Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
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|
|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!
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.