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The Riverside Gite

Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 30 reviews

Views from Balcony gite across the river to Lagrasse's iconic bridge & Abbey dating from 9t

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome

The Riverside gite is on the banks of the river Orbieu with wonderful views to Lagrasse's 12th century stone bridge. This luxury 2 bedroom apartment has been incorporated into what were the medieval ramparts of the village.

Its prime position on the river gives the gite a wonderful feeling of being in the countryside, with the sound of the river to lull you to sleep at night whilst the front of the house opens into the heart of the village and 13th century covered market.

You are only a minute’s walk from restaurants, the bakery, local 'artisans' with their galleries and the village shops.

For availability of Market and the Balcony riverside gite visit owners website.

If you feel the need to leave our riverside garden there are castles to visit, the Mediterranean beckoning and the Canal du midi for a leisurely boat ride. If you want more activity there are walks from the doorstep, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, tennis, the abbey to visit and river swimming all in the village.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Guissan 50 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary, Wheelchair users
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Carcassonne 40 km, Nearest railway: Lezignan 20 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Staffed property
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Wheelchair users
Further details indoors

The house has evolved since its 11th century beginnings and renovated to reveal its history exposing the 17th century timber ceilings, medieval stone arches and terracotta floors. The exterior stone wall is a metre thick and the windows extremely large, giving you lots of sun light and a terrific view over the river to the Mediterranean hillside.

You can watch for the kingfisher from the window or read a book in the riverside garden.

In the Middle Ages, the mansion was two separate houses divided by a cobbled lane. The houses were combined in the 19th century - the cobbled lane was replaced by a grand stairwell and hallway with a vast glass skylight. It is this that separates the Riverside gite from the Market gite and the Balcony gite.

The Riverside gite is on the first floor. The owners Kate & Roger are on hand should you want advice on local walks or restaurants, beaches or visits. Visit their website for more information and visitors comments.

The Riverside gite has a wood burning stove and central heating for winter breaks and the thoughtful touches and comfort make this apartment home from home.

The gîte is equipped with king size beds with comfortable mattresses and pillows, cotton bed linen and towels (please bring your own beach towels), hair dryer, iron and ironing board, board games, DVDs, and books.

The family room also has an antique extra large single and a single futon chair/bed. There are two comfortable sofas (one folds out into a bed) a television and video with SKY (free channels), and a radio/CD player.

The kitchen/living room (16'x20') is well equipped including dishwasher, oven and gas hob, coffee maker, toaster. Dining room table to seat 6 to 12.

The bathroom has tiled walk-in shower and a bath. There is another WC and washbasin on the landing and washing machine.

There is table tennis room.

Further details outdoors

One can paddle in the river at the back of the house and wander underneath the 11th century bridge. The pebble beach of the river bank is a peaceful place for children to play and adults to sunbathe. The grassy terrace overlooks the river where one can enjoy a glass of wine under the walnut tree. Reclining chairs and sun beds are stored in the cellar, your access to the beach. There is a BBQ and stone table with benches for outdoor dining.

River swimming is just two minutes from the house far better than a swimming pool!

Further details

There are three gîtes that share a common entrance through the table tennis room and are otherwise totally independent. The owners Kate & Roger are on hand should you want advice on local walks or restaurants, beaches or visits. Please enquire directly with the owners for information on all three apartments.

Broadband internet access is available through Wi-Fi.

Cot and high chair available on request.

A deposit of 30% is required and full payment due 8 wks before rental is due unless it is a last minute booking. A security deposit of 150 Euros or equivalent is required and returned by post once the gite has been cleaned and checked.

There is free parking in the village and you can unload your luggage outside the house should you be unable to park on the market square.

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

The Languedoc-Roussillon area is situated in southern France and benefits from the Mediterranean climate without the influx of tourists that its more expensive neighbouring regions have experienced. The region provides both a beautiful coastline as well as fascinating inland towns that offer numerous historical sights such as castles, cathedrals and abbeys. The area is known for its plentiful wine and authentic cuisine.

