15thC Oak Beamed Cottage with stunning views – Home 353467 Cottage
- 3 bedrooms
- 6 sleeps
- 4 nights min stay
15thC Oak Beamed Cottage with stunning views – Home 353467
- 3 bedrooms
- sleeps 6
- 4 nights min stay
Cottage / 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 6
- Nearest beach 85 km
- Not suitable for children
- Car advised
- No pets allowed
Description from owner
Charming 15th Century property situated in market town of Quillan, nestled in the foothills of the Pyrennees. Positioned next to the old château, our home overlooks the Aude River, the old town square and the beautiful mountain landscape.King in the Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and roof terrace overlooking the river and old town square.Double in 2nd bedroom with an en suite sundeck with amazing views of the chateau, river and mountains.Six foot bed (made up of two 3 foot singles, which may be separated upon request) on the mezzanine.The mezzanine has a shower room with WC, flat screen TV with over 200 channels, DVD player & Xbox and there is a Sony ipod docking station. Fully equipped bijou kitchen area with dishwasher, oven, hob, and fridge. The main living room is spacious yet cosy with a wood burner, two sofas and a dining table with six chairs. If required, there are two wooden garden chairs which may be used for more diners.WiFi is available throughout the
Charming 15th Century property situated in market town of Quillan, nestled in the foothills of the Pyrennees. Positioned next to the old château, our home overlooks the Aude River, the old town square and the beautiful mountain landscape.King in the Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and roof terrace overlooking the river and old town square.Double in 2nd bedroom with an en suite sundeck with amazing views of the chateau, river and mountains.Six foot bed (made up of two 3 foot singles, which may be separated upon request) on the mezzanine.The mezzanine has a shower room with WC, flat screen TV with over 200 channels, DVD player & Xbox and there is a Sony ipod docking station. Fully equipped bijou kitchen area with dishwasher, oven, hob, and fridge. The main living room is spacious yet cosy with a wood burner, two sofas and a dining table with six chairs. If required, there are two wooden garden chairs which may be used for more diners.WiFi is available throughout the cottage.Enjoy the sunshine, sundowners and spectacular views from both the roof terrace and the sun deck. Sit in the courtyard under the vines and the old chateau enjoying the local wine and watch the world go by. There's plenty to do nearby with rafting, kayaking and fishing popular activities down the river Aude and masses of spectacular and interesting walks i.e. The Sentier Cathare or Cathar Way which is over 250kms of breath-taking countryside. Both rugby and cycling are passions in these parts and the Tour de France usually goes through Quillan in July.There is a swimming pool in town and short scenic drives to swimming lakes at Puivert, Arques & Belcaire. Lac de Montbel is a beautiful 35 minute drive and is great for a day out where windsurfing, sailing, bike and boat hire are all available or just chill on the beach. There is a restaurant/cafe/shop on site. Easy walking distance to many bars and restaurants. Small grocery store, boulangerie, boucherie and poissonnier within short walk and huge Carrefour Supermarket just a 5 minute drive away. Steeped in history, full of warmth and character, Quillan is a wonderful place to stay for lazy weeks in the sun or active breaks enjoying the river and mountains. Our quirky oak beamed home makes the perfect retreat for either.
Location description from owner
The Occitanie region
Boasting Medieval fortresses, Roman aqueducts, Mediterranean coastline, endless vineyards and expansive national parks, a visitor could spend a lifetime exploring sunny Languedoc-Rousillon. Sitting on the geographic divide between the Iberian peninsula and mainland Europe, the regions towns and cities, including beautiful Carcassonne, Nimes and Montpellier, are connected by paths both ancient and new. Hike Via Domitia, a Roman road, or rent a barge for a trip down the Canal du Midi.
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Quillan is located on the banks of the river Aude, and is a small and charming town that serves as a base for people exploring the deep and enchanting forests of the Pyrenees along with the captivating castles of the Cathars. The town has its own rather unusual castle. The perfectly square fortifications were built in the 1280's and are now largely ruins.
There's plenty of scope for sports and recreation, although rugby is certainly the most popular with the locals. What makes Quillan such an alluring destination is it's absorbing surroundings. Just about every adventurous activity you can think of such as horse riding, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, hiking, climbing and cycling, are catered for among the rocky mountains, deep gorges and dark caves of the Upper Aude Valley. If you'd prefer something a bit more relaxing then you'll be pleased to know that you can also give bowls or fishing a go. For the latter, the best place to head is Mont-Bel with its impressive mountain lake. There is a swimming pool in the town itself for the summer months while the Mediterranean Sea is just an hour and a half away.
