8 Aug 2013
"A true gem..."
My wife summed it up as "the best holiday she has ever had"!
Villa Ste Marie sits in its extensive, private, terraced garden with stunning south-facing views towards wooded hills and countryside. The villa has everything you need for a relaxing stay and the town of Limoux is within easy walking distance and has 4 large supermarkets as well as local specialist shops and restaurants. We ate out a couple of times but mostly we dined on the terrace where we enjoyed drinking the local fizz, blanquette, and being entertained by the squirrels and other wildlife. We had fabulous weather, maybe a little too hot, but the river Aude is a 5 minute walk away and we used it many times to cool off.
Limoux is very easy to reach from Carcassonne airport (25 minute drive) and is perfectly positioned to explore this diverse region.
We visited the beautiful village of Lagrasse, the Cathar castle at Montsegur, the spectacular Gorge de Galamus, Carcassonne and La Cite, swam in the river at Limoux, Lagrasse and Rennes Les Bains, and strolled around the colourful markets of Limoux, Mirepoix, Esperaza, to mention just a few.
All in all, Villa Ste Marie is a great place for a relaxing holiday as well as a perfect base from which to explore this beautiful part of France.
We were very sad to leave but also very happy to have discovered such a true gem. We will definitely be back.....
2 Aug 2013
"Relaxing, peaceful stay."
We thoroughly enjoyed our week in this traditional French holiday home. The house had all we needed, was comfortable and well equipped. It was lovely to use different areas of the garden as the sun moved around. The owner was welcoming and helpful. It's situated on the edge of Limoux which is a delightful small French town. Within the local area there's plenty of walking, cycling and visits to historical sites. We were using public transport and managed fine. A car would allow you to visit more places.