Village House in Lapradelle, Nr. Quillan, Languedoc
Set in a quiet street which turns into a footpath down the valley, the house is on three floors. The top floor is devoted to the large living-room from which porte-fenetres lead out onto the spacious, south-facing roof terrace with its superb view. This room has television, DVD player, cassette player with DVDs and cassettes. There are hundreds of books in English to suit all tastes. The leather settees are very comfortable, and the decor is especially attractive. A travel journal offers advice on good drives, walks, restaurants etc.
The middle floor has the double bedroom and one twin bedroom, kitchen & dining area, and the main bathroom. The dining area opens onto the balcony. The views from the roof terrace and balcony are truly spectacular. The castle of Puilaurens is illuminated at night - a dramatic sight. The kitchen is well-equipped with 4-plate electric cooker, fridge and freezer, microwave, toaster.... and all necessary utensils. The pantry has the dish-washer and washing-machine. It is lovely to sit out on the balcony in the mornings with your croissants and tea/coffee. This a really sublime place.
All the bedrooms have ample wardrobe and storage space. Please bear in mind that we provide bedlinen and towels without charge, asking only that you bring your own towels for the beach and sunbathing (and bring your own cot sheets).
On this middle floor, there is the bathroom with bath and separate shower, wc and basin. There is a separate wc adjacent.
The ground floor has one twin and one single bedroom. The twin bedroom has the stand-up cot. The little single bedroom feels 'out of the way' and may be ideal for an 'independent' youngster. The shower room on this floor contains a shower, wc and washbasin. The kitchenette, also on this floor, is quite basic with sink and small stove.
Doors lead you out onto the back patio, and beyond it the grassed garden which is safe for children.
A wide parking area is 30 yards away. It is easy to drive to your front door, deposit passengers and luggage and then drive round to the parking area. We have experienced no trouble with parking.
From the house there are walks in all directions. Your own street soon turns into a footpath taking you through the woods to Caudies, your nearest village. Stop there for a drink and return on the other side of the valley by the forest paths. More strenuous walking is easy to find, but the forest paths are ubiquitous, all with wonderful views.
It is a pleasant walk over the river to the shops. In the village there is a bar and a restaurant and a general store. Although you could live off the general store, your supermarkets are at Quillan or St. Paul. Various little shops often sprout up in the tourist season.
The little tourist train, Le Papillon, stops at Lapradelle viaduct. It goes from Axat to near Rivesaltes, at a very leisurely pace allowing time for photographs. Locals use the viaduct as a short cut. The village lies on the banks of the river Boulzane, a very beautiful place. Beyond it is the Cathar castle of Puilaurens which you see from the house. There is a parking area below the castle, adjacent to a castle shop which is worth a visit. This whole area has many ruined castles and battlements dating from the Middle Ages, and it is worth reading about the Cathars in advance to help make sense of them all.
It is a lovely 35-mile drive to the Mediterranean. You are driving along what used to be the border between Spain and France. Note the castles of Queribus and Peyrepertuse overlooking the road. The village of Maury is the source of excellent wines. There is a wide choice of coastal resorts - e.g. Argeles, St. Cyprien and Canet Plage - but don't ignore the large Aquapark which will keep children happy for hours.
There is excellent walking country all around, strenuous or otherwise. There is an international watersports centre at Axat nearby, open to the public. You are in Dan Brown country with Rennes le Chateau not far away, as well as Bugarach where many assembled to witness the end of the world at the millennium.
Lapradelle lies in the middle of one of France's most beautiful areas, still little known. That is why we say that it is made for romantics only, for lovers of the countryside, of village life, of France Profonde, of history and castle-bagging, of exploratory walks, of fauna and flora - or just lazing in the sun. It must be ideal for (first or second) honeymooners!
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'.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Just a short note to thank you so much for the use of your beautiful house in Lapradelle. Everything was 1st. class & we enjoyed our holiday very much. We enjoyed the sun-loungers on the roof terrace and ate on the patio enjoying a different view of the mountains. The indoors facilities were superb & extremely comfortable with plenty of reading & entertainment. The walk up to Puilaurens castle followed by a reward of a lunch of moules frites washed down by a pichet of blanc at the village restaurant was a particularly happy experience (Tom M. 09.09).
We had a wonderful time in Lapradelle. The house is lovely and we never tired of the view! We attempted some panoramic shots, but it is hard to do justice to that landscape. We bagged all the castles, sampled the coast & the mountain roads and managed the local walks. (Nicholas 7.08)
We absolutely loved the house, had a fantastic holiday and are plotting to see how we can fit in time there next summer. (R.D. 08.09)
From the Owner
“Lapradelle and its surrounding countryside are simply beautiful, and from your roof terrace you have a panoramic view over your garden and the village to the Cathar castle on its peak with the ring of mountains beyond. You can find good and varied walks in any direction from the house, al very interesting with fine views. Apart from village fêtes, this is a peaceful place.”
