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Spacious Property with Private Pool and Gardens, near the river Aude.

Overview

Property

Updated: 02-Dec-2016
House in Floure, Aude, Languedoc - Roussillon, France - Close to River Aude in the Minervois, near Carcassonne

A spacious property with private pool/paddling pool, lawn, gardens and large field for ball games. The pool is 11x5ms, rectangular with a broad patio, fenced for security, not overlooked. At one corner, water pours into the separate paddling-pool and cascades into the shallow end. The pool is exclusive to you. There is an outside dining area by the barbecue under a pergola with overhead lighting. Lockable spacious parking. La Florette is on two floors and sleeps 10 plus cot in 5 bedrooms. No sofa- or bunk-beds. Lots of room inside and out. On the edge of the village of Floure, 8 miles from Carcassonne. The river Aude flows 100 yds away. Quick access to the sea by the autoroute access 3 miles away. Carcassonne is a 'must' - Europe's largest fortified medieval city, truly wonderful. Floure boasts a magnificent chateau restaurant, good for that special night out. See website link gallery & local info page. With an adjacent house, we can accommodate 16 people in this property on request.

La Florette has wi-fi.

More details about La Florette and its environs. You drive in by a line which passes by the banks of the river 100 yards away. Passing through iron, lockable gates, you park in the spacious drive. The ground floor comprises the large living-room with television which receives UK programmes, comfortable leather seating, DVD and cassette players with DVDs and cassettes. You look out onto the front terrace. The separate dining-room is adjacent to the living-room. Porte-fenêtres lead out onto the front terrace. A door leads from the dining-room to the kitchen which is well-equipped with Stoves electric 4-ring cooker, microwave, dish-washer, washing-machine, double sink and all the necessary utensils, toaster, kettle, large fridge/freezer (a box freezer is upstairs)...... A door leads out from the kitchen to the rear patio which has a large table and seating and the 'second' barbecue.

On the ground floor there is a large double bedroom looking out towards the river. This bedroom is especially suitable for anyone with mobility difficulty. There is a wc and washbasin close by, over the corridor.

You will like the décor and overall comfort. There are 100s of books in English in La Florette, to suit all tastes. The entrance to the house is flat and level whichever of the three doors you take - again very convenient for any frail person.

Upstairs, you have the other double bedroom to your right, looking out towards the river. It has en suite shower and wash-basin. To your left are the three twin bedrooms looking out over the lawn towards the Corbieres hills. All the bedrooms have ample wardrobe and storage space. The stand-up cot is usually in the largest of the twin bedrooms (please bring your own cot sheets). The 'family' bathroom has a bath, shower cubicle and bidet. There is a separate wc adjacent. The so-called 'washroom' has a shower cubicle and w.c. Please remember that we provide bedlinen and towels without charge, but please bring your own towels for sunbathing and the beach.

The long south-facing front terrace offers sunshine and shade. It looks towards the lawn. At one end is the outside dining terrace with long table for 10 people. The main barbecue is near-by. The lawn is surrounded by a variety of trees and bushes. It has a double swing for the children. Altogether there is bags of space for children's play, both here and in the big field beyond.

The swimming-pool is located on the other side of the lawn (a little distance from your front door for safety). It has a child-proof entrance and is surrounded by wall or fencing. It has a large patio with swing, hammock, loungers, tables and chairs. The patio has overhead lighting. The pool itself is 11x5 ms. In one corner is the separate paddling-pool from which water cascades into the shallow end. The paddling pool is safe and easily supervised. The patio is a veritable sun-trap since it is so well sheltered. The pool has two under-water lights which, with the patio lights, render it all very picturesque for sitting there in the late evenings. The big field beyond the pool is for ball-games or anything you like!

Your lane takes you down to the river Aude. You will see the long weir which can be quite dramatic when the water is high. An electric turbine is worked by the water as it flows along the race. It is worth having a look at it. Otherwise there is a nice walk along the path by the river, returning through the vineyards, sunflower fields or whatever is currently planted.

Floure is a small village with no shops. However, it does have the large château hotel/restaurant set in wonderful grounds. Once a Roman legionary base and later a monastery, it is worth having a look inside and at the grounds. Of course, it is ideal for your celebratory meal or special occasion. It is about 10 minutes walk from the house. Floure is overlooked by Mt. Alaric, one of the Corbieres.

The countryside in the Minervois plain between Carcassonne, Narbonne and Beziers offers easy walking and cycling. There are many small villages, each quite distinct - it's nice to potter from one to the other, perhaps stopping for a 'degustation' at one of the many wineries on the way. The Canal du Midi is a big attraction, justifiably so. Walking or cycling along the tow-path is very easy and relaxing, waving to the passing boats and stopping for a drink at a café by one of the locks. There are organised boat trips at Trebes, Homps and Carcassonne. Sometimes they offer lunch on board as an option. If you're lucky or if you research in advance, you will find a Company which will let you have a boat for the day, but these Companies are few and far between, and they don't seem to stay in business very long.

