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Large Independent Gite with Games Room, Bike Hire, Gardens and Mountain Views



Updated: 19-Oct-2016
House near Couiza, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Peaceful Mountain Location With Easy Access To Amenities; Just 50 Mins Away From Carcassonne

This is a large independent gite with gardens, ideal for those looking for outdoor activities and adventure for both adults and children. Apart from a wide range of local sports, the house comes with a large games room, including a full size pool table and an option to hire mountain bikes to explore the local mountain trails. The house is situated in a quiet village, surrounded by mountains, vineyards and fields of sunflowers. The area is full of historical and cultural interest being at the heart of the Cathar region with its magnificent castles. White water rafting, canyoning, kayaking, cycling, caving, horse riding, wild swimming, walking, mountain biking and skiing are just some of the popular activities available locally. There are 2 swimming lakes just 15 minutes’ drive away from the house. The lake in Puivert has a sandy beach, small bar and restaurant. There are also opportunities for wild swimming in high mountain lakes and rivers. The nearest shops and restaurants are just 5 minutes away.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We had a fantastic time here with our 2 friends and 2 teenage sons. Lots of water activities to do during the day and time to relax with a glass of wine in the evening while the boys were occupied in the games room'.

'Lovely, clean spacious house. Close to everything. Spent hours cycling and walking in the mountains; the castles and views are awesome! Loved exploring local towns and villages too. Got quite a few inspiring ideas for my artwork back home'.

'The sunday morning market in Esperaza followed by lunch in the cafe in Fa is not to be missed. The market has a very festive atmosphere with lots of people and live music. A great place to try out local food and wine as well as browse the colourful stalls selling other market goods. The cafe in Fa has bags of character and great food. Handy being just a few minutes cycle ride from the house.'
Jan 2014
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


A lovely house from which to explore this wonderful region.

  • 5 of 5

The large house easily and comfortably accommodated our adult family of 5. We loved the sunny terrace at the front of the house where we barbecued, ate and played games into the evening, drinking the local Blanquette de Limoux.

The games room and laundry on the ground floor were well equipped. The pool table and table tennis table provided much entertainment and not a little competition. This level provided a cool contrast to the sunny terrace just outside.

The living area on the first floor was beautifully organised. The kitchen - dining area provided a main living space. The kitchen was well equipped with two sunny Juliet balconies overlooking the terrace onto the front of the house. We ate mostly indoors at the table which sits in front of one balcony; the red squirrel which lives opposite provided daily entertainment over breakfast as he ran along the wire into the trees and back again. The other balcony has comfortable chairs overlooking the front of the house. We loved using the mountain bikes to explore the local area using the good paths that start very near to the house.

The owner, Donna, met us when we arrived. She took the time to show us around the house suggesting local attractions and also gave advice about the beaches on the east coast. We would not hesitate to recommend this property to others wanting to explore this beautiful part of France.

As to what to visit... Esperaza market is on Sunday, so that is useful on your first day when most supermarkets (except the one in Esperaza) are shut. It is worth the drive to the coast to see Colliure and Banyuls sur Mer. Recommend rafting and exploring all the nearby Gorges.

A lovely house from which to explore this wonderful region. Thank you, Donna.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great house in a great spot

  • 4 of 5

We were two families with 4 children (aged 5, 4, 3 and 2) and a baby. We spent 5 days in the house and visited a couple of castles in the Cathars area (Puivert and Arches). The museum of dinosaurs in Esperaza is really impressive, and Carcassone is beautiful. The house is big and the rooms are comfortable. The kitchen is very spacious and we had all our meals in it as it has a big table. Very handy altogether. The living room is cozy and the playroom in the basement is fully equipped (darts, pool table, table tennis, table football and hi-fi system).... it was a pity there were no heaters in the playroom and it was too cold to enjoy it during the days of our stay at the end of December.

We really had a nice time and we're very happy of our stay at La Maison Blanche. We would definitely recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Great Holiday!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Rouvenac ; we’ll long treasure memories of our time there and would love to pay a return visit one day. It’s a lovely place at the edge of a typical French village. The House is very comfortable and tastefully decorated (with some of Donna’s beautiful paintings!); and we had everything we needed. The kids also had a great time with the games room. Importantly, Donna was happy to answer and help with any queries/problems.

There is so much to do and see in the area and this Holiday house is well located! We enjoyed cycling, white water rafting on the Aude and swimming in the Lake at Puivert. We loved exploring the Cathar Castles with incredible views and villages such as Rennes le Chateau and Fanjeaux. We also took a boat trip on the Canal du Midi. There are Markets and festivals and happenings all over the region; we even managed to see a cycle race at Quillan. A Great Holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carcassonne at 34 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Fa at 2 Kilometres Nearest Train : Quillan at 8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Cafe Fa at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Mijanes at 26 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Canet Plage at 81 Kilometres Car: necessary


Nearest beach; Canet-Plage – 81km/57 miles

There is also a swimming lake with a small beach, bar and restaurant nearby in Puivert, just 10 minutes drive away.


