|Gite Corbières||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1||Strict maximum of 2 people|
The cottage is stone built and within the outline of the original village walls. The stone walls keep the building cool in the summer.
On-street parking is nearby.
The kitchen has a full sized electric cooker, washing machine, dish washer, microwave, coffee-machine, toaster and kettle.
The ground floor is the living/dining/kitchen area. There is a large sofa, dining table etc.
The first floor is the bedroom with a standard (140cm) double bed, chest of drawers, built-in wardrobe and storage space for luggage.
The washroom is off the bedroom and has a loo, basin and shower. There's an electric towel rail.
Wood burning stove is good for the winter, otherwise there are individual electric convectors. Heating is not needed except in winter.
Tv and cd stereo system (with Mp3/iPod input). Wi-fi is included - this is a decent 20Mb/s connection which is not shared with anyone else.
Small, private, walled courtyard.
On-street free car parking.
If you are infirm or have a mobility problem, the stairs could be a problem.
We're an English couple who have lived in the village for 10 years and wouldn't live anywhere else. We speak English and French and know the places to visit, where to find a good restaurant, where the best markets are etc.
|Year property purchased||2008|
|Why this location?||Why the Corbières? Climate, pace of life, good food and excellent wine. The summer is packed with events and there are plenty of things to see and do.
• The two UNESCO World Heritage sites - the Mediaeval City of Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi
• Carcassonne Festival
• Two of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (The Most Beautiful Villages Of France) - Lagrasse with its mediaeval Abbey and Minerve in the Canyon de la Cesse
• The Mediterranean coast with its long sandy beaches
• Limoux for its sparkling wines – reputed to be the father of Champagne
• Andorra and the Pyrenees
• The castles of the Cathars
• The African Wildlife Park at Sigean
• Wine tasting along the Route des vins
• Walking, cycling/canoeing/kayaking - local hire available
• Carcassonne and Narbonne: both offering traditional town centre and market shopping together with out of town hypermarkets
|Unique benefits of property||Situated in the centre of the Corbières village of Moux the gite is ideal for a couple. The accommodation is approximately 46m² on two floors: on the ground floor is the living room/kitchen and upstairs is the bedroom with en-suite shower room. There is electric heating and a wood-burning stove, stereo, TV and DVD player and WiFi. Outside there is a completely private courtyard with barbecue. On-street parking is nearby.
Moux is a working village and its main business is wine. There is a convenience store, bar/café/restaurant, post office, pharmacy and a doctor’s surgery in the village as well as several wine producers including the cave cooperative. In the nearby town of Lézignan Corbières there are supermarkets, shops, bars, banks and a market every Wednesday.
This has to be the number 1 must visit. It is classified by UNESCO as World Heritage. A quick search of the internet will quickly show you why.
The second of the local UNESCO World Heritage sites. Dating from the 17th century, the canal connects the Garonne River to the Étang de Thau on the Mediterranean and along with the 193 km (120 mi) long Canal de Garonne forms the Canal des Deux Mers, joining the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. The canal runs from the city of Toulouse down to the Étang de Thau near the Mediterranean.
You can take a guided trip from the centre of Carcassonne or take advantage of the tow-paths to walk it or cycle it. There's generally plenty of "action" at the various locks as tourists demonstrate their boat handling "skills".
The village that saw the demise of the Cathars in the 13th century. When you see the position of the village on the Canyon of the river Cesse you will understand why it was such a good spot to defend.
Les Halles - Fantastic market with fantastic restaurants. A good lunch time stop off on the way to the beach at Narbonne Plage.
About a 40 minute drive into the cooler part of the region and you're in Limoux. Again, plenty of good places to eat and the local sparkling wine is excellent and cheap.
The Gite was in a very dark place, needed lights on all the time. Could not park near by, everything had to be carried from village car park, including wood for fire. Nothing supplied except half a loo roll, poor cleaning materials. A simple but adequate Gite but if used to UK holiday homes you need to take all the basics as there was only salt in the cupboard. The area had plentiful places to eat out and nice places to visit
Thank you for your comments, we're sorry you were not completely satisfied. We feel our description and photographs give an honest and accurate impression of the property. To address the points raised: small houses in these villages were built to stay cool in summer and the high walls of the courtyard guarantee privacy. In view of this, all the bulbs in the Gite are bright LEDs to keep your costs down. There is parking about 50m away, and unloading can be carried out in the small square practically outside the door. Cleaning materials supplied included cream cleaner, multipurpose cleaner, ceramic hob cream, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing machine products together with a vacuum cleaner, broom, dustpan and brush and a bucket and floor mop. What was missing?
Used to UK holiday homes? The Gite culture is quite different in France and people don't expect or want any basics. For this reason we supply our UK guests with bed linen, towels etc. and advise them to shop before they arrive. It was unfortunate that during your stay, the village bar/café was between tenants but the village shop was open every day and there is a large market town 5 miles away with all amenities.