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House / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 8 Home 150688
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House / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 8
Almond Barn is a recently renovated village barn which has been modernised to a very high standard offering you all the benefits of high quality home from home holiday accommodation. Quiet and peaceful, yet only fifteen minutes from the larger historic towns of Carcassonne and Limoux, the barn has easy access to all amenities, including local specialist food markets, excellent restaurants, vineyards and shops.
The barn benefits from its own private outdoor dining and sun terrace on the first floor which overlooks a vineyard and the Black Mountains. A large garden with additional outdoor dining, play area and shady downstairs terrace means that this is the perfect destination for rest and relaxation. The house has three double bedrooms additional sleeping facilities and three bathrooms. If you prefer then one of the bedrooms can be set up with single beds. Tthe house is ideal for friends and families to experience and share in the wonder of this beautiful historic Cathar region.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Nearest beach||Narbonne Plage 60 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne Salvaza 20 km, Nearest railway: Limoux 10 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|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Almond Barn offers luxurious self catering accommodation and has recently been renovated to a very high standard.
The barn is an "upside down" house with a very large open plan living area upstairs to maximise the rural views. The kitchen area opens on to a private upstairs dining terrace which is ideal for alfresco living. The kitchen has all the amenities you would expect to find in a modern home including, two ovens, two hobs, a large American fridge freezer, coffee maker and a full array of cooking utensils and crockery.
There is a formal dining area and a relaxing living room area which has a TV for DVD's and internet, a CD player and a wide range of games, DVD films and books. The barn has internet access so you can catch up on your e-mails and stay in touch with what's going on in the world as well as the ability to link your device to the TV for group viewing or alternatively not bother and just relax!
All the bedrooms and bathrooms are downstairs which means they are lovely and cool in the heat of the summer. Each bedroom has a kingsize bed and large wardrobe facility allowing you to quickly and easily unpack and relax straight into your holiday. Two of the bedrooms are ensuite and there is a house bathroom. There are three showers, three toilets and a large oval bath - perfect for a long soak. One of the large leather living room sofa's offers additional sleeping for up to 2 people.
|Further details outdoors|
Almond Barn has a large car parking area which can take up to four cars. There are two terraced areas - a large private and sunny upstairs terrace and a covered downstairs terrace - a perfect retreat from the mid day sun. The large private garden has a range of herbaceous borders, a sandy play area, dining and lounging area and outside drying area. There are two swing seats - perfect for enjoying a glass of Blanquette (local fizzy wine) and a good book.
We have a detailed welcome pack and house book which sets out everything you need to know about the house, the area, things to do as well as key telephone numbers and contact information. The house representatives, based in the village, are English speaking and can help you with anything you may need to know during your stay.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The Aude stretches from the Mediterranean in the east to Castelnaudary in the west, the Montagne Noire in the north and the Pyrénées in the south. Carcassonne is the capital and the other major centres are Narbonne and Limoux. With a population of about 310,000 the Aude represents 0.5% of the population of France and 14.1% of the population of Languedoc.
The Aude is known for its vast vineyards and amazing wines, it's fois gras and fine food and it's historic castles and abbeys. Often referred to as 'the land of the Cathars' the area is renowned for it's religious historical battles, medieval architecture and culture. The coast is a sharp contrast with miles of sandy beaches and isolated inlets. The Canal du Midi, Pyrenees and Carcassonne La Cite are stunning tourist destinations offering visitors a broad choice of things to see and do.
In general the climate in the Aude is Mediterranean, hot dry summers, rainy winters, warm, moderate spring and autumn. July and August are hot and dry; temperatures around 30° C. November and December are cooler but still very pleasant. Lots of sunshine. January and February are the winter months. Some rain, occasional frost and once in a while, snow. March and April are unpredictable, glorious sunny days with temperatures in the high teens interspersed with cloudy, rainy cool days.
There are loads of things to do in this beautiful part of France. Here are just a few ideas...
