Les Hauts de Gaubil is a wonderfully private small estate only 15 minutes from the centre of Carcassonne and from the Airport. It is also a luxurious haven of peace and tranquility. With a huge heated freshwater pool and tennis court, our guests through experience, often prefer to stay here with the views rather than venture out.
This very private property exudes tranquility and from the house there is one of the greatest panoramic views in the entire region, a view which is quite impossible to capture in one photograph. You can see unhampered 60 miles to the South looking over 7 valleys and the tops of many hills to the Pyrenees.
Les Hauts de Gaubil is two houses conjoined and set in 11 hectares (27 Acres) of its own land. The house was originally built with families and parties in mind and was designed by our nearest neighbour an architect who lives a mile away. With 5 acres of lawns around the house there are a number of separate gardens therein. The large heated pool is surrounded by lavender and in summer Hummingbird Hawk-Moths (Macroglossum Stellatarum).
The main house sleeps 6 and the second house 8 and each can be autonomous which is ideal for families. There is a very substantial fresh water swimming pool which is 14 foot deep at the deep end (fenced and double alarmed). We have installed the most modern water treatment centre available so the use of chemical is completely minimal. The pool has a shallow-end for the young and a diving board in the deep end which provides endless fun for everyone.
The tennis court has a fantastic back wall for solo players and there is table tennis, a small gym with a cross trainer, lateral bike, a top flight running frame, weights, etc. Walking and cycling in the area is a must with a multitude of signed paths and tracks. The countryside here is covered with vines, wild thyme, lavender and broom and in the spring large numbers of wild orchids.
Preixan is our nearest village (as the crow flies) with a superrette (mini supermarket) and a good restaurant which is some 3 miles away as the crow flies and Lavalette rather better provided for also 3 miles away where there is a baker, butcher, superrette and paper shop. Roullens is also close by with an excellent restaurant part of a small boutique hotel.
There are many excellent vineyards within a 10 mile radius and the region is literally covered with vines. Near Limoux (20/25 minutes away) the Rothschild family bought a chateau in 1998 Domaine Baron'Arques which today produces superb red and white wines and is truly worthy of a visit.
Despite all the privacy, Carcassonne and the airport are only 15 mins away and Limoux (with its famous and original sparkling wines) is only 20/25 mins. The Mediterranean is and hour away with Spain some 2 hours. The superb Castle in Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must to visit. In the hight of summer it does get very busy, but there are still several excellent restaurants therein to find some quite and to get away from the crowds. The Cathar Chateaux throughout the region are extraordinary and their history is fascinating if not rather gory. There is so much more beyond to see and to understand.This house has delighted our many guests for more than 13 years and has been fully booked each year during the summer.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, 3 en suites, 1 shower room and 2 , Solarium or roof terrace|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||Carcassonne Plage 10 km|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 10 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Super King Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Sofa Beds (1), Bunk Beds (4), Single Beds (4), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Wheelchair users|
The Languedoc-Roussillon region is dominated by three great natural and two man-made features.
Firstly and most evidently there are nearly 3000 Sq Km of vineyards, three times the combined area of all the vineyards of Bordeaux. Vines are almost everywhere one looks and the region has been an important winemaking centre for centuries with grapevines believed to have existed here since before the existence of Homo Sapiens.
The earliest vineyards of Gaul were said to have been developed around the two towns of Béziers and Narbonne both close to Carcassonne, and the Mediterranean climate has of course been ideal for the vines to develop. It is estimated that one in ten of the bottles of the whole world's wine's production has come from this region during the 20th century.
Secondly, dominating the south is the towering and beautiful mountain range of the Pyrenees, which give such a beautiful and imposing backdrop to the region.
Finally in the south east is the Mediterranean which covers the entire region with its beautiful beaches, villages and towns.
Of extraordinary man-made beauty is the Canal du Midi which travels right through the heart of Carcassonne and on to the Mediterranean. And then there is of course the Cité itself which never ceases to amaze.
Carcassonne has twice been included in UNESCO's World Heritage List â€“ once in 1996 for the Canal du Midi and again in 1997 for the medieval town itself, which is now the most complete fortified city in Europe. The castle walls have roman origins and excavations have identified the Roman settlement. Today 52 towers dominate the double walls, which provide in all 3 kilometres of battlements. There remains no restriction on access to this area and It is still home today to more than 100 inhabitants.
There are a vast array of activities in this area running from canoeing down the river Aude, horse riding (randonnee), mountain biking, quading, and then on to the gentler arts of walking, painting and writing, inspired by the timeless beauty of the area.