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Gites du Cabardes : Perfect all year round sunny holidays - read our reviews. - Gite 1: with heated pool just 5 miles/ 8 kms from Carcassonne

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking



Gite 1: with heated pool just 5 miles/ 8 kms from Carcassonne

This gite is part of a small family run 3 gite complex.

As owners have a limited the number of photos, please look at the captions on photos for "gite 1".

Perfect for 4, with a large living area+fully fitted kitchenette, separate bedroom with double bed, bathroom, but plenty enough space for 6 (comfortable sofa-bed for 2 in living area)

Functional, light and sunny this gite has been carefully decorated with local furniture and colourful fittings.

Fully equipped- from dishwasher, cooker, microwave, family size fridge, freezer, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, hair dryer, good utensils and crockery. Washing machine + iron in separate service area.

Balcony for al fresco dining - table + chairs for 6

Impeccably maintained, with new fittings, good crockery and utensils as well as being perfectly clean.

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About the property

Gites du Cabardes

Holiday rentals in small family run complex comprising 3 gites with good sized heated pool 8 kms from Carcassonne.

Superhost on Airb, 3 star rating by Carcassonne Tourist Board, over 70 reviews on the famous american travellers website. We have been in the business since 2003.

As the number of photos which we can publish is limited, look at the captions, to understand which gite corresponds to which photos :))

These 3 gites are fitted with good appliances, quality crockery and utensils, good bedding as well as pleasant furnishings.

Gite 1: 2 bedrooms, spacious living area with sofa-bed, fully equipped kitchenette, bathroom, balcony for al fresco dining

Gite 2: 2 bedrooms, spacious living area with sofa-bed, fully equipped kitchenette, bathroom, balcony for al fresco dining

Gite 3:1 bedroom, spacious living area with sofa-bed, fully equipped kitchenette, bathroom.

A MUST for short breaks or just a great holiday. Summer or winter alike, an ideal all year round self catering holiday location.

For SUMMER HOLIDAYS: sun loungers, tables and chairs, barbeque and of course the HEATED POOL.

For SPRING AND AUTUMN breaks: the pool is heated from April to October - essential if you want to swim in warm water (27°) outside the summer season

For WINTER HOLIDAYS: bright and sunny, fully centrally heated, you can even eat outside on the sheltered balcony (gites 1 and 2) most of the year round.

FUNCTIONNAL, LIGHT AND SUNNY these gites gite have been carefully decorated with local furniture and good fittings.

FULLY EQUIPPED - from dishwasher (very important!), cooker, microwave, family size fridge, freezer, washing machine, toaster, kettle, coffee maker...the list goes on ... and comfortable sofa-bed (sleeps 2).

Wifi connection.

We've tried to make everything smart and comfortable with all the mod cons and think we give good value for money!!

Paradise for walkers and cyclists on the miles of dirt tracks straight from the doorstep! All tourist information provided on the many places to visit and activities in the area too numerous to put down here (children orientated, walks, chateaux, abbeys, canoeing, white water rafting, riding...).

We are a friendly anglo-French family who live on the premises; we like to be helpful but are not intrusive!

We can organize bike rental, ring to book restaurants, canal trips, riding, canoeing or help you in any way with your site seeing or activities.

Whether you come for a couple of nights, for a week or two or for a longer rental, we will give you a warm welcome.

Ventenac-Cabardes is a wine making village in the countryside but unbelievably just 8 kms from Carcassonne. With its chateau, narrow shady streets and medieval church, it has remained unchanged through the centuries.

The village has a well stocked local shop, tennis courts, childrens' park as well as numerous vineyards all within 300m.

The area offers year round holiday pleasures - exploring Carcassonne or you might prefer visiting the beautiful countryside and the many villages that have remained unchanged over the centuries.

Summer or winter there will be something for everyone in or around Carcassonne - festivals, markets, exhibitions, cultural events, music and the arts - events culinary or historical - the list goes on.

Skiing - The Pyrenees are within an hours drive for unrivalled mountainous scenery and of course the ski slopes.

A similar drive will take you to the warm waters of the Mediterranean.

A little further afield is duty-free Andorra for a little retail therapy.

There are numerous abbeys and Cathar castles to visit

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Jennifer Duffield Leclercq
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 April, 2018

About Jennifer Duffield Leclercq

We are a friendly anglo-french couple and have lived in the area since 2001. Daniel is from the north of France and Jenny, originally from Norfolk in east England has lived in France for the last 30 years. We wouldn't live anywhere else, the Languedoc area is so beautiful and has so much to offer - to say nothing of the sunshine! We've had the gites since 2003 and like to think we now know guest's requirements in terms of equipment and comfort. We are especially careful about cleaning and you'll find the gites spotlessly clean on your arrival. We really enjoy meeting different people from so many walks of life and so many different countries as you can see if you have a look at the contact page on our website. So...... have a look at our reviews and make your own mind up!!

