|Reve-en-Languedoc||Self Catering||Flexible||4||8||3||1 cot|
A modern villa with 4 double size bedrooms to sleep 8 plus a cot. A large dining room with a table and chairs for 8 plus a high chair. Ample crockery and glassware is provided for more than a modest repas. In mid and high season most meals would probably be taken outside on either of the 2 separate patios each with its own table and chairs.
For outdoor activities there is a large pool and a full size badminton court.
There is a well equipped kitchen with 2 fridges.
Cleaning/towels/linen/bed linen, duvets, a hand towel, bath towel and (pool towel during the pool season) are provided for each guest.
Dishes and utensils
Full range of utensils, pots, pans dishes and bowls etc
Dining area seating for 8 people + 1 baby
The utility room has a large sink with hot and cold water. There is a modern washing machine, iron, ironing board and airer.
Sofa seating around large coffee table.
Flat screen television with UK tv via satellite
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
Bedroom 1 - two single beds arranged as large Austrian Twins to form a double
Bedroom 2 - two single beds arranged as Austrian Twins to form a double
Bedroom 3 - two single beds, side by side
Bedroom 4 - two single beds, + 1 cot
Bedrooms 1 and 2 have en suite shower, wc and washbasins
Bedrooms 3 and 4 share a bathroom with over bath shower, wc and washbasin
Two ensuite shower rooms with wc and wash basins, one bathroom with over bath shower wc and wash basin.
One wc with washbasin
All the heating is provided by electrical convectors. Four cooling fans for summer
Good stock of dvd and music
Television satellite tv
The pool 11.3m x 4m is the latest saltwater technology system with automatic pH monitoring. So no nasty chemicals and stinging eyes. The Roman ended steps and the all round safety edge make it ideal for children or those with limited mobility. Three bikes are provided for guests. There are also badminton racquets and shuttles. The gardens are stocked with many Mediterranean plants and shrubs including pomegranate, grenade and almonds. A kettle bbq is included on the patio.
Large patio with table to seat 8 adults overlooking the pool. This area is on the south side of the house and overlooks the pool, it gets the sun from mid morning to early evening when the sun starts to go down.
On the north side of the house there is also a patio with table and chairs which gives welcome shade at lunchtime and for those who do not particularly like baking their bodies.
There is parking behind gates for 4 or more cars
The property is suitable for those with reduced mobility. One bathroom on the ground floor has a walk-in shower. There are ambulatory steps down to the pool and patio.
There is free internet facilities with a 10mb broadband connection quite suitable for Skype etc.
Dave & Joyce Hoyle are semi-retired and live in the North West of England. We bought this property to use as a holiday home for ourselves, our children and grandchildren and to rent to other lovers of France.<br/>Why Carcassonne area? The transport links to UK are excellent from Carcassonne, Toulouse or Perpignan. The climate is more bearable than Spain
|Year property purchased||2008|
|Why this location?||The house was chosen not just for its location and view of the Pyrenees but also for the ease of access via Carcassonne airport - only 15 mins.
Since buying the house a 11.5m x 4m pool has been installed and the house has been extended to include four bedrooms, two of which have ensuite facilities. Ideal for two families of four.
The house is ideal for those with limited mobility as three of the bedrooms are situated on the ground floor with an en-suite walk in shower for one of them
|Unique benefits of property||The Cabardes area is an up and coming wine growing region and borders the Canal du Midi. Walking or cycling through the local vineyards or along the canal is always a pleasure, or for the more energetic a game of badminton or volleyball on a games pitch in the garden.
The garden includes figs (June to September), pomegranates (October), loquats (June) and almonds (late summer). guests are free to pick when in season.
In the Montagne Noire area, discover the paper-making industry that has been carried on here for four centuries (history, techniques and demonstration of handmade paper making). Hand-made paper making workshop. Workshop sessions (paper and printing), courses, shop. Guided tours take one hour. Open 363 days a year. Picnic area.http://www.moulinapapier.com/
Just 17 kilometres north-west of Carcassonne, perched on a rocky outcrop between the Dure and Alzeau gorges stands Montolieu, village of books. For the past 20 years, all year round, its second-hand and antiquarian bookshops have been welcoming visitors who are keen readers and book lovers. The Museum of Book Arts and Crafts is open throughout the year and offers a fascinating journey through the history of books, from the earliest writing and developments in writing media, right down to the invention of printing.
This has got to be one of the best European safari parks. Over 3800 animals. Created by Paul de La Panouse and Daniel de Monfreid, the Réserve Africaine de Sigean opened its doors to the public on the 8th April 1974.
Over the years, the Réserve Africaine de Sigean has grown, and its herds have more and more members belonging to different European breeding programs (EEP).
The only constraint to assure the success of these programs is to choose species that are capable of adapting to the Languedoc climate characterised by lots of sunshine and winters that aren’t too hard.
Today, nearly 900 mammals, 600 reptiles and 2000 birds are bred at the Réserve Africaine de Sigean. These figures are obviously only an estimation. An inventory of animals living in complete freedom is impossible.
A walk or cycle ride along the Cana du Midi is alway a pleasure. Shelter from the trees in the height of the summer heat makes it particularly relaxing. Easy to access from Ventenac, The the road through Pezens towards Caux et Sauzens. For more activity go to Trebes or Castlenaudray
Plenty of restaurants up here to suit all tastes and pockets. This is probably the largest castle you will ever see. A must for the kids.
Toulouse and aeronautics, a long history! A touristic trail that is unique in the world: step aboard the enthralling world of aeronautics! 3 guided visitor circuits lasting 1h30. AIRBUS DISCOVERY VISIT: Go behind the scenes at a test flight, enjoy an unbeatable view from the viewing platform that overlooks the assembly line of the Airbus A380. PANORAMIC CIRCUIT: Set off on a coach tour with commentary to visit the Airbus sites of Toulouse... “GREEN VISIT “CIRCUIT: A version of the Panoramic Circuit, this presents the eco-friendly credentials of Airbus. These tours can be combined with a visit to the Aeroscopia Museum
This is our third visit to this place of tranquility and relaxation....
Again we would recommend the Castle, Revel, Canal du Midi and Montolieu as accessible places to visit and enjoy. This house is home from home and find it all so relaxing(even watering the plants!!)
Sad to be going back to the UK but rest assured we will be back!!
Thanks Joyce & Dave
Fabia, Paul & Anya, Lindsay, Andrew & Libby
We have stayed at dozens of places in France over the years. This one has got to be rated one of the best if not the best. The advert doesn't do it justice. It's so well equipped you could be at home. The edge of village location was perfect for us, very peaceful and a large secluded swimming pool ideal for skinny dipping if that's your thing.
The owners, Dave & Joyce, provided very detailed information about the house, how to find it, ideas for days out and places to eat. The village of Ventenac-Cabardes is at the centre of the Cabardes wine growing region. The village is very small but does have a shop for bread, milk and wine! There is a large supermarket about 5 or 6 miles away.
There are four double bedrooms each with two single beds and though there was only the two of us for most of the time it still represented good value for money. For a family with children it would be excellent value. Perfect for two families of four.
The only downside was the TV reception was a bit iffy from time to time