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Quiet, Comfortable Retreat Among Hills And Vineyards. Great Walks, Great Wines



Updated: 25-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Apartment in Cucugnan, Nr. Narbonne, Languedoc - Historic Cathar Castles ; Stunning Scenery; Charming Village , 3 Fine Restaurants; Country Living

This comfortable holiday flat (60 m²) (one bedroom, sleeps four = 2 doubles), with its little patio garden,has central heating and air conditioning and wifi. It lies in the old village of Cucugnan in a valley between two ridges crowned with two of the famous Cathar castles. Its Mediterranean climate is ideal for vines and the main local activity is wine making. The villages here have their own wine "caves", where you can taste the local wines, some of which are from rare grape types unique to this region. The official Cathar Castle footpath comes througn Cucugnan (there is even a fell-runners' marathon in May). Cycling, Quad biking, horse-riding and para-penting are available here. Carcassonne, Narbonne and Perpignan are in easy reach, even Barcelona (one hour by new TGV from Perpignan.) Rennes-le-Chateau (in Da Vinci Code) is nearby. The village is tiny, but contains three good restaurants and one of the best organic bakeries in France. But most memorable are the thousand-year-old fortresses, the wild scenery and the breath-taking views.

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About the Owner

Claire Campbell
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2017

About Claire Campbell

I am happily settled in France after several years of wandering in a boat round the French canals and the Med. Before that I was teaching languages in Devon, and I have taken up my teaching again here. A lover of history and of the hills, (and of good food and wine) I am well suited here, and I enjoy talking about the places to visit and their history with anyone interested.

Claire Campbell purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Claire Campbell chose Aude

The hills, the beauty, the quiet, and the fact that you can see the stars at night.

And France, because I had such wonderful holidays here as a teenager staying in a French family, who are still friends, and because I love the language....

8 Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)


Great stay

  • 4 of 5

Claire is a wonderful host; she met us at the door, and spent time showing us the site, and serving us wine and local information. The small flat is on two levels below the main living area in her house, and has a fully equipped kitchen, shower/bath, separate bedroom. Functional internet. Good heating throughout for our spring stay. The village itself is really quite lovely: fairly busy, boasts a trio of restaurants, a bar, an artisanal boulangerie and a winery, and is an easy trip to several Cathar castles and other day hikes. We had a very nice visit! Thanks, Claire :)

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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the apartment was very nice and fairly comfortable

  • 4 of 5

location was fantastic and the views outstanding a unique place to stay

  • Review Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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True village living!

  • 5 of 5

A great place to base yourself in the area. The two castles in the valley both well worth the visit.

A great host and a well presented place to stay in an amazing little hilltop town. Thanks very much.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place for relaxing and sight seeing

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent five days here and would highly recommend it as a base for exploring the stunning countryside and historic sites nearby, in particular the Cathar castles. The approach to Cucugnan is very dramatic coming from the south, as there is a steep climb up towards Queribus (the nearest castle, built on a vertiginously high rock), then a descent towards the village, which sits above vineyards. On arrival we found the flat (it's actually on two levels) to be very clean, comfortable and well-equipped, and the owner had thoughtfully bought some fresh supplies for us, besides what was in the store cupboard, including milk, butter and delicious bread from Cucugnan's famous bakery, next to the windmill. She also invited us in for a drink so we could sample a couple of the wines drunk as aperitifs locally, and told us some more about the village and what to look out for. The bedroom, which is on the lower level, opened onto a small terraced garden overlooking the beautiful landscape. Cucugnan is a very pretty village, not overly busy in early July, with three restaurants, all good but one in particular served real gourmet food and we would recommend eating there at least once as a not overly expensive treat. We really enjoyed our stay and would love to go back one day to see more of this fascinating part of France.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely accommodation, charming town

  • 4 of 5

I'm happy to write a very positive review of this holiday accommodation. It is described accurately but I would say that this "flat" is almost a house and there is plenty of space. We really appreciated the good quality of the furniture and fittings, the large rooms and the fact that the kitchen, bathroom etc looked pristine and only recently fitted. I must also mention that the owner made us very welcome indeed, even inviting us in for drinks so that she could show us all the best places to visit on the map. Very much appreciated and a nice touch. The village itself is characterful and very picturesque. What makes Cucugnan and surrounding area special though are the amazing views from high on the surrounding mountains and down into deep gorges - really memorable. The two very nearby Cathar castles offer really stunning views of the mountain tops stretching away into the distance. The area is very unspoilt and we saw eagles, stretches of wild flowers and beautiful butterflies. It's probably worthwhile doing some research on the loveliest beaches to visit and we never encountered uncomfortably large crowds of tourists anywhere we visited. We recommend a visit to Perpignan combined with a beach trip and a day in Collioure is a must. Taking the Little Yellow Train up to the top of Mont Louis is a great experience too. Of course, the region is famous for wine producing and vineyards and tastings abound everywhere. The only two points of caution I would mention is that when we visited at the end of June, the weather was sometimes overcast and windy although it was mostly glorious and sunny. Also, it seems to be the local custom to eat early and go home, so we often sat in the back garden in the evening with a book and a bottle of wine. All in all we had a lovely romantic holiday, quiet and relaxing and above all enjoying beautiful scenery.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

