Gite for holiday let in Languedoc

3km from Villautou, Aude, Languedoc Roussillon Reference: RA005019 Advertiser since: 11 October 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Belcaire Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1

About this property

Polfages where the Mountains meet the Sea. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Belcaire is made up of a well equipped kitchen and dining area leading through to a comfortable lounge. The lounge leads onto the terrace and bbq area, where you live the alfresco lifestyle whilst relaxing with the stunning views. You can access the garden and pool from the terrace.

Upstairs there are 2 spacious bed rooms with access to the bathroom with walk in shower. Both bedrooms can be arranged with either 2 single beds or a super king size bed, you my maximum flexibility and a great night's sleep.

There is access to wi-fi and English tv channels so you can stay in touch with the world should you so desire.

These are some of the reviews from some of our guests who have stayed in our gite Belcaire:

James stayed in September 2016
The gites at Polfages are a great place to relax and unwind. This is our second year, choosing this time to stay in Mazamet (the largest). The views from the gite and pool are stunning and the properties are all equally well finished. Andrew and Jo do a great job of looking after you and have started doing great pizzas to order on those nights where the BBQ seems too much effort. The property is great if you have dogs as you can walk straight off the end of the garden and go for as long or short as you like through fields of corn and sunflowers. The location is nice a rural with silence in abundance yet Mirepoix is only 15mins away and Bram, Castelnaudary, Montbel (Lake) and Carcassonne not much further away. No doubt we will be back.

Beverley stayed in July 2016
We arrived at 12.30 p.m. after a long journey from Paris, but we were still greeted with a warm welcome by our host Andrew, the owner of Polfages. We had pre-ordered a meal and this was ready for us even at such a late hour. This was a gastronomic feast, consisting of baguettes, fruit, wine, juice and chocolate mousse. Our gite was immaculate and the decor attractive and to a very high standard. The view from the pool was over looking fields of sunflowers with the Pyrenees as a backdrop. I felt like a celebrity sunning myself my the pool with a view to die for. Jo, Andrews wife was so kind and couldn't do enough to help us. She even managed to get a stain out of my white capri pants. And this lovely couple even offered to babysit the children so we could have a night to our self. During our time at Villiatou we visited the beautiful beach at Narbonne le Page and several stunning historic cities, including Mirepoix, Carcassonne and Narbonne le Cite. I can highly recommend Polfages to other families looking for a wonderful holiday. I would rate it higher than any other holiday we have had! But I would rather keep this slice of heaven to myself incase it is fully booked next year! We will be booking early to avoid disappointment!

David stayed in May 2016
This was our second stay at Polfages Gites Complex and we were not disappointed. Jo and Andrew (the owners) made us very welcome. We stayed in the same gite as last year and it everywhere seemed fresh and inviting. There is a kitchen diner and a lounge area divided by the staircase to the bedrooms (all en suite). All the decor throughout fresh and modern with a farmhouse feel. Eggs from the chucks and a bottle of rose in the fridge on arrival were the little extras that were appreciated. Wonderfully situated with stunning views from the Gites and access to local roads and motorways. I celebrated a memorable birthday evening with wonderful food provided by the hosts. Not sure if that is a regular feature lol but the food was exceptional and greatly appreciated by myself and other guests. I can highly recommend Polfages and will hopefully go again soon

Kerry stayed in September 2015
We were so impressed with Polfages when we visited in 2014 that we decided to return again this year. Improvements had been made around the pool with a lovely seating area along with more sunbeds, and the view was just as spectacular as before. We stayed in Belcaire again with other members of our family having Mazamet which was great with the adjoining door. The accommodation is very clean and well equipped & all 10 of us had a fantastic week. Andrew & Jo really couldn't do enough for us; they are so welcoming and nothing is too much trouble for them. I'm sure we'll be returning in 2016.

James stayed in August 2015
We stayed in Belclaire with our two dogs for two weeks and had a lovely time. The gite is great, well equipped and there is plenty of space both inside and out. The shared pool was a welcome relief from the sunshine and never got busy as there are a maximum of three gites sharing it. Andrew, Jo and Jasmine (plus Rufus an Carmen) make you feel very welcome from the off. There are plenty of walks which can be taken right from the door step which is great especially if you have dogs - we headed out in the early morning and late evening to avoid the heat! There is plenty to do in the surrounding area including visiting Mirepoix, Carcassonne, Bram and Lac Montbel the latter being a large lake which you can walk around or paddle across. The canals at Bram and Castelnaudary are accessible and shaded for another nice walk. And there is a seafood restaurant on the Canal in Bram which is definitely recommended. Good wine can be purchased from Domaine Le Fort en-route to Carcassonne - they also have a stall at the market in Mirepoix. If you happen to be there on Bastille Day then make sure you travel to Carcassonne for he amazing fireworks around 1030pm. A few restaurant recommendations in Mirepoix: Chez Paps - Best cassoulet we tasted Restaurant Llobet - Great steak and whole baked fish Le Commerce - simple tasty french food and menu in a lovely courtyard garden Cafe Castignolles - not so good with average at best food! We had a great two weeks and would recommend to anyone. Thanks Heather and James



Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Open plan

Living rooms

Open plan

Bedrooms

Belcaire has 2 bedrooms that offer our guests either large super kingsize beds or 2 singles. The rooms are large, spacious and well furnished and allow plenty of room to spread out in.

