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15thC Oak Beamed Cottage

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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 16 reviews

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • 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.

Official web site:

http://www.aude-pyrenees.fr/Anglais/Accueil/

Quillan

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.

Official web site:

http://www.quillan.fr/English/Accueil/

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2 Nov 2014

5/5

"Everything was just perfect"

We decided to stay in Quillan after visiting the town last year and literally loved the place. So we booked this cottage as it was central to the square, shops, bars and restaurants. My husband celebrated his 60th birthday the day after we arrived and the sun shone all day. The cottage has the best view of Quillan from the kitchen and living area, it was a pleasure to wash the dishes! The balcony was complemented by the grapevines and passion fruits and we had several lunches whilst sitting in the sun, the weather was beautiful for the whole week. The cottage was very comfortable, beds galore and a choice of a lovely shower or bath. We visited pretty villages and castles (as I love historic sites), not too far to drive either. The Carrefour supermarket was only about a 5 minute drive away and we stocked up with essentials on a couple of trips ... there is an English aisle where you can buy HP sauce, Colmans mustard, Lee & Perrin sauce etc. Prices are comparatively cheaper than Britain, as are the local shops, bars and restaurants. Everyone in the town is so friendly and even the children say Bonsoir when walking about in the early evening. We had a wonderful week in The Clarkeys beautiful stone cottage and I would recommend it to everyone. Thanks Paul and Deb, Quillan is in my heart forever.

Thanks so much for your review, it does mean a lot to us knowing that guestd had a great holiday in our quirky cottage in Quillan. I agree, washing up is a pleasure with the wonderful view. Thanks again for finding the time to write.

11 Oct 2014

5/5

"Charming house in a wonderful setting"

The positive reviews of Clarkey and Debs house are well deserved. We spent 13 days there. The house has bags of character and the views from the house are fantastic. It's the only place I've ever been that I've actually enjoyed washing the dishes(the view from the kitchen sink is something else!) The kitchen is well equipped and the house has an airy open plan feel about it whilst also having some private space if needed.

The house is complimented by the town. It is a charming, friendly town with several bars, restaurants, bakeries,shops etc.. There is a market on Wednesday and Saturday for local produce. Special mention must go to the man who had a small cheese stall, the man who ran the shop in the town who sold wonderful wine for Euro1.50 a litre and not forgetting the bar staff and patrons of 'Bar Le Glacier', for cold beer and a warm welcome.

To walk off the cheese, wine and beer there are several hiking trails locally. A favourite of ours was the walk up to Ginoles. The scenery is beautiful and if you are lucky you might just catch a glimpse of some stunning birds of prey.

The dialogue between Clarkey, Debs and myself was excellent. They were very helpful and they made us feel very welcome in their home.

I would love to come back to Quillan and I would be delighted to stay at Debs and Clarkeys wonderful house.

Thank you so much for finding the time to write such a great review of our quirky cottage. We are so pleased that you had a wonderful time and look forward to welcoming you again. Have yet to find the guy who sells wine for 1.50 euros a litre, will have to search him out!! We understand perfectly about the washing up, it is a fantastic view of the old town. Thanks again.

17 Sep 2014

4/5

"Cozy cottage, amazing view and good vibes in a laidback town"

We had the pleasure of spending a week in this small gem of a cottage in Quillan, which is a small and layback town with great atmosphere. The cottage has a perfect location just across the bridge overlooking the town square and with good parking opportunities. There is plenty of space in the cottage, though the kitchen is a bit small – especially when the cooking team is two full-grown men ;-)

The mountain view from the top deck is amazing, and the surrounding countryside is beautiful and ideal for cycling and rafting - we can recommend both. Furthermore, I had a friendly and helpful email dialog with the owners.

All in all a fantastic spot for a holiday in the Aude-area :-)

Thanks very much for the review, have to agree about the views, probably the best in town. We always try to give as much information as possible and communication through email is very important to us. Thanks again

16 Sep 2014

4/5

"Lovely cottage with a stunning view"

We really loved our week at this beautiful rustic cottage and absolutely loved the views from the balcony. We also enjoyed eating a ridiculous amount of cheese brought from the market and drinking the local wine!

Quillan was a great location for us, not too touristy with a few restaurants within a few minutes of the cottage. We also had a wonderful time exploring the region and felt Quillan was a perfect spot for this.

Look forward to going back.

Thank you very much for finding time to review our cottage and so pleased you had a great time. We understand about the local cheese and wine, they are very easy to get involved with!!

31 Aug 2014

5/5

"An excellent location for exploring the Aude and Pyrenees Orientales"

The cottage at 11 Rampe du Chateau proved an excellent base from which to enjoy the charms of the Aude valley and the Pyrenees Orientales. We arrived on the Saturday and instantly loved this charming 15 century property which has been lovingly restored and is situated in a prominent position under the Château du Quillan.

We woke every morning to the sound of the Aude, and sat each morning on the rooftop terrace enjoying morning coffee, overlooking la Place de lar Republique and the old bridge across the river and watching the locals come and go with fresh bread and groceries. Quillan sits in the shadow of the foothills of the Pyrenees, and the impressive peaks dominate the views from the terrace.

The property is ideally situated close to centres for rafting and canoeing. There are opportunities for off and on road cycling and we enjoyed our walk up the Sentier Cathare which ascends from Quillan at the top of the Rampe du Chateau! Watching the sunset from Rennes-le-Chateau is to be recommended, we struck out to Prades for an excellent day on the Petit Train Jaune and enjoyed a morning at the market in Mirapoix as well as spending a day in Carcassonne.

The property has a small but fully equipped kitchen area, also overlooking the square, and we enjoyed the local produce as well as eating out. The property has two bathrooms and a wonderful mazey feel to it's layout. We slept soundly in our comfortable bed, and I have to confess to scrimping a couple of wonderful windfall mirabelle plums from a tree overhanging the Rampe above the cottage!

I'd gladly return to this property and the charms of the upper Aude vallley! Highly recommended!

Many, many thanks for your review, it is most appreciated. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at our wonderful quirky cottage.

31 Jul 2014

4/5

"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

5/5

"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

4/5

"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

5/5

"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

5/5

"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.

Review 1-10 of 16

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