Nearest airports:

Carcassonne – 34 km/ 21 miles- Ryan Air

Perpignan – 78km/49 miles-Ryan Air, Flybe,bmi baby, Air France

Toulouse – 120km/75 miles-Easy Jet, British Airways

Beziers – 127km/79 miles-Ryan Air

Nearest train station:

Quillan-8km/5 miles

A car is essential


Esperaza-6km/4 miles

Gorges de l'Aude 7km/4 miles

Couiza-10km/6 miles



Rennes le chateau-10km

Alet les bains-11km/6 miles

Puilaurens-20km/13 miles

Rennes les bains-14km/8 miles

Gorge de Galamus-28km/17 miles

Limoux-15km/9 miles

Saint-Hilaire 22km/13 miles

Montsegur-26km/ 16 miles

Mirepoix-28km/17 miles

Mosset-34km/21 miles

Ax les thermes 35km/21 miles

Molitg les bains-37km/22 miles

Canet, nearest beach 84km

Further Details:

The nearest cafe bar is in Fa just a few minutes down the road. It is a lively friendly place providing excellent food. The nearest shops, banks, markets, restaurants and other amenities are in Esperaza, just 5 minutes' drive away. The nearest large supermarket is in Couiza, just a 10 minute drive away.

The Gorges de l'Aude is an area just 7km/ 4 miles away; it's a good starting point for viewing the Cathar castles such as Montsegur and Puilaurens, as well as some of the magnificent ravines and gorges in the area such as the Gorge de Galamus and Gorge St Georges. These are also great places for Canyoning, White water rafting, Kayaking, Caving and other outdoor activities.

There are lots of beautiful medieval villages such as Alet les bains, Rennes les bains and Rennes le chateau, less than 14km/8 miles away. Rennes le chateau is a mountain top village with magnificent views. It is famous for its links with holy grail conspiracy theories. There is a museum and guided tours of the church of Mary Magdalene and the house and gardens of the 19th century priest Berenger Sauniere who supposedly discovered the secret behind the Holy Grail mystery.

Nearby Rennes les bains is beautiful village built along the edge of the river Sals which is naturally salty. There is a spa complex of hot and cold water springs and an outdoor swimming pool that has a natural temperature of 33c, providing lots of health benefits.

Alet les bains also has a spa centre, originally Roman, and a swimming pool, open to the public in the summer. The village itself is partially fortified and is made up of arcade buildings and timber framed houses.

Limoux is a town surrounded by vineyards and is famous for its blanquette, a sparkling wine discovered by the benedictine monks of the abbey of St Hilaire in 1531. It is believed that Dom Perignon 'stole' the process to produce champagne.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
12 Nov 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low season
3 Jan 2017 - 11 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
12 Feb 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
28 May 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season
17 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Notes on prices:
Please contact the owner directly to negotiate alternative minimum stays during the off peak periods of November through to the end of February.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 19-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 120 m²


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Two bathrooms with a shower, wash basin and WC; a separate WC with a wash basin; Bedroom 3 contains a wash basin.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Two bedrooms have a king size beds; bedroom 3 has a double bed and the fourth bedroom has bunk beds. A cot that can be made available on request.


  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: The is a large, light, airy, house providing independent living for family and friends to share, sleeping 8 people comfortably. It is situated in a quiet, traffic free no through road; one of the oldest roads in the Aude department. The accommodation is all on the top floor. The ground floor contains a 40 m2 newly equipped games room and a utility room. Mountain bikes are available for hire. The rooms are clean and spacious. The 4 bedrooms are well equipped with 2 king size beds,a double bed and a set of bunk beds; all with good quality mattresses. The kitchen is also well equipped, large and modern with large french windows looking out towards the village and mountains. The lounge has 2 sofas, an armchair, a desk, a stereo with an amp for playing portable music and free WIFI. Smoking is not allowed in the house. Please contact the owner directly with regards to the possibility of pets being welcomed. Outside: There are gardens with terraces to the front and rear of the property. The front garden and terrace faces on to a quiet, no through road, apparently one of the oldest in the region. The centre of the village is at the end of this road. The street is traffic free allowing quiet and privacy to relax. There are 8 garden chairs, 2 tables, sun loungers, and a barbecue available. A lovely pergola provides shade on the front terrace and is decorated with coloured lights for relaxing outside in the evenings. Both gardens have views of the mountains and village. The large back garden can be accessed from the main road and can provide off street parking. There are double gates protecting it from the road which is also relatively quiet. There is always a sunny place to sit outside when the sun is shining or enjoy a meal al fresco in the evening with a glass of wine while the children are entertaining themselves in the games room. Utility Room: Washing Machine, second fridge and dryer Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, linen and cleaning are included in the price. Other: Games room contains a new full size slate bed pool table; a full size table tennis table; a darts board in a cabinet; an amp and speakers. There is also a WC/shower room downstairs, a second fridge and a laundry room.

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