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Le Couvent

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Pool and Wet Room

Villa / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 10

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Villa / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 41 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

The property is located in Tuchan in the heart of Cathar Country. It was once an old Olive Farm owned by the Convent. Recently refurbished to a very high standard this old character property still maintains its original charm. Some of the property is believed to date back to the early c17th. Surrounded by vineyards yet in the heart of the village, this property is an excellent base to discover the delights this area has to offer.

The house has three double and two single ( sleep two each) bedrooms, a huge kitchen/dining room. A large lounge/dining room. Two bathrooms and a downstairs WC. A games room with Pool Table and Cinema area. Tastefully decorated and furnished to a very high standard. The property also boasts a very large garden, rare for a central village property. There is an outside wet-room, toilet and BBQ area and a large 10m x 4m pool.Tuchan has two supermarkets, two butchers a fine patisserie and bakery (50 metres away) a bank with an ATM, 3 restaurants and a petrol station. At the back of the town lies the Mont Tauch wine 'Cave'. Here you can taste the local Fitou wines and buy local produce. It is the largest Fitou 'Cave' in the region. The surrounding area is an area of outstanding natural beauty. With gorges and rivers, waterfalls and rock pools to discover.

Carcassonne, a Medieval city is about an hour and a half away, Narbonne about 45 minutes. There is a Cathar castle in Tuchan and another in Durban Corbieres, - about 25 minutes away and those of Queribus and Perypeteuse about 45 minutes away. Cucugnan with its old working windmill and quaint village streets is ten minutes away. It boasts several good quality restaurants. Also a fabulous one in Paziols called Les Anges has been popular.The Corbieres and Fitou wine routes are close by. The wild life park at Sigean is 45 minutes by car. Terra Vinea, a 19 km underground wine cellar is about 45 minutes. Lots of beautiful walks right on the doorstep. About 25km to the Mediterranean beaches. Le Franqui has a long sandy beach and it is suitable for wind-surfing. Other beaches include Leucate ,Toreille Plage and Argeles sur Mer. All beaches have cafes and restaurants nearby. There is a marina at La Barcares, an Aqualand at Port Leucate. Water skiing is also available at Port Bacares and at Leucate there is a large salt lake with a cable park and waterski club.

Collioure, with its fish restaurants, ice cream parlours, beaches, castle, fort and walks around the old picturesque harbour, makes a fine destination for a day trip. It is about an hour and a half drive from the house, through beautiful scenery.

Perpignan is the nearest large town, and has a distinctly Spanish flavour. There are many restaurants, boutiques and regular street markets.

The Pyrenees are fifty minutes away and, on a clear day Mount Canagou can be seen from the upstairs windows of the house. Just beyond lies Spain. The Salvador Dali Museum at Figueres (just over the border) is an easy day trip.

Airports close by - Perpignan (ryanair) 40 mins. Carcassonne ( ryanair) 1 hour 15 mins, Montpellier 1.5 hours ( easyjet), Gerona( ryanair) 2 hours.

This area is fantastic for cyling, both road and mountain biking.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Check in time: 16:00
Check out time: 10:00
Nearest beach La Bacares 41 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 500 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Perpignan 39 km, Nearest railway: Perpignan 39 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated)
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture King Beds (3), Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

The house is well equipped with modern appliances and tasteful ethnic and French furniture.

The double beds are large. The rooms are individually decorated, each with its own style.

The TV is a large flat screen. The house has a pleasant peaceful atmosphere, is cool in the summer and has a light airy feel.

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Further details outdoors

Walled private garden . Large 10 metre by 4 metre swimming pool . BBQ area. Sitting area. Sun chairs. Outside summer kitchen and wet-room. Tables and chairs and sun loungers.

bicycles must be requested .two average adult bikes at property only.

Children must be supervised in the pool at all times as it is completely private and not overlooked.

Smoking is not permitted at this property except outside and the owner kindly requests that cigarette ends are disposed of not placed in the garden.

Further details

Greeted by an english couple.

Non smoking.

Property let on weekly basis.(Saturday to Saturday) Negotiable at some times.

€300 refundable breakage deposit.Usually refunded within two weeks if no breakages.

30% deposit secures booking.

All payments in Euros or GBP at conversion of the day. Deposit returned to UK bank accounts at Euro conversion of the day of return if paid in Euros.

Linen change ON REQUEST

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

Aude is under the influence of a Mediterranean climate.

The autumn is characterized by violent and short storms. The summer is often hot and dry, which is favourable to the culture of the vine and the olive-trees.

Festivals and traditions

The Carnival of Limoux is an Audois festival which takes place over a period of ten weeks or more. This is one of the longest carnivals in the world. It takes place in the town of Limoux on the Place de la République every weekend from mid-January to late March. It is characterized by bands in Pierrot costumes (known as 'les fécos') accompanied by musicians. In the region around Limoux, a major celebration of gastronomy, known as ‘Toques et Clochers’ (literally, ‘Hats & Steeples’) and organized by the ‘Vignerons du Sieur d'Arques’, takes place over the weekend of Palm Sunday. It permits the sale of a large quantity of wine in order to restore the local heritage.

Sport

Aude is the land of rugby league (rugby à XIII) with the teams of Limoux, Carcassonne and Lézignan among the elite. Puig-Aubert (1925–1994) was a famous rugby league player who played with AS Carcassonne. There are numerous amateur rugby league clubs dotted all over the area.

