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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Riverside House is a great property with its own enclosed private garden, with the river Aude at the bottom of the garden, located in a very pretty village between Axat & Quillan. It offers charm and character of a holiday home for sea, ski, and watersports options, in the South of France. You will be close to many of the Cathars castles and the sparkling Mediterranean, Spain and Andorra

Free secure WiFi

Riverside house as 3 good-sized bedrooms, a bathroom (bath/shower with a magnificent view of the river), and a fully equipped kitchen. The living-room area leads directly to the 200m2 patio/ garden on the river.

Garden cabinon available too, please for more detail, sleeps one.

We also own the land on the other side of the river(opposite our garden) which is ideal for trout/fly fishing. There is also 3 other pieces of land that we own in this village, great for the kids to explore, make camp etc or just for your tranquility.

I have lived in this area for many years, I know where the best places are!

Touist information wont find you the hidden thermal waterfall pool !

I will always offer before & during the duration of your stay, help & advice so you may make the best time of your holiday with my local knowledge of this beautiful area. I will be happy to assist you to find all of of these places on our photo's & many more to make the best time of your holiday in Languedoc & Roussillon.

This is what makes Riverside house so successful.

We also offer to all our guest a 24/7 french/english speaking help & assistance.

Personalized guided tours can be arranged for your stay (this would me done by me, I have a green carte which permits me to drive paying guest) this could be for me to drive your hire car or you follow me in mine. Not all tours need to be done by car, lots of hidden things to see & do in ST M! You will need a guide to take you through the mountain forest or upto the village cross that is perched on top of a mountain cliff side, dont worry! no climbing required!

Please feel free to enquire for futher details.

The house & grounds are all yours for the duration of your stay, we do not live in the village, however if you require guided tours, I will normaly stay in the garden cabinon during your tours but there are other options, I do have family further south.


For Pet owners, the garden is enclosed & we can also make you an appointment with the local vet for your return trip to the UK.

This is the only holiday house in ST Martin-Lys with private & secure parking! There is no allocated parking in this village.

Smokers are asked to refrain from smoking in the house, lots of space outside in the garden.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Riverside village beach 0.2k Med 50k or Puivet 25k 200 m
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Carcassonne or Perpignan 50 km, Nearest railway: Quillan 6 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated), Shared outdoor pool (heated), Children's pool
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Bed linen & bathroom towels, & cot, beach towels/parasols are provided free of charge

For the very young we have a travel cot, baby bath, buggy, high chair & stargate.

Coffee machine

Strictly NO SMOKING IN the bedrooms! smoking permitted in the garden.

Extras : FOOD CUPBOARD: basics are available in the kitchen at your arrival. Please replace anything you use during your stay.

Stair gate provided

Another extra single bed can be supplied, but please ask! as it will have to be added to one of the bedrooms.

We also have a garden cabinon that sleeps one, Its has its own heating, shower & toilet, it is situatated at the bottem of the garden, please enquire for price.

Some tourist information leaflets & maps are available in the house. Please ask for more information if needed.

Internet & secure WIFI access available

Telephone is a normal landline available (incoming calls only or you can buy a telephone card to use) Iphone docking station available.

Further details outdoors

We also have a pretty fully equipted cabinon sittuated at the bottem of our riverside garden, sleeps one, complete with own shower, toilet etc, this brings the capacity upto 7 for Riverside house, Ideal for a teenager! Please enquire for extra cost.

Private garage (1 car) This is the only holiday house with private parking in ST Martin-Lys. All other parking is non allocated parking (see photo of ST Martin Lys)

One bedroom has a balcony facing the patio/ garden/ river.


There is a big heated open air communal swimming pool with slides & water falls 2km's away (see photo)

also lots of other pools close by! The river is also a great place to swim, runs by our garden!

Garden furniture available, hammocks/deckchairs/table's & chairs/parasol's (up to 12 people)

All bedrooms have garden/river & mountain views.

The garden is south facing & secure with a 3000LTR plunge pool, only available from June 30th till late Sept, depending on the meteo!

Heated Swimming pool is in the next village, 2k away.

Lots of secure storage place for cycles, motorbikes, canoes, ski equipment, roof boxes etc.

We own 3 parcels of virgin land in this village, great for the kids to explore, make dens, camp or just for your tranquility.

This year we have bought for the children, a couple of fishing rods, also a body board/beach inflatable dingies & other beach equipment/toys, also a beach tent for those young children

Highchair,Stairgate & cot supplied free of charge

ST Martin-lys is a very safe place for children too. There is also no traffic in the village (see photo of the village!) apart from cars arriving & parking.

Further details

Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.

Arrival is 16.00 or after, we can take arrivals anytime but there will be an additional charge for arrivals after 9pm.

Departure is 10am! We need to have the house ready for the next arrivals that day.

We can accept payments by bank transfer into French bank accounts.

A booking deposit of £300 is required at the time of booking with final balance due 8w/ks prior to arrival.

(If you book within the 8w/k period the full amount is required.)

Refundable £300 security deposit required for final balance payment (to be refunded after the property inspection.)

Long term lets require a £1000.00 deposit & electric, water, firewood & internet will be deducted from this deposit.

Please enquire for more details.

English/French & German speaking keyholders to meet & greet you.

A key deposit of 30 euro's cash will be paid upon arrival (returned on your departure, 10am)

Extra heating charges apply in cold seasons, fire wood & electric

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

The Languedoc-Roussillon region is reputed to be the sunniest in France (a "Mediterranean Climate") and boasts a long coastline of the sparkling Mediterranean and its beautiful sandy beaches and fishing villages.We know where the best places are! Please ask us! (Secret location of the hot waterfall)

The beaches in this area are by far some of the best in France! but you have to know how to find the ones the French try to keep for themselves.

