House in Bugarach
Spacious house in Bugarach, midway between Carcassonne and Perpignan

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Owner : Alexandra de Souza

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  • Property Type House
  • Location Bugarach
  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Minimum nights stay3
  • Low season price per week£420
  • High season price per week£600
  • Average price per week£500
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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 (pop.200), a few yards from one of the Cathar footpaths. The house has a large south-facing balcony, with 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-distance hikes. There is a swimming lake a few minutes walk from the house as well as opportunities for horse riding, rock climbing and canyoning. 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 and can be reached via a beautiful forest path, as well as by road. This house offers you the perfect base for exploring an area of striking natural beauty, rich in human history.

Bedroom 1: 1 double and 2 single beds, balcony and mezzanine
Bedroom 2: double bed
Bedroom 3: double bed, attic
Bedroom 4: small single, attic

Upstairs bathroom with bath/shower over, wash basin, w.c. Downstairs bathroom with walk-in shower, wash basin, wc. Excellent water pressure throughout.

KITCHEN (garden level) Large well-equipped kitchen with electric oven, gas hob, wood-burning cooker/stove, double sink with draining cupboard above, dining table and chairs. Door to courtyard and garden.

LIVING ROOM Large sitting room with sofas, chairs, additional dining table, wood-burning stove

UTILITY ROOM (Street level) Additional sink and gas hob; large storage space for outdoor gear and bicycles; access to street

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION All linen and some towels provided. Supply of wood for wood-burners provided free. Wifi internet access, landline telephone, mobile signal throughout house. NO SMOKING in house.

OUTSIDE Large private grounds on several levels, including small hill. Secluded courtyard with garden furniture. Other seating and barbecue areas on land. Washing line and barbecue provided. Free parking in public field adjacent to house.

ACCESSIBILITY - IMPORTANT The house is on 4 levels and is not suitable for wheelchair users or anyone with severely impaired mobility. it is also not recommended for toddlers or small children since there are a number of unprotected stairwells.

ABOUT THE AREA 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-leaved woodland, home to wild boar. Eagles nest on the mountain and black vultures visit daily to feed. This is ideal terrain for walkers, climbers, cyclists and nature lovers. The area is also ideal for lovers of historic sites.

THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND BUGARACH: Visit the Cathar castles, in particular the château of Peyrepertuse; visit the restored medieval Cité in Carcassonne; hike the many footpaths, swim in the local lake, climb the Pic de Bugarach, go canyoning at the Gorges de Galamus and visit the hermitage there; visit the colourful Sunday market in Esperaza and the thermal baths and cafes of Rennes-les-Bains; visit Rennes-le-Château made famous by "The Da Vinci Code"; sample local wines or take in one of the many fêtes, festivals and music events on offer during the summer months.

BUGARACH VILLAGE AMENITIES: Bar, restaurants, tea room and souvenir shop, art gallery, pottery, post office (mornings only). Small weekly market during summer months for local produce and handicrafts.
Nearest supermarket and ATM are in Couiza ( distance 17km / 11miles)

HOW TO GET THERE Bugarach is midway between the airports of Perpignan and Carcassonne, both about one hour away. Girona Airport (Spain) and Toulouse airport are both about 2h 30mins away. TGV train services from Paris. CAR NECESSARY, preferably from airport, since public transport does not reach Bugarach.

RATES and RENTAL PERIODS The house is rented out on a weekly basis only during peak holiday season, from mid-July until the end of August. Shorter lets are considered during off-peak periods, as well as longer lets at a reduced rate. Rates are open to negotiation, dependent on group size.


Ode To Aude

By Matthew Flynn on 11-Sep-2014

Ode to Aude

We’ve had the holiday of a lifetime in this fabulous house in Bugarach. This is a large house with extensive grounds and yet it retained a cozy and intimate feeling. The house and grounds have the most amazing views of the Pic de Bugarach, The village is quiet and the locals are extremely friendly.
During our two weeks stay we clambered up mountains, hiked through forests and gorges, assailed castles, visited beautiful villages and churches, shopped until we dropped in local markets, swam with the fishes and the locals in the nearby lake and canoed the river Aude
Although we did lots of activities during our stay, this was also the most relaxed holiday we have ever had. We went with two older kids (10 and 11 years old). They loved fishing in the brook next to the house as well as playing in the enormous garden and roaming around the village. Although the owners do warn that some stairs in the house aren’t suitable for very young children, these stairs are right at the top of the house and in most of the sleeping areas this wasn’t a problem. Our kids had no problem at all with the top floor.
The kitchen is a lovely and natural gathering place to hang out. It is as well equipped as the description says and the Aga cooker was lovely. The kitchen is a great place to chill, chat and play games. On cooler evenings we drifted to the comfy lounge next to the wood-burning stove to play charades. We thoroughly recommend having a barbeque in the garden with the mountain as backdrop and seeing the Milky Way dazzle as it gets pitch dark.
We realize that we have found something special in this house and location and we hope others enjoy it as much as we did.

4 of of 5
Children Welcome Pets Welcome
Refrigerator Hob Oven
Microwave Pantry item Toaster
Dining seats Dining room Internet
Telephone Fireplace Wood stove
Heating Linens provided Washing machine
Parking Living room Ironing board
Books Balcony Garden
Adventure Family Historic
Sports activities Tourist attractions
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