The most popular white water sports resort is based in nearby Axat. If you'd rather try a spot of caving then head to Grottes de l'Aguzou, a vast underground network decorated with crystal and aragonite. In the winter, grab your skis and head to Camurac where you'll find sixteen slopes that are ideal for a range of expertise. There are also facilities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Or you are only 45-50 minutes from Ax les Thermes which has fantastic skiing and thermal spas.
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Bed & bathroom
- 1 Super King Beds, 2 Double Beds, 2 Single Beds
- 1 En suite, 1 Shower room
- Wi-Fi available
- Mountain Views
- Solarium or roof terrace
- Balcony or terrace
- Internet access
- Washing machine
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- Hair dryer
- Ceiling Fans
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- 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
- Cancellation policy
About the owner
Debs & Clarkey C.
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- Calendar updated::
- 13 Mar 2017
- Years listed:
- Overall rating:
Languages spoken: English
This Cottage has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 15 Mar 2013. Located in Aude, it has 21 reviews with an overall rating of 4.5. The average weekly rate varies from £425 to £475.
The Owner has a response rate of 95% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 13 Mar 2017.
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– based on 21 reviews
- Very Good
“Charming and character-full cottage overlooking Quillan”
We enjoyed our stay at this lovely old cottage only minutes walk from the centre of the small town of Quillan in the heart of the mountains. There were plenty of walks setting off from Quillan so that we did not need a car and managed well enough using public transport. Clarkey the owner was very easy to communicate with and made sure that we had everything we needed. The cottage is well stocked and offers a feel of staying in a family home rather than rented accomodation.
Owner's reply: Thanks so much for writing a review on our cottage. So pleased that you had a great holiday and we are happy that we communicated well. We do try and make sure everything is as expected and respond to all questions as quickly as possible. Thanks again for finding time to write review.
“Amazing views and all you need”
This hilltop house has amazing views from every window over the lovely town, river and hills, and was large and homely enough to make me, my sister and my two teenage sons very comfortable. The place answered all our needs, from the guide books on the shelf to the leftovers in the kitchen cupboard, and the cleanliness could not be faulted. We had travelled out by train and were able to explore this fascinating area without a car: We made use of an incredible bus which travelled either to Carcassone or Perpignan and cost only one euro, no matter whether you went only to the next village or all the way to one of those cities. Also the tourist office helped us with local taxis. During our stay we made the most of the endless walking paths which took us to cathar castles or down the river or, one day, to a swimming lake, and we visited interesting local villages and cities. Quillan itself is great and not too touristy, with wonderful regular food markets. We were there during the manic Assumption Day celebrations and greatly enjoyed wandering round town to hear a band or just sitting up on the terrace listening to the sounds of the drunken brass band and then watching them sitting in the river. If you want a peacefu stay though do not go over that weekend. The owners of this property were very helpful when I was trying to book and the place has plenty of handy instructions dotted round,
Owner's reply: Many thanks for writing a great review on our cottage and so pleased that you had a wonderful holiday. You obviously crammed a lot in to your trip. The local brass band are very amusing, they go from bar to bar during the festivals and by the end of the evening the tunes are not the same as when they began!! Once again, many thanks for finding the time to write a review.
“The perfect French holiday cottage in a beautiful surroundings.”
This beautiful little cottage sits in the perfect position right on the edge of Quillan just across the river, enabling you wander across to the typically French cafes in the square or sit back and watch it all from the wonderful viewpoint on the balcony. I particularly liked to sit in the front garden early evening with a glass of wine, looking up at the chateau and the surrouinding sweet almond trees, chatting to passers-by who were strolling up the footpath! I also never tired of wandering around the streets of the old town, just taking in the 'Frenchness' of it all. Local shops were perfect for us - the Spar up the road, very friendly butcher opposite and several delicious bakers, including the wood-fire lady who started baking at about 6pm every night. The twice-weekly markets were fantastic and allowed us to stock up on all the locally produced fruit and veg which were delicious. The cottage itself contains everything you need and was very clean and tidy. Our 3 teenage sons enjoyed exploring all the little nooks and crannies on arrival. Very comfortable and peaceful. Enjoyed looking at all the books on the shelves especially those on the area. Free Wifi was also a godsend to teenagers who need to keep 'connected' to the outside world. Kitchen was well-equipped with a little store of essentials. For those who enjoy walking, Quillan is ideal. The Cathare Way begins on the doorstep and you can soon get on to the hills where the scenery is spectacular. We did not have a car during our holiday but did not need one. There are various trails from the town and after that we took the early morning No 100 bus towards Perpignan where there are many places of interest including the Gorge de Galamus, Chateaux Puilaruens and Queriibus and the Red Train. One day, we took the 6am train to Carcassonne and spent a lovely early morning walking around La Cite before the heaving crowds appeared. I should also mention the town's outdoor swimming pool about 10 mins' walk away which has just been renovated and the perfect way to cool off after a day's walking. All-in-all a very enjoyable holiday - just what we were looking for! Thank you Debs and Clarkey for making us welcome and being so efficient in the booking. PS: We did water the plants as requested!
