|17 Rue des Faubourgs||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2|
A delightful 3 bedroomed character house set within its own private courtyard. The property is situated in Villenueve Minervois, an authentic village typical of the region with its shady boulevards, plane trees and 2 very good restaurants. The property is ideal if you enjoy all things local and a sense of independence; from markets, wine tasting and local delicacies to mountain walks and relatively undiscovered remote villages. However, it will also suit those who require a more focused stay as well-know attractions such as Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi are within a short drive. The property provides a cool haven in the summer but also has a fantastic wood burning stove and central heating providing a good all year round base to enjoy activities from walking in the spring, to Bastille Day and the enchanting Christmas market in Carcassonne. A beautiful boutique property that has extra touches, such as The White Company linen, to make your stay as luxurious as possible.
The well-equipped kitchen leads directly into an open plan and spacious dining and sitting area.
The large living room is furnished with 2 sofas and chairs providing a perfect space in which to relax with a glass or 2 of the wonderful local wine. There is a 26'' tv and dvd player for those who wish to dip into the 60+ dvds library.
There are 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom which is on the top floor opens directly onto a small private veranda, perfect for that first cup of coffee in the morning. Adjoining the master bedroom is a private bathroom and a study area. On the first floor there are 2 further bedrooms. Both double rooms the first, which has a double bed also has its own dressing room. The final bedroom has 2 single beds.
There are toilets on all 3 floors. On the first floor there is a shower and on the top floor there is a large bathroom with both shower and bath.
There is electric central heating throughout the property. In addition there is a large wood-burning stove in the dining/kitchen area.
There is a large selection of dvds (over 60) and books in the property.
The property has a large and totally private courtyard with a tiled patio/seating area and separate bbq area. The area is surfaced with pea-shingle
The nearest parking is about 1 minute's walk to the top of the street which has dedicated parking for 6 vehicles. The main municipal car park s only a further 3 minute's walk.
The spiral staircase means that the property is not suitable for elderly or disabled people who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs. We welcome pet owners and the private courtyard provides a perfect and secure area for dogs to be outside
A long-term love of France and some 30 years of dragging family and friends around every corner of this intoxicating land led to the inevitable journey to the south west and our home in Villeneuve Minervois. This still unspoilt corner of France offers everything from lofty mountains to sandy beaches, haute cuisine to the humble cassoulet. Our house is also our home for as much of the year as our working lives in London will allow. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||Situated just 20 mins drive from Carcassonne, 10 mins from Canal Du Midi and nestled at the foot of the Black Mountains the village provides a perfect base from which to explore the wonderful Minervois. In the heart of 'Cathar country' the region is steeped in history and boasts wonderful regional French cuisine. For the more adventurous the lofty Pyrenees are only 1 hour's drive as is the ski resort Ax-les-Thermes. All in all the region is one of the most diverse and interesting in France which makes the fact that it is still relatively unknown quite amazing.|
|Unique benefits of property||Delightful 3 bedroomed character house only 20 mins drive from Carcassonne, 10 mins from Canal Du Midi & 45 mins to the coast. Set within its own private courtyard, the property is situated in Villenueve Minervois, an authentic village typical of the region with its shady boulevards, plane trees and 2 very good restaurants. A perfect setting for those who enjoy all things local and a sense of independence; from exploring markets, wine tasting and local delicacies to mountain walks and relatively undiscovered remote villages. However, it will also suit those who require a more focused stay as well-know attractions such as Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi are within a short drive. The property provides a cool haven in the summer but also has a fantastic wood burning stove and central heating providing a good all year round base.|
Within the village there are 2 very good restaurants (one an auberge serving local dishes and the other which is a more suited to fine dining). Other amenities include a boulangerie, butchers and small Spar shop. There is also a chemist and post office. The village is famous for "la Truffe" and in the winter colourful markets are organised to celebrate (and sell) all things related. You can visit the local museum, Maison de la Truffe (Truffle House) within the village all-year-round. Also don't miss out on a visit to Le Moulin (a working windmill) which is a 15 minute stroll from the house. In the surrounding area the numerous areas of historic, scenic and cultural interest are easily reached by car. There are the famous Cathar fortresses of Chateaux de Lastours and Queribus. However, the biggest attraction in the area is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Carcassonne. Carcassonne is the largest walled city in Europe, the fascinating 'La Cite', where at least in the story, the heroic Chatelaine defied the siege of Charlemagne. Despite its fairytale appearance, Carcassonne has all of the conveniences of a modern city. To cool down in the summer there are lakeside beaches and a forestry acrobatic park at Lac de Lay Cavayere. Both popular with families. If you fancy visiting some of the caves for which the region is well-known, head for the Grotte de Limousis or Cabrespine. For those that don't mind a longer drive there is a wonderful tourist train Rivesaltes to Axat which takes you through dramatic and beautiful scenery. For the more adventurous there are lots of activities such as gorge walking, whitewater rafting and kayaking. The village of Caunes Minervois, famous for its red marble and Benedictine Abbey, is less than 15 minutes drive away, where there is a wider selection of shops and dining options.