L' appartement de claire se situe dans un petit village au milieu des collines, paysage de rêves. Nous avons étés bien reçus malgré l' heure tardive d' arrivée, avec un apéro et des conseils sur les visites à effectuer et sur la beauté des lieux. L' appartement est constitué d' un salon-living, chambre, s-d-bains et hall d' entrée, bien entretenu, et pourvu d' assez de place pour déballer les valises d' un mois de vacances( plus machine à lessiver). Nous gardons un bon souvenir de la propriété et de la propriétaire. Si.... nous y retournerons.

Petit bémol, ne convient pas pour personnes en difficulté de motricité dû aux escaliers, pour le reste.... 4 étoiles.

Mia et Micaël

  • Review Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

The hills, the beauty, the quiet, and the fact that you can see the stars at night. And France, because I had such wonderful holidays here as a teenager staying in a French family, who are still friends, and because I love the language....

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Perpignan, Carcassonne,Toulouse Béziers,Girona at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Auberge de Cucugnan at 100 Metres Nearest Train : Perpignan,Narbonne at 45 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Lyons to Barcelona at 35 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Auberge de Vigneron, La Table du Curé at 100 Metres Nearest Ski : Pyrenees at 120 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Canet at 55 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Language courses are available, since the owner is a professional teacher of French and English.

Wifi available.


The Mediterranean beaches are an hour away by car. The coastline eastward from Cucugnan is one long beach, with several resorts and marinas. The picture postcard fortress harbour and artists' paradise of Collioure is about an hour and a half, and just beyond it is the fishing port of Port Vendres known for its seafood.


A car is a must in this area, unless you really do want simply to retreat and "chill out" in the sun! The nearest airports are Perpignan (40 minutes by car) and Carcassonne (90 min.) Two or three hours' drive away are Beziers, Nimes, Montpelier, Toulouse, Girona and Barcelona.

Cathar history : Cucugnan lies between two of the famous "Cathar Castles", and others are within easy reach. There are books available here to give you an insight into the Cathars, and Kate Moss's novel 'The Labyrinth' gives some background to the main events of the Anti-Cathar Crusade.

The village boasts three good restaurants and famous windmill and bakery where the bread is made from locally grown, organic flour derived from traditional grains, including spelt (the grain of the ancient Romans) and kamut (the grain of the Pharoahs). The flour is freshly ground as requiired, and the bread is baked in a wood-fired oven; you can watch, (and smell !) the bread as it is taken from the oven, just as it was in ancient times.

This is a wine-growing area and most of the local wine producers offer free tastings; some of the grape types are unusual, and all are interesting. The local rich red wines regularly win prizes for quality, and the sweet dessert wines (Muscat de Rivesaltes, Maury, and others) are a special treat.

Luckily there are lots of wonderful walking, or cycling, routes to explore to balance out all the eating and drinking !

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
26 Mar 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High Season
25 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
29 Oct 2017 - 3 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A first payment of 50% of the rental secures your reservation. Full payment should be made four weeks before the arrival date. Obviously, this does not apply to last-minute bookings !

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Saturday, but, if bookings allow, the owner is happy to be flexible, except in July and August.

Notes on prices:
€450 per week, July and August; otherwise from €300 to €400. Except in July and August, shorter stays may be booked, but the minimum price, for four days or less, is €200.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 25-Apr-2017


Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Historic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Games


  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 60 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, also washing machine
  • The bathroom is not en suite, and contains a bathtub (with shower fitment), basin and toilette. The washing machine is in the bathroom.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The bedroom has a double bed, and a spiral staircase leading to the living room/kitchen where there is a sofa-bed (double).


  • Terrace
  • Garden


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...


  • Outside: There is a small sitting out area directly outside the bedroom, and there is also a patio-style garden, equipped with table and chairs, ideal for sitting out in the evening, or for meals. Cleaning / Towels / Linen : Unless specifically requested, the bed linen and towels are changed at the end of every week. Other: There is a separate room for hanging clothes for those sleeping in the living-room.

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