Bathrooms

Belcaire has one bathroom with a large walk in shower

Heating

Wood burning stove

Entertainment

Satellite tv, dvd

Garden and outside

The terrace leads onto a large garden and pool area with easy access to the countryside by just walking to the end of the garden and then out into the rolling countryside

Parking and garages

There is plenty of parking outside the gites

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: Clinique Vétérinaire de l'Olivette Adresse : 54 Rue de l'Olivette, 09500 Mirepoix Téléphone :05 61 69 22 42

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Mirepoix
Distance: 11 km

Cycling

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Polfages is surrounded by beautiful countryside and there our guest are able to walk free anywhere in the area

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: We are only 20 minutes for the vineyards for the Languedoc and all that these up and coming wines offer, 20 km
Distance: 15 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Andrew Frith

We have spent 20 years helping to running holiday cottages in the UK and holidaying in gites in France. We want to offer you in Polfages the chance to enjoy the best standards found in English country cottages with the life style that can only be found in the South of France. With a location we fell in love with, it really is one of the most relaxing and beautiful places we have ever seen.

Year property purchased 2014
Why this location? Polfages is somewhere that my family and I think of as truly special. Every time I walk the dogs or just sitting and take in the views I realise how lucky we are.

From the views that stretch away into the forever distance to the clean pure air that comes from the stunning Pyrenees. Taking the in the silence of the countryside to watching the hawks spiraling upwards into the clear blue sky.

Polfages really is where the mountains meet the sea and there is a world of things to do in between to suit everyone. At Polfages you really are able to have the best of all worlds. From sitting by the pool relaxing with stunning views and tranquility while recharging your batteries to being able to visit some of the most historic sites, towns and castles in all of France. Learn about the history of the Cathars and how the Canal du Midi was built joining the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. If you would like to include mountains activities in your holiday then the Pyrenees are only 45 minutes.
Unique benefits of property Polfages is an idyllic location for your holiday. Situated overlooking rolling hills with views over to the Montagne Noir on one side and the Pyrenees on the other. It offers a holiday that can be both relaxing and action packed. Polfages is ideal if you just want to sit by the pool and relax taking in the stunning views or if you want to make the most of you time in the region. With the beach just over an hour away and the mountains the same you can truly get the best of both types of holiday.

The Owner Recommends

Mirepoix

The medieval town of Mirepoix is only 15 minutes away and offer not only the largest market in the region on Monday mornings it also gives a beautiful backdrop to relax and take in the French lifestyle

City Of Carrcasonne

The first signs of settlement in this region have been dated to about 3500 BC, but the hill site of Carsac – a Celtic place-name that has been retained at other sites in the south – became an important trading place in the 6th century BC. The Volcae Tectosages fortified the oppidum.[citation needed]

The folk etymology – involving a châtelaine named Carcas, a ruse ending a siege and the joyous ringing of bells ("Carcas sona") – though memorialized in a neo-Gothic sculpture of Mme. Carcas on a column near the Narbonne Gate, is of modern invention. The name can be derived as an augmentative of the name Carcas.

Carcassonne became strategically identified when Romans fortified the hilltop around 100 BC and eventually made the colonia of Julia Carsaco, later Carcasum (by the process of swapping consonants known as metathesis). The main part of the lower courses of the northern ramparts dates from Gallo-Roman times. In 462 the Romans officially ceded Septimania to the Visigothic king Theodoric II who had held Carcassonne since 453; he built more fortifications at Carcassonne, which was a frontier post on the northern marches: traces of them still stand. Theodoric is thought to have begun the predecessor of the basilica that is now dedicated to Saint Nazaire. In 508 the Visigoths successfully foiled attacks by the Frankish king Clovis. Saracens from Barcelona took Carcassonne in 725, but King Pepin the Short (Pépin le Bref) drove them away in 759-60; though he took most of the south of France, he was unable to penetrate the impregnable fortress of Carcassonne.

Ax-les-Thermes

A beautiful town situated in the Pyrenees. It is a spar town offering visitors the chance to bath in the hot waters of the natural spars that feed the town. 15 minutes further on is the local ski resort where you can enjoy many summer alpine sports.