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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
A delightful 3 bedroomed stone built house located in the rural hamlet of Greffeil.
Quiet and peaceful.
Local walking trails through the forest right on your door step, perfect for bird watching and wildlife.
2 bicycles available for exploring the lanes/ baby seat for bike
Close to swimming lake with beach, pedalos and tree top adventure
Historic Carcassonne Cite - featured in film adaptation of Kate Mosse - The Labyrinth
Cycle the Canal du Midi
Many vinyards to visit
or just relax on the terrace with a glass of blanquette and a good book
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Carcassonne Plage (Lake) 35 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 40 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne 45 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The house was built in 1862 and lies at the edge of the village. It has recently been refurbished with contemporary colours, furniture and wooden flooring upstairs. It has 3 bedrooms - the master bedroom with double bed, a twin bedded room and a small room with bunk beds. A cot is available. There is also a shower room with toilet on the first floor. Downstairs, the house has a more Mediterranean feel to it with tiled floors and white walls. A log burner is perfect for those breaks between autumn and Spring. A modern, fully fitted kitchen, large farmhouse table for 6, plus a high chair and a small seating area with a TV/DVD player, a small selection of adult and children's DVDs, and a bookcase of English books, form the open plan living space. This room leads directly on to the terrace. At the rear of the room, is a small 'cave' which houses a washing machine. There is a washing line that can be used on the terrace.
The kitchen is well stocked with a good range of cooking utensils, crockery and glassware. There are plastic plates, cups and cutlery for young children. There is a full size oven with grill, 4 ring electric hob and a fridge with a small freezer compartment. Due to the abundance of local markets, we tend to stock up with fresh produce every few days. There is also a good range of toys, games, puzzles and books for younger children.
|Further details outdoors|
The terrace has a dining table. 6 chairs, parasol, BBQ and tools and 2 sun loungers. As it is fenced in,it is a safe area for young children to play - our son loves to watch the tractors and wave hello to the villagers. There is also a cool box, picnic set, 2 picnic chairs and a parasol that you may use. There is a small private, fenced garden too. The village has about 80 houses, a, daily bread van and weekly visits from butcher and greengrocer. The locals are very friendly and you may be there when they have their annual 'grillade' - a very entertaining evening!
Welcome pack of tea, coffee, sugar on arrival.
Beds made up.
About this location
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The dramatic landscape of this beautiful region will slowly unfold to show you its secrets. From dramatic gorges, level one rapids and chateaus perched impossibly on rocky outcrops, you will discover a rich and fascinating history. The Cathar chateauxs are not to be missed - from Montsegur to the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau and to the magical Cite at Carcassonne. The Languedoc-Roussillon region has a mild, sunny climate - perfect for your holiday but also for wine production. It is the largest wine growing region in France and there are plenty of delightful wines to try. Your day trips can encompass all that the history and landscape of this area has to offer - from miles of golden Meditteranean beaches to the highest points in the Pyreness for hiking or sunny winter skiing.
Greffeil nestles in the hills of the Corbieres forest and is the starting point for a number of marked walking routes. It is also perfect for exploring on bike but be prepared for some steep hills to ascend. A gentler way to enjoy a bike ride is to select a section of the Canal du Midi - the plane trees offer welcome shade from the summer sunshine. Greffeil has a small listed church (history available in the house)daily visits from the 'bread' van and a wonderful river with crystal clear rock pools perfect to cool off in. Just outside of Carcassonne is a great swimming lake with a small beach - perfect for young children, mini golf, peddaloes and for the daring - the O2 aerial adventure park. Limoux is the nearest town and it is a livley and colourful place. It has a weekly market, a good range of cafes and restaurants and is perhaps most famous for its sparkling wine Blanquette de Limoux and its colourful carnival which runs from January - March. The Cite at Carcassonne is a must see but remember to pay an evening visit to see it illuminated and children will just adore the large merry-go-round at the entrance. There are weekly festivals and carnivals on throughout the year and an plenty of wildlife parks, historical monuments and shopping close by.
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22 Jan 2012
We have taken holidays in & around Carcassonne since 1995, this is by far the best property we have rented. It has a good , well equipped kitchen, good beds & fantastic views from the terrace. Plenty of room for at least four but warm & cosy & easy to keep clean. We will return. Property & location not suitable for people with serious disabilities, care would need to be taken with the very young although the terrace is child proof & safe.
Delighted that you enjoyed our house as much - we look forward to welcoming you back. The views from the terrace are certainly wonderful - both by day and stargazing on an evening.
11 Oct 2011
"Excellent long weekend"
We only stayed for a long weekend unfortunately and wish it could have been longer. The house was extremely well equipped - had everything we needed to make our break not only very enjoyable but extremely simple. We arrived very late on Friday but the owners had arranged for there to be some provisions available on arrival. Everywhere was very clean and the supplied details and instructions were very accurate.
The location is perfect - tranquil and beautiful. Everyone was very friendly and the nearest small town of St Hilaire had everything we needed in terms of groceries, a bar and so on. The Abbey there is also worth visiting (but closed between 12 and 2).
We would recommend anyone to stay at Corbieres without hesitation and its nearness to the stunning Carcassonne alone makes it worth the trip - but there is so much more in the area.
We will definitely be returning.
I am really pleased that you enjoyed your long weekend at our house. The area is just as beautiful in the autumn and there is just as much to see and do. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Best wishes, Suzanne
18 Aug 2011
"Unexpected holiday highlight"
We had intended to use the gite at Greiffeil as a base to explore Carcassonne and the Cathar region but found ourselves looking forward to returning to this magical rural hamlet every day. Our kids, a… More
We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your time in Greffeil - we too think that it is a magical place and it is a great benefit having such a child friendly river, local walks and the bread lady on the doorstep. This year,our son James(5)has really enjoyed fishing in the river too. We have now adopted a local trick to using an inverted bottle and some bread - the results were amazing! Kind regards, Suzanne
22 May 2011
"An Easy Holiday with 3 young Boys"
It is the first time we have been abroad with all 3 boys and we can honestly say it's just like being at home with all the facilities you have in the gites. We liked the lake at Carcassonne, especially in the morning as it was less busy - we will definitely be back and recommend it to all our friends. Leigh & Jonathon Wright, Oliver (7), Elliot (4), Leo (2) Selby, North Yorkshire
I am delighted that you all had such a wonderful holiday and I know that you found the facilities at the house and in the local area, a great help to keep 3 boys entertained. Stress free family holidays are so important.
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