* Carcassonne - the famous medieval city (15 minutes away)
* Toulouse - a vibrant City that offers something for everyone, the traditional and the modern, sports and spacecraft, hip hop and piano concerts, antiques fairs and Spanish Cinema weeks. “La Ville Rose” - the Pink Town , so named due to the buildings made of attractive pink bricks
* Perpignan - the economic and cultural capital of Roussillon, a Catalan city strongly influenced by Barcelona. Perpignan is one of the capitals of Gothic art in the Mediterranean (1 hour 20 minutes away)
* Montpellier – is the capital city of Languedoc Roussillon and is among a very small number of French cities which do not have a Roman background in their past. Home of one of the best medicine universities of Europe as well as the Saint Pierre Cathedral and the botanical garden.
* Limoux – famous for its 3 month carnival and the production of Blanquette – a wonderful sparkling white wine. (10 minutes away)
* Mirepoix – a medieval town with a wonderful central square and market (30 minutes away)
* Castlenaudry – a Canal du Midi town famous for cassoulet – a great local dish of beans, sausage and duck (30 minutes away)
WALKING AND CYCLING
There are loads of walking and cycling paths in this area. The famous Canal du Midi is 15 minutes from the barn which offers long, flat, straight, tree covered walks and cycling paths. For the more adventurous there are mountain paths and walks around the Pyrenees.
The Ariège in South West France, where the Pyrenees rise from the vineyards of the Languedoc , is a paradise for climbing of all styles. The Ariege is a hidden gem with a huge range of climbing including sport climbing, trad, single pitch, multi-pitch with up to 35 pitches and ice in the winter. There are many climbing sites, the best known being Sinsat, Orlu, Auzat and Calamès. These sites provide limestone, granite and gneiss. Targassonne, Laramade and Orlu all offer great granite boulders.
WATER / BOATS
The Canal du Midi is an obvious spot for taking a boat trip, but you can also drive to the Mediterranean to experience life on the seas. There are lots of opportunities on the Aude to go canoeing and a number of companies operate out of Limoux and Alet Le Bain to help you do this.
A fifty minute drive takes you to the Mediterranean coast, with beaches at Narbonne Plage and along the coast towards Cap d'Adge or Perpignan. Barcelona can be reached in around two and half hours. It’s also worth checking out Collioure - a lovely resort in a bay by the Mediterranean Sea. Many artists such as Matisse have painted the picturesque landscape of this Catalan port.
There are lots of outdoor swimming pools and lakes. You will find outdoor swimming pools in Belveze (2km), Limoux(10km) and Montreal (7km).
Cambieure has its own public tennis courts which are maintained regularly by the local Maire.
The Languedoc Roussillon has a number of golf courses - Golf Club de Carcassonne is the nearest to Almond Barn (approx 20 minutes away).
For keen skiers the eastern Pyrenees in the Languedoc Roussillon presents all round value with great facilities, much smaller queues than other areas in France, and incredible scenery! Formigueres and Les Angles ski resorts are about one and a half hours away.
WINE AND FOOD
This area is the largest wine producing area of the whole of France. Staying here you are at the heart of some of the most famous wine regions including the Minervois, Fitou, Cabardes and Corbieres. Limoux is home to the famous white sparkling wine – Blanquette - some say better and definitely cheaper than Champagne. Most of the wine domains in this area actively encourage visitors to come along and taste their wines – most of them don’t require you to book you can just turn up. Gayda, a local top quality restaurant and wine domaine, is only 2 km away.
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24 Jan 2014
"Very relaxing holiday in fantastic accomodation located in a beautiful part of France."
Extremely well appointed converted barn, modernised to the highest standard. Superb rooftop terrace overlooking Vineyards in the foreground and rolling hills in the distance. Easy access to larger towns with all amenities, via a good road network. These are 5 or 15 mins away by car. Ideal place for a relaxing break !
22 Jul 2013
"The perfect place for quality time with your family!"
We love going to Almond Barn both as a family and as a couple with our friends. The house is amazing - so tasteful and full of everything you need for a relaxing, easy holiday. They have thought of everything even down to toys for the kids, books for the grown ups and every gadget you could think of in the kitchen. Even bad weather didn't stop us having a great time and both my children want to move there to live!
