|Domaine du Sault||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1||None|
Ground floor independent gite with stunning views and close to Lagrasse
The property is aimed at couples and those seeking peace and quiet with quality accommodation, furnishings and equipment. Though as stated the property can accommodate four people but we offer DISCOUNTS for couples. There are absolutely NO additional charges and 'end of stay', cleaning is included.
The gite comprises the ground-floor part of a converted winery on a working wine Domaine set in 3 acres on a Cobieres mountainside. It has stunning views, gardens, a small wine-producing vineyard and pine forest and a paddock. It is peacefully situated on the Domaine, away from the roads, but with easy access to nearby Thezan village, Carcassonne, Cathar castles, medieval Lagrasse, Narbonne, Perpignan and the Mediterranean beaches and etangs; even the ski slopes of the Pyrenees. Log burning stove and background heating makes it suitable for off-season lets.
The interior features original stonewalling, open plan dining area, well equipped American-style kitchen, and lounge with patio doors leading to furnished patio area. Tastefully furnished with period and modern furniture it has a romantic double bedroom, and a second bedroom which can accommodate 2 further guests. The gite has its own independent road access which assures guests’ privacy.
Guests are invited to share the superb in-ground pool, [11 x 5.5 metres], which enjoys the sun for the whole day! It is also thermostatically heated [28 degrees], which benefits those wishing to take holidays outside the normal spring/summer seasons. The water treatment is by the latest saline methods, which leaves the skin feeling so much nicer and avoids all the unpleasant effects of standard chlorination. It is of constant 1.5 metre depth and has Roman steps for ease of access. The pool also offers magnificent views across the surrounding countryside.
Views from the house and gardens extend across the vineyards and valley to the distant hills, chateaux and mountains.
All of the grounds are available for use. Within the pine forest is a shaded arbour for picnics or meals. Behind the house the unoccupied hillsides and forests cater for the more energetic walkers.
The accommodation is not suitable for children or pets and is non-smoking. We offer discounts for 'couples'.
The open plan kitchen is well equipped with, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, washing machine, toaster, mixer, waffle maker, sea food utensils, grinder, electric kettle, large oven.
The associated dining area is furnished with quality wood pieces seats six people and is lit by an antique chandelier, dimmable for ambience
The living area contains flat screen tv receiving both Uk and french channels, 2 double seater settees with foot stools, DVD player, cd player. It has panoramic vies through patio doors leading to the furnished patio area
Two bedrooms one with double bed and a single bed convertible to double bed. Both have antique French wardrobes and there is a balat overhead canopy. Both have electric heaters
One bathroom with shower. There is also a hairdryer electric heater.
Electric radiators to bathroom and bedrooms and woodburner in lounge.
There is a library of books and collection of dvds
There is also a collection of board games.
A cd player
There is a seating area outside the gite with table and chairs. There is also a modern gas-fired barbecue and a paella burner is available on request.
There are many walks around the gite.
There is shared use of our large heated salt water pool.
Parking is available to the side of the gite.
The gite is not suitable for children under 10 years of age.
Sadly we cannot accommodate wheelchair users.
We do not allow pets.
Following our careers in Government service both in the UK and Brussels Mike and I had always dreamed of retirement in France which we have now been enjoying for the last 13 years. We loved our life in the UK and lived in Essex before we came here. My passion was breeding and showing my cats and both of us were auction addicts in both the UK and Brussels. We came here on holiday and made up our minds we wanted to live here in the Aude. I also paint and many of my works are displayed in the gite
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||We had been coming to the area on holiday for quite a few years before purchasing the house. We decided just to have a look round. This was the first and only house we saw and we fell in love with it. We did not want to be in a village but did not want to be too isolated. The views from the house are amazing. The domaine is a working domaine but it is peaceful and we really only see anyone around when the vines are being worked on or harvested. The house is in two separate halves with completely separate access to each. We live upstairs and for us this worked well. When friends come to stay they are totally independent. We also use downstairs for entertaining during the off season months. We love the fact that the house in only a quick shoot down the motorway to the Spanish border. Close to Carcassonne and Narbonne and of course, it is in the beautiful Corbieres which we adore.|
|Unique benefits of property||The gite is ideally situated it is peaceful in open countryside. It stands on a hillside in approx 2 1/2 acres of grounds comprising gardens, forest, vines and a paddock. We are between Carcassonne and Narbonne and less than an hour away from Spain. The gite enjoys stunning views and there are many walks right on your doorstep. The beach is close as are the mountains and there are some nice restaurants including LesVieux Puits which is a 3 star Michelin restaurant in the next village. The best thing about being here for us is there is so much to see all within 30 mins drive. The Cathar Castles are not to be missed and you can see one Castle and the remains of another from the gite. I am also fond of cooking and entertaining and use the gite for this during the winter months so the kitchen in the gite is very well equipped. The heated salt-water pool is shared but only myself and my husband use it when we have time!|
There is a Wednesday market in Lezignan, Saturday market in Carcassonne and Lagrasse, Thursday market in Narbonne, Tuesday market in Olonzac all of which are an easy drive away. .Our favourite at medieval and picturesque Mirepoix on a Monday is an hour away but worth it for the beauty of the setting where it is held and the amazing things that can be bought there.