Owner's reply: Thank you so much for finding the time to write a review of our Quillan cottage. We are so pleased that you had such a wonderful time. We understand exactly what you mean about sitting in the courtyard under the old chateau, so peaceful. It was well needed after all the adventures you seemed to have. Once again, many thanks.
“Everything was just perfect”
We decided to stay in Quillan after visiting the town last year and literally loved the place. So we booked this cottage as it was central to the square, shops, bars and restaurants. My husband celebrated his 60th birthday the day after we arrived and the sun shone all day. The cottage has the best view of Quillan from the kitchen and living area, it was a pleasure to wash the dishes! The balcony was complemented by the grapevines and passion fruits and we had several lunches whilst sitting in the sun, the weather was beautiful for the whole week. The cottage was very comfortable, beds galore and a choice of a lovely shower or bath. We visited pretty villages and castles (as I love historic sites), not too far to drive either. The Carrefour supermarket was only about a 5 minute drive away and we stocked up with essentials on a couple of trips ... there is an English aisle where you can buy HP sauce, Colmans mustard, Lee & Perrin sauce etc. Prices are comparatively cheaper than Britain, as are the local shops, bars and restaurants. Everyone in the town is so friendly and even the children say Bonsoir when walking about in the early evening. We had a wonderful week in The Clarkeys beautiful stone cottage and I would recommend it to everyone. Thanks Paul and Deb, Quillan is in my heart forever.
Owner's reply: Thanks so much for your review, it does mean a lot to us knowing that guestd had a great holiday in our quirky cottage in Quillan. I agree, washing up is a pleasure with the wonderful view. Thanks again for finding the time to write.
“Charming house in a wonderful setting”
The positive reviews of Clarkey and Debs house are well deserved. We spent 13 days there. The house has bags of character and the views from the house are fantastic. It's the only place I've ever been that I've actually enjoyed washing the dishes(the view from the kitchen sink is something else!) The kitchen is well equipped and the house has an airy open plan feel about it whilst also having some private space if needed. The house is complimented by the town. It is a charming, friendly town with several bars, restaurants, bakeries,shops etc.. There is a market on Wednesday and Saturday for local produce. Special mention must go to the man who had a small cheese stall, the man who ran the shop in the town who sold wonderful wine for Euro1.50 a litre and not forgetting the bar staff and patrons of 'Bar Le Glacier', for cold beer and a warm welcome. To walk off the cheese, wine and beer there are several hiking trails locally. A favourite of ours was the walk up to Ginoles. The scenery is beautiful and if you are lucky you might just catch a glimpse of some stunning birds of prey. The dialogue between Clarkey, Debs and myself was excellent. They were very helpful and they made us feel very welcome in their home. I would love to come back to Quillan and I would be delighted to stay at Debs and Clarkeys wonderful house.
Owner's reply: Thank you so much for finding the time to write such a great review of our quirky cottage. We are so pleased that you had a wonderful time and look forward to welcoming you again. Have yet to find the guy who sells wine for 1.50 euros a litre, will have to search him out!! We understand perfectly about the washing up, it is a fantastic view of the old town. Thanks again.
“Cozy cottage, amazing view and good vibes in a laidback town”
We had the pleasure of spending a week in this small gem of a cottage in Quillan, which is a small and layback town with great atmosphere. The cottage has a perfect location just across the bridge overlooking the town square and with good parking opportunities. There is plenty of space in the cottage, though the kitchen is a bit small – especially when the cooking team is two full-grown men ;-) The mountain view from the top deck is amazing, and the surrounding countryside is beautiful and ideal for cycling and rafting - we can recommend both. Furthermore, I had a friendly and helpful email dialog with the owners. All in all a fantastic spot for a holiday in the Aude-area :-)
Owner's reply: Thanks very much for the review, have to agree about the views, probably the best in town. We always try to give as much information as possible and communication through email is very important to us. Thanks again
“Lovely cottage with a stunning view”
We really loved our week at this beautiful rustic cottage and absolutely loved the views from the balcony. We also enjoyed eating a ridiculous amount of cheese brought from the market and drinking the local wine! Quillan was a great location for us, not too touristy with a few restaurants within a few minutes of the cottage. We also had a wonderful time exploring the region and felt Quillan was a perfect spot for this. Look forward to going back.
Owner's reply: Thank you very much for finding time to review our cottage and so pleased you had a great time. We understand about the local cheese and wine, they are very easy to get involved with!!
“An excellent location for exploring the Aude and Pyrenees Orientales”
The cottage at 11 Rampe du Chateau proved an excellent base from which to enjoy the charms of the Aude valley and the Pyrenees Orientales. We arrived on the Saturday and instantly loved this charming 15 century property which has been lovingly restored and is situated in a prominent position under the Château du Quillan. We woke every morning to the sound of the Aude, and sat each morning on the rooftop terrace enjoying morning coffee, overlooking la Place de lar Republique and the old bridge across the river and watching the locals come and go with fresh bread and groceries. Quillan sits in the shadow of the foothills of the Pyrenees, and the impressive peaks dominate the views from the terrace. The property is ideally situated close to centres for rafting and canoeing. There are opportunities for off and on road cycling and we enjoyed our walk up the Sentier Cathare which ascends from Quillan at the top of the Rampe du Chateau! Watching the sunset from Rennes-le-Chateau is to be recommended, we struck out to Prades for an excellent day on the Petit Train Jaune and enjoyed a morning at the market in Mirapoix as well as spending a day in Carcassonne. The property has a small but fully equipped kitchen area, also overlooking the square, and we enjoyed the local produce as well as eating out. The property has two bathrooms and a wonderful mazey feel to it's layout. We slept soundly in our comfortable bed, and I have to confess to scrimping a couple of wonderful windfall mirabelle plums from a tree overhanging the Rampe above the cottage! I'd gladly return to this property and the charms of the upper Aude vallley! Highly recommended!
Owner's reply: Many, many thanks for your review, it is most appreciated. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at our wonderful quirky cottage.
“Relaxing week in a lovely cottage”
Really enjoyed our stay in "Debs and Clarkey's" quirky cottage, Exactly as described and lovely comfy beds. Quillan is a very friendly town and although we went to relax, there is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area.
Owner's reply: Thanks very much for finding time to review our cottage and we are so pleased you had a great time.
“Views like a film set.”
Well located holiday cottage with fabulous views of Quillan and surrounding mountains. Felt like watching a film set of a traditional french village when looking out the windows! A very "french" property - quirky and rustic with lots of french country style furnishing and accessories.Appeared larger than the pictures appeared to show.Small functional kitchen area and a nice dining area with a table big enough for 4.Lounge area with 2 sofas near to logburning stove/ fire. Ensuite bedroom off the lounge with a great private balcony area. Upstairs we were impressed with the kingsize bed on the mezzanine and the sweet double room with balcony off. TV a little temperamental with reception but we enjoyed watching one of the DVDs thoughtfully left by the owners. Need to be flexible to access the TV due to the sloping ceiling - great views from the windows. This is an obviously well loved holiday home from reading comments in the comments book in the property. Quillan has everything you would need as a base. Had some nice meals out at the local restaurants. Enjoyed the market on Saturday. Lots of scrummy croissants,pain au raisins etc from the local patisseries. Easy drives to the amazing Cathar castles. Enjoyed a visit to Lac Montbel, Carcassonne and lots of lovely smaller villages. Impressed with the old village square in Mirepoix. All communication with the owners friendly and always a quick response via email to queries. Would recommend a stay In Chez Clarkey - it is an unique place.
Owner's reply: Thanks very much for your kind review, it is most appreciated. Apologies about the TV reception it is due to the surrounding mountains, that is the reason we have left a number of DVDs for guest's viewing pleasure. As you state there are so many beautiful places to visit nearby it would almost be wrong to stay indoors.
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