3 Sep 2012
Almond Barn is all you expect and a bit more. All facilities are excellent and the house is well equipped for every eventuality. We loved the property and made use of the local pizzeria where they were very welcoming. Limoux is also a lovely place to visit. The only negative (and some wont see it as such) is the cleaning required at the end of a vacation, although if everyone pitches in and a bottle of wine is opened it really isn't a problem.
17 Aug 2012
The Almond Barn was a wonderful place to stay. This part of France is very interesting, rich in Cathar history, towering castles, gorgeous abbeys, sunflower fields and vineyards. We were four adults and two children so the Almond Barn was a perfect size. The deck is a perfect place for al fresco dining with a stunning view over the vineyard behind the house. Everything is clean, comfortable and all together pleasing. I highly recommend it.
6 Aug 2011
"Peaceful, quiet and relaxing holiday, washed down with copious amounts of wine!"
Almond Barn is a lovely holiday home which has been lovingly restored to a very high specification. This is an ideal location to either kick back and relax or to explore the region. The kitchen is particularly impressive and as we are both keen cooks, we made full use of the great facilities, especially the two ovens. The rooms are well appointed and we felt comfortable and at home which for us was very important. The village is very quiet and lacks small shops but its easy to go to the nearest village for fresh bread. If you play tennis, take your kit and use the always empty village court, we really enjoyed that and worked off some of the wine and cheese that we were shovelling in! There are plenty of vineyards to visit and of course, wine to be tasted. Especially loved the blanquette from local Limoux. Eating out in Limoux is not particularly recommended as it is not great but Gayda is well worth a visit. The historic towns were very quiet apart from Carcassonne which was like the first day of the Harrods sale! Staying at Almond Barn gives you a chance to experience a less commercial area of France, the roads are quiet, the locals dont speak English so its great for rapid improvement in your French. The wines are surprisingly diverse and we ventured into the world of Rose, which was a new experience for us, and greatly enjoyed! What to expect from a stay at Almond Barn? Relaxation, lovely food and wine, culture and a lovely home from home.
21 Jul 2011
"Upmarket, sophisticated gite in lovely village location"
We loved walking into this recently thoughtfully renovated property with the lounge and kitchen on the upper floor to benefit from the views and having the bedrooms downstairs for coolness. Great fitted wardrobes with plenty of hangers! Outside garden areas in the shade as well as bright sunshine area seating for those who want to sunbathe. Peaceful location on the edge of the village with only vineyards behind. A beautiful part of France. You do need a car and unless you are very confident, stick to a small to medium size to get through the narrow village streets. The off road parking was a bonus. Do go for lunch or dinner to the Gayda restaurant in the vineyard in the next village. Expensive, but a great experience with excellent service.
20 Jun 2011
"PEACE, RELAXATION AND COMFORT AT ALMOND BARN"
I can thoroughly recommend this excellent accommodation in the heart of rural France . Almond Barn displays real style and its furnishings, equipment and general amenities are all of a very high standard. The living areas and bedrooms are comfortable and spacious and the terraces and gardens enable the visitor a choice of sun or shade as they wish. It is set in a peaceful village, in the heart of France ’s premier wine producing region. There is lovely countryside and sleepy villages to explore. The charming market town of Limoux is only a 15 minute drive away and historic Carcassone, with its huge castle, can be reached in half an hour. Somewhat further afield, but still accessible in the day, are the Pyrennese mountains and the Mediteranean Sea . A wonderful base and a perfect location for a holiday offering so many possibilities.
23 May 2011
"Lovely barn conversion and a peaceful location - good restaurants nearby too!"
We had a very relaxing stay at this lovely apartment which is in a very peaceful and picturesque village within easy reach of the airport. Lots to explore nearby too and some great local food and festivals. Try the local wines!
17 May 2011
"Beautiful property where they have thought of everything!"
Almond Barn is a lovely property that has obviously been very thoughfully restored. Everything is to a very high standard, not just the fittings and fixtures but all the information that is provided and the 'little extras'. The accommodation is fab and eating and lounging on the terrrace was a real highlight for us! In terms of location, we liked the fact that you feel as if you are in a genuine French village rather than a popular tourist destination. In spite of this, there is plenty to see and do and lots of places to visit within easy reach. We will definately be going again - we are looking forward to it already!
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