I will help you to find the beaches that suits your needs best.


Winter Snow in the mountains but we have seen 20's in January

APRIL till JUNE between 25 / 30

JULY & AUGUST 30+ everyday

SEPT & OCT between 30 / 25

The Aude benefits from an unusually rich wildlife, with great visual contrasts and a fascinating history : mountains, rivers and lakes, ancient cities, towns, villages, thermal springs, abbeys and cathedrals, castles, notably the famous mountain fortresses popularly known as Cathar Castles.

It possesses a number of World Heritage sites, including the medieval fortified town City of Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi, and the Pont du Gard.

It is only one hour drive to the beautiful mediterranean coast and 45 mins to the breathtaking Pyrenees for skiing, or walking. It is also only an hour and a half drive to the border of Spain, and about 2,5 hours from Barcelona.

Many water sports are possible including Canoeing, Rafting, Kayaking, and in season some Skiing in the Pyrénées, with a choice of many resorts, the nearest being Camurac, for all grades of skiers, including Les Angles, Puyvalador, Formiguères, Font-Romeu and Ax Les Thermes, all within a 45 min drive away.


St Martin Lys is a small mountain side village overlooking the river Aude and surrounded by forests.

St Martin Lys is situated 2km from Axat, with its local shopping,amenities & a large outdoor family pool and 7km, Quillan, a larger market town, with restaurants and supermarket shopping available.

Esperaza host the famous sunday market, by far the best market in Languedoc & Rousillon

Many recreational activities are offerd in the area (Quillan, Axat, Belvianes ) : horse riding, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, hiking, climbing and cycling , walking, swimming in lakes,deep gorges and dark caves to visit .

Beach! There are too many to mention, but a few we prefer are Racou, Colliour, Canet & Argeles.

There is a man-made beach called Puivet its 24klm,s away.

Quillan has a number of great shops, restaurants and bars. You will find traditional goods and sample local products and crafts in the town market on a Wednesday or Saturday, or in Espéraza market on Sunday morning. Festivals, concerts and night markets take place in summer.

Several white water rafting companies operate within a 3km radius around ST Martin-Lys.

We highly recommend RODEO RAFTING (see photo) & we can offer discounts with them to everyone that stays at our house this year!

The famous Yellow train starts at Axat next to the open air summer pool, 2km's away by car.

There is a outdoor swimming pool in Axat (2km) open only in the french summer school holidays, closes 31/08/14 and a indoor/outdoor one in Quillan open all year long.


Arques lake, near the horse riding place, another school is now only 1.5k away.

Mont-Bel, an impressive mountain lake.

Renne les Bains a thermal town.

Ceret a beautiful artist town, once home to the famous Pablo Picasso.

At one hour drive, several beaches : Canet, Argelès, Saint-Cyprien.

Further on the coast, visit the charming and typical village of Collioure and the rocky beaches of Port-Vendres.

Boat excursions are available too.

In the winter, grab your skis and head to Camurac where you'll find 16 slopes. There are also facilities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

High mountain Ski resorts in Andorra.

TAX FREE SHOPPING IN ANDORRA, 1hr 20, & its a great day out.

Example: 200 Cigerettes from 20 euro

" " : 1ltr Gordons Gin 9 euro

" " : 1ltr Malt wiskey 10 euro

BARCELONA, another great day out, 2.5hrs

The Tour de France comes through the gorge (D117) on average once every three years

Gorges de Galamus and its hermitage & chapel built into the cliff face.

Gorges de la Pierre Lys, along the River Aude, between Axat and Belvianes.

Grottes de l'Aguzou, a vast underground network decorated with crystal and aragonite.

Tree walking in Quillan and Alet Les Bains.

Nebias and its natural labyrinth.

Walking in the Hills and Mountains: many options for all ages and abilities.

Limoux (23 km) is the home of the famous "Blanquette de Limoux" and well known for its Carnival in February.

Rennes Le Château and its mythical link to the Holy Grail (see the Da Vinci Code & photo!).

Rennes Les Bains, a thermal town with its thermal springs & there is also a secret one & we will share details of how to find it.

Championship standard golf course at Carcassonne (50 min)

Cathar Castles: Puylaurens, Queribus, Peyrepertus, Monségur ....

not forgetting Carcassonne!

Without forgetting the Wine Road and the local wine tasting opportunities (Limoux, Maury, Banuyls etc)

Ski season, too many stations to ski to choose from, 20 mins for the 1st!

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Review 1-2 of 2

30 Jan 2012


"Fab location, lovely house"

Colin, the manager, was a great help before and during our stay in what was a lovely location. The garden was perfect; secluded and peaceful with the river running alongside. The house was cosy and well-equipped. Beautiful, friendly village. Best day ever - Rodeo rafting! Loved it! Fantastic restaurant just down the road and so many great places to visit whether in the mountains or the beach. Hot rock pool/waterfall was an experience! Would highly recommend.

Thankyou Dona, Edd & family for your kind words regarding our house & very happy you enjoyed you stay with us.
Colin & D

26 May 2011


"Excellent holiday, a really special place!"

A lovely house, unique and special, comfortable as a family home, and a very pretty garden with a river at the end of it! Has a prime location in the village, where everyone was friendly and helpful to us (not every village is like that!). Made some excursions to the beach, but our favourite thing was the secret waterfall/hot springs nearby, a great place for swimming, hardly anyone there - see if you can persuade the locals to tell you where it is! We will definitely be back...

Thankyou, we are happy that you enjoyed your stay. The hot waterfall is a very unique & special place. We look forward to your visit this year in August,Ive another place for you this time!

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