|Bonnes Saisons||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||3||Daybed creating two full size singles sleeping 2|
Three bedroom beautifully converted gîte by the lake, in a village setting - sleeps up to 8.
Welcome to Bonnes Saisons our lovingly created gîte by the swimming lake on the edge of the charming village of Puivert. Everything is in easy reach of the house which is just a few minutes’ walk from 3 restaurants, the café which also acts as the village dépôt de pain and basic épicerie and of course our highly acclaimed and award-winning Brasserie du Quercorb, whose range of artisan beers can be purchased from its shop or enjoyed at the bar.
The house sits completely secluded by a high hedge surrounding it, with the whole of the ground floor remodelled and renovated to a very high standard, into a private, completely self -contained space with its own entrance. Each of the 3 en suite bedrooms provide a king size bed and has its own pretty patio accessed by french windows, leading out into the garden where you can relax with a coffee at the beginning of the day, or perhaps with a drink at the end of it. All bathrooms are fully tiled with luxury walk-in showers.
The largest bedroom also has a very comfortable daybed that converts into 2 full size singles and can accommodate 2 children (or adults). We can also provide a cot for a baby/toddler if you don’t have your own travelcot (please chat to us about this and any other specific needs when you book).
The kitchen is well equipped (hob, oven, fridge, microwave, toaster) and opens out beyond the breakfast bar into the living space with settees and armchairs to relax in. There is a separate dining area that comfortably seats 8 people. Guests are more than welcome to use the garden and outdoor table and seating, as well as use the bbq.
The village is a wonderful mixture of history and attractions, the Château de Puivert has been looking down over the village since the 13th century and in the heart of the village near the post office, lies the Musée du Quercorb. Le Lac de Fontclaire is literally a stone’s throw from Bonnes Saisons garden; the manmade beach makes it ideal for swimming and creates a wonderful place for all ages to enjoy, with plenty of shaded areas and barbecue facilities it is an ideal for picnics, or there’s the Buvette serving good food and drink by the lakeside.
Summer is the busiest time of course and the village can double in numbers, creating a great atmosphere, as locals and holidaymakers alike enjoy Puiverts lively Marché Nocturne every Wednesday evening through July and August. Plus, there’s the annual lakeside firework display which is very well known in the region and is a real ‘must see’ event if you are holidaying at the time, which is typically around the middle to end of July.
From early spring until late autumn, no matter what their levels of ability or experience, this area is a walkers and cyclists paradise. As well as several recognized walking and hiking routes, Puivert is on both the national GR7 and GR36 ‘Sentier Cathare’ routes, the latter taking in all the prominent Cathar castles and points of interest. There are also some exceptional mountain bike and road cycling circuits to be found in the locality (including some used in the Tour de France if you are feeling particularly adventurous!).
You are more than welcome to bring your own bikes, or we can put you in touch with a local cycle hire company who will deliver your bikes to our door.
If snow is more your thing, Bonnes Saisons can be available during the winter and is only a short drive from the nearest ski resorts of Camurac and slightly further Ax-les-Thermes, or Chioula for cross country skiing. These areas are good to visit in the summer too and the lift at Ax-les-Thermes is open to walkers.
Fully fitted modern kitchen, with induction hob, full size oven, extracter, fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle etc. Crockery and cutlery for 8 plus people, plenty of pots, pans and cooking utensils.
Complete laundry and ironing facilities available.
The morning room serves as the breakfast and dining area, seating 8-10 people comfortably.
There's a large, comfortable living area with a couple of big leather sofas and armchairs to relax in.
We have 3 en suite rooms, there are 2 doubles, each having a south facing aspect with french doors out onto its own patio area with a bistro table and chairs. It's a sunny spot with pretty views of the foothills of the Pyrenees. Both double rooms are furnished with a king size comfy double bed, with bedside tables and lamps, wardrobe, dressing table and full length mirror, as well as a suitcase rack should you need one.
The family room is the third en suite bedroom, sleeping up to 4 people. This is a bigger room again with french doors leading out to its own south facing patio area with a bistro table and chairs. Again this room is furnished with a king size comfy double bed and a separate day bed, which we can make up into two full sized single beds for you if required which really do give a good nights sleep. There is also a wardrobe, dressing table, bedside tables with lamps and a full length mirror, as well as a suitcase rack,
Each bedroom has its own en suite bathroom. They all offer a luxury Italian walk-in shower, wc and vanity unit with a big, well-lit mirror and heated towel rail.
