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Delightful gite in picturesque SW France, short distance from Carcassonne



Updated: 19-Oct-2016
summer sun, winter ski!

New to this site and recently refurbished, a delightful one bedroomed, 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.

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.

Bread and croissants or a breakfast basket of local delights are available, on request, from the owner

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 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 40 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.

Contact us if you have any questions:

0033(0) 468311453

More Details
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Speaks English, French

1 Reviews

1 holidaymaker review


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: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 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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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carcassonne at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : moulin de l'eveque at 300 Metres Nearest Golf : Foix at 35 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Carcassonne at 35 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : moulin de l'eveque at 300 Metres Nearest Ski : Mont d'olme at 30 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Puivert at 7 Kilometres Car: recommended


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2 Oct 2016 - 5 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Autumn
6 Nov 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
18 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Ski season
8 Jan 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

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.
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Updated: 19-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Dining Area


  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • 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


  • Bathroom 1


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1


  • Self-catering

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