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Spacious Village House With Garden Views Of Puivert Chateau



Updated: 01-Sep-2016
House in Puivert, Nr. Limoux, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Quiet, Thriving Village Location, A Few Minutes Walk To Nearby Popular Swimming Lake

Situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Puivert, the house is within immediate walking distance of village shops and amenities, including a fantastic village lake with beach and buvette (café). The house is spacious with wood panelled hallway and staircase and wooden floors throughout. The living room is light with large shuttered windows. There is a sunny garden with decking, furniture and BBQ, ideal for al fresco dining.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We are Caroline and Peter Alldis. Caroline is a therapist (reflexology, massage and hypnotherapy) as well a receptionist for a local GP. Peter is IT Manager for a small insurance company. We live in East Sussex, between East Grinstead and Tunbridge Wells. We hope you enjoy staying in our beautiful second home as much as we do.

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7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


wonderful house in a lovely village.

  • 5 of 5

this house far exceeded expectations and we thoroughly recommend it. Puivert is a pretty village and there are places to eat, shop and swim within walking distance of the house. the house is spacious clean and very well located.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Really great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent bedrooms, great living space, kitchen ideal. Close to lake which was great for swimming and relaxing beside. As good as seaside beach without the crowds or the hassle.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nice house, pity about the garden!!

  • 1 of 5

The house is typically French and what we expected in a small village.

Overall the house was well furnished and the kitchen well stocked with glasses etc. and all the kitchen appliances requred for a holiday home.

The town itself was for my part too small and perhaps we should have realised that, the two restaurants in the village were fine.

Unless you got to the one village shop early you had little chance of buying any bread.

Although there was a very friendly bread van which tooted it's horn to sound its arrival in the square.

The lake which is 5minutes from the house is nice and the Friday night market was worth a visit.

However, the terrible disappoint was the garden.

Firstly it looked nothing like the pictures on the web site and secondly if was very over grown.

All the Peebles stone which were supposed to cover the plastic ground cover were very sparse and this allowed the multitude of cats to dig at the matting constantly.

The other major factor about the garden is that there is absolutely no privacy what so ever from the neighbors garden.

So when you were either eating or sunbathing the neighbour were able to see all and visa versa.

I understand that the house offers a tradition style of French life in a small village but the complete lack of privacy was unacceptable, for a holiday rental.

The built in barbecue in the garden was full of old garden cuttings and was used by the many the cats as a litter tray at times, rendering it unusable.

As I said the house itself was for the most part clean, however there was a lot of cobwebs and dust around especially on the wooden floors.

Finally I would have contacted the named person in the village who was responsible for the care of the house but we were not give any contact name to use when we were there, other than the owner who lives in the UK.

So overall a disappointing experience and I would not feel I could recommend this house, mostly based on the garden, situation.

AB Scotland

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Alan Thank you for taking your time to write an in-depth review. I am sorry that you felt you needed to rate the review with only one star, but I am glad that overall the house met your expectations. It sounds like you enjoyed the lake and night market in Puivert too. I apologise that you found the BBQ with cuttings and cat litter in the BBQ, and felt like you were unable to use it. I have instructed the gardener to clean this out for our future guests. In future I will ensure that our guests are aware that they can contact me if they need to, with regard to the house and garden. I can then instruct the cleaner to resolve, if necessary. I also apologise and appreciate the comment regarding the dust and cobwebs on our wooden floors. I have instructed my cleaner to ensure the wooden floors are dust and cobweb free, for the comfort of our future guests. All the best Caroline
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Pyrenean idyll

  • 5 of 5

My second time staying here - and will hope to come again :) The house is so luxurious, peaceful and quiet in the heart of the lovely medieval village surrounded by beautiful Cathar countryside - whatever you want to do indoors or out its a wonderful base to venture forth - walking, cycling, (motor or not) climbing, skiing, white-water rafting, etc, etc

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review your holiday in Puivert. I am really pleased that you enjoyed your stay again for the second time. Puivert is already looking forward to seeing you again next year! Kind Regards Caroline
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Sophisticated, quality accommodation.

  • 5 of 5

Situated in the centre of this quiet village, the house has the wow factor that really enhances your holiday time in France. We had just a few days here as part of a travelling holiday and it was a restful and welcoming place to break our journey. The house is beautifully equipped, spacious and tastefully decorated - a good base for exploring this Cathar influenced region.The village itself is dominated by the remains of a Cathar castle and carries a fascinating heritage, well documented on information boards - well worth a visit. The friendly village shop is just around the corner and there are several places to eat in the village. We were more than pleased with our stay here and highly recommend it to other travellers.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Terry and Chris Thank you for your lovely review, and really glad you enjoyed your holiday and our home. I hope to see you again next year! Kind Regards Caroline
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Large, comfortable and clean house

  • 4 of 5

The kitchen was large and well equipped, plenty of cutlery, crockery and utensils. The bedrooms were clean and comfy and all being en-suite was a great help with the kids.

