This pretty cottage is typically French, offering comfortable accommodation with one double bedroom with shower and toilet en suite and one twin bedroom with shower and toilet en suite. The bedrooms are small but very comfortable. There is a sofa bed in the sitting room suitable for an extra adult or two children. There is a lovely fitted kitchen with a traditional wood burning stove and a separate dining room. There is also a large sitting room leading onto the terraced garden with BBQ, loungers and garden lights for evening use. The garden enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding mountain scenery. There is a TV for playing videos and DVDs, with a large selection of films ( mainly in English). There is also a CD player with a large selection of music. There is an ipod docking station. The kitchen is well stocked with utensils, pots and pans and a large slow cooker. On the terrace there is a table , BBQ and sun loungers. There are wonderful views of the surrounding mountains - one of which turns pink when the sun sets. The Mediterranean beaches are just over an hours drive and around 20 minutes away there are two beautiful lakes at Arque and Puivert with lovely sandy beaches and clear warm water. There is also a swimming lake in Quillan 3km away. Belvianes et Cavirac is split by the river Aude which runs past the bottom of the road. This is a great place for all of the river sports i.e white water rafting, kayaking, turboboarding and canoeing. Belvianes is a small village of around 300 people nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees at the entrance to the Gorges de Pierre Lys. Quillan is our local market town and is 3km away. Here there is a twice weekly market, bars and restaurants. There is also an outdoor swimming pool. In the summer there is also a weekly night market. There are two restaurants within walking distance in Belvianes- both serving excellent local produce and one also serves pizza. With 300 days of sunshine a year Languedoc offers year round opportunity to experience the stunning scenery with its gorges lakes and vineyards
- House322 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Two bedroom cottage in the foothills of the southern Pyreenes
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- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 15, 2018
About Shelley Foreman
We live on the south coast in the UK. I am a nurse in a GP surgery and my husband is retired. We have always loved France and when we had a small windfall in 2001 we decided to look for a little bolthole in the South of France. When we saw Les Volets we fell in love. It was not really habitable but we spent the next 5 years renovating it. When we were looking for a property we set a criteria and didn't budge from it. We wanted to be no more than an hour from an airport, skiing, beach and mountains. This area ticks all the boxes and with over 300 days of sunshine a year it is the perfect way to escape the stresses of normal life in the UK.
Shelley Foreman purchased this House in 2001
Why Shelley Foreman chose Carcassonne
The area is stunning with mountains, lakes and spectacular gorges. It is also full of history with Cathar castles perched perilously on craggy mountain tops. The area is full of vineyards. It is the biggest wine growing region in France. The local wine is Corbieres, Fitou and Minervois. When we first started going to France we would just head staright to the beach but soon discovered that if you come inland a few miles the scenery is dramatic and breathtaking.
What makes this House unique
The house is an excellent base for exploring this wonderful region. The views from the garden are wonderful. When we sit in the evening the mountain opposite turns pink as the sun goes down. The house is about 150 years old but cosy and comfortable.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Exactly what we were looking for !!! Fantastic !!
We had a delightful stay here - flew to Toulouse - hired a car and enjoyed the journey up into the mountains. The property was charming and just the ticket for a few days of relaxing on the terrace in the sun, eating some great french cuisine and of course just a small amount of local wine. The view is breath taking - the beds were super comfy - kitchen was fully equipped and the owners extremely helpful from start to finish. Driving around the local area made us seriously want to buy something there ourselves !!!! If you want a totally relaxing break I would fully recommend this property.
Thanks for your review- really glad you enjoyed your holiday
Cute house overlooking the valley but has its limitations.
An adorable house. Three floors were a bit much to maneuver for anyone getting older or with physical difficulties. All the toilets/showers were on the top floor. The spiral stairs to the sitting room were difficult to get up and down. The shower drain was glacially slow to drain and there is no WIFI for internet connection. Instructions were to use the restaurant's WIFI down the hill but they told us it was for their house guests only. It was nice and quiet and close to Quillan for amenities.
Thanks for your nice review. There is no WIFI in the house and this is stated in the description however if guests are desperate I usually advise them to go and have a drink or coffee in the restaurant in the village and then they can use the WIFI
AWAY FROM THE MADDENING CROWD!
From the moment we stepped off the plane at Perpignan we knew this was going to be an awesome holiday. The drive from Perpignan to Belviane was amazing - passing through vineyards, meadows and mountains and when we arrived the Cottage did not disappoint. The bedrooms and toilet facilities are well appointed and after a visit to the local market where we purchased some of the wonderful local produce on offer (not to mention the excellent inexpensive local wines!) , we were pleased to find that the kitchen contained all the facilities needed to cook a delicious meal. The outside BBQ provided some wonderful evenings where we could digest our meal gazing across the awesome mountainous landscape. Plenty of nearby restaurants, places to visit and all in all a happy and relaxed few days.
Thank you for your review - we are glad you had a great holiday and loved the cottage
Carcassonne is a spectacular medieval bastide town. The cite is a world heritage site. Rennes -le-chateau was sited in the divinci code it is a beautiful village with stunning views across to the spanish pyrenees. Perpignan is a lovely town. It is called the gateway to Spain. There are cobbled streets and squares with bars and restaurants and fantastic shops and delicatessens