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Secluded Villa 5 Minute Drive From The World Heritage La Cite In Carcassonne



Updated: 09-Sep-2016
Villa in Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

The villa in Palaja is large and roomy, ideal for couples or families. It has a good sized private pool set in level, private gardens, and there is secure off road parking. A 10 minute walk will find you at S’Comme, a lovely contemporary restaurant set in Château Palaja. Another 2 minutes brings you to the local friendly pizzeria/bar/restaurant . A 5 minute drive will bring you to La Cite, the medieval city, a World Heritage site, with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. Carcassonne city centre ( called the Bastide or Ville Basse), is another 5 mins drive away, and has much to offer. This quiet private space is ideal for days around the pool, or evenings on the terrace, and at the same time, has the added interest and convenience of a city centre location. Our position within Carcassonne means easy access to the motorway and numerous places of interest. Toulouse is an hour away to the north. An hour east will bring you beautiful sandy beaches. Barcelona is two hours on the motorway. The Pyrenees are an hour south. The Montagne Noir, Cathar castles and lots of vineyards are also easily accessible.

  • Sleeps 9
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are a family with two teenage children, and have been coming to this part of France for many years with our extended families. We love the easy going nature of the people here, as well as the gorgeous food and wine.

Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We just loved your 'house in the sun'. i'ts like a home from home'

'Loved the personal touches, and thanks for the well stocked fridge on arrival.'

'Great to have so many places to hang out, the adults can stay outside on the patio, granny can sit in and watch TV, and the teenagers can stay in the sun room and play music'
Jan 2015
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Home from Home

  • 4 of 5

Lovely villa definitely home from home, best equipped villa we have ever stayed in (and we have stayed in a few). Great layout ideal for my husband 2 children and my in laws as the bedrooms were either end of the villa which gave us each our own bathroom and privacy. Lovely area only downside was the weather wasn't very good during our stay and it went very cold at night but plenty of bedding available to keep us warm. The owners and house sitters were very helpful and available on hand should we need them. I would definitely stay in this villa again.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

We bought the villa here as we had been going on holidays to the general Carcassonne area for the previous 5 years. Having viewed numerous properties, we decided that the village of Palaja, very near the historical Cite and close to the centre of Carcassonne itself was perfect. At the same time, if you want to clear your head, you can go for a walk in the forests across the road from the house and feel a million miles from anywhere. The commercial centre in the village has everything you need. There is a lovely restaurant in the Chateau de Palaja, which is within walking distance, as well as a pizzeria/bar. There are very few non-French people living in Palaja, so it is not touristy.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : carcassonne at 12 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : l'arbre des voyagers at 1.7 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Domaine d'Auriac at 7 Kilometres Nearest Train : carcassonne at 8 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : exit 24 autoroute des deux mers at 8.8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Chateau de Palaja at 1.3 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Mont d'olmes at 97 Kilometres Nearest Beach : narbonne at 65 Kilometres Car: recommended

Lac de Cavayere is Carcassonne’s recreational lake with pedalos, swimming and inflatables during the summer, and there’s a lovely walk right around the perimeter of the lake,

Also here is the 02 outdoor adventure centre in the forest that edge the lake. Driving time 10 minutes

12 km from Carcassonne salvaza airport

The commercial centre in the village is a 10 minute walk away, with a small supermarket, a pharmacy, butcher, hairdresser, beautician, pizzeria, post office and doctors surgery

6.4km to La Cite,

White water rafting is an hour to the south, and really enjoyable


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
winter 2017
1 Nov 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
christmas/new year
22 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
winter 2017
9 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
spring 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
early summer
1 May 2017 - 15 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
mid summer
16 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning fee £71

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner if you wish to stay for less than 7 days, we are flexible

Changeover Day:
Changeover day preferably Saturdays, but negotiable depending on bookings

Notes on prices:
For low season and long term lets, pricing on request.

A deposit of €250 is required for breakages, An additional cleaning fee €80 is required on all bookings

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Updated: 09-Sep-2016
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From the Owner

As we have teenage children, the sunroom has a full-sized table tennis table with seating etc. for them to hang out. There is a big back garden in which to kick a ball. There is also a full sized trampoline, and two full sized bicycles. The front bedroom, bathroom and toilet is at the front of the house, and the other two bedrooms and bathroom and toilet are at the other end. This allows for further privacy if needed. In October 2015 we installed a new contemporary kitchen, streamlining the living area. The house is surrounded by mature shrubs and hedging and located at the end of a quiet cul de sac. If you want peace and quiet this is the place for you.

Property Type

  • villa


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


  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


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

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • town
  • village


  • arboretum
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • 2 toilets and 2 bathrooms, 1 with bath and 1 with shower


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Lounge - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: bedroom 1 with king size bed, bedroom 2, single/double, bedroom 3 king size bed and single pull out bed. Living room couch pulls out into other double bed


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • In October 2015, we installed a new contemporary style kitchen. The kitchen is now very easy to keep clean and tidy. On the patio area, there is a table and 8 chairs, plus loungers and coffee table and two seater garden furniture In the utility Room, there's the washing machine bed linen,hoover, ironing board etc. Property is cleaned on departure. Further sets of bed linen and towels are in the villa Sun room to the side of the house, with 2 easy chairs, table and chairs and full size table tennis table Booking rates are given for 7 day periods, but we are flexible if you want to stay for a shorter length of time.

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