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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
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This is a great property for those who want 'sun,sea and ski' options from a holiday home in the South of France. Located in a very pretty village near Axat in the Aude district, reknown for its 300 days per year sun and vine yards. 1hr from the coast and amazing beaches, 30 minutes form the nearest ski resort and under an hour from Carcassonne and Perpignan airport.
This detatched property offers character, charm and high quality with its beamed ceilings, fully equipped kitchen and 3 spacious double bedrooms. A large open plan living room and kitchen dining area leads onto a balcony with views over the river Aude below and mountains above.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Puivert man made beach 20 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne / Perpignan 55 km, Nearest railway: Quillan 5 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|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The lounge and dining area have french doors leading onto the balcony where you can enjoy your evening meal amongst stunning views of the river and mountainside, and even watch the canoeists and white water rafters as they float by. The lounge also offers a large 6 seater sofa corner bed settee, to sleep 2 if required.
There is a TV with satalite tv /DVD player with an extensive DVD library should you decide to curl up on an evening and enjoy a real log fire, or you may wish to relax listening to a CD.
The property boasts 3 double bedrooms, the master bedroom has a large and luxurious king size bed, the second bedroom has a double bed, whilst the third bedroom has twin beds with stunning views over the river and surrounding countryside. There is also the sofa bed which sleeps a further 2 people should you require it.
The house sleeps up to a maximum of 8 people if required.
|Further details outdoors|
The balcony offers a lovely relaxing area and a BBQ so that you can enjoy your evening meal whilst making the most of the evening sun. Parking spaces are free and only a few metres from the house. There is an outdoor public swimming pool just 5 minutes away in Axat open in July/August, and white water rafting and canoeing is less than 5 minutes away on the river Aude (fun to watch from the house balcony).
There is an od chapel behind the property steeped in history and numerous walks for those wishing to enjoy the breathtaking scenery on foot. The village boasts a picturesque picnic area next to the river, a fantastic space for the children to play.
For those seeking fun in the water at a slightly slower pace the region is famed for its trout and fishing is available either on the river (permits available from the tourist office in Quillan) or in the trout farms as you follow the valley up into the mountains.On land The Tour de France passes right in front of the house on alternate years, and there are many routes into the mountains for cycling. There are also a multitude of tracks for mountain bikes as well
Fresh linen will be provided weekly for longer term bookings.
Beach towels not provided, please bring your own.
Children's cot and bedding available on request.
Strictly NO SMOKING
Refundable breakages/damage deposit of £200 required, to be refunded (subject to property inspection).
Deposit of 25% or minimum £ 200 is required at time of booking with balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the most fascinating areas of Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea to the east and the Pyrenees Mountains to the south. It benefits from an exceptional climate (a "Mediterranean Climate") and has an unusually rich wildlife, a spectacular coast, and surprising history. Things to see include mountains, rivers and lakes, ancient cities, towns, villages, thermal springs, abbeys, and cathedrals, châteaux and castles, notably the famous mountain fortresses popularly known as Cathar Castles. It possesses a number of World Heritage sites, including Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi, and the Pont du Gard.
It is only one hours 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 halfs drive to the border of spain, and about 3 hours from Barcelona. The area has so much to offer from the historic worldwide tourist attraction of Carcassonne Cite to the very cosmopolitan Toulouse, from the beaches to mountains. There are also beautiful lakes and thermal spings.
Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old walled city, standing on a hill and capped by pointed towers, is like the backdrop to a medieval romance. On a clear day, there are views of the Pyrenees.
The scenery in the region is breathtaking and contrasting from azure blue sea and beaches to snow capped mountains.
For the more adventurous the region boasts many water sports including; Canoeing, Rafting, Kayaking, and in season, this is an ideal stop for some Skiing in the Pyrénées, with a choice of many resorts, the nearest being Camurac, for all grades of skiers, including Les Angles, Puyvalador, Formiguéres, Font-Romeu, Pyrénées 2000, La Quillan and Ax Les Thermes, all within a 45 min drive away.
St Martin Lys is a small mountain side village situated in picturesque scenery overlooking the river Aude. The village nestling in the foothills of the Pyrenees, surrounded by forest, the house in St Martin Lys overlooks the river Aude, the river lending its name to the region and valley which the village is in.
A small village, St Martin Lys is situated 2km from Axat, with its local shopping amenities and 8km from Quillan, a larger market town, with restaurants and shopping widely available.
Nearby Quillan, is located on the banks of the river Aude, 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.
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.
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 16 slopes that are ideal for a range of expertise. There are also facilities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. There is a swimming pool in the town itself during the summer months while the Mediterranean Sea and fantastic beaches are just an hour away.
Quillan has a number of great shops, restaurants and bars. The best place to search for traditional goods and sample local produce is at the town market on a Wednesday or Saturday. May and October are the town’s busiest months as a number of carnivals and festivals take place.
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20 Dec 2012
"Central Heating missing!"
It stated that there was central heating, but there was only one electric radiator in the large lounge/kitchen area, and a small one in 2 of the bedrooms but nothing in the master bedroom. So for this time of the year the house felt cold, even with the log fire.
The walk 9.5Km walk from the doorstep up to 800m approx was really good.
The kitchen was well equipped.
There is no discount for a solo traveller, and no discount on the week's rate for only 4 nights, which was a little disappointing, but the biggest let down was the reference in the welcome pack to the "complimentary wine", when there wasn't any!.
Otherwise it was very well situated for my needs, and the hourly church chime was useful too.
We found these comments a little harsh ... We would like to point out that the booking was during Christmas week, which is a premium time and had the reservation been for a full week the price would have been higher (the price was agreed prior to the booking without any complaint or comment from the guest). The house is rented out for the period of time and not on the number of people staying, hence we don't charge extra when 6 people stay.
The central heating is in every room except one, but this is only meant to supplement the log fire which adequately heats the whole house and logs are provided free of charge.
We apologise about the wine.
8 Sep 2012
"Lovely house, spectacular spot!"
A lovely house, in a beautiful little hamlet in the hills, overlooking the gorge. The house was well furnished with good facilities and equipment but we missed having a dishwasher. The bread van did not arrive and there is no shop in the hamlet but we found two superb restaurants a short car journey away. The path up into the hills behind the house provides a rousing walk/climb past a very good climbing outcrop, and the local dog will frequently act as a guide. Altogether a lovely place to stay if you like peace and stunning scenery.
31 Aug 2011
"Great place for all the family amazing"
what a great two weeks, the whole family enjoyed everything.
The property had every thing you require for a great holiday, the rarfting, go karting, caving, beeches, restaurants and the great views
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