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Great for nature-lovers. Solar-heated pool. Peaceful, but handy for attractions.

Overview

Property

Updated: 27-Aug-2016
2 bedrooms, Aigues Vives, 20 minutes from Carcassonne. Great walks and cycling. Lying In The Heart Of The Minervois Well Known For Its Fine Wines & Close To Many Attractions.

We are just 1 km from the little wine and apple-growing village of Aigues Vives on the edge of the beautiful garrigue countryside with vines and olives to 3 sides.

There are several local caves/wine cellars producing very good wine, which definitely needs to be tasted at first hand!

We are easily reached, being centrally located in the Minervois wine region of Aude with several airports close by.

There is something for everyone whether it's the azure blue Mediterranean and its miles of glorious sandy beaches, the historical fortified Cathar town of Carcassonne or the Canal du Midi.

There are many Cathare castles to be explored for the history-lovers.

The holiday home is half of a single-storey villa shared with the owners who will be pleased to assist you if needed. The villa lies within nearly 2 acres of private enclosed garden and woodland area with ample parking area beside the apartment. The solar heated pool has a security domed cover, ideal for grey weather swimming & it opens up for the hot weather. There is a large goldfish pond, a tranquil place to sit by in the evenings.

Only being 4 km from the Canal du Midi there are lovely places to walk or cycle not far away.

We pride ourselves on using minimal amount of chemicals, virtually only to keep the swimming pool water in sparkling condition. No chemical pesticides or herbicides are used or chemical household cleaners.

We are trying to make a safe environment not only for our guests but for the wildlife we share our garden with. Apart from numerous bird species including goldfinches, chaffinches, greenfinches, hoopoes, golden orioles, nightingales, serins, robins, blackbirds..... we have resident bats, visiting beech martens, red squirrels and occasional foxes and hares. There are also common wall lizards and the much larger eyed lizards, some of which enjoy a snack of melon or other juicy fruit occasionally.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We moved here from Australia where we lived for 11 years, and before that we spent 10 years in Spain on the Costa Blanca. We had decided that it was time to move back to Europe as we were missing the historic culture and wanted to be closer to family and old friends. "Old" in the friendly sense!

In UK before we left for Spain we had 6 seasons as guest house proprietors in the Torbay area, which we thoroughly enjoyed as we met some lovely people. We appreciate music and dancing so feel we have arrived in the right spot and love it here. So much going on! Anne is a birder and budding photographer and both are musicians. We both love nature and try to do our bit to look after it.

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Speaks English, French, Spanish, Danish

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had the loveliest week at Villa Ruisseau. The villa & garden are the best we've experienced in our years of renting houses in France for the summer holidays. Very spacious – very clean, comfortable, with everything we could wish for. Our hosts were so kind & helpful; we had a lovely welcome pack on our arrival & they provided lots of information on the area. The English Satellite TV went down well! I loved the peace & tranquillity, sitting in the shade of a tree reading & the wildlife all around. The house is a short, quiet walk to Aigues-Vives, where the bakery is open every morning. We spent a couple of evenings with our lovely hosts, who entertained us made us feel so very welcome.Thanks once again for a fabulous week - we're definitely going to be returning here! -Ellie

You are both very thoughtful & generous hosts. The accommodation is large and comfortable. The swimming pool was gloriously warm which certainly makes a change from most other pools we've experienced. B S
Jun 2012
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4 Reviews

4.8
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

4

Typically French and very restful

  • 4 of 5

This is a typical French country property. It is deep in the countryside and in a very restful situation. Great accommodation for four. The pool is small but great in the heat. The kitchen is well equipped and we wanted for nothing in terms of utensils etc. Good beds.

The hosts, Anne and Colin are delightful and are on hand to advise if required.

Thoroughly recommend the local wine which is very drinkable and inexpensive - speak to Colin.

This is not the lap of luxury but a restful haven and very reasonably priced.

Trebes, where you would need to shop, is about 15 minutes drive.

Drives to both the South and North are through wonderful countryside and picturesque villages.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

peaceful, friendly and relaxing home from home

  • 5 of 5

This is a peaceful and relaxing spot off the beaten track and just outside a quiet village with its own boulangerie - perfect for a fresh croissant our baguette. We stayed for two weeks and it was just the break we needed from busy life at home. Anne and Colin were friendly and helpful hosts, happy to tell us about the local wildlife (our son loved the lizards) and to help out when we needed them, but never intrusive. The property is larger than I expected, homely and comfortable. We especially enjoyed the large outside table and ate al fresco every day. The pool is a huge bonus and I would no longer holiday in a hot country without one. Having the UV filter over was great too as we didn't have to worry about burning, but we could remove it if we wanted some sun. We have two children aged 8 & 11 so they were in the pool everyday. Our daughter loved the baby grand piano and learnt tho play Edelweiss whilst we were there.

