|La Chapelle||Self Catering||Flexible||1||3||1||Sofabed|
La Chapelle is perfect for a romantic getaway and ideally placed in a walkers and cyclists paradise. Set in a truly beautiful location this newly refurbished gite is on the ground floor of a former forge.
A short drive to the market town of Quillan in the Aude valley it is conveniently located only 45 mins from Carcassonne airport and situated in the heart of Cathar castle country.
Wander into Brenac village to pick up your morning croissants from the visiting boulanger, relax with a bottle of locally produced wine or visit the areas many attractions, whatever your choice the owners Simon and Martina will endeavour to make your stay unforgettably special.
Arrival day is flexible.
Airports.......Carcassonne 45 mins
Perpignan 90 mins
Toulouse 2 hrs
Beziers 2 hrs
Train...........Quillan 7 kms
Fully equipped kitchen (oven, hob, fridge, freezer, kettle, coffee-maker etc) with breakfast bar. Separate dining area.
Open plan with sofa, coffee-table etc.
Features an antique carved Spanish double bed.
En suite walk-in shower room.
Log fire and electric heaters.
Free wi-fi. Tv and dvd player.
Adjacent private country garden with seating and barbecue facilities.
Free private off road parking available.
Early retired hospitality manager
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||Rural Southern France|
|Unique benefits of property||Views|
Visit Carcassonne which remains the most popular monument in Southern France, the reconstructed medieval citadel is a must-see. Cathar castles abound with Montsegur the most famous as the heretics last stand in this dramatic location. See the stunning town of Mirepoix and enjoy a relaxed lunch in the medieval square or visit La Grotte de Niaux where the fantastic prehistoric cave art is still open to the public. Discover the secrets of Rennes-le-Chateau and search for the hidden treasure undiscovered for 100 years…..will you be the one to unearth the hoard ? The Sunday market at nearby Esperaza draws in people from miles around to savour the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic French experience. Spain, the Mediterranean, Andorra and the Pyrenees are all within reach….but above all enjoy the endless days of sunshine and warm summer evenings.
Try La Galerie in nearby Quillan, newly refurbished it offers dishes from homemade pizzas to local specialities either a la carte or set menus are available.
The Poulet Bicyclette with seating out over a small fish filled lake is a favorite. In the hills above Saint-Ferriol it also features a 'chicken village' !
On the way to Carcassonne La Taverne a Bacchus in Pieusse comes highly recommended. Situated in the tiny village square you can choose either to sit in or outside under large umbrellas.
The Galamus Gorges are spectacular. Walk down the path to visit the chapel located in a cave. Its on the way to the beach at Perpignan don't miss these views !
Visit the botanical gardens in Limoux for an afternoon of peaceful wandering through the two hectares and 2500 plants in these perfumed gardens.
Let Veronique saddle you up for a trail ride. The stables are only five minutes from the village.
White water rafting and kayaking is on offer all along the river Aude......a good way to cool off on a hot day !
Our favorite is the Green Labyrinth in nearby Nebias......amazing !!
Catch the famous Yellow Train for an unforgettable ride up through the mountains, it's fast downhill all the way back !
Newly opened lake only 6 km away at Quillan has a beach and also pleasant walks with picnicing and all facilities on site, including a restaurant.
La Chappelle is a most comfortable gite set in a quiet and beautiful location on the edge of the village of Brenac.
Simon & Martina, the owners, are most welcoming and very helpful with local information. They will do an initial shop for essentials if asked, which is most helpful. We had many interesting conversations with them during our week's stay.
The village of Brenac is charming and picturesque, set in a valley amongst the hills, but without any shops. The nearest town, Quillan, is in the next valley, about a 10 minute drive, and two good supermarkets are also about 10 minutes away.
The gite itself is clean, roomy and well appointed; comfortable bed, good shower facilities, a well equipped kitchen, dining table and comfortable lounge furniture, with all the extras you might need. There is also a peaceful garden with relaxing chairs to while away any spare time, sipping a nice glass of wine or two! It is a really super place to unwind.
The region around is dramatic, interesting and well worth visiting, with some stunning views of the hilltop castles for which it is famous. Travelling to the south towards the higher parts of the Pyrenees, the countryside becomes more mountainous and spectacular; well worth the drive.
Hi.....thanks very much for a lovely review. We are so glad that you both enjoyed yourselves and appreciated our wonderful surroundings. Hopefully we will see you back here soon in the not too distant future. It was great to meet you both....thanks again. Simon and Martina.
A lovely property in a lovely part of France. Very well situated for walking and the views from the lounge are wonderful. The area is good for birds (Griffon and Egyptian Vultures very near the house, Nightingales singing) and the wild flowers were stunning when we visited in early June - the area has a phenomenal number of orchid species and some are very abundant.
Simon and Martina were great hosts and very helpful during our stay. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the property or the area in general.
Many thanks for the great review. It was a pleasure to have you both to stay and we are glad that you got to see so much flora and fauna......we are indeed very fortunate to live in as you say a lovely part of France. Hope to see you both again soon.
A beautiful gite in a wonderful rural location. Exactly as described with friendly and helpful owners on site. 10 minutes drive to the nearest town with supermarket, but ideally placed for walking and touring this interesting area.
Thank you for your lovely review, we are glad that you had a great time here and hope to see you both again soon.
The Old Forge is a unique holiday property. The property has been renovated to a very high standard and provides everything needed , even a vase of flowers !. Our dog loved it!!!
There is a garden to sit in along with BBQ facilities
Situated in a very small French village , surrounded by mountains an oasis of peace and quiet.
There are no shops, cafes, restaurants in the village , the nearest being about 5 kms drive away.Carrefour and Intermarche supermarkets are about 10 kms and keep everything you may need.
The owners make you very welcome and are willing to offer advice when needed.
This holiday property would suit energetic people who like to walk or explore the surrounding countryside. For the curious there are many interesting towns and cities close by ie Lacours, Carcasson etc. Wine bodegas can be found everywhere so no need to go thirsty!!