|The Railway Cottage at Montazels||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1||Sofa bed for 2 people|
This charming, authentic railway cottage is nestled in the hillside between the medieval village of Montazels and the lively market town of Espéraza in the beautiful Aude Valley in the sought-after south-west of France.
Within easy walking distance of Espéraza's shops, restaurants, cafés, bars and famous markets, and enjoying a huge, sunny, un-overlooked garden with stunning views over the foothills of the Pyrenees and up towards the pretty hilltop village of Rennes-le-Château, it is perfectly situated for a relaxing holiday in the beautiful Aude Valley – a hidden gem in the South of France which enjoys an average of 300 days of sun per year!
Inside, the cottage offers a fully equipped kitchen/diner, 1 double bedroom (with king-size bed), 1 twin room, a family bathroom with bath and shower, and a spacious, sunny lounge with a wood burner, sofa-bed, tv/dvd player, wi-fi, iPod doc and patio doors leading out to a large, secluded terrace, ideal for al fresco dining. A further shady terrace is equipped with a bbq. The large 1/2 acre garden, which contains a beautiful fig tree and its own original well, enjoys the sun all day, and yet offers plenty of natural shade if desired, as well as a hammock to relax and read in! From the garden there are stunning views to Rennes-le-Château and over open countryside. It really is a perfect haven to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and climate that this area has to offer.
Family kitchen which can seat up to six people.
Comfy living room with sofa bed and fireplace.
1 bedroom with king-size bed.
1 bedroom with 2 single beds.
Family bathroom with shower bath.
Tv, dvd player, hi-fi, internet.
1/2 acre vast garden with spectacular views.
Car park up to 2 cars.
French professional who has lived in the UK for 15 years. Fell in love with the region after a house exchange
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||300 days of sun per year, close to Spain (2 hrs), close to the sea (1h), on the foothills of the Pyrenees with lakes and great hiking trails - what is more to say?|
|Unique benefits of property||Very practical, all on the same floor, beautiful large garden with great scenery and on the outskirts of the village to do your shopping on foot!|
If you're looking for a treat, maybe on your last night, then it has to be the famous La Cour des Ducs restaurant in the Château des Ducs de Joyeuse hotel in nearby Couiza, a short 5 minute drive/taxi or 30 minute walk away. For a slightly less exclusive experience, there are many good restaurants within walking distance in Espéraza, and other excellent options in nearby Quillan or Limoux. One of our personal favourites is Asily – a small and friendly Vietnamese restaurant in Quillan where you can watch your food being cooked as you enjoy a freshly made cocktail. Tripadvisor provide a useful guide to the best restaurants in both Quillan and Limoux.
Espéraza is famous within the region for its day and night-time markets. At its popular Sunday market, you will not only be able to buy fresh regional specialities such as blanquette, goats cheese and wild boar; you will also get caught up in the carnivalesque atmosphere provided by the buskers and dancers while enjoying a coffee or a beer on one of the local café terraces. In fact, Aude specialises in markets, and there are many markets in the region that offer a chance to sample the French way of life. Most markets offer fresh food, hand-made crafts and various other artefacts and treasures such as clothes, jewellery, etc. Markets normally start around 9am in the morning and finish shortly after midday. A useful list of local markets is provided here.
Aude is also famous for its beautiful lakes, and one of the most memorable is the Lac de la Vène at Bugarach, which is about a 30-minute drive from the Railway Cottage. In fact, it is often said that the best swimming in the South of France is actually to be found in the region's rivers and lakes, rather than in its famous beaches.