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Excellent 5/5 11 reviews

Sundowners on sundeck - May 2013

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed

Charming 15th Century property situated in market town of Quillan, nestled in the foothills of the Pyrennees. Positioned next to the old château, our home overlooks the Aude River, the old town square and the beautiful mountain landscape.

King in the Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and roof terrace overlooking the river and old town square.

Double in 2nd bedroom with an en suite sundeck with amazing views of the chateau, river and mountains.

Six foot bed (made up of two 3 foot singles, which may be separated upon request) on the Mezzanine.

The cottage comfortably accommodates six but also has sofa beds if required.

The mezzanine has a shower room with WC, flat screen TV, DVD player & Xbox and there is a Sony ipod docking station.

Fully equipped bijou kitchen area with dishwasher, oven, hob, and fridge.

The main living room is spacious yet cosy with a wood burner, two sofas and a dining table with four chairs. If required, there are two wooden garden chairs which may be used for more diners.

Enjoy the sunshine, sundowners and spectacular views from both the roof terrace and the sun deck.

Sit in the courtyard under the vines and the old chateau enjoying the local wine and watch the world go by.

There's plenty to do nearby with rafting, kayaking and fishing popular activities down the river Aude and masses of spectacular and interesting walks i.e. The Sentier Cathare or Cathar Way which is over 250kms of breath-taking countryside.

Both rugby and cycling are passions in these parts and the Tour de France usually goes through Quillan in July.

There is a swimming pool in town and short scenic drives to swimming lakes at Puivert, Arques & Belcaire. Lac de Montbel is a beautiful 35 minute drive and is great for a day out where windsurfing, sailing, bike and boat hire are all available or just chill on the beach. There is a restaurant/cafe/shop on site.

Easy walking distance to many bars and restaurants.

Small grocery store, boulangerie, boucherie and poissonnier within short walk and huge Carrefour Supermarket just a 5 minute drive away.

Steeped in history, full of warmth and character, Quillan is a wonderful place to stay for lazy weeks in the sun or active breaks enjoying the river and mountains. Our quirky oak beamed home makes the perfect retreat for either.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Le Barcares - approx 1.25 hour drive 85 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Carcassonne Airport 55 km, Nearest railway: Quillan 1 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, BBQ
Access Parking

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

Boasting Medieval fortresses, Roman aqueducts, Mediterranean coastline, endless vineyards and expansive national parks, a visitor could spend a lifetime exploring sunny Languedoc-Rousillon. Sitting on the geographic divide between the Iberian peninsula and mainland Europe, the regions towns and cities, including beautiful Carcassonne, Nimes and Montpellier, are connected by paths both ancient and new. Hike Via Domitia, a Roman road, or rent a barge for a trip down the Canal du Midi.

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Quillan is located on the banks of the river Aude, and is a small and charming town that serves as a base for people exploring the deep and enchanting forests of the Pyrenees along with the captivating castles of the Cathars. The town has its own rather unusual castle. The perfectly square fortifications were built in the 1280's and are now largely ruins.

There's plenty of scope for sports and recreation, although rugby is certainly the most popular with the locals. What makes Quillan such an alluring destination is it's absorbing surroundings. Just about every adventurous activity you can think of such as horse riding, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, hiking, climbing and cycling, are catered for among the rocky mountains, deep gorges and dark caves of the Upper Aude Valley. If you'd prefer something a bit more relaxing then you'll be pleased to know that you can also give bowls or fishing a go. For the latter, the best place to head is Mont-Bel with its impressive mountain lake. There is a swimming pool in the town itself for the summer months while the Mediterranean Sea is just an hour and a half away.

The most popular white water sports resort is based in nearby Axat. If you'd rather try a spot of caving then head to Grottes de l'Aguzou, a vast underground network decorated with crystal and aragonite. In the winter, grab your skis and head to Camurac where you'll find sixteen slopes that are ideal for a range of expertise. There are also facilities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Or you are only 45-50 minutes from Ax les Thermes which has fantastic skiing and thermal spas.

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Review 1-10 of 11

31 Jul 2014


"Charming and unique"

The unit was wonderfully situated just across the bridge overlooking the town square. People with mobility problems or people unable to drag or carry very heavy luggage will probably have problems acc… More

Thank you so much for finding the time to write a review of the cottage. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay and made the most of the wonderful location. You are quite correct regarding the kitchen, it is very bijou, only room for one but you must agree the views are sensational. We will look into buying a microwave when we visit Quillan later in the year. Thanks again for your review.

20 Jul 2014


"Beautiful location in a characterful cottage"

Love this place.... Situated right next to the imposing presence of the 12th Century chateau, overlooking the bustling market town of Quillan, Chez Clarkey is the perfect retreat: cozy, quirky yet pr… More

Thanks so much for finding time to review our cottage. We also find that the decision making for sundowners a bit of a struggle! Once again, thanks for your kind review.

17 Jun 2014


"Relaxing week in a lovely cottage"

Really enjoyed our stay in "Debs and Clarkey's" quirky cottage, Exactly as described and lovely comfy beds. Quillan is a very friendly town and although we went to relax, there is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area.

