|Paradis des Papillons||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2|
Paradis Des Papillons is a newly refurbished (June 2015/2016) 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 two 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.
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.
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.
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.
Outside in the totally private garden there are two sunny terraces for dining and sunbathing, a charcoal barbecue and a large secluded fully landscaped garden with mature trees and views of the Pyrenees. The property has private off road parking.
Private, off road parking which leads directly into the landscaped garden and path to the property.
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.
Wine tours to local vineyards to taste and buy wines can be arranged by request.
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.|
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.