La Maison de Lacamp
House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
La Maison de Lacamp is a newly-renovated, stone-built eighteenth century village house over three levels. With exterior walls a metre thick, it is cool in summer and cosy in winter. It has a stylish kitchen with top of the range appliances, a seating area and wood-burning stove, and separate dining room on the ground floor, a spacious living room, bedroom and bathroom on the first floor, a main bedroom and ensuite shower room in local stone on the second floor, as well as a summer kitchen in red marble, and access to a roof terrace with fabulous views of the surrounding hills. There is an internet connection and wi-fi. You have access to a garden shaded by fig trees 50 metres from the house, with a barbecue and table and chairs (paddling pool for infants available).
Enjoy swimming in the lake, just a few minutes' drive from the village, and safe rivers nearby. Mediterranean beaches such as Leucate can be reached in an hour. There are gentle as well as more adventurous walks right from your door, through vineyards and the garrigue - the aromatic lavender and rosemary brush of the hills. Unforgettable Cathar castles such as Termes and Peyrepeteuse, the medieval centre of Lagrasse with its famous Benedictine abbey, the Canal du Midi, and Carcassonne are all nearby. Taste fine local cheeses, honey and wine from the farms and vineyards and explore great food markets.
The area is equally delightful in the spring, when rare wild orchids appear, and in the autumn, when the vineyards are turning red and gold.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Leucate, Narbonne or Gruissan 65 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 35 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne 32 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The second floor bedroom has a double bed; views across the village roofs and up towards the hills.
The first floor bedroom, which looks up towards the Lacamp plateau, has two single beds which can be arranged as a double; a folding bed is available for a 5th guest.
En-suite bathroom in local marble to bedroom 1 with shower, basin, wc (on second floor)
Bathroom with heated towel rail, shower, basin, wc, washing machine (on first floor)
Sunny ground floor fully-equipped kitchen, with fridge/freezer, hob, oven, diswasher, microwave, toaster and electric kettle.
Summer kitchen in local marble on 2nd floor off roof terrace, with sink, small fridge/freezer and electric kettle.
Separate dining room on ground floor with exposed beams; seats 6; high chair available.
Summer dining area (also seats 6) on roof terrace.
Comfortable first floor living room with sofa, armchairs, coffee table, TV (UK/Fr channels), dock for iPods, selection of books and DVDs.
With radiators in every room, and a woodburning stove on the ground floor, the house is warm throughout the colder months.
|Further details outdoors|
You have sole use of a section of a large garden 50 metres away; there is a grassy area, shaded by fig trees, barbecue, chairs and a table, and a paddling pool for toddlers. Swim in the spring-fed lake 5 minutes from the village, or in nearby rivers.
Parking is easily available in the street beside the house.
On booking, we will send you detailed directions to the house, and a guide to the area, covering everything from swimming spots, walks and castles to vineyards, restaurants and shopping tips.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The Aude is famous for Carcassonne's Cité - a World Heritage Site, and the largest fortified city in Europe - the seventeenth-century Canal du Midi (also a World Heritage Site) and unforgettable Cathar castles. The house is just twenty minutes from the medieval centre of Lagrasse, famous for its Benedictine abbey and the beauty of its historic streets and setting. Yet much of the magic is in the landscape on your doorstep, in the rocky hills and aromatic brush of the garrigue, in oak and chestnut forests, and in obscure old stone villages.
Many towns have great markets and restaurants, and there's a wealth of fine local honey, cheese, wine, and other produce to sample. The house is just over an hour from the Mediterranean - via a relaxing backroads route - or swim in the lake just five minutes from the village, as well as in nearby rivers. The lanes through the fields provide safe family cycling; horse-riding is offered locally, and canoeing not far away on the upper Aude River. In winter, lower altitude snowfields such as those around Camurac are accessible on a day trip.
The house is located in Taurize, an elevated village set among vineyards and hills. The village is visited by a mobile boulangerie every morning - a van which stops beside the house, from which you can buy croissants, baguettes, etc. There is a grocery, butcher and restaurant in the closest neighbouring village, of Servies, just a kilometre away; and many other shops, art galleries, restaurants and bars in Lagrasse, approximately 20 minutes' drive.
A variety of walks, ranging from the most gentle to more adventurous, can be undertaken directly from the house. We are close also to several magnificent sections of the GR36, one of the France's most famous long-distance walking routes, and not far from the Sentier Cathare, which links several of the renowned chateaux.
In July and August many of the villages have their fetes, with music, dining and dancing in the village squares. There is a thriving musical culture in the area - with pop and dance music in the streets, and many classical and choral concerts in local churches and abbeys.
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15 Feb 2014
"A magic eighteen century home with contemporary elegance."
Surrounded by beauty. Set amongst a countryside of limestone scarps and herbaceous shrubs (wild thyme everywhere) we enjoyed daily strolls around the village, through farms and past ruins. Excursions … More
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