Narbonne, Carcassonne and the coast have every kind of restaurant and we can certainly recommend a few! Locally we have Le Vieux Puits which is a three star Michelin Restaurant. At Villeseque you will find the Places des Marches which has been mentioned in the Guardian and the owner has also appeared at the Ludlow Food Festival a number of times. Th Auberge du Jardin at Conilhac is another of our favourite quality retaurants. There are restaurants in Lagrasse and we have some good village restaurants locally to be discovered.
We are spoilt for choice. Leucate Plage has a real old fashioned feel about it. We go in the late morning, have a Sangria in the beach bar, then dine on Moules and frites followed by a dip in the sea and then sleep it all off in the sun. Gruissan has the amazing Chalets on stilts, oyster restaurants, lively village with many restaurants worth exploring. These are just two examples of the many different beaches close by. The sand quality and cleanliness are outstanding.
Rennes-le-Chateau is a scenic drive away. It will take you an hour to get there and you could also pay a visit to Rennes Les Bains to dip your toe into the hot springs. If you have read The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail it could be for you. Rennes-le-Château is a castle in small hilltop village in Southern France that is at the centre of many conspiracy theories. Some say that priest Bérenger Saunière discovered buried treasure in the 19 th century, but there are many conflicting theories and stories about what exactly transpired in this area filled with beautiful scenery etched with deep river canyons.
A 15 minute drive away is the Abbaye de Fonte Froide. Set in a valley and has it's own vine cave, shop and restaurant. The guided tour on a hot day around the cool dark Abbaye is a welcome break. The rose garden in May is beautiful. During the summer it is possible to visit at night. They also hold concerts in the Abbaye during the summer.
The old Cite of Carcassonne should not be missed. We always recommend that visitors go early. Every July the Festival of Carcassonne is held and such stars as Elton John, Tom Jones, Diana Ross and James Blunt have appeared there. The Cite many souvenir shops and restaurants.
Peyrepertuse (the most imposing), Aguilar, Termes, Puilaurens, Quéribus, Montségur and Puivert are among the most important. Soaring yet massive, the remains of these fortresses, perched at more than 700 metres of altitude, seem to be poised on their rocky spurs or to surge from the very rock itself, while their crenellated walls give an impression of unyielding strength. All amazing and only an easy drive from the gite.
All the wine tasting experiences right on your doorstep or you may wish to go on one of the wine tasting tours on offer locally.
Lagrasse is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Visit it's Abbey or the little market held on a Saturday in the medieval marketplace. In July there is a week long piano festival. Lagrasse has restaurants, antiques, pottery shops, a designer dress shop and jewellery shop. Why not finish off visit with a cool glass of rose on the Promenade.
The Réserve Africaine is a 300-hectare (740-acre) zoo that opened in 1974 in Sigean, south France (Languedoc-Roussillon), in France.
The zoo is home to some 3 800 animals representing about 160 species. 30 mins drive from the gite.
Set off to one of the most popular destinations in Languedoc-Roussillon. Discover the history of the vineyards, wine and gastronomy over the centuries. From the Gallo-Roman villa to the medieval tavern, you will be taken back in time to understand what everyday life was like in these different periods. You'll follow the evolution of wine consumption and see the different wine-making processes, all in a spectacular decor 80m below the ground. This former gypsum mine is the perfect setting for both historical reconstructions and displaying objects related to wine-making, but above all it is an exceptional wine warehouse known for ageing the finest wines of the Rocbère wine cellars.