This is a great location from which to explore the area. Our favourite days out included Narbonne beach which is about an hours drive away. We swam in the sea then ate out before enjoying the night time market. We also loved Grotte de Limousis and Géant Gouffre Cabrespine. Both of which are beautiful local caves with incredible stalactites and stalagmites. Each cave is very different and you can get a combined discount voucher. We had an exciting and exhilarating day out at the Lac de la Cavayére where we can heartily recommend the Aquaviva, a kind of Wipeout style inflatable course on the lake. Great value and great fun. Of course there were also the myriad of morning markets, the vineyards and relaxing in the sunshine at the holiday. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely house and pool, great location

  • 5 of 5

The property is on the outskirts of a very sleepy village. Perfect to get away from other holiday makers! The house itself was clean & well equipped sharing beautiful gardens with the owners. There is a bakery in walking distance and bigger shops in nearby villages. There are many good day trips including Lastours, Minerve, Carcasonne and great walks along the Canal Midi. Canoeing on the Orb, near Roquebron and the waterpark in Cap D'Agde are also within 1.5 hrs drive and were reasonably priced and great fun. You definately need a car to make the most of the area. The swimming pool was a great hit with our teenage boys - the retractable roof meant the pool could be used at all times - whether providing shade when v. hot or shelter when a bit cooler - lovely to come home and jump in the pool after day trips. The wifi worked well for ipads etc. and the baby grand piano was an added bonus. The owners, who live in the adjoining house are exceptionally helpful and hospitable and we spent a number of lovely evenings sampling the local wines and chatting together out on the patio. Our family had a wonderful 2 week stay and would highly recommend to others.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Very relaxing & peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location, close to the restaurants, supermarkets and other facilities at Trebes and Carcassone but far enough away to be really tranquil. Great holiday for families and couples. Plenty to occupy our 8 and 12 year olds - big garden (those with toddlers should be aware there is a pond), garden games and the swimming pool plus wi-fi.

The accommodation was exactly as described and very well equipped. Anne and Colin couldn't have been more friendly, helpful and informative. Would definitely consider staying again and would not hesitate to recommend. Don't miss a trip to Carcassone plage where there is a lake with beach and leisure facilities including crazy golf and in July/Aug there are inflatables, bouncy slides, etc.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Location

From the Owner

We actually saw the property advertised on the internet while in Australia. We came over, had a look and decided to buy it. It seemed to fit the bill in all ways, peacefully rural yet not isolated. Not far from motorway, train station or airport. Close to so much happening musically and culturally, and marvellous walking and cycling routes to boot.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carcassonne at 28 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Aigues Vives at 1 Kilometres Nearest Train : Carcassonne at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Between Trebes and Carcassonne at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Marseillette at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Lac Cavayere, Carcassonne at 18 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Ideal for cycling, walking, photography, artists' and bird-watching holidays. Also for lovers of all things historical (cathar castles and abbeys) and lovers of nature. For the bird-watcher – there are to be found a number of Summer migrant birds in the local area such as hoopoes, cuckoos, nightingales, serins, rollers and bee-eaters. Regularly seen or heard are buzzards, pheasants and partridges. Flamingoes are often to be found in the salt flats of Gruissan and Agde.

There is various other wild-life to be seen in the area. Wild boar, genets, wild cats and deer can sometimes be seen in the mountains. You may see coypus in the canal near the bridge in Trebes around lunchtime waiting for a feed of bread and titbits along with the ducks.

There are canoeing facilities at Puicheric, only 10 minutes away. Boats can be hired on the Canal du Midi at Trebes, Homps and Carcassonne and boat trips also run from these places. Bicycles may be hired in Trebes (Locavelo) @75euros/week.

Coast/Beach:

The nearest beach is on a lake, at Lac Cavayere (15min by car) near Carcassonne.

There is a lovely walk round the lake and various attractions. Another beach is to be found at Lac de Jouarre, about 15 - 20 min by car away (near Homps).

Miles of super sandy Mediterranean beaches are to be found about 55 min drive, at Gruissan and Narbonne Plage onwards.

Travel:

A car is recommended to enjoy what the area offers.

To drive from Calais

Allow about 10 hours driving time (using motorways) plus breaks.

If you would like to add a “Mini-cruise” to your holiday you can sail to Santander in N. Spain and drive from there (about 6.5 hours driving time plus breaks using motorways)

Ryanair, BA and Easyjet fly from various UK airports to Carcassonne, Béziers, Toulouse, Perpignan or Montpellier. Carcassonne is closest at 25mins drive, then Béziers, an hour away.

Distances:

Rieux Minervois 7.5km

Trebes 13km

Carcassonne centre 20km

Minerve 28km

Narbonne 48km

Supermarket 8km Rieux Minervois

Baker 1km

Post-office 1km

Fuel station 8km

Air-port 28km

Motor-way 13km Trebes

Train 20km Carcassonne

Beach 18km Lac Cavayere

Bar/pub 1 & 4km Aigues Vives, Marseilette

Restaurant 4km Marseillette

Chemist 8km Rieux-Minervois

Further Details:

Further details -

There is lots going on in the area in the Summertime, in Carcassonne particularly but also in La Redorte, Laure Minervois and other places in the Minervois area. See http://www.tourisme-haut-minervois.fr/en/visit/attractions-heritage.php Street entertainers frequent La Cite, and there are various musical events of all genre – jazz, pop, folk etc. occurring in the area, many of which are free.

