About this listing
Beautifully restored 18th century stone cottage on the peaceful village square. Surrounded by wildflower meadows, mountains & lakes, the wild swimming is a treat. Close to medieval Mirepoix, easy access to Carcassonne, Toulouse & Spain.
In the foothills of the Pyrenees south of Carcassonne, deep in southern France. Open your shutters each morning onto the lovely old square and feel like time has stood still for the past 50 years. Monthly rates available October - March.
We can accommodate up to six people in three stylishly appointed bedrooms, 2 doubles and 1 twin. Ancient beams and stone exposed in thick walls mixed with contemporary, stylish fittings - the mix of old and new is delightful. Dine on the candlelit terrace to the sound of cow bells or in the shadow of the ancient church on the square.
The door from the square leads into the well equipped kitchen and dining room and into the ground floor double bedroom with WC and secret courtyard garden, just big enough for a table for two. The first floor salon leads to the private roof terrace with table and chairs, 2 comfy loungers, and views across the old village churchyard to the fields and hills. The main bathroom with claw foot bath and shower over is on this floor and a further 2 bedrooms on the top floor, a double room and a twin room suitable for children.
A peaceful, intimate retreat for couples or for families and friends. No hidden extra charges, free WiFi, plenty of parking and basket of welcome goodies of home grown and local produce.
Central heating means it's toasty in the winter - some fabulous, family-orientated downhill and cross-country ski resorts around 40mins drive.
Cottage guests are welcome to use the facilities of our B&B next door. Breakfast and dinner are served every day to offer you a break from self catering. Nick is cordon bleu trained - his food has great reviews. We can accommodate special diets including gluten and dairy free, just ask.
Surrounded by wildflower meadows, mountains and lakes, there is fabulous walking, cycling, mountain biking and bird watching, all from the back door. The village has a farm shop selling local produce, tree lined Chalabre is our nearest town, an easy 3km ramble or cycle for cafes, bars and shops.
We offer cyclist friendly accommodation, bike hire is available locally, we have maps to lend and can advise on routes.The water is warm in the lakes in summer, Lac Montbel is 5km, Lac Puivert, 11km where you can swim in the shadow of the mighty Cathar castle and barbeque your purchases from the night market. Carcassonne Plage offers a great alternative to the coast.
Explore ruined Cathar castles on rocky outcrops, Montsegur, Puivert, Perypertuse and Carcassonne are all an easy drive. Visit vineyards, medieval towns and villages, prehistoric caves and farmers markets - Mirepoix is 10 minutes drive and is the best on Monday mornings. The Prehistoric Park, Tarascon, butterfly farm and dinosaur museum are great for kids.
Carcassonne is our nearest airport (60km) an easy drive along roads that are quiet even in August. Toulouse is an hour and 15mins, Perpignan, Montpellier & Barcelona all within 2-3 hours. We are just off the A61 motorway, junction 22 Bram onto the scenic D16, close to Andorra (110km) and the Spanish border, Barcelona 275km. The nearest train station is Limoux (26km).
You have the whole house to yourselves. Additionally, you are welcome to use all the facilities of our B&B next door. As well as your own private roof terrace with table & chairs & 2 comfy loungers, there is a table and chairs outside your front door on the square.
Interaction with Guests
We are on hand to offer advice about the best, and sometimes secret places to visit. We have maps to lend and can help with bike hire, restaurant reservations, etc.
To have a fabulous holiday, enjoy the house and everything this beautiful, unspoilt region of Languedoc has to offer - that's all!