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Cosy country gite,Rivel. Late Aug/Sept prices now reduced

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

summer sun, winter ski!

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

Contact us if you have any questions:

0033(0) 468311453

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Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
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Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Rivel in Aude

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 / Check-out: 16:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • 1 dble bed in bedroom. 1 3/4 sofa bed in living area
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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(5 traveller reviews)

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Cosy country gite,Rivel. Late Aug/Sept prices now reduced
average rating of 4.4 based on 5 reviews

Everything you could possibly need

  • 5 of 5

As always it's a bit of a surprise whenever you arrive at a holiday house but this was everything we could have hoped for. Firstly, there is the pool (which i had forgotten about), then there are the hosts are a really, really approachable and helpful and also leave you to get on with your holiday. Then there is the perfect location; it's surrounded by nature, abundant with butterflies and birds and trees, it's really quiet, there is a place to park a car, and within walking distance there is a restaurant/bar which takes cards in case you do feel like going and getting a beer. Ten minutes drive from the gîte are shops selling all that you need. If you want a pad or a base in the south of France near an airport with shops and amenities but yet is quiet, secluded and fun.... this is the place to stay. I particularly recommend this gîte to families with young children.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely, positive review. You may have forgotten about the pool since booking, but I'm sure Esme never will! She certainly enjoyed it. It is so good to see the pool and gardens being used and enjoyed. It would be a pleasure to welcome your lovely family back here one day. Gill
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Très bon séjour

  • 4 of 5

Nous avons passé une belle semaine dans ce gîte très calme et reposant. La région est magnifique, de belles ballades et randonnées à faire, des châteaux à visiter et des marchés bien fournis. Le gîte est idéal pour un couple, les propriétaires sont très gentils et serviables et la piscine bienvenue après une bonne journée de visites! Une petite suggestion cependant, une cafetière électrique serait bien pratique pour nous français !

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour vos gentils mots, nous sommes ravis que vous ayez apprécié votre séjour ici dans cette délicieuse région de la France. Nous aimerions vous revoir un jour. Merci pour la pointe de la machine à café électrique!
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Que du Bonheur

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un magnifique séjour chez Gill et Lionel.

Le gîte est très bien équipé et les extérieurs sont magnifiques pour ceux qui aiment le calme.

Nos hôtes sont très discrets et adorables à la fois.

Nous reviendrons avec Grand Plaisir.

Tony, Marie-Charlotte et Lili

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nous sommes si heureux que vous ayez tous apprécié vos vacances ici à Quatre Bougies. C'était un plaisir de vous rencontrer et nous avons hâte de vous revoir l'année prochaine, lorsque nous espérons avoir le plus grand gîte rénové (pour le reste de votre famille!) Je vous remercie pour vos aimables paroles. Cordialement Gill & Lionel We are so glad that you all enjoyed your holiday here at Quatre Bougies. It was a pleasure to meet you and we look forward to seeing you again next year, when we will hopefully have the bigger gite renovated ( for the rest of your family!). Thank you for your kind words. Regards
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très bien

  • 4 of 5

le gite correspond exactement à la description, il est parfait pour un couple

Gill et Lionel sont des propriétaires charmants et attentionnés, nous recommandons vivement cette location pour des personnes désireuses de visiter le pays cathare

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour vos aimables mots, c'était un plaisir de vous avoir ici. C'était merveilleux que vous puissiez profiter du jardin et de la piscine sous le soleil et pourtant sortir et découvrir la région. Nous aimerions vous accueillir à nouveau. Thank you for your kind words, it was a pleasure to have you here. It was wonderful that you were able to enjoy the garden & pool in the sunshine and yet get out and about discovering the area. We would love to welcome you here again. Gill & Lionel
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Bon accueil et cadre très calme

  • 4 of 5

Un accueil par les propriétaires très sympatique , nous avons apprécié les cakes ,fromages et vin à notre arrivée .

La piscine est top .

Le gîte est conforme à l'annonce , idéal pour un couple .

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. It was lovely to meet you and to welcome you to our wonderful part of France. So glad that you enjoyed your stay, we may hopefully see you again one day.
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
moulin de l'eveque
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
moulin de l'eveque
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Mont d'olme
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Full payment required if arrival date is within 40 days of booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.