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We are a Dutch couple, and have travelled extensively before persuing our dream of owning a house in southern France. After a 3 year search, viewing over 80 properties in the region, we fell in love with this property. It's main advantages being a lovely French house in an unspoiled and charming countryside. Also with lots of attractions nearby (a lake, caves, skiing, Andora, medieval cities, historic ruins)
Owner purchased this Cottage in 2016
What makes this Cottage unique
The estate located close to Lavelanet (15min walking/short drive) which has supermarkets, boulangeries, post office, banks and a fresh food market every Friday. Les Tournesols is located in the middle of Cathare country, with it's unique history and historic buildings (e.g. Montsegur). The location at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains provides lots of possibilities for outdoor activities, e.g. (electric) cycling, walking, climbing. Other nearby sights encompass: - vineyards at Limoux and nearby carcasonne - Lake Montbel: is a short 30 min drive, and provides facilities for kayaking, sailing and fishing - Mirepoix and Foix: famous Ariege medieval cities - Monts d'Olmes: with ski pistes, altitude 1400-1900m, 30 minutes drive - Andorra, 114 km, 2 hour scenic drive - Saint Lizier: white water rafting, 70 min drive - Carcasonne is 65 km away - Toulouse 90km - Narbonne and Perpignan beach are a 1.5 hours drive.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Lovely cottage and pool in great location
As described, the cottage was well equipped and comfortable with a lovely garden and pool. A great base for exploring this area. We would look to rent it again.
Great for exploring Lavelanet area.
Very enjoyable stay at gite on edge of town. Just a short drive into town centre.
Basic but very comfortable accommodation. Everything was clean and serviceable with comfortable beds and plenty of hot water in bathroom and separate shower room. We felt the kitchen was a not well lit and the outside furniture was due an upgrade! Despite these minor criticisms we thought the gite represented good value.
a bit disappointed - un peu deçus
The location is great and the house is attractive. However, the musty smell that permeates every room was very unpleasant. The house needed to be aired out. What was even more unpleasant were the dishes with crusty remnants of food that had been put away in the cupboards. The washing machine had not been given any attention either, showing signs of mildew, and also smelling poorly. The dish drying rack had not been cleaned in a while either.
Fortunately, there was the pool to distract us !
Excellent property in a great location to explore this beautiful area of the Pyrénées.
It’s as good as it looks in the pictures and will definitely consider this property again. The owners are really good communicators which meant there was no problems at all. Thoroughly recommended.
Great Place To Stay
Lovely property set in lovely grounds. We had a great week staying here and with great weather. There were only two of us but the house is spacious enough and equipped for four people. Excellent pool. Caretakers were friendly , on hand and responsive if there were any queries. The village of Lavelanet is a fifteen minute walk from the property and has the necessary shops needed for groceries etc. Lots to do in the area in terms of places of interest, restaurants, markets and local festivities. We would happily return.
A lovely house with spacious, well maintained garden, in semi- rural setting on edge of village.
Property as described and pictured. Quiet location on the edge of town. Several bakeries and supermarkets in town, and a few basic restaurants - we didn’t try these but ate out several times in nearby Mirepoix, which is a beautiful medieval town. House spacious for 4 adults and very comfortable.
Perpignan 90 minutes by car. Narbonne 75 minutes by car.
Carcassonne Airport 50 minutes. Blagnac, Airport, Toulouse 75 minutes. Car hire is essential.
It is a 10 minute walk from Les Tournesols to the centre of Lavelanet for all your amenities.
Lavelanet has 5 supermarkets with petrol station.
There are also numerous banks, restaurants and boulangeries, as well as a post office, pharmacies, etc.