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Gite des Cathares – Home 30812 Gite

  • 1 bedroom
  • 4 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

Gite / 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly

Description from owner


Couiza is a pretty village in the heart of Languedoc-Roussillon and is ideal for an active or family holiday. Couiza itself has 2 restaurants, 2 patisseries, a local shop, cafe and bar and is a short walk from markets, river swimming and beautiful landscapes. Gite des Cathares is well-equipped, beautifully decorated gite with a door opening onto the terrace. (This page describes the ground floor, there is also a 1st floor apartment which sleeps 6 and has a double and twin room). Please see our website for more information.

3 apartments; 2 sleep 4, 1 sleeps 6. Property can be rented as 1 unit. The ground floor apartment has air conditioning in the bedroom and the top floor apartment has a wood burner.

4km from Gite des Cathares is Rennes-le-Chateau, former home of the famous priest Sauniere and said to contain buried treasure. Several beautiful lakes are a short drive away - in Arques, Montbel and Dhuilac and several castles dot the landscape. Other attractions near Couiza include walks, horse and bike rides, water sports including white water rafting. There is a dinosaur museum in Esperaza, a medieval events with jousing tournaments in the summer and a lively music and art scene. We are an hour away from the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean (near Perpignan and Narbonne) and also from ski resorts for winter vacations.

Further details

Gite des Cathares, the holiday accommodation in Couiza, Aude, is no-smoking, with the only exception being on the terrace. We speak both English and French and are on hand to answer any queries (we live a short drive away). Pets, children and babies are welcome and we can provide a cot, bedding, toys, plastic cutlery and crockery and a high-chair at no extra charge. We also provide books, leaflets about local attractions and a selection of games. Long term rentals available all year from €650 per month including bills.

Further details indoors

The holiday gite, Gite des Cathare in Couiza is hung with original art from 3 local artists and has a very well-equipped kitchen with oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, etc. and plenty of pots and pans. Bedding is included and towels are available for hire. Also included are ADSL Broadband Internet access, electricity, heating (with fans for the summer), tea and coffee and a final clean meaning the gite is lovely for the next holiday makers.

The spacious lounge has a sofa bed and comfortable chairs, with a door opening onto the terrace and the bedroom contains a king-sized bed and ample storage.

Further details outdoors

The terrace of Gite des Cathare, Couiza looks over the river Salz and has seating for 8, with shade provided by a tree and plenty of flowers to add colour. A path from the terrace leads down to the river and a 10 minute walk along the river takes you a secluded swimming spot.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • 1 Double Bed, 1 Sofa Bed, 1 Cot available
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

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About the owner

David W.
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
20 Oct 2018
Years listed:
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French

This Gite has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 18 Jun 2007. Located in Aude, it has 13 reviews with an overall rating of 4.5. The average weekly rate varies from £349 to £400.

The Owner has a response rate of 85% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 20 Oct 2018.


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Guest reviews

Very Good – based on 13 reviews Very Good
13 reviews

Very Good

“We'll be back!”

Reviewed 11 Jul 2013

My parents and I stayed for a week in the two bed apartment of Gite de Cathares. The flat itself was very spacious and well equipped with everything we needed – the computer available to use in the flat with free internet connection also came in handy. The best thing about the flat for me was the wonderful river views – I loved getting up and making fresh coffee - then to the window to check on any river activity. At night too, the river flowed gently and glistened as the sun set….ahhh take me back! We were not familiar with the area, but soon discovered that we were perfectly positioned to discover the amazing South West of France! Highlights for us include; wine tasting in Maury, a dip in the thermal spa of Rennes les bains, swimming in the lake at Arques a short drive or cycle from the flat, a day trip to the picturesque seaside town of Collioure, the Cahors castles and climbing the Bugerach mountain with the most impressive views – the list could go on! There’s actually a wonderful guide to the area in the welcome pack; which lists all the recommended sites and things to do – we pretty much ticked off the list and would recommend each one! Food – we ate so well! Again the flat is located within easy reach of wonderful fresh produce; from the small bakery around the corner to the impressive Sunday market at Esperaza. As a foodie it was great to be able to get the freshest ingredients and to be able to create some wonderful meals back at the flat. There are some great restaurants too, but for us it was great to be able to cook together and to sit around the big family sized table. It’s definitely somewhere we’d go back to – there are still lots to discover, and lots that we’d go back and do all over again!

“Hired a couple of the apartments out with a group of friends and really enjoyed our stay here”

Reviewed 31 Jul 2012

Apartments were spacious, well equipped and good value for money. Having a computer with internet access in each appt was great, as the owner has spent a lot of time putting detailed information about the local area on the website along with map locations etc. There were also maps, a local guide from the Lonely planet and a top tips guide from the owner – all really helped us explore the area which we loved! It’s stunning, and will definitely go back to! Only complaint would be that one of the apartments was a little minimalistic on furniture, not that we needed any more than was there.

“A perfect family holiday”

Reviewed 17 Oct 2011

We rented out all three flats for a holiday with our extended family. It was perfect for such a large crowd as all flats were accessible from the main hall and stairs. Each floor was beautifully decorated and furnished, the beds were comfy, and the kitchen facilities were excellent. We particularly valued the massive dining area in the first floor flat and the terrace outside, both of which could accommodate our large party of 17. The gite is well-sited in the centre of Couiza with pretty views across the river. Local shops were excellent. Of particular note are the markets twice a week with excellent veg and meat stalls, and the Huit a Huit which includes an amazing bakery and pattisserie. We should also mention the very friendly cafe where we watched the early matches of the Rugby World Cup - handshakes and free drinks all round for each successful try! Further afield the area has a lot to offer for all age groups. Families with children enjoyed the local Dinosaur Museum, rivers and lakes for swimming and recreation parks. Others in the group took advantage of the local kayaking and white water rafting opportunities, stunning walks, sightseeing and wine-tasting. The comfortable accommodation and range of activities on the doorstep or nearby made for a perfect family holiday.

“Gite Des Cathares - A Gateway to Cathar Country”

Reviewed 7 Sep 2011

We stayed in the first floor apartment for 4 weeks & loved it! As it was just 2 of us we had plenty of space (it has 2 bedrooms & is advertised as being an apartment for 6) but 6 people in there would have been too crowded with only 1 bathroom & toilet. The apartment is light & airy & tastefully furnished. The fans provided were essential as it was very hot being August. The only downside to the apartment is that it sits on the main trunk road to the coast & traffic (particularly heavy lorries) thunders past virtually 24 hours a day. We found early mornings particularly noisy from around 5am. The other disappointment was the lack of outside space - the advert features a shared terrace but in essence this is tiny & as it comes straight off the ground floor Gite the people staying there tend to use it for their own personal space. However, the local park is close by & we tended to use that for lazy afternoons as it is very quiet & relaxing to sit by the river which runs through the park. Couiza itself is a charming local town & we enjoyed many relaxing visits to the local cafe/bar for coffee & drinks. Couiza is ideally placed to visit the Cathar countryside & we would highly recommend it as a holiday venue. We would also recommend Gite Des Cathares - despite the road noise! It is a lovely place to stay.

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