Mediterranean beaches are within easy reach and there is windsurfing and sailing on the inland lagoons. The African Reserve a wonderful family day out as is a visit to Spain and the Dali museum.

All the spectacular Cathar Castles are within driving distance and for the more adventurous there are two within cycling distance. Bikes can be hired locally and we are happy to suggest itineraries depending on your desires be they spectacular mountain gorges or a leisurely trip along the Canal du Midi.

There are many beautiful medieval villages and towns including the dramatic 'cité' of Carcassonne and market day in local Lezignian is well worth a visit.

The Fauvist's Collioure is 90 mins away and a must for art lovers and neighbouring Ceret's Museum of Modern Art houses a series of Picasso ceramics.

Walkers will enjoy the well marked trails and scents of the 'garrigue'; pine, lavender, rosemary and thyme. The Sculpture Trail is a stimulating walk for all ages. Superb horse riding country for both novice and experienced riders, 2 trekking centres nearby, 2/3 day riding circuits possible with Kate.

For winter visitors a day's skiing is only 2hrs away.


Lagrasse is known as one of the prettiest villages in France which is perhaps why it has attracted many artists who open their doors to visitors. The village is surrounded by vineyards and the Corbieres hills and yet is only 40 minutes from Mediterranean beaches and Carcassonne.

There are 4 excellent restaurants, a bakery with delicious cakes, a café/bar, shops, a busy delicatessen with ready prepared meals (the owners Jacques and Dolorès used to run a restaurant), tabac, post office, cash dispenser, doctors, chemist, garage and many 'caves' selling their own excellent wine. The 13th century market place (on our doorstep) has a market on Saturday mornings selling organic local produce. There are two shops and several wine producers and if all you want to do is relax there is no need for a car.

The vineyards and olive groves of the river valley are an inspiration for artists; and for those wanting more than an amble, the wild hills with their limestone crags, umbrella pines and cypress trees are on the doorstep. In the winter months there are breathtaking views to the snow capped Pyrénées.

Lagrasse's Abbey founded in the 8th century, is shared between the commune and the Chanoines monks both of whom welcome visitors. The tennis court, football and boules pitch are open to all and we are happy to lend you racquets and balls.

The area is great for walking and mountain biking, river swimming and horse riding, all of which you can do from the doorstep. Bird Life is abundant. Kingfishers can be seen from the open window and nightingales come back to the river bank each year. The river is dammed in the summer and is a popular place to swim. We can suggest itineraries.

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8 Jul 2014


"Very relaxing, picturesque setting."

A lovely place to spend an evening was the abbey which had a little coffee shop/ bar with tables outside. Very laid back, friendly atmosphere. Another favourite way to spend an evening was to cross t… More

31 Jan 2014


"A relaxing break in a handsome riverside house"

In their handsome riverside merchants house, Kate & Roger have lovingly created stylish yet comfortable well-considered accommodation. Staying in the Balcony Gite we felt little need to go far and spent lazy afternoons on the secluded river beach below then wandered the medieval streets at night. But our most surreal experience had to be encountering almost ghostly monks singing in the Abbey gardens in the moonlight. A decent selection of restaurants can be found a short walk away along with plenty of artisanal shops or weekend markets to potter around. Other touches that really count especially with teens are wi-fi, some Brit tv channels and a great selection of DVDs plus a well-equipped kitchen. Have to agree this was possibly the best gite holiday we've had to date and we've had quite few. Grab the Balcony Gite if you can!

18 Oct 2013


"Wow A truly magical place !"

Wow! A breathtaking entrance took us up to the Market Gite through the ancient stairwell with light streaming through the atrium high above us . Wow again as we entered the entrance to our giite with … More

17 Oct 2013


"Lovely place"

We stayed in the Riversite Gite the week after a negative review had appeared on this site, and felt some trepidation about what we might discover. There was no need. We had a glorious week, and lov… More

15 Oct 2013


"Wonderful week of character, wine, good food and good company"

A wonderfully characterful apartment set in a timeless medieval village with a stupendous location, great restaurants in staggering distance and the nicest people.

