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House in Palairac, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, france - In Unspoilt Mountain Village in the Heart of Cathar Country
Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 with double bed and en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 3 with large double, (twin mattresses) en-suite bathoom. Bedroom 4 triple room with 3 single beds. Bedroom 5 2 single beds
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 30 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 10
Minimum age of primary renter:
Mediterranean beaches along the coast between Narbonne and Perpignan and south to the Spanish border provide long stretches of sand as well as resorts with every kind of beach cafe and water sport. 1 hour drive.
Cheap flights are available to both Carcassonne and Perpignan, (Ryan Air) 1 hour drive. You can also fly to Toulouse or Barcelona, Girona or Montpellier: 2/2.5 hours drive.
Shopping, banks, chemist, tabac, restaurants and bars in Tuchan or Pazioles; 20 minutes drive. Narbonne, Carcassonne and Perpignan, one hour drive. Spanish border, 1 hours drive, Barcelona, 2.5 hours drive.
There is excellent walking/hiking and cycling from the village and 'serious' hiking from marked trails in nearby villages. The countryside lends itself to both on and off-road cycling.This is also a popular area for birdwatchers. Horse-riding in the Corbieres is available during the Summer and there is a very fine stable only 5 minutes drive from the house. Swimming in nearby river pools and gorges is popular and there is a local swimming pool with a cafe bar at the campsite in Tuchan, 20 minutes drive away. The food is nice here, the pool lovely and safe for children.
In addition to the spectacular castles for which this region is known, there are many sites of interest within an hour or 2 of the village. These include the Romanesque Abbey of Fontfroide and the walled city of Carcassonne, the spa town of Rennes Les Bains and the mystical village of Renne Les Chateau. Lagrasse with its medieval streets and famous abbey is 0.5 hour away. Tautaval, Narbonne and Perpignan offer museums, culture and good eating. Further afield, is the pretty town of Ceret with its famous Museum of Modern Art and over the border in Spain you can visit the Dali Museum in Figueres.
Wine tasting in the many caves of the Corbieres region is also a very pleasurable way to spend an afternoon and there is a vast selection of wonderful small restaurants located in picturesque villages that dot the region.
Our visitors have enjoyed the quiet unspoiled ambience of Palariac and the friendly welcome that is a feature of this small village. Roads are virtually empty even in the high season which, together with the dramatic scenery, makes touring in this region so attractive. The house is an ideal place to enjoy the company of friends and family with room for all to relax in the comfort of a real home.
About Jane Venables
We live in Oxford with our dog Sancho near to our 3 children and 5 grandchildren. We spent many holidays in France before deciding to buy a house there when we retired and sold our family home. We keep a small cottage base in Oxford but spend a good part of the year in France. Our home in Palairac is now where the family gather for occasions throughout the year.
Jane Venables purchased this cottage in 2004
Why Jane Venables chose Palairac
We love old houses with a history and fell in love with this house on first viewing. It feels cosy but can accommodate all our family with bedrooms and bathrooms to spare. The village is uniquely beautiful and the people are so friendly,(a mixture of French, Belgium, English), we felt right at home as soon as we moved in. We can fly from the UK into Carcassonne, Bezier, Perpignan, Gerona, (Barcelona), Toulouse or Montpellier so always have a wide choice of cheap tickets. We then drive for an hour through stunning countryside to the village. We like its remoteness because the roads are virtually empty even in high Summer, and except for the odd bicyclists, (The Tour De France passes through nearby villages every year), there is almost no traffic at all through the village itself.
What makes this cottage unique
This village has been inhabited for over a thousand years and the 12th Century church, is the centre of many mysteries. Because of its antiquity, no modern building is allowed in the village. Nothing is spoiled. My family love walking in the hills surrounding the village which are full of wild flowers and shrubs and quite spectacular in the Spring, early Summer and Autumn. The grandchildren play out in the village and surrounding hills and woods, taking picnics, making camps and generally exploring. In the Summer we go swimming in the nearby rivers and local pool where we meet lots of people over drinks and food in the outdoor cafe. We are always captivated anew by the unique beauty and total peace we find when we arrive back in Palairac.