(2 bedrooms, sleeps 4)
Prices from 180€ (3 night stay)
Private sunny & shady terraces
BBQ, Covered parking
A well appointed fully registered self-catering holiday cottage adjoining a farmhouse in the village of Cailhavel, Aude Department in the Southern French Occitanie region. It has been lovingly restored to provide rural ambience combined with modern comfort.
- Welcome to our charming 3* holiday cottage, rated "very comfortable" by the French Tourism Development Agency.
- The hill-top village of Cailhavel offers spectacular views of the Pyrénées Mountains and is just 20kms from the fairytale city of Carcassonne.
- A personal welcome from Steve and Déborah since 2007 offering you professional and discreet guidance.
- 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!
On parle français
(0033) 468 696 039
(0033) 780 009 619
Inside the cottage
The cottage was a "dependance"; home to the family’s livestock and also its employees who lived on the first floor. It now provides modern comfort, yet retains the traditional feeling of the property built around the beginning of the 19th century. 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 full-sized hob, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine and there’s a good-sized fridge freezer.
The dining area adjoins the kitchen with double french doors opening directly on to the west facing terrace.
The sitting area comprises a 2-3 seater sofa and 2 club chairs, numerous low tables and a book shelf with various local maps, guide books, cook books, etc
Stairs to the first floor ...
Loved the log burner! (Famille Jackson, England)
The Terrace, immediately outside the dining area 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.
The property is fully fenced and gated and there is a large barn providing covered parking for 2 cars.
We said we’d be back .....! There are few places as good as this for just chilling out. (Famille Millward, England)
Upstairs - the first floor has been completely transformed with velux windows added in the double bedroom and bathroom to increase light and air flow. There is 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 assortment of books together with indoor & outdoor games and puzzles.
The cottage has central heating throughout.
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 you:
- Fresh linen and towels every week (including swimming towels)
- A hairdryer
- An iron
- Travel plugs
- Beach towels and a brolly
- A cool box and picnic set
- A selection of books and games
- For little ones: a cot, high chair, changing mat and stair-gate
Prices per week
Low season (November – March)
Mid season (April May & June, September & October*)
High season (July & August)
Please don’t hesitate to contact us for shorter or longer breaks.
Or fill out the form below and click on Submit to send us your enquiry.
- Bookings run from 4pm on the day of your arrival to 10am on the day of your departure. Shorter stays from 3 nights are available outside our peak period: July and August (minimum stay 7 nights).
- A charge of 6€ per day is payable during the colder months should you require heating.
- A non-refundable deposit of 50€ secures your reservation. Payment in Euros can be made by PayPal, bank transfer (SEPA) or cheque (French, bank accounts only). The balance is payable 2 weeks prior to your arrival.
- A refundable security deposit of 140€ is payable 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
What's the bigger picture?
We’re 20kms from Carcassonne for airport, rail and motorway links and its fairytale-like 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 Mediterranean beaches 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 (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site). And Mirepoix sports its grisly medieval gargoyles and excellent Monday market in its 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 horrors revived in “Labyrinth” by 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 of Saint-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.
Are you a busy bee?
For those wanting an energetic holiday, as well as providing a wealth of sightseeing, the region offers walking, cycling, horse riding, canoeing, fishing, adventure parks and many other activities and the nearest ski stations are about a 90 minute drive away. The region is also a corridor for migrating birds and is the perfect place for ornithologists.
Or a laid-back lounger?
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 or the little train around the famous medieval Cité de Carcassonne. There’s much to tempt the senses even from a pavement café chair or a picnic rug!
Have we tempted you yet?
To reach us from the A61 Motorway:
1) Take exit 22 (Bram). At the roundabout, take the 1st exit (D533) towards Limoux. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit (D4) passing through Villesiscle. At the next roundabout (6.5kms), take the 3rd exit (D119) then (D623) towards Limoux, passing by Lasserre-de-Prouille and continuing for 6kms.
2) Turn left for Cailhavel (D221), following the road up to the village. Turn right into Avenue de Pyrénées. Turn left into Rue Général de Gaulle (sign for the Mairie), pass the church on your right, turn right after the church into Rue du Château, taking the sharp dog-leg to the right. You’ll see your holiday cottage ahead of you up a slope on the right.
To reach us from Carcassonne airport:
1) turn right onto the D119 passing through Montréal (14kms) then turn left at the junction, (D21) Limoux, continuing to the junction for the D623, Limoux. Turn left and then immediately left again for Cailhavel (D221) following the instructions above in (2).
Lat 43.09:44N (43.1622),
Lon 2.07:38E (2.12740).