Carcassonne, of course, is a 'must see', especially the 'old city'. There is plenty of entertainment for children and interest for adults. It is a truly spectacular sight. It is worth learning something about the Cathars in advance to help you make sense of it all. The 'new town' lies in the plain by the river. There are good shops and restaurants in both, but the theatres, cinemas and sporting facilities are in the new town. Your nearest tourist centre is in Trebes, with a bigger one in Carcassonne.

The drive upstream via Limoux and Alex les Bains is very pleasant, both towns being picturesque and of historical interest. You could drive on to the dinosaur museum at Esperaza or the international water-sports centre near Axat.

The Corbieres hills are quite wild. You are quickly in open country with few villages between the copious vineyards. Lagrasse is a lovely old town with good restaurants. To the north, you have the Montagne Noire on whose slopes there are two or three spectacular caves open to the public. They are enormous and impressive. You can drive to the top of the Montagne Noire through narrow wooded valleys and twisting roads.

The autoroute begins at Trebes 3 miles away. From there you can easily get to the coast in less than an hour. The two nearest resorts are Narbonne Plage and Gruissan. The former is an unpretentious place, but all the nicer for it. Gruissan has its castle, marina and the well-known houses on stilts. There are other resorts to the north and south. For example, Peyriac and Bages, Leucate, Barcares, and then St. Cyprien and Canet Plage with the fine aquapark nearby. The Sigean African Nature Reserve is on the way to Perpignan. To the north, Agde and Sete are certainly worth a visit, especially Sete with its fine waterfront and frequent festivals, water-jousting etc. And then on to Montpellier, Nîmes and the Pont du Gard.

All in all, there is plenty to do and see in the area. Above all, you have the lovely weather and sunshine in which you can relax and forget the cares of the world.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the Owner

We are a domestic concern, not a commercial company, so our processes are very simple. Alexis and I live in Glasgow. Alexis was born in Edinburgh while I am from a Yorkshire mining town. We have both worked in the social services. Alexis has been the chief inspector of social work in Scotland and is now a panel member on the national enquiry into child sexual abuse. She wrote the report on CSE in Rotherham. I have worked in Macedonia and Albania with the Dept. of International Development. More recently I acted as a consultant to voluntary organisations in Scotland with the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland. We bought our first house in France in 1989. We try to make them 'a home' rather than just 'a house'.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Truly, the best holiday we've ever had'.



'The children loved your house and especially the swimming pool & the paddling pool. We were very sorry to leave'.



'So convenient, comfortable and relaxing. You've put so much thought and effort into making the house homely and welcoming. Thank you so much.'
Aug 2008
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Location

From the Owner

La Florette is very conveniently located, close to Carcassonne and an easy drive to the coast. The autoroute 3 miles away takes you quickly to the seaside or to Toulouse in the other direction. The river Aude, only 100 yards away, makes the property very unusual and attractive. The Minervois plain offers good walking and cycling country.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carcassonne at 14 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Floure at 1 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Carcassonne at 14 Kilometres Nearest Train : Carcassonne at 12 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Trebes at 4 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Floure at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Mijanes at 100 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Narbonne Plage at 64 Kilometres Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

You pick up the autoroute at Trebes 3 miles away. From there it is about 40 miles, almost all by autoroute, to the beaches at Narbonne Plage and Gruissan. Gruissan is especially attractive, nestling under its castle-rock, with its marina and extraordinary cluster of houses on stilts near the sea. Further south, the seaside villages of Bages and particularly Peyriac de Mer are worth visiting. To the north, Agde and Sete are 'musts'.

Travel:

The nearest airport is Carcassonne (11 miles) served by Ryanair. Otherwise Toulouse (65 miles), Perpignan, Beziers, Montpellier, Nimes, Girona. The nearest channel port is probably St. Malo (540 miles via Toulouse). A car is essential. Carcassonne railway station serves Toulouse, Narbonne and beyond. Motorail to Narbonne, we believe.

Distances:

Your nearest supermarkets, shops, banks, post office, internet cafe, tourist office are in Trebes 2 miles away. In Trebes you can take a cruise on the Canal du Midi. There are good restaurants by the Canal. All cultural, recreational, social and sporting facilities are in Carcassonne (8 miles), together with excellent & varied shopping. There are places where you can hire your own boat for the day on the Canal du Midi, taking your picnic - sublime! Floure boasts an excellent chateau restaurant.