A slower pace with a wonderful garden table under the walnut trees, wine cooling in the river and dinner beckoning in a local restaurant (50 metres away).

We all loved the apartment and had a well deserved and relaxing week. A definite one to remember and highly recommended.

11 Oct 2013


"Beautiful gite in a spectacular location"

The owners of the Riverside gites, Kate and Roger are discreetly attentive and very friendly hosts. They are happy to make suggestions for activities in the area and to recommend one of the excellent local restaurants (three within a one minute walk from the gites)
The accommodation, part of a remarkable 15th Century village house, has been renovated and restored to a very high standard. Two of the gites (Riverside and Balcony) overlook the pebbly river and ancient stone bridge leading to a 12th Century Abbey. The third gite overlooks a medieval market place and cobble stone street. All are very beautiful and well equipped.
Lagrasse is a well preserved medieval village with great restaurants, cafes, patisserie, small gourmet grocers plus artisan ateliers.
What was the thing we liked best about our recent stay at the Riverside gite? Everything...but most of all....the peaceful relaxed ambiance of the gite which happens to be in "one of the most beautiful villages in France" !

17 Sep 2013


"Won't be coming back"

There does not seem to be any mention on your website that the second bedroom had no outside window and the only window it had looked out onto the communal staircase.
We were all annoyed by the rather officious note in the Instructions about cleaning at the end of a stay, which immediately made us all irritated and started our week off badly. I have never before been asked to do this. I would never leave a holiday let in a filthy state but to be told to clean was in our view unacceptable. To rub salt into the wound the flat was not exactly spotlessly clean when we arrived, the whole apartment had a rather down at heel and grubby feel about it.
The separate loo on the landing was frankly dirty and again it was not made clear on the website that this was actually outside the front door of the flat and appeared to be used by others in the house.
Having found the flat, we felt responsible for it and were embarrassed when our friends arrived, by what we had invited them too.
The 'garden' was pretty scruffy and dog messes are really not pleasant to sit near.

I am sorry that you found your experience here disagreable. Your review came as a surprise because on several occasions, when we crossed paths (Roger, Amelie & myself), we asked if everything was ok & your husband always replied positively. What a shame you didn't make your feelings known at the time as we could have improved things for you.

I too find dog mess unacceptable & had I known, I would have picked it up immediately. This is an unusual occurrence as we walk our dog 3 times a day outside the village.

The 2nd bedroom window looks out onto a grand airy stairwell full of plants and lit by a huge skylight. In the 15th century this space used to be a cobbled street in between two rows of houses (which accounts for the size of the property). Previous guests have commented that it has a magical authentic feel & they love the space. The view from the sitting room, of the river & hillside can also be seen through french windows which lead from the sitting room into this bedroom.
I had no idea that the 'Cleaning Instruction' would be taken as officious. Guests have the option to pay for cleaning at the end of their stay, or to do it themselves & after several bad experiences I thought it best to be clear what was expected ie fridge,oven etc

We do manage a small area of the riverbank close to the house, just below our grassy terrace so you can BBQ or sunbathe but beyond that it is a wild natural habitat where rare birds breed (the Little Ringed Plover for instance). The fact that the garden merges into the riverbank is one of our main selling points but again we will try to make this clearer on our website.

2 Aug 2013


"Un charme fou, des attentions très touchantes et une situation exceptionnelle dans le village"

Nous avons passé une superbe semaine dans ce gîte plein de charme !Des attentions très délicates de la part des hôtes, Kate et Roger, toujours disponibles pour leurs visiteurs.A notre arrivée, u… More

7 Jul 2013


"Beautiful setting on the river"

Just returned from a lovely holiday in the balcony gite. The gite is situated in the centre of the village, beside the river and is very peaceful. Lagrasse has a number of good restaurants to choose … More

28 Jun 2013


"Exceptional in every way!"

Incedible in every way, fantastic and attentive hosts. Stunning location, really special if you love history, the outdoors and architecture. The apartment itself was beautiful, very well stocked and a… More

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