Jennifer Duffield Leclercq purchased this apartment in 2003

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We require a security deposit of 150 euros to be paid on arrival in either euros, sterling or other (cash or cheque)
Caution du à votre arrivée de 150 euros especes ou chèque (en euros ou en votre monnaie)

Due on arrival: stay tax = 1 €/adult/night
Electricity metered when heating in use

Taxe de séjour à payer à votre arrivée: 1 €/nuit/adulte
Edf facturé en basse saison (chauffage)


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Ventenac-Cabardès in Arrondissement of Carcassonne

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • We are only able to accept pets on the basis that you let us know before your arrival and that you never leave them on their own in the gite.
  • Sorry, we have to bill you for electricity between November and end March
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Fully tiled bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • + Comfortable sofa-bed sleeps 2 in living area. Cot + high chair available on request.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
We always keep the pool warm - minimum 27°!! Open from mid April to mid/end of October depending the weather....please ask.


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Gite 1: with heated pool just 5 miles/ 8 kms from Carcassonne
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Very nice place, very hospitable and a great well heated pool.

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace and quiet within reach of the city

  • 5 of 5

Returning to stay with Jenny and Daniel was a delight as always...the gites were bright, comfortable, well-equipped, airy and spotlessly clean. The children adored the heated pool and Jenny has thoughtfully provided pool equipment for those unable to bring their own!! Ventenac is an ideal location as it is peaceful, rural but merely a few minutes drive from the centre of Carcassonne with its tourist attractions and restaurants. Jenny and Daniel are discreetly on site but always available for any help or advice needed which is invaluable when you don't speak the local language!!

As always we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and are looking forward to many returns in the future!!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We spent 10 days here and enjoyed it very much. The gites are clean and nicely decorated. Even though the heat could be overwhelming (especially during a heat wave!), it's a wonderful spot to relax, swim, and take in the beautiful views. The property is also a great base for exploring this area of France. The owners are attentive and friendly without being intrusive. Jenny kindly opened the pool early almost every morning for our children. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely, quiet and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

Once again we were made very welcome by Jenny and Daniel, the gite was exactly as we remembered it, it feels like a home away from home - we drove down this time so that we could make the most of shopping for wine locally, and Pottery and clothes from Lagrasse which was a real find last time and worth a visit. The weather this trip was varied but we still got to relax by the pool and sit out on the terrace, when it wasn't sunny we went wine tasting and shopping! Carcassonne was as beautiful as ever and we ventured up to Andorra too. We could choose to holiday elsewhere but we love it here and don't feel we have even scratched the surface of what is available to do and see in this area, Thanks again and see you soon!

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, it is so gratifying for us to know that guests have enjoyed their holiday here. We have really enjoyed seeing you over the years and hope to have you back soon! All the best Jenny
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Super location

  • 4 of 5

Pros: A great location, less than 20 minutes from Carcassonne and the airport, but in a quiet spot with (distant) views of the Pyrenees. Jenny was very welcoming, and not intrusive. The apartment had everything you might need,including a dishwasher, although perhaps a teapot for English visitors might be nice! The pool was a lovely temperature, and the south facing balcony very pleasant. There is a small shop (Vidal) very close with a friendly chatty couple selling nice wine made in the village, and a Leclerc with petrol station (credit cards) only 15 minutes away.

Cons: The metal framed bed was too short for me, so with a bit of rearrangement, we slept on the mattress on the floor. The fridge freezer (like most I suppose) made a lot of noise, so, as a light sleeper, I had to switch it off at night. And as mentioned elsewhere, the wall to the balcony is too high to enjoy the views sat down, but I`m sure that is more to do with Health and Safety!

Suggestion for visitors: Our balcony in Apartment 1 had some shelter from the very cool westerly winds in May. If we had been in the other large Apartment (3 I think) with the west facing balcony, we probably would not have been able to sit out so much.

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we are glad you enjoyed your stay here and your comments are noted. All the best Jenny
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Lovely time had by all

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time here beginning of October. The gite was actually nicer than we thought it would be. The pool was great as the weather was actually quite hot. We spent lots of time visiting the area as well as going into Carcassonne. There is abigail Leclerc supermarket close by, great for shopping. We would definitely recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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La Table Cave du Château
Beautiful building, good service and value for money too.... as the wine is priced at cost!!
All meat and fish is barbecued here.... you can eat outside in summer
chai moi
No frozen food here.... good value for money, nice setting along the Canal du midi
Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
65 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The village is very typical with its château, narrow shaded streets and mediaeval church and has its village shop cum tobacconist cum baker and tennis court, childrens' playground (all within 300 m), as well as vineyards.

Go wine tasting in the many local vineyards, eat out in the shade of the plane trees and discover the colourful Local Gastronomy...

Or you might prefer walking or cycling and picnicking in the wonderful contrasts offered by the landscapes.

Spend the day on the beach and swim in the warm waters of the Med, just an hour's drive away.

For those who wish to go further afield - a two hour drive away - spend a day in Spain or or for a little retail therapy, take advantage of Duty-Free Shopping In Andorra.

Other Activities: Too many things to do in the area to list here, but loads of leaflets + living on site we can help you out and recommend...