Luxury gite to let 2-4 persons nr Carcassone - RA004733

Ferran (29km from Carcassonne), Aude, Languedoc Roussillon Reference: RA004733 Advertiser since: 4 April 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Paradis des Papillons Self Catering Saturday 2 4 2

About this property

Tranquil Luxury Gite 2-4 Persons, Views of Pyrenees. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Paradis Des Papillons is a newly refurbished, luxury gite near to Carcassonne sleeping 2 - 4 people. It is a short drive from Carcassonne airport and nearby motorways but is located in a quiet and secluded hill top village with views to the Pyrenees and Black Mountains.  

Our gite sleeps up to 4 people. There are 2 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, one of which is en suite.
A welcome pack of fresh French bread, butter and local, organic eggs and bottle of wine produced in this area will be waiting for you on your arrival.  
There is a Gite handbook with information on what to see and where to eat in the area and a selection of novels, local guide books and dvds for you to use. A baby cot and highchair are also available. We have 2 bikes, with a lock, for you to explore the stunning surrounding countryside.
The English owners live next door and are on-hand to assist guests. We can also help you in your search for your ideal property in this beautiful area and can arrange vineyard tours with opportunities to sample and buy the wonderful range of wines produced here.
Paradis des Papillons is in an ancient hill top village with spectacular views of the Pyrenees and Black Mountains. Situated in the heart of the Malepere wine producing and the historic Cathar area, the gite is in a former vigneron's (wine maker's) barn, tastefully renovated with exposed beams and is an ideal location for a peaceful and tranquil holiday.
The principal tourist sites are all close by including:

- Carcassone and the medieval walled town La Cite and the Canal du Midi - both UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Limoux - the longest running carnival in the world and it's famous Blanquette
- Castelnaudary - the capital of the regional dish Cassoulet
- The Cathar castles especially the majestic Peyrepertus and Queribux
- Natural Thermal Spas - Rennes les Bains and Ax Les Thermes
- The High Valley of the Aude - Rennes Le Chateau and its legends
- The historic town of Mirepoix with its magnificent medieval covered walkways and markets
- Numerous walks and cultural activities all nearby
- The Mediterranean beaches are 1.5 hours away and the ski stations of the Pyrenees are 1 hour away.

Here's what some of our guests have to say about their stay at Paradis des Papillons:

We had a wonderful stay at Paradis de Papillons. Sue and Andy are welcoming, helpful and provide first class accommodation. The gite has everything you require to enjoy your stay and the outside space, gardens and location are excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

This gite has everything - if you designed it yourself, this is what you'd come up with. Well equipped kitchen and spacious seating/dining area. Your hosts will provide quality wines if you wish, and there is a wealth of information on local places of interest. The garden is the jewel - beautiful roses, and buddleia which attracts butterflies by the score - just sit and watch them with a glass or two.

Beautiful gite, clean and well equipped, garden roses had a wonderful fragrance. Owners Andy and Sue could not have been more friendly and accommodating, would certainly recommend a visit.

We had a lovely 8 nights in Paradis des Papillons. The Gite was very well presented - even down to a very welcome bottle of wine and some bread/eggs. Will certainly stay here again if in this part of France.

Sue and Andy have really excelled with this Gite. The standard of accomodation is superb and everthing works and they even include sharp knives! Anyone who regularly stays in self catering accomodation knows some of the minor gripes: applicances not working; blunt knives -this is not so here! Everything works and works well and well thoughtout! Thank you. The rose garden is a haven of peace, calm and tranquility. Finally, the location is great. The roads are easy to access and use and facilities nearby as and when you need them. Most likely to return in the future!

Lovely secluded location in stunning countryside but conveniently close to Carcassonne and its airport, the gite has two large double bedrooms, one en-suite, is scrupulously clean and extremely well-equipped. It has been recently renovated to a really high-standard, has private parking and lovely gardens which are a great suntrap!

Park your car on the hard standing, enter through the little wooden gate into the rose garden, the scent will greet you and butterflies will rise up from the roses in a way to say welcome every time you came home, cross the sun deck with seating and loungers and plenty of shade if you need it, up some wide steps to the patio aria of this one story, two bedroom modern Gite, large lounge and dinning area with a nicely appointed kitchen. Paradis des Papillions is in a small hamlet of about fifty people. called "Ferran" situated on a small rise over looking a very wide valley. You can see vineyards, corn fields, and sunflowers, like butter on croissants, in the distant can be made out the Cathare's strong hold of Montsegur high in the foot hills, beyond that you see the jagged peaks of the Pyrenees mountains, to the left is the city of Carcassonne and the black mountains. Your adventure starts here.
Our preferred changeover day is Saturday but we can be flexible so please contact us to ask. The property is available from 16.00 on the day of arrival and we ask you to vacate by 10.00 on the day of departure. Again, we can be flexible, depending on other bookings, so please contact us to ask if you have a different requirement for arrival/departure times.

This is a no smoking and pet free property.