Homps is a delightful Canal du Midi “port”. The barges and other canal boats moor up here for provisions and stop-overs. There are a few nice restaurants here over-looking the canal and plenty of opportunity for “people-watching”!

The Garrigue – Many aromatic herbs grow here naturally – like lavender, thyme, rosemary, santolina, myrtle, salvias, cistus (rock rose) and honeysuckle to name but a few. There is an abundant number of plants thriving here. It is a heaven for botanists. We are not far from the Montagnes Noires

Places to visit

Carcassonne La Cite 20min

Homps (Canal port) 20min

Caunes (red marble) 20min

Australian Park 20min

Grottes de Limousis 30 min

Chateaux Lastours 30min

Montagnes Noires 30min

Abbaye de Fontfroide 45min

Narbonne 50min

Spain 90min for the more adventurous

A short walk of a few minutes from the house brings you to the edge of what used to be a lake, the Etang de Marseillette, which was drained two hundred or so years ago and is now planted with apples, plums, vines and rice which is irrigated via numerous channels from the Aude river. This area gives the cyclist or walker an easy level ride/walk over quite a few miles of peaceful lanes. More challenging rides and walks are to be had in all directions on quiet tracks, footpaths and roads through the garrigue countryside or vineyards.

Incidentally, the irrigation water, on its way to the drained lake, used to power a hydro-electric station (now fallen into dis-repair) back in 1912

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Refundable Damage Deposit £211

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Facilities

From the Owner

We love being able to just cross the lane and to be in the countryside, the garrigue and just 400m down the road is a canal, not the Canal du Midi, but the irrigation canal for the area that used to be a lake and was drained 200 years ago by an Irish lady who was a sweet-heart of Napoleon Bonaparte. Here they now grow apples, grapes, pears, plums, even rice! There is so much bird-life, as there are so many different types of habitat close at hand. There are animals that we have never seen before - coypus, a raccoon, beech marten, European mink (now quite rare as they are being ousted by the fur mink!)..... The plethora of plant-life too is extraordinary. We are not botanists but we love to photograph the flowers and can't wait to identify them.

Property Type

  • apartment

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • playground
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • caving
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 86 m²

Bathrooms

  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Wash-basin
  • Ensuite shower-room - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Wash-basin
  • En-suite shower-room to Bedroom 1 with spacious shower, toilet, wash-basin, and heater. Bathroom with bath-tub, separate shower-cubicle and basin. Heated towel-rail & heater. Separate toilet.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (1 double & 1 twin bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 Ceiling fan, 160cm double bed, with 2 bedside tables. Fitted wardrobe. En-suite shower-room with toilet and wash-basin. The window looks onto the garden. Bedroom 2 Ceiling fan, twin beds, bedside table. Fitted wardrobe, dressing-table & chest of drawers. French doors look on to the garden.

Outside

  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: We previously ran a guest-house in Torquay, Devon for 6 seasons so feel we know what people want and hope to make our guests' stay a very enjoyable one, one of many. The ground-floor apartment is separate from the owner's accommodation (although adjacent) and has its own private lounge area as well as patio. Internet access is available free of charge. English TV programs are available by satellite. The pool measures 3.75m by 7.5m and has a telescopic sliding cover which can be pushed back as required. It gives protection against UV rays from the sun if opened back just a little. There are steps at one end of the pool for easy access. Not suitable for diving though. The accommodation is a smoke-free zone. Guests may smoke outside of course. We do not takes pets due to the wild-life here. There is a gold-fish pond in the garden, so suitability for small children may be restricted. Outside: The patio outside the lounge is partly roofed creating a lovely shaded sitting area later in the day and trees to sit under in the hottest part of the day. The view is over the garden and to the swimming-pool. The pool is solar-heated and has a glazed security cover which provides shelter for grey weather swimming, helps to heat the water but can be opened up in the hot weather. There is an outside solar-heated shower for swimmers. A timber deck provides sitting and lounging area at one end of the pool. A timber patio table and chairs are provided on the patio, as well as some patio chairs with cushions for those "al fresco" meals and relaxing drinks. There is a play area including 2 swings and plenty of area for letting off steam. A croquet, badminton and boules (petanque) set are available for enthusiasts or beginners. A large section of the property is left fairly natural to encourage the wild-life, with paths winding through. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The apartment will be meticulously cleaned and prepared for your arrival. Hand-towels, bath-towels, pool towels, tea-towels and bed-linen are all provided, which will be changed weekly. A washing-machine is available for the use of guests.

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