, a great general shop, lovely bakery, lively bar which does some of the best steaks and pizzas around and a lovely restaurant serving traditional French cuisine.
Within walking distance there's a fromagerie, where you can by the most exquisite cheeses. There's a free
swimming pool less than 10 mins away (Fosse) or if you fancy making a day of it go to the pool at Axat with its water slide and amazing location.
For the conspiracy theorists amongst you you could visit Rennes La Chateux, and Kate Mosse readers might like to stop at Rennes le Bains - thermal pool, nice square, not sure about ghosts!
Get up early on a Sunday morning and visit the market at Espraza (take the kids to the dinosaur museum and then enjoy a picnic with your goodies from the market.) Another great market is Prades on a Tuesday morning.
If you're a thrill seeker head to Quillan for all sorts of water madness!!! - It involves canoes, hard hats and al ot of white water!!!!! ( You won't catch me doing it.) Other sports include horse riding, quad biking etc all with 30 mins drive.
During the season it's 40 mins to the nearest ski slope.
How to get there
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Situated 40 minutes from Perpignan airport. 1 hour and 20 Mins minutes from Carcassone airport and around 2 and half hours from Barcelona airport. All serviced by the low budget airlines - Ryan Air, Easy Jet and Fly Me.
Calais a days drive away but some excellent stop overs on the way up of down!
Activities near Fenouillet
Tennis in town
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
19 Feb 2013
Our first impression of your home was its charming façade with its pretty climber alive with fascinating blue bees and a heavy, well-used door of wood and glass beckoning us in. Its quiet and unspoilt position made it easy to hear the distinct sound of the nearby waterfall which we would find ourselves passing on our daily walks, or as in John's case, daily runs, around the gorge.
Inside didn't disappoint! The age and history of the building only enhanced your stories of renovation and development so the low beams, slightly sloping but original floorboards and the uneven plastering of the walls leant itself to the character of your house.
As a family of 7, with 5 not so small children now, we had ample space to relax. The rooms were beautifully bright with an added bonus of many pieces of your unique artwork. A bit of a wow factor to us all!
We loved the garden patio where we spent hours reading during the day and evenings watching the sun go down over the stunning landscape waiting for “our ruin” to be lit up against a moonlit sky.
Thanks to your insight into the area, we discovered some local, well-kept, secret locations, our favourite being the rock pool albeit with its icy running water. Not all of us were brave enough to take the plunge! Never ending castles to visit, heaps of ancient history, the roman aqueduct is in amazing condition and of course, some fabulous markets full of character AND characters!
We enjoyed eating and drinking out at your suggested choices as much as we enjoyed eating in. It didn't take long for us to feel very relaxed and very much at home in Little Fennel. We hope to and would love to return to your property at some point as there is so much more to discover and explore.
Thank you Ralph and Lisa for providing us with such a wonderful and memorable family holiday, it was extremely special.
With all our best wishes,
Soo, John, Caitlan, Jack, Mairi, Eva and Isobel.
21 Jan 2013
I have stayed in this property a number of times since 2009. I enjoy returning to see the new art on display and because it is such a comfortable home from home. The house is well equipped and has... more
29 Nov 2012
After a long journey with two young children we arrived in our rental car in complete rural darkness and couldn't wait to find out what would be behind the door of our holiday home. We found the house to be beyond our expectations, the children were amazed by the layout, decoration and space. The house is full of great art and artefacts. Beds were soon allocated and a good nights sleep was had by all, we awoke to find amazing views and a terrace to enjoy breakfast on. The local area is stunning, great for a different view of France, especially if you're looking for somewhere off the beaten track. Many memorable places were visited all suggested by the owners who were only a phone call or text message away. They really could not have been more helpful, many thanks for letting us share your unique holiday home. We'll definitely be back.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 7|
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|Mid season||16 May 10||25 Jun 10||£ 380||-||-||1 Week|
|High season||23 Jul 10||4 Sep 10||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid season||4 Sep 10||30 Oct 10||£ 380||-||-||1 Week|
|Low season||30 Oct 10||9 Apr 11||£ 280||-||-||1 Week|
|High season||9 Apr 11||23 Apr 11||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||23 Apr 11||25 Jun 11||£ 380||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||25 Jun 11||1 Oct 11||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid season||1 Oct 11||26 Nov 11||£ 380||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||26 Nov 11||24 Feb 12||£ 280||-||-||1 Week|
|mid season||19 May 12||1 Jul 12||£ 380||-||-||1 Week|
|high season||1 Jul 12||2 Sep 12||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|mid season||2 Sep 12||1 Nov 12||£ 380||-||-||1 Week|
|low season||1 Nov 12||2 Dec 12||£ 300||-||-||1 Week|
|high season||2 Dec 12||13 Jan 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
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