Kitchen and dining

There is a fully equipped luxury kitchen with dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge, microwave, hob and cooker and a comprehensive range of built in kitchen units. In the dining area there are exposed beams and a dining table for 4 people. A highchair can be provided if required.

Living rooms

The gite comprises a very large living room with exposed beams containing a comfortable sofa, coffee table and fireside chairs,TV with access to British TV provided by satellite and French channels. The gite is centrally heated with electric radiators and there is also a wood burning stove for cosy nights in. There is a DVD player and some DVDs and free wi-fi.


There are two double bedrooms, both with exposed beams, and plenty of storage space, bedside tables, wardrobes etc. Fans and hairdryers are provided. We supply high quality bed linen, including vintage linen sheets sourced in local markets. We can also supply a baby cot if required.


There are two stunning bathrooms with walk in showers and heated towel rails. One bathroom is en suite. We supply luxury large bath towels and bathrobes.


There is electric central heating throughout and a wood burning stove for cosy nights in.


There is an extensive library of books and some DVDs for guest use. We also have 2 bicycles available for guests.

Garden and outside

Outside in the totally private garden there are 2 sunny terraces for dining and sunbathing, a charcoal barbecue and a large, secluded fully landscaped garden with mature trees and views of the Pyrenees. We provide sunbeds, parasols, a dining table and chairs and a bistro table and chairs on the balcony which is the perfect spot for morning coffee or an evening drink whilst watching the sun going down.The property has private off road parking.

Parking and garages

Private, off road parking which leads directly into the landscaped garden and path to the property.

Visitor suitability

This property is suitable for persons with reduced mobility. The accommodation is on one level. Please note there are wide steps with hand rails to enter the property. Please contact us to discuss individual requirements.

Information about any additional facilities

Wine tours to local vineyards to taste and buy wines can be arranged by request. We can also supply you with a selection of local wines, hand picked by us - the wines not the grapes!! - from our favourite local wine Chateau that you will not be able to buy anywhere else.

Here's what our guests say about their stay at Paradis des Papillons:

The house is in a small village with stunning surrounding scenery; tranquil and completely relaxing. Everything is beautifully presented and the owners are extremely helpful whilst at the same time 'separate'; the house and garden feel very private. We spent a very comfortable week here and would love to return.

Beautiful and furnished to high standard. The owners have taken thought and care into creating a welcoming and inviting holiday gite which very quickly felt like home. The hamlets sits on a small hill overlooking vineyards and fields of sunflowers is perfectly situated to discover so much that this beautiful part of France offers.


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Name and address of nearest golf course: Carcassonne
Distance: 25 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km


Name of nearest resort: Mont D'Olmes
Distance: 35 km

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Domaine Gayda
Distance: 5 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Susan Griffiths

Sue and Andy moved to the South of France in 2013. Since then we have been busy renovating our home, creating a garden and restoring the barn, which was used to make wine, into a luxury holiday gite. We love the peace and tranquillity of life in rural France and never tire of the breath taking views of the Pyrenees and vineyards which are literally on our doorstep. We enjoy cycling, walking and growing our own fruit and vegetables and the odd glass or two of the local wine occasionally!

Year property purchased 2013
Why this location? Peaceful, rural location with stunning countryside and mountain views yet only 20 minutes from the medieval walled city of Carcassonne with its airport and motorway access. The Languedoc boasts two World Heritage Sites - Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi and is the real, authentic South of France, largely undiscovered by tourists. We are close to the Mediterranean Coast and the ski slopes.
Unique benefits of property We have created a holiday property that we would be happy to stay in ourselves! The accommodation has been designed to provide everything you would want including bath robes, luxury towels, fully fitted kitchen, (dishwasher, cooker and hob, microwave, washer/dryer), books, comprehensive information pack and English television and wifi. Outside there is a beautifully landscaped, private garden with mature trees, views of the Pyrenees and barbecue, sun loungers,table and chairs for morning coffee on the balcony and dining table and chairs with parasol for eating al fresco in the garden. The property also has its own off road parking at the end of the garden. The gite is detached and totally private. We live next door and are always happy to help with any questions or suggestions of where to go/what to see & do and where to eat. There are two bicycles for guests to use and we can arrange wine tours to local vineyards to try and buy wines. Welcome bottle of wine & grocery pack on arrival.

