Beautiful gite with shared pool to let, Aude - RA006797

1km from Douzens, Aude, Languedoc Roussillon Reference: RA006797 Advertiser since: 9 January 2019
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Alaric Cottage Self Catering Saturday 2 4 2 A childs put-up bed can be added to the twin room

About this property

Beautiful Gite with Pool in Ancient Wine Domaine. . This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Alaric Cottage is our most spacious gite providing 120 square metres of luxurious accommodation and is suitable for up to 4 people (possibly 5 if 3 small children share second bedroom). The ground floor comprises a kitchen/dining room with a separate lounge. Upstairs, via the feature 'Occitan' spiral stairwell, are the master double bedroom with an en suite shower room/wc and a twin bedroom with an en suite shower/bathroom with a wc. Outside is a patio area, with table, chairs and a bbq.

Guests will also be able to enjoy shared communal areas for leisure and relaxation including;

The 14m x 6m swimming pool is located within a secure fenced area, in a secluded walled garden, just beyond the main courtyard. There is also a large sun patio with loungers and small tables plus an area for shade and a shower.

The activities/games barn contains a wealth of local information and maps and a large selection of children's toys and boxed games. In addition, there is a well-stocked library, a table tennis table, a pool table, a dart board and a table football table. There are various table topped wine barrels and chairs which are ideal for soirées and activities.

Place de Barthe (’village’ square) is just beyond the courtyard side gate. Here there are brick built barbecues and seating and tables providing a great ‘al fresco’ space for outside soirées. There is also a giant chess set and a 'covered' full size petanque (French boules) court, laid out within the huge hangar (open barn), so you can enjoy the traditional French pastime out of the summer heat!

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen contains a gas oven/hob, microwave cooker and fridge-freezer and is fully equipped with pots, pans, crockery & cutlery etc for a comfortable self-catering stay.
The large kitchen area is open plan with a round dining table seating for up to 4 persons. Baby equipment is available upon request. Outside is another dining table & 4 chairs and a personal bbq.

Living rooms

The comfortable spacious living area has a sofa and 2 chairs providing seating for up to 4/5 persons. From the lounge, the feature ‘Occitan’ stairwell gives access to the bedrooms.

Bedrooms

There are 2 large upstairs bedrooms in total. The master double bedroom has an en suite shower room with wash basin and toilet and a beautiful view across vineyards towards the river Aude. A further large twin bedroom also has an en suite bathroom with bath (and shower over the bath) with wash basin and toilet.The twin beds can be put together as a ‘super king’ bed if required.

Bathrooms

Each bedroom has its own en suite with a shower or bath/shower, wash basin & toilet as detailed above.

Entertainment

Guests will also be able to enjoy shared communal areas for leisure and relaxation including;

The 14m x 6m swimming pool is located within a secure fenced area, in a secluded walled garden, just beyond the main courtyard. There is also a large sun patio with loungers and small tables plus an area for shade and a shower.

The activities/games barn contains a wealth of local information and maps and a large selection of children's toys and boxed games. In addition, there is a well-stocked library, a table tennis table, a pool table, a dartboard and a table football table. There are various table topped wine barrels and chairs which are ideal for soirées and activities.

Place de Barthe (’village’ square) is just beyond the courtyard side gate. Here there are brick built barbecues and seating and tables providing a great ‘al fresco’ space for outside soirées. There is also a giant chess set and a 'covered' full size petanque (French bowls) court, laid out within the huge hangar.

Garden and outside

Alaric Cottage has outside space with a garden table & 4 chairs overlooking the courtyard.

Parking and garages

Alaric Cottage cars can park at the rear of the property or just outside the entrance gates.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

Activities

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout, Chub, Barbel, Carp, Catfish etc.
Name of nearest fishing location: River Aude
Distance: 0.3 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Route 20

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR36

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: 'Made in Douzens' 5 vignerons
Distance: 1 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Nicole Adams

Domaine de Barthe is owned and run by an English couple, Mark and Nicole Adams, who have lived permanently at the site since February 2005 and have established an idyllic tranquil holiday environment to provide a very comfortable base from which you can explore the region.

Year property purchased 2005
Why this location? Domaine de Barthe is an ancient wine domain located in the Aude valley which joins the Corbiere and Minervois wine regions. It is surrounded by vineyards, yet is only a kilometre away from the villages of Douzens and Blomac and 2km from the larger town of Capendu with many amenities. The domain is set within 2 hectares of its own vines and is a few hundred metres from the river Aude itself. Being only 50 kilometres (35 miles) from the coast, it is in a true Mediterranean climate zone.

There are 4 gites in total within the Domaine, each providing comfortable self-catering accommodation for between 2 - 20 people. The main buildings are set around a large attractive pebbled courtyard entered through a grand ancient gateway. Immediately in front are 2 adjoined gîtes. To either side are ancient barns, one containing the gamesroom. Attached to the right-hand barn is another gite and above the right barn is our 3 bedroom apartment. Each property has its own exclusive outside area.
Unique benefits of property The 14m x 6m swimming pool is located within a secure fenced area, in a secluded walled garden, just beyond the main courtyard. There is also a large sun patio with loungers and small tables plus an area for shade and a shower.

The activities/games barn contains a wealth of local information and maps and a large selection of children's toys and boxed games. In addition, there is a well-stocked library, a table tennis table, a pool table, a dart board and a table football table. There are various table topped wine barrels and chairs which are ideal for soirées and activities.

Place de Barthe ('village' square) is just beyond the courtyard side gate. Here there are brick built barbecues and seating and tables providing a great ‘al fresco’ space for outside soirées. There is also a giant chess set and a 'covered' full size petanque (French bowls) court, laid out within the huge hangar (open barn), so you can enjoy the traditional French pastime out of the summer heat!

The Owner Recommends

Our neighbourhood

The local village (Douzens) is less than 1km away and has everything for your convenience (bakers, small village supermarket and post office). There is an abundance of things to see and do in this beautiful unspoilt region including leisure lakes, a golf course, historic and picturesque villages and plenty of local produce markets.
Situated in the heart of the wine region, we are perfectly placed to explore this unspoilt area. Only 35 miles from the Mediterranean coastline where you can relax on miles of quiet sandy beaches, visit traditional fishing villages, have lunch in a lively marina or wander around the old Roman town of Narbonne where the Canal du Robine runs through the centre.
The area is famous for its Cathar castles and the spectacular mediaeval Cité of Carcassonne which is only a 15 minute drive away, steeped in history and offering a complete enclosed city of shops, restaurants, original buildings, cobbled streets and ramparts to explore.
The Canal du Midi - the famous French heritage canal dating back to the 17th century, which connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean, runs nearby where you can walk or hire bikes and cycle along it’s picturesque banks, take a boat out or just sit at one of the restaurants and enjoy a cool drink or taste one of the speciality regional ‘plat du jour’ (meal of the day).
You can also indulge in the region’s main attraction – the wines! There are many ‘wine caves’ locally offering you the chance to educate your palate on the various exceptional reds, whites and roses by having a wine tasting and buying bottles (or en vrac) at very reasonable prices.
For the more active there is swimming, water sports, tree top adventure course and picnic areas at ‘Lac Cavayere’, cycling along the Canal du Midi and canoeing on the River Aude all within easy access.