|Villa Tamaris||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2|
Villa Tamaris, under new ownership, is 5 minutes' walk away from the centre of the village of Durban Corbieres, near Narbonne and Perpignan and 30 mins drive from the glorious beaches of the Mediterranean. It is a short drive from the airports of Carcassonne, Béziers and Perpignan, a little further to Toulouse and Girona (Northern Spain).
The villa has a stunning panoramic view over the beautiful Corbières Hills that stretch from the Mediterranean to the Spanish border and are steeped in Cathar history.
The area has long hot summers and mild winters with a wealth of castles, ancient monasteries, medieval cities and beautiful beaches.
Villa Tamaris is eight minutes' walk from the centre of the lovely village of Durban Corbières with a supermarket, boulangerie, bank, pharmacy, restaurant, bar and cave cooperative. There is also an organic wine producer who sells direct on the road from the villa a couple of minutes away! The wines are excellent and very good value.
The villa is equipped to a very high standard with a brand new contemporary kitchen and new furniture.
Eating out is a gastronomic delight with restaurants varying from a 3-star Michelin in Fontjoncouse to local restaurants proving exceptional cuisine at reasonable prices.
Visitors can immerse themselves in the ancient history of the area. Medieval castles like Chateau Queribus and Chateau Peyrepertuse sit high on mountainous outcrops commanding the area around them. The beautiful walled city of Carcassonne is a must to visit as are the monasteries at Lagrasse and Fontfroide. This area is Cathar country and historians will find a wealth of history to savour and enjoy.
Nearby Narbonne and Béziers have a wonderful array of shops and fresh food markets. Just 15-20 minutes away is the lovely town of Sigean with its highly rated African Reserve. The nearest beaches of Le Franqui and Leucate are only 30 minutes away by car with beaches which stretch for miles and safe swimming in the Mediterranean waters.
Windsurfing and other maritime pursuits are also available.
There are lovely seafood restaurants along the promenades. Horse riding, golf, tennis and sailing are all within easy reach and the local hills are criss-crossed with delightful paths for hill walking, some passing the front door. The area is superb cycling territory.
The Languedoc has long been an important wine region and a tour round the region and the Chateaux and Caves/cooperatives, which offer exceptional quality and affordable prices, is highly recommended.
The villa is a new venture for us and we have replaced much of the furniture and installed a brand new kitchen. Some of the pictures may therefore show older furniture.
The kitchen is equipped with: Electric hob and oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, electric kettle, cafetiere, toaster and many other conveniences.
The dining area is part of the overall open plan living space with a large dining table, 6 chairs and is fully equipped with crockery, glassware, utensils and a stunning view of the Cathar castle which is lit up at night.
The living area is comfortably appointed and is complete with tv (for use with Firestick) and dvd. Double French sliding doors open out onto a teak deck surrounding the private swimming pool, barbecue and outdoor seating area, with multiple seating options and table.
Upstairs in this lovely 2 bedroomed villa is the master bedroom. This pretty double bedroom has substantial (fitted) wardrobe space and wonderful views across the village and hills. The main bathroom is next door to this bedroom.
Downstairs there is a twin bedroom with views across the hills and an en suite bathroom.
Both bedrooms have fans.
The upstairs separate family bathroom services the master bedroom and is equipped with shower, wc and handbasin.
The downstairs bathroom is en suite with the twin bedroom and also has shower, wc and basin.
All rooms have electric heaters and there is a Godin wood burning stove in the living room.
The house has its own private swimming pool which is not overlooked and is surrounded by teak decking.
There is a stone paved patio with loungers, a garden lounge set (L-shaped sofa and armchair).
A large built-in barbecue means you can take full advantage of the long, warm summer evenings.
A table and 4 chairs are provided for al fresco dining
The house has its own parking space with a visitor space next to it. There is always plenty of parking available.
Val and Gareth bought Villa Tamaris in 2018 after a long search for their perfect holiday home. Location, views and a private swimming pool were the top criteria. We live in Devon but love our visits to rural France.
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||Villa Tamaris has magnificent views over the pantile roofs of the village, to the romantic ruined chateau and the beautiful Corbieres hills. The village has all main facilities: supermarket, petrol station, bar bistro, boulangerie, bank and so on. And three wine producers within walking distance, including an organic producer within 150 metres!
The Mediterranean and superb beaches are an easy 25km/30 minute drive away.
The cycling and walking from the house, around the village and further afield are unsurpassed and the Corbieres hills are delightful.
|Unique benefits of property||Spacious private swimming pool, not overlooked, with superb views. Stylish, modern design and furnishings.|
The nearest beaches are at Leucate and Port La Nouvelle, which are 30 - 35 minutes away. The coast all the way from Montpellier to the Spanish border has a large number of beautiful sandy beaches.
There are 2 lovely marked walking trails which pass the house itself, and many more within an 8 km drive. See: https://www.tourisme-corbieres-minervois.com/randonnees-a-pied.html
This is superb cycling territory, both off- and on-road. You can cycle on very quiet roads amidst magnificent scenery all day.
See the following for recommended routes: https://www.tourisme-corbieres-minervois.com/cyclotourisme.html
There is a 3 star Michelin restaurant, the Auberge du Vieux Puits, within 10km but, if that's too pricey, there are excellent restaurants a few minutes' drive away and a good bistro in the village.
There are many historic sights to visit, including the ruined castle of Durban-Corbières, the Abbaye de Fontfroide, and Cathar castles galore.
The Sigean Safari Park (Réserve Africaine de Sigean) is 20 minutes away with the pink flamingos of Peyriac a couple of km further.
The medieval walled city of Carcassonne is 60 minutes away and the Canal du Midi about 35 minutes.
We have rented holiday accommodation in France for many years, and this was one of the best we have experienced.
The property was very clean, very comfortably furnished, and well equipped. It was located on a steep hillside with extensive views over the town and the surrounding countryside. Local villages are full of character, and the drives along the mountain roads reveal some beautiful scenery.
Having a private swimming pool was a real bonus.
Should we return to the area we would love to stay there again, and we would certainly recommend it to friends.