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Things to Do

Our area is steeped in historical places to explore including:The historic city of Carcassonne (La Cite) which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is 25 minutes away with its fantastic architecture including the world famous château, open air amphitheatre, cobbled streets and visitor attractions,lively bars, restaurants and shops. Carcassonne also has a beautiful man-made beach by a lakeside.The historic town of Fanjeaux, which is famous for its persecution of the Cathars in the thirteenth century, is 10 minutes away. Perched up high on the hillside with its narrow streets the village has a stunning view of the Montagne Noir, and the Pyrenees Mountains and a weekly Saturday morning organic market. The Canal du Midi, which is also a World Heritage site and dates back to the 1600s. It is a great place to walk or cycle along or even to take a leisurely afternoon cruise for a couple of hours. This is ten minutes away.Within reach of our Gîte are the world famous, historic Cathar castles some of which are restored and some of which are ruins and almost all are open to the public. This link provides further details of what is available nearby.Limoux which hosts the longest running carnival in the world is 20 minutes away. It has numerous restaurants, cafes in little squares and is the home of Blanquette - the original Champagne made locally by monks in the 16th century. Toulouse is one hour away. This is the home of Airbus and is a lively town with an excellent range of shops, museums, art galleries as well as restaurants.We are 1 hour from the Mediterranean coast which has many small fishing ports, places to sunbathe, swim and enjoy fresh seafood.There are several natural thermal spa baths nearby - Rennes Le Bains and Ax les Thermes to relax, enjoy the mineral waters and have a massage.

7 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.9
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.3
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.8 / 10 Pam Rivers Holland 24 January, 2019

On the edge of a tiny quaint village,I stayed at Paradis des Papillons with a friend in August. We each had a lovely bedroom with en suite facility and balcony in one, and separate shower room and toilet for the other. Both bedrooms were very pleasant and the double beds extremely comfortable. The living room and kitchen were equipped to a high standard, everything one might need to enjoy a peaceful holiday. We sat out on the terraces and enjoyed local food and the lovely wine produced from the surrounding vineyards, accompanied by birdsong and the perfume of the beautiful roses in the garden. Andy and Sue were the perfect welcoming hosts, not intrusive, but always available to offer a wealth of knowledge and information about the surrounding area and it's treasures. I hope to return very soon

Owner response

Thank you for leaving us this great review. We are always happy to hear that we have equipped the gite to a standard which our guests enjoy and appreciate. You are right, it is very peaceful here and with the lovely landscaped and private garden, Paradis des Papillons is the perfect place to relax and just be. We are blessed with an amazing array of locally produced food and wines here and are delighted that you got to sample some of these. We are looking forward to welcoming you back very soon.

Sue and Andy

10 / 10 David Shovel 24 January, 2019

The Gite is exceptional in every way; décor, facilities, location, nothing has been overlooked. Sue and Andy are the perfect hosts, live just next door and are ready to offer any advice or assistance you may require. The village of Ferran is beautifully situated, surrounded by stunning views of the Pyrenees and sprawling vineyards... I highly recommend the local wine-tasting! Great for those who enjoy walking through open fields and taking in nature. Local shops, restaurants and visitor attractions are within easy reach. I highly recommend 'Paradis de Papillon' if you want to get away from it all and have an authentic experience of rural France... I'll be back!

Owner response

Thank you for your great review David! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Paradis des Papillons and that you found the gite to be to your liking. We have tried to create a place to stay on holiday that we ourselves would like to stay in so it is nice to hear that we have done a good job in this respect! You are right - Ferran is in a beautiful location and we are very lucky to be able to live here and enjoy the spectacular views and tranquillity of this wonderful and unspoilt part of France. We look forward to seeing you again soon for some more wine tasting!

Sue and Andy

10 / 10 Debbie_22, 23 January, 2019

Paradis de Papillions is a great gite which has everything and if you had designed it yourself, this is what you'd come up with. The kitchen is really well equipped kitchen and has everything you need. There is a light and airy spacious seating/dining room and Sue and Andy leave you a bottle of local wine to welcome you and get your holiday off to a great start! They will also provide you with great quality local wines if you wish, and there is a wealth of information on local places of interest to visit in their gite handbook. For me the garden is the best part of it all - it has beautiful roses, and buddleia which attracts so many different species of butterflies. It is a perfect and private haven from which to relax, unwind and enjoy a glass or two with a barbecue. We really enjoyed our stay and can't wait to come back!

Owner response

Thank you for leaving us this great review! We are really happy that you had such a good holiday withe us and that you enjoyed the lovely private garden. There are plenty more superb local wines to discover and we look forward to sharing some of these with you when you come back to see us!

Sue and Andy

10 / 10 Alice T 23 January, 2019

You really must visit the beautiful south of France because it is fab-u-lous! I highly recommend you book this incredible gite in this brilliant location close to Carcassonne. The owners, Andy and Sue ensure that you receive the warmest of welcomes to their wonderful gite which is of the highest quality. They have put a lot of thought, inspiration and genius common sense into creating their gite and the result is a wonderful little haven that has everything that you could possibly ask for. The gite is located in an idyllic village amongst the vineyards and is as an excellent base for exploring this part of southern France. Lots to explore - medieval castles and market towns, the Mediterranean coast and magnificent Pyrenees. Sue has created the most excellent information folder that covers everything you could possibly want to know for your stay. Our holiday here was just perfect and we can't wait to come back.

Owner response

Thank you so much for this glowing review Alice! It was a pleasure to meet you and your partner and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and were able to unwind and relax. It is great to know that we have provided all that our guests want to make their stay with us comfortable and that you enjoyed exploring this wonderful and unspoiled corner of Southern France. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

Sue and Andy