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Cottage Gite In Saint Benoit, Nr Limoux, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France



Updated: 15-Oct-2016
Cottage in Saint Benoit Nr. Limoux, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Quiet Village Location, Central For All The Attractions And Opportunities Of The Region

Situated Southwest of Carcassonne, between Limoux & Chalabre on the Aude/Ariege border, Chemin Cottage forms part of an old farmhouse property, occupied by the owners, on the edge of the sleepy medieval village of Saint Benoit. With views of the beautiful 13th century church and local rolling hillsides, the tranquil location affords easy access to Lac Montbel, the Cathar Castles, the Mediterranean coast together with the many and varied vineyards, monasteries and other attractions of the Languedoc. The gite is an ideal central location for relaxation, walking, cycling, horse riding and water activities or for just exploring the rich historical culture of the region.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Several years ago Paul and Briget Thompson realised their ambitions to live in France and provide comfortable, affordable accommodation for discerning couples and families seeking a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Their farmhouse and the accompanying Gite, Chemin Cottage, have been extensively refurbished using local materials and great attention to detail creating a beautiful environment.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

“We enjoyed the peace, the village lifestyle and the memorable site-seeing. The Gite is ideally situated for visiting the historic Cathar region yet so comfortable, that we were content to relax within its cool walls and sun dappled gardens for much of our stay! Chemin Cottage provided us with all home comforts for self catering, including eating 'al fresco'. Paul and Briget have ensured everything for a comfortable and relaxing holiday is available and their knowledge and love of the region are readily extended to all their guests”. Ann & Mike C

“A lovely, tranquil setting for a relaxing holiday with idyllic countryside. Chemin Cottage has been charmingly restored and provides comfortable, relaxing accommodation, ideal for a lazy week”. Roger & Rose F

''charmingly rustic accommodation, in a quiet rural village, very well located for exploring this beautiful historic area, Paul and Briget were friendly and very helpful with tips and advice on places to visit" Kath & Tony F
Jan 2014
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12 Reviews

based on 12 holidaymaker reviews


Walkers Dream

  • 5 of 5

We'd not been to this area of France before and it was a very pleasant surprise to be faced with so much choice of walking in such beautiful countryside. Our hosts Paul & Bridget made our stay extra special as they provided us with a very warm welcome providing some very helpful information about the local area and a bonus was the excellent broadband connection. We were also able to help ourselves to fresh vegetables from the vegetable patch a delicious addition to our evening meals. We would recommend staying here to anyone and well worth a second visit to continue exploring this beautiful region.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, serene stay

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderfully relaxing holiday we had. The gite was a wonderful space, and easily accommodated the 5 ladies in my party. It had a very well equipped kitchen and excellent dining space inside, as well as a wonderful alfresco dining area outside. The outside space was very peaceful and secluded, and a great place to relax with a good book.

The property was also excellently situated to do some exploring of the amazing Cathar sites in the local area. I would highly a trip to Carcasonne to explore the city as well as several other chateuxs such as roquefixade and puivert which are very easily accessible. Paul and Briget were excellent hosts and were always happy to share their extensive knowledge of the local area.

This is also an ideal location to be a little more active. We managed to fit in some climbing, walking, and swimming in a local lake as well as exploring the local towns of limoux (with some great wine tasting) and mirapoix; both well worth a visit with great local markets.

Overall a fantastic holiday with a great mix of serene surroundings for relaxation with great local attractions and amenities... well worth a visit, we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Gite for a relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday in this lovely peaceful area of France.The Gite provided a great base from which we were able to explore the many varied and beautiful places of interest.Paul and Bridget were perfect hosts,very welcoming and they helped us with their local knowledge.They have givwen such care and attention to detail in equipping the gite with everything you could need.In 25 years of gite holidays this is certainly one of the very best!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Place To Visit

  • 5 of 5

Well what a lovely little spot this is! We came for a girly week to enjoy a relaxing holiday and thats exactly what we got. Chemin Cottage was perfect for us, great open space with good facilities to cook and do as we pleased. There is also an outside eating area and grassy space which was a perfect place to relax with a glass of local wine.

Chemin Cottage is situated in a beautiful little village called Saint Benoit and is not far from some great places, including Limoux & Mirepoix where weekly markets take place and are well worth a visit. It is also situated near to some fantastic castles that are great places to spend the day exploring! The beautiful town of Carcasonne is also not to be missed.

I had a fantastic week, Briget & Paul were great hosts and made sure we had everything we needed. I definitly recomend this beautiful cottage as a great place to stay and explore this wonderful area, and I am sure I will be back in the future :)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely apartment in picturesque, quiet location

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of girls looking for a holiday combining some relaxation with more adventurous activities and Chemin cottage definitely delivered everything we wanted. The location was great, in a beautiful French village deep in the heart of the best of the South West countryside. The apartment was spacious and peaceful whilst also having everything we needed in order to cater and entertain ourselves. There is lots of outside space where we could eat and enjoy a glass of wine on an evening. Any questions we had were easily answered by the excellent hosts Paul and Briget who were always very helpful.

We enjoyed walks, climbing and cycling close to the apartment and drove to a nearby lake to swim in a couple of times. We headed for day trips to visit markets and sightseeing in Mirepoix, Limoux and Carcasonne. The nearby town of Chalabre was also lovely to visit and has a couple of excellent boulangeries and shops.

