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Rue du Cabanot, Lapradelle – Home 6236053 House

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 7 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

House / 4 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms / sleeps 7

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 56 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

Lapradelle is simply a very beautiful place. We say it's 'for romantics only', for lovers of the countryside, of France profonde, of village life, of history, of fauna and flora – or of lazing on the roof terrace enjoying the view under a warm sun.

You enter the house through the hallway. To your right is the other twin bedroom, followed by the shower room with shower cubicle, basin and w.c. You progress to a small kitchenette and the door into the garden. Next to the kitchenette and tucked away at the back of the house is the small single bedroom, a nice little snuggery perhaps for a youngster with independent leanings!

On the first floor are your double bedroom and one twin bedroom, the bathroom with bath, wc and shower cubicle, and the separate w.c. The kitchen is well equipped and next to a 'pantry' with small freezer. You will find all the essentials – toaster, microwave, 4-ring electric cooker, washing-machine, dish-washer,

Lapradelle is simply a very beautiful place. We say it's 'for romantics only', for lovers of the countryside, of France profonde, of village life, of history, of fauna and flora – or of lazing on the roof terrace enjoying the view under a warm sun.

You enter the house through the hallway. To your right is the other twin bedroom, followed by the shower room with shower cubicle, basin and w.c. You progress to a small kitchenette and the door into the garden. Next to the kitchenette and tucked away at the back of the house is the small single bedroom, a nice little snuggery perhaps for a youngster with independent leanings!

On the first floor are your double bedroom and one twin bedroom, the bathroom with bath, wc and shower cubicle, and the separate w.c. The kitchen is well equipped and next to a 'pantry' with small freezer. You will find all the essentials – toaster, microwave, 4-ring electric cooker, washing-machine, dish-washer, fridge and all utensils..... The dining area seats seven comfortably. French doors open onto the balcony where you get the same view as the roof terrace above. It is lovely to take your morning croissants and coffee on the balcony before the others have risen!

Your large living-room is on the top, second floor with television, DVD and cassette player, hundreds of books in English and very comfortable seating. French doors take you out onto the wide roof terrace which offers this fabulous view over the garden, the river, the village and the castle to the mountains beyond. 'Dull would he be of soul who could pass by...' indeed – the sight lifts the spirit and reminds you how beautiful the world is.

Few people seem to use the garden since the roof terrace and balcony are such a draw. You cross a tiled patio to the grassed garden which is safe for children. There are easy chairs and tables on the patio. From the garden you look at the river below and the village on the other side.

The house is certainly interesting and unusual, and it attracts regular 'returnees' every year. We have five properties in the Languedoc and for one of us this house is the favourite. It is set well away from the main road which lies beyond your garden, the river, the tourist train and La Mairie. Parking is very easy at the end of your street, perhaps thirty yards away. You can drop passengers and luggage at your front door and then drive round to the parking area. Parking has generated no visitors' complaints over twenty years. From the parking area there is a narrow road which takes you down to the river and up into Lapradelle itself, very reminiscent of Yorkshire countryside.

You will not be disappointed, I assure you.

Location description from owner

The Occitanie region

To your north are the Corbières hills, a wild stretch of country well worth exploring. A few miles from Lapradelle is the village of Bugarach where people assembled at the millennium to witness the end of the world. It didn't happen. Those wishing to pursue the Holy Grail myths should pay a visit to Rennes le Château via Couiza. You will no doubt wish to see Carcassonne, Europe's largest medieval fortified city, with much to see and do for children and adults. On the way to Carcassonne, stop at Limoux and savour the local Blanquette sparkling wine. The village of Alet-les-Bains is like a medieval film-set. There is a dinosaur museum at Espéraza. Puivert has a lake for bathing, and there is another, much larger public lake near Montbel and Chalabre a little further on. There are 'plans d'eau' where you can bathe within easy reach of the house. Quillan offers good shopping, as well as banks and a tourist centre. There is a good restaurant at Gincla upstream from Lapradelle, set in a historic, imposing building in lovely grounds. Good for that special evening out. Near Axat, there is a water sports centre of international standard. Following the river Aude upstream from Axat, you pass the nearest ski slopes at Mijanes to your right. At the top of the valley you come to Le Capcir, a wide, high plateau with ski slopes on all sides. Tucked into the Capcir is Llivia, a detached part of Spain. From Mont Louis or Font Romeu the little yellow train runs down the valley towards Villefranche and Perpignan. With all these facilities, you should check their internet sites before your holiday. It is a lovely drive down the valley towards the Mediterranean coast. This was close to the medieval boundary between France and Spain. High up to your left you will see the Cathar fortifications at Peyrepertuse and Quéribus. There are many seaside resorts to choose from. The main beaches are supervised and have won European awards for cleanliness. There is a Water Park Aqualand near St. Cyprien, as well as international golf courses in the area. Naturally, the climate at Lapradelle is more varied than that at the coast. In the summer, this may be very welcome because the weather can be very hot indeed. Because Lapradelle is sheltered by high hills, hot days can be very hot! You will often see a ring of cloud round the castle, a kind of local microclimate. It can be very cold in this area in winter. Perpignan and Carcassonne airports are almost equidistant from Lapradelle. It is a lovely drive whichever you choose. Toulouse Blagnac is the nearest international airport. It is possible to drive via Carcassonne or cut the corner from Castelnaudary to Limoux.

Lapradelle-Puilaurens

The Commune of Lapradelle/Puilaurens lies in a valley surrounded by Pyrenean foothills. The main road from Perpignan to Quillan runs through the village, but your house is set well back from the road in the adjacent hamlet of Lavagnac. It is a five/ten minute walk from the house to the shops for your morning croissants. In Lapradelle itself, there is a general store and a restaurant. Other shops may appear during the summer and then disappear to return the following year. Your street, Rue du Cabanot, turns into a footpath after 100 yards or so, and from there it is a lovely walk down the valley to Caudiès, stop for a drink and then return through forest paths on the other side. At the near end of the street there is a horse trough/fountain facing the wide parking area, about 30 yards from your house. You can drive to your front door, deposit passengers and luggage, and then drive round to the parking area. In twenty years, we have received no complaints from visitors about parking. In all directions there are walks along forest paths, most very easy, some a little more strenuous. As you walk, the countryside changes, offering you views of great variety. You will sometimes see mountaineers on the crags en route to Quillan, and we believe that there are mountaineering schools in the area. You can walk from the house to the Cathar castle which you see from the roof terrace and balcony. If you choose to drive there, you can park in the large area under the castle by the visitors' shop. It is not difficult to walk to the castle itself if you take care. The castle has recently become lit-up at night, a controversial move not popular with those who wish to watch the stars and planets! From the house you will occasionally see the little tourist train, Le Papillon, which stops at all stations between Axat and near Rivesaltes, including Lapradelle. It moves at a leisurely pace, stopping if you wish to take photographs. The timetable is accessible on the internet. The viaduct is used by local people as a pedestrian short-cut. The tourist train is a fun item, not primarily designed to get you from A to B in a hurry.

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 4: Single Bed
  • 2 Family bathrooms, 2

Amenities

  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
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Smoking
No smoking at this property
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About the owner

Christopher J
Response rate:
65%
Calendar updated::
16 Jan 2017

Languages spoken: English, French


This House has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and sleeps 7. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 11 Mar 2015. Located in Aude, the average weekly rate varies from £300 to £400.

The Owner has a response rate of 65% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 16 Jan 2017.

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