A delightful one bedroomed ( linen provided) gite set within seven acres of lawns and woodland, Quatre Bougies is the perfect rural retreat, with guest appearances from eagles, buzzards, kites and other wildlife.. In the absence of light pollution, the night sky is a stargazer's paradise. The gite snuggles jn the countryside just outside the small hamlet of Rivel near Chalabre, about 45 minutes from Carcassonne airport.
This comfortable gite has its own private patio, leading from the kitchen area - ideal for breakfast in the sun, a lazy lunch under the parasol, evening drinks and BBQs . Quatre Bougies also has access to the owners' swimming pool ( pool towels provided) and shaded, wooded areas. Smoking is allowed outside the property only.
With a double bed in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the living area, this gite can sleep 3 people comfortably. Crisp, white bed linen and large, soft towels are provided.
Baby equipment package available, please ask for details.
Sorry, no pets allowed.
Come at the right time and help yourself to the fruit from the orchard, be it golden mirabelles, ruby red mirabelles, hazelnuts, plums, figs or just have to be here in season!
The property is In close proximity to the swimming lakes of Montbel and Puivert, and is within the 'Pays Cathare with the famous Montsegur Chateaux nearby.
Free WiFi is available for guests, giving access to email, TV channels, facebook etc.
Shops, market, cafes and restaurants are within five minutes drive, and larger shops are within fifteen minutes (Lavelanet).
A highly acclaimed restaurant and bar is less than five minutes walk away.
Ski resorts are within 50 minutes (some of these are open in summer for walking and mountain biking).The gite is well placed for those who like to choose different ski resorts throughout the week, or just have a quick, cheap ski weekend. White water rafting and canoeing are a short drive away. The beaches near Perpignan are just over an hour away.
The area is ideal for cycling, walking and other outdoor pursuits.
Rivel snuggles gently in the foothills of the Pyrenees, on the border of the Ariege and the Aude. This is deep in the heart of Cathars country, as any Kate Mosse reader will recognise the local place names. Indeed, you can follow the Pays Cathares from the grand Cite de Carcassonne, to Mirepoix, Puivert, Quillan and of course, the imposing Chateau de Montsegur.
Visit the many sites that truly reflect the two key periods to have had a strong impact on the history of this part of France; The Roman times and the Middle Ages. Many castles and abbeys bear witness to a rich historic past, giving this region an outstanding heritage.
With thousands of kms of marked hiking paths, this region offers a wide variety of landscapes featuring Cathar castles, caves, chateaux and the most magnificent scenery.
The Tour de France often comes this way, winding its way through the highways and byways of the area, making it a cyclist's paradise, whether it be gently pedalling through the valleys or stepping it up to climb those hills, but bring your own yellow jersey!
The preserved beauty of the Languedoc can be taken in on one of the many cycle routes throughout the region.
The local vineyards are testament to the fabulous weather conditions in this region. Limoux is famous for its Blanquette and Cremant sparkling wines, said to be the forerunners of champagne.
The local red wines are a treat to behold, ranging from a full bodied Corbieres to a more gluggable Languedoc-Rousillon.
Many a vineyard offer guided tours and sampling.
Rivel is well placed for a plethora of activities, indeed this sleepy hamlet comes alive in the summer months when they have their own fetes and festivals. In fact, all the surrounding villages have their own fetes, festivals and weekly night-time markets.
The local village of Puivert offers a splendid swimming lake, with its myriad of café bars and amenities. it even boasts its own brewery and bar!
Just 50 minutes from Carcassonne mean easy access to and from the airport or a day in the Cite.
Being so near the rivers Aude and Ariege, this area has access to all river sports including fishing kayaking, canoing and white water rafting, whereas the lake at Montbel lends itself to the more sedate watersports of sailing, wind surfing and pedaloes. If you don't want to get wet, the area offers caves, Cathar sites, Romanesque art, chateaux, castles, nature parks, adventure parks, farms, curiosities, museums, markets and festivals.
If you are fortunate enough to be here between January and March, then Le Carnaval de Limoux is a must. Said to be 'the longest carnival in the world', this festival of Fecos & Goudils ( hidden people) dances its way through the medieval arcades of Limoux, accompanied by music. This is pure folklore at its best.
Many a market in this area will have Artisanal stalls, offering anything from bread, wine and cheese to handicrafts and clothing. If you only do one market, make it the Monday market at Mirepoix if you can.
The local town of Chalabre has a magnificent chateaux where, in the summer months they hold Medieval festivals with jousting, birds of prey displays and feasting.
If you are after a more sedate time here, then go no further than your own patio outside the gite! The stunning views, the blazing sun and the visiting wildlife, are all a welcome treat. The night sky offers a blanket of stars, often seeing shooting stars ( if you don't mind the neck ache!)
You can make a holiday in this area as relaxing or as energetic as you all here for the taking.
Check-in time is from 16:00
Check-out time is 10:00
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