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Spacious village house in heart of Cathar country

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4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
8 guests
3 nights minimum
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Character village property of exposed natural stone, dating from the 17th century, situated in a cul-de-sac on the edge of the village of Bugarach, a few yards from one of the Cathar footpaths. The house has a large south-facing balcony from which there is an uninterrupted view of the famous Pech de Bugarach, the highest mountain in the Corbieres range. It has extensive grounds, including a small hill affording a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside, and a beautiful secluded courtyard, shaded by trailing plants. This is an ideal base for outdoor activity since footpaths radiate in all directions from the village, offering a wealth of local and long-distances hikes. There is a swimming lake a few minutes walk from the house as well as opportunities for horse-riding and rock climbi...Character village property of exposed natural stone, dating from the 17th century, situated in a cul-de-sac on the edge of the village of Bugarach, a few yards from one of the Cathar footpaths. The house has a large south-facing balcony from which there is an uninterrupted view of the famous Pech de Bugarach, the highest mountain in the Corbieres range. It has extensive grounds, including a small hill affording a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside, and a beautiful secluded courtyard, shaded by trailing plants. This is an ideal base for outdoor activity since footpaths radiate in all directions from the village, offering a wealth of local and long-distances hikes. There is a swimming lake a few minutes walk from the house as well as opportunities for horse-riding and rock climbing. The Cathar castles of Peyrepertuse and Queribus and the spectacular Gorges de Galamus are all within easy cycling distance. Rennes-les-Bains, famous for its thermal baths, is close by, as is the hilltop village of Rennes-le-Chateau, made famous by 'The Da Vinci Code'. This house offers you the perfect opportunity for exploring an area of striking natural beauty, rich in human history. The property itself is a quirky spacious house, with many original features and accommodation on 4 levels. Heating and central heating are provided by wood-burning stoves; water heating is solar, supplemented by wood or electricity. Outside there are flat areas for camping as well as various seating and barbecue areas. There are also fruit trees, washing lines and a wood shed. There is ample space to load and unload but parking placesin the street are limited. Cars can be left free of charge in the village square, a short distance away.More
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Languages spoken:English, French, Spanish
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:August 2014
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Reviewed August 3, 2015

Spatious and beautiful modernized house. Wunderful garden, very quiet area in a lovely village and gorgeous mountain views.

Date of stay: July 2015
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
Grill
Local Guides/Maps
Refrigerator
Central Heating
Washer
Blender
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Freezer
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
Books
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Mountain Views
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Internet Access
Terrace
Toaster
Telephone
Fireplace
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About the neighbourhood
This is a mountainous limestone area, occupying 3 climate zones, giving rise to Mediterranean summers, northern European winters, year-round alpine influence and a wealth of flora and fauna. The village, nestling under Bugarach mountain, is surrounded by broad-leaf woodland, mainly oak and chestnut. The forests are home to wild boar; eagles nest on the mountain and black vultures visit the area daily to feed. This is ideal terrain for walkers, climbers, cyclists and nature lovers. It is also an ideal area for lovers of historic sites. The village lake, despite its lack of crystalline waters, is perfect for wild swimming, while the neigbouring village of Rennes-les-Bains offers natural thermal baths.
How to get there
Bugarach is midway between the airports of Perpignan and Carcassonne, both just over one hour away. Carcassonne airport is open all year round while Perpignan closes over the the winter. Girona airport (Spain) and Toulouse airport are both about 2½ hours away. Both of these airports, although further from Bugarach, are served by more UK airports than the first two. It should be noted that car hire is cheaper in Spain. There are TGV train services from Paris to Carcassonne and a local train service from there to Couiza, the nearest small town. There is no public transport to the village itself.
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