Chez Grady


  fr uk

Open All Year


Gîte / Self-catering holiday cottage  (2 bedrooms. Sleeps 4)
Central heating & wood burner, kitchen all mod. cons.
Library & games, TV/Wi-Fi
Private sunny and shady terraces, BBQ. covered parking 

What we offer you.

Well appointed self-catering holiday accommodation in a charming cottage adjoining a farmhouse in a village in Southern France. It has been lovingly restored to provide rural ambience combined with modern comfort. It is fully centrally heated and has a wood burner.

A warm welcome Chez Grady!

  • Welcome to our charming 3* holiday cottage; combining comfort and quality with value for money.
  • This superbly equipped cottage is in the peaceful hill-top village of Cailhavel, offering spectacular views of the Pyrénées Mountains and just 20kms from the fairytale city of Carcassonne
  • Be welcomed in person by Steve and Debbie who live and work here all year round.  Tourism is our business and quality is our motto.
  • Take the hassle out of your holiday and let us arrange wine tastings, meals, trips and visits tailored to your wishes.  We’re here to help!

Chez Grady is a registered business in France with a 3* official rating (very comfortable) from the Ministry of Tourism.

In 2010 it was awarded the Pays Cathare Quality Mark and strives to be eco-friendly.

Its owners are appointed “Ambassadors” by the Department of Tourism in the Aude.

English spoken - On parle Français 


Rue du Château, 
11240, CAILHAVEL, 




The Gîte, a 2 bedroom self-catering cottage was a "dependance"; home to the family’s livestock and also its employees who lived on the first floor above the animals.

It now provides modern comfort and yet retains the traditional feeling of the property. The impressive stone wall has been uncovered and the beams, which have been untouched for several hundred years, now flaunt their gorgeous grains.

This is so good, I wish we weren’t just renting it – I wish we had bought it! (Famille Pearson, England)

Downstairs is now an airy, comfortable open-plan living area with a wood burner to enjoy if you’re here in winter time. There’s a TV with Google Chromecast fitted and Wi-Fi connection is freely available to you.

The kitchen is well equipped with, amongst other things, an electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine and there’s a good-size fridge freezer.

The dining area adjoins the kitchen with double french doors opening directly on to the west facing terrace.

The cottage has central heating throughout.

 Loved the log burner! (Famille Jackson, England)

The Terrace

The terrace immediately outside the Gite provides you with a private, tranquil area for relaxing. Being west facing, it's an ideal afternoon sun-trap. The built-in BBQ there is exclusively for your use, together with a pleasant sitting area.

There's also another terrace, also solely for your use, just opposite the Gîte which, in summer, is well shaded by a fig tree. 

We said we’d be back .....! There are few places as good as this for just chilling out. (Famille Millward, England)



The first floor has been completely transformed with velux windows added in the double bedroom and bathroom to increase light and air flow. There’s now a double room, a twin room and a shower room.

Thank you for all your help. The gîte is very comfortable and has everything you need. (Famille Graham, Scotland)

The shower room includes a shower cubicle, basin, bidet and toilet.

On the landing there’s an assorted collection of books together with various indoor and outdoor games and there’s also a comfy chair offering a quiet sitting area.

Beaucoup de charme et de confort dans ce gîte où l’on sent que nos hôtes se sont investis avec beaucoup de passion. (Famille Baré, Gouvieux, France)

We had a wonderful holiday, thank you for being here. (Famille Copsey, England)

Lightening your load

To help you save space in your suitcase, we offer:

  • Fresh linen and towels every week
  • A hairdryer
  • An iron
  • Travel plugs
  • Beach towels and a brolly
  • A cool box and picnic set
  • A range of books and games
  • For little ones: a cot, high chair, changing mat and stair-gate

Any further questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Prices per Week

Low season (November – March)


Mid season  (April May & June, September & October*)


High season (July & August) 


* Also includes general holiday periods outside high season

Please don’t hesitate in contacting us with your requirements for shorter or longer breaks, for singles, couples, groups, etc to enable us to tailor your holiday to suit your wishes.

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Important Info

  • Our normal rental periods are per week and run from Saturday 4pm to Saturday 10am, however we are happy to discuss shorter or longer stays from 3 nights outside our peak period; July and August.
  • A heating payment of 42 euros per week may be required during the colder months.
  • A non-refundable deposit of 35% of the total rental sum secures your reservation (minimum amount 140 euros). Payment can be made in euros by cheque (French, bank accounts only), cash, bank transfer or Paypal.
  • A caution of 140 euros is required on arrival.

