|Gite Corbiere||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||2|
This accommodation is within a renovated, old stone barn that was attached to the surrounding vineyard. It has been finished to a high standard, keeping the traditional character with oak windows and original roof beams, combined with modern facilities to make your stay comfortable. It is situated halfway between Homps and Olonzac, close to the Canal du Midi.
Access to the gite is over the patio area with tables and chairs, located across from the secure pool area. There is a spacious open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area with a tiled floor, a comfortable seating area with English and French tv, dvd and free wi-fi. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms and sleeps a maximum of 6 people.
There is an open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area. The kitchen is very well equipped with plenty of crockery and utensils. It has an electric oven, induction hob, large fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, dishwasher, kettle, toaster and coffee-maker. There is a large dining table with 6 chairs.
The living area has a 3 seater settee, 2 seater settee and a comfortable chair with a coffee-table. The gite has English and French tv, dvd and cd player. There is free wi-fi too.
There are 3 bedrooms on the first floor.
Bedroom 1 has a king size, oak bed with a very comfortable Ergoflex mattress, bedside tables, small chest of drawers, wardrobe, original timber floor and ceiling beams, complimented by a view out across the vineyard to the Canal du Midi.
Bedroom 2 also has a king size oak bed, comfortable Ergoflex mattress, bedside tables and wardrobe, with features and views to match bedroom 1.
Bedroom 3 is to the rear of the gite and has twin beds with Ergoflex mattresses, bedside table, timber floors and beams.
We have a travelcot, stairgate and highchair if needed. Please let me know in advance if these are required.
There are 2 bathrooms upstairs. One with a spacious walk-in shower, wash basin and wc. The other bathroom has an enclosed shower, wash basin and wc.
There is a large radiator in the open plan lounge area, and a portable heater if required, but it has never been needed as the gite is well insulated. There are fans in all bedrooms and living area.
We have an 'undercroft' area that has a selection of English books, games, table tennis (with bats and balls), over 60 dvd's and 4 adult bikes (shared) which can be used free of charge, at your own risk. Helmets, bike locks, puncture repair kit and small rucksacks are available too.
The gite has it's own shaded patio area with bbq, table and chairs. With an outside light for use in the evenings. There is an unheated shared swimming pool (9m x 4m), with security fence, sunloungers and toilet. There is also a garden area with some unusual plants, with another patio with table and chairs. There is a washing machine available in the undercroft area for guests use.
There is parking available on the large gravel driveway, inside the property gates, close to the gite.
Unfortunately the property is not suitable for wheelchair access.
This property is no smoking.
No pets allowed.
Not suitable for Hen or Stag parties.
The gite is ideal for adults or families. Young children are welcome so long as they are supervised in the pool and on stairs.
Wendy and John bought their house in France initially as a holiday house. However the area is so lovely we were spending more and more time here, so decided to renovate the old stone barn beside the house, and converted it into 2 gites to be rented out, so others can admire and enjoy this area too. Wendy is very keen on gardening and grows some unusual plants in the garden which is open to guests.
|Year property purchased||2008|
|Why this location?||The gite is adjacent to a small vineyard that stretches down to a lock on the UNESCO listed, Canal du Midi, near the picturesque village of Homps. This is a peaceful location in the sunny Languedoc area of the south of France, with over 300 days of sunshine a year! The excellent location allows guests to abandon the car and ramble for 10 - 15 minutes along the Canal to Homps to enjoy the scenery and numerous restaurants, or in the opposite direction to Olonzac to experience the colourful market, bars, more restaurants, tennis courts and park. There is a big lake 2km away with a swimming area (lifeguards in high summer), watersports and fishing areas. Or venture further afield on bicycles or in the car to explore this wine producing area with Cathar castles. Wine tasting is a must!|
|Unique benefits of property||The property, built in stone, dates back to the 1850's. However, the barn has been renovated to a high standard to create 2 gites which have retained their traditional character, with oak windows, doors and the original timber roof beams, combined with modern facilities to make your stay comfortable. Each gite has their own patio with table and chairs, and a charcoal bbq, with views over the vineyard to the Canal du Midi. The local wine, swimming pool and sun loungers will help you relax after a day out sightseeing in this beautiful area!|
Minerve is a picturesque village perched on a limestone plateau between two gorges, about 10km away. It is an old Cathar village that was attacked by Simon de Montfort in 1210, and still has an old trebuchet (catapult) on the nearby gorge top that was used in that attack. There are a few restaurants, cafe and you can walk down to the dry gorge beds to explore the two large walk-through caves.
Carcassonne has a famous medieval citadel known as La Cité which is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. There is an informative tourist train ride, or the ramparts which can be explored with great views over the 'new' city, or wonderful stained glass windows in the Basilica or visit the interesting shops and restaurants within the walls.
The golden sandy beaches of the mediterranean are only a 45 minute drive away, extending all the way down to the Spanish border. Nearby Narbonne and Gruissan beaches are lively resorts, and world class windsurfing and sailing is available at Leucate.
The tow path along the Canal du Midi is a popular cycling route, and the more energetic can reach Carcassonne in 2 hours! You can venture off the Canal into glorious hilly countryside littered with vineyards and rocky outcrops seeded with wild Rosemary and other Mediterranean plants.
Gentle strolls can be taken along the Canal to the villages or more strenuous hikes in the nearby Black Mountains with views back over the valley.
This region is full of ancient history. There are several Cathar castles to visit that range from 60 to 90 minutes away. There are also lots of Abbeys in pretty villages such as Caunes, Lagrasse, Fontfroide to name just a few.