Thanks very much for finding time to review our cottage and we are so pleased you had a great time.

7 Mar 2014


"Welcoming, quaint French retreat"

We were not sure what to expect on arrival at 'Chez Clarkey'. Described as quirky and charming it certainly surprised us, and was an absolute delight! The property retains a rustic charm whi… More

Thank you so much for finding the time to review our cottage. So pleased you enjoyed your stay and if you wish to return at any time please do contact us.

23 Oct 2013


"Will be back again quaint ,charming and amazing ."

We all loved your cottage out of all four accommodations we stayed in on our trip.The cottage was like a tardis every where you turned there was another room or more space . The cottage was full of ch… More

Thanks for finding the time to review the cottage, we really appreciate it. You are right October is quite a peaceful time of year, for more of a buzz try June, July or August when the village festivals occur.

23 Oct 2013


"Views like a film set."

Well located holiday cottage with fabulous views of Quillan and surrounding mountains. Felt like watching a film set of a traditional french village when looking out the windows!
A very "french" property - quirky and rustic with lots of french country style furnishing and accessories.Appeared larger than the pictures appeared to show.Small functional kitchen area and a nice dining area with a table big enough for 4.Lounge area with 2 sofas near to logburning stove/ fire. Ensuite bedroom off the lounge with a great private balcony area.
Upstairs we were impressed with the kingsize bed on the mezzanine and the sweet double room with balcony off. TV a little temperamental with reception but we enjoyed watching one of the DVDs thoughtfully left by the owners. Need to be flexible to access the TV due to the sloping ceiling - great views from the windows.
This is an obviously well loved holiday home from reading comments in the comments book in the property.
Quillan has everything you would need as a base. Had some nice meals out at the local restaurants. Enjoyed the market on Saturday. Lots of scrummy croissants,pain au raisins etc from the local patisseries.
Easy drives to the amazing Cathar castles. Enjoyed a visit to Lac Montbel, Carcassonne and lots of lovely smaller villages. Impressed with the old village square in Mirepoix.
All communication with the owners friendly and always a quick response via email to queries.
Would recommend a stay In Chez Clarkey - it is an unique place.

Thanks very much for your kind review, it is most appreciated. Apologies about the TV reception it is due to the surrounding mountains, that is the reason we have left a number of DVDs for guest's viewing pleasure. As you state there are so many beautiful places to visit nearby it would almost be wrong to stay indoors.

9 Oct 2013


"Beautiful cottage in an amazing location"

We had an absoutely lovely time staying at this pretty little cottage. The house had all we could hope for and more - great sunbathing / out door eating areas, a well equipped little kitchen, comfort… More

We are so pleased you had a fantastic time at our cottage in Quillan and very pleased everything was to your satisfaction. Thank you very much for finding the time to complete the review, it is most appreciated.

25 Sep 2013


"Great pied a terre, lovely village"

Located on the opposite side of a small river from the village square, this cottage is comfortable and well equipped. The views of Quillan and the surrounding mountains are fantastic, best appreciated from the patio leading off the master bedroom.
Quillan itself is a friendly place with plenty of quite serviceable restaurants. As for things to do, there are some remarkable Cathar castles in the surrounding hills that are definitely worth a visit, also lots of very interesting local markets, hiking trails, etc. Our family of four would stay here again without hesitation.

Thank you very much for finding the time to write a review. We are very happy to know that you had a great time at our cottage in Quillan and pleased that you would consider returning.

20 Aug 2013


"Great house in a beautiful location"

We had a very enjoyable stay . Quillan is a great location for exploring the region and the house is rustic and fun with all the necessary amenities.Highly recommended.… More

Thanks for the review, we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and appreciative of your kind review.

20 Aug 2013


"Lovely, spacious apartment with great views situated in a beautiful part of France"

I stayed with 3 friends and we all loved the apartment and the region. The apartment was clean and spacious has all the amenities needed for a weeks stay. The local supermarket is just down the road and there is a market in town twice a week.

One of the best aspects of the apartment are the balconies. The master bedroom has its own balcony which looks over the hills, the river and the main square in Quillan (in complete privacy). We spent a lot of time relaxing, reading, eating and drinking there. The two single beds situated in one room, also have a balcony that looks over the castle. Quillan is ideally situated for numerous activities - we ran out of time and will visit the region again. We managed to fit in; swimming in rivers, walking, Cather Castles, beautiful drives, amazing wine and food (so cheap!). The only negative would be that some people might find the room with single beds a bit small for two adults, but we enjoyed the room nonetheless. The rest of the apartment has lots of space anyway.

Paul and Debs were really easy to contact and responded swiftly to all correspondence. They were also helpful in responding to any questions, such as directions and advice before we went away.

We will definitely be recommending the apartment to our friends and family.

Thank you so much for finding time to review the cottage, it really is appreciated. So pleased you had a such a good time at our quirky cottage.

Review 1-10 of 11

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