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Domaine Du Renne Luxury Gites with Private 12 Metre Pool - 1 Bedroom Gite

Overview

Property

Updated: 20-Apr-2016
Separate one and two bedroom gites set in tranquility with views to the Pyrenees

Domaine du Renne boasts two holiday cottages / Gites in a peaceful setting with unspoilt southerly views across endless vineyards. The property set on the side of a gentle hill surrounded by its own woodland that offers remarkable walking . There is a two bedroom and a one bedroom Gite (see the associated adverts for availability) Both are beside the 12x6M pool

The Domaine is totally private at the end of a chemin, with a farm as one neighbour and a small wine producer the other! It is therefore a place to relax and soak up the sun beside the pool!

Both gites have a south facing terrace with individual gas barbecues. Most visitors in the summer use the terraces as the main accomodation, lazing in the evening sun with a bottle of delightful local wine, into the late hours!

There are paths all through the 22hA of woodland where you can walk and study nature, or if you want more sunshine, just walk around the surrounding vineyards where you will be greeted by a waive from those tending their vines. There is no fear of not finding your way back, as in all likliehood you will be accompanied by our two resident English Bull Terriers who know the area backwards - be careful though, like a rogue taxi-driver, they will try to bring you the long way back if they feel you have not seen enough..!

The priority at Domaine du Renne are the guests. We aim to allow you to have a carefree holiday where there are no rules or restrictions! Obviously there are guides regarding safe pool use and respect for the property, but we want visitors to be free to come and go as they please and importantly, provide as much as possible for an easy life! Airlines now are increasingly raising their charges on baggage to the point that anything other than hand luggage is a burden. The trouble with this is that on self catering holidays, there are the problems of either bringing the basics, or buying them on arrival and having to leave anything unused behind. We recognise this and will supply anything that a guest might reasonable want. We supply all towels, pool towels, soaps, washing liquids, paper products, candles and tealights - our motto is travel light with just your personal toiletries and clothes - not many are needed as the washing machine is available all the time and clothes dry in no time at all ! In fact, all you need to worry about is your food and drink!

What you pack will depend on the time of year and what you want to do. Bistros in Limoux are pretty informal, but do not expect discerning service if you are in ragged jeans or shirt! Informal is the code, and for visiting the one or two places, smart informal is all that is asked. If you go further afield to some of the Michelin restaurants, local diners will be in informal summer suits. Sticking close to home though, very informal! We do ask though that other guests are respected. If you intend to have a day lazily canoeing down the River Aude, then you are asked to have a pair of suitable shoes - flip-flops are not accepted, they must be footwear that can be fastened, such as trainers.

Sometimes there can be high variations in day/night temperatures, especially in Spring and Autumn. It is advised that a light sweater is included in your clothes list.

The pool is for use of those staying in the gites. There are some basic dos and don'ts as you will appreciate. The only social request is that other guests are respected and therefore we ask that appropriate swimming costumes at least are always worn around the pool.

The gites are of a high standard where visitor comfort is paramount. They are thoroughly cleaned before each new visit and weekly cleaning is included during long stays - if required. Sheets and towels are replaced each week, and on request in between. If anything that a visitor requires of a reasonable nature, is not already included, then we will supply on request.

More Details

Details for holiday cottage 1 Bedroom Gite, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

The smaller of the 2, this gite has 1 double bedroom with a wardrobe just outside the door, shower room with washbasin, shower and WC. There is a large open plan sitting room/dining area/kitchen. As in Le Chêne the kitchen is fully equipped with full size cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and has an ample supply of crockery, glasses, cutlery etc. A comfortable sofa in the sitting room with a CD player, Satellite TV & video and woodburning stove complete the interior of this cosy property. Outside there is a private south facing terrace with table and chairs leading from the kitchen/dining area. Background heating is provided in the bedroom and shower room.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

The property was purchased nearly three years ago and totally renovated during this time by Louise and Hal Adams. Louise commutes and works in London whilst Hal lives on the property full time having decided to leave his sales engineering work behind him. Of course the real owners of the property are our two English Bull Terriers who have adapted to French life very quickly - helped of course by 20hA of grounds to run around and a steady supply of new friends in the gites during summer helps!

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Speaks English, French

1 Reviews

1 holidaymaker review

Northiam, East Sussex
5

Pretty perfect!

  • 5 of 5

From the photos I was a bit worried that the location might be a bit bit bland, but this is a really lovely gite! The pool is a great size and looks over endless vineyards towards the mountains, as do the dining areas. The gites are fully equipped to a high standard - there wan't anything I would have liked that wasn't supplied (a first!!) - perhaps aircon, although there is a good fan. I was particularly impressed with freshly laundered covers given for the sofa, chair and (joy of joys) the padded sunloungers.

Hal is a generous host, so there is a supply of olive oil, salt & pepper, tea, coffee and things like kitchen towel, cling film, dishwasher and washing powders - all the useful things you don't want to have to think about.

The nearby town of Limoux is just lovely - a convivial square with reasonable restaurants and a gorgeous river to walk along. The surrounding countryside is beautiful, with some good walks, and I believe there are lots of interesting things to do locally, but I'm afraid we just enjoyed lazing about, reading, swimming and eating well.

The gites are ideally situated for visiting Carcassone, which was better than we had anticipated from some scathing reviews (Disneyfied features a lot). Yes, it's like walking onto a Harry Potter set, but it's alive and interesting, and surprisingly, the restaurants are not unreasonable, with live music in the squares etc. We went late afternoon, making parking and walking easier.

