House for holiday let in Languedoc

Azille (32km from Carcassonne), Aude, Languedoc Roussillon Reference: RA003811 Advertiser since: 17 September 2014
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Les Eolides 2* - House can be split as Apartment/Studio Self Catering Saturday 3 8 2 Extra: single folding bed (2m), folding cot

About this property

Character, Sunny Garden, Terraces, Well-Equipped. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

The House (for up to 8 + baby) can be let as a whole - £800 or split into entirely self-contained, first floor Apartment - £400 (for up to 4) and ground floor Studio - £200 (for up to 2 + baby) - each has its own entrance.  This is particularly suitable for 2 families on holiday together or, perhaps, a family travelling with grandparents.
 
The Apartment or Studio may be booked separately.
 
A changeover day is required by this website.  As this may restrict travel, whenever possible, the changeover day will be flexible.
 
Please, contact the owner, if you require further details.
 
At the heart of friendly, sunny Azille, in the Languedoc Roussillon region of France, this former, 19th century, wine producer's property has been sympathetically refurbished and well-equipped to offer comfortable, holiday gite accommodation.
 
Languedoc Roussillon has everything for your holiday in France.  It is also the country's largest, wine-producing department and Azille, at the centre of the Minervois wine area, is the perfect base from which to explore the region and its amazing history. North, south, east, west - each point of the compass leads to new discoveries.  Activities abound - swimming, cycling, walking, kayaking, horse riding, fishing, wind surfing, archery, painting ........
 
Self catering on a Languedoc Holiday means plenty of opportunities to taste local life in street markets, shops and restaurants.

Year-round, there are local events at which holiday visitors are very welcome.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

House:
Units hand-built by local craftsman
Washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, induction hob, fridge-freezer, oven, cooking utensils, tableware, kettle, toaster

Apartment:
Mini kitchen
Induction hob, microwave/grill, fridge, cooking utensils, tableware, kettle, toaster.

Studio:
Units hand-built by local craftsman
Washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, induction hob, fridge-freezer, oven, cooking utensils, tableware, kettle, toaster

Living rooms

House:
Soft seating on daybeds
Stone, open fireplace
Glazed, double doors to garden
Window to covered, private terrace from dining area

Apartment:
Soft seating on daybeds
Glazed doors to private terraces

Studio:
Soft seating on daybeds
Stone, open fireplace
Glazed, double doors to garden
Window to covered, private terrace from dining area

Bedrooms

House:
Large, double, leather bedstead, wardrobe, chest of drawers, dressing table, window to garden
3 x single (2m) daybeds
Single (2m) bed, wardrobe, storage, window to garden, door to terrace/stairs
Double bed, wardrobe, basin, storage, 2x Velux

Apartment:
Large, double, leather bedstead, wardrobe, chest of drawers, dressing table, window to garden
Single (2m) bed, wardrobe, storage, window to garden, door to terrace/stairs
Single daybed (2m)

Studio:
2 x daybeds, wardrobe

Bathrooms

House:
1st floor, walk-in rainshower, 2-pin socket, hairdryer, wc
Ground floor, step-in shower, 2-pin socket, hairdryer, wc

Apartment:
Walk-in rainshower, 2-pin socket, hairdryer, wc

Studio:
Step-in shower, 2-pin socket, hairdryer, wc

Entertainment

Books, boardgames

Garden and outside

Unusually, for a French, village house, the property has a garden for communal use and several, private terraces.

Bbq and sunloungers on upper terraces

Bbq and sunloungers on ground level.

Parking and garages

Street parking is available nearby.

Visitor suitability

No smoking or pets permitted inside or outside the property

House (£800) - for up to 8 + one baby

Apartment (£400) - for up to 4

Studio (£200) - for up to 2 + one baby

Dependent upon level of mobility, the Studio or the ground floor of the House may be wheelchair accessible but there are no specific aids/supports for reduced mobility. There are small height variations in doorsills and garden.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Rieux-Minervois + frequent markets in Azille + nearby villages.
Distance: 6 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 13 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Zander/Sandre/Sander
Name of nearest fishing location: Lac de Jouarres, Azille
Distance: 4 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Ranch El Condor, Pepieux + La Ferme de Bragos, Laredorte
Distance: 4 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 4 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Route du Minervois

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Le Chemin Vert

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Chateau Guery, Azille + Domaine Parra, Azille

About the Owner/Advertiser, Ms Dinah Swinton

Since purchasing, I have restored the house from its sad condition. My vision was to create and share a base, from which to explore and enjoy the traditional, French lifestyle.

Year property purchased 1979
Why this location? It's perfectly placed: for historic, UNESCO sites; for endless, Mediterranean beaches; for spectacular mountains; for local, fun-filled festivals; for delicious food; for wine exploration; for friendly natives and, of course, for wonderful weather!
Unique benefits of property Its flexibility - the whole house can accommodate up to 8 people + baby (

The Owner Recommends

1. La Cite de Carcassonne

A World Heritage UNESCO site, not to be missed! 25 minutes west of Azille, this is a living, historic city with fairytale turrets atop massive fortifications! Wander the narrow, cobbled streets, visit the castle at the city centre and tour the ramparts, stop for refreshment in cafes and bars, dine in restaurants as the sun sets. Kate Mosse set her book trilogy in Carcassonne and the surrounding Cathar region. Dan Browne, also, set "The Da Vinci Code" in this area.

2. The Mediterranean Sea

Famous and loved throughout the world! 30 minutes east of Azille, empty beaches of golden sand stretch for kilometres along the fringe of the Mediterranean Sea where, although resorts and fishing villages abound, it is still possible to find a secluded corner to lay your towel.

3. Canal du Midi and the River Aude

Another World Heritage UNESCO site! Only 10 minutes south of Azille, constructed in the 1600s, using male and female local labour, the Canal du Midi links the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea via a series of amazing locks and bridges. You can stroll, cycle or cruise along its length (cycle and boat hire available in Laredorte, Homps and other canalside villages). Take a picnic or stop at the waterside bars, cafes and restaurants. The River Aude gives its name to the Department, its source is in the Pyrenees, the frontier between France and Spain. Kayaking is great fun on the River Aude, starting from the base in Puicheric for just an hour or up to a full day, stopping for a picnic on the banks.

4. La Cite de Minerve and La Curiosite de Lauriole

Perched on a rocky outcrop, another living, fortified city! 25 minutes north of Azille, in the foothills of the Montagne Noire and inhabited since prehistoric times, through the centuries, rivers have cut deep, deep gorges around La Cite de Minerve and, also, through a former river bend, creating a massive tunnel through which you can walk, along the old river bed. For refreshment, try one (or more) of the unusual flavours of home-made ice cream, available in their parlour. Later, perhaps, dine in a restaurant, overlooking the gorge. On the way to La Cite de Minerve, on the left, you will pass by a huge, flat rock, known as the Table of the Black Prince, where he and his army stopped for lunch, on their way home from the Crusades. On the right, you will pass La Curiosite de Lauriole - it's hard to spot, usually only identifiable by other Curiosite seekers, but worth stopping to investigate and a bottle of water is recommended! Intrigued?

5. Fetes d'Ete

Summer festivals! Cities, towns, villages, all celebrate summer with concerts, feasts and other events - from the very young to the very old, all are welcome! The Fete d'Azille takes place over the first or second weekend of August. Some villages have a specific day each week of summer on which they stage special events.