The village was quiet and friendly and the swimming lake a huge bonus. The daily bread van was a help and the bread was superb. Local brewery and beer fantastic as was the night market with live music.

Plenty to do in the area around (with a car), cathar castles village markets and wine tasting, would recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review of your holiday. I am glad you enjoyed the peaceful village of Puivert and the swimming in the nearby lake. It is great that the bread van stops just outside our door too! We hope you will choose Puivert again for future holidays. Warm wishes Caroline
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From the Owner

We love the whole area just north of the Pyrenees and have stayed in various places over the years. The region around Puivert is so full of interest, activity and history (medieval and Cathar) that we decided to look for a second home here. When we viewed our house in Puivert, with its hand-built panelled hallway and staircase and light spacious rooms, we knew instantly that 'this was it'! Since buying it, we have not stopped exploring the region and have never been short of something to do, even if this is just sitting by the lake and reading.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carcassonne / Toulouse at 57 Kilometres Nearest Train : Quillan at 17 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Le Pamir at 0.4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Puivert Lake at 0.5 Kilometres Car: necessary


From the UK: Gatwick - Toulouse; Stansted - Carcassonne. Toulouse airport is a 90 min drive; Carcassonne is a 60 min drive. Both airports have car hire facilities.

Calais is about 11 to 14 hours' drive depending greatly on stopping times.


Nearby Chalabre is 10 min by car and has a variety of small shops, including a butchers, restaurants, bank (cashpoint), doctors, dentist and chemist. Quillan is about 15 min and is a pleasant bustling town with markets and bars. Must see Carcassonne, with its medieval city, is an hour's drive. Rennes-les-Bains and Rennes-le-Chateau, Montsegur and a wealth of Cathar history are all within an hour's drive.

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The whole area is peaceful and tranquil, set within the beautiful foot-hills of the Pyrenees, yet there is plenty to do for all ages. Within Puivert there are a couple of small restaurants, a Salon-du-thé, a village shop (30 sec walk) and a newly opened micro-brewery, Brasserie du Quercorb, which makes great beer for sale to the public.

By the lake is the buvette, along with a safe play area for young children, ball court and boule area. The lake has a beach, a roped off area to provide safe bathing for all ages and during peak season a lifeguard is present. The lake is a focal point for all ages to meet chat, relax, swim, eat and drink and for the teenagers to show off their diving skills from the pontoon.

During peak season, on Wednesday evenings, there is a weekly market held by the lake. Amongst the craft stalls are takeaway food vendors selling everything from Asian cuisine to pizza, paella, fish and chips or Escargots. Once you have bought your supper you can buy some local wine and sit at one of the rows of trestle tables and soak up the music and atmosphere.

There are beautiful walks from the village or a short drive away. Within an hour's drive you can be walking in the beautiful Pyrenees. For the more adventurous there is a glider airfield close by. In nearby Quillan (river Aude), or Lac du Montbel, there is plenty of opportunity for water sports- kayaking, rafting etc. Perhaps a spot of wild swimming at a number of stunning and/or secluded locations in the region. During the summer there is horse-riding in the village.

At nearby Rennes-Les-Bains or Ax-les-Thermes there are thermal springs and baths for relaxation and pampering.


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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the total hire cost is required to secure a booking with full payment at least 6 weeks before the hire period commences.

A damage security deposit of £100 is also payable at the time full payment is made and refundable within two weeks of the end of the rental period following the positive outcome of an inspection by our house-keeper.

If your booking date is within six weeks of the start date then full payment must be made at the time of booking.

Changeover Day:
Saturday. Arrival from 4pm; departure by 10am.

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Property Type

  • house


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


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


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


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


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • lake
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


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

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Four bathrooms: en-suite to master with Jacuzzi bath and shower over; en-suite shower room to bedroom 2 (double); en-suite shower room to bedroom 3 (twin); additional shower and WC for general use.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with walk in wardrobe and en-suite WC, jacuzzi bath with shower over. Double bedroom with en-suite WC and shower. Twin bedded bedroom with en-suite WC and shower.


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: No pets, please. This is a NON SMOKING property. Outside: There is a private garden, with views up to the chateau, to the rear of the house which has two decked areas: one at the house and one at the far end of the garden. They provide sunny areas at any time of the day depending on where you sit. There is outdoor furniture and a purpose built BBQ with chimney. Utility Room: Washing machine and sinks. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is included. Towels are included; however, swimming towels are not provided. If you require change of linen/towels for stays over 1 week this will be chargeable. Cleaning the house, at the end of your stay, is included within reasonable limits. Other: Adjoining the kitchen is a further living area with a two-seater sofa and coffee table. Ideal for quiet reading away from the main living room. The garden is accessed from this area via back door.

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