Every 15 August, in Quillan, an international cycling competition takes place. This is the oldest of such contests in France.

The Tour de l'Aude is one of the most important female cycling events in the calendar. It generally takes place in May.

Gastronomy

Cassoulet as served at Carcassonne

The fricassee of pork or ‘fréginat’ can be found throughout the department. It is made from pork and pig’s liver. On the coast, eel stew (borrida d’anguilles) is a dish of choice. Finally, the cassoulet of Castelnaudary, made from white beans and sausage, is the typical dish of the Aude.

Other specialties exist such as oysters of Gruissan and Leucate. Olive oil is also a very widespread in the Aude and is a specialty of Bize-Minervois.

The Occitan language

The Occitan language is spoken in the Aude in its Languedoc variant. The Occitan language emerged during the High Middle Ages from the Latin used in the south of Gaul. The name of the department is Aude in Occitan.

Carcassonne has been restored to much of its medieval glory. Narbonne attracts many tourists to its Roman ruins. Other towns and villages worth visiting include Limoux, Quillan, Lézignan-Corbières, Lagrasse, Sigean and Leucate. Limoux lies in the upper Aude valley, 24 km south of Carcassonne. It is particularly noted for its local wine, Blanquette, a sparkling white wine which is said to have been the forerunner of Champagne. Limoux hosts an extensive and varied market each Friday. Quillan lies 27 km further south in the upper Aude valley and is at the head of the branch railway from Carcassonne. Lezignan-Corbières lies on the main road between Carcassonne and Narbonne. It is called the capital of the Corbières and has an excellent Wednesday morning market. Lagrasse is listed as one of the most attractive villages in France. It stands on the River Orbieu and has an 8th century abbey, two very attractive bridges and an unchanged and very compact and delightful medieval stone village centre. Sigean, 18 km south of Narbonne, lies between the A9 Autoroute and the coast and has an African Reserve. Leucate is an attractive hilltop village, about 30 km south of Narbonne, which has spread down to the coast where Leucate Plage is a popular beach resort.

The Corbières Hills form the central part of the department. This is an area of dissected plateaux and escarpments which form an effective barrier to direct road communication. It is a very attractive and sometimes wild area of steep hills, hidden valleys, woodland and vines, and contains some of the most memorable Cathar sites including Quéribus, Peyrepertuse and Villerouge-Termenès.

Wine production is extensive across Aude, and local chateaux and domaines provide free tastings as well as sales of wine and other local produce.

Architectural heritage

The department has many castles that have been developed by the General Council of the Aude to stimulate tourism. The fortresses are often located on rocky peaks, like the castles of Quéribus and Lastours, giving them a strategic position. The city of Carcassonne was the logistical hub of the country at the time of conflict with the Kingdom of Aragon.

Many abbeys exist throughout the department of Aude. The best known are Fontfroide Abbey, the abbey of Sainte-Marie Lagrasse, the abbey of Sainte-Marie Villelongue-d'Aude or the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire.

The Cathedral of Saint-Just-et-Saint-Pasteur at Narbonne is a remarkable Gothic cathedral and remains unfinished. It is a symbol of the French presence in the land of Languedoc in the Middle Ages.

Tuchan

Tuchan has the atmosphere of a border town. The old border between France and Aragon, and Spain, guarded by the Châteaux of Queribus and Peyrepertuse is only a few kilometres away. The town and its surrounding area has been lived in and fought over for a very long time. In the nearby village of Tauteval, a skeleton of 400,000 years old was found. At Château Nouvelles, 2 kilometres, to the north (where very good Fitou wine can be bought) an old roman road, the via Mercadaria, passes close by. The Romans were here mining the iron, gold, silver and lead. Narbonne, a major Roman port on the Mediterranean coast, now the sous-prefecture for the Aude, is 45 kilometres away.

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Review 1-8 of 8

27 Jul 2013

5/5

"Perfect get away for quality time spent with the family"

We spent one week at this fabulous property, we just wanted to relax by the pool and this property has everything you need if you just want to chill and not have to travel around. We used two local restaurants both very good. All amenities close by in walking distance. A perfect House and pool to spend some quality time as a family: We will definitely be going back.

Thank You ! We try to keep the property to the standard we would expect and love it as our home. We hope all our guests love it as much as us. We are always also interested to hear feedback from clients so that we can make all our guest experiences as easy and enjoyable as possible.

13 Aug 2012

5/5

"Perfect place to relax and recharge"

The house has been beautifully restored and has a fantastic french but modern feel. The swimming pool is huge and has all the accessories you need for you and your kids to have a good time. When we arrived the cupboards were well stocked to get us started. The village of Tuchan is remote, 40 minutes from perpignan, but it has a very good grocery shop bakery and wine cave. The market takes place most days and the range of stalls vary. There is only a couple of restaurants but the surrounding villages have some very good eateries. The local wine and fresh vegetables are worth the trip. Make sure to visit everything mentioned on the houses page it is an area of endless beauty. A car is a must. Overall the holiday was perfect for our group of 4 adults and 4 kids under 7 pure relaxation. Will be returning soon.

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      • 6 Years listed

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      Calendar last updated:29 Jul 2015

      Based in United Kingdom

      Languages spoken
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