|Chez Magali||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||3|
Chez Magali is a country house which sleeps 6 people in one double and two twin bedrooms (plus cot). It is situated about 100 yards from the River Aude.
You enter by the lane, into your lockable parking lot. You walk to the house across the patio, with shrubs and bushes on either side. To your left is the grassed garden for sitting-out or for children’s play. Entering the porch, you have the downstairs wc on your right, and the large living-room ahead of you.
The living-room comprises the well-equipped kitchen, the dining table nearby and the spacious lounge area. The kitchen has a large fridge, dish-washer, washing-machine, double sink, good work surfaces and all the necessary utensils and equipment. The dining table under its chandelier seats six people with ease.
The lounge area has a tv receiving UK programmes, dvd player with dvds, and many books in English. Relax in the comfortable settees.
The house has wi-fi, internet access.
Upstairs, the double bedroom has en suite shower and basin. One of the two twin bedrooms leads on to a balcony looking towards the river. Here there is the main bathroom with bath and shower; and a separate wc.
The kitchen forms part of the open-plan living room on the ground floor. It has a dishwasher, washing machine, double sink, fridge, microwave, good work surfaces, ample cupboard space, as well as the usual utensils and equipment – kettle, toaster etc. It is a very convenient, ‘workable’, well-lit kitchen. Its window looks west over the fields. There is a second washing-machine in an outhouse.
Next to the kitchen is the dining table which seats six people with ease. It is lit by a chandelier. Since the kitchen and dining table are so close, it is easy to serve meals across the kitchen ‘bar’. The kitchen is well equipped with pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. There is ‘buffet’ for storage on the other side of the living room.
Outside on the patio there is a portable barbecue and dining table. Both are well used. The patio has external lighting in the evenings.
The living area forms part of the open-plan room on the ground floor. It has comfortable settees, nice lighting, elegant décor, bookshelves with many books in English. The television receives UK programmes. The house has wifi, internet access. There is a dvd player with several dvds, mainly for children on those rare wet days. Windows look south towards the Corbières hills.
Stairs take you up to the first floor. Standing on the landing, you have the ‘blue’ twin bedroom on your left and the double bedroom beyond it. Both bedrooms look south towards the hills. The double bedroom has a four-poster bed and en suite shower and wash basin. To your right is the second twin bedroom from which a door leads out to the long balcony looking towards the river. The main bathroom and separate wc are next to this bedroom.
The main bathroom has a bath and shower unit, wash basin with large mirror. Next to it is the separate wc.
The en suite shower room adjoins the double bedroom. There is a second separate wc on the ground floor, off the porch.
Chez Magali is not centrally heated. However, the electric heaters are adequate for the purpose and are easily controlled. The shape of the house – the large open plan living-room with bedrooms above – makes it easy to keep it warm. There are fans in the bedrooms.
There is a television in the living-room together with a dvd player with dvds and a cassette player with cassettes. The television receives UK programmes. The house has wi-fi, internet access. Many books in English to suit all tastes.
You have a private parking area with a lockable gate. As you approach the house itself, you cross the patio with its seating, loungers, dining-table with overhead lighting. There is a portable barbecue. The patio has colourful bushes and shrubs on both sides. Adjacent is the grassed garden which is good for sitting out or for children’s play. The balcony from the second twin bedroom overlooks the patio and the parking area towards the river.
You have your own private parking area, protected by a lockable gate. Parking is only a few yards from the house.
Access from the parking area to the house is flat. The stairs (which, you will notice, are elegant and beautifully constructed) are as easy as you could expect, certainly not steep or difficult.
Chez Magali is the smallest third part of a long two-storey building. The middle house we keep for ourselves, but we shall not be there during your stay at Chez Magali. At the far end is La Florette, the biggest ‘third’, which may be let while you are at Chez Magali. That house faces the opposite direction from yours, it has its own entrance, its own parking area, its own grounds. Most people staying at Chez Magali never set eyes on the people at La Florette – the copious bushes and shrubs between the two and their different orientations make sure of that. However, the arrangement is good for security which must always be a serious consideration.
We are a domestic concern, not a commercial company. Our processes are therefore very simple. We trust our visitors to look after the property as we try to look after them. My wife, Alexis, and I have worked in the social services. I am retired. Alexis heads the England and Wales national enquiry into the sexual abuse of children. Chris Jay.
|Year property purchased||1995|
|Why this location?||We chose Floure for several reasons. It is close to Carcassonne, one of Europe’s most spectacular landmarks and a great centre for cultural, sporting, shopping and leisure activities. Floure is close to the Canal du Midi where you can take boat trips or simply walk or cycle along the tow-path. Motorway access to the coast or Toulouse is only 3 miles away. To the north you have the Montagne Noire and the Corbières hills to the south, with the Minervois plain in between. And you have beautiful weather.
For a larger group (up to 16 people) we can let Chez Magali with a neighbouring house, La Florette, providing access to the swimming-pool and other facilities.
|Unique benefits of property||Chez Magali is a recent renovation where we retained many of its original features including the 'pierre apparente' walls and the beamed ceiling. It is 100 yards or so from the river Aude. For convenience, we created the large 'open-plan' room on the ground floor which contains the living area, the dining table and the well-equipped kitchen. The double bedroom has a four-poster and en suite shower. Another bedroom has a balcony looking towards the river. Chez Magali attracts many 'returnees' annually, so book early!|
To the north.
Minerve. (N.E). Begun in the 10th. century on a Roman site. Spectacular.
Lastours. 4 castles on one rocky outcrop. A bracing walk.
Cabrespine. Limousis. Gigantic caves.
Caunes-Minervois. Fortified village. Abbey & hermitage. 16th.C. houses.
Montagne Noire. Fine scenery. Picturesque villages. Good walking.
Castres. Cathedral and Goya museum. Beautiful river frontage.
Albi. Wonderful red town. T-Lautrec museum. Brick cathedral masterpiece.
St. Pons. (N.E.) Centre of the National Park. 12th. century minster.
Canal du Midi. Pleasant walks along the tow-path or private boat hire.
To the west.
Montolieu. A village full of book-shops, antique and modern.
Saissac. Fine hill-side setting. Large feudal fortress.
Castelnaudary. Lake with pleasure boats. Old mill.
Mirepoix. Beautiful central square. Good market. Remarkable church.
Lakes at Ganguise, and three to the east of Revel in the Montagne Noire.
To the south.
Limoux. Interesting and picturesque town. Home of Blanquette wine.
St. Hilaire. Benedictine abbey. Son et Lumière in the summer.
Alet les Bains. Medieval village with old houses, ramparts. Like a film set.
Chalabre. (W. of Limoux). Medieval village with castle. Montbel lake.
Espéraza. Dinosaur and hat museums.
Rennes le Château. Mysterious, eerie. Visigoth capital. Odd shops. Views.
Cathar castles at Lapradelle, Peyrepertuse, Quéribus by the D117.
Gorges on the road to Axat and to the north of St. Paul de Fenouillèdes.
Corbières. Wild country to be explored.
To the east.
Lagrasse in the Corbières. Beautiful medieval village. Abbey, palace.
Douzens. Museum of birds, reptiles, insects, shells, butterflies, minerals etc.
Homps. Lake with walks around its banks.
Lézignan. Attractive town. Good Wednesday morning market.
Fontfroide. Medieval monastery. 13th. century cloisters. Rose gardens.
Narbonne. Astonishing cathedral.