Nous avons été ravis de notre séjour, un peu court; nous reviendrons pour continuer a découvrir cette belle région. (Famille De Pinho, Saussan, France)

You made our stay in France just that more wonderful and we fell in love with your cottage. Just wish we could have stayed a little bit longer. (Nabila & Luke Ziemak, Frisco CO, USA)

We haven’t slept so well in ages! (Famille Gaffey, Ireland)

Généraux! Ravissant! Amical! Délicat! Y’a pas mieux! Merci pour tout. (Famille Devauchelle, France)

Many thanks for a lovely comfortable place, generous hospitality - and our daily bread! (Famille Welsh, England)

We enjoyed every minute of our stay here. (Famille Harrison, England)

Out and about & Links

  • Fresh bread is available daily in the village from our mobile baker. (except Mondays)
  • There are numerous Domaines and Caves where local wine can be purchased at very reasonable prices.
  • There are several small supermarkets less than a 10 minute drive away in Montréal or Belvèze du Razès and also post offices, pharmacies, newsagents, bars, etc.
  • Larger supermarkets and shops can be found in Carcassonne, Limoux, Mirepoix and Castelnaudary.
  • The various weekly markets nearby offer an abundance of fresh produce as well as many other stalls - clothing, jewellery, etc.
  • There are numerous restaurants, auberges, pizzerias (including take-away) nearby.
  • There’s an outdoor swimming pool complex in Montréal - open July & August.
  • There’s an English speaking Doctor and Dentist in Belvèze du Razès, a 10 minute drive away.

Limoux et sa CarnavalThe bigger picture.
We’re 20kms from Carcassonne for airport, rail and motorway links and its fairytale medieval Cité (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Toulouse (the 'Pink City'), also with an airport is about an hour's drive west, as is Narbonne and the beaches of the Med' to the east. South and north are to the mountains; the Pyrénées and Black Mountains respectively, again both reachable within about an hour's drive. And if you wish to spread your wings even further, you can drive to Andorra or Spain in about two hours.

Closer to home, there are many delightful towns to visit. Limoux sits astride the river Aude and is home to the sparkling Blanquette wine and winter Carnival (from January to April; the longest in the world!) Castelnaudary is proud of its Cassoulet dish and the picturesque Bassin which provides a popular mooring point on the Canal du Midi (another UNESCO World Heritage Site). And Mirepoix sports its grisly medieval gargoyles and excellent Monday market in the main square.

What is there to do?
This is Cathare Country and there are many castles, abbeys, museums and activities to help you discover this dynamic period of French history. Visit the fortress of Montségur to relive the Cathare horrors recently revived in “Labyrinth” by La cité de Carcassonne  Kate Mosse or explore Rennes le Château; the setting for “Sepulchre”; another of Kate Mosse’s books with its mysterious links to the Da Vinci code. And rumour has it that Dom Perignon created the first “champagne” at the Abbey de St Hilaire, now known as Blanquette de Limoux. The scenery is breathtaking around here, with gorges, lakes and forests and there are numerous parks and wildlife centres to enjoy visiting.

Le Canal du MidiFor busy bees!
For those wanting an energetic holiday, as well as providing a wealth of sightseeing, the region offers walking, cycling, horse riding, canoeing, fishing, and many other activities and the nearest ski stations are about a 90 minute drive away. The area is also a corridor for migrating birds and is the perfect place for ornithologists.

For laid-back loungers.
For those seeking the quieter life, there’s plenty to see with little effort! Glide up and down the Canal du Midi or take a horse-drawn carriage around the famous medieval Cité de Carcassonne. There’s much to tempt the senses even from pavement café chair or a picnic rug!

And if you’re still in need of convincing, check out all our visitors’ reviews on Google Maps. Just type in ‘Chez Grady, Cailhavel, France’ or you can find us on Tripadvisor under Carcassonne rentals.


Have we tempted you yet?



Chateau Rives-Blanques

Atelier des Vignerons

Amelie Mégret, Guide Touristique

English Church of the Midi Pyrénées and Aude

Pays Cathare

Guillaume Malafosse, vigneron par passion

Courts Circuits, made to measure voyages