We will definitely want to return and will recommend it to anyone who will listen!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

Domaine du Renne is one of the few unique locations in France, where it is peaceful sun trap, sheltered from wind, yet only a few minutes drive from Limoux, a thriving town boasting 30 restaurants, five supermarkets and a picture postcard 'place de ville'. The region is very quiet and a powerhouse for wine. Domaine du Renne is surrounded by vineyards and 'producteurs de vin' being in the heart of Vin d'Oc region. The property is mainly woodland with the main house and Gites separated by a driveway. The accommodation is relatively new - 1970, all decorated and maintained to a high exacting standard. There are two swimming pools on the property, one of them for exclusive use by the Gites. It is a truly wonderful place.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Limoux at 8 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Bordeaux at 250 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Carcassonne at 25 Kilometres Nearest Train : Limoux at 8 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A31 at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : 30 to choose from in Limoux at 8 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Andorra at 250 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Narbonne at 60 Kilometres Car: necessary

Domaine du Renne is in the Aude, one of the three departments of the Languedoc Rousillon region of France. Still unspoilt, The Languedoc is increasingly being singled out for holidays that offer a tranquil life with plenty of sun. The Languedoc boasts many features, not the least being its wine Vin d'Oc.

We are 20 minutes from the historic town of Carcassonne where the Cathars thrived over a thousand years ago. The Cathars were a passive people with a doctrine that was ahead of their time, believing in such things that men and women were equal. For this they were hounded and persecuted by the Catholic Church and the various armies of the North who wanted their land. The history of the Cathars is represented in the well known books by Kate Mosse, who lives near Carcassonne, Labyrinth (recently televised, Sepulchre and Citadel. Kate brings the Cathars alive in these books so they are well worth a read before you visit, so that when you visit ‘La Cité' de Carcassonne A 12th Century, walled town, restored to its former glory in the 19th Century and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Full of shops, cafés, and bars, it is the second most visited site in France after Paris. As you might expect, it can be a bit crowded but well worth the visit for some spectacular photographs. Plan to get there for 8.30 for a few hours peace before the coaches arrive. The cathedral of St Nazaire has some of the finest medieval stained glass in the country and usually free organ recitals on a Sunday at 17.00 hrs. The newer part of Carcassonne, La bastide de St Louis (17th Century) has lots of shops, bookshops and a wide range of good, mediocre and poor restaurants. The Saturday morning market is held in the main square.?Approx. 30 mins. drive old city of Carcassonne, you will feel them around you as you explore the old cobbled streets, the ramparts and magnificent church. Each July, Carcassonne holds its festival with its finale on Bastille Day of a firework display that is second in the land to the Paris celebration. During July Carcassonne hosts 'Le Festival de la Cité' - series of music and dance with world class rock and classical musicians and stars of opera and ballet. Jousts are held in the lists between Carcassonne's inner and outer walls during July and August.

We are closer to Limoux that is well known in the region for the 13 weeks up to Easter each year Limoux holds the longest running carnival in Europe. Three times a day, every Saturday and Sunday there is a procession with fancy dress, music, dancing and lots of confetti throwing! - and for its Blanquette - the forerunner to Champagne which is preferred by many who taste it for the first time to Champagne... Visitors discover this preference on the first day of their stay whilst sitting on the Limoux Place de Republique with a chilled glass of Blanquette prior to having a superbly priced lunch from one of the eight bistros fronting onto the square.

The Aude is an agricultural region where the soil is ideal for grape vines. Although the agri-industry is creeping in with its large fields and commercial harvesting, there is thankfully for the visitor, lots of small plots each with their individual appearance - especially with the vineyards. Access in the countryside is via small roads into and out of small villages that is best seen during a leisurely drive. September or thereabouts is the harvest where the vineyards are alive with teams of pickers, and the roads congested with tractors hauling their harvest to the presses as quickly as they are able. To the west, the land is more hilly that plays a part in the climate where it becomes a shade cooler. The scenery as one drives higher until one reaches Andorra is breathtaking. The small towns quite often centre around natural hot spa water worth a visit. Nestled amongst these little towns is our namesake, Renne le Chateau, that is the base for Dan Brown's book, the DaVinci Code.

To the south, the land becomes different again down to the coastline where the Region Capital of Montpellier is located with Narbonne further along. The coastline is made up of marshland and beaches, again with stunning views.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Autumn rate - 2 persons
18 Sep 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£420
for 7 nights
£420
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Rental includes pool towels.

NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion

Rental charges include all linen, electricity, water and kitchen (paper, soap and condiments).

A welcome pack of seasonal selection with a bottle of wine included

Full cleaning (if required) 40€
A non-refundable deposit of 10% to secure booking, with balance due two weeks prior to stay.
A security charge of £200 is required with final payment, refundable on departure.
Will also accept Euro payment - conversion at prevailing Bank rate.

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Facilities

From the Owner

The peace and quiet is by far the most beneficial advantage. It is so easy to wake up late to the sound of the neighbouring farm lazily taking the tractor out to tend the vineyards - great for a holiday, but maybe not when there are jobs to be done! Although we have 50 acres of woodland to walk around, there is not really a sense of privacy here, one just walks from one vineyard to another with the owners giving you a friendly wave. A short drive and you are in Limoux where it is not uncommon to buy an acceptable lunch for 10€ ! Then, how nice it is to be home in a few minutes after all this and laze in the pool with the sun beating overhead!

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 65 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • There is a separate laundry room with an automatic washing machine, iron and ironing board for all guests' use.

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