A spacious property with private pool/paddling pool, lawn, gardens and large field for ball games. The pool is 11x5ms, rectangular with a broad patio, fenced for security, not overlooked. At one corner, water pours into the separate paddling-pool and cascades into the shallow end. The pool is exclusive to you. There is an outside dining area by the barbecue under a pergola with overhead lighting. Lockable spacious parking. La Florette is on two floors and sleeps 10 plus cot in 5 bedrooms. No sofa- or bunk-beds. Lots of room inside and out. On the edge of the village of Floure, 8 miles from Carcassonne. The river Aude flows 100 yds away. Quick access to the sea by the autoroute access 3 miles away. Carcassonne is a 'must' - Europe's largest fortified medieval city, truly wonderful. Floure boasts a magnificent chateau restaurant, good for that special night out. See website link gallery & local info page. With an adjacent house, we can accommodate 16 people in this property on request.
La Florette has wi-fi.
More details about La Florette and its environs. You drive in by a line which passes by the banks of the river 100 yards away. Passing through iron, lockable gates, you park in the spacious drive. The ground floor comprises the large living-room with television, comfortable leather seating, DVD and cassette players with DVDs and cassettes. You look out onto the front terrace. The separate dining-room is adjacent to the living-room. Porte-fenêtres lead out onto the front terrace. A door leads from the dining-room to the kitchen which is well-equipped with Stoves electric 4-ring cooker, microwave, dish-washer, washing-machine, double sink and all the necessary utensils, toaster, kettle, large fridge/freezer (a box freezer is upstairs)...... A door leads out from the kitchen to the rear patio which has a large table and seating and the 'second' barbecue.
On the ground floor there is a large double bedroom looking out towards the river. This bedroom is especially suitable for anyone with mobility difficulty. There is a wc and washbasin close by, over the corridor.
You will like the décor and overall comfort. There are 100s of books in English in La Florette, to suit all tastes. The entrance to the house is flat and level whichever of the three doors you take - again very convenient for any frail person.
Upstairs, you have the other double bedroom to your right, looking out towards the river. It has en suite shower and wash-basin. To your left are the three twin bedrooms looking out over the lawn towards the Corbieres hills. All the bedrooms have ample wardrobe and storage space. The stand-up cot is usually in the largest of the twin bedrooms (please bring your own cot sheets). The 'family' bathroom has a bath, shower cubicle and bidet. There is a separate wc adjacent. The so-called 'washroom' has a shower cubicle and w.c. Please remember that we provide bedlinen and towels without charge, but please bring your own towels for sunbathing and the beach.
The long south-facing front terrace offers sunshine and shade. It looks towards the lawn. At one end is the outside dining terrace with long table for 10 people. The main barbecue is near-by. The lawn is surrounded by a variety of trees and bushes. It has a double swing for the children. Altogether there is bags of space for children's play, both here and in the big field beyond.
The swimming-pool is located on the other side of the lawn (a little distance from your front door for safety). It has a child-proof entrance and is surrounded by wall or fencing. It has a large patio with swing, hammock, loungers, tables and chairs. The patio has overhead lighting. The pool itself is 11x5 ms. In one corner is the separate paddling-pool from which water cascades into the shallow end. The paddling pool is safe and easily supervised. The patio is a veritable sun-trap since it is so well sheltered. The pool has two under-water lights which, with the patio lights, render it all very picturesque for sitting there in the late evenings. The big field beyond the pool is for ball-games or anything you like!
Your lane takes you down to the river Aude. You will see the long weir which can be quite dramatic when the water is high. An electric turbine is worked by the water as it flows along the race. It is worth having a look at it. Otherwise there is a nice walk along the path by the river, returning through the vineyards, sunflower fields or whatever is currently planted.
Floure is a small village with no shops. However, it does have the large château hotel/restaurant set in wonderful grounds. Once a Roman legionary base and later a monastery, it is worth having a look inside and at the grounds. Of course, it is ideal for your celebratory meal or special occasion. It is about 10 minutes walk from the house. Floure is overlooked by Mt. Alaric, one of the Corbieres.
The countryside in the Minervois plain between Carcassonne, Narbonne and Beziers offers easy walking and cycling. There are many small villages, each quite distinct - it's nice to potter from one to the other, perhaps stopping for a 'degustation' at one of the many wineries on the way. The Canal du Midi is a big attraction, justifiably so. Walking or cycling along the tow-path is very easy and relaxing, waving to the passing boats and stopping for a drink at a café by one of the locks. There are organised boat trips at Trebes, Homps and Carcassonne. Sometimes they offer lunch on board as an option. If you're lucky or if you research in advance, you will find a Company which will let you have a boat for the day, but these Companies are few and far between, and they don't seem to stay in business very long.
Carcassonne, of course, is a 'must see', especially the 'old city'. There is plenty of entertainment for children and interest for adults. It is a truly spectacular sight. It is worth learning something about the Cathars in advance to help you make sense of it all. The 'new town' lies in the plain by the river. There are good shops and restaurants in both, but the theatres, cinemas and sporting facilities are in the new town. Your nearest tourist centre is in Trebes, with a bigger one in Carcassonne.
The drive upstream via Limoux and Alex les Bains is very pleasant, both towns being picturesque and of historical interest. You could drive on to the dinosaur museum at Esperaza or the international water-sports centre near Axat.
The Corbieres hills are quite wild. You are quickly in open country with few villages between the copious vineyards. Lagrasse is a lovely old town with good restaurants. To the north, you have the Montagne Noire on whose slopes there are two or three spectacular caves open to the public. They are enormous and impressive. You can drive to the top of the Montagne Noire through narrow wooded valleys and twisting roads.
The autoroute begins at Trebes 3 miles away. From there you can easily get to the coast in less than an hour. The two nearest resorts are Narbonne Plage and Gruissan. The former is an unpretentious place, but all the nicer for it. Gruissan has its castle, marina and the well-known houses on stilts. There are other resorts to the north and south. For example, Peyriac and Bages, Leucate, Barcares, and then St. Cyprien and Canet Plage with the fine aquapark nearby. The Sigean African Nature Reserve is on the way to Perpignan. To the north, Agde and Sete are certainly worth a visit, especially Sete with its fine waterfront and frequent festivals, water-jousting etc. And then on to Montpellier, Nîmes and the Pont du Gard.
All in all, there is plenty to do and see in the area. Above all, you have the lovely weather and sunshine in which you can relax and forget the cares of the world.