All in all, an excellent base to explore this area of France, we would love to visit again. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Girly Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

We came for a girly holiday (maybe ladies now we're in out late 20s) to spend some quality time together and enjoy the sights, wine and cheese of Southern France.

We had a delightful stay - the gite provided everything we needed for the week, was clean and very comfortable. This hidden gem is set in a beautiful, rural village and is fantastically private. The patio was great for alfresco dinning and the private garden was a nice place to enjoy glasses of local wine in the evening or sunbathing in the day.

We wanted to see sights and do some climbing during our stay. Briget and Paul have clearly extensively explored during their Summers in France. They were happy to make recommendations of the best things to stay and do. They were relaxed, welcoming hosts and it was nice to have them close by when we needed them but we were not overlooked when we didn't!)

Carcassonne, Foix and a beautiful lake are all a short drive away for lovely day trips. We enjoyed local markets in Limoux and Mirepoix. We also spent a day or two climbing and a day with a good book each in the sun!

I would certainly recommend a stay here to friends and family!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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From the Owner


Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carcassonne at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Chalabre at 10 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Carcassonne at 40 Kilometres Nearest Train : Limoux at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A61 Toulouse - Narbonne at 35 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Chalabre at 10 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Narbonne at 120 Kilometres Car: recommended

Coast & Beach:

The excellent beaches at Narbonne and Gruissan, are approx 1.5hr away by car, with spectacular scenery en route.


Carcassonne airport: 40km, 40mins drive: RyanAir.

Toulouse airport: 110km, 1hr 15mins: Jet2, Flybe, Easyjet,

Béziers airport: 130km, 1hr 30mins: RyanAir.

Perpignan airport: 105km, 1hr 30mins: Flybe,

Montpellier airport: 190km, 2hr 30mins: RyanAir, Easyjet

Car hire is recommended, and all the airports have many options.

The closest TGV railway station is Narbonne from where local trains then run to Carcassonne & Limoux.

The nearest motorway exit is near Carcassonne at Bram, Exit 22 on the A61. Or From the A66 at junction 6 at Pamiers


Carcassonne & it’s magnificent castle “La Cite” are 40 km by car, and the Canal du Midi is within 30 km.

Medieval city of Mirepoix -25km - Monday market, cathedral, Mardi Gras Carnival & fetes.

The Roman town of Narbonne with its Gothic cathedral – approx 100km

Each of the many Cathar castles- closest 30km, furthest- 120km:

Limoux for Blanquette (the original Champagne)

Beautiful Lac Montbel Lake- 20km for freshwater swimming & sunbathing etc.

Andorra & Pyrenees are approx 2hrs drive.

Further Details:

The nearest town is Chalabre (10km), a pretty place with a market square, butchers, bakers, bars & cafes; it also has a convenience store, post office, pharmacy and a doctor’s surgery.

Slightly further away (15- 20km) at Mirepoix & Limoux there are supermarkets, shops, bars, restaurants, banks and open air markets.

Carcassonne and Limoux both offer traditional town centre and market shopping together with out of town hyper markets.

The Mediterranean coast is a short drive away, there are many wine tasting locations along one of the Routes des Vins. Take a picnic and go walking, cycling, or canoeing/kayaking - local hire is available.

The list of things to do is many and varied; the owners live close by and are always happy to help and advise if required.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Season Rate
4 Sep 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Season 2017
25 Mar 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season 2017
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Season 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:

Changeover Day:
As we allow minimum stays of 3 days (off peak season) we are usually flexible regarding changeover, however bookings for July-August are usually Saturday to Saturday. We will advise when replying to your enquiry.
Check in 14:00, Check out 10:00

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are for 2 people, an extra charge of £50 ppw for each additional guest applies.
25% deposit is payable to confirm booking, this is non refundable if cancellations are received within 6 weeks of the arrival date. Balance is payable 8 weeks before the arrival date, together with a returnable Damage Deposit of £100.00. For bookings made within 8 weeks of the arrival date, full payment is required.

We are happy to accept payment by bank transfer in Euro (French bank account) or Sterling (UK bank account).
A 25% deposit is payable at the time of booking and the balance is due no later than eight weeks before arrival date. In all cases, full payment must be made before the start of your booking period. We also require a £100 security deposit, further details available on booking enquiry.

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.
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Updated: 15-Oct-2016
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From the Owner


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions


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


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


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


  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


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

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 74 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Outdoor Shower
  • Mezzanine level bathroom with bath /multi-head shower over, WC & wash basin, heated towel rail.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2-5 Notes on bedrooms: Large, bright & airy space with a double bed, plus two full size single beds in an area which may be curtained off. Plenty of hanging & storage spaces, full length mirror, dressing table and, fan. Also has lovely night sky views via Velux roof windows.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The gite has a wood burning stove, wood is provided together with fire lighters etc. WiFi access is available in the gîte and extends to the patio area outside. Outside: Chemin Cottage has a small shady garden area for relaxing, guests also have use of a large totally private sunny area for sunbathing and games etc. Charcoal BBQ, Patio table & chairs, Sun loungers & Parasol are provided. Running past the front of the property is a small river which can be used for paddling, or for dipping into some of the deeper rock pools to cool off. Utility Room: Use of owners washing machine/tumble dryer available at a small additional cost. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels, linen & bedding are provided. Towels for the beach or lake are available upon request. Chemin Cottage is thoroughly cleaned at changeover; guests are expected to leave the gite clean neat and tidy on departure. Other: Separate private entrance with hall, bench seat, coat hooks, boule & badminton sets, cushions for outside furniture.

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