Further Details:

Big attractions in the area are Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi. Carcassonne's old city overlooks the Aude. It is the largest fortified medieval city in Europe with its battlements, turrets, moat & narrow streets. Very diverse, unusual shops, small gruesome museums, outdoor theatre, basilica & carousel & little bus for children. The 'new' city has all the sporting, cultural and shopping facilities you will ever need. You can take cruises on the Canal du Midi from Trebes and elsewhere, or there are places where you can hire your own boat for the day, take your picnic and saunter water-borne under the plane trees. This makes for a memorable day.

There are really good restaurants in Trebes and Carcassonne - see our Travel Journal in the house. The Corbieres hills to the south and the Montagne Noire to the north offer wonderful walking country scattered with Cathar castles but small populations. The Minervois triangle (Carcassonne/Narbonne/Beziers) has lovely little villages in the plain - and it produces excellent wines. Floure has no shops, only a magnificent chateau restaurant in beautiful grounds.

Further upstream on the Aude there are international water sports facilities at Quillan and Axat, beyond which you climb to Font Romeu, the ski slopes and the Pyrenees. You need to learn something about Cathar history to make sense of the myriad ruined castles - 'The Perfect Heresy' by O'Shea is a good introduction. In the grounds, set apart from La Florette and facing the opposite direction, there is a small house Chez Magali which may be let. Residents in Chez Magali have their own garden, and they do not have access to your gardens, terrace, lawn, field or pool. In effect, the two houses are separate & private. Chez Magali's existence, however, is good for security.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter
5 Nov 2016 - 5 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
May
6 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
June
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£950
for 7 nights
£950
 
 
High
1 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,800
for 7 nights
£1,800
 
 
September
26 Aug 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£950
for 7 nights
£950
 
 
October
7 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
Low
4 Nov 2017 - 4 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
The deposit is payable on booking; the balance at least 6 weeks before your stay. Sterling cheque preferred, but tell us if you prefer bank transfer or other means. Keys are sent to you in advance which you return to us.

Changeover Day:
Changeover is on Saturday. More flexible off-season, but less so in the summer. You should arrive after 4pm and leave before 10am. If the cleaner agrees, you may leave your bags and return later. Interim cleaning may be arranged by you at your expense.

Notes on prices:
There is a £50 surcharge for single-week bookings to cover partially the extra cleaning costs. £50pw will be charged for access to the swimming-pool in May or October. Each week is charged the rate for the month in which its first Saturday falls. Rates are not 'per person', but for the use of the house. Electricity costs are included in the rent during the summer months. At other times, other arrangements may be negotiated which may entail meter-reading etc. Long-let discounts are available.

Deposit payable on the reservation. The balance 6 weeks before arrival. We expect our visitors to look after the house as we try to look after them.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

We can't claim any 'unique' characteristics which take La Florette into another world! It is simply a great place for a relaxing holiday and especially good for children. It has everything on offer either in its grounds or in its surrounding area, Children have been known to spend almost all their holiday by the swimming-pool, toddlers in the paddling-pool, adults besporting themselves in the deep end. You won't be disappointed, I assure you.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 100 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • 1st floor en-suite to bedroom 1 with shower and basin. 1st floor main bathroom with bath, shower, bidet and basin. 1st floor second bathroom with shower, wash-basin and WC. 1st floor separate WC. Ground floor WC and wash-basin.

Bedrooms

  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and en-suite, looks towards the R. Aude. Bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 with twin beds, look towards the hills. Bedroom 5 with double bed on the ground floor (near a WC, helpful for those with limited mobility). All have ample wardrobe and storage space.

Outside

  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The house has oil-fired central heating. Persons with limited mobility may find the ground floor bedroom helpful. There are hundreds of books in English. Outside: The hexagonal paddling-pool is ideal and easy to supervise. Water cascades from it into the main pool, 11x5ms., exclusive to you, not overlooked and surrounded by colourful shrubs. The main gates and pool gate are lockable for security. The terrace and the outside dining area have their own lighting - delightful for dining or sitting out in the evenings. Porte-fenetres lead from the dining-room out on to the broad front terrace which has outdoor seating and lighting, parasols etc. The pool is not heated. The kitchen door leads on to the back garden with its dining-table, patio, whirligig, barbecue and flowerbeds. You enter La Florette from the lane via the lockable main gate into the driveway and ample parking space. At the side of the terrace is the outside dining area with large table for 10, under a pergola with overhead lighting - a delightful spot for eating out in the long evenings. BBQ nearby. Beyond the lawn, a field for ball games. Utility Room: A second washing-machine is accessible in an outhouse. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels are provided free of charge, but bring your own towels for sunbathing and the beach. Bring your own cot sheets. The house is cleaned only on change-over day. Interim cleaning/washing may be arranged at your expense. Other: Dining-room seats 10 easily. Porte-fenetres open onto the front terrace and lawn. South-facing with beamed ceiling and stone fireplace.

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