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Convent – Home 162310 Villa

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 11 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Villa / 5 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms / sleeps 11

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 41 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

The property is located in Tuchan in the heart of Cathar Country. It was once an old Olive Farm owned by the Convent. Recently refurbished to a very high standard this old character property still maintains its original charm. Some of the property is believed to date back to the early C17th. Surrounded by vineyards yet in the heart of the village, this property is an excellent base to discover the delights this area has to offer.

The house has three double and two single ( sleep two each) bedrooms,plus an emergency single bed in the laundry, a huge kitchen/dining room. A large lounge/dining room. Two bathrooms and a downstairs and upstairs separate WC. A games room with Pool Table and Cinema area. Tastefully decorated and furnished to a very high standard. The property also boasts a very large garden, rare for a central village property. There is an outside wet-room, toilet and BBQ area and a large 10m x 4m pool.Tuchan has two supermarkets, two butchers two fine patisseries/bakeries

The property is located in Tuchan in the heart of Cathar Country. It was once an old Olive Farm owned by the Convent. Recently refurbished to a very high standard this old character property still maintains its original charm. Some of the property is believed to date back to the early C17th. Surrounded by vineyards yet in the heart of the village, this property is an excellent base to discover the delights this area has to offer.

The house has three double and two single ( sleep two each) bedrooms,plus an emergency single bed in the laundry, a huge kitchen/dining room. A large lounge/dining room. Two bathrooms and a downstairs and upstairs separate WC. A games room with Pool Table and Cinema area. Tastefully decorated and furnished to a very high standard. The property also boasts a very large garden, rare for a central village property. There is an outside wet-room, toilet and BBQ area and a large 10m x 4m pool.Tuchan has two supermarkets, two butchers two fine patisseries/bakeries (50 metres away) a bank with an ATM, 3 restaurants and a petrol station. At the back of the town lies the Mont Tauch wine 'Cave'. Here you can taste the local Fitou wines and buy local produce. It is the largest Fitou 'Cave' in the region. The surrounding area is an area of outstanding natural beauty. With gorges and rivers, waterfalls and rock pools to discover.

Carcassonne, a Medieval city is about an hour and a half away, Narbonne about 45 minutes. There is a Cathar castle in Tuchan and another in Durban Corbieres, - about 25 minutes away and those of Queribus and Perypeteuse about 20 and 45 minutes away. Cucugnan with its old working windmill and quaint village streets is ten minutes away. It boasts several good quality restaurants. Also a fabulous one in Paziols called Les Anges has been popular.The Corbieres and Fitou wine routes are close by. The wild life park at Sigean is 45 minutes by car. Terra Vinea, a 19 km underground wine cellar is about 45 minutes. Lots of beautiful walks and cycle routes are right on the doorstep. About 25km to the Mediterranean beaches. Le Franqui has a long sandy beach and it is suitable for wind-surfing. Other beaches include Leucate ,Toreilles Plage and Argeles sur Mer. All beaches have cafes and restaurants nearby. There is a marina at La Barcares, an Aqualand at Port Leucate. Water skiing is also available at Port Bacares and at Leucate there is a large salt lake with a cable park and waterski club. Fresh oyster at Leucate are also not to miss!

Collioure with its fish restaurants, ice cream parlours, beaches, castle, fort and walks around the old picturesque harbour, makes a fine destination for a day trip. It is about an hour and a half drive from the house, through beautiful scenery.

Perpignan is the nearest large town, and has a distinctly Spanish flavour. There are many restaurants, boutiques and regular street markets.

The Pyrenees are fifty minutes away and, on a clear day Mount Canagou can be seen from the upstairs windows of the house. Just beyond lies Spain. The Salvador Dali Museum at Figueres (just over the border) is an easy day trip.

Airports close by - Perpignan (ryanair) 40 mins. Carcassonne ( ryanair) 1 hour 15 mins, Montpellier 1.5 hours ( easyjet), Gerona( ryanair) 2 hours.

This area is fantastic for cyling, both road and mountain biking.

Location description from owner

The Occitanie region

Aude is under the influence of a Mediterranean climate.

The autumn is characterized by violent and short storms. The summer is often hot and dry, which is favourable to the culture of the vine and the olive-trees.