There is gas central heating throughout if required, plus additional electric fires if needed during the warmer months.
There's a small flat screen tv with dvd player and a selection of dvds, wi-fi, plus loads of boardgames and books.
Guests have full use of the garden, besides the bedroom patios, there are a couple of sun loungers and an area with a big table that again easily seats eight which is ideal for eating outside if you wish, plus there is a bbq which you are more than welcome to use.
The gîte has it's own private off road parking for a number of cars.
With 2 double bedrooms and a family room all en suite, the gîte and can accommodate 8 people plus at least one infant.
It is also all on one level with no stairs and no steps to speak of, ideal for both children or those with limited mobility, making it suitable for families, couples or groups travelling together.
We can help you with a bit of local knowledge as to what's on when and where to go for certain things, as well as organising and booking bike hire, trips and restaurants etc.
We’re happy to arrange for some basic groceries before your arrival if you wish, just let us know in advance.
Like so many, we fell in love with France, the people and their way of life over many holidays. Both working away in everyday normal jobs in the UK, we felt we had at least one great adventure left in our lives and so gave everything up, bought our house, found an architect and spent over 18 months converting and renovating our gîte to make it a place that we hope will feel like your home from home while you have a great holiday.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||We wanted the best of all world's, beautiful weather in the summer, snow in the winter, lots of things to do, wonderful countryside and the spectacular Pyrenees to explore (plus we're also only about 90 minutes from some fantastic coastal towns).
As to the village of Puivert, it has a certain kind of magic that you can't quite put your finger on, many people who come here say the same when they return, some return quite often and others simply end up staying!
It gives us all those things we were looking for, plus the magic and the people here being lovely were added bonuses! On a more practical level, we are in striking distance of three good airports, Toulouse, Perpignan and the closest, Carcassonne. We have had family, friends and guests visit using all of them and the routes from each to here are good and straightforward.
Oh and did we mention the food and the wine?
|Unique benefits of property||Bonnes Saisons is in a peaceful village location but there's so much to do and see nearby. There are places to eat and drink if you decide you don't want to go far or fend for yourselves, yet it has has everything you need should you just want to stay in of an evening and do your own thing.
The gîte and garden are very safe if you have young children and everything is on one level, making easy access for little ones and anyone with restricted mobility.
Puiverts swimming lake is literally a couple of minutes walk and you don't even have to go on a road to get to it, the French love to swim outdoors and the lake was created specifically for this, including lifeguards during the season, a beach, amenities and somewhere to eat of course.
We wanted guests to be able to enjoy great facilities during their stay, the bedrooms all have very comfortable kingsize beds and have ensuites with walk-in showers and besides a fully fitted kitchen, plenty of room to relax.
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Carcassonne and its historic cité is just over an hour’s drive away and is the second most visited tourist site in France after Paris. It has been inhabited in one form or another since Neolithic times and the Cité de Carcassonne, a medieval fortress, was restored by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in 1853 and gives an extraordinary sense of what it was once like. It is an enjoyable day out, lots of things to see and plenty of places to eat and drink but be aware that it can get very busy in the height of the season.
There are a good number of markets worth visiting locally, the one in the 13th century town of Mirepoix is certainly one. Having one of the finest surviving arcaded markets in France, it provides a lovely backdrop as you wander from stall to stall with the vendors encouraging you to sample all the different produce before you buy. And like many towns in the region, Mirepoix has a large choice of restaurants around the central square to tempt you for lunch once you have finished browsing and made your purchases!
We are also just an hour and a half from the Balearic Sea (Mediterranean), so can recommend taking a day trip to one of the lovely beaches or seaside resorts such as Gruissan, Leucate, Canet-en-Rousillon and our favourite, the beautiful Collioure, to enjoy a complete change of scenery whilst you are here.
If you enjoy the water,from canoeing, kayaking and white water rafting and the even greater extremes of hydrospeeding or canyoning, then you'll find what you want at Quillan and Axat. Staying with the daring theme, there is the high ropes course in the forests at Belesta or caving around Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet
Whatever your level of ability or experience, there really is somewhere for everyone in the area. From major recognised national routes, to simple but enjoyable local circuits, this region is incredibly popular for both pursuits.
If you fancy a duty-free shopping spree, it’s well worth taking a day out to visit the tax haven and world’s only co-principality of Andorra which is only two hours’ drive away - but don’t forget your passport!