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On the Terrace

House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed

L'Escapade is an ancient village house, now completely restored. It is situated in a secluded part of the listed medieval village of Lagrasse, with stunning views of the Abbey and hills beyond. Ideal for up to six people, the house has three bedrooms: one twin bedded, and two double bedded of which one has an en suite shower room.There is also a well fitted family bathroom. The house is only a few minutes walk from restaurants, cafes, and village shops, including a grocers, bakery and pharmacy. At the heart of the village is the main "place" with its 14th century market hall and medieval galleried houses. Close by, the 12th Century bridge leads to the Abbey.

Lagrasse is midway between the World Heritage Site of Carcassonne's Fortified City and the ancient Roman port of Narbonne. It is also within easy reach by car of sandy beaches and marinas for sailng enthusiasts. The famous "etangs" (land locked salt lakes) with their flamingoes are an attraction for nature lovers. An ideal holiday location for people interested in history, wildlife, walking, gastronomy and local wines.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Narbonne Plage 40 km
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Carcassonne 35 km, Nearest railway: Lezignan 25 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, BBQ
Further details indoors

The short staircase up from the entrance hall leads to an open plan living space with mezzanine above and massive roof beams. Round the open fireplace is a cosy sitting area. The white walls provide a backdrop for the original paintings which fill the house with colour. The mezzanine has seating for watching television and DVD, and a study area where broad band internet facilities are available for connection. The elegant dining area seats six comfortably, and the kitchen area has all the usual facilities, including cooker, hob, microwave, dishwasher and two stainless steel fridges. Folding doors lead on to the vine covered terrace with its outstanding views of the surrounding hills. With a mosaic table for six, the terrace provides the perfect setting for al fresco eating. Deck chairs and loungers are also available.

Further details

Our English and French speaking representative will welcome you and answer any queries throughout your stay. An information pack "Welcome to l'Escapade" is provided with details about the house, local services - restaurants, shops, garage, doctor, etc. - and places of interest.

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

The landscape of Languedoc Rousillon, and especially of Les Corbieres is among the most spectacular in France.

Vine covered undulating valleys rise through pine woods to dramatic limestone cliffs, here and there crowned with the ruins of Cathar castles. The area is steeped in the history of battles with invading Saracens. One feels the drama of the past.

Famed for its wine, the Corbieres with its many wine making chateaux and domaines offers many enjoyable wine tasting discoveries.

To the West, forty minutes away, lies Carcassonne with its famed walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with the more recent "ville basse".

To the east, a little nearer, is Narbonne - in Roman days one of the major cities of the Empire and still enriched by many Roman remains. It is divided by the Canal de la Robine, a branch of the Canal du Midi, which enters the Mediterranean at Port Narbonne a few kilometres further east. Cruises on the canals are a popular holiday activity.

Along the coast there are expansive sandy beaches, notably at Narbonne Plage, Gruissan, La Franqui and Leucate, all about forty minutes away by car.

A little further afield are the major regional centres of Toulouse and Montpellier (one and a half hours by car). Albi, the childhood home of Toulouse Lautrec, and the Tarn Gorges are also within easy reach (two hours).

To the South, just over an hour away, are Perpignan, the Pyrenees, and Spain.


Lagrasse is officially classified as "Un des Plus Beaux Villages de France" (one of the most beautiful villages in France), which is a rare accolade.

The village, with medieval buildings and narrow cobbled streets, surrounds the central Place de la Halle with its XIVth century market hall where local producers bring their specialities to the Saturday morning market. It lies on the banks of the River Orbieu, crossed by a XIIth century bridge leading to the Abbey which was founded in the VIIIth century, it is said by Charlemagne.

Lagrasse is a thriving village, with five excellent restaurants (and many others within a short drive), cafe, salon de the, bakery and grocers. It also has a newsagents, doctor's surgery, and pharmacy, as well as boutiques selling clothes and gifts, and local artisans' shops selling pottery and art work.

At regular intervals during the year there are a variety of concerts at the Abbey, outdoor music festivals, antique fairs on the tree lined Promenade, and a renowned book fair ("Le Banquet du Livre") which takes place three times a year.

Lagrasse has good road, rail, and air communications - 20 minutes from exit 21 of the A61 motorway; 40 minutes from Carcassonne Airport with flights to to London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Dublin and Brussels; TGV trains from Narbonne and Carcassonne to Paris and Lille link up with Eurostar.

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Robin and Sarah C.

  • 2 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:26 Sep 2014

Based in United Kingdom

Languages spoken
  • English
  • French

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