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Fully Renovated Village House

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

House in Palairac, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, france - In Unspoilt Mountain Village in the Heart of Cathar Country

A beautifully restored 400 year old house located at the centre of the award winning village of Palairac in the High Corbieres region of Languedoc. The house can sleep 10 people comfortably and offers all modern amenities with spacious accommodation on three floors. The village of Palairac is in the heart of Cathar Country with the castles of Perepertuse, Aguiler and Queribus nearby. There is opportunity for walking, and riding in the immediate area and swimming in local pools and nearby rivers and gorges. The area is particularly popular with on and off road cyclists. (The Tour De France passes through nearby villages most years)The sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are within an hours drive. The nearby towns of Tuchan and Pazioles are 15 minutes away and offer good shopping, bars and restaurants. There is more comprehensive shopping, including superb French markets, at Narbonne, Lezignan, Perpignan, Carcassonne and Ceret.

Jane Venables
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
26 January, 2017

About Jane Venables

We live in Oxford with our dog Sancho near to our 3 children and 5 grandchildren. We spent many holidays in France before deciding to buy a house there when we retired and sold our family home. We keep a small cottage base in Oxford but spend a good part of the year in France. Our home in Palairac is now where the family gather for occasions throughout the year.

Jane Venables purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Jane Venables chose Carcassonne area

We love old houses with a history and fell in love with this house on first viewing. It feels cosy but can accommodate all our family with bedrooms and bathrooms to spare. The village is uniquely beautiful and the people are so friendly,(a mixture of French, Belgium, English), we felt right at home as soon as we moved in.

We can fly from the UK into Carcassonne, Bezier, Perpignan, Gerona, (Barcelona), Toulouse or Montpellier so always have a wide choice of cheap tickets. We then drive for an hour through stunning countryside to the village. We like its remoteness because the roads are virtually empty even in high Summer, and except for the odd bicyclists, (The Tour De France passes through nearby villages every year), there is almost no traffic at all through the village itself.

What makes this cottage unique

This village has been inhabited for over a thousand years and the 12th Century church, is the centre of many mysteries. Because of its antiquity, no modern building is allowed in the village. Nothing is spoiled.

My family love walking in the hills surrounding the village which are full of wild flowers and shrubs and quite spectacular in the Spring, early Summer and Autumn. The grandchildren play out in the village and surrounding hills and woods, taking picnics, making camps and generally exploring. In the Summer we go swimming in the nearby rivers and local pool where we meet lots of people over drinks and food in the outdoor cafe.

We are always captivated anew by the unique beauty and total peace we find when we arrive back in Palairac.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for letting us share your little slice of paradise. We have had a brilliant time in your unique home, comfortable and very well equipped. We have stayed in many French houses and yours rates among the highest.

The Mealey Family 8-22 August, 2009.
Feb 2004
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Beautiful house in friendly village.

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This house is a gem in beautiful countryside, great walking, relaxing on the terrace or chatting with the locals.

The house itself is equipped with everything you could need and the housekeeper lived just up the road and was very helpful.

Bear in mind that this place is tucked away in the hills and it is a twenty minute drive to the nearest shop so you need to be organised with shopping!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We tend to do a big shop in the hypermarket at Narbonne or Perpignan then top up from the local shops in Tuchan and Pazioles. The butcher in the Spar at Tuchan has very good meat and also local eggs. Veg are better at the shop in Pazioles and its nice to have a coffee at the bar across the road. The bread van which delivers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sunday can also save a trip but the drive down to Tuchan is beautiful and usually traffic free so we are used to shopping almost daily. The covered market in Narbonne is worthy of a days outing. Try to arrive by 11:00 and have lunch in the market.
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7 night minimum stay
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Booking Notes:
25% of the rent is payable at the time of booking and the balance is due 6 weeks before the start of the rental period. £100 security deposit is also required, which is returnable after the completion of your holiday.

Changeover Day:
The house is available to rent weekly from Saturday 4.00pm to Saturday 10.00am during the high season. There is more flexibility with longer term lets and when booking in the Winter and Spring.

Notes on prices:
Reductions available for 4 persons or less in low season and for longer term lets.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Palairac in Aude

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bedrooms 1, 2 and 3 have en-suite bathrooms with toilet, basin and shower. Family bathroom with bath, shower, bidet, toilet and basin.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 with double bed and en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 3 with large double, (twin mattresses) en-suite bathoom. Bedroom 4 triple room with 3 single beds. Bedroom 5 2 single beds
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Electric heaters, wood for stoves provided. Pets allowed. No smoking except on roof terrace. games, puzzles, travel books and maps provided. beach towels, and beach and picnic equipment provided. Outside: There is a sitting area outside the front door that overlooks the fountain in the small village square. The roof terrace is very spacious and is good for eating out and sunbathing with nice views of the hills and the village. The village itself is small but beautiful and boasts a 'fleurie' award for one of the prettiest villages in Aude. Utility Room: Washing machine and dryer. Iron, ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen provided, including beach towels. Cleaning before arrival and after departure. Other: Large,light and airy sitting-dining room on 2nd top floor(with 2nd kitchen adjacent). Wood floors, beamed ceiling, wood burning stove and French doors to spacious roof terrace. Music centre, games, toys, puzzles, barbecue and terrace furniture.

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