About this listing
South of Carcassonne, in the beautiful Corbière Hills, this one bedroom apartment nestles in the ancient village of Termes, at the foot of one of the most famous castles on the Cathar Trail.
The village is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, which you can explore on waymarked paths. Below the village are the dramatic gorges of Termes, where waterfalls tumble through fantastically sculpted stone into turquoise pools.
The gite is ideal for two but can sleep three. The upper part includes a living room with a convertible sofa, television, and fully-equipped kitchen, which includes a dishwasher, oven, microwave, cafetière, kettle and fridge with a small freezer. The village’s own supply of delicious spring water is on tap.
The bedroom (with extra-long double bed) and bathroom are on the lower level, which is naturally cool in summer. The sofa can also be converted into a small double bed. All rooms have electric radiators, and a fan is provided in hot weather.
A table and chairs outside the front door are ready for breakfast on a sunny morning. And there is a garden on a terrace above the gite, where you can eat your lunch or just relax.
Interaction with Guests
I enjoy welcoming guests, and will be happy to provide maps and any other information they may need about the area.
Termes is centrally placed in the Corbières, and is an ideal base to explore this region.
Close by is the beautiful village of Lagrasse with its restaurants and medieval abbey. A little farther away, you can unwind in the warm healing waters of the pool at the spa town of Rennes-les-Bains, soak up the sun on Mediterranean beaches, scale the dizzying heights of the chateaux of Queribus and Peyrepertuse, or investigate the mysteries of Rennes-le-Chateau.
Guests will need a car, motorbike or bicycle as public transport does not reach the village. You can park lower down in the village or in the visitors' carpark.
Other Things to Note
Termes is just over an hour from Carcassonne airport, and two hours from Toulouse and Montpellier airports. It is also accessible from Perpignan and Girona airport in Spain.
Narbonne rail station (with a connection via Lille to London) is just under an hour away.
The tap water comes from a local spring, and is safe to drink.
Because of the danger of forest fires, please do not light any kind of fire in the garden. If you wish to use a barbeque you are welcome to do so in the courtyard of the main house.
If you smoke, please be very careful to extinguish cigarettes.
Un séjour magnifique dans une région qui ne l'est pas moins. L'accueil de Rosemary et de Mike a été formidable (encore merci pour tout!), le gîte est bien rénové et équipé, très agréable à vivre. Le village de Termes est des plus charmant et très calme. Rosemary nous a été d'un très bon conseil pour découvrir la région. Nous reviendrons sans hésiter!
Nous avons reçu un très bon accueil. La maison correspondait en tout point à nos attentes et était très agréable et le paysage magnifique.
Très bon accueil de Rosemary! Joli gîte très fonctionnel dans un village calme et reposant... Rosemary est une hôte fort agréable qui a su faire de notre séjour un petit moment de détente mémorable! Elle avait même prévu un petit lit pour notre fille de 3 ans qui du coup, était "fan" de "sa maison de vacances"! Merci beaucoup!!!
Nous sommes revenu cette année, c'était encore parfait, encore très chaleureusement accueillis par Rosemary, le petit fromage de chèvre, du jus de fruit et le plateau de fruit nous attendais, toujours aussi gourmand. Rosemary toujours aussi attentionné envers ces voyageurs. Un lit avait été installé pour notre enfant. La région est toujours aussi belle. Nous y reviendrons surement.
We were made very welcome from the moment we arrived. Rosemary came to greet us and advised us on the best place to leave our car.
The accommodation was superb. It was lovely and clean with plenty of utensils and basic cleaning materials.
It was particularly good that the living accommodation was upstairs and the bedroom downstairs. This meant that in the heat the bedroom was much cooler which made sleeping so much easier and was less agreeable for mosquitoes...hence we were not bitten at all.
The area was very quiet but the scenery there is spectacular. The village is idyllic and the people very welcoming and helpful.
Rosemary provides a book with information about markets in nearby towns, and bread/cheese deliveries to the village. She also advised us of local events.
There are a couple of places to eat in the village and the proprietors were very accommodating to our vegetarian/vegan needs.
The area is superb, dramatic, restful. There are places to enjoy nature, historic sites, towns, and the coast is not too far away, where the beaches are of wide golden, fine sand and the sea very pleasant. Not too crowded either.
Driving takes a bit of getting used to..the narrow mountain roads with hairpin bends are a bit scary at first but you get used to them. A car is definitely a must otherwise you would be very stuck.
We both found it a wonderful place to chill out and rest. You really notice the slower more relaxed pace of life compared with hectic, rush, rush Britain.
We would like to thank Rosemary and Mike for making us feel so welcome and for a superb memorable time.
We would both thoroughly recommend it.
We arrived a little later than expected, however Rosemary came to greet us down near the church, without hesitation.
The cottage is absolutely adorable and Rosemary a most helpful hostess I felt very comfortable to ask of her anything I needed and she provided us with a couple of maps to familiarise ourselves with the area. The only thing i regretted was to leave in such a hurry as we had an appointment as I would have loved to share more with her about what we saw and visited..if she will have us I would most definitely return
Att bo i Termes hos Rosemary var mycket trevligt. Rosemary var en trevlig, vänlig och hjälpsam värd. Det började redan innan vår ankomst med de utomordentliga körinstruktionerna för att hitta till byn och lägenheten. Väl i den vackra byn tipsade Rosemary oss om fina fotvandringar och annat av nytta på ett taktfullt sätt. Lägenheten var ren och välutrustad.
Efter att ha spenderat några dagar vid kusten i Collioure var det perfekt för oss att komma upp i bergen och se och uppleva något annat. Missa för allt i världen inte badet vid vattenfallen ett par kilometer från Termes.
Jag kan bara rekommendera denna lägenhet och dess värd. Ett ställe att komma tillbaka till!
About the Host, Rosemary
I work as a writer and teacher of writing.
I love exploring France, and like to travel slowly, stopping to look at old towns and villages and enjoying the ambience and scenery of different areas.
I love reading, and couldn't live without books, paper and pens.
I'm never bored.