Activity and Interests
It is a beautiful 35-mile drive to the Mediterranean sea. Beaches are mainly sandy, and the principal ones are supervised. The French avoided ribbon development along its coast, so the main beaches are in, or near towns which offer restaurants and other facilities.
The nearest airports are Perpignan (30 miles) and Carcassonne (45 miles), both served by Ryanair. It is a beautiful drive to both. Ryanair also fly to Girona. Otherwise, the international airports are Toulouse (about 100 miles) and Barcelona (about 140 miles). Car hire is recommended. Check where Ryanair flies from.
Carcassonne is a 'must' - Europe's largest fortified medieval city with its moat, battlements and basilica (45 miles). Lovely medieval towns such as Limoux (30 miles) and Alet-les-bains (25 miles). Many Cathar castles in the area, especially in the Corbieres hills which are wild and worth exploring. The valley of the river Aude leads up to the Cerdagne, a plateau surrounded by high mountains, from which the little 'train jaune' can take you down to Perpignan.
We say this house is for romantics only, for lovers of the countryside, village life, France Profonde, walking strenuous or otherwise, fauna & flora, bird-watching, history & castle-bagging - or lazing about and relaxing. Lapradelle boasts a general store, a bar, two restaurants and one or two other shops, often seasonal. Le Grand Duc at Gincla (5 miles) is a good restaurant. Our cleaning lady will recommend more. It's a good walk via the village to Puilaurens castle. Your banks, supermarkets etc. are at St. Paul de Fenouillet (10 miles) or Quillan ( 11 miles). The little tourist train runs from Axat towards Rivesaltes, stopping at Lapradelle. It stops to let you take photographs! You can stop off at the several villages on its way. You can drive up to the top of the high crags behind the castle from which you have a view over the entire countryside. Our website www.lapradelle.iowners.net gives details of the many places to visit within 50 miles or so. The principal attractions of Lapradelle are the sheer beauty of its location, the spectacular ever-changing scenery round about, and the wealth of open-air activities available to you. That's why we say 'for romantics only'.
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3 Sep 2016 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Aug 2017 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
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Deposits are payable on booking. Balances are payable not less than 6 weeks before your holiday. Sterling cheques are preferred, but tell us if you wish to use bank transfer or other methods. Coverage of electricity costs in cooler months will be subject to negotiation.
Our change-over day is normally Saturday, but we can be flexible about this off-season. Unless otherwise agreed, you arrive after 4.00 p.m. on your first day and leave by 10.00 a.m. on your last.
Notes on prices:
There is a surcharge of £25 for a single-week booking. The deposit is payable on booking; the balance six weeks before your stay. In the cooler months, we may negotiate partial coverage of the heating costs. On a cancellation we shall refund the deposit if a replacement booking is found, minus any advertising or other costs. A cancellation after payment of the balance will incur the loss of the full payment.
Deposit on the reservation. The balance six weeks before arrival.
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.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“There are few views in this world which you could say are truly unique, but the views from your roof terrace and balcony are breath-taking. They lift the spirit. They invite you to explore the long valleys in the foothills and venture up the Aude valley to the 'Capcir' near the Spanish border. The little tourist train stops at Lapradelle. From its carriages open or closed, you enjoy a wonderful, leisurely perspective of the entire surroundings, stopping off at stations here and there as you go. You will feel truly welcome here.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Hob ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- whitewater rafting
- 100 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- On the middle floor, one bathroom with bath and shower attachment, wc and washbasin. Also a separate wc and wash-basin on that floor. On the ground floor, a shower-room with shower, washbasin and wc.
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
- Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot
- Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: double bed. Bedrooms 2 and 3: two twin beds each (one has the cot). Bedroom 4: A single bedroom. No sofa beds or bunk beds.
- Balcony ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Garden ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Heating is by electric heaters. The garden, balcony and roof terrace are fenced and very suitable for children. Outside: The spacious south-facing roof terrace is approached by porte-fenetres from the living-room. It includes loungers, outdoor seating and lighting. Below it, the smaller breakfasting balcony leads off the dining area. On the ground floor, a door leads out onto the covered patio and the grassed garden, suitable for sitting out or for children's play. The barbecue and whirligig are by the patio. The garden, like the terrace and balcony, is fenced for safety. All command the view of the castle and mountains. The medieval Puilaurens castle is illuminated at night. Utility Room: The kitchenette on the ground floor includes a sink, kettle, small stove and work surface. The vacuum cleaner, brooms, cleaning materials are kept there. A door leads onto the patio. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedding and towels are provided free of charge, but bring your own cot sheets and towels for the beach or sunbathing. The house will be cleaned before and after your stay, but not normally during your holiday.