Ramparts and Riverside (Sleeps 2)
As the river trickles by why not sit & drink your chilled glass of local wine on the terrace whilst watching the sun slowly setting over the hills opposite.....You might even strike lucky & spot the local heron or a Kingfisher swooping past & if you come at the right time of year, you can even be lulled to sleep by the mating calls of the local frogs - & we don't mean the human kind!
We have created our Ramparts & Riverside Gite within the original rampart walls of this lovely listed village. It's a great spot whether you are 2 friends away on a break together or a couple wishing to "get away from it all" Terracotta floors combine with clean white washed walls with carefully chosen antique furniture, accessories & unique art. We have aimed to create a space in which you would feel comfortable & relaxed. There is a large double bed or 2 singles if preferred; a modern well equipped kitchen & dining space for 4 so you can invite other holiday makers you might meet while on your holiday.
An exceptional & beautifully decorated home on the river Orbieu in historic unspoilt Lagrasse. Two terraces overlook the iconic medieval stone bridge & the hills across the river. Watch the sun set while you have drinks, with dinner cooked on the plancha. The internal courtyard always stays cool & shady, even on the hottest summer days. Step out of the back door & go for a paddle in the river or step out of the front to find yourself in the heart of this special village. Parts of the house date back to medieval days. The cool colours of the ancient stone walls combine with the thoughtful renovation to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and the scent of pine, thyme and rosemary from the surrounding hills. Lagrasse is officially one of the most beautiful villages in France. It is famous for its 8th Century Abbey and perfectly located to explore Cathar Castles, the Canal du Midi, the Citadel at Carcassonne, the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees & Spain.
Top Traveller Review
Beautiful apartment in a picture postcard village
About the Owner
I have lived in Lagrasse for 10 years now. Initially falling for this beautiful village and area when out searching for a property with which to create our 'change of life' plan after living in London for many years.
Nicole is a former interior designer and stylist.
I genuinely enjoy having 'guests' come to stay and to have the chance to share this very special and hugely beautiful part of France.
A separate payment to your rental will also be due as a security deposit against damage or theft to or from the property. This will be in the region of £400 but could be more (or less) depending on your party and whether there are children and/or pets.
Usually a Saturday, although flexible with this out of the main holiday seasons.
(3 traveller reviews)
Beautiful apartment in a picture postcard village
We stopped in the one bedroomed 'Ramparts and Riverside' apartment for a week in July. The apartment had looked lovely on the website and even exceeded our expectations when we saw it in person. It was decorated and furnished beautifully throughout and was a very special place to stay. We loved having breakfast (fantastic pastries available from the nearby boulangerie) and many of our evening meals sat out on the little terrace, our only company being the swallows flying over head and the sounds of frogs in the river we overlooked. Lagrasse is a picture postcard French village, old stone houses and cobbled streets, set by a river dominated by an abbey, with medieval bridges crossing it. It was nice to just step out of the house in the evening and go for a meal in one of the excellent nearby restaurants or just buy an ice cream and take a stroll along the river. You could easily spend all your time just relaxing in the village or, like us, you could explore some of the many nearby interesting towns and tourist sights (far too many to fit into the week we had there). If you have a car with you there is plentiful free parking in a car park a couple of minutes walk from the apartment. If you are looking to holiday in a lovely area of France and want to stop in a beautiful apartment, then look no further and book this one.
A beautiful apartment in a lovely old building. We are returning for a second stay this year which says it all.
We loved our stay unfortunately cut short. Full Latin Mass a la Vatican 1 in the monastery is a marvelous experience. Restaurants were not super but passable. House wine quite delicious at La cocotte Felèe
though. If you are arriving late access can be tricky.
We would love to return although not in high season - I suspect Lagrasse is a bit of a honey pot and the thought of lots of tourists on "our" bridge too much to bear.
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
We can arrange wine tours and cookery classes and for a highly qualified personal fitness instructor during your stay. We are currently creating additional special interest holidays in 2010 - please enquire for details and dates etc.
The Mediterranean and its long stretch of beautiful beaches are only 40 minutes drive away and there are many to choose from. We have a few favorites that are never crowded and always clean, even in the height of the summer. We can let you know these 'secret' spots upon your arrival.
Carcassonne is 40 minutes drive, Narbonne (TGV train station) also 40 minutes away and Perpignan and Beziers approximately 1 hour drive. All of the above mentioned airports are serviced by Ryan Air. The larger airports of Toulouse, Montpelier and Girona are about 90 minutes drive.
We do recommend hiring a car to get to the many sites of the area, however, it is possible to vacation in Lagrasse without a car - we are happy to arrange airport transfers for you, please enquire if interested.
Lagrasse is perfectly situated to explore this wonderful region. The Cité of Carcassonne is a scenic 45 minute drive. The beaches of the Med are about 45 minutes away.
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
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- Iron & Board
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- Coffee Maker ...
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- Hob ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player ...
- Stereo ...
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- Video Library ...
- non smoking only
- autumn foliage
- botanical garden
- live theatre
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- outlet shopping
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- 80 m²
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bedroom 1
- The bedroom is on the Riverside so you can fall off to sleep with the gentle trickle of the river passing by.
- Golf ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Tennis ...
- 1 bicycles
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: We have a child's cot available for those traveling with a very young child and a bicycle available on request for you to borrow. Outside: The house has been featured in Homes & Gardens Magazine, BBC Homes and antiques along with several other Home and Interior Magazines. To the rear of the house is the riverbank leading down to the river Orbieu which at this point is very shallow and therefore provides a safe place for paddling and fishing. We have bicycles available you can borrow. A little further up stream the river has a natural pebbly beach. During the summer months the river is dammed thereby creating a lovely swimming spot with a lifeguard provided during high season.