Festivals and traditions

The Carnival of Limoux is an Audois festival which takes place over a period of ten weeks or more. This is one of the longest carnivals in the world. It takes place in the town of Limoux on the Place de la République every weekend from mid-January to late March. It is characterized by bands in Pierrot costumes (known as 'les fécos') accompanied by musicians. In the region around Limoux, a major celebration of gastronomy, known as ‘Toques et Clochers’ (literally, ‘Hats & Steeples’) and organized by the ‘Vignerons du Sieur d'Arques’, takes place over the weekend of Palm Sunday. It permits the sale of a large quantity of wine in order to restore the local heritage.

Sport
Aude is the land of rugby league (rugby à XIII) with the teams of Limoux, Carcassonne and Lézignan among the elite. Puig-Aubert (1925–1994) was a famous rugby league player who played with AS Carcassonne. There are numerous amateur rugby league clubs dotted all over the area.

Every 15 August, in Quillan, an international cycling competition takes place. This is the oldest of such contests in France.

The Tour de l'Aude is one of the most important female cycling events in the calendar. It generally takes place in May.

Gastronomy
Cassoulet as served at Carcassonne

The fricassee of pork or ‘fréginat’ can be found throughout the department. It is made from pork and pig’s liver. On the coast, eel stew (borrida d’anguilles) is a dish of choice. Finally, the cassoulet of Castelnaudary, made from white beans and sausage, is the typical dish of the Aude.

Other specialties exist such as oysters of Gruissan and Leucate. Olive oil is also a very widespread in the Aude and is a specialty of Bize-Minervois.

The Occitan language

The Occitan language is spoken in the Aude in its Languedoc variant. The Occitan language emerged during the High Middle Ages from the Latin used in the south of Gaul. The name of the department is Aude in Occitan.

Carcassonne has been restored to much of its medieval glory. Narbonne attracts many tourists to its Roman ruins. Other towns and villages worth visiting include Limoux, Quillan, Lézignan-Corbières, Lagrasse, Sigean and Leucate. Limoux lies in the upper Aude valley, 24 km south of Carcassonne. It is particularly noted for its local wine, Blanquette, a sparkling white wine which is said to have been the forerunner of Champagne. Limoux hosts an extensive and varied market each Friday. Quillan lies 27 km further south in the upper Aude valley and is at the head of the branch railway from Carcassonne. Lezignan-Corbières lies on the main road between Carcassonne and Narbonne. It is called the capital of the Corbières and has an excellent Wednesday morning market. Lagrasse is listed as one of the most attractive villages in France. It stands on the River Orbieu and has an 8th century abbey, two very attractive bridges and an unchanged and very compact and delightful medieval stone village centre. Sigean, 18 km south of Narbonne, lies between the A9 Autoroute and the coast and has an African Reserve. Leucate is an attractive hilltop village, about 30 km south of Narbonne, which has spread down to the coast where Leucate Plage is a popular beach resort.

The Corbières Hills form the central part of the department. This is an area of dissected plateaux and escarpments which form an effective barrier to direct road communication. It is a very attractive and sometimes wild area of steep hills, hidden valleys, woodland and vines, and contains some of the most memorable Cathar sites including Quéribus, Peyrepertuse and Villerouge-Termenès.

Wine production is extensive across Aude, and local chateaux and domaines provide free tastings as well as sales of wine and other local produce.
Architectural heritage

The department has many castles that have been developed by the General Council of the Aude to stimulate tourism. The fortresses are often located on rocky peaks, like the castles of Quéribus and Lastours, giving them a strategic position. The city of Carcassonne was the logistical hub of the country at the time of conflict with the Kingdom of Aragon.

Many abbeys exist throughout the department of Aude. The best known are Fontfroide Abbey, the abbey of Sainte-Marie Lagrasse, the abbey of Sainte-Marie Villelongue-d'Aude or the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire.

The Cathedral of Saint-Just-et-Saint-Pasteur at Narbonne is a remarkable Gothic cathedral and remains unfinished. It is a symbol of the French presence in the land of Languedoc in the Middle Ages.

Tuchan

Tuchan has the atmosphere of a border town. The old border between France and Aragon, and Spain, guarded by the Châteaux of Queribus and Peyrepertuse is only a few kilometres away. The town and its surrounding area has been lived in and fought over for a very long time. In the nearby village of Tauteval, a skeleton of 400,000 years old was found. At Château Nouvelles, 2 kilometres, to the north (where very good Fitou wine can be bought) an old roman road, the via Mercadaria, passes close by. The Romans were here mining the iron, gold, silver and lead. Narbonne, a major Roman port on the Mediterranean coast, now the sous-prefecture for the Aude, is 45 kilometres away.

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Families

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

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: King Bed
    Bedroom 3: King Bed
    Bedroom 4: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 5: 2 Single Beds
    Beds in other rooms: Single Bed
  • 2 Family bathrooms, 2 Toilets only

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Mountain Views
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Safe
  • Table tennis
  • Pool or snooker table
  • Games room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
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House rules

Smoking is allowed outside in the garden. Pets on a request basis at the owners' discretion. There are big staircases with tiled stairs. This property may not be suitable for tiny children. French language basics needed in the area. Car essential. Hens/Stags not permitted. Loud music not permitted. Please respect the neighbours as this is my home. Swimming pool to be used at renters own risk , all children under 16 must be supervised. Guests other than those listed on contract are not permitted

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About the owner

Sam W
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated::
24 Apr 2017
Years listed:
7
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish


This Villa has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and sleeps 11. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 13 Apr 2011. Located in Aude, it has 16 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £1667 to £3921.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 24 Apr 2017.

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“Paradise in Tuchan!”

Reviewed 21 Sep 2016

I stayed at Le Couvent for a week with friends at the end of July this year and it could not have been better! The house is very well appointed with ample French charm blended with all the modern conveniences we simply cant seem to live without. The Furniture and interior decoration has been tastefully chosen to be both comfortable and charming, I loved it! The pool area is perfect, sunny spots, pool loungers and lovely shady sitting areas for a wine or two - perfect! The local town is a lazy place with little pubs and restaurants all within walking distance. Nearby we found amazing castles to visit and more amazing restaurants... the cheese OMG. I suggest going to Cucugnan where the is a lovely windmill or Grau de Leucate for oysters by the river or Pyrenees Orientales for a castle with a view to die for or Carcassonne for a walled city/castle that has been semi restored - mind blowing. All close by - so much to do! I will be back. Thank you Sam our host for everything. See you next time.

Owner's reply: Thank you !! Lovely review we loved having you here .We can't wait to see you back here from so far !! Love to you in Australia X

“Perfect”

Reviewed 5 Sep 2016

We travelled with our four children and my sister, husband and her daughter joined us mid-week. Even then this beautiful three-storey house never felt crowded. It was warm, welcoming and beautifully decorated and furnished by Sam, who was tireless in her efforts to make sure we had the best stay possible with lots of recommendations and advice on things to do and places to visit (the kids will never forget the secret river!) The villagers are very friendly too and Tuchan is a great base from which to explore. We even popped to Spain for the day to visit Salvador Dali's house (only a 2 hour drive). If you like yoga mention this to Sam too - we had an amazing pool-side lesson with her. I really couldn't recommend the house more for a group of friends or family.

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for such a lovely review ! It really was lovely to meet you all. See you again one day I hope !

“Magnificent!”

Reviewed 2 Sep 2016

Totally exceeded our expectations- beautiful villa in a wonderful location. We felt instantly relaxed and at home here. Really easy access to gorgeous rivers and beaches - with the most fabulous views enroute! We could quite easily have stayed much longer.

Owner's reply: many thanks ! It was lovely to meet you too. Glad you enjoyed my favourite little corner of the world!!

“Perfect get away for quality time spent with the family”

Reviewed 27 Jul 2013

We spent one week at this fabulous property, we just wanted to relax by the pool and this property has everything you need if you just want to chill and not have to travel around. We used two local restaurants both very good. All amenities close by in walking distance. A perfect House and pool to spend some quality time as a family: We will definitely be going back.

Owner's reply: Thank You ! We try to keep the property to the standard we would expect and love it as our home. We hope all our guests love it as much as us. We are always also interested to hear feedback from clients so that we can make all our guest experiences as easy and enjoyable as possible.

“Perfect place to relax and recharge”

Reviewed 13 Aug 2012

The house has been beautifully restored and has a fantastic french but modern feel. The swimming pool is huge and has all the accessories you need for you and your kids to have a good time. When we arrived the cupboards were well stocked to get us started. The village of Tuchan is remote, 40 minutes from perpignan, but it has a very good grocery shop bakery and wine cave. The market takes place most days and the range of stalls vary. There is only a couple of restaurants but the surrounding villages have some very good eateries. The local wine and fresh vegetables are worth the trip. Make sure to visit everything mentioned on the houses page it is an area of endless beauty. A car is a must. Overall the holiday was perfect for our group of 4 adults and 4 